Should I Keep My CDL?

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Banks's Comment
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Fed Ex and UPS you will need your doubles/triples 1st

UPS is even hiring of the street now , at least in So Cal outta Ontario hub I know was for sure

Yeah FedEx freight well require doubles/Triples, hazmat and tanker.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Jamie OD has pretty good insurance and if you choose LH in 3 years you could be around 100k and still be home everyday.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie OD has pretty good insurance and if you choose LH in 3 years you could be around 100k and still be home everyday.

I have considered OD for awhile for linehaul work, but up until recently, they wasn't hiring out of my area. Due to the plans my wife and I have on starting a family, me moving into a local position will make more sense than being away for weeks at a time or only being home a few times a week, etc. So if I can make about the same or more with similar health benefits, it'd be amazing.

I would love to stay with Crete long term since they're a great company, but they just don't have enough local positions besides at the Walmart DC in Cheyenne, WY, which I don't want to run out of that DC due to the areas they run and it's the worst managed DC out of the Walmart DCs Crete runs dedicated out of.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Jamie OD has pretty good insurance and if you choose LH in 3 years you could be around 100k and still be home everyday.

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I have considered OD for awhile for linehaul work, but up until recently, they wasn't hiring out of my area. Due to the plans my wife and I have on starting a family, me moving into a local position will make more sense than being away for weeks at a time or only being home a few times a week, etc. So if I can make about the same or more with similar health benefits, it'd be amazing.

I would love to stay with Crete long term since they're a great company, but they just don't have enough local positions besides at the Walmart DC in Cheyenne, WY, which I don't want to run out of that DC due to the areas they run and it's the worst managed DC out of the Walmart DCs Crete runs dedicated out of.

CONGRATS on the fam start, Jamie! That's awesome.

My guy (Tom) did FX/LH for awhile.... to be 'home ish' ... as well.

Wish you the best, either way!! Ya better let us KNOW, about the new addition(s!) !!!!

Have you spoken to @G'Town about the different DC's, re: WalMart? He may have some 'intel' .. just saying!

Wish you all the best, good sir!! KUDOS, too!

~ Anne ~

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Zach 's Comment
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Do you got a Facebook ?? Shoot it I’ll hit you up

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How patience is SWIFT with new drivers? They have offered to take me but I'm worried I will do something dumb to **** off my DM and will will get dropped like a hot potato from them too.

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Zach Radocaj

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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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How patience is SWIFT with new drivers? They have offered to take me but I'm worried I will do something dumb to **** off my DM and will will get dropped like a hot potato from them too.

If you still want to drive, why not get with a company like Swift? Tell them you have almost no experience and that you'd like to go through their standard training for drivers freah out of cdl school.

Most of your difficulties are a result of a lack of training and confidence. I think you will have a whole new, positive outlook on driving, and your confidence level will skyrocket once you've had some quality training. There will still be difficulties, but you will be better equipped to handle the problems you encounter once you receive the proper training.

If your heart is set on driving, give it another shot. Exhaust all your options before making a final decision to give up your cdl. Take any negative feedback you may have received and use it to motivate yourself. Take on an "I'll show them what I'm really made of" mentality.

Remember, everybody here wants to see you succeed.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Take any negative feedback you may have received and use it to motivate yourself. Take on an "I'll show them what I'm really made of" mentality.

Remember, everybody here wants to see you succeed.

I love this advice. It's golden!

MSgt C.'s Comment
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Take any negative feedback you may have received and use it to motivate yourself. Take on an "I'll show them what I'm really made of" mentality.

Remember, everybody here wants to see you succeed.

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I love this advice. It's golden!

Keep it! I did. I held mine as intrastate excepted from 2007 until just last week. I didn't think I'd drive again, but I have developed a survival instinct that I credit for these kinds of things. I live this way when it come to things in my kit. 1. Pack light, but lethal. 2. Every thing has to have multiple uses. 3. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. 4. The hardest day is always tomorrow and yesterday the was the easiest. 5. You can slow down, you can rest, you can retreat and regroup. But you never fail the mission. 6. Never listen to the static on comms.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Errol V.'s Comment
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How patience is SWIFT with new drivers? They have offered to take me but I'm worried I will do something dumb to **** off my DM and will will get dropped like a hot potato from them too.

"Dumb thing to **** off your FM ": As a newbie + rookie and a not-quite-dry CDL , you are almost expected to do the dumb. At Swift in my first year I accomplished two non-road accidents, including ripping a new entrance to a warehouse. To be sure, I had to go in and talk to the Safety office. (A secret known but to few: you will be an"expert" in those situations for the rest of your life.)

Then I got back in my truck and got rolling again.

again.

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.

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zach 's Comment
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How patience is SWIFT with new drivers? They have offered to take me but I'm worried I will do something dumb to **** off my DM and will will get dropped like a hot potato from them too.

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"Dumb thing to **** off your FM ": As a newbie + rookie and a not-quite-dry CDL , you are almost expected to do the dumb. At Swift in my first year I accomplished two non-road accidents, including ripping a new entrance to a warehouse. To be sure, I had to go in and talk to the Safety office. (A secret known but to few: you will be an"expert" in those situations for the rest of your life.)

Then I got back in my truck and got rolling again.

again.

That definetly tops my hitting a trailer incident blindside backing

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.

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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