Distilling down who to drive for

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by otterinthewater, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    Thanks. That’s clear good advice.
     
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  3. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    Reading this site it really concerned me. I want to earn my place in what I want to do.

    As far as western 11 I’ve looked and most of the recruiters have said it’s possible I can be placed there after training. I grew up out west and driving those freeways really intrigues me. We also have a place outside of Seattle that I can park for a 10 or 34.

    I think the horror stories about the NE that many tell just remind me why I like West.

    Thanks @Poonok
     
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    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    Sage advice as always @x1Heavy.

    I’ll reach out if I get into a spot. I might need your tire thumper at some point late at night to adjust some people’s attitudes.

    Cheers.
     
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  5. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Distilling... lol, that’s as good a word as any!
     
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    Any freight terminals in your area? You go on somewhere as a dock worker, get paid just as much as a new P&D driver if you have your CDL. Let them train you to drive. Grocery warehouses sometimes do the same. Try searching local companies that have fleets. Start inside, move to the truck from there. I wish I had done it that way.
     
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    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    I just talked with a nice woman from Freymiller. They seem to get pretty good reviews on here. She said they are heavy into a lane between Sacto and Southern California. They look pretty good to me.
     
  8. Maj. Jackhole

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    For what its worth, whichever company you choose your time there is exactly what you make of it. Are you the type that can roll with changes? Can you let the small things roll off your skin? If yes then you can do well wherever you choose.
     
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    Changes don’t bother me. Things roll off my back easily. Lying to me doesn’t bother me, I just remember to check my trust at the door. I stay calm when #### goes haywire.

    We’ll see if I’m full of #### soon enough. LOL
     
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    Maj. Jackhole Heavy Load Member

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    Not saying that there will not be folks who just want to be stumbling blocks esp when they see you got your poop in a group. Most drivers negative experiences are of their own doing with either lack of work ethic or an attitude of some sort.
     
  11. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    Bottom line is the this. For the first year to 18 months it really does not matter who you work for.
    Why. You need some time behind the wheel. You need to see things. You need to do things. You need to get working on your 10,000 hours. You want to run boarder to boarder, coast to coast. Get a perspective on the wide world of trucking.

    The one and only one thing that is of any importance is your start in training. It needs to be training, actual real hands on training. Not some bogus team type you’ll get training my way, but were gonna run and make me some money training.

    It is very different out on the road. School gets you the absolute basics, the goal is get you knowledgeable and skilled enough to pass the tests with reasonable confidence. The rest come from time and learning.

    So the choice is actually a lot easier than you are making it.
    What company that you can reasonably expect to meet the goals. Thats the one you choose.
     
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