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Marc W.'s Comment
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I will be leaving Sweet Home Alabama in 2 days and I am nervous excited! I have been a school teacher for 17 years and ready for a career change. I have decided to go with Wilson Logistics because I haven't found much negative about the company. My only worry at this point is getting home. My expectations getting home once every three weeks. I hope that is fair to believe working for a company that doesn't have a southeast terminal. I am confident I will be ok with that schedule, because I hauled campers for approximately 10 months to see if I would enjoy over the road. We will see!

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.

Over The Road:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Terminal locations have nothing to do with getting home for most OTR companies. Most companies will allow a solo driver to park near their home for scheduled days off. I have never worked for a company that had a terminal within my home state.

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.

Marc W.'s Comment
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Thank u for easing my mind. Happy New Year!

Terminal locations have nothing to do with getting home for most OTR companies. Most companies will allow a solo driver to park near their home for scheduled days off. I have never worked for a company that had a terminal within my home state.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Definitely investigate this when you talk with any specific company's recruiters. I was set to go with a company last year, but their policy was no parking at truck stops for days off. It was either park at a terminal or park at an approved, paid storage/parking facility. My personal stance is I'm not paying to park your equipment.

I've generally parked at one specific truck stop for all my time with no problems. We didn't see eye to eye, so I'm not driving with them. Plenty of other companies to work for.

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.

FR8 M4N's Comment
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Super, Marc! Good luck to you on your new endeavor. Be sure to check out what is offered here at the site. The info here was very instrumental in helping me with my schooling.

Marc W.'s Comment
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Will do and thank you.

Definitely investigate this when you talk with any specific company's recruiters. I was set to go with a company last year, but their policy was no parking at truck stops for days off. It was either park at a terminal or park at an approved, paid storage/parking facility. My personal stance is I'm not paying to park your equipment.

I've generally parked at one specific truck stop for all my time with no problems. We didn't see eye to eye, so I'm not driving with them. Plenty of other companies to work for.

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.

Marc W.'s Comment
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Ok the time has come to say goodbye to my wife and kids. We all know this is for the best. Teaching has just become to much for me. New Year and a new career!

FR8 M4N's Comment
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Good luck! Looking forward to your updates here. If you need help, just give a shout out. Lot of experience here.

Zen Joker 's Comment
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Godspeed Marc!!

Ok the time has come to say goodbye to my wife and kids. We all know this is for the best. Teaching has just become to much for me. New Year and a new career!

Warren B.'s Comment
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Hey Marc! I am so glad you posted on this forum! We are very similar in that I, like you am a teacher, (19 years), and I also decided to make a career change. I will finish out this school year in May, and start CDL school June 12th with a private school in my location. I have also driven a bus for the last 6 years, which sort of jump started my interest in driving big trucks. I know the driving isn't exactly the same, but I really am excited to to start driving as a career. At 56 years young, I really am ready for this next move.

I hope you continue to post on this forum to share with us your successes, challenges, groans, or whatever as you continue this journey. Godspeed and stay safe out there!

WarrenB

Ok the time has come to say goodbye to my wife and kids. We all know this is for the best. Teaching has just become to much for me. New Year and a new career!

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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  • 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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