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Quann C.'s Comment
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I'm a student driver graduated from CDL school not to long ago and I now have my CDL A. I am scheduled for orientation with US Xpress next week I'm just not too sure about them because of all of the bad reviews I have seen on them. They told me I would be running a dedicated route making $1400-$1700 a week which I don't believe could anyone tell me what I could realistically be making with them starting out and also if they are even a good choice to go with starting out or if I should explore my other options. Thank you

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Old School's Comment
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Quann, welcome to our forum!

To be honest with you the bad reviews are worthless. For the most part they are posted by folks who have no clue about how to succeed in this business.

Brett, the "Boss" around here spent six years driving for U.S. Express and loved his time there - it is a great company with a solid reputation in the industry.

What worries me about your situation is that dedicated account you're talking about. That must be a "Dollar Store" account, and we would definitely discourage a rookie driver from getting into that. It is a really tough gig, and generally overwhelming for a newbie. I would not do that for sure.

Put Dollar Store or maybe Dollar Tree in our search bar at the top of the page and you'll find a lot of former discussions about those accounts. Read up and take heed. You'd be way better off doing Over The Road first, and get that steep first year's learning curve out of the way.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Steve L.'s Comment
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$1,400 x 50 weeks is $70,000. First year? Wow! You could take two weeks off and still be doing well. Sniff, sniff. You might wanna clarify that pay claim. Smells a little.

Errol V.'s Comment
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$1,400 x 50 weeks is $70,000. First year? Wow! You could take two weeks off and still be doing well. Sniff, sniff. You might wanna clarify that pay claim. Smells a little.

Actually, it smells like owner operator , and I doubt any o/o would take a Dollar account.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Quann, everything Old School said was correct. I worked there six years and they're a great company but it does sound like they're pushing you toward their Dollar Tree account and you don't want anything to do with that in the beginning. I was on that account for a year. It was by far the most difficult trucking job I ever had. You're unloading 45,000 - 90,000 pounds of freight and driving about 2,000+ miles every five days. You have to find all different locations and squeeze into all of these tiny strip malls in super congested areas, many of which were never intended for huge tractor trailers. Then the real fun begins as you hand unload the entire trailer.

So the navigation, backing, and back-breaking work are just too much to deal with for a brand new driver. The company is great and I would recommend them, but don't go with any dollar store accounts. Just stick to ordinary regional or OTR work in the beginning. After getting a year of experience if you want to give that division a shot then go for it. It pays great, but most people only last a few weeks to a few months on that account. There's a lot of turnover and a few injuries here and there from improper lifting and boxes falling on people as they're unloading.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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