looking for paid cdl with pay and quick access to ride along passenger

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  1. Zoe123

    Zoe123 Bobtail Member

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    Starting out with no previous experience and I would like to bring my 20 year old son along as soon as possible. When he hits 21 we would become a driving team. What companies are good to start with that offer paid cdl training and also with the shortest ride along timeframe. We have no homebase at the moment and want to do long haul trucking together. Thank you for any advice.
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    Which state do you live in now? Your address on your license is also the hiring area you live in.
     
  4. Chinatown

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    Swift is the quickest way to get started. Start a new class every week.
    Has rider program for your son.
    Training periods for new drivers are about the same with all companies for new drivers.

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  5. Lunatic Fringe

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    Paid CDL schools tend to be pickier about who they'll accept and start new classes less often. CDL Schools that pay you while in training:

    Knight (Knight owns Swift) - Trainee salary. Rider policy.
    Millis Transfer - Pays $600/wk while in training. Rider policy.
    Roehl - Pays $616/wk while in training. Must drive for 6 months before you can take a passenger.
     
  6. Zoe123

    Zoe123 Bobtail Member

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    Just got a CA. license, but can go anywhere. Is it necessary to get a CLP from CA. too before I apply to a CDL program? Thank you for responding.
     
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    Zoe123 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for your response. I did look at Roehl, will look at Millis and Knight-Swift. What do you know of Schneider?
     
  8. Zoe123

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    Thank you, will follow through checking this out.
     
  9. Chinatown

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    You'll probably go to Swift school in Fontana. I don't know for sure, ask the recruiter. Submit that short app. on the website, then call the recruiter to inform that you've applied.
    Living in California you'll have to pay those high income taxes.
    Later, move your domicile to another state that has no state income taxes. This is easy to do if you want a Florida or Texas address.
    One driver on this forum did that this week.
     
  10. Lunatic Fringe

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    1. They allow riders/passengers.
    2. They don't pay you while training.
    3. They have two HUGE advantages over most starter companies - trailers and terminals.
    Most of OTR is drop and hook - you show up at the shipper with an empty trailer. You drop your empty trailer and leave with a full one. When you arrive at the receiver you drop the full trailer and take off with an empty trailer off their lot. This works fine UNTIL you show up at a receiver that doesn't have an empty trailer. It happens about once a month. You have to call dispatch and ask where you can find an empty trailer for your next load. Dispatch will give you an address nearby where a trailer once was, but they have no way of knowing if another driver has already taken that trailer or not. At most companies you can drive a full 11 hours (unpaid) going from place to place looking for trailers that aren't there until you luck out and find one. Schneider has satellite tracking for their trailers. You can launch their app and see where all the Schneider trailers are near you. No need to call dispatch or go from place to place that doesn't have what you're looking for. Now, just because you can find a trailer that doesn't mean it is road-worthy or not full of pallets and packaging, but that's a story for another day.

    Terminals come in handy in two ways. If you're wanting to shut down in an unfamiliar town, but it's after dark and all the truck stops are full you can usually park at a company terminal with no hassle. While other drivers have to roam the earth trying to find a safe, legal place to park the truck you just head out for your company terminal.

    Companies will usually route you to the terminal closest to your home several times a year for maintenance. It usually takes about a day and a half. If you live, or have friends or family near the terminal it's like free time off. If you live in Seattle, but your company's closest terminal is in Los Angeles it isn't quite the same.

    4. They're strict about idling. When you park for your 10 hour break it's just like your car - if you want heat or a/c you have to idle the motor. Most companies don't care because they want you to be comfortable and it doesn't take much fuel, but Schneider DOES. You can lose your bonus if more than 25% of the time you're idling while you're parked. The thing is you don't decide where you go so if it's -25 in Laramie or 125 in Casa Grande you have to deal with it. Is this the 1 day out of 4 you want to use up your idle time or do you want to save it, or risk losing your bonus? While you're making these decisions you'll know most companies don't care and will let you idle all you want without any penalty.
     
  11. Lunatic Fringe

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    It depends on the company you choose. Some want you to already have your CLP before you show up for school others want you take the test at school. I second Chinatown's recommendation for switching your license to an income tax-free state ASAP.
     
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