Paid CDL Training Thru Swift Or Roehl?

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Kevin E.'s Comment
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Hello everyone! I’m a new member and I’m looking into being a truck driver in the near future. Now I just have a few questions for everyone, I’ve been looking at Paid CDL training facilities near me in Illinois, and I’m located 60 miles south of Chicago, and I’ve narrowed it down to 160 Driving Academy (which I’ve already talked to the recruiter and they said they would assign me to Swift Transportation after I get my CDL) OR the other company is Roehl Transportation. If you had to choose 1 company to drive for after receiving your CDL, which would it be and why? Thanks!

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.

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Hi Kevin; welcome to the forum~!

Just wondering, why do you feel like you have to limit yourself to those two companies? (Both are A'Plus, by the way!) If you do some research here, you will find that living near a terminal is 'not' as important as many may make you think~!

If you went through FULL company truck driver training (and not an academy) with said company, you would only owe them a year of your time, I believe. There's an app on here where you can apply for many, at once.

If you are dead set in your decision with Driver Solutions, BOTH are good companies, IMHO. I'm no pro; don't even drive, just been here and a trucker's wife for 20 years.

Swift has a bit longer training, Roehl's is a bit shorter. READ some of the diaries of BOTH on here, by searching the top bar on the home page. It doesn't search 'all' of Google, just this site.

Again, welcome. The seasoned vets, and the folks that drive for both companies, will arrive shortly. Just wanted to say hiya~! :)

Best wishes~!

Anne :)

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.
Papa Pig's Comment
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No one can answer that for you man. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. What kind of driving do you want to do? Personally if ( I )were choosing between the 2 I would pick swift, largest company in the nation. Should be many different driving opportunities and accounts to choose from once you get some experience. From what I hear roehl has a very good flatbed program, that’s all I really all I know. If you go on other sites you are going to hear that both companies are the devil and blah blah blah. Just talk to the recruiters and see what works for you.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Have you used this link to Apply For Paid CDL Training ? I attended 160 driving academy at their Moline campus. I was hired by a company and then they fronted the money for tuition in exchange for signing a 1 year contract. Most of my classmates had their training sponsored by carriers. They will actually help with placement before getting you into class. The downside of that is the cost if you don't fulfill your obligation. The "cash" price was $3,000. If someone went to US Xpress and you didn't stay for a year you would owe them $11,500! I had a great experience and a great instructor that helped me succeed and pass on my first try. Each school runs separately so your results may vary.

Living in Illinois companies may very well prefer you do schooling in state due to the inability to transfer an out of state license without retesting.

What type of freight or hometime are you looking for? That may help narrow down which company fits you better. Are rider or pet policies important to you? If you have specific questions about either carrier don't be afraid to ask. We have members that drive for both companies and have been successful.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Both Swift and Roehl are very good companies.

I've been a Swiftie for just shy of 7 years. No regrets in my decision, and no plans to seek an alternative.

You've got to ask yourself what you want. Not only now, but in the future.

These links might help...

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.

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