Career Change, Looking To Go Local

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702FiveOh's Comment
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Looks like I’m pretty much SOL as far as finding a local company that will train without a CDL. Has anyone here used any of the local schools here in Vegas?

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.
702FiveOh's Comment
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I’m going to be starting CDL school soon. Who will hire new grads in Vegas?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Who will hire new grads in Vegas?

702FiveOh, I haven't jumped in on your quest yet, but you've got to realize you're going about this all wrong. We do not recommend starting in this industry with a local job.

I understand you think that's your only option. You've got to reconsider your approach. You've got to think long term when establishing a career. Your shortsighted approach has a lot of potential to kill or abort your goals.

We teach best practices. There's solid research and evidence why you want to establish your truck driving career as an OTR driver. I know it's a huge sacrifice for a family man, but it's also a sure fire way to assure yourself success and opportunities as a local driver. Right now you're doing everything you can to force a square peg in a round hole. Don't you feel it? It's a huge mistake. A one year commitment to OTR driving would set you up with lots of local opportunities. There's a solid reason for that. Don't ignore the proper path that leads to what you want.

Why You Should Not Start Your Trucking Career As A Local Driver

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.

702FiveOh's Comment
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Thanks for the input

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Who will hire new grads in Vegas?

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702FiveOh, I haven't jumped in on your quest yet, but you've got to realize you're going about this all wrong. We do not recommend starting in this industry with a local job.

I understand you think that's your only option. You've got to reconsider your approach. You've got to think long term when establishing a career. Your shortsighted approach has a lot of potential to kill or abort your goals.

We teach best practices. There's solid research and evidence why you want to establish your truck driving career as an OTR driver. I know it's a huge sacrifice for a family man, but it's also a sure fire way to assure yourself success and opportunities as a local driver. Right now you're doing everything you can to force a square peg in a round hole. Don't you feel it? It's a huge mistake. A one year commitment to OTR driving would set you up with lots of local opportunities. There's a solid reason for that. Don't ignore the proper path that leads to what you want.

Why You Should Not Start Your Trucking Career As A Local Driver

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.

702FiveOh's Comment
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If I were to go with a company that provides CDL training and requires OTR , which companies have the best home time structure?

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.

PackRat's Comment
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If I were to go with a company that provides CDL training and requires OTR , which companies have the best home time structure?

Most companies are about the same. For every week out, you'll get one day off. Four weeks out will be four or five days off.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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If I were to go with a company that provides CDL training and requires OTR , which companies have the best home time structure?

As PackRat said, most companies are about the same. At the top is a blank box. Type in Roehl and read those posts. If I remember correctly, they have decent home time.

Laura

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kenworthcruisin's Comment
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Well here’s my 2 cents....

I didn’t read every post but i got my class A license a couple years ago and have never had to worry about a job. I started with us express dollar general accounts and loved the job but it was really hard on my kids who were always used to me being there. Now I got on driving a milk truck locally and home every night a few months after my start with us express I was lucky though. Most I talked to don’t have such luck and it had nothing to do with my skill as much as the need for drivers again I was lucky....

Now as far as a job I don’t like local as much as I did my dedicated account for one reason, DRAMA. The job for us express was relaxing nothing to worry about but making it on time and not having an accident. It made it so much harder being local because of all the drama. And there is a lot more physical aspects to the job.

If I were you and you were dead set on trucking locally you may be better off with class b cdl. Also I don’t know about your area but a lot of guys around here get there class b license for free at the bus garage and start getting some experience by driving a bus first.

However if I were you and you could dedicate a year to otr you would be far better off to do your research and train with a good company and get class a experience. A year Is very little time to dedicate to a career that will always be there. And it will be easier to find a good local job instead of some shady outfit.

Trucking changed my life it was the best decision I’ve made and I guess I’ll be in a truck till they say I’m no longer able.

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.

702FiveOh's Comment
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Yes, as far as company sponsored CDL programs go, Roehl is at the top of my list. The only thing that is kind of off putting for me is the 15 month commitment. I’m trying to stick with a pet friendly company if I have to do OTR. I have two dogs and I’d like to bring my boy. He loves to travel. The other one would stay home with the wife

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If I were to go with a company that provides CDL training and requires OTR , which companies have the best home time structure?

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As PackRat said, most companies are about the same. At the top is a blank box. Type in Roehl and read those posts. If I remember correctly, they have decent home time.

Laura

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
702FiveOh's Comment
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Hey Jay, which company are you with? Are the mixers automatic?

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If my name hasn’t given it away already, I’m in law enforcement and looking to leave. I have been looking at getting my CDL. I was wondering if there are any companies that provide paid training here in Vegas for local routes. I’m unable to be away from home for extended periods so OTR is kind of out of the question for me right now. If there aren’t any companies that provide paid training for local routes, what companies will hire new grads for local routes? I’m willing to put myself through a CDL school if necessary.

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Check for CDL B jobs. I paid my way through school, and thought that you had to go over the road. I drive a cement mixer and will make somewhere north of 50k This year and I didn’t start till the 2nd week of February. There’s lots of options out there. I think a lot of folks steer clear of the CDL B jobs because they start between 18-20 an hour. But almost all have overtime and that’s where you make your money at.

I agree with what they preach here though I wouldn’t want to be trying to deliver pulling a 53 ft trailer to some of these business That’s a recipe for disaster.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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