Local Truck Driving With No Experience

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Mona C.'s Comment
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Hi everyone. I would like to know if any of you know of any truck driving companies in Arkansas that hire people to drive "local with no truck driving experience." I do have a Class A CDL. Thanks in advance.

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.
Robert K.'s Comment
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I don't know about Arkansas but here in PA most places want at least 6 months to a years experience.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Mona!

Yeah, unfortunately the vast majority of local jobs want at least 6-12 months over the road experience, but there are always some exceptions.

We have an excellent listing of Truck Driving Jobs which should give you some ideas. Do a search by zip code for best results.

I don't have any lists of Trucking Companies that hire locally without experience. You're just going to have to dig around and see if you can find something.

Also check Craigslist. A lot of smaller companies and local companies will advertise jobs there. You might find something.

Sorry we can't give you a list or anything. But if you're in a position where you can go over the road for 6-12 months you can be sure a lot of local jobs would open up to you after that.

Over The Road:

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.

ButtonUp's Comment
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If you live near West Memphis, Werner has a home-daily position available. I got hired with 3 months experience. If you live within 50 miles of West Memphis then check it out.

Greg's Comment
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A few LTL companies hire with no experience, such as conway freight and YRC. It boils down to how badly they need drivers, timing and a little luck. Apply for local positions even if the job posting says 6-12 months experience. I got hired on as a P/D City Driver after nine months with Schneider, best decision I ever made

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
ButtonUp's Comment
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I forgot to mention that you can also get hired with no experience, but then you would have to go through training with a trainer and stuff. If you are a recent graduate within 90 days there is tuition reimbursement.

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