New CDL Driver Looking For Advice

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Mike A.'s Comment
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Hello everyone I am looking to have a training company to start with, I have offered from three different companies, please help me CE England Swift Schneider I really confused & I am in a situation that not let me go in a bad experience with of them. I need to start ASAP without surprise I have no problem to be out of hone for months but again NO surprises. I wish you all a wonderful day & be safe please See you one day OTR Appreciated

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Have you tried CFI or Prime?

Try as many companies as you can. Make the best of it.

James H.'s Comment
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; I am in a situation that not let me go in a bad experience with of them. I need to start ASAP without surprise I have no problem to be out of hone for months but again NO surprises.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by no surprises, but I think I can guarantee that the experience of becoming a professional driver will be full of surprises, not least the things you learn about yourself. And there will be bad experiences, but also many positive ones. As has been discussed on numerous threads in this forum, the way to succeed is to approach your training with a humble willingness to learn and complete commitment. Truthfully, you can go into a good training program and get a less-than-good trainer, or vice versa, but the main determining factor in your success will be you, your adaptability, and your effort. All the training programs you mentioned, and plenty others, have produced successful drivers. Check out the training diaries on the forum to read about people's experience at these companies, but remember, every good or bad review, etc., is a single person's perspective, and shouldn't be taken as anything more. Good luck and welcome!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy, Mike A., and welcome to Trucking Truth~!!

If you read NONE of this post; start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

Big Scott's recommendation of checking into CFI is spot on; CFI DRIVE; James tells it like it is,also.

CRE, Swift, and SNI are fine companies, as well; all train 'differently,' however. We have members for ALL 3 here; search by tags on the company! G'Town is a Moderator here, and has driven for Swift for 6 years. Erroll is a moderator as well, and has driven AND trained for Swift. Big T is currently a trainer for Swift; and has driven with them for awhile.

Have you checked out 'OUR' links on here, and also ... our starter kit, so you ARE well prepared?!?!?

In addition to the three companies YOU mention; we have a QUICK, ONE & DONE application, to MANY other companies; I'd suggest this link, to get started ASAP, and PAID ASAP~!!!!

Here you go: You'be on the road in NO time, if all checks out with your background & history, Mike!

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Wish you the best, sir.

Check this^^^^^OUT; you'll be glad you did!

~ Anne ~

ps: FREELY stop by with any & all further questions!

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Mike A.'s Comment
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Thank you so much, I will try those too Be safe

Have you tried CFI or Prime?

Try as many companies as you can. Make the best of it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike A.'s Comment
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Thank you for responding, Well the surprises like Not paying or holding you on side with no work so that also would brings me to Not be paid. I am in between of getting my truck and getting my experience myself or starting with any company !! But anyway thank you so much Be safe

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; I am in a situation that not let me go in a bad experience with of them. I need to start ASAP without surprise I have no problem to be out of hone for months but again NO surprises.

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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by no surprises, but I think I can guarantee that the experience of becoming a professional driver will be full of surprises, not least the things you learn about yourself. And there will be bad experiences, but also many positive ones. As has been discussed on numerous threads in this forum, the way to succeed is to approach your training with a humble willingness to learn and complete commitment. Truthfully, you can go into a good training program and get a less-than-good trainer, or vice versa, but the main determining factor in your success will be you, your adaptability, and your effort. All the training programs you mentioned, and plenty others, have produced successful drivers. Check out the training diaries on the forum to read about people's experience at these companies, but remember, every good or bad review, etc., is a single person's perspective, and shouldn't be taken as anything more. Good luck and welcome!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Mike A.'s Comment
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Perfect Thank you so much, Be safe Appreciated

Howdy, Mike A., and welcome to Trucking Truth~!!

If you read NONE of this post; start here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

Big Scott's recommendation of checking into CFI is spot on; CFI DRIVE; James tells it like it is,also.

CRE, Swift, and SNI are fine companies, as well; all train 'differently,' however. We have members for ALL 3 here; search by tags on the company! G'Town is a Moderator here, and has driven for Swift for 6 years. Erroll is a moderator as well, and has driven AND trained for Swift. Big T is currently a trainer for Swift; and has driven with them for awhile.

Have you checked out 'OUR' links on here, and also ... our starter kit, so you ARE well prepared?!?!?

In addition to the three companies YOU mention; we have a QUICK, ONE & DONE application, to MANY other companies; I'd suggest this link, to get started ASAP, and PAID ASAP~!!!!

Here you go: You'be on the road in NO time, if all checks out with your background & history, Mike!

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Wish you the best, sir.

Check this^^^^^OUT; you'll be glad you did!

~ Anne ~

ps: FREELY stop by with any & all further questions!

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Banks's Comment
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Trucks have bills.

Drivers pay those bills.

Companies can't pay the bills the trucks bring by having you sit at home.

Companies can't attract drivers if they have a history of not paying them.

You'll work and you'll get paid for the work you do. Do as much work as you can in the time you have to do it. As you gain experience and become more efficient, you'll earn more.

You need to worry more about getting hired and trained instead of worrying about a company keeping you on the side or not paying you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Mike, You say you are worried about "surprises". Actually, all companies are rather consistent, following their policies about how the thing works. The surprise is when you misunderstand something, get blindsided by something you missed in training, and so on. If you pay attention, ask questions and stay on the ball, you will be successful.

Hang in there! And if you want to apply to more companies than you know, Anne has the link: Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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