I'm Not Sure Who To Drive For

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Kash's Comment
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I have a little over 2k miles, I'm ready to get with a mentor and start working. I'm down to Werner, Prime or TMC. I like Prime and I heard they pay more in orientation, 10cpm more than Werner, and their mentorship is much longer, although I think it could be beneficial to learn more. Werner is ready to hire me this week. I also like TMC but they are flatbed only, they got some nice Peterbilts too. How bad is tarping? also is there plenty of work for a flatbed driver? I'm 21 years old and I'm in good physical shape, I'm trying to go OTR for a year, then get a regional job down south near the Florida panhandle to be with my daughter, once I have some experience under me, any opinions or advice for a new guy? Thanks!

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Kazi. You'll definitely want to decide upon what type of freight you want to haul. Since you're considering different types right now you might want to go with a company like Prime Inc which has several different types. It's normally pretty easy once you get some good experience (6 months or so) to move around between divisions within a company. Prime has refrigerated, flatbed, and food grade tanker to choose from so that would give you some options.

Now if you'd like to try to get home more often, TMC Transport can get you home most weekends and Werner can also. Dry van and flatbed normally have better home time opportunities than refrigerated does.

Home time, pay, benefits, and type of freight are normally the biggest deciding factors. Once you decide upon those it will narrow your choices significantly.

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.

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.

Snappy's Comment
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Melton is another good flatbed company if you want to go that route :)

Cody B.'s Comment
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I have a little over 2k miles, I'm ready to get with a mentor and start working. I'm down to Werner, Prime or TMC. I like Prime and I heard they pay more in orientation, 10cpm more than Werner, and their mentorship is much longer, although I think it could be beneficial to learn more. Werner is ready to hire me this week. I also like TMC but they are flatbed only, they got some nice Peterbilts too. How bad is tarping? also is there plenty of work for a flatbed driver? I'm 21 years old and I'm in good physical shape, I'm trying to go OTR for a year, then get a regional job down south near the Florida panhandle to be with my daughter, once I have some experience under me, any opinions or advice for a new guy? Thanks!

I drive for TMC so if you got any questions I could help you out.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Eckoh's Comment
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Crete has different fleets from regional to OTR with 6 days out 14 days out and 21 days out. They also are one of the highest paying companies period. They do take some fresh out of school drivers but its 8 weeks with a trainer at that point and you never team during training.

They also have dry van , refer, or flat bad so you can haul what you want.

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.

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.

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.
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