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USA Truck's On The Road Training Information

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Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?

No, there is only one student per training truck.

TruckingTruth's View On USA Truck's On The Road Training

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While the initial training pay is slightly lower than the industry average for training pay, this should not be a deciding factor. The difference in pay over the entire duration of your training is insignificant when you consider you'll be averaging a minimum of $30k to $40k within your first 1 to 2 years as a truck driver.

Think of this portion of your your career as "Truck Driving University" and don't worry about the initial salary. What's important now is getting you trained and employed so you can make the real money as a solo driver.

USA Truck Pay And Benefits

How much will I be making once I'm running solo in my own truck?

Starting pay is .26 / mile with an increase every three months during your first year. If you chose to put down a deposit for your CDL schooling, the starting pay can be as high as .28 per mile with your first raise after 6 months.

When will I receive pay increases?
  • 0 Months: .26 per mile
  • 3 Months: .28 per mile
  • 6 Months: .30 per mile
  • 1 Year: .34 per mile
  • 2 Years: .35 per mile
  • 3 Years: .36 per mile

USA Truck Company Benefits

What health insurance and benefits do you have?
  • Major medical
  • Vision
  • 401k
  • Dental Coverage
  • Prescription Drug Card
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
What is the average cost of medical benefits?
  • Employee Only - Weekly: $23.50
  • Employee + Dependents - Weekly: $28.35
  • Employee + Spouse - Weekly: $48.22
  • Employee + Spouse/Dependents - Weekly: $52.10
    • $700 individual deductible
    • $1,400 family annual deductible

USA Truck Company Benefits

How long until you qualify for benefits?

    After 90 days:

  • Major Medical
  • Vision
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Dental Coverage

    After 1 year:

  • Prescription Drug Card
  • Life Insurance
  • 401k
  • Vacation
What about vacation time?
  • 1 week after 1 year of employment
  • 2 weeks after 3 years of employment
  • 3 weeks after 10 years of employmen

TruckingTruth's View On USA Truck's Pay And Benefits

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Initially, the starting pay is a bit low. But USA Truck offers bonuses every 3 months during the first year. By the time your first year is complete, the pay is actually above average for the dry van industry.

We always stress that you should under no circumstances leave your first company before at least 1 year and especially not before your contractual tuition payment obligations are completed.

USA Truck Dispatch Policies

Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

While most drivers begin their career in the OTR division, there are quite a few regional and dedicated positions available after 6 to 12 months, with many more regional opportunities than dedicated. USA Truck is a fairly regional operation as it is, mostly running the midwest and east coast.

Drivers can typically go home after 14 days and take 2 days off, but drivers who choose to stay out for 4 weeks may take 4 consecutive days off.

Will there be any NYC? How soon would a new solo driver be expected to go there?

While USA Truck dispatches drivers to the NYC metro area, drivers will not be expected to go into downtown areas of the city.

USA Truck Dispatch Policies

Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

Drivers are forced dispatched based on available hours and freight. This helps to maximize profitability for both the driver and the company. At times, a driver will be given options of two or more loads.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Drivers can expect to go home every 2 to 4 weeks earning 1 day off for each week out.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

Typically more than 80% of USA Truck freight is drop and hook.

USA Truck Company Policies

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Do you allow pets?

No, pets are not allowed on company equipment.

What is the company's rider policy?

Drivers are allowed to have 1 rider over the age of 12 years old by paying a $7.50 / month insurance fee.

TruckingTruth's View On USA Truck Company Policies

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USA Truck is considered "medium-haul", meaning they naturally stay regional most of the time. USA Truck in particular doesn't leave the Midwest or eastern half of the US very often and drivers often remain within 500 miles of their home location. This allows many of their drivers the option to go home every 2 weeks instead of every 3 to 4 weeks without being on a dedicated or regional account. After 6 months to 1 year, many drivers are placed within specific regions or dedicated accounts which only solidifies their home time. So if you're looking for a carrier that will get you home a bit more often, this may be a good choice for you.

USA Truck Driver Opportunities

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

While USA Truck has dismantled the company leasing program, independent contractors may lease or purchase a truck from a third party and drive under an independent contractor pay scale.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

USA Truck has 100% dry-van freight with OTR, regional, and dedicated positions available.

USA Truck Equipment

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What kind of trucks do you have?

The fleet mostly consists of late model Kenworth, Freightliner, and International conventional tractors.

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, the company is currently switching over to electronic logs with all new incoming drivers starting on electronic logs.

USA Truck Equipment

What are your trucks governed at?

Trucks are restricted from 60 to 65mph.

Do you have APU units?

All new trucks entering the USA Truck fleet are being equipped with APU's.

TruckingTruth's View On USA Truck's Equipment

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As with most larger companies, their trucks are generally newer and well maintained. USA Truck has more repair facilities than most companies of its size, so maintenance shouldn't be much of an issue.

As with the rest of the industry, they are currently switching over to an electronic logging system and all new drivers will start immediately using electronic logs. While much of their fleet does not have APU units, all new trucks entering the fleet come equipped.

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