Contract Buyout

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David Z.'s Comment
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Is this possible ? To have a contract bought out ? If so which company’s ?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey David.

No, no one will buy out a contract.

Explain to us what's going on and we'll help you through it.

David Z.'s Comment
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Nothing is going on yet , but I have a feeling I made a mistake lol got my cdl today

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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Let me guess........you're afraid you've chosen the wrong company because there's a bunch of disgruntled curmudgeons sharing horror stories and warning everyone that the company sucks, right?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Nothing is going on yet , but I have a feeling I made a mistake lol got my cdl today

Please elaborate....also....

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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.
David Z.'s Comment
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Nah man not just that , recruiters attitude changes when you sign that contract and hearing people saying they are making 5-600 a week is pretty scary . I looked at the good and the bad before I came but some of the bad I’m starting to see now

Let me guess........you're afraid you've chosen the wrong company because there's a bunch of disgruntled curmudgeons sharing horror stories and warning everyone that the company sucks, right?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Nothing is going on yet , but I have a feeling I made a mistake lol got my cdl today

So you have your CDL today? (Congratulations dancing-banana.gif )

The Trucking Truth official line is to complete your obligation on the contract (usually one year) before moving on. From your post here I guess you signed a contract with a company but after finishing your CDL class something doesn't feel right.

If you can be more open, like Brett suggests, we can help you get it straightened out one way or another. What company did you train with?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Nah man

C'mon David! Brett nailed it - you're busted.

recruiters attitude changes when you sign that contract

The recruiters are done with you. What were you expecting? They recruited you. You don't need them anymore, and they don't need you.

hearing people saying they are making 5-600 a week is pretty scary .

That's what Brett meant. You're listening to drivers talk about the company.

Here's what you don't understand... those drivers earning 500 - 600 per week aren't telling you about the company. They are telling on themselves. They will gladly do it all day too.

In trucking we don't all have equal salaries. It's completely performance based. The movers and shakers are making the money. You're probably not going to run into them at the terminal. They don't hang out there in the rat's nest. They are on the road making the money that they deserve.

You're Getting Career Advice From All The Wrong People

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I looked at the good and the bad before I came but some of the bad I’m starting to see now

David, if there was only one thing on Earth I could teach you about trucking it would be this - it's not the company that will determine whether or not you're happy and successful - it's you.

You are in control of your own destiny. Your performance and your attitude will determine how well things work out for you. You can be happy and successful right where you're at.

Please keep in mind that most people who start this career do not get far with it. Trucking is a very difficult and demanding career and lifestyle. Most people can't hack it. Many who do stick around, even for years, never get very good at it and aren't all that happy with it.

Please decide for yourself right now that you will master your new trade and become the best damn driver your company has ever had. Focus hard, work hard, learn from every moment, and give it everything you have. Make it your #1 goal to complete that contract and prove yourself to be a hard-working, safe, reliable driver.

If you'll do that and you'll continue to come to us with questions and concerns I can almost guarantee you'll be happier and more successful than 80% of the drivers out there. You'll find that almost everyone who is miserable has failed to live up to the performance demands of the job. It's not the company that has failed the drivers, it's the drivers who have failed to perform at a high level.

David, please do yourself a huge favor and find a few minutes to go through these podcasts. You'll have a completely new understanding of what you're seeing and hearing:

Episode 10: Terminal Rats Are Derailing Trucking Careers

Episode 19: You're Getting Career Advice From The Wrong People

Stick with us and we'll guide you through this. Please put it out of your mind that you're at the wrong company or you'll become your own worst enemy. People normally get what they expect. If you expect this to be a lousy place to work, one that treats and pays drivers poorly, that is almost certainly how it will turn out for you. If you expect to outwork your peers, fulfill your contract, and make $45,000 - $50,000 this year you almost certainly will.

Focus on being the best damn driver you can be. Put the rest out of your mind. That's how successful people approach life's biggest challenges.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Greg M.'s Comment
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From your posts it looks like you are with CRST. A friend of mine started with them about 2 weeks ago and he has been going non-stop since he got in the truck. They had to shut down yesterday because a receiver was closed and once because of high winds out west. Not sure of his miles but they have been back and forth from the Midwest to Washington state at least twice.

Do not be afraid to ask questions here once you are out there. I told my friend to reach out to me whenever and he has definitely taken me up on the offer many times and I am happy to help.

He and I trained together at the same company 2 years ago. We both got our CDLs there, but neither of us went solo with them for various reasons. I started driving right away, but he had been out of trucking since late 2017. When he told me that CRST had hired him as a driver, not a trainee, I was genuinely concerned. I told him to go slow, take his time, stop what you are doing if something doesn't feel right, ask questions of people you trust and do things the way CRST wants you to do them. 2 weeks in he must have 5-6k miles under his belt and is asking fewer and better questions so hopefully, he is off to a good start just like I'm sure you will.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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