LTL training

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by TJT89, Aug 16, 2021.

  1. TJT89

    TJT89 Bobtail Member

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    To start off I have had my cdl A for around 8 years, I’m 32 years old. I have been driving trucks for probably 10 years. Bucket trucks, chipper trucks, dump trucks pulling flatbed trailers, pulp wood trucks and the list goes on. Yes I did drive illegally when I was younger for a shady tree company ( I didn’t have a cdl and I was young and dumb)
    I’m looking to get hired on with a good ltl company, not just a job but a career. I recently worked for US Foods for around 3 months. I trained for a week and they sent me on my own, yes I could already drive and back when I started. Digging through pallets for 1 case wasn’t for me unfortunately. What I’m asking is are there any ltl companies that train if you have less than a year of “tractor-trailer” experience? I have been doing research on all these companies that say that they will train you but I would like to get some insight from experienced drivers. Thank you, also if there is a thread on this already I apologize but my search bar isn’t working.
     
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  3. gym23

    gym23 Bobtail Member

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    I know ODFL will train you and put your through their school training
     
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    MLC Adventures Medium Load Member

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    AAA Cooper will run you with a manager to see if you can drive, then run you with another driver a few days on route.
     
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    mnmover Road Train Member

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    YRC has several schools starting, then you are paid for school, plus a job when its over $$$$$
     
  6. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Holland has a program locally, where you start on the dock, and work up to driver.
     
  7. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    You have the needed driving experience to work LTL. The company you hire on with will train you on their technology and how they want everything done, but you don’t need a training program if you have been driving for years. If you have never driven a forklift you can learn that in a couple minutes. If you drove a tractor and trailer for US Foods for 3 months without hitting anything you should be ready for LTL. I started my commercial driving career with Consolidated Freightways 34 years ago having driven farm tractors, straight trucks and tractor drawn fire trucks for many years. There was nothing special about driving LTL if you know how to drive a truck and trailer. Many LTL companies now will hire people fresh out of driving school and I would imagine you are much more experienced than a recent trucking school graduate. ABF would be my first place to look if they have a terminal near you. If not ABF then many other LTL companies are close to them in pay and benefits.
     
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    TJT89 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the response. There’s 2 ABF terminals near me, Charlotte and Hickory. There posting says if you have less than a year you may be eligible for training. I’m only asking because a lot of carriers require actual tractor trailer experience for insurance reasons I guess. I have been turned down previously for that reason, I was told that all my other years Of cdl driving didn’t matter because it wasn’t tractor trailer. I have heard very good things about ABF though.
     
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    There’s an old dominion about 10 mins away from me. The only thing they have is a dock worker and linehaul position. They require at least a year for line haul. Thats the problem I’m running into, all of my other years of cdl driving doesn’t seem to matter
     
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    It’s is likely that the companies who are currently hiring those with zero experience and training them will be likely to hire you. They may require some training and for you to prove you can or can’t drive their equipment proficiently. If you can successfully drive it you may or may not be required to go thru their full training program as they need drivers on the street ASAP.
     
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