Best Companies To Work For As A New Driver?

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Bernard P.'s Comment
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From FL. I have my CDL. But no experience. Willing to travel anywhere. Im not afraid onto onto areas like California or New York. No wife or kids to worry of. So I don't care for home time.

What are the best companies to work for?

- I have a hearing aids restriction on my license. - need training and experience. So need a company who will be happy to provide the time and help I will need to succeed. - would like a decent pay for a starting truck driver as I learn through experience and training. - I do not have any money saved up. So what do I do about personal expenses like food, showers, hygiene stuff. I have heard some companies provide these things for free as a package when you first sign up with them? - an equal opportunity company as I do have a hearing disability corrected by hearing aides. - any advice for me as a OTR driver is appreciated.

Thanks and god bless.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Being from South Florida is going to make things more difficult in finding a company to train you.

For companies to hire you, you have to live in their hiring area. My company, based in Iowa actually has 1 driver who lives just south of you in Sebring lol.. he had been with the company for quite a few years and moved down there, but he stays out months at a time voluntarily.

The first thing I'd do, honestly, is transfer your cdl to a different state. Then it would be easy to find a company that will train you and give you a chance. As you've probably figured out, companies down your way want at least a year or more of experience.

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.
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