Best Company With CDL Training To Start With?

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ZedLeppelin24's Comment
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Hello everyone! I Just earned my CDL learners permit here in GA and I'm trying to find the best company to start with! I'm VERY interested in a Flatbed divison that welcomes newbies and offers CDL training. I've been doing tons of research and Prime, INC seems to be one of the best options, however; the 50k mile minimum TNT phase is a little excessive in my humble opinion. I've also looked at TMC and Maverick, but the hiring locations are out of my reach as they're only hiring around the northern regions of GA while I'm in South West of the state. Do you guys know of any other flatbed companies that offer CDL training in my area? Also, should I just go a different route in acquiring my CDL permit ? Any advice, help, or suggestions are all welcome and can't wait to hear from you guys! - Jared

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Have you looked at Roehl? They have a large flatbed division and paid training. You can fill out an application on this site and a lot of companies will get your info

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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.
ZedLeppelin24's Comment
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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

PackRat's Comment
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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

How do you know?

Mikey B.'s Comment
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The best company to start with is simply the one that will hire you and checks the most boxes on your company wish list. Only you can know your best company.

Delco Dave's Comment
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The cameras aren’t recording you 24/7!!! They only come when the safety/event sensors are triggered. If your paying attention and driving safely it’s like they are not even there

ZedLeppelin24's Comment
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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

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How do you know?

I contacted and chatted with a recruiter a couple weeks ago.

G-Town's Comment
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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

Why are they a turnoff? What do you really know about them? Do you know how they work?

They are event driven; such as hard braking, swerving, lane control issues, etc. They are not capturing you as you sleep or anything remotely associated with your privacy when you are not driving.

You will be a rookie driver, making all kinds of mistakes, some potentially dangerous. The camera is a teaching tool designed to capture the bad driving behavior and correct it before it becomes a habit far tougher to break.

Furthermore, it’s a rather shallow reason for not selecting Roehl. Roehl is an excellent company. For your own sake, don’t make a hasty decision.

PackRat's Comment
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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

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How do you know?

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I contacted and chatted with a recruiter a couple weeks ago.

I meant how do you know it's "a turnoff" with zero experience?

That camera could keep you out of jail.

Nobody ever thinks of that, though.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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These cameras are watched by computers and companies decide what they want the algorithm to look for. They are used as training aids and to protect drivers and companies from tickets and at fault accidents. To me they are a plus.

You need to start. You don't want Prime because the training is to long. Those miles go by quick. Flatbeding needs extra training in securement and tarping.

If Prime will take you jump on it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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