Getting CDL And Seeking Team Driver

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ROVERROD's Comment
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I'm looking for a male, non-smoker interested in team driving for 12-24 months. I'm considering several larger carries offering sponsored CDL training but open to suggestions; if you are interested in team driving I'd like to talk with you.

Ideally I'd like to drive with someone that is looking to ride hard; 3-4 weeks out minimum. I'm located in Los Angeles so I expect it would be ideal if we were within a few hundred miles of one another for home-time but I also know of some successful teams that live on opposite sides of the country.

I'm 57yrs; non-smoker; easy going; hard working guy. I've worked construction to executive level throughout my career and used to earning 6-figures. My dad and uncles were long-haul truckers; I'm now in a position to where I'm ready to start driving. Hit me up if interested in team driving.

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.
Old School's Comment
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I'm just curious... why do you want to start your trucking career as a team driver?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My suggestion... find the right company for you then find a team.mate their. What is the point of finding someone then finding out that only one of you is accepted to a company?

PJ's Comment
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You haven’t even got in the door somewhere but your asking to literally put your life into a stangers hands.

With all the big truck wrecks we see out here, your better than I am to be willing to take that risk.

I teamed with my wife for a year, and besides her there are only 2 other people in this world I would put that much trust in.

Think seriously about what your asking for, before you do it.

ROVERROD's Comment
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I'm just curious... why do you want to start your trucking career as a team driver?

I'd prefer solo however the few recruiters that I've spoken with are not accepting solo drivers out of CA.

ROVERROD's Comment
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My suggestion... find the right company for you then find a team.mate their. What is the point of finding someone then finding out that only one of you is accepted to a company?

The trouble I'm encountering is that Prime and XPO are not even looking for drivers from CA without being a team. I'm looking at a few for solo, however the pay is quite low. I recognize that the fist year will be challenging pay with most carriers; I'm trying to layout a path to get me where I'd like to be in a few years.

ROVERROD's Comment
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You haven’t even got in the door somewhere but your asking to literally put your life into a stangers hands.

With all the big truck wrecks we see out here, your better than I am to be willing to take that risk.

I teamed with my wife for a year, and besides her there are only 2 other people in this world I would put that much trust in.

Think seriously about what your asking for, before you do it.

I hear you and absolutely am not going to get into a truck with just anyone. If I can work it out to drive solo that is my fist choice; I'm hitting obstacles being that I'm in CA. The few carriers I'm interested aren't bringing on solo drivers.

Jaybird's Comment
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The few carriers you’re interested in? I see you mentioned talking with Prime, why not Swift? Myself (still employed with Swift) and a couple others here started with Swift. I myself am doing very well with Swift, which is why I’m still employed with them. As well as Swift offers some of the best opportunities for new drivers in the So Cal area. Many dedicated accounts that offer home daily, intermodal runs home daily, great regional dedicated on the west coast that being in Los Angeles you could go home for a night here and there due to being in LA for a delivery and/or pickup and that’s going home without a hometime request.

You also have regular regional and OTR opportunities as well. They train you, with a training location right in Lathrop.

So I’m curious, why is Swift not on the radar?

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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So I’m curious, why is Swift not on the radar?

The million dollar question. Most likely because some terminal rat that couldn't hack it told him that Swift was bad, mmmmmmmkaaaaaaaay

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.

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