I’m A Newbie, Looking For A Career Change.

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Dakota W.'s Comment
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Hello everybody, my name is Dakota and I’m a metal fabricator by trade. But I’m tired of black boogers and all that. Anyways, I’m looking towards prime as they are headquarters close to home. Would it be possible to be an owner operator right out of the gate or is that just setting yourself up to fail? Thanks

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Someone will come along and put all the links that you should study for getting your CDL and different companies that you should apply to. Just because you want to go to Prime because it's close to you, it's not necessary to go to a company that is close and they may not accept you.

As for being an owner operator , put that out of your mind for several years and don't even think about it. You need to get experience by going over the road and your first year will be the toughest. After your first year if you still are thinking about being an 00, then start talking to owner operators to learn that side of the business. By then if you have a clean record, your insurance will be a lot less than it would be coming right out of the gate.

Many of the companies that have schools, will try and get you to be a lease operator. My dad always taught me not to ever lease a vehicle. The guys here call it "fleece" operator for a reason. I believe there are a couple lease operators on here, but it shouldn't be done by a new person. My brother, after completing training with England, was put in "Recovery". He was sent all over the US to pick up tractors mainly and tractor trailers that had been abandoned because these guys did not make enough money to pay the lease bills.

Laura

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Dakota, and welcome aboard!

I'm sure you have been doing some research that has probably got you thinking along the lines of wanting to be an Owner/Operator, but it really isn't something a new guy just jumping in should attempt. In my opinion there are really no good reasons to be an O/O. I was a business owner for most of my life. When I chose to get out of my business and start trucking I wanted to be an O/O. It didn't take me long at all to figure out there were very few advantages. I have been a very successful company driver, and I have no plans of becoming an owner. I make great money. I manage everything about my job the way I like, and I get a lot of respect from my employer. Trucking is a performance based career. If you become a top performer you will find that you can do very well as a company driver. I'd be happy to hear your reasons for looking into that option. I'm certain we can help you understand why it is not the best way to start your trucking career.

Just be happy to have a few years of blowing nice clean boogers while you are learning your new craft. Trucking is full of challenges. You will find it to be rewarding if you enjoy solving problems and coming up with good solutions. Let me encourage you to look into plenty of companies. There is no reason to go to a company that is close to you. I have never worked for a trucking company who was headquartered near me. If they haul freight in your area then they can route you home when needed. All you have to look for is their "hiring area." My present employer is in Phoenix, AZ. I live in Texas. It is not an issue.

Here's our information starter kit. There's a lot of really helpful information in these links. I hope you will take the time to look at them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi, Dakota, and welcome to Trucking Truth~!!!

Prime IS A FINE COMPANY, and we have MANY drivers (and Moderators) on here that drive for/have driven for Prime.

Before you start thinking about being an O/O (which you really mean lease operator I'd assume,) Check this out:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

If after you read/peruse the above; I'd suggest you apply for Prime (and other companies as well) with our quick 'one and done' application. Again, this one: Apply For Paid CDL Training

Second to the last link above. This way, if Prime won't have you for whatever reason (they tend to be picky with work history) a plethora of other comparable companies/choices will be available at your fingertips!

Best wishes to you; if you have any further questions, please ask!!!

~ Anne ~

ps: When you are ready to decide if trucking is, in fact, for you; our HIGH ROAD TRAINING PROGRAM is second to NONE! (As is our PreTrip study guide, all here, for free!)

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. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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....and O/S beats me again. . . rofl-3.gif confused.gif rofl-3.gif

PackRat's Comment
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....and O/S beats me again. . . rofl-3.gif confused.gif rofl-3.gif

I know! Way past his bedtime, too.

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