Delayed start but we are ready now

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Nahbrown, Feb 5, 2023.

  1. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Illinois (the sane part)
    Last summer I posted that my wife and I would be attending a community college trucking class and then team driving OTR for a local company.

    life happened and we were delayed until now. We have our DOT physicals and permits now and plan to start the 4 week class on March 6th.

    Ive been seeing a lot of people discouraged with the current state of trucking (especially O/O) so hopefully we can still get on with our intended company as we had planned to do before. I figured I would wait to contact them because they come to every career day the college has for each class.

    anyway, we’re back
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  3. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    While any new venture has its share of apprehension, don't be dismayed, you are on the right track. Your avatar shows big smiles, and a great way to start, you want to do this, and not because it's part of a plea bargain. Trucking today, is what you make it. It's always been that way, but shysters like me weasled our way in, and couldn't/wouldn't do it today. It's just a different job. Pay is usually the cheese in these deals, and most pay about the same to start. I think a dedicated team could make some good money, provided you don't have a pile of bills to pay. An apt. you never use is foolish, so many live in the truck, and THAT will be the meaning of true love. Don't worry, they'll be there, drivers aren't exactly busting down the doors today. Good luck, keep us posted, eh?
  4. The Railsplitter

    The Railsplitter Light Load Member

    Jan 23, 2023
    "BFE... and lovin' it!"
    Good luck to ya, OP... I wouldn't buy into all the "doom & gloom" from other drivers, trucking is what you make of it, and trucking is not for everybody. Keep an open mind, never stop learning in this industry, and try to keep out of trouble with Johnny Law, crazy city traffic, road rage fooliots, etc. Look at trucking as a grand adventure, despite the occasional bad days... remember, the worst day of trucking is better than the best day in an office or a factory, lol. :D

    Since you'll be running with your wife, here's some advice from an old hand: get a functional CB radio (I had a Cobra 29 LTD WX which worked fine), a trucker's atlas, an exit guide, a thermoelectric cooler or fridge, and keep some snacks aboard the rig. Be sure to scale loads if there's any question on the weight, and don't always trust a shipper to list the correct weight either. Try to remain positive even when dealing with wankers, lol... I know, it's a tall order! Think of it as a Zen exercise in patience! :confused:

    Learn to combine tasks at every stop, that'll save time in the long run. Whenever you're at a fuel desk, check the weather on TV above the desk, especially if you're heading toward bad weather. Keep extra clothing and blankets in the sleeper, never know when ya might need 'em. Carry a decent set of tools specific to the job and your truck. Protect yourself with good gloves, eye protection & sunglasses, sturdy footgear, etc. Don't forget zip-ties, duct tape & baling wire, lol. ;)

    Just my $.02, FWIW, and since I have nothing better to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon, lol. What else can I tell ya? I had a blast during my 'trucking daze' but I also viewed the job differently than most drivers. For me, that road tractor was a 10-ton RV, or 40-ton RV with a fully-loaded wagon, lol. I handled my end of the job, but I also met cool people and had good times... many positive memories from back in the day, find my 'Trucking Daze' thread here & see what I mean! :rolleyes:

    Good luck to you and your wife on your journey... and it WILL be a journey, I guarantee it, lol. What kind of journey depends entirely upon your perspective... roll with the punches, and enjoy the calmer times as they unfold. Watch your overhead clearance, and watch that trailer swing in crowded lots or tight parking slots. Get your sleep, and get off the road when weather REALLY gets bad. Always remember The Railsplitter's famous maxim... o_O

  5. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    If you choose to do this to, download many of the states 511 app’s especially out west when it comes to winter driving…knowing in advance and seeing the cams the states put online allow you to see what the roads look like too in winter on top of written reports online..
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Please, revisit your other thread. The suggestions over there by other members needs to be strongly reconsidered. The pay you mentioned being offered is grossly under industry standards.
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  7. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Illinois (the sane part)

    This board is great and I appreciate how willing to help everyone is! Although I haven’t responded to each post I have called various recommendations like OD. I haven’t found a company willing to let us drive teams Together immediately after completion of their company training. For example, A recruiter at OD told me this morning that my wife and I would have to drive singles because there aren’t any team openings.

    I have to be careful and keep the big picture in mind with my wife. She is willing to do this with me however she has some non-negotiable demands. After putting up with me and the military for over 20 years I am more than willing to accommodate her.

    1)Attend CDL training with me
    2)Never overnight with anyone else in a truck for training
    3) Drive with me after CDL class and OJT are finished

    After CDL training Amhof will hire us and do local training for 4 weeks so we go home each night together. then they will put us together to team drive OTR. That gets my wife comfortable with the idea of and the process of trucking so missing out on potential income is worth it to get her buy in.

    Im not closed minded so if someone has other recommendations I will certainly look into them.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2023
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  8. Turtlelegs

    Turtlelegs Light Load Member

    Apr 15, 2022
    My wife and I trained together at Schneider. We went through the CAT program to get our CDLs. The trainer we were with was a local driver in Ohio so we stayed in one hotel during the time with him.

    We are on a dedicated account and we've been averaging 6270 miles/week but weather has shut us down a few times.

    I'm not sure if we lucked our or not but we really like our bosses & dispatchers. It doesn't pay as much as most companies but they allowed us to train together & we got it done quickly.
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  9. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Illinois (the sane part)

    Your training sounds perfect for us. I called Snyder and got a recruiter that said they couldn’t guarantee us that. Do you have a contact I can call?
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2023
  10. Nahbrown

    Nahbrown Bobtail Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Illinois (the sane part)
    Fyi Military Driver Recruiting from Schneider called today and basically said that they would keep us together for all training and then put us on a dedicated team route for 5 on , 2 days home.

    upside- Training is paid for +$80 per day instead of paying $5700 each, dedicated route
    Downside-53 cents per mile & 9month commitment.
  11. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    @Nahbrown --

    Before you make any sort of commitment to "Big Orange"....why don't you shop around a little, and maybe score a better cpm? That 53 cents per mile is cheap :eek: (but typical for Schneider :rolleyes:).

    Here's the team driving start page for Swift:

    Team Driving Jobs, Salary & Training - Swift Transportation

    If you haven't already--I'd suggest talking to Swift--and see if their terms/pay is any better (they may well be :oops:).

    Also...this page is worth a read:

    CDL Jobs for Women - Female Truck Driving School - Swift Transportation

    Last edited: Feb 8, 2023
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