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PORK CHOP EXPRESS's Comment
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Proud to announce that I received my C.D.L. class A license today and what a great journey its been so far. Looking forward to beginning orientation in the coming week and to finally start learning the ins and outs of the trucking industry.. Wish me luck on my new venture.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Congrats and best of luck - I'll be in your shoes soon enough :)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome Pork Chop Express. Congrats and welcome aboard!!!!

So you already have a job lined up?

Chris B.'s Comment
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That will be me i about 6 weeks.good-luck.gifdancing.gif

Starcar's Comment
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CONGRATULATIONS PORK CHOP !!!!

Now its a little class/papertime....then out with your trainer.....WATCH....ASK....PRACTICE....this is your last chance to ask all those questions you don't have the answers to..and many more questions will come up...so don't be afraid to ask them...to your trainer, or to us !!! Keep us in the loop...and we are here if ya need us !!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PORK CHOP EXPRESS's Comment
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That's awesome Pork Chop Express. Congrats and welcome aboard!!!!

So you already have a job lined up?

I've actually been approved to attend Melton's orientation in Birmingham Alabama although im not completely sold on the whole flatbed as of yet, I also have offers from Prime, Swift, Western Xpress, and Trans Am... So just really researching what will be the best company for me...

Wine Taster's Comment
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Good luck! There are so many companies to choose from. Remember the starting pay is not always the only thing to look at. I chose Roehl even though their starting pay was a bit lower. They have great hometime options. Most of the drivers I talked to from there seemed happy. Anyway, I am rambling, take your time but not too much time and make the jump. After a year or two, you can always change.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

PORK CHOP EXPRESS's Comment
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Good luck! There are so many companies to choose from. Remember the starting pay is not always the only thing to look at. I chose Roehl even though their starting pay was a bit lower. They have great hometime options. Most of the drivers I talked to from there seemed happy. Anyway, I am rambling, take your time but not too much time and make the jump. After a year or two, you can always change.

I completely agree with you... Some companies will get you on the road faster, some have tuition reimbursement, some require you to team up for as much as 8 weeks, and the list goes on... The biggest thing for me is that I don't need to be sleeping while another student is driving ...not sure if I can allow that to happen.... ive never been a good passenger. Lol. But all in all I'm treating this first year as a deployment... If I get to come home great, if not oh well. I'd rather be prepared than surprised..

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Wine Taster's Comment
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That is one of the reasons I chose Roehl. When you hit phaze 2 of training, you get it the truck with your trainer. The trainer does not sleep while you are driving. He / she is in the passenger seat giving you guidance. When you sleep, he / she sleeps. I really like that I will not be team driving and have an actual instructor for a couple of weeks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris L.'s Comment
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I agree choosing a company on money alone is not good. I speak from experience, I took the highest paying job out of truck school and here I am almost a year later waiting for my one year so I can go OTR. I like the company they lived up to there promises, I just want to do 48 states, not 3 like I do now. Good luck on you choice.

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.

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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