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Dustin C.'s Comment
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Hi I'm a recent grad of a truck driving school with three months working for a horrible leasing company. Actually I think the horrible part was me leasing. Can anyone recommend a good company to work for. I think I will go company this time. Thanks

Old School's Comment
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Actually I think the horrible part was me leasing.

Dustin, mark it up as a lesson learned. We always try to encourage drivers, especially new drivers, to stay away from the leasing programs. There are very few, if any, that deliver on the slick sounding money making virtues that they tout to the poor saps who get suckered in. I'm sure you could do quite well as a company driver, as long as you've got a good strong work ethic and a great attitude. Don't let your previous experience sour you to the entire industry.

We don't normally recommend one company over another, just because we don't follow in the current trend of believing some trucking companies are good and some are downright evil. I spent my rookie year and half of another at Western Express, and I guarantee you that you can't find a positive review on them if you try. Surprise, I loved it there, and they kept me very busy. I was one of their top drivers, and that is the secret to success in this business - you determine that you are going got be the best there is, and you will find that no matter what company you are working at you will be treated well and get put on some of the best runs available.

Find yourself a company that seems to suit your needs as far as the type of freight they haul, maybe the area they run in, can get you a reasonable amount of home time, and get int there and work your tail off. I promise, if you follow that plan you can do very well no matter whose name os on the door of that truck your driving.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ATXJEHU's Comment
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With only three months of experience, your options will be limited, but still attractive. Having graduated from a CDL school works in your favor. Check Craigslist for your area under Transportation to see who is looking for drivers in your locale. You might also fill out an application for an independent recruiting company that has access to numerous trucking companies to get an idea of what's available to you. Good luck!


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.
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