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Kj B.'s Comment
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I am currently working at a factory I make around 530.00 a week. I am a ream leader there. But its the farthest I can go. I am living paycheck to paycheck. Got a big family. So I want to do somthing I always wanted to do. Drive truck. My family and myself are ok with the sacrifice. Wasnt long ago fathers did spend long time away from home and the family unit survived. I am ok with solitude. Here is why. I said this before in other post but wanted to integrate it here.

When i was 17 stole a car did 9 months in jail. Wasnt auto theft just theft.

When 18 committed 3 burglaries (churches)all at same time. Did 4 and a half years. Got out had 4 years probation completed that in 2005.

2008 misdemeanor battery got on a shoving match with neighbor both went to jail. Got 1 year informal probation (dont have to report)

Had nothing since

I'm 43 now almost 9 years at same job.

Recruiter said she check with someone maybe he boss and said they told her to move forward with application.

Now I got excited got a start date Before talking to BOSS (MY WIFE). At this time cant financialy go, plus my truck blew a flywheel so got to fix that.(got to drive to Springfield because of covid). I called Recruiter about my financial situation she said it was ok just have to redo application im ok with that.

See i will be financialy good to go when we get our tax check ( filled in February got hit with random review then got hit by covid so no irs workers.) Expecting to get end of July or beginning of August.

I am 100 percent in this i work hard. With my past twice as hard. I understand in early in life I was not the best of people. And I do not want a hand out I want to work for it. I love getting dirty lol

And all of the companies I looked i liked primes training.

Do you guys think I should do it I know its my choice but if all in it and honest, and show im a worker would prome notice that?

Thank you all just need advise.

My goal is to save for my own truck outright. And when kids scoot out me and wife rock the highways together. Because I love the hell out the ol bag lol

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.

Turtle's Comment
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The truth is Kj you can be whatever you want to be. But you have to be absolutely ready to commit to at least a year with whatever company hires you. Your record isn't all that bad. People with far worse backgrounds get hired every day.

Work hard. Show them what you've got. You can do it if you want it. Good luck!

Kj B.'s Comment
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The truth is Kj you can be whatever you want to be. But you have to be absolutely ready to commit to at least a year with whatever company hires you. Your record isn't all that bad. People with far worse backgrounds get hired every day.

Work hard. Show them what you've got. You can do it if you want it. Good luck!

Thank you turtle so much. I know its not all adventure fantasy there's work involved. Things i will apply. Saftey,professionalism,customer satisfaction, if im at prime i have thier name on my truck and prolly person so how I act is what they will perceive the company. I think my first few months will be the refine with fire stage. Get through that i will be better. When i go i will keep you all in alot of info( turtle yours was the first I read loved it.

Jakester's Comment
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Nothing to give, turtle was straight on, good luck

The truth is Kj you can be whatever you want to be. But you have to be absolutely ready to commit to at least a year with whatever company hires you. Your record isn't all that bad. People with far worse backgrounds get hired every day.

Work hard. Show them what you've got. You can do it if you want it. Good luck!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Prime is a great company, but CFI will get you to them on their dime. Within about 8 weeks from the time you get to CFI you could be solo.

Turtle's Comment
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Prime is a great company, but CFI will get you to them on their dime.

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Uh, Prime pays for travel also, whether through a direct payment or reimbursement. They always have.

Kj B.'s Comment
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Yeah i got to drive but said they would pay me back.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Jump on in! If things go as planned with Prime you'll have roughly 3 to 4 weeks on not having any pay except the $200 advance available that's meant for food on the road. However after you have your CDL in hand they'll begin paying you ATLEAST $700 a week. After you're on the your own the sky is the limit. Your first year solo you'll likely earn somewhere between $35,000 to $45,000 depending on how quickly you catch on to managing your time efficiently. After a couple years you should be making somewhere around $60,000 or more. To me, the money trucking pays allows me to provide very well for my family so the sacrifice is worth it. Just know you will miss some birthdays and holidays. Will you be able to handle not being home to help your wife in a hard situation? Car breaks down? Kids or wife are sick? Old School has mentioned his neighbor is willing to help his wife take care of things around the house if she needs the help. Do you have reliable support to help your wife if she gets overwhelmed whether it's family, friends or neighbors?

You may find after completing 1 year of safe driving that being away from home is too difficult for you or your family. Having a clean CDL with no accidents or tickets will allow you many options to find what's best for you and the family. There are endless opportunities for those with a clean CDL. Some stick with OTR long term, others on a linehaul gig driving the same route everyday overnight and others do local city work. There really is something for everybody it's just a matter of finding what's your perfect fit. The first step is to set a solid foundation for your success by completing 1 year of safe OTR driving

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kj B.'s Comment
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Ty all. Wife says if I can save enough to oay a months rent, I can go. Lol but I am. Want to do it before winter I think the end of July or beginning of august.

PackRat's Comment
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Prime is a great company, but CFI will get you to them on their dime.

Yeah, most every major carrier is paying for your transportation to training.

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