New Guy With A Permit. Need Advice On Companies!

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Bryan D.'s Comment
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I just got my CDL permit two days ago thanks to the training materials located on this website. I'm currently applying to companies that will train me for my CDL. I'm leaning heavily towards Millis or Roehl with Prime as a backup. Does anyone here have experience with these companies? I would love to here about your time working for them and going through there schools. If anyone has any other companies I should be looking at feel free to chime in. I'm located in Chattanooga, TN.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Welcome to the forum!

You can't go wrong with any of those companies. All 3 will give you the tools you need to be succesful. The ball will be in your court to execute it. Take a look at our training diaries here on Trucking Truth for an idea of what to expect at school.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Do you have a preference for what type of freight you want to pull? (Dry Van, refrigerated, tanker or flatbed) That can make a difference.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Bryan D.'s Comment
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That's good to hear and I'll definitely check out the Training Diaries.

Welcome to the forum!

You can't go wrong with any of those companies. All 3 will give you the tools you need to be succesful. The ball will be in your court to execute it. Take a look at our training diaries here on Trucking Truth for an idea of what to expect at school.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James R.'s Comment
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Yea you need to decide what kind of work you might want to do given the different lifestyles. I couldn't stand just holding the steering wheel for 11 hours straight every day, that would massively depress me. But I don't mind securing loads even in really harsh weather, so machinery is perfect for me.

Try to learn what you can and the different types and make a decision.

Bryan D.'s Comment
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I would prefer dry van or refrigerated but I'll do whatever it takes to make decent money. I'm not afraid of hard work.

Do you have a preference for what type of freight you want to pull? (Dry Van, refrigerated, tanker or flatbed) That can make a difference.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
James R.'s Comment
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Then think of what you don't want to do and pick based on that. I've seen a lot of people come and go and switch companies 20 times because they never like what they pick. Put some real thought into it.

I would prefer dry van or refrigerated but I'll do whatever it takes to make decent money. I'm not afraid of hard work.

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Do you have a preference for what type of freight you want to pull? (Dry Van, refrigerated, tanker or flatbed) That can make a difference.

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Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Bryan D.'s Comment
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Will do and thanks for the advice!

Then think of what you don't want to do and pick based on that. I've seen a lot of people come and go and switch companies 20 times because they never like what they pick. Put some real thought into it.

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I would prefer dry van or refrigerated but I'll do whatever it takes to make decent money. I'm not afraid of hard work.

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Do you have a preference for what type of freight you want to pull? (Dry Van, refrigerated, tanker or flatbed) That can make a difference.

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Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Arctic Fox's Comment
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I’m a total newbie, so take what I say with a grain of salt. My advice would be, in addition to what type of freight you want to haul, be sure to consider things like hometime policies, lease options, duration of training, benefits, company culture, etc.

G-Town's Comment
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Artic Fox wrote:

I’m a total newbie, so take what I say with a grain of salt. My advice would be, in addition to what type of freight you want to haul, be sure to consider things like hometime policies, lease options, duration of training, benefits, company culture, etc.

Lease options for a rookie? Not an option at all. Not a consideration. Off the list.

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