I Need A Little Help.

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Ms. Tomboy's Comment
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Hi Guy’s and Gal’s,

I need a little help. I have been considering being a driver for several months. But have thought of becoming a driver since I was young. I have a friend that’s a truck driver and I have gone with him on several trips-western region. I feel in love-with trucking-when we went to Glamis, 4x4ing on a Military base in a convoy!!! Holly Cr*p!! Where or what job would give you that type of experience???!!! I couldn’t stop smiling for days.

Here are some personal facts that might help me get the answers I need to make the right choose of school/company to go to.

I have no under age children. I am not married, no home and haven’t worked in 2 years.

Please give some advise and ideas of the questions I need to ask recruiters.

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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Hi Guy’s and Gal’s,

I need a little help. I have been considering being a driver for several months. But have thought of becoming a driver since I was young. I have a friend that’s a truck driver and I have gone with him on several trips-western region. I feel in love-with trucking-when we went to Glamis, 4x4ing on a Military base in a convoy!!! Holly Cr*p!! Where or what job would give you that type of experience???!!! I couldn’t stop smiling for days.

Here are some personal facts that might help me get the answers I need to make the right choose of school/company to go to.

I have no under age children. I am not married, no home and haven’t worked in 2 years.

Please give some advise and ideas of the questions I need to ask recruiters.

It all pretty much depends on your preference... Are you a fast learner with little to no upfront cost or do you want to take your time and pay for school with grants or tuition reimbursement... Here are some links to help you out Truck Driver's Career Guide Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driving Schools if you decide that you want to take your time and go to a private school you will need to Understand Pre-Hires but whatever you decide to do you should check out this great app to help you study for your permit High Road Training Program... Hope this helps

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

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.

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.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Not working for two years is gonna hurt you. The other things are almost perfect for a driver. Not that a company will care about your personal situations. Still very good as far as being a new driver. Good luck to you.

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Errol V.'s Comment
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I have no under age children. I am not married, no home ....

These are personal situations, and don't mean anything in the hiring process. However, you could consider even just living for the most part in your truck. Many people do that, and take "home time" wherever they d*mn well please.

... and haven’t worked in 2 years.

If you were just hangin' loose for two years, there's a problem: gumption and desire to do some work. But if you were on unemployment, or did off the grid things, or helped an aging relative in their last years, get some documentation. Most truck companies will accept that.

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.

Ms. Tomboy's Comment
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Hi Guy’s and Gal’s,

I need a little help. I have been considering being a driver for several months. But have thought of becoming a driver since I was young. I have a friend that’s a truck driver and I have gone with him on several trips-western region. I feel in love-with trucking-when we went to Glamis, 4x4ing on a Military base in a convoy!!! Holly Cr*p!! Where or what job would give you that type of experience???!!! I couldn’t stop smiling for days.

Here are some personal facts that might help me get the answers I need to make the right choose of school/company to go to.

I have no under age children. I am not married, no home and haven’t worked in 2 years.

Please give some advise and ideas of the questions I need to ask recruiters.

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It all pretty much depends on your preference... Are you a fast learner with little to no upfront cost or do you want to take your time and pay for school with grants or tuition reimbursement... Here are some links to help you out Truck Driver's Career Guide Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driving Schools if you decide that you want to take your time and go to a private school you will need to Understand Pre-Hires but whatever you decide to do you should check out this great app to help you study for your permit High Road Training Program... Hope this helps

This did help, Thank you. I have studied and took the pre-tests from this site and passed them all without cheating. I just don't know all the questions to ask when at the requiters. Because crst wants me and I was thinking about Werner as well, But still undecided. I was caring for an elderly family member, so hopefully they will understand not being employed for so long.

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

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.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I was caring for an elderly family member, so hopefully they will understand not being employed for so long.

There you go. Just get a written statement from some authority person - doctor, nurse, even a pastor that you did that care. For this, there is no official paper, but some verification should be all you need.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I drive for crst and been unemployed for the last 4 years with working temp jobs here and there never amounting to anything really and all crst wanted to know was what I was doing when I wasn't working.... I put looking for work

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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If you were just hangin' loose for two years, there's a problem: gumption and desire to do some work. But if you were on unemployment, or did off the grid things, or helped an aging relative in their last years, get some documentation. Most truck companies will accept that.

This is what scared me at first as I had not worked in 5 years and yes this is a long time, however I was in college full-time as a student though recent events have changed. Before that though I had worked the same job for nearly 8 years, so it is not like I was job jumping either, it just has been a bad situation in the area I live in as there are no jobs that pay enough to be worth doing (EiI it would cost you more to work than you would make). I also didn't know you could take "home-time" in your truck that makes things very interesting. I was playing on using the 34 hour rule to my advantage and stay on the road as much as possible, but now I may just do this instead when I feel I need a longer rest.

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.

Ms. Tomboy's Comment
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I drive for crst and been unemployed for the last 4 years with working temp jobs here and there never amounting to anything really and all crst wanted to know was what I was doing when I wasn't working.... I put looking for work

Well, I was going to sign with CRST on the 22nd. Maybe it's different for you cuz you don't live in California...idk. Hopefully I can get in and work for several years at least. Good luck to you!

Seppo's Comment
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I also didn't know you could take "home-time" in your truck that makes things very interesting.

You may want to check with individual companies for their policies on this. It was one thing that drew me to trucking, and I've signed on to begin orientation with Knight next month. When I asked my recruiter about this, I was told that while I'm free to take home time wherever I like, the truck must be on Knight property (parked at a terminal) while I'm on my days off. Fortunately Knight has plenty of terminals around the country so I'm thinking it won't be an issue, but it also may not be as easy as just deciding to take a few days off in whatever random town you end up in. Perhaps there's some leeway on this policy that an experienced Knight driver could elaborate on, but until I hear otherwise I'm going with what I've been told.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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