KLLM, Prime, Or Wilson?

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Brandon's Comment
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Hello, I'm currently looking into company paid CDL programs. The three main ones I'm looking at are KLLM, Prime, and Wilson. They all seem to be good alright, but I was curious if anyone here had any experience with them? I've read some of the training diaries about Prime and Wilson, but not about KLLM yet. KLLM is closer to me with it being in MS while I'm in Alabama.

Trying to stay away from looking at the reviews that I find online/truckers report because honestly they all seem to be outlandish.

Thanks, Brandon.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Closer is not advantageous. I wouldn't use that as an incentive.

G-Town's Comment
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Brandon concluded:

Trying to stay away from looking at the reviews that I find online/truckers report because honestly they all seem to be outlandish.

That’s a good plan. 99% fiction.

Try this:

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Brandon's Comment
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Closer is not advantageous. I wouldn't use that as an incentive.

Hmm, that seems like a fair assumption. I guess instead of choosing a school that might not be the best because it's closer I should ignore the distance and choose the best one for me. The farthest I've been outside of the state is across the state line to get lotto tickets with my parents haha. So I guess I'm a bit nervous about leaving.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I'm sure you are Brandon. However, you are wanting to enter into trucking, which means you will be leaving your state and traveling all over. You gotta get used to it sooner than later 😁

Laura

Old School's Comment
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The farthest I've been outside of the state is across the state line to get lotto tickets with my parents haha.

Brandon, you are wanting to be a truck driver. You are going to travel... A LOT OF TRAVELING.

I live in Texas. The first company I worked for was in Nashville, TN. I crossed the country coast to coast (New York to California) twice in four weeks time. That was my four weeks in training. These companies get you home because they haul freight near where you live. Their hiring areas are based on freight lanes, not terminal locations.

My second employer is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Still a long ways from my home. My home terminal is in Gulfport, MS. I have enough fingers to count the times I've been to that terminal over the past eight years. Terminal location really means nothing to an OTR driver. You are a modern day nomad. You'll often go through three or four states per day.

Buckle up and hang on. If you really want this, your life is going to change drastically.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brandon's Comment
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The farthest I've been outside of the state is across the state line to get lotto tickets with my parents haha.

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Brandon, you are wanting to be a truck driver. You are going to travel... A LOT OF TRAVELING.

I live in Texas. The first company I worked for was in Nashville, TN. I crossed the country coast to coast (New York to California) twice in four weeks time. That was my four weeks in training. These companies get you home because they haul freight near where you live. Their hiring areas are based on freight lanes, not terminal locations.

My second employer is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Still a long ways from my home. My home terminal is in Gulfport, MS. I have enough fingers to count the times I've been to that terminal over the past eight years. Terminal location really means nothing to an OTR driver. You are a modern day nomad. You'll often go through three or four states per day.

Buckle up and hang on. If you really want this, your life is going to change drastically.

Don't get me wrong it does sound very fun to me. I'm excited to finally have a change of pace in my life. I'm going to take my CDL permit test next week, and hopefully I'll be heading to school in April or May.

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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The farthest I've been outside of the state is across the state line to get lotto tickets with my parents haha.

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Brandon, you are wanting to be a truck driver. You are going to travel... A LOT OF TRAVELING.

I live in Texas. The first company I worked for was in Nashville, TN. I crossed the country coast to coast (New York to California) twice in four weeks time. That was my four weeks in training. These companies get you home because they haul freight near where you live. Their hiring areas are based on freight lanes, not terminal locations.

My second employer is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Still a long ways from my home. My home terminal is in Gulfport, MS. I have enough fingers to count the times I've been to that terminal over the past eight years. Terminal location really means nothing to an OTR driver. You are a modern day nomad. You'll often go through three or four states per day.

Buckle up and hang on. If you really want this, your life is going to change drastically.

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Don't get me wrong it does sound very fun to me. I'm excited to finally have a change of pace in my life. I'm going to take my CDL permit test next week, and hopefully I'll be heading to school in April or May.

Have you begun the application process, Brandon? Apply For Paid CDL Training

Just wondering! We're rooting for ya.

Study for your permit test, here: High Road CDL Training Program

Best wishes!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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