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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.

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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

Read my bio. They are a great company.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Joel...

CFI is one of numerous great companies you could work for.

I’m equally enthusiastic about Swift as Big Scott is about CFI. I drove for them almost 9 years and have nothing but good things to say about them. I never felt like a number, had great relationships with my driver leaders, drove brand new equipment and was compensated quite well for my efforts.

We have numerous top performing, successful drivers in this forum working for Prime, Schneider, Roehl, Knight, Swift and of course CFI. Many others that I cannot name... (hopefully others will chime in here to support my statement).

I strongly suggest investing time in the material (links) Anne and I sent you earlier and also the Diaries section of Trucking Truth. It’s really important to understand what to expect and build a factual foundation of knowledge before committing to any company.

We have a theme at TT; Top Performing drivers can be successful with any of the companies in this link: Trucking Company Reviews.

It’s the person in the cab that matters most, not the company name on the door. Consider all of your options.

Good luck.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Having recently started at the age of 50, I can say that the links provided really help with the decision. Rape reading about the different approaching and requirements each company provided training setup has. With the diversity of programs, it's easy to find one that meets a lot of your needs.

I also found pouring through the CDL training diaries here really gave me great insight to what I wanted and expected from training. Like what was mentioned before, I have my company that I'm partial to, I laid out why in my training diary, but the reality is that there are many great companies out there that offer us a great place to be at, not just simply start.

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.
PackRat'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?

That 76 CPM is probably split, so 38 CPM for each driver, just as the 5200 miles per week is for the truck. Forced to team drive on top of that? I would keep looking.

38 CPM for 2600 each week is low numbers these days, unless you're going to be starting at a second chance company.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Joel C.'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?

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That 76 CPM is probably split, so 38 CPM for each driver, just as the 5200 miles per week is for the truck. Forced to team drive on top of that? I would keep looking.

38 CPM for 2600 each week is low numbers these days, unless you're going to be starting at a second chance company.

It would be 5200 miles at .38 cents. Or 5200 miles at .76 split two ways. That would be $1976 a week. That’s why I’m considering it. 100k a year sounds good to me

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

PackRat'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?

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That 76 CPM is probably split, so 38 CPM for each driver, just as the 5200 miles per week is for the truck. Forced to team drive on top of that? I would keep looking.

38 CPM for 2600 each week is low numbers these days, unless you're going to be starting at a second chance company.

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It would be 5200 miles at .38 cents. Or 5200 miles at .76 split two ways. That would be $1976 a week. That’s why I’m considering it. 100k a year sounds good to me

More like $988 per week at .38 X 2600 for each driver is just over $51,000 before taxes with no days off. Personally, I would keep looking around.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Chris P.'s Comment
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https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Warrior-Logistics,-Inc./salaries/Truck-Driver

I don't know how reliable that is, but according to that, the average is $1,749 per week for a team driver.

G-Town's Comment
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Chris P wrote:

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Warrior-Logistics,-Inc./salaries/Truck-Driver

I don't know how reliable that is, but according to that, the average is $1,749 per week for a team driver.

Indeed?

This average was derived from a sampling of 10 drivers. There is no way to vet this information because Indeed only does a cursory validation. Reading the small print is necessary when using any survey to make an employment decision. Subjective and many times anecdotal.

IMO? ...at best unreliable. Potentially misleading. Beware.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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Mediocrity Reaps No Rewards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kandyman's Comment
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Indeed is way off when it comes to trucking industry. So is Glassdoor

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