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  1. Jeremy5085

    Jeremy5085 Bobtail Member

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    Hello everyone I am new to site and really wanna get into trucking. What are my options on getting started ? Any companies offer training ?

    Also how do you guys and your family handle you being away so much? My wife doesnt like the idea of OTR driving but what about regional routes, how often are they home?

    Any tips for studying for the test , what areas do I need to study? Took one practice yesterday got a 76% :( first one tho.

    Sorry for so many questions.
     
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    thelushlarry Road Train Member

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  3. Jeremy5085

    Jeremy5085 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks man. I'll check those out later.
     
  4. Last Time Around

    Last Time Around Light Load Member

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    Check Roehl...paid cdl training and you are paid $500 a week during cdl A training...BUT...beware of contract. If you don't complete 15 months/ 120k miles...you owe entire course plus what they paid you , or so it appears....which they value at $7000.... doesn't appear to be prorated either. I read the training contract.....but the legalize became blurry.....wha wha wha, blah blah blah.... I could not get a solid answer, nor anything in writing about what if I was on my 16th month, with only 119,000 miles....and I got sick or ....
    ( FILL IN THE BLANK ) it seemed $7k was owed? ( correct if I'm mistaken ) I had zero worries of myself fulfilling contract, but life can take wicked turns..... Murphy's Law says.... I'll hit 119000 miles and have a major issue happen! If prorated, great....though I could not get a straight answer. So I passed. My new CDL was 3k.... my sign on bonus was 5k where I'm at ( paid at 1k for first 5 months ).... it became a no brainer for me. But I had past experience, I should add....just let my CDL lapse for 2 years.

    Roehl is just one of MANY options.... your best bet , imo, is to choose a company that fits you as close as possible.... you're gonna need a minimum of 1 year experience.... so if company sponsors and pays, you are going to give them a year.... consider that as part of your base pay. Mine was cheaper as I only took 2 weeks with years of prior experience.... So 3k from what I hear is "cheap".... Schneider offered me a refresher, and 3 months contract.... But I could not get the work/fleet I was interested in.
    Lots of options... just research.
     
  5. Jeremy5085

    Jeremy5085 Bobtail Member

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    Ok thanks man. I've briefly looked into it roehl they seem good. Just gotta convince the wife its the right move. Any u heard of Veriha
     
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    Poonok Light Load Member

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    Dont be a slave to your wife. Your going to have a bad time.
     
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    Jeremy5085 Bobtail Member

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    Easier said then done ha. Wife just doesnt like change specially since I've with my current company for 5 years. I'm just done working night shift and 12 hour days.

    What is work week like for drivers, make your own schedule or does the company ?
     
  8. Just passing by

    Just passing by Medium Load Member

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    Well... like we say in my country, you'll be swapping 6 for half dozen then.
     
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    Lets see.....wife doesn't like it. Strike 1
    Tierd of long shifts. Strike 2
    Do you see a pattern developing. Want to be a truck start local, that's my advice.
     
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