Free Training for your CDL

Apr 10, 2007 Full story: 224
Free Training: Here is what really happens: Companies need drivers because there is so much demand for freight in the American economy. The more drivers a company has, the more freight they move. Some companies that need a lot of drivers have decided to start training drivers to meet this need. To get a lot of people to go into the training, some companies claim that the training is free. They tell you it will cost you little or no money. But then they tell you to sign an agreement with a lot of fine print (sometimes you won't see this agreement until after you have quit your job or have traveled to the training location -- so your stuck!). The agreement usually has two important catches: (1) that you have to work for the company for some period after training and (2) that if you leave early you owe the company for the costs of training. These agreements can require one or two years of work with the company before you can take another job. That is a huge part of your life to in debt to one company. Many times the company will also try to make you pay for the training by either taking back part of your pay every week or by providing a reduced pay scale until you have paid them back for training. Either way, it's not free. Full Story
Kimberlie

United States

#186 Sep 15, 2010
Long Haul Driver wrote:
If they have you filling out loan papers, it sure sounds like you will be liable for the money if Werner doe not hire you. and you better read the contract well because if werner does hire you and you quit or get fired before any contract is up, you will be paying that "loan money" back.
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Be very carefull!!!!! I went to school with TDI..... It cost me thousands of dollars that I had to pay! The trucking company didnt pay any of the schooling!!!! They will tell you that the balloon payment is the way to go, you can have it payed in no time. To this I say..... BULL S&$T!!!!!! So watch every word that is on that contract!!!!
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#187 Sep 16, 2010
addie wrote:
i got my permit now i need to train to drive.do u now anyone thatb wont charge much to train to drive.my uncle was going to train me,but thur he broken his wrist .so now im shit out of luck ,so if u do now anyone please let me now thanks
If he owns the truck, wait until your uncle is well enough to ride along and just tell you what to do. YOU do ALL the work so he doesn't hurt his wrist. Practice turns and backing up in a parking lot of some place out of business or an industrial park Sunday morning.
james

Decatur, TN

#188 Oct 19, 2010
i got my cdl's through the school board were i live i have class b cdl /w passenger endorsment and school bus then they would not hire me now stuck after i paid for my cdl's plus medical card and all that now no were to get a job go figure. lol
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#189 Oct 20, 2010
james wrote:
i got my cdl's through the school board were i live i have class b cdl /w passenger endorsment and school bus then they would not hire me now stuck after i paid for my cdl's plus medical card and all that now no were to get a job go figure. lol
Did they give you any reason? Was there anything you forgot to tell them they might have found out about on a background check, serious traffic violation from years back? You might ask them what was the reason. They probably won't change their mind but you need to know because whatever they found, the next place will probably find the same thing. OR, maybe your background check was OK, but other people applied with more experience and they hired them instead. Either way, you need to find out. Also check to see if someone with the same name as you was pulled up by mistake. That happens and your application could be wrongly trashed because some other person's bad record.
augustina

Houston, TX

#190 Nov 27, 2010
im a 23 yr female and i want to become a truck driver what do i do

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#191 Nov 28, 2010
augustina wrote:
im a 23 yr female and i want to become a truck driver what do i do
Turn around and run the other way..
milo

Forest Park, IL

#192 Dec 5, 2010
Does anybody knows where I can get a pre-trip inspection DVD?(or if I can download it somewhere)
Jim

Glasgow, KY

#193 Dec 5, 2010
I can not understand why anyone would want to drive a truck today. I have about thirty years with no accidents or tickets and I hate it now. I am looking for another job and as soon as I find one I am quiting. I would not advise any one to drive a truck today.
ricky crawford nc

Morganton, NC

#194 Apr 6, 2011
how can i find a trucking company that will hire me even thou i have a felony on my record. i have looked and looked can anyone help me start a career in the trucking field. thanks rick
Coal Train

Western Springs, IL

#195 Apr 10, 2011
Not likely. You would do better in fast food anyway.
ricky crawford

Morganton, NC

#196 Apr 11, 2011
are there any real school that do train x-felons for a truck driving career. please respond

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#197 Apr 11, 2011
no there are not. most companies will not hire ex felons.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#198 Apr 16, 2011
Commercial Truck Drivers are grossly under-compensated for the work they do as they are away from family and home for weeks at a time, cramped into a small sleeper unit, yes, it's like camping out, from mediocre truck stop to bad truck stop or even a dumpy dangerous industrial neighborhood in the big city. Each driver is working to the meet the whims of some remote dispatcher who has no regard to the conditions or needs of the driver, and goes home every night to a warm cozy house and bed.
Daily, Commercial drivers deal with adverse driving conditions from snow and ice chaining up on Hwy I-5 to winds, rain and heat, or going through the tail light tango's in one of the big cities, safety is on every truck drivers mind, personally hopping to deliver this load safely and make it home once again soon.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#199 Apr 16, 2011
Every commercial truck driver is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) they have enacted laws and rules to help ensure the safety of each truck driver. Yet at the local level you have corporations purposely out to avoid the basic welfare of the commercial driver, focusing upon the fact that they are moving a lot of freight across the state at the expense of the commercial driver's time. As truck drivers are often paid for driving (transporting) a load from point "A" to point "B" by the mile.
On the log book drivers get paid from line #3 DRIVING.
Any time a driver is on Line 4 ON DUTY (NOT DRIVING) The driver is not earning any compensation. Thatís right the time a diver is loading at a dock or waiting for someone to unload his truck the Driver is NOT being compensated for his or her time! And here is the rub the dispatchers and recruiters strongly encourage driver to not log anything on line #4 or the bare minimum, because that takes away from your available hours to work. This also encourages drivers to falsify their logbooks, to keep as much of their available time to work for line #3. When I was working for Hendrickson Trucking I was strongly encouraged by dispatch to go back and rewrite my log book so they could dispatch me to another load and keep our truck going and head us back to Sacramento.
Ron

Chicago, IL

#200 Jul 14, 2011
mike wrote:
what about england trucking?
anyone have any input on them.
i was thinking about them.
thanks.
Dont go to England they send you to a school on the greyhound and then its all bs after that.
Abby Abbott

Coudersport, PA

#202 Aug 16, 2011
Freightliner Pilot wrote:
You know, I went down to the DMV and picked up a CMV drivers manual and studied it on my own. I took my written test and passed it which gave me a permit. I called a few places to see about on job training. I hooked up with a concrete company obtained my class B CDL and drove for 2 years. Later I rented a tractor trailer for 250 dollars and took my drive test and obtained my class A CDL. I now drive a very nice tractor trailer while making decent money. 5,000 dollars for CDL Training is highway robbery. The point is I have my CDL and I paid 250 dollars to rent the truck. Thats it! You might look into something like that.
**** my husband got approved through TDI but will need a co-signer to go to the school, it runs around 5,000 for the school we don't have that kind of money but his heart is set on doing this to help get us out of debt...what can we do?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#203 Aug 16, 2011
So does going another 5 grand in debt sound like a smart buisiness decision? that is like 1 tooth hurts so lets pull the two on each side. let Me give it to you straight. you will go another 8 to 10 grand in debt before he see's anything that resembles recouping a dime spent out.(school will not pay for hotel or meals if has to attend out of town, he will need basic's such as basic syuff to stay clean, if he has to have uniforms most companies make you pay for them out of the first few checks. A good cell phone, CB is a must 4 or 5 days worth of clothes as well as the stuff to wash them as he will not see home for weeks on end. a good cooler or refrigerator as eating out all the time gets expensive, log books pretrip inspection books, stamps and vanilla envalopes to mail back paperworkso he can get paid. that is just a small list of out of pocket costs he can expect) trucking is not the 75k to 100k a year they make it out to be. in order for him to make that kind of money he will have to run for 12 to 16 weeks at a time. you have young kids? he can forget seeing them, take it from Me I miseed most of the first 7 years of My son growing up because of trucking a time I will never get back. as a new driver he will not make much more then minimum wage for the first 6 to 12 weeks after he goes to work for a company as running with a trainer pays jack shit for the amount of time he will run. and with the new rules coming down the pike and not knowing how the new hours of service will actually work out now is a bad time to get in to trucking. do not let all the adds about the trucking industry needs 150,000 new drivers this year. it is BS pure and simple, 2 years ago it was 100k, last year it was 100k. if you look at who posts and pushs those ads it is trucking schools not a legit industry group. the only companies that have a "shortage" of good drivers are the ones that pay bottom of the barrel.
Tommy

Shorewood, IL

#204 Aug 19, 2011
Abby Abbott wrote:
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**** my husband got approved through TDI but will need a co-signer to go to the school, it runs around 5,000 for the school we don't have that kind of money but his heart is set on doing this to help get us out of debt...what can we do?
That needing a co-signer might be a good thing, it might have saved you from getting into a really bad deal. Walk away from it!
Central Texas

Copperas Cove, TX

#205 Sep 11, 2011
LONG HAUL..........
you're a straight pessimist... period....
here's the deal... take it from a non-biased person...
I started in a driving school in 94, it sucked for the next 2 years...(my bills were paid and my wife drove a new vehicle, thats about it)... I left the company and worked a local route delivering fuel here in texas... bottom line, it was worth it. You're gonna get the "experts" on trucking who supposedly doing it, and they dont like new drivers... its just simple math, its a potential threat to their income... common sense will tell ya this.

If you got your mind set, do it... what the hell, btw regardless where you go, it'll pay 4 to 5 times what fast food does... in the very least, you can pay your bills and live good, if you dont gotta keep up with the Jone's!!!!

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#206 Sep 12, 2011
Central Texas wrote:
LONG HAUL..........
you're a straight pessimist... period....
here's the deal... take it from a non-biased person...
I started in a driving school in 94, it sucked for the next 2 years...(my bills were paid and my wife drove a new vehicle, thats about it)... I left the company and worked a local route delivering fuel here in texas... bottom line, it was worth it. You're gonna get the "experts" on trucking who supposedly doing it, and they dont like new drivers... its just simple math, its a potential threat to their income... common sense will tell ya this.
If you got your mind set, do it... what the hell, btw regardless where you go, it'll pay 4 to 5 times what fast food does... in the very least, you can pay your bills and live good, if you dont gotta keep up with the Jone's!!!!
"straight pessimist" no, realist yes. it is not a matter of new drivers vs old drivers. old breed vs new breed it is the reality that trucking has changed. even you have to admit when you entered the industry in 94 trucking is not the same industry it is now. in some cases does it make sence for people who are already in deep debt add to it on a "chance" that he/she may make it? and even you have to admit that back in 94 the training by the schools and companies was much better then the puppy mill schools offer now. people really need to truly understand what they are getting in to when they get in to trucking, instead of just seeing all the commercials that the trucking schools and people like swift put out. the reality of working 70+ hours a week, not being home for weeks, the starting low pay is not what everyone can handle nor do they expect. why? because the commercials say you can make 50k to 60k a year. now from your experience is 50k to 60k a year a reality your first 2,3, or 4 years of trucking unless you stay on the road for weeks on end?

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