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  1. Danny_enright

    Danny_enright New Recruit Researching

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    Hey all hows it going? my name is Danny i have been a fan of this page for a few years now and i finally made the jump and became a member! What this forum as to offer is second to none and i am excited to finally become a member. I am 30 years old, i used to be employed by UPS i was a car washer and used to park the lineup of +50 cars including 24 foot straight trucks. I then become a driver and drove for UPS for 2 years, after being dogged out by UPS taking on 185 stops a day and over 350 packages i decided to make probably my worst career move and went into management which eventually killed my love for the company. I am currently in tech support for a tank less water heating company for the past year and im constantly pulling my hair out. Dealing with peoples problems day in and out drives me wild and all i can do is think about how much easier life would be if i was doing something that i enjoy. i cant help but constantly think about how much happier i would be if i was on the road seeing the country and working. I completely understand that life on the road and expediting isn't all fun and games and that entails a lot of hard work and dedication and that is something that i am up for the challenge to do.

    I am looking for any insight as to where to start. I dont know anyone within the industry and i can only soak up as much info as provided info without being a member so here i am. i dont have a CDL because at UPS it was not needed so i know that would have to be my first step but i dont know what class CDL i will need nor what and if any training will be needed. i also want to know the best route would be in a sense of driving solo. From my understanding solo isnt really to common but then again i have seen quite a few solo drivers on here as well. I also have a dog that i would need to have come along with me, good thing is she is a small terrier under 15lbs and is the sweetest thing on the planet and is my best friend.

    I am finally ready to get the ball rolling on this and i look forward to making new friends on here with each and everyone of you. any input that will be taken into consideration and will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Danny.
     
  2. FlyingVan
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    FlyingVan Moderator Staff Member Owner/Operator

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    My suggestion is to get your CDL B license, drive an owner's straight truck for 6 months at least and then get your own. Done the van thing for 10 years, now in a straight for 1.5 years. Should have gone to a straight long time ago.

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  3. Danny_enright

    Danny_enright New Recruit Researching

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    thanks for your input FlyingVan. do you run solo? what are good ways to find companies to run with when i have no experience OTR?
     
  4. Boatcat
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    Boatcat Active Expediter Owner/Operator

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    You might want to drive a local route to get some seat time and some companies will pay for your Class B CDL so you can take the job.
    Another option is to drive a school bus, most school districts pay for training.
    That will get you the Class B and the experience of driving a similar type vehicle.
    An owner is much more likely to hire you to drive his equipment if you have some experience.
    Good luck.

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  5. geo
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    geo Veteran Expediter Charter Member Owner/Operator US Navy

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    all good advice, I did the company driver for 30 day's when I came out of retirement in June to help ceva log, as O/O for them over 13 year's and before that Roberts express/Fedexcc. I did it other way ,, straight truck, and than to a van, my truck was to big for running local so went to a van. ceva was great for me and when they need help I help them out, as a driver quit night before a dedicated run, and it was a big contract. as it takes so long to get a driver on, so I worked as a temp driver, for a company that put be on with ceva for 30 day's. one thing about a company driver you don't have to pay for fuel and maint's , and they say go you go . being o/o they have to ask you will you do this, and if price was right I would if not, didn't have to, and you pay for everything. how ever you decide to do this make sure , if you drive for owner make sure that everything you do is in contract as to what is what, also have some one else go with you and look at contract with you, like buying a new car, you don't see everything
     
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    DollarSign Veteran Expediter Owner/Operator

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    Hey it's going! Another day Another Dollar!
     
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