Any Companies In New England That Hire New Drivers? And Other Questions...

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Jeremy's Comment
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I know j seen a ton of tmc truck in the basic radius of boston hauling big loads of foam insulation board everytime i was over there which was often id see them

scandya's Comment
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The good thing about where I am is that the area is condensed and there are alot of options as far as trucking goes. I want to do flatbed, but Ive also heard it can have more downtime than van or reefer. Im weighing all my options here.

I just found out XPO has a few locations within 25 miles from me. Does anyone know if they hire new drivers out of CDl school? I know they have a dock to driver program, but im all set with that. Anyone know if theyd hire me without doing that program? I could really use some answers on that one.

I know j seen a ton of tmc truck in the basic radius of boston hauling big loads of foam insulation board everytime i was over there which was often id see them

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Old School's Comment
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I want to do flatbed, but Ive also heard it can have more downtime than van or reefer. Im weighing all my options here.

Don't believe everything you hear. Reliable information about trucking is hard to come by. Be really cautious about what you read online. Most of it's not worth the time you waste reading it.

In trucking you really don't need to "weigh your options." You will create your own options in trucking. Anybody that says you'll have "more downtime doing flatbed" obviously didn't understand how to create opportunity for themselves as a flatbed driver. You've got to get past this notion that says one division of trucking is superior to the other. That false narrative makes you think you've got options to weigh.

You need to determine what type of trucking interests you and pursue it with an approach that says, "I'm gonna be the best driver on this fleet." That's the path to success at trucking. You will learn to create your own opportunities. That's how successful truck drivers roll.

Do I Have What It Takes To Be A Successful Trucker?

Show Me The Money

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I work NE Regional for Wolding, and I get home weekly, and could get home 1 or 2 nights during the week if I wanted, though that would result in many short runs to keep me near home.

As it is, I run from Buffalo throughout the NE.

Where exactly in MA are you?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

scandya's Comment
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Im located in Fall River Mass. I was out with my instructor the other day and he actually offered me a job working with a friend of his hauling boats. Im doing really well with backing and driving on the road with the old 10 speed we have. On my 2nd time on the road I didnt miss gears or grind gears that much. I really didnt think my leg would ever shake the way it did holding that clutch in. Man those things are stiff! My test is next thursday, so hopefully i pass. We will see! Thanks again everyone.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Im located in Fall River Mass. I was out with my instructor the other day and he actually offered me a job working with a friend of his hauling boats. Im doing really well with backing and driving on the road with the old 10 speed we have. On my 2nd time on the road I didnt miss gears or grind gears that much. I really didnt think my leg would ever shake the way it did holding that clutch in. Man those things are stiff! My test is next thursday, so hopefully i pass. We will see! Thanks again everyone.

Remember you only have to hold it to the floor to I initially put it in gear the first time. After that, you only have to push it in an inch or so, even while sitting at a light.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
scandya's Comment
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I've noticed that and have used it to my advantage. I'm going back out on the road on Monday, and I am pretty sure that I'm going for my test on Thursday. I'm pretty confident in everything except my in cab inspection and pre trip on my trailer. I'll be going over that probably a dozen times this weekend. If I pass on the first try I'll be amazed. So far I've seen 7 guys test and not a single one has passed their first try. Most have passed on their 3rd attempt. I can't believe how many rules the officers testing us seem to make up on the spot.

Last time we tested, a guy failed because the officer was sitting in his cruiser 10 feet from the truck with his window down on the opposite side of the guy who was testing on the engine compartment. It was windy and he was literally yelling out while testing on the components of the engine. He failed because the officer said he didn't call out certain components when he actually did. The officer just didn't hear him. Hopefully I don't get him come test day!

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Im located in Fall River Mass. I was out with my instructor the other day and he actually offered me a job working with a friend of his hauling boats. Im doing really well with backing and driving on the road with the old 10 speed we have. On my 2nd time on the road I didnt miss gears or grind gears that much. I really didnt think my leg would ever shake the way it did holding that clutch in. Man those things are stiff! My test is next thursday, so hopefully i pass. We will see! Thanks again everyone.

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Remember you only have to hold it to the floor to I initially put it in gear the first time. After that, you only have to push it in an inch or so, even while sitting at a light.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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