Still Trying To Decide Which Company To Do Training Through.

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Truckergirl's Comment
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Hi there, I've got offers from three different companies (Swift, Prime, US Express) and I can't decide which company I want to do training through, I know the'll send me to training wherever they need too but I need help deciding which company is better to go through to start and hopefully stay at for a long time. I know that I want to do OTR and might look into doing team at somepoint. I live in Colorado, so i'm not sure what my options are and where their closest training centers are. I'm right at the beginning phase of looking and deciding who to go through. Thank You for letting me vent kind of and any advice on the companies would be appreciated. Thank You,

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.

PackRat's Comment
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All three are solid, top notch companies. There are drivers on TT from all of these that can offer specific answers.

Truckergirl's Comment
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Pretty sure I want to go with Prime or Swift, i'm talking (have been talking) to my Recruiters about my wanting to move back east to where my parents are. They live in Missouri, so i'd probably choose Prime but i'm also still considering Swift. I'm also going to be getting married and my Fiance wants to be a truck driver too. Hence why we're considering (EVENTUALLY) possibly going with team driving. If my Fiance changes their mind though, i'm perfectly happy to do single. Lots to consider still, but I will keep my recruiters updated with my plans. My lease in Colorado ends at the end of the month but their considering letting me out of it early so I can head back east. I'm super excited about all the changes that will be happening but also a little bit nervous, but I can get through it cause I know I have the willpower to succeed.

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.

Truckergirl's Comment
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I do have another question, sorry to keep making new replies. I was wondering if, I should mention to my recruiter that i'm a smoker if they don't ask about it or if I should leave it until I get to the Orientation and go through the physical and if I should even mention it there? I know I'll have a choice between a smoker and a non smoker truck so i'd request a smoker out of consideration to my trainer. So basically, I was wondering if I should tell my recruiter about it before I leave in the next few days to go back east or if I should just mention it at the physical at orientation.

PackRat's Comment
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It will be a question on the medical forms and any insurance paperwork.

Don's Comment
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I think SWIFT has schools in Lewiston, Idaho and Phoenix,AZ. I can't recommend CFI enough. I heard they were going to Automatics only training, but not sure if that has occurred. Have you checked into CFI?

PackRat's Comment
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You can't go wrong with choosing Prime, especially if you settle there in Missouri.

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.

Truckergirl's Comment
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I have not looked into CFI. I told my parents this morning that i'm buying the first ticket possible to fly home and will still be talking to my recruiter during this whole process and crossing my fingers that they have a slot for me in the next couple weeks at orientation since that's the stage i'm at, just waiting for an orientation date. My fiance is on board with everything and we're finishing getting our stuff packed up and looking for plane tickets that leave as soon as possible.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I have been with Prime 5 years next month. location doesnt matter. you only stay at the schooling for.orientation about a week then head OTR with your permit. they route you home with no issues.

at orientation you will fill a ton of papers and they ask about smoking and getting trained by the same or opposite sex.

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.

Truckergirl's Comment
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Yeah, I decided to stay in Missouri with my parents. Thing is, I already have my permit in Colorado since that's where I've been and I was told to get my permit before coming to orientation. So, i'm guessing we would go to the DMV in Missouri and I would get my regular licence transferred over to Missouri at the same time that I get my permit transferred over. I just hope that the DMV will be open (due to COVID) so I can do all that. I might look into trying to get my regular licence transferred over before orientation starts since I know for sure that I will be staying in Missouri and not going back to Colorado. Do you think that's the best way to go about it? Or do you think I should do both at the same time?

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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