Wife Gave Me The Okay To Get CDL

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Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Ah, Pacific Pearl, aren’t those numbers for very experienced drivers?

No. My gig only requires 6 months of experience. LTL is where a driver with 10 years of experience can apply, wait 6 months as, "under review" then get sent packing when a driver with 20 years of experience applies. Seattle isn't Nashville though here are a few dedicated opportunities in Nashville:

Cardinal Logistics CDL A Dedicated Company Truck Driver | Home Every Other Day |$85K- $90K+|9 mos. exp.

JB Hunt Regional Truck Driver |$83K + $10K+ signing bonus|3 mos. exp.

Heck, he’s already on the verge of leaving his wife, lol

They come, they go. Not much you can do about it. It's cheaper to upgrade to a newer model with lower miles if they leave first.

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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey guys I have posted once before about joining LTL with Yellow, but I haven’t had much traction from them. I had a serious talk with my wife about letting me get experience and go somewhat OTR with a company. I am looking at TMC, Maverick and Rohel as top candidates as they offer paid training and don’t want to go without any income and I do not yet have my CDL-A. I have done quite a bit of research on the 3 companies, but if there are others I’m forgetting about please feel free to let me know. I think Prime is out too long for my liking although I’ve heard their program is awesome. I am located in Tennessee and also haven’t had luck with any other LTL companies and am ready to get out there and learn then go LTL after a year or so. Thank you so kindly for the advice before hand!

It's 'do'able' Stephen!!

Here's how it worked, for me: 'Personal Stuff'

Wish y'all WELL in your journey; also read some of Old School's stuff (or ALL of it!) how it worked for him (and still IS,) as well! He has a blogspot link in his profile. His daughters & wife ride often, nowadays. (They all look alike, so I'll leave that on YOU to figure out who's who, in his photo gallery, haha!!)

Keep us'ns posted. Some 'wives' CAN handle it. (I'm cheaper than Tom's last .. because there WASN'T one, and 'I'M' THE FRUGAL ONE, y'all... LoL!)

~ 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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Art M.'s Comment
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I am looking at TMC, Maverick and Rohel as top candidates as they offer paid training and don’t want to go without any income and I do not yet have my CDL-A.

At this point, there are no other options to get a CDL as with those companies, that provide a bit of pay during education period, since you need it. Find out what is the pay package after "school" at all those carriers and decide which one to go with. There is no guaranty, you are going to be home every week, that's just the reality, anything can come up on the road and you may be covering for someone else in case there is a need. Talk to your significant other and weigh all of the options before going to the unknown. It is tough, but there is at least pay in this industry, as there are not many options around home during these viral times.

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.
Banks's Comment
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I walked into FedEx freight with a permit and they said "sure, we'll train you". Hiring process took a whole month from the date of my application to my start date. 2 years later I make 1800-2100 a week. I don't think the OP will have trouble landing an LTL gig in Nashville with a year experience.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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