A Dream! The Ideal Trucking Company!

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Im here! I think that is a great place to start but that's a TON of training without getting good pay and I am just thinking about those of us who have wives and children and mouths to feed and take care of, 450 is not going to cut it and how long till we achieve that CDLP and CDL is going to vary.

I am great with the 2 years experience and the rest though!

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Pipe Dream, re: a trainer/mentor/1st seat having 2 years experience~!!

Other than that; I'll let the professionals chime in; I'm just a trucker's wife. It's in my profile. Drove 2 'tours' on a CDLP (many moons ago) but that still gave me a year, behind a wheel. I'm nowhere near wanting to just 'go drive.' Nor, EVER train! Kudos to those that do, and have.

You a trainer at your 70 t/t outfit? Just wondering. The rest sounds decent, tbh.

Life is turning to ICE outside, and I didn't get the truck washed soon enough, GRRR... oh well.

G'nite folks. Gotta get up early w/fam stuff, and just not 'feeling it' tonight...Yay me!

More tmrw.

Victor Jamie .. I SURE HOPE YOU STOP IN AS PROMISED~!

Just, Momma ...

~ Anne ~

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Everyone pitch in with their ideas and opinions. This is just for fun.

-company sponsored training -all trainers have at least 2 years experiencer -trains one to get his/her cdl -two years to become first seat driver/trainer/mentor -everyone else pitch in w salary guidelines ---450 per week first part of school --600 while otr training --800 once cdl in hand, team for 90 days then solo w ...cpm to start -company has flatbed. reefer , and dry -no lease etc -on going evaluations, mentoring and training

**This just a start. Please add etc. Think about what would be your ideal company. Hope for some good feedback.

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Great to see you BACK, Victor/Jamie!!!

Is there a thread of your own, with updates, as promised? (I'm still looking! Mea Culpa if missed so far tho!)

George B. I sure hope you DO feel better, soon! You didn't answer my question...do YOU train, at your smallish company? It takes a special breed. Tom can't even take a new, experienced guy, with FAB .. and ride him along for 3 days. He trained ME in tanks, and that was it. He's all NOPE anymore...even with extra pay, which he'd get.

~ Anne ~

ps: Thanks to the mod that sorted out George B.'s list properly in HTML, haha! I can do my 'own' properly; just can't edit others' . . . but I sure WANTED TO ! (It hurt my head, haha!)

pps: How does the 2/7/2022 play into this . . . I wonder???? Fun times; again! Shantiwa is an example of why one NEEDS the buck sixty certificate; I hope she's figuring 'something' out.. I didn't read that far yet.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm pretty sure my dream company is one where I'm the worst employee.

"90 days team before going solo"

That sounds hellish to me. I just finished 3 weeks with a trainer and am getting upgraded to solo next week. I don't know if I'm ready to run a truck on my own (I'll find out in a week), but I'm definitely ready for some "me" time.

Isn't the general line here "If you're a top notch driver, then any company is your dream company." So, my question isn't "What's a dream company?" it's "How can I be a dream driver?"

Actually, you are spot on, IMHO, Just G . I wish you the BEST with your upgrade, man! Deal with the 'Goldenrod' color ... I totally like it; goes with my hair.

Somewhere somebody posted (wish I captured it!) as to why NO to VERIHA ... because of the t/t color ?!?!? I laughed so hard, and lost the post, dang me.

I wish you well, JustG. This whole forum is meant to be a learning/training experience, to futures. This thread, if it proliferates, could be beneficial, IMHO (again, that acro!)

I can just 'envision' you .. needing your 'me time.' GAWD been there with the other half; he almost didn't even wanna see ME; just 'peopled out!' When he got done training with Transport America back in 03. . . . (Or was USX the burnout? idk!) I get it... I do. (I still like the color! ) I'd LOVE to find the IDEAL company. There's no way I'm jumping in with an O/O (without Tom) and no 160 certificate. My two CDLP's don't count. Veriha looks interesting; and Swift, tbh. Prime's too picky for my work history. No open deck (too old) and no 'tanks' to tanks without the other half. So..... hmmm? (PJ ... hmmm? LoL !)

I wish everyone the best. G'Town, i'm never trying to ruffle your feathers; we are usually (always?) on the same page. I love what you do here, I love that you returned. I miss Erroll V. but don't know what's up w/that. We have YOU back, G.. .and IF i post something incongruous to your agenda, please feel free to delete my comments. Mad respect, Gary.

~ 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.
Victor C. II's Comment
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What company do you work for? I just got hired by Melton Truck Lines and wowsers!

As usual, GTown lays it out plain and simple. Let’s also take into account that the vast majority of trucking companies don’t train. The number who do are incredibly small but are the most recognizable because of the massive numbers of equipment, not to mention advertising on billboards, social media and of course the rolling billboards, their trailers. Can a focused driver become extremely successful at those companies? Of course, there’s several outstanding examples of that right here in this forum but that doesn’t work the same for every driver because every driver is different. The company I work for is pretty particular about who they hire and the average age of drivers here is 50 years old. Turnover rate is extremely low and of the 150 drivers on board, probably 30% maybe more have been here 10+ years with a dozen that I know of who have 20 years or more. Does that make this the perfect company? Not for every single person but for a large number who work here, they’re very very happy and comfortable. I know I’m one of those.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Praying for you brother man, must be a drag to be that sick.

I dropped the ball w my intro, Those were examples of pay etc in my head. I am recuperating from either the flu or well I have been sick. Did not test for covid. So I am saying crappy topic I could have been clearer w my thoughts, etc Continue to comment if you like. I cant get utopian society images out of my head now. Thanks G-town.thank-you.gif thank-you.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chuck B.'s Comment
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I have driven OTR for 5 years, that was 12 years ago. I let my CDL go so now I have to go through everything all over again. After driving for 5 plus years, I wuld never consider training.

Chances are, when I get back on the road (going there training all over again), I'll most likely be trained by someone who has 1/2 the experience I do, but I hold not.

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.

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Cool story!

I have driven OTR for 5 years, that was 12 years ago. I let my CDL go so now I have to go through everything all over again. After driving for 5 plus years, I wuld never consider training.

Chances are, when I get back on the road (going there training all over again), I'll most likely be trained by someone who has 1/2 the experience I do, but I hold not.

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.

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.

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