1. This is super helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Am I speaking to @Chinatown from TR?

  2. Again, I'm not so sure: I'm new to this too. With less than a year, I'd make sure the company I'd want to go to is 1) actually going to pay at least $1000/wk (maybe look for companies with a guaranteed weekly minimum) and 2) not bullshitting me and 3) definitely at least as good safety and culture-wise as where I'm coming from. Then expect to be with that company for at least a year. However, it would be pretty difficult for any company to pay well for Southern Cali, since it's such a high cost of living area. If you have the mettle for it, I'd suggest maybe look into fuel hauling, hazmat, oversized, or other specialized trucking niches that might pay more, but they will likely want to see more experience before hiring you.

  3. There are a lot of medium-sized towns in America that still have plenty of amenities (so not rural by any means), but they have a far more affordable cost of living: a good example of this would be Peoria, IL, which is the largest city in its region and has some of cheapest housing in the US, but isn't exactly on anyone's radar, so there's very little threat of upwardly-mobile yuppie types driving prices up. If you go this route, I'd look at where housing is cheapest in the US and choose a mid-sized city you think you'd might find tolerable.

  4. Indianapolis has several; if you find an account you like on, you can earn your CDL at the OC in Indianapolis: top notch training, free (actually you get paid $80/day), and it's only four-weeks long. You'll have to drive for Schneider for at least 9 months or you'll owe $2080 (less than most CDL schools charge), but most trucking companies want to see a year of experience anyways, and if you live in Indianapolis you might be able to get on a home daily account. I like it because they teach you how to drive a truck, not just how to pass the test. Just my two cents.

  5. Come to Walmart, if you have 30 months clean. Starting pay in CA is .57 cpm plus activities, which are roughly $23 a stop. Average 1st year drivers make about $92k and home at least 2 days a week. Not a 34, an actual 2 days. Holidays are our busy season, and we never slow down. Also, Walmart will have you run empties around just so you're moving. There is currently a signing bonus, depending on what DC you hire in to. If you use my name and number, I'll get a bonus as well Ezra Grimes 34435

  6. Quick question: does Walmart have plans to expand that Development Academy? I think you all would get a lot of new drivers earning their CDLs if you expanded that program beyond Dallas and Dover.

  7. Schneider has some regional jobs posted for Ohio that include the CAT program. You will get paid during training & it lasts a month. You have to work for 9 months or pay 2 grand. After 3 months you can switch jobs within the company.

  8. I'm in the CAT program right now and highly recommend it. About half our class is from Ohio, and I'm actually in Ohio right now for the TE part of the training. Feel free to DM me if you want more specific info; some people on this sub can be dicks to new people working at Megas.

  9. Go to the forums on, post your location and situation, and see if user Chinatown will respond. That guy somehow has the best info on companies hiring in a given area.

  10. So y'all would drive straight into an intersection of stopped cars at 100+ mph if your brakes failed on a downgrade? That's fucked up

  11. I understand what the instructor was trying to demonstrate, but before going down a grade I preselect my gear, engage my engine brake and maintain my safe speed. This is very basic defensive driving but I understand that Schneider hires some of the biggest idiots on the planet and that this level of detail may not compute. So yeah, in that case, go ahead and sacrifice yourself.

  12. I mean, obviously you try to prevent that situation in the first place--hence why this was at the end of a snub braking simulation. He was talking about a worst case scenario. Considering none of our instructors have ever had to veer off the side, yeah, they all avoided those kinds of situations.

  13. I went there once. They didn't have space in a cell for me, so I slept on a mat under the stairs, and the TV only got Soul Train. Better than the Red Roof Inn, but I learned not to forget to pay off traffic fines that week. 3/10

  14. Other people have answered your questions better than I can, but just wanted to say welcome to Peoria, from a former Chicago Southsider! As far as parks and nature go, I really like Detweiler Park near the north side of town. Laura Bradley Park is also nice--there is a Japanese-style bridge and gazebo there--and if you have any kids learning how to ride a bike (or skates or scooter or what have you), Peoria has a really cool "Bicycle Safety Town" park so they can learn in a simulated environment with traffic lights and crosswalks and everything, but completely insulated from actual traffic and stuff. Plus there is also a small playground there for the younger kids. Hope you find what you're looking for in Peoria!

  15. They shouldn't have sent him back but I don't understand why he didn't address it when they did it instead of waiting until afterwards and nothing happened.

  16. Maybe he was making good money? I mean, if it was just the management and this particular shipper that was racist, he might have thought just avoid that consignee and don't deal with management, and he could keep his head down and get by. Plus, you can't exactly sue a company for laughing at you when reporting a racial incident by a third party, even if that is a fucked up thing to experience. But he can get TMC in serious legal trouble for making him take a drug test they knew he was going to fail as a condition for continued employment, especially since a positive drug test would have affected any further job prospects if he wanted to switch to another trucking company.

  17. I was referring to sending him back to the same place. I wouldn't have gone back to a place where I was surrounded & spat on. They shouldn't have sent him back but he should have discussed it before he went instead of afterwards. Let's say the worse happens & he gets attacked & killed. He is dead & the company is probably getting sued for sending him to a place where they knew he was threatened.

  18. Oh I see what you mean. No idea; I would have refused delivery too, and if they fire me so be it. Not doing to risk my life drivering to a bunch of racist shitheads

  19. Huh??…. So you’re working for free?? You ran 3100 miles and did not get paid for any of it?

  20. Trainee probably gets paid a training wage while the trainer gets paid mileage. OP mentioned GYCDL so it's probably Roehl, and Roehl does paid training.

  21. If you're in Chicago you can probably get on the Walmart Schneider account out of Sterling, IL. Dry van and reefer, nothing crazy. 69 cpm, even for rookies. Two consecutive days off (48, not 34). Only go to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Check it out.

  22. Why Peoria is better than Blo-No? I can think of a number of reasons but what really pops out to me is the aesthetics. The river and bridges that accompany it. I really like the instructional look compared to lack of architectural character in much of Blo-No. And it's green! Donovan Park, Forest Nature Center, and trees everywhere.

  23. It's $80/day, and at least at the Indianapolis location it includes days you may not be in class (although you're in class 6 out of 7 days usually). And it starts on day 1, while you're in the classroom. Not sure why people are saying Schneider doesn't pay; maybe not for experienced driver orientation, but they do for the CAT program

  24. There are no driver facing cameras. We have Lytx, which records audio as well as video, and it includes a lens that faces inside, but it does NOT record.

  25. OTR companies with nontraditional schedules: (check their websites for details):

  26. Flatbed companies I've heard of (besides TMC and Melton):

  27. Homemade? If so, can you share the basic recipe?

  28. Thanks, I really appreciate you taking the time to write that!

  29. Schneider advertises this specific account at $1470-$1620 per week; no cpm listed because it's an hourly rate.

  30. I left the road for the rail. My salary trippled. Wayyy better benefits. Retirement is 100 times better. I'm in and out of the house every other day. Best decision I made

  31. Are you a conductor or signalman? I hear on the railroad you're required on be on call: has that been your experience? Are you at one of the big ones (Union Pacific, BNSF, etc.) or a shortline kind of company?

  32. All those words and no mention of what the job actually is. On purpose.

  33. So what's the deal with people there having to work absolutely insane amounts of hours? I've only ever ran into 2-3 people who worked there (presumably because they were always at work so I never had a chance to meet any other) and that just seems to be their thing. Is it just that they can't hire enough people to run the place so the ones they can get are stuck there all the time? Maybe if they had less horrible schedules they could get more people to work there?

  34. I have no idea why they do this. I mean, most manufacturing-type places do overtime fairly regularly; at my last welding job, a regular week was 45 hours (five 9-hour days), and oftentimes there was still overtime available on Saturdays for those who wanted it. But why Keystone does mandatory 80 hours weeks is anyone's guess. Even if though it's a shitty job anyways, they have to be shooting themselves in the foot: most people won't do any job for 80 hours, but some people will do a shit job for 50 or 60 hours because money. I figure it must be a combination of fucked up company culture, "this is how we've always done it", and petty pecking-order shit where the old timers feel superior to the newer workers because they can do their 40 and go home but new people have to do 80.

  35. It's funny: when I was considering grad school in philosophy, every grad student I knew said don't do it, you become a TA slave in adjunct hell. Now reading this thread it's like the truckers are saying the same thing to you, haha. Moral of the story is everyone hates what they do, I guess.

  36. Thanks! And its more for the experience and less for money as its been a dream for me. And yeah i guess its like that everywhere, and especially in the US as i figure they got a good bit of pride in being american, lol.

  37. Yeah, you'll definitely need to get new endorsements in the US; the regulations are different here so they'll want to know you have US-specific certifications.

  38. If for example i just wanna do long hauls, and not tank, dangerous goods and such, is that a possibility or will i have to have atleast some endorsements to be considered? Im hoping i can maybe be there for 2 or 3 years, as its not like im moving to the US permanently, and ofcourse dont wanna be using too much time ''in school'' if that makes sense. Its more to experience the nature/culture etc, and not as much what i drive in the back

  39. So, I'm not the best person to ask specifics about working as a non-citizen, since myself (and I think most people in this sub) are citizens of the country where they drive. I just know the standards in place for drivers in general.

  40. I'm also new to trucking, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

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