Leonard's hires from 160 hr. schools.
For the other companies I posted, call and ask which ones off the registry they hire from.
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Schneider veteran here.
Now, I haul fuel in South GA & north FL.
Welcome to the Forum!
"Keep your CDL squeaky clean" = "Don't hit anything" + "no traffic citations, or poor DOT inspections"
Basically...what type(s) of freight do you most want to pull? Flatbed (aka, "skateboard")/heavy-haul/multi-axle? Doubles (LTL)? Tanker (food-grade, or hazmat)? Reefer? Or something else?
Do you want to work local? Regional? OTR? Or "dedicated"?
If you are single & unattached--great!
Past that--trucking is rather hard (to say the least) on marriages/families/relationships (especially if you still have children at home).
Reverse that...if your significant other wants to/is willing to travel with you--& no children are in the picture.
I got into it (in part) because I'm single...with no dependents, or pets.
I broke things off with my previous girlfriend right after I got started.
Your first year/18 months will suck, pretty much no matter what you do.
It will suck significantly less....if you get your CDL on your own, via a school from the previous sources.
Are you a "loner"? Do you like to travel/work alone? Do you like staying/being alone for extended periods of time? Do you like the idea of visiting unfamiliar places--especially at odd hours? Do you like the thought of getting up every day, & not knowing for sure where you will stop/sleep for the nite? Do you REAL-LY like to drive? Do you like/thrive on unexpected challenges? Are you at least as patient as a grandfather clock?
If you answered "yes"...to most of those qtns--then WELCOME HOME!!!
Trucking will be a good "fit" for you.
If you answered "no" to half or more of those qtns--get out now, while you still have your dignity & self-respect.
Lastly--if you aspire to be an O/O someday (and...may God have mercy on your soul for that)...you should know now about USA TRUCK, & their "Drive Your Plan" program.
After you have been with USA TRUCK for a year, if you satisfy their criteria--you can then pick your own loads from a load board of theirs, & run when/where you want.
This pgm basically lets you train to be an O/O--without all the up-front responsibilities of that world.
It's the only pgm of its kind in the industry--of which I'm aware.
--LualLast edited: Sep 22, 2022
Money for CDL Training
Heed the wise words of @tscottme
Additionally, I would add CRST to the list of companies to avoid. Avoid ANY company that requires signing a contract. Same goes for leasing. There's always an angle that favors the leasing agency and not the driver.
Good luck in your new endeavor.
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