Picking Your Team Driver For Brand New Cdl?

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Jim B.'s Comment
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so I have had my class A for about 6 years now, however my brother just got his and were looking to drive teams together. my question is if anybody knows a reputable company or if it is reasonable to presume that I could find somewhere that would hire us on together even though he has the lack of experience?


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RealDiehl's Comment
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Hi, Jim. Unless I'm mistaken, it should be much easier to get hired as a team than it would be as a solo driver.

Most companies try hard to get their drivers to team up. When I was with both US Xpress and Prime fleetwide messages would be sent fairly frequently, asking for people willing to be team drivers.

If I was you, I'd look around for maybe some companies offering sign on bonuses or other benefits for hiring team drivers. Or maybe your current company will offer an incentive for a referral bonus if you can drive as a team there.

Often team drivers earn PTO more quickly than solo drivers.

When I was with Prime, a new driver had to go through TNT training before teaming with another driver. However the new driver could do part of their TNT phase with a Prime trainer and then finish TNT as a team driver with another experienced driver. For example, the new driver would do 30,000 miles with a trainer, then do the other 20,000 with the person they planned on teaming with. Maybe Kearsey can verify if that is Still the case.



Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

BK's Comment
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Schneider has team drivers. At least the last I knew. They might work with you and a new driver. You could call their recruiting dept.

Trucker Kearsey 's Comment
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Prime doesn't do the split training sessions anymore.

However... you may be able to come and learn the prime ropes then train him. He will need to do 60,000 team training miles at Prime. You would get paid as a team trainer.

That is something the recruiter would work out. Nikki Yost is a recruiter I trust to get things done and answer all questions. If u call and talk to her, she can give you info.

BK's Comment
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Jim, there is a member here who drove team with CRST. He quit driving for a non-driving team opportunity in the Philippines. Maybe he will be along to add some insight here. His name is Stevo.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol BK funny,

Jim, Google CRST, their site gives lots updated info etc...Pay scale mighta changed some, see they "say" some team drivers make "up to" $0.85 cpm hmmm i was making .60 cpm when I left, they'd given company wide, big raises to retain drivings in 2021.

Here's a list too;

The 7 Best Trucking Companies for Team Drivers;

PAM Transport. Schneider National. GP Transco. Werner Enterprises. CRST International. Heartland Express. Prime Inc.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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