Best Paid CDL Training For Texas

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Jonathan G.'s Comment
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Hey all,

So I am looking at CDL schools (Stevens in particular at this time. They have a school close to home in Houston) and thought I'd bug you all for y'all's opinions on which schools are best for an out and out new guy like myself.

Thanks! 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.
BK's Comment
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My driver manager at my company drove for Stevens, 4 years plus. He tells me they are a good company. Nice equipment from what I see.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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Stevens Transport is a very good company with top notch training.

There is another company in Texas to consider, which is Raider Express in Fort Worth. They only hire drivers out of Texas, but they run OTR all over the US. This is the only company that provides company sponsored CDL training without an employment commitment after training. It's advised that you stay with your first company at least a year, and even longer being better. Any company that believes so strongly in its ability to retain drivers that it doesn't need to recover training costs from those who leave, no matter how soon, has to be doing something right. There obviously could be a caveat to this, so I would suggest contacting Raider Express to ask for information. The information that I provided is available on their website.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Jonathan!

Before going too much further, I suggest investing some time reviewing the Trucking Truth Starter links:

More specifically to your question, Swift Transportation has a training academy in Corsicana TX. I drove for Swift about 8 years, graduated from their truck driving school in Richmond. Happy to address any questions you have.

Good luck!

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.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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There is another company in Texas to consider, which is Raider Express in Fort Worth. .... This is the only company that provides company sponsored CDL training without an employment commitment after training. ...

NOT TRUE. YRC Driver Academy will also provide CDL training without a contract. They pay you while you train and pay you at Teamster scale when you finish your training. Healthcare for you AND your family is 100% paid for.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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There is another company in Texas to consider, which is Raider Express in Fort Worth. .... This is the only company that provides company sponsored CDL training without an employment commitment after training. ...

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NOT TRUE. YRC Driver Academy will also provide CDL training without a contract. They pay you while you train and pay you at Teamster scale when you finish your training. Healthcare for you AND your family is 100% paid for.

One would need to be a Teamster member beforehand, right?

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.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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No. Grqnted, you must join the union at some point after you are hired (unless you are already a member of a recognized union), but all are welcome to apply.

Hiring requirements:

Must be 21 or older.

Must pass DOT drug test and DOT physical.

Must have a current motor vehicle report (MVR) that represents a history of safe operation.

Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English sufficiently to converse with the general public, understand highway and traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, read a bill of lading, and make accurate entries in daily driving log.

Must be able to follow posted safety rules and safe operating procedures to ensure proper techniques, such as lifting, are performed as described.

Must be able to work various shifts and days of the week. Ability and willingness to work all scheduled hours, including overtime.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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