Best States To Drive Trucks

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Jonathan G.'s Comment
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Hi all,

I am located in Texas and looking to start CDL training for a career change at the age of 51. Question: what states are best career wise for truckers? I have a family of 4 and would entertain moving out of state if possible. Are there companies that help with relocation? Or should I stay put and drive in Texas?

Thanks in advance, y'all!

Jonathan G.

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.
PJ's Comment
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Welcome, personally I see no reason for you to relocate your family. Texas has alot of oppurtunity in this industry. Most if not all big carriers have terminals there and with the amount of freight that comes into and goes out through Laredo I would think your chances are good there.

Companies have hiring areas based on their freight lanes. I have never heard of a company relocating a driver, but that may be possible.

I much prefer staying in the south or midwest. I try to stay out the the northeast and west coast. Just my preference.

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.

Dean R.'s Comment
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With Texas you should have plenty of opportunities for driving. You are within range of quite a few large cities which may offer you regional or home-weekly routes.

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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"I have a family of 4 and would entertain moving out of state if possible."

Unless you want to move,I wouldn't be thinking about it. As others said, there's probably no need to.

"Are there companies that help with relocation?"

Given the current state of the economy, I'd imagine most companies won't pay for relocation. But, I might be wrong.

"Or should I stay put and drive in Texas?"

You can go with many companies, be based in Texas and I'm sure you'll be travelling many of the states outside ofTexas.

James H.'s Comment
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You may want to keep in mind that a majority of people who set out to become drivers wash out in their first year, sometimes their first few months, for various reasons. So before I'd think about uprooting my family, I'd want to get a better idea of whether this work is going to be a good fit long-term. Another reason to stay put for the time being.

Assuming it turns out well and you get a year or more of safe, reliable driving, you'll then have a very marketable skill, so if you do want to relocate for quality of life, so another family member can pursue career opportunities, or any other reason, you'll be in a good position. This is especially true if you work for a large company with a nationwide presence. Every once in a while I check the internal job postings for my employer, and its nice knowing that there are places all over the country where I'd have a job waiting for me.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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It might be of interest to Jonathan that I drive for a Texas company but my home base is in Wisconsin. Texas is a good state to live in if you plan to drive a truck, so you shouldn’t have to consider relocating to start a career. Schneider has an operating center near Dallas. They have recently restarted their “from scratch” training program. I’m not sure if Dallas is one of the locations for new students to train for getting a CDL. To find out, all it would take is a phone call.

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.
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