THE BEST COMPANY FOR TEAMS

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Zeine L.'s Comment
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What are the best companies for teams in 2020 ? NB : Best companies that combine : _Best CPM for rookies _Mileage _Benefits, etc...

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Zeine, are you looking for Paid CDL Training Programs or have you gone to school already?

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.
Zeine L.'s Comment
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I just graduated from school and have already got my CDL. What I am looking for is a company that has most of the package. To say, good training, no gimmicks, interesting cpm , benefits, and overall to be perfect for teams. My friend (classmate too) and I , are going to team up. We saw a lot of company but we still undecided !

Zeine, are you looking for Paid CDL Training Programs or have you gone to school already?

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Zeine, you have a lot going on here.

Let's start with the company. The best companies for running teams tend to be refrigerated carriers. They have the largest percentage of coast-to-coast freight. Large dry van companies have some, also, but not like the refrigerated carriers.

What I always recommend is that you apply to as many companies as possible, see who offers you an opportunity, and then decide which one is best for you. People assume they can work anywhere they like, but that's never the case. Many companies will not offer you a position. So there's no sense in wasting time doing research until you know which companies will hire you.

Now the gorilla in the room:

My friend (classmate too) and I , are going to team up.

Personally, I wouldn't commit to that unless you two are so inseparable you can't imagine living life without each other. Most people do not like running team, and those that do are often with their spouse. It seems like a good idea when you're in school and you made some good friends, but until you've lived with someone 24/7 in a walk-in closet it's hard to imagine what it's like.

I would recommend going solo to start with. You can always stay in touch and run team if you decide that's what you'd like to do, but that's pretty unlikely. By the time you get finished training with your mentor, you'll be begging for your own truck and some privacy.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zeine L.'s Comment
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Hello Brett,

I will take in consideration all your observations. Talking about the gorilla in the room :) To say teaming up with someone else as a start or later.We are talking about my best friend , who I know for a long long time. So he is like family. I don't think it will be a problem ! Plus, we will be away from our families and kids. This job is very lonely so you need someone to talk and interact with all the road at least when one of us wakes up for his shift.Nothing is decided yet but I will for sure keep you posted for any update,

Thanks again Brett

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Rookie teams are hard. I did a youtube video about this. Not only do you have to try to sleep in a rolling truck, but you may try to rely on each other too much which hinders your learning, or causes resentment. dont destroy a friendship over trucking... go into it with "we can try it and split up to go solo if it doesnt work". we have seen it happen.

I'm at Prime and a student was getting team trained by his best friend of 20 yrs and asked for a new trainer after 30k miles.

Avoid team only companies like CRST for this reason until you know teaming is for you.

Prime has a ton of freight for teams with good pay in reefer. But honestly, i make the same solo as most team drivers.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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