Probably been asked a million times

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by NickSM, Aug 2, 2022.

  1. NickSM

    NickSM Bobtail Member

    Aug 2, 2022
    New to the Forum,

    Just got my permit and I'm looking for a company that has high morale amongst drivers, and good pay when you start as a rookie. I live in El Paso, TX and it seems that all the "good" starting companies don't recruit this far west. I want to go to company with a paid CDL program, and a spot for me when I finish. I'm still young, so I would be grinding the first couple years anyways.
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2022
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    There are many options for paying for CDL school besides getting "free" training from a trucking company. Money for CDL Training

    The better the match between what your first company provides and what you need as an employee will go a long way deciding if you stay in the industry.80-90% of new drivers leave the industry before they complete 1 year of driving. A lot of that quitting is because MOST newbies think all trucking companies are alike and they rush into working based on who will give them "free" CDL school.

    You need to make decisions about how often you need to get home. How long you need to stay home when you are not working, pay and benefits, type of trucking (dry van, reefer, flatbed, tanker), where you want to drive or where you want to avoid driving, if you can bring a pet or passenger, and many other things. In my mind it's more important you pick a company that mates you than whether you take out a loan for CDL school, if the state pays for your CDL school thru WOIA, or about half of the companies offer Tuition Reimbursement to pay for CDL school. After you get some recommendations for companies make sure you talk to current working drivers at the company to find out the real story abut pay, routes, equipment, dispatchers, etc. The company recruiter will tell you ANYTHING they think will make you want to work for them. Most get paid when you join or stay a few weeks, they don't care if you will be happy there or not.
  6. Trucker61016

    Trucker61016 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Linville, Va
    Better yet, run away and don't get sucked into the black hole, aka trucking.....:D:D:rolleyes::rolleyes:

    Kidding aside good luck!!
  7. Lostmykey

    Lostmykey Light Load Member

    Oct 6, 2019
    kllm/ffe? Have a Texas school in Lancaster. We go through there all time; I’m not sure about pickups or deliveries in that area, but we will do pretty long deadheads (500mi) to cargills.
  8. usamerica

    usamerica Bobtail Member

    Jul 29, 2022
    Supermessup company.
  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Why? They provide an opportunity to get your foot in the door as a new driver
    Chinatown Thanks this.
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