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BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Looking for some assistance. I am starting truck driving school next month. I am so excited. Anyways, once I get out I can choose the company I want to work for. I want my wife to share this experience with me. She can't drive due to medical issues or we would team. Anyways, I want her to come on the truck with me as soon as possible after training, so we can share the experience together. What, if any, companies will allow her to ride with me right out of training, and will they allow her to be with me all year round? Thanks for the help. New here, so if I am rambling, I am sorry.


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.

Scott L.'s Comment
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I don't think you'll find any companies that will let you take her fresh out of school. The company I work for is 6 months after your training is done. You need time to learn the in's and out's of the job before you bring someone along. I'm sure not only the companies prefer that, but the insurance companies do as well.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Scott, that make sense. I have found where Warner, Melton, Averitt, and a driver told me TransAm all said that you can have someone out year round, but they didn't say anything about if it can start right out of training. Swift recruiter told me that I could, but not sure that is entirely accurate either. Thanks. I'll keep researching.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, it's unlikely you'll find anyone to let you take your wife with you immediately after training, and to be honest, I certainly wouldn't use that as a criteria for choosing a trucking company to work for.

Do the research and see what the various companies require, but make sure you choose a trucking company that suits you well. Even if you have to go on the road for a few months without her, those few months are going to fly by. So you'll want to make sure you've chosen the right company.

The thing is, it takes time to establish your reputation as a reliable, hard-working driver and that's how you get the best freight, the best miles, and the best treatment. It also takes time to learn the ropes out on the road - handling that rig, trip planning, dealing with DOT , etc, etc. So we always recommend you stay with your first company for a minimum of a year no matter what. So when you choose a company, do so with the idea that you'd like to stay there for quite a while. You don't want to choose a trucking company simply because they have a policy that suits you well for the first few months of your career.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Brett, I was afraid you would say that. I found a happy medium. TMC promises to try to get you home almost every weekend and they said their average driver spends 52 hohrs at home. I can do that for six months then take my with me. It helps they have beautiful black and chrome petterbilts with a cat. In my research they seem like an excellent company.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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TMC is indeed an excellent company and that's probably about the best situation you're going to find right out of truck driving school. In fact, very few companies even have positions available to new drivers that will get them home on weekends, so that's a huge bonus right there.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Great news. Talked to a rep at Melton and can take my wife from day one. They were high on my list even before I found out. Put in an application with them and also got a pre hire from tmc as well.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great! Well either way it will work out great for ya in the long run. Even if you had to wait a few months for her to go with the time would fly by.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Yep Brett. Thanks. Driving a skateboard wasn't the first thing that came to mind. I always wanted to but thought you would have to have experience driving first. Appreicate the help.

Ozzy's Comment
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It helps they have beautiful black and chrome petterbilts with a cat.

I do not know how true this is, but a TMC driver came to my school on Saturday morning and told me that TMC is going to start going with 9 speed trannys and cummings motors Petes. It is hard to believe since alot of their freight is heavy, so I would think that they would stick with the 13 speed trannys and Cat motors.

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