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Alan E.'s Comment
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Greetings all, my name is Alan, and I am brand new to trucking. I am anticipating graduation from CDL school next month. I’m hoping for advice on companies that hire new CDL holders, and have training programs for tanker, or flatbed. I live in NC, and after years of research(this is a second career for me, I’m 50) I find myself most interested in these areas. Also, if anyone can name some exotic/high value vehicle haulers like, Horseless Carriage, etc. Any advice on best companies for new drivers would be helpful. I appreciate everyone’s time, and I’m grateful for this site, it’s been immeasurably helpful!......Thanks to Old School for telling me to move this post here! Best regards, Alan

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, Alan, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

We have most of the stuff you are looking for. As yo look at companies, pay attention to the ones that say "Recent Grads", because that's you. You can also follow this link and you should get some recruiting phone calls even this afternoon (no promises, but it's been known to happen.)

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You can go down our list to look for flatbed, though I'm no so sure about tanker (requires some additional endorsements):

As for "High Value", etc., being a rookie with no experience, it's probably easier to win the lottery than get on with Horseless Carriage as a newbie.

We have quite a few skateboard drivers who should drop in here. Don't be bashful about asking questions.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Alan E.'s Comment
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Thank you Errol, I appreciate your time. I was looking for similar carriers to Horseless Carriage, they’re the only high value carrier I know! It’s something I’d like to learn down the road. Best, Alan.

Hi, Alan, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

We have most of the stuff you are looking for. As yo look at companies, pay attention to the ones that say "Recent Grads", because that's you. You can also follow this link and you should get some recruiting phone calls even this afternoon (no promises, but it's been known to happen.)

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

You can go down our list to look for flatbed, though I'm no so sure about tanker (requires some additional endorsements):

As for "High Value", etc., being a rookie with no experience, it's probably easier to win the lottery than get on with Horseless Carriage as a newbie.

We have quite a few skateboard drivers who should drop in here. Don't be bashful about asking questions.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thank you Errol, I appreciate your time. I was looking for similar carriers to Horseless Carriage, they’re the only high value carrier I know! It’s something I’d like to learn down the road. Best, Alan.

"Down the road" is your own best advice. There are many companies that accept "recent grads", and many more that pay for experience. Those $90,000 cars need the care of experienced drivers, doncha' think!

Get your miles in, and a few years from now, give the special haulers (arms/ammunition logistics, secure government freight, wind turbine pullers, and uranium transport) a call.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Plycar, mecum, reliable to name a few. United roads and some other companies will train recent grads depending on location and other factors unknown to me. Most likely you will need a year or two of driving before applying to a new car auto transport company. You will then need more years hauling new cars before applying to a rare/exotic car company. There are exceptions to every rule of course, so don't take what I say as the end all.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Errol, those $90,000 cars are child's play. Exotic and classic cars will be closer to $900,000 and you're definitely right. They need to be left to the experienced car haulers.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Pig's Comment
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I’m not skinny enough for car hauling 😆😂. Those guys gotta grease up to get in and out some of the doors once they are loaded on the trailer 😂😆

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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I’m not skinny enough for car hauling 😆😂. Those guys gotta grease up to get in and out some of the doors once they are loaded on the trailer 😂😆

Tell me about it... you'd be surprised though.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Alan E.'s Comment
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Thank you gentlemen.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I’m not skinny enough for car hauling 😆😂. Those guys gotta grease up to get in and out some of the doors once they are loaded on the trailer 😂😆

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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