Im Lost!

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Brandon C.'s Comment
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I recently got my CDLs (a few weeks ago) when I started looking into companies I've simply become overwhelmed. There are so many companies and details to consider I feel a little lost. I'm not really sure what I should be looking for or where to start looking really. I used my GI Bill to pay for my schooling so I have no contract obligations.

I don't really have any preference (yet) on what I haul or where or even when. I'm single with no kids as well as being a vet so no or little home time doesn't carry as much weight in my decision as it may for others with more responsibilities/obligations. I do have a cat so finding a position in which I could keep her has actually been actually been one of my biggest concerns bc no creature needs to be left isolated for weeks at a time, especially when I took her life as my responsibility.

I know pay isn't necessarily the most important thing, but it is at the top of my list in consideration of a job.

So if any of you have any advice that could help me reduce the number of companies and other things to consider I would greatly appreciate it, and/or who are some good/reputable places to work and also where NOT to work would be great!

Thanks for your time!


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.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Mike D.'s Comment
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Millis is excellent, Prime has a great program as does Wilson Logistics.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi.. I drive for Prime and believe it or not many companies do not allow cats. The cat was one reason I chose Prime. Our training period is extremely long though. During training you cannot bring the cat. Boarding facilities wont allow it to remain more than 30 days in most cases so giving it to a friend or family member during training may be the only option.

Here is a video I did about pets on the truck.

Trucking with Pets


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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