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Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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PackRat approved! I'm humbled.

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Outstanding!

PackRat's Comment
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Whatever...

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Pierre Jules M.'s Comment
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Thanks Dave S. But listen, I already have my CDL so normally I suppose to skip the seat D right?? And also tell me, it’s looks like over there they want you to have a year contract at least isn’t true? Even I got my CDL?? That’s maybe the only thing that I feel like not comfortable. Schneider and Abilene do not request any contract. What you think Dave S??

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Pierre Jules M, Wilson Logistics requires a one year contract from new drivers, even if you already have your CDL. That's to eliminate people who falsely believe that jumping ship every time something doesn't go your way is how you get ahead in trucking. If you want to get ahead in trucking, you want to commit to your first company for a minimum of one full year. Here is a podcast I did on the subject:

Episode 4: Why Stick With Your First Company One Full Year?

It takes years to reach the highest levels in trucking. When you're a rookie, you have everything to learn and develop:

  • How to handle that rig
  • Manage your time
  • Adapt to life on the road
  • Learn how the trucking industry works
  • Learn how your company operates
  • Develop a strong reputation within your company
  • Develop strong relationships within your company

If you want to become a Top Tier Driver you must put in the time to accomplish all of those things, and more. The longer you stay with your first company the more money you'll make, the better equipment you'll drive, the better freight you'll get, and the more special favors you'll receive.

Most people don't understand these basic principles of success or how they apply to trucking. This is the most valuable thing we teach here at Trucking Truth. If you get started in trucking with a clear understanding of what it takes to thrive in this industry, you're miles ahead of most drivers.

So when Wilson Logistics, or any of the major carriers asks you to sign a one year contract as a rookie, you should be happy to do it. You're joining one of the best companies in the nation and you already intend to stick around for one full year, regardless of the contract.

Very few people get what it takes to reach the highest levels of success in this industry. Wait until you see how many new drivers have terrible work ethics, poor attitudes, selfish approaches, and failing strategies. It will shock you. The trucking industry attracts very few good people. It's easy to shine if you take the right approach.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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Thanks Brett. I couldn't have said it better.

With the contract, it may seem like a trap but it's not. It is a commitment between you and the company. You agree to give them a year and they agree to give you the training, knowledge and tools to be a successful driver.

I've come across several new drivers in the past year that went through abbreviated training programs. Those folks struggled. Struggled with backing, trip planning and time management. Needless to say, they were very unhappy. With less than a year of experience, they felt trapped by a company that doesn't really have any skin in the game. With less than a year of experience, it becomes very difficult to find another job.

Forgot to mention that you'll be getting paid! You get a guaranteed $600 minimum while doing your C-Seat training and $700 minimum while doing B-Seat.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pierre Jules M.'s Comment
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Thank you very much guys for your good advice! I really appreciate that!!

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