Any Owner Operators In Need of Co-Driver?

Discussion in 'Drivers Looking for a Team Driver' started by QuidMaker, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. QuidMaker

    QuidMaker Bobtail Member

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    Hello out there. I'm wondering if there are any O/Os who'd be willing to take me on as a teammate, for any short-term opportunities or possibly long term? I have my CDL-A (no restrictions) good through 2027. I graduated from an accredited school under the new FMCSA Federal Guidelines in June 2022 (11 weeks of training). Unfortunately, right after graduation, I had to fulfill some prior commitments in a foreign country before returning to the USA and trying to start a new career in trucking. I am a straight male, with 20+ years of Military Service (USN Retired), already have my TWIC, provided a drug screen (Hair and Urine) for SWIFT (another story) approx 1 month ago (Clean), and am eager to get rolling. I admit, had I gone into driving straight out of school, I'd have been better off. But, I couldn't. So, needing a little 'training' is a given. We did not learn about ELOG operations, weigh stations, adjusting the tandems to get a better scale, or tarping on flatbeds but we DID learn how to drive a 53' trailer with a manual 10-spd transmission tractor! If you are an O/O who needs a co-driver or know of someone who does and is willing to take me under your wing, I'm not looking to make much money...I need to prove my worth. I just had one company say they want 8 weeks of training doing OTR back and forth to California from Florida...I just don't see the difficulty in driving mostly a straight line!! LOL.
    If anyone wants to contact me, my email is quidmaker@gmail.com
     
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  3. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    @Chinatown

    Not sure if this is in his wheelhouse but he has a lot of info on jobs and stuff like how thieves can steal your car using music or something like that…….?
     
  4. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    O/O and many smaller companies won’t be able to afford the insurance on a brand new driver. You’ll have to go out with a trainer. If you want the shortest time possible with a trainer, look at Schneider. Since you have a CDL, it will be 2 weeks classroom and yard training and one week otr in a trainers truck and then you’re solo.
     
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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  6. QuidMaker

    QuidMaker Bobtail Member

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    Lual, funny you mention that! I kinda grew up in Alabama and almost played football for Troy. My best friend in Montgomery saw a truck with them on the side and told me. I called, but I don't need 6 weeks at $600 per week...I would think 2 would be more than sufficient but many companies are wanting 4.
     
  7. QuidMaker

    QuidMaker Bobtail Member

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    Terlingua, thank you for the response. I will check them out...
     
  8. QuidMaker

    QuidMaker Bobtail Member

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    GYPSY65,
    are you responding to my post?
     
  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    @QuidMaker --

    Great news!!! :p:D:)

    Post #3 above is correct....!!!

    I speak from first-hand experience.

    I was on my Schneider trainer's truck, for :eek: less than a week. :confused:

    After that--Schneider assigned me a tractor.

    The rest.....as they say....is history.

    Fast forward, to now....I'm hauling fuel. Home daily.

    Who knows? Maybe Schneider can do the same, for you. :cool:


    --Lual
     
  10. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    Yes
    I was linking in a guy on here @Chinatown
    Who knows almost every possible job opportunity
    Not sure if this is a subject he’s familiar with but posted his screen name so he’s get an alert and offer info if he has any
     
  11. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

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    I think your expectation of short-term training is optimistic. The new drivers who struggle the most are those with poor training. It sounds like all you’re considering is the drive time. However, there’s so much more to be covered, if trained by a great driver/trainer. There’s no way to cover it all in a week or two. Think of it like all your USN training.

    With more than 20yrs of accident-free experience, I went to work at a place where I had a two week orientation and three weeks on a trainer truck. Then, I went to work at a place with 7hrs of orientation and no training. I felt short-changed with the latter company.
     
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