Advice For After CDL School/ Getting Into Flatbed

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TwoSides11's Comment
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Hey Kerry just wondering how is everything going with you? Are you back in the states yet? How's the search coming along. If I have you confused with someone else, I apologize lol

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, where are you Kerry? Your GPS map tracker has been turned off since day 1.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Hey Kerry just wondering how is everything going with you? Are you back in the states yet? How's the search coming along. If I have you confused with someone else, I apologize lol

Things are going very well. I am flying back tomorrow night local time here and arriving in the US Tuesday afternoon CDT.

No updates up to this point because all of the companies showing any interest are waiting for me to call once I return to the US.

My own thread with periodic updates:

1st Company and would like to haul reefer

Yes, where are you Kerry? Your GPS map tracker has been turned off since day 1.

I have been in Zambia since August 18, 2021.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Fred M's Comment
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Hello, Truckers! I am hoping to become one of you very soon! I earned my CDL permit thanks to the High Road Training program, and I'm starting a private trucking school next week out in the Bay Area! However, beyond that I am not sure where to go, or maybe I should say I am not sure what to do. A good friend of mine from my time in the Navy was a Trucker, and he suggested I do flatbed. Any advice in how to get my foot in the door with flatbed trucking, or really anything in general, would be greatly appreciated. To those who read and/or respond to this thread, thank you for your time.

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TMC is a flatbed company that hires drivers right out of CDL school. Swift has a flatbed division. Maverick is a flatbed company that hires right out of school and also has a glass division that pays slightly higher than the standard flatbed division. Estes runs flatbed. Western Express runs flatbed. Melton is flatbed company. Prime has a flatbed division. Knight Transportation has a regional flatbed in PNW (hiring area includes the Bay Area). 1 year experience preferred with that dedicated division, but they are willing to train. I believe Roehl had a flatbed division.

I am sure that there are other companies that other members here can suggest.

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Hello, Kerry! Pleasure to meet you. Thank you for that information. Knight having a regional in the PNW has me very intrigued!

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You are welcome. I utilize an app called Driver Pulse by Tenstreet to gather information on all sorts of trucking companies. The app shows hiring areas for various companies and the types of work for which they are currently hiring. It's through this app that I learned about the PNW flatbed regional with Knight.

Knight is a pretty decent company. Old School and Davy are two prominent members here that I know drive for Knight. I think Old School drives flatbed for them, but I am not certain about that.

Best of luck to you.

Hi, Kerry! I gave TwoSides11 props for advice on the Driver Pulse app, my bad! Thank you for the information on the app, much appreciated.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fred M's Comment
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TMC is a flatbed company that hires drivers right out of CDL school.

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Just want to clarify. TMC is a flatbed company that will allow recent CDL grads to come in for an INTERVIEW not necessarily hire you right out of CDL school. They do a 2 week training process and if you pass you will then be eligible for employment. TMC from my experience seems to be a great company to work for. Right now I'm scheduled to start with Knight doing flatbed, just waiting for a trainer to free up.

From what I've heard from this forum, Prime, Maverick and Knight are good flatbed companies. Good luck with your search and good luck starting a career.

Hi, TwoSides! Thank you for the heads up on TMC and the information on the app. Good luck with Knight! Maybe I'll see you out there if I pass CDL school.

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.
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