Need Advice On Companies, And CDL Training

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Weasel 's Comment
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I’m wanting to jump into trucking now that I’m finally old enough. I was wondering if anyone knows of any companies that pay you decent while you get a CDL? That would be the biggest obstacle for me right now because of my bills. I also would like everyone’s opinion on some of the best starting companies in my area, I’m in Southern West Virginia. Any advice is appreciated.

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy, Christian; welcome to Trucking Truth!

Have you seen these links? I'd suggest you start here:

And then, apply for many companies with paid and paid for training, right here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

The above link will submit your application to numerous companies we recommend, and you will have the luxury of chooling what fits YOU, depending on types of freight you'd haul, lanes, and many other choices.

Best of luck; stop back with any questions & comments!

~ Anne ~

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Of course CFI is my personal favorite.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Most companies I know of only start paying you during training, after you get your cdl. Roehl is the only one I know of that will pay you while you are in their CDL school. They call it their Get Your CDL (GYCDL) program.

They are one of the companies in the link that Anne so kindly provided for you above.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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If I were you, I would be looking at changing careers, too. I read your bio, and see you're in the mining industry. This new administration is most likely to put that part of the economy to bed very soon.

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.
Weasel 's Comment
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I’ll look into them thank you.

Of course CFI is my personal favorite.

Tim F.'s Comment
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If I were you, I would be looking at changing careers, too. I read your bio, and see you're in the mining industry. This new administration is most likely to put that part of the economy to bed very soon.

I’m afraid the new administration is going to put a lot of industry to bed, not just mining.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Me thinks so too, but there will always be a requirement for truck drivers. I think anybody that's under 30 should seriously look at trucking as a solid career path. Drive for 30 years or longer, save wisely, and retire at a young age.

If I were 21 again, and had not done my military career for 32 years, trucking would have been my first alternate pick. That would put me at 44 years driving at age 65.

Jammer a's Comment
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Yeppers!!!! They did last time

If I were you, I would be looking at changing careers, too. I read your bio, and see you're in the mining industry. This new administration is most likely to put that part of the economy to bed very soon.

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.
Weasel 's Comment
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I don’t think they’re hiring in my area right now but I did look into them. I guess my only option will be to try and work until I get laid off and save some money.

Most companies I know of only start paying you during training, after you get your cdl. Roehl is the only one I know of that will pay you while you are in their CDL school. They call it their Get Your CDL (GYCDL) program.

They are one of the companies in the link that Anne so kindly provided for you above.

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.
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