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Joel C.'s Comment
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So I’m considering a career change at the age of 54! I’m leaning towards Millis right now. I’m also considering going to C1 training here in Fort Worth and then driving for Warrior Logistics as a team driver. They are a Fed Ex contractor. I’ve also looked at ACT, Schneider, Steven’s, etc etc. Just looking for some advice as it seems I’ve got paralysis by analysis lol

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Out of curiosity, why team?

Joel C.'s Comment
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Out of curiosity, why team?

Honestly because that’s how they run their company. It’s team only for the most part with Warrior Logistics. It sounds like a very good opportunity as they pay .76 cpm and average 5200 miles a week. It’s a Tuesday Thru Saturday schedule as well. Nice equipment as well.

I have heard that Millis won’t let you idle? How can you sleep in Texas in the truck with out idling? That may be a no go for me with Millis if that’s true?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

G-Town's Comment
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Opti-idle works off a thermostat and also has a range setting enabling the truck to idle below freezing and above for instance 72’f to run the AC. Most every company has this or a version of this technology or a small generator called an APU. You will not be required to sleep in stifling heat or endure sub freezing temps.

This isn’t something to worry about.

Teaming? Keep in mind you’ll be living with a complete stranger in a space about the size of your average walk-in closet. Furthermore, most find it very difficult to sleep while the truck bounces and vibrates at highway speed.

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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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Out of curiosity, why team?

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Honestly because that’s how they run their company. It’s team only for the most part with Warrior Logistics. It sounds like a very good opportunity as they pay .76 cpm and average 5200 miles a week. It’s a Tuesday Thru Saturday schedule as well. Nice equipment as well.

I have heard that Millis won’t let you idle? How can you sleep in Texas in the truck with out idling? That may be a no go for me with Millis if that’s true?

Hay Joel, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

I'm not sure about Millis, but we DO have a few guys that drive for them, that will chime in. You can also search, by tag, like so:

Search by Tags. Just scroll to Millis.

Also, search 'Comments by Members' and look up posts from Pete E Pothole, Noob Driver, and Tripletdad. Our 'current' Millis guys!

Want to read some 'teaming' stuff? Look up Stevo Reno. He used to drive teams for CRST; he's now with Legend.

Please... check THESE links out, as well!

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Best wishes; glad to have ya here!

~ 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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Have you looked at CFI? We have terminals in Seagoville and Laredo. We have opportunities in OTR , regional and dedicated. We train for free.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Joel C.'s Comment
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Have you looked at CFI? We have terminals in Seagoville and Laredo. We have opportunities in OTR , regional and dedicated. We train for free.

I have not! I’m in Arlington, TX though! I guess Seagoville isn’t too far away lol. Why do you recommend CFI? I have heard some good things about them

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I have not! I’m in Arlington, TX though! I guess Seagoville isn’t too far away lol. Why do you recommend CFI? I have heard some good things about them

He works for them and really likes them. He'll be back to give you more specifics.

Read those links that were provided to you. You will find out you don't need to be anywhere near a terminal to be hired by a company. For some companies, it may be harder to get you home when you want if you are OTR , but for the most part they will do what it takes. For example, we have a guy here in the Forum that works for a company that drives out of the Cheyenne WY Walmart DC and he lives clear across the country in Virginia. He stays out as long as he wants and then tells his dispatcher he wants to go home and they start getting loads out that way.

Also we recommend that you use the link and apply everywhere. When you get responses you can talk to the different companies and then make your choice. You could end up awfully disappointed if a company you want to hire on with won't take you...it's happened to a number of people, even when they had good driving records.

Laura

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joel C.'s Comment
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Thank you gtown and Anne!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you gtown and Anne!

We 'kinda' doubled on ya, haha! (He always wins!!)

You're welcome... keep asking away!

Big Scott will be 'in the house' soon, as well, !

~ Anne ~

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