Any Decent Jobs Near Savannah For A New CDL Holder?

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Dave H.'s Comment
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It's been quite an interesting experience. I've been in the Savannah Tech CDL course for the last couple months and I'm about to test in the next week and a half. I have no concerns about this; I can handle the truck rather well thanks to my time in the military. I actually find driving the 10 speeds kind of fun.

I've already taken it upon myself to apply for TWIC and hazmat. My license currently has doubles/triples, tanker and bus on it. I'm eager to trade in my AP for the Class A and move on with things; it's been six months since the Army cut me loose and I haven't worked full time since. We've been making it work by my wife's job, my GI bill and Reservist's pay. I think we've pushed our luck as far as it's going to go though. I need to get back into it soon before we start sliding backwards financially.

I knew there was a big risk in what kind of opportunities I'd find starting out. I'm one of those guys who crossed my fingers hoping to find something local, and understood that wasn't exactly likely. The two companies I'm aware of that run local gigs( McKenzie Tank Lines and Modern Transportation) wont return my calls. Everything else I've found requires experience under my CDL; military time doesn't cut it.

Now I understand that I need to start somewhere and if I need to start regional to get that 6 months to a year's experience, so be it. I don't have time to waste. The thing I don't understand, however, is how, with the Port of Savannah so close by, and Jacksonville not too far away, is there not more opportunities for someone in my shoes. This port is FULL of freight and not enough driver's to move it all. I've heard of guys locally getting their CDL and hanging around half of the week and on the weekends, if not daily, but can't find anything personally.

Not being home doesn't scare me, but after spent 4 years of my life overseas, I'm not too eager to up and split if I don't have to either. Being here has a big benefit for me; not having to stress the wife too much with a daughter who is mildly autistic who responds to nobody but me. I promised her I'd try to find something local, but we both understand that there's a good chance that might not happen right off the bat.

I've so far spoken to Averitt, US Xpress and CT Transportation in case I don't find that golden nugget. So far nobody is giving me a hard time and I've gotten some decent offers, especially with CT. I kind of like the idea of pulling a flatbed, and I'm already used to tarping and strapping cargo so it should be fairly simple to pick up. 40 cpm and good miles is a bonus.

So I'm just wondering if anyone have any input they might want to send my way?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

James J.'s Comment
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I'm going to Ogeechee tech and test Tuesday, I sent you a pm on a few companies I have found.

Dave H.'s Comment
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I got your PM. I appreciate the direction on that.

Keys man's Comment
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Schneider has a home weekly tanker position out of savannah open now.

Dave H.'s Comment
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I saw that. For some reason I'm kind of reluctant to go with Schneider. We had a recruiter come by but I can't shake the feeling that somehow I'm not going to get what I bargained for. I have a couple leads I'm going to check, but I'm keeping that in the back of my mind.

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