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Jared H.'s Comment
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If you been following you may have read I’m starting my 2nd career. Passed CDL today our here in Washington State. I have an offer with Schneider for one of their dedicated routes ( multi-state) home on weekends. Orientation if I take the position (they have a spot for me on account) is 16March2021

I’ve spent last 3 months reading their website and blogs- YouTube videos, etc.

Any other insight some here have would be great!

I’m wanting some OTR experience with weekly home time or as close to weekly. I still pastor a growing church community and my team wants to see me - every now and then 🤣🤣🤣

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Davy A.'s Comment
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Congrats on passing! Im curious too, Schneider approved my app as well, but the recruiter just kept saying "Call us when you are within 30 days of completing school." Btw, I lived in Monroe and Snohomish for many years. I checked into that school down in Redmond a couple of times when I was there, but I was married at the time and didnt pursue it.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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I drove OTR for Schneider my first two years. Not dedicated, but did run brief (1 week at a time) dedicated routes out of Ohio and Virginia.

What I did like about dedicated was that the loads were ready when promised and it seemed very consistent.

As an OTR Driver, if I was getting home for two days on Saturday, my two days off were Sunday and Monday, back out Tuesday. My understanding on Regional and dedicated is that you gotta be back out Monday, even if you barely get a reset (34 hour) in. Nothing wrong with that, just be sure you know.

Everything Schneider Recruiting promised me was true.

Congratulations!

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

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.

Jared H.'s Comment
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Hey thanks! That was my experience as well. Once I got closer we started narrowing down a job and it just happened the one I wanted was available at the right time!

Congrats on passing! Im curious too, Schneider approved my app as well, but the recruiter just kept saying "Call us when you are within 30 days of completing school." Btw, I lived in Monroe and Snohomish for many years. I checked into that school down in Redmond a couple of times when I was there, but I was married at the time and didnt pursue it.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jared H.'s Comment
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Hey Steve thanks! Sounds very similar - The recruiter mentioned anoint heading out on Sunday night and home on Fridays. I will get some more clarity. I’ve been vetting them for about 3 months. This is all new to me- but it’s sure fun !

I drove OTR for Schneider my first two years. Not dedicated, but did run brief (1 week at a time) dedicated routes out of Ohio and Virginia.

What I did like about dedicated was that the loads were ready when promised and it seemed very consistent.

As an OTR Driver, if I was getting home for two days on Saturday, my two days off were Sunday and Monday, back out Tuesday. My understanding on Regional and dedicated is that you gotta be back out Monday, even if you barely get a reset (34 hour) in. Nothing wrong with that, just be sure you know.

Everything Schneider Recruiting promised me was true.

Congratulations!

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

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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If you been following you may have read I’m starting my 2nd career. Passed CDL today our here in Washington State. I have an offer with Schneider for one of their dedicated routes ( multi-state) home on weekends. Orientation if I take the position (they have a spot for me on account) is 16March2021

I’ve spent last 3 months reading their website and blogs- YouTube videos, etc.

Any other insight some here have would be great!

I’m wanting some OTR experience with weekly home time or as close to weekly. I still pastor a growing church community and my team wants to see me - every now and then 🤣🤣🤣

Congrats! I've been with Schneider since 1-19. I am on Walmart Dedicated out of Sterling, IL. I run Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. I'm scheduled for 5 days a week. If we work day 6 we get an extra $200. You get $250 if you stretch into day 7. I've only done 6 days.

I am enjoying the steady work. First load out is pre-planned by Walmart. About 50% of the time a backhaul is assigned. Most of my backhauls have been bottled water out of Wisconsin, with the occasional Purina pet food or Montery mushrooms. The water backhaul is loaded by robot and takes almost 2 hours. Purina is drop & hook. Mushroom loads are live-loaded in about 30 minutes.

Feel free to ask me anything regarding orientation, etc. Happy to help.

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Toad's Comment
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I started with Schneider regional , about a month ago. So far only positives, I’m not dedicated, but normally home weekly. Great orientation and training. They have a lot to offer a new driver. I’ve done my best to work hard for them, and they’ve taken great care of me so far.

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.

Jared H.'s Comment
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Hey Toad,

Just got all my final paper work. Head to Phoenix for orientation and training. They said I’m on the with a TE for 5 days after 2 weeks of orientation and then I come home and get to work.

I am seeing so many other companies have new drivers out for like 4-6 weeks with a trainer. Did you feel 5 days was adequate for your particular job?

Thanks a ton!

I started with Schneider regional , about a month ago. So far only positives, I’m not dedicated, but normally home weekly. Great orientation and training. They have a lot to offer a new driver. I’ve done my best to work hard for them, and they’ve taken great care of me so far.

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.

Toad's Comment
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During orientation you’ll spend 4 or 5 days mostly behind the wheel, whether that’s spent working on backing, driving on the road or slow maneuvers is up to your road instructor on what you struggle with most. For me being a yard jockey in the past I only worked on backing twice besides parking after driving. I typically drove on city streets and highways about 100-150 miles a day with my road trainer, which made my time with a TE a lot more about getting used to the workflow. Their training seems short and it’s a lot to learn, if you struggle with a skill just talk with your road trainer during orientation and they’ll go out of their way to help. Going into I figured Schneider has been doing this a long time and I put full trust that they have it down to a science in what they’re doing. We started with around 15 in orientation, finished with 7, no one didn’t make it due to abilities, the only ones dropped were from leaving things out on an application or failing open book written tests. If you need anything let me know!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Jared, it's true that Schneider has developed a much shorter training period than other companies. It seems to work for them, and most of the new drivers we see who go to Schneider feel they were trained well. It is just a different system, and some people prefer it. Don't sweat it right now. Just get in there and follow their lead. They run such a great operation, and they will make sure you are ready before they turn you loose. They will probably dispatch you a little differently at the beginning until both you and them build some confidence in each other.

Carry on brother, you are in good hands!

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.

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