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    Hello my fellow ADISCers,

    I have been thinking for some time about becoming an OTR/long haul truck driver. Are there other drivers on ADISC? I would love to chat about the job and the ins and outs of the day to day work. So far I've found a mixed bag of drivers who love it and hate it. If you drive or drove in the past, it would be awesome to PM back and forth and exchange thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Brett

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    I'm an off and on truck driver. I kind of hate it, because there's really no respect out there for you despite what you do. Whether it's people in cars around you, other truck drivers, or companies themselves, it can get stale once you've seen all the places you haven't seen before.

    Companies can care less about you and your family. They'll keep you driving and driving and do whatever they can to keep you on the road, despite anything that's going on at home. The compensation is really not there considering you're away from home for a month. It's an unhealthy lifestyle as well.

    The only good things about truck driving is that you can be homeless and have a roof over your head. You can actually start with nothing and make a recovery in your life. It's a way to make better money than most jobs locally.

    You just have to learn to put your foot down when you get with these companies. They have a mindset to make money, your dispatcher makes money off of your progress. They'll do what they can to make more money off of you.

    The truck driving industry has one of the highest turnover rates, and companies know this. They don't care either. They'll have another company's driver to fill in within a week. This is their attitude as well. Recruiters will lie to make money off of each potential driver that joins.

    If you have no experience, stay away from those truck driving schools. It's not necessary to pay $1000s of dollars. Stay away from those companies that say drive within 2 weeks. You will not have enough experience to go on your own. They'll teach you the basics without any kind of real experiences.

    I will say stay away from Swift, Knight, CR England, they'll put you on the road and to fend for yourself with another rookie.

    If you want the best possible experience without loss of wage during training, better knowledge, better treatment, more professional, train with Prime Inc. They'll get you on a better track to success. They will room you, feed you, and compensate you during your training for a CDL. They'll put you with another driver and get a one on one experience to get your CDL then they'll put you with another trainer for a few months to learn on your own. They have great driver accommodations, I'll just affixed you to stay away from leasing programs until you know the business inside and out. Most are scams or just traps to keep you on the road. If you can, save up and get your own truck. Then you'll be the ultimate boss and be able to make real money.

    Being a AB/DL has it's perks with truck driving. It's pretty beneficial as well.

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    Wow, thanks for all the info! Still definitely on the fence about this. I'll take your suggestion and check out Prime. They seem to have a good reputation.

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    I just started driving trucks and am loving it so far the money is good and you will deliver some interesting goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaLMaNN1983 View Post
    I'm an off and on truck driver. I kind of hate it, because there's really no respect out there for you despite what you do. Whether it's people in cars around you, other truck drivers, or companies themselves, it can get stale once you've seen all the places you haven't seen before.

    Companies can care less about you and your family. They'll keep you driving and driving and do whatever they can to keep you on the road, despite anything that's going on at home. The compensation is really not there considering you're away from home for a month. It's an unhealthy lifestyle as well.

    The only good things about truck driving is that you can be homeless and have a roof over your head. You can actually start with nothing and make a recovery in your life. It's a way to make better money than most jobs locally.

    You just have to learn to put your foot down when you get with these companies. They have a mindset to make money, your dispatcher makes money off of your progress. They'll do what they can to make more money off of you.

    The truck driving industry has one of the highest turnover rates, and companies know this. They don't care either. They'll have another company's driver to fill in within a week. This is their attitude as well. Recruiters will lie to make money off of each potential driver that joins.

    If you have no experience, stay away from those truck driving schools. It's not necessary to pay $1000s of dollars. Stay away from those companies that say drive within 2 weeks. You will not have enough experience to go on your own. They'll teach you the basics without any kind of real experiences.

    I will say stay away from Swift, Knight, CR England, they'll put you on the road and to fend for yourself with another rookie.

    If you want the best possible experience without loss of wage during training, better knowledge, better treatment, more professional, train with Prime Inc. They'll get you on a better track to success. They will room you, feed you, and compensate you during your training for a CDL. They'll put you with another driver and get a one on one experience to get your CDL then they'll put you with another trainer for a few months to learn on your own. They have great driver accommodations, I'll just affixed you to stay away from leasing programs until you know the business inside and out. Most are scams or just traps to keep you on the road. If you can, save up and get your own truck. Then you'll be the ultimate boss and be able to make real money.

    Being a AB/DL has it's perks with truck driving. It's pretty beneficial as well.
    I am with swift and my trainer is not a rookie at all where do you get these facts from?

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    Most of their drivers are rookies. I know this because I used to work there. I started with Prime.

    In Swift's Memphis TN terminal, the road test you take is literally a mile long split between 3 other people there and back on a five lane road in front of terminal. You take a right out of terminal, go through a couple traffic lights or so, take a left turn into a business park. Stop, change drivers, go around the business Park, after a couple of turns, stop, change drivers, go back to terminal. Road test done for 3 people.

    Swift was actually caught giving away licenses.

    http://m.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?...5#.V7AHaHQo7qA

    They still haven't learned their lesson and are still doing this today.

    Swift as a company is scum. Read the history of lawsuits against this company including significantly cutting miles short calling it the shortest distance but proven to be impossible. Look at all of the wrecks this company is involved with by not testing drivers properly. My road test with them was back in '12 after 4 years of not driving. I knew I needed a refresher course. I wasn't comfortable with my backing and wanted to do a short retraining program. Before I asked this they told me I passed, even though it took me forever to back at the time.

    When I asked for further training, they wanted me to go on the road but I insisted to train.

    Cr England does put two students together after training. Why? Because they pay the duo as a team, 25cpm split. Same with Werner. After becoming a first seat driver then you start paying off your student loan with a % or whatever companies decide to do.

    Just like what you will do in the future.

    In 2007 as a non licensed nor permit driver, I went to prime inc. I was put in a hotel room. Was given meals everyday. Took classes for a permit. Once I passed my permit test. I was put with a CDL instructor outside of a classroom and in to real live driving, and learning the ropes in the Business. Went through about 4 weeks of one on one training. I took a long course of driving to pass my test. Once I passed my CDL test they sent me with a trainer to drive as a team to gain more experience under a watchful eye for 60,000mi. He would help your backing improve, and get to real situations and learn how to avoid making mistakes. When I was done, I was pretty confident in driving. I was able to be by myself without worrying or being nervous.

    A lot of drivers are left to fend for themselves with little to no experience. Look at all the lawyers out there advertising truck lawsuits.

    Whoever you do train with, be 100% confident in your driving. If you're not comfortable to be on your own, don't hesitate to express that and request further training. If you see that your trainer isn't doing his job, request another. Just remember you have 80,000lb brick traveling at a high speed. Mountains are potentially dangerous and you'll get to travel through plenty.

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    Is Hardaway still the Memphis top dog over the dispatchers at swift? The black guy that looks as if he's stuck in the 80s? This guy will lie to your face, with no hesitation. Then he will say it's your fault for not getting miles while sitting for days at a truck stop after a disagreement or argument on how your pay doesn't add up. Then for laughs, will keep you away from home during Christmas after promising he will have you home. His whole staff worked this way. If you accept the fact that he is the boss and decides if you make money or not based on how much you kiss his ass by leaving home after 34hr restart after a month on road to cover for bad drivers who don't make appointments. He will make sure you suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaLMaNN1983 View Post
    Is Hardaway still the Memphis top dog over the dispatchers at swift? The black guy that looks as if he's stuck in the 80s? This guy will lie to your face, with no hesitation. Then he will say it's your fault for not getting miles while sitting for days at a truck stop after a disagreement or argument on how your pay doesn't add up. Then for laughs, will keep you away from home during Christmas after promising he will have you home. His whole staff worked this way. If you accept the fact that he is the boss and decides if you make money or not based on how much you kiss his ass by leaving home after 34hr restart after a month on road to cover for bad drivers who don't make appointments. He will make sure you suffer.
    I'm not sure I'm not outta Memphis

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    Just do yourself a favor and find a better company when you can. There's so many better paying companies, with better benefits. If you can purchase a truck on your own, that would be the absolute best choice. Please stay away from those leasing scams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilmssammietx View Post
    I just started driving trucks and am loving it so far the money is good and you will deliver some interesting goods.

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    I am with swift and my trainer is not a rookie at all where do you get these facts from?
    When I drove for Swift as a trainee I had to teach my trainer how to drive a manual properly the the guy could never figure out what gear he needed to put his truck in he always jacked up on trying to double clutch I had to teach the guy how to float gears in a truck it's not bad now Swift went to a solid automatic Fleet I think CR England did as well currently I drive for Roadrunner Transportation in one of their smaller reefer divisions M Bruenger I average anywhere between 3000 to 5000 week it's not bad but it does take its toll on you you run with your mega companies in about a year you'll be hating the job and wishing you never started if you go with swift stay away from their lease purchase it's nothing but a scam they have a 90% turn around rate and three out of every four drivers default on their trucks within the first year the same goes with Celadon and quality qualities a good lease if you want to get a truck just don't run quality with eagle Celadon or Osborn currently I have a truck through quality and I'm running for Roadrunner if you want to drive as a company driver I would recommend Celadon they're a good starter company you will have free CDL training and all of their trucks are top-notch as far as equipment all of their company trucks have Apu, inverters, you don't need to idle and cuz they'll start and stop automatically and you get your choice between automatic and manual they don't force you into what they want I will say though just stay away from the quality lease if you run Celadon I made that mistake while I was working for Celadon I went 3 months without pay once I hit the 90-day mark on my lease contract because quality is third-party I applied to Roadrunner and I took my truck with me



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