Some One Help Me, New In Trucking What Compani Is The Best For Otr!!

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Ismael B.'s Comment
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Im at school and i decide to enjoy the otr but there are many companis for chose, im consider us xpress ,swift or schneider tanker division. Some one could tell me somthing about the opcion than i have please!

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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You have tons of options, but thankfully, you also have tons of study material available! Check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide and learn more about Company-Sponsored Training .

Hey we're not real big on telling people this or that company is the best or the worst to work for. The truth is that almost every trucking company is operated in a very similar fashion with similar equipment, all of them use the same roadways, and the same fuel, and it is just really hard for a trucking company to distinguish itself from it's competitors. The driver is the singular distinguishing factor in most trucking operations. You could do real well at any of the companies you listed, you've just got to decide on what fits you the best for your own criteria.

What I mean by that is, pick a company that fits your needs. Ask yourself a serious of questions and find a company that fits those needs. Is home time important to you? Look at their equipment, are you satisfied with it? How does the pay sound to you? What type of freight do you want to haul?

You have to choose what type of freight you want to haul. However, just my personal opinion, I wouldn't recommend tanker for a new driver. It's far more complicated than a dry van. I would recommend getting some experience before getting in that.

We have a great blog written about this exact subject below.

How To Choose A Company

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.

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.

Ismael B.'s Comment
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Hi Daniel, tnks in advance, im alredy study for the pretrip whit the material that you posted is amazing men!!! It helps me alot!!! Well the tanker sound good for me only for the mony..75,000 a year they said.. but im no sure About it..

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Hi Daniel, tnks in advance, im alredy study for the pretrip whit the material that you posted is amazing men!!! It helps me alot!!! Well the tanker sound good for me only for the mony..75,000 a year they said.. but im no sure About it..

Don't believe everything a recruiter tells you. You won't make 75,000$ per year doing tanker for Schneider - no way.

Recruiters job is to convince you to join, and as a result they like to exaggerate their numbers a bit. Don't always believe them, ask us if you're not sure. But I can tell you right now you won't make that much money with anyone of those companies. Landing a job that pays that well will take many years of experience.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ismael B.'s Comment
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Ok, im read alot here and i really,belive all you guys, so the ugly thrue about trucking is than i gonna make less than 50,000 at my first year?

Aaron G's Comment
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I know for sure that Schnyder sorry for the spelling they start you out at 34CPM I have a friend that drives for them he brings home about 5-700 a week home after taxes.

Another friend of mine went to Boyd brothers they are flat beds but start out at 40CPM being a vet will get you 2 more CPM. Just a lil advice but Daniel B is correct they all try to lure you in. They all have different ups and downs

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Ismael B.'s Comment
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Men, tnks for your advice!! I need open my eyes so is very difficult take the right decision cuse i dont want to make a big mistake at begin of this...

Daniel B.'s Comment
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None of them are a mistake. You can't go wrong choosing either company.

The problem is you. Your expectations are way too high!

You won't make great money your first year driving, no one will, no one has. Expect to make between 30-36K your first year driving.

Your first year isn't about the money, it's about learning the industry and how to be a safe, reliable, and productive driver.

So listen, you need to lower your expectations or you'll never be happy.

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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Ismael, it looks like you're "chasing the money". Swift pays new drivers 35¢ per mile, Schneider pays 34¢. Does that make Swift a better company? No.

Look closely at the companies who hire inexperienced drivers. Some give you more "home time" (you don't get paid for home time), some want you to lease a truck right away (DO NOT do that!). Some really want you to team up.

Those are the things to consider, not just the pennies difference in your paycheck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ismael B.'s Comment
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Tnks, men you are right, my expec are too high cuse at my actual job am doing 45, a year so i thougt the trucking was a good change a good money...and yea am here fore the money. So i need think very well about the change too.

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