Any Recommended First Time Employer Trucking Companies?

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Quentin B.'s Comment
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any recommendations? I might go with marverick trans, I hear most of there trucks are automatic, which i don't mind. There csa score is about 28% which is somewhat good.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

PJ's Comment
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What type of freight do you want to haul?? What experience do you already have? Do you have other preferences? These and a whole list of other questions you need to answer for yourself. Maverick is mainly flatbed . They are branching out some but the other divisions are somewhat new, which would concern me at this juncture. Look through the guides here on the site. They are very helpful. You have asked a question tbat is very hard to answer without more information. Just my initial 2 cents. Sorry I dont know how to paste the links in here . Happy reading.

Andy C.'s Comment
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My research took me to Roehl, a friend of mine drive for them a few years ago for a period of time, the reasons i chose them are: (not necessarily in alphabetical order 😜)

1) safety training is priority to them 2) the trainers are mostly many year veterans with tons of expertise and experience 3) from what i have heard and understand, the upper echelon will indeed listen to concerns and questions, of course, you must always use... Common sense when doing so. Read a few of Bretts articles and you will know what i mean. 4) I chose to begin with dry van and an eastern run, at some point will have the option to run coast to coast 5) beginning pay is on par and a little higher with most other companies 6) three weeks training, and thirteen days with a driver trainer after. Provided i prove myself worthy lol 7) they really do try to accommodate home time when requested. I also know i must be flexible!

On the flip side, you should understand, i am paying $185 up front, one hundred processing fee, eighty five testing fee, then in week three another hundred for licensing fees, plus living in New York, i will pay for transferring my new licence to new York state.

This works for me in my particular situation, and with my research. Do your due diligence, find what you can live with and your desires

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kai's Comment
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Check out Averitt Express and Crete/Shaffer.

mountain girl's Comment
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Con-way Freight.

Starting pay is $21.85/hour or 51 cents/mile, depending on which run you are assigned, city or line-haul and they are hiring and training newbies.

-mountain girl

Ken C.'s Comment
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I can only say Prime Inc. because that's all I know in the world of trucking but really what should be most important in any company is finding one that feels the best to you, allows you to meet your goals or fits your needs...Read about each of the Companies here.... Company-Sponsored Training & How To Choose A Company

Ken C.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Michael F.'s Comment
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PTL or paschall truck lines home in Murray Kentucky get through first week and a half and get to know someone in orientation and get there number pair up with them for a 30,000 mile team run and you will do fine be in your own truck in no time, ptl in my company we all know it is just a starter company, after a year move on or become a trainer

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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PTL or paschall truck lines home in Murray Kentucky get through first week and a half and get to know someone in orientation and get there number pair up with them for a 30,000 mile team run and you will do fine be in your own truck in no time, ptl in my company we all know it is just a starter company, after a year move on or become a trainer

Humm what's so bad about a "starter company" as you put it? Brett drove for US Express I believe for a while and had no issue there. Daniel drives for Prime and having a blast.

I drive for Werner and we get close to 7000 miles a week and on track to make 54k this year and that is 54k each. Not bad for a starter company huh?

Know what the difference between a starter company and one the requires experience? The Attitude of the driver. Plain and simple. In 16 years I have been driving I have come to realize 95% of the problems that drivers have with a company is caused by the driver in the first place. The other 5% would include the shippers, receivers and then the trucking company.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Quentin B.'s Comment
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I Honestly prefer to haul flatbed. I'm a prretty husky guy and well in shape beside the fact i smoke but I'd like to stay in shape. I know flatbed is dangerous and you must properly secure your loads. I'm also not sure if i should do local or reigonal, my instructor was recommneding me to do regional becuase im single with no kids or bills.

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.

Tazzy's Comment
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PTL or paschall truck lines home in Murray Kentucky get through first week and a half and get to know someone in orientation and get there number pair up with them for a 30,000 mile team run and you will do fine be in your own truck in no time, ptl in my company we all know it is just a starter company, after a year move on or become a trainer

Hi Michael:

I'm interested to know if your still with Paschall? I start orientation this Monday 8/17/2015 and would like a little insight on the company, good and bad?

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