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Jakob M.'s Comment
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Submitted CLP application yesterday. So as long as my address on my license not being updated doesn't cause problems hopefully I can take the knowledge exam soon.

I live in Bowling green, KY and am trying to decide between soda (Pepsi and Keurig dr pepper have trainee spots open) or LTL with Fed Ex or UPS. Fed ex has a city apprentice spot open, haven't looked into UPS yet.

OTR is not an option for me and I can't really afford the training myself. I'm eating towards Fed ex right now after reading a training diary.

I need to break 16/ hr and net at least 2k/month. That's what I'm doing now.

Any advice or insights Into what the work would look like in my area is greatly appreciated.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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If you can find a LTL company that it is hiring go for it.

Old Dominion, Fed Ex, UPS, T Force, Saia, Estes, YRC, ABF all hire graduates they are your best bet.

LTL seems to have slowed down right now so you might get turned away but keep trying.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Jakob M.'s Comment
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If you can find a LTL company that it is hiring go for it.

Old Dominion, Fed Ex, UPS, T Force, Saia, Estes, YRC, ABF all hire graduates they are your best bet.

LTL seems to have slowed down right now so you might get turned away but keep trying.

Fed Ex has a City apprentice driver open for applications here online, so if it's still there when I get my permit I'll probably apply.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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If you can find a LTL company that it is hiring go for it.

Old Dominion, Fed Ex, UPS, T Force, Saia, Estes, YRC, ABF all hire graduates they are your best bet.

LTL seems to have slowed down right now so you might get turned away but keep trying.

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Fed Ex has a City apprentice driver open for applications here online, so if it's still there when I get my permit I'll probably apply.

Jakob, GO for it !!

Some of the resources on here, can help you a bunch!

Also, Daniel B.'s Pre Trip guide is #1 !

Lastly, have you checked out Banks' diary, how he got into FXF / LH?

FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice Program.

Best wishes, good sir!

~ Anne ~

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Thinking any place you end up working for, $2k a month? should be very easy....Good Luck, in which ever company you get on with

Jakob M.'s Comment
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If you can find a LTL company that it is hiring go for it.

Old Dominion, Fed Ex, UPS, T Force, Saia, Estes, YRC, ABF all hire graduates they are your best bet.

LTL seems to have slowed down right now so you might get turned away but keep trying.

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Fed Ex has a City apprentice driver open for applications here online, so if it's still there when I get my permit I'll probably apply.

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Jakob, GO for it !!

Some of the resources on here, can help you a bunch!

Also, Daniel B.'s Pre Trip guide is #1 !

Lastly, have you checked out Banks' diary, how he got into FXF / LH?

FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice Program.

Best wishes, good sir!

~ Anne ~

Banks story is actually what got me looking at Fed Ex.

Thinking any place you end up working for, $2k a month? should be very easy....Good Luck, in which ever company you get on with

Ik 2k a month shouldn't be an issue, that's about what I net now as an EMT, im a little worried about starting at Fed ex or somewhere and being sent home due to no work.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Banks's Comment
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FedEx freight prioritizes drivers. What that means is that there is always work if you want it.

For example, let's say you're a city driver (p/d) and they don't have anything for you to deliver that day, you can work the dock to get your 8 hours (sometimes more if there's ot) and if that means they have to send a dock worker home, then that's what it is.

A lot of times drivers won't do that because a lot of us started out working the dock and you know those guys are in the same struggle and we make more than they do and have more opportunities to make it up. I'm not going to take food off my buddy's table unless it's absolutely necessary.

I can afford to live on a 2-3 day work week, but at the peak of COVID there was nothing but drivers on the dock. We worked 6 hours and went home. Senior guys took furloughs to collect unemployment and when we got busy, they came right back into their seniorty spot. A lot of guys just decided to retire.

Getting cut loose due to lack of work isn't an issue here. You just have to be willing to do the work.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

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