Narrowing Down Paid Training Companies And Divisions

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Jim W.'s Comment
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Hi all,

I’ve been doing my research and studying for a little bit now and getting ready to embark on a new career as a middle aged guy new to the trucking world. I am scheduled to take the knowledge test in four weeks and DOT physical is done. I have some experience with heavy vehicles and had a class B a few calendar pages back. Well, maybe more than a few. I’m not just looking for the career change but the lifestyle change as well. My boys are grown and my wife and I are no longer together, so being on the road is no issue. Hoping to bring my dog with me when it’s appropriate, but that's about it.

I’ve been trying to decide what division I would want to get into, but most of the discussions I’ve found in forums and YouTube, end up coming down to how often you want to be home, which again, is not something I'm concerned about. I am interested by flatbed, but I don’t want to go to a company that only does flatbed until I have a bit of experience, to keep my options open.

I’ve narrowed it down to a couple companies and the deciding factor is length of training. One company spends a few days in the training facility and a few months on the road before you go solo, while the other spends a few weeks in the training facility and just shy of a month on the road. I’m leaning toward the longer time on the road, if nothing else but to glean as much information from my trainer as possible. I’d like to hear what people think. Either about the training or the divisions.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Hi all,

I’ve been doing my research and studying for a little bit now and getting ready to embark on a new career as a middle aged guy new to the trucking world. I am scheduled to take the knowledge test in four weeks and DOT physical is done. I have some experience with heavy vehicles and had a class B a few calendar pages back. Well, maybe more than a few. I’m not just looking for the career change but the lifestyle change as well. My boys are grown and my wife and I are no longer together, so being on the road is no issue. Hoping to bring my dog with me when it’s appropriate, but that's about it.

I’ve been trying to decide what division I would want to get into, but most of the discussions I’ve found in forums and YouTube, end up coming down to how often you want to be home, which again, is not something I'm concerned about. I am interested by flatbed, but I don’t want to go to a company that only does flatbed until I have a bit of experience, to keep my options open.

I’ve narrowed it down to a couple companies and the deciding factor is length of training. One company spends a few days in the training facility and a few months on the road before you go solo, while the other spends a few weeks in the training facility and just shy of a month on the road. I’m leaning toward the longer time on the road, if nothing else but to glean as much information from my trainer as possible. I’d like to hear what people think. Either about the training or the divisions.

Howdy, Jim !!

Have you looked into Roehl? (Application right here ...) Apply For Paid CDL Training

Also, Knight has both options!

If you tell us the 'companies' you are looking at, we can add to your list without being repetitive. Prime has both, as well. Training IS long, if that's what you, in fact, desire.

I'd recommend you look at Rob D. and Turtle 's diaries, both starting with Prime, as flatbedders!

Wish you well, good sir!

~ 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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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