YRC driver training program: what's not to like?

Discussion in 'YRC' started by mwehrle, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. mwehrle

    mwehrle Light Load Member

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    I'm a newbie looking to earn my CDL and get (2) years of experience under my belt. YRC offers a driver training program where they will train you to get your CDL and then give you a job where you have to commit to a year or pay your tuition back.

    I don't see anything wrong with this path for a newbie to get his (2) years of experience and then move on to greener pasture. Personally I want to move into tankers after I get my two years because I know most tanker drivers are making 80-100k as company drivers.

    What's wrong with using YRC as a springboard in this way?
     
  2. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    You could do worse. They are a union outfit so that is the only negative.

    Tanker drivers are making 80-100k hauling gas. Not sure grain or milk haulers making that.
     
  3. mwehrle

    mwehrle Light Load Member

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    Right. Probably due to the hazardous nature of fuel. Although I know crude oil haulers are making good money as well and I don't think crude is hazardous.
     
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  4. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

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    YRC linehaul drivers make 70k-80k+ plus. It’s just the freeze on top out pay it’s low for the LTL Industry. Trucking in general it’s a top paying job. For a new driver it’s a great opportunity then going to a mega carrier. Also you get experience in the LTL Industry which if you decide to leave places like ABF, OLD D, Saia, Estes, FedEx freight, UPS Freight will hire you quickly.
     
  5. NewbiusErectus

    NewbiusErectus Medium Load Member

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    Nothing, and nothing wrong with sticking around once you've fulfilled your obligation. You might find yourself in a decent spot seniority-wise .. and you might not want to start all over.

    You might also find that you won't be far from those 80-100k tanker jobs after a few years at YRC.

    I pulled tanks for a few years when I started driving and thought I was there to stay. I later found out that if you want more money and easy work, it's not necessarily all about the kind of trailer you're pulling.
     
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  6. Digman943

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    Do it. It’s a great start, beats the heck out of any mega carrier CDL program. I started driving with the YRC training program. Made about 80k my first year with them. But I was on sleeper runs gone 4-6 days a week. I’ve moved on but I’ve actually thought about going back a lot until I found my current job.
     
  7. slim1989

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    Really? I’m starting in two weeks and I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews. Did you get a lot of clock time or was it just mainly mileage?
     
  8. Digman943

    Digman943 Light Load Member

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    Mostly mileage. Team run doing 6k miles a week. There’s plenty of clock time to be had too. Shop, waiting for loads, break down, chaining up.

    The actual CDL training is what it says. All the instructors do is give you what you need to pass to get your license. Once you get that you get with a YRC trainer and that’s where you get your actual driving down.

    I’m not saying YRC is the best or worst but its pretty high up there for your first driving job.

    What area do you live in?
     
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  9. slim1989

    slim1989 Bobtail Member

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    I live in Denver. The recruiter told me 0.45 cpm at an average of 2300 miles a week. How are the loads scheduled on a typical day? Do you drive 180 miles drop off a load, get paid for 2 hours and drive for another 180 miles? Or is it one load per day? I’m hoping to net at least 1000 a week but with that sort of mileage I’m looking at 850 if I’m lucky.
     
  10. Digman943

    Digman943 Light Load Member

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    I was out of the Chicagoland area so I cannot comment on the runs out of Denver. I used to run there a lot from Chicago and the dispatchers are all super laid back. You will probably start off on call and either do turns or layovers. I don’t think they run sleeper teams out of Denver.
     
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