Can a trucker with no experience can do regional driving?

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  1. El_turco_12

    El_turco_12 Bobtail Member

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    Can truckers that came out of trucking school with no experience can start doing regional trucking?
     
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  3. Flyingdriver

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    I did. I got my CDL a year ago. I was previous a John Deere salesman & knew a lot of farmers with trucks. One of my previous customers was advertising for drivers to haul potatoes regionally. I called the owner & he told me send in an application & since they knew me he said they'd give me a shot. I should also mention that I was raised on a farm & have driven trucks since I was 12...so I did have that experience also. When I got the job driving a 99 378 Pete with a 53' potato trailer they told me that they were changing their operation & they could only promise me a job for 6 months or so. I drove seven months total hauling potatoes from central Oregon to Portland.

    When that job ended I applied for a regional job that required two years experience. I applied anyway & the owner called me for an interview. The interview went well & he offered me a job on the spot & I took it. Now I'm driving OR, WA, & ID pulling a 53' refer & driving a 2021 Cascadia. I've been with this company for four months now & really enjoy the job. I have weekends off & even get to spend a few nights home during the week. I should add that I'm 65 years old in great health with a perfect driving record. I believe my maturity & good driving record helped too.

    Anything is possible but you got to make the attempt.
     
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  4. El_turco_12

    El_turco_12 Bobtail Member

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    How many days were you away from home?
     
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  5. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    You can find companies that will take new CDLs right out of school for local, regional, or otr. It's just a matter of what you want and that of which the company offers. Plenty of jobs for new guys.
     
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    mpd240 Road Train Member

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  7. Flyingdriver

    Flyingdriver Bobtail Member

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    At my first job I was home every night. My present job I average 2 nights home during the week plus weekends. Today for example, I unloaded & loaded close to home so I only worked six hours total.
     
  8. RDBG

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    My first job was circling the lakes with mostly steel sometimes lumber or odd crap on a flatbed.

    Bring a heavy trailer destined for the prairies to their yard in Winnipeg switch to a lighter loaded one going stateside deliver and reload somewhere in the states for somewhere close to home. Deliver that go home a few days lather rinse repeat.
     
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