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Jason P.'s Comment
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Hey all I've poked around here a little reading things from time to time. Little bout me I'm 31 yr old EMT from nj changing gears and getting into truck driving. Since I'm on a real budget I got my cdl book and self taught myself with help from my gf who has her cdl for 8 yrs.

So I did what I need to and got my permit. Now I don't have the cash for school. Plus I wanted to go someplace that will finish getting me my license and have a job waiting for me. After checking around I found a company to do so. I know company reviews are subjective the company that came back with an offer was one I was hoping to hear back from and will transfer my permit over nicely.

That's where I am. I leave end of the month for either the best choice I've ever made ( career wise or the worst ). I feel good that I will do just fine. Read some stuff here on the company as even how training works. Still don't know if I understand it even though the diary section was pretty good.

Anywho I wanted say hi and wanted to hear a few tidbits to get me through the next few weeks and months ahead.

Only people who have been positive has been my gf ( the ex truck driver ) and my EMT partner at work. Parents have been not to happy and I feel greatly disappointed in my choice. That has added a lot of stress to the situation.

Any advice on that? Anyone been through that before?

Thanks in advance.

Jason.

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.

SAP:

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Hey all I've poked around here a little reading things from time to time. Little bout me I'm 31 yr old EMT from nj changing gears and getting into truck driving. Since I'm on a real budget I got my cdl book and self taught myself with help from my gf who has her cdl for 8 yrs.

So I did what I need to and got my permit. Now I don't have the cash for school. Plus I wanted to go someplace that will finish getting me my license and have a job waiting for me. After checking around I found a company to do so. I know company reviews are subjective the company that came back with an offer was one I was hoping to hear back from and will transfer my permit over nicely.

That's where I am. I leave end of the month for either the best choice I've ever made ( career wise or the worst ). I feel good that I will do just fine. Read some stuff here on the company as even how training works. Still don't know if I understand it even though the diary section was pretty good.

Anywho I wanted say hi and wanted to hear a few tidbits to get me through the next few weeks and months ahead.

Only people who have been positive has been my gf ( the ex truck driver ) and my EMT partner at work. Parents have been not to happy and I feel greatly disappointed in my choice. That has added a lot of stress to the situation.

Any advice on that? Anyone been through that before?

Thanks in advance.

Jason.

You are doing what you want not anyone else....once you get your career off to a good start they will come around.... As for tips just study and do what they tell you to do... They will show you everything you need to do to pass that driving test all you have to do is the same as they showed you Now I know it's easier said then done bit just relax and take it one step at a time and you will do fine.. school the easy part its everything after that is the challenge

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.

SAP:

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Which company did you choose

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Here's a link that will help you understand life at a company sponsored training program

what to expect

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Read all you can on here. You won't get rich & living on the road can be tough. BUT remember why you are doing it. Keep that perspective.

Whatever the reason you are making this change be very sure this change will accomplish your objectives.

Good luck!

Jason P.'s Comment
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I picked Prime in the end. My goal is to get established and start putting money away for a house. Thats what I really want to have come of it. Then I can start looking into regional closer to where I would be living. Its important since Im not getting younger to jumpstart my life and start making money and getting a family started and even though Im not married and have a girlfriend I want to be able to have a home and then take the next step with her. Im not just doing it for me but for us. I want to be established and ready for whats next. What I have been doing till now will NOT do that. Plus NJ is just too expensive that what little you make will not be enough to get a head start. I always wanted to see this country and to travel and also make more money than I am now. I know it wont be easy. Becoming an EMT wasnt easy. The book work wasnt too hard but the real life stuff IS much harder. So I figure if I hold the discipline to do that and handle myself then I should be able to do anything else. I could be wrong but i strongly believe I am not. Getting rich isnt always #1 , I want to be comfortable and be able to be a provider and also work towards something even greater than who and what I am now.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I picked Prime in the end. My goal is to get established and start putting money away for a house. Thats what I really want to have come of it. Then I can start looking into regional closer to where I would be living. Its important since Im not getting younger to jumpstart my life and start making money and getting a family started and even though Im not married and have a girlfriend I want to be able to have a home and then take the next step with her. Im not just doing it for me but for us. I want to be established and ready for whats next. What I have been doing till now will NOT do that. Plus NJ is just too expensive that what little you make will not be enough to get a head start. I always wanted to see this country and to travel and also make more money than I am now. I know it wont be easy. Becoming an EMT wasnt easy. The book work wasnt too hard but the real life stuff IS much harder. So I figure if I hold the discipline to do that and handle myself then I should be able to do anything else. I could be wrong but i strongly believe I am not. Getting rich isnt always #1 , I want to be comfortable and be able to be a provider and also work towards something even greater than who and what I am now.

Prime is a very good choice. That is who I did my training through. My wife is from North Jersey, so I know what you are talking about when you say it is very expensive to live.

As long as you keep a good attitude, you will do just fine. Always keep an open mind and you will do great in this path you have chosen to follow.

Ernie

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jerry R.'s Comment
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Hello John P n congrats.Prime is go poo d choice to start I was an EMT in Delaware loved doing that n was very stressful at times Please keep an open mind out here n never stop leaning. It can n will b stressful out here. It is a different life style out here. Sounds that ur GF is 100% behind u Thats awesome. Always ask ?'s. B safe

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