No Company Wants To Take Me In OTR. Help?

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Zach 's Comment
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Try Western Express, they will more then likely give you a shot. Also USA truck and carolina cargo will probably hire you The carrier refresher course is another good option.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Yeah just about every company out there is going to want to put you with a trainer. I had 2 n a half years otr , went local hauling water for the oilfield for 3 years and then I luckily found 1 company out of the dozen or so I was looking at that would hire me. You are right they don't consider local experience at all, even if you are driving everyday. Brett wrote a nice writeup about it somewhere I remember reading. I think its BS because oilfield and most other local work is way harder than OTR but thats what happens when the world is run by insurance companies.

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.

Ted P.'s Comment
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Yes, a refreshers course is the only option you have at this point. most recruiters will say, " you do not have enough recent experience." I would suggest the same as the other drivers that have commented as well, there are other carriers out there than just (Prime, Schneider, Swift, Werner, Roehl, etc....) the bigger the carrier, the more insurance they have for training students, you might have opportunities' in other carriers all the more, covenant, and US Xpress are good ones as well, I wouldn't suggest US Xpress since like Arnold has just automatic trucks, and they do not offer a versatile experience as many carriers offer, but this might just be me.

Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

So yall are saying i can call a recruiter and ask for a refresher course? Or ask for cdl training program?

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.

Auggie69's Comment
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Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

https://careers.fedex.com/freight/jobs/25892-443458?lang=en-us&previousLocale=en-US

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.

Auggie69's Comment
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Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

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https://careers.fedex.com/freight/jobs/25892-443458?lang=en-us&previousLocale=en-US

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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.

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.

Dean R.'s Comment
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Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

I recently spoke to a Schneider recruiter. Schneider will take any experience within the last 10 years. I was given credit for my stint with an agricultural company where I hauled grain and grain silo construction materials.

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.

Ted P.'s Comment
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NOW since you have replied so quickly , I personally would suggest going to a LTL carrier, job pays well and your home to have a "life" more so than a road carrier, With that being said now your experience would be a question for their recruiters to answer, every company is different. they are Local for the most part, situations do happen and hotels are usually the option at that point, Holland regional are local trucks ( Haz-mat required and tank endorsement required as well, even on a road fleet, but they sleep in motels every time there driving time is up... and that part is nice... NO truck stop BS... Don't take my word for it... give them a call...

Yes, a refreshers course is the only option you have at this point. most recruiters will say, " you do not have enough recent experience." I would suggest the same as the other drivers that have commented as well, there are other carriers out there than just (Prime, Schneider, Swift, Werner, Roehl, etc....) the bigger the carrier, the more insurance they have for training students, you might have opportunities' in other carriers all the more, covenant, and US Xpress are good ones as well, I wouldn't suggest US Xpress since like Arnold has just automatic trucks, and they do not offer a versatile experience as many carriers offer, but this might just be me.

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Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

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So yall are saying i can call a recruiter and ask for a refresher course? Or ask for cdl training program?

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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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Try Western Express, they will more then likely give you a shot. Also USA truck and carolina cargo will probably hire you The carrier refresher course is another good option.

Just a quick FYI, Carolina Cargo is no longer a 2nd chance company. They are working closely with Penske, and are hiring experienced drivers only. Big Scott reported on this last year or so. Western and USA are good options, though.

There's also Dutch Maid here in Ohio that gave one of our members a 4th chance; you could look into them, as well.

Best of luck, O/P~

~ Anne ~

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