Will someone tell me if it's better to get training from a trucking company, or go to a local school?

by Maria
(Georgia)

I recently saw an ad from CR England offering training with no money down and no credit check.
The ad also offered the chance to lease a truck with a 6 month to 1 year contract to lease.

I know nothing about this kind of thing, and hope someone could tell me if this is as good as it looks, or if I'm better off going to the community college in my area that offers training.
Thank you.
Maria

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Sep 13, 2010
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getting cdsl thru school
by: Steve

don't go with cr england .

Sep 11, 2010
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Go to a local school or...
by: Anonymous

I must agree with american trucker , go to a government sponsored school at a local university or satelite campus of that university . Another thing is to go with swift or crst . the choice is yours but before you graduate , have a company to work for already lined up . i got my license first, and did not have a job waiting for me when i did , and wished i had . it's been almost 1 year . but things are ooking better now . I now have 17 prospects , now i have to decide who .Steve " AliGat " Hite

Sep 10, 2010
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good deal
by: american trucker

your welcome Maria.if u need more help or just chat
feel free to pop in.

American Trucker
americantrkr@yahoo.com

Sep 09, 2010
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Will someone tell me if it's better to get training from a trucking company or a local school?
by: Maria

Thank you everyone for your answers and advice. I will go to the community college in my town.

Sep 09, 2010
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CR Eng
by: American Trucker

Nick V hit it o so well.
Go get straight up education.Hell i just hired a driver that was one of my students last year.
He still thanks me for talking him out of quiting truck school.He says learned so much best way to go.
So get all info you can Maria.

Best of Luck to You.
Carl

Sep 08, 2010
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Yup
by: NickV

I agree with Dennis. DO NOT GO TO CR ENGLAND. What they dont tell you is when you start training you get paid 65 dollars a day ( i believe) then you go on something like a 90 day probation period at which point you get paid .12 cpm. Hes right, they starve you out. You cant survive without quiting. Community college is the best way to go. You can find government funding so you may even be able to do it for "free." Last thing would be a school or contract with a company. If its something your sure of swift,CRST, and I think Schneider do contract hiring. Make sure you do your homework man. These recruiters will tell you everything you want to hear and I mean EVERYTHING. You can pretty much guarantee about 80% of what they say is complete BS. Look around on this website, there are answers to alot of questions you may have. Also ask around. I know it sounds crazy but if you have a company in mind that you think you want to go for then go up to the local truck stop, find one of their trucks and shoot the breeze with the driver. Most of these guys are itchin to talk to someone anyway so it wont be a bother. If hes a prick then go to the next one. Pretty much the only carriers you will be able to get hired on with are very large carriers. Hit the truck stop at about 6 or 7 and you will have plenty to choose from. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Need help finding a local truck stop just post something with your local city, state, Interstate and closest exit and someone on here will help you out. This website will help you tons and the guys on here are full of knowledge. Remember there are no stupid questions. Vets of 40 years still learn something new everyday. Hope this helps and keep us posted. Good Luck

Sep 08, 2010
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lease
by: Anonymous

do not do this they make you sign a contract then they strave you out and ruin your dac report when you go against them bad idea go to a reputiable school go to work for a small fleet get experience

Sep 08, 2010
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by: American Trucker

I agree with Dennis.
Go to school cause most companies now request it.
Get all info you can.it is always good idea to get all info/education you.

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Truckers are found on highways, in truckstops, in service bays, on loading docks, on bush roads at fuel stops and often they are the first at the scene of an accident.Their wives/husbands help them. Little boys follow them. Relatives don’t understand them. Meals must wait for them. Weather can delay them.
But nothing can stop them.
A trucker is a paradox. He/She is a blue-jeaned executive with his office in the cab. He/She is a scientist who
hauls dangerous chemicals and explosives, a purchasing agent in a baseball cap, a personnel director with grease under his/her fingernails, a poor eater with fondness for burgers and fries,
a student of geography and a weather watcher.
He/She likes sunshine, children, smooth pavement, good traction, clean loads, dinner at home, weekends with his family, an unbuttoned shirt collar and country music.
And there is a special place in his/her heart for his rig.
He's/She's not fond of city traffic, tourists who are rotten drivers, fuel prices, dispatchers, snarly receivers,
kids in high powered cars and least of all drunk drivers.
Nobody else gets as much satisfaction out of talking about trucks, truckers, good weather, homemade pie, strong coffee, kids, wives, sweethearts, and the price of fuel.
He/She is your friend and customer. He/She is your source of food, clothing, petroleum and natural resources.
In fact, nearly everything in your life arrived in his truck.
Have A Nice Day.
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Sep 08, 2010
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training
by: Dennis Shipman

The horror stories associated with lease-purchase deals with these companies in general and CR England in particular are legend. As someone with no experience in trucking, I would avoid it like the plague. In so far as what is a better deal for training, I say the old fashioned way, which is to actually go on the road for a month or two with an OTR driver. If that is not possible, community college, or, finally, a commercial driving school.

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