Is Getting Hired for a Greenhorn Harder in Winter?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Yoster, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. knightrider77

    knightrider77 Bobtail Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    columbus oh.
    Don't letthe weather hold you back if you learn in the snow you will be a smother driver might be betterfor a trainer to haveyouin the snow so youaint suprised next winter
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  3. FuzzFace2

    FuzzFace2 Medium Load Member

    Jul 27, 2014
    Angier, N.C.
    I hear of your concern about winter driving as that was a question I had when I started school back in July, should have license sometime in November. They told me it would not be an issue but then again I think they wanted my $$.

    I am kind of looking forward to it. I have pulled a loaded car trailer thru snow storms so a truck/trailer is just a bigger unit to drive just take your time and leave a LOT OF ROOM.
    I am also stuck to intrastate, medical card reason, for 3 years but looking to move south when I get my license and will finish out my time down there.

    BTW there are a few young people (20 years old) in school that will be 21 by the time they get their license so they can go OTR and does not seem like a big deal to school or recruiters.

    I think what some are saying that you will be with a trainer for the first winter is a good this before you are let loos on your own.
    Good luck
    Dave ----
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  4. Mtn. Dew

    Mtn. Dew Light Load Member

    Nov 28, 2013
    My first job started in February. My first trip had some snow and and ice. It puckered me up pretty tight. But yes I started in winter.
  5. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    Take all of Chinatown's advise above. He's the "go to" guy on TTR that can point you in the right direction.

    If I were in your shoes I would WANT to start driving in the winter WITH a trainer beside me to teach me how to drive safely in icy conditions, how to chain up, and how to manage living and working in cold conditions. Right now I'm training a young man that is eager to get into some winter conditions while he's in my truck, so we are asking the planners to send us north and then west across the Rockies (currently in North Carolina).

    That would be a better scenario than going solo when the weather is fine and then encountering winter conditions all on your own.

    No matter what, go for it as soon as you can. That's a general rule of thumb I'd give to any prospective driver. Don't wait for ideal conditions. Companies are hiring 24/7/365.
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Here's 4 more that hire at age 21:

    Millis Transfer - must attend their CDL school; need $500.00 for tuition.
    H.O. Wolding
    Southern Refrigerated Transport
    Mesilla Valley Transportation
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
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  7. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Drivers quit and go home when white stuff gets on the ground. Or go hide in a Houston truck stop it seems...

    Perfect time to be looking for trucking employment.
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  8. tc4239

    tc4239 Bobtail Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    I graduated from school Oct 9th. Turned down 3 companies and had a pre-hire before I graduated. Leave for Gary Indiana on the 19th for orientation. You shouldn't have a problem.
  9. unloader

    unloader Heavy Load Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I trained with central ref in March of 2013. It was snowing some days while I was out on the pad.

    My first day out with my otr trainer was on the 80 in Wyoming. Road was caked with ice, which was good because I wanted to get hands on training for driving these trucks in snow and ice while I was with my trainer. Crossed that off my first day haha.

    You shouldn't have any problems finding training programs during the winter.

  10. RubberDuck198

    RubberDuck198 Light Load Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    Lemme check my atlas
    It's better to start in the winter and have a trainer with you instead of being a overconfident greenhorn.

    I dont know why so many people are afraid of snow and ice. It's honestly no big deal. Just remember three things:

    1) Never drive beyond your ability to stop

    2) Maintain a safe following distance

    3) Learn the Smith system and use it when you drive
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