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Anthony T.'s Comment
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I just started and have to do driver trainee position I have my Cdl already I’m just wondering if anyone went though the training and how long before you get regular pay? They said I would need to be in the yard backing trailers but they sent me straight out on loads so I’m just trying to find out if anyone else went through this and what is was like for you working and training in food service?

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.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I just started and have to do driver trainee position I have my Cdl already I’m just wondering if anyone went though the training and how long before you get regular pay? They said I would need to be in the yard backing trailers but they sent me straight out on loads so I’m just trying to find out if anyone else went through this and what is was like for you working and training in food service?

Howdy, Anthony T. .. and welcome to Trucking Truth!

If you go back a page from here, and click on Search 'Comments by Members,' there's a treasure trove of information by our moderator, Rob T., who started out in the food service industry as well.

Rob T.'s comments and threads!

Here's a link, for now...and many pages to scroll. Until he stops in to reply to you directly, this should suffice.^^^

Best to ya; let us know how it goes!

~ 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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I documented my first year doing Foodservice as a rookie. What general area do you reside? In my opinion that makes a huge difference in how successful you'll be starting out. I started local in Des Moines IA so the traffic and amount of stupid drivers i dealt with was much less than say Chicago.

Does McLane have different divisions? In my market they shuttle trailers to Ankeny (Des Moines) from the Northfield MN Distribution center, about 30 minutes south of St Paul. Out of Ankeny they deliver to all Kum and Go gas stations (and others) but it seems K&G is their biggest customer here. Before getting on with my current job i inquired and was told all routes here are team routes in a sleeper averaging 16 to 24 hours in length, paid by mile and stop. I've seen them running daycabs as well delivering to chain restaurants (mainly pizza hut).

I got my start at Performance Food Group (PFG) and it was rough. There's days I miss it due to it keeping me in better shape but it wears the body down quickly. Where I'm currently at we have several guys that ran for McLane, Sysco, and caseys. All got out primarily due to the amount of physical labor and wanting a job that didn't require as much while still keeping similiar pay.

This is yard specific but one guy that shuttled trailers back and forth was forced to flip his schedule and start unloading rather than just shuttling. He was told it was only for a couple weeks but that turned into months before he quit. They say they're averaging about 90k a year but atleast with the gas stations you're trying to fit a 53' trailer and a sleeper into a gas station. I believe the daycabs I seen were 48'. I was also told that, again this is yard specific, that they received some flak for shutting down/refusing to run due to inclement weather. Almost every McLane I've seen unloading from a sleeper both guys were unloading. I can't say for certain that they fudged their logs and weren't actually in sleeper while it was being logged but I've heard from some guys that was what happened to knock the routes out quicker, although it violates Hours Of Service and company policy.

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