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Jim C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the great reply, Old School. That makes a lot of sense to me and I appreciate your being forthright. I need the truth to make a decision of this magnitude. Reality is, I don't think this is the right fit for me at this stage of my life. Makes sense though. When the truck's not running the company isn't making money. I definitely get it, but I also see I'm not the right guy to make the company profitable.

I've decided to pull out of the job/school with US Xpress. I let the school and recruiter know I was out. Looks like I must choose trucking or my young family and I've chosen to prioritize my family. Thank you for giving me that clarity. Really do appreciate it.

Stay safe.

Jim

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Jim,

All that missed time with your young family.. I'm sure you made the right decision. Maybe one day when the kids are grown it will be a good fit. I always say this lifestyle is kinder and more appealing to those of us with some age on us lol.

The awesome thing about trucking is there is no age discrimination and welcomes rookies of all ages. I myself started school at 52. I see drivers well into their 70's. As long as health is good and can pass a DOT physical, it's all good.

Best wishes to you in all your future endeavors.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bob C.'s Comment
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Hi....I worked at that Walmart DC for 3 and a half months last year. I was an OTR driver for USXpress and was asked to go there to help out temporarily, so I got paid a little differently than the guys who signed up specifically to that account. They worked 5 or 6 days a week for a salary...I worked 100 days straight for miles (paid at my previous OTR rate) plus stop pay of 25 (first stop), 30 (2nd) and 55 (any further stops on the run). Other than that I got the same runs as everyone else..was just another driver. Roughly half the runs went to Metro Detroit for 3 stops and then back to Auburn...a typical day was 10,11 hours from the time I showed up at the DC to pick up my trailer to when I brought it back empty (or, usually, parked at the Loves 10 miles away for the night). Frozen&Dairy runs left DC late afternoon, Meat Produce runs usually left DC roughly between 8 and midnight. The only way you'd ever get stuck in heavy traffic is if you didn't make it past AnnArbor before 7 am on your way back from a Detroit area run...that only happened to me once. One real traffic jam in 3 months. Which of course was a huge plus. The guys assigned to that DC, like you would be, when volume got high they would be grouped into A and B, each group would alternate having to work a Saturday. So you'd have a 5 day work week, a 6 day, a five day, etc. Needless to say you'd get paid for the extra day. I used to kinda laugh at guys who complained about having to work a Saturday every other week but I like long vacations rather than frequent little chunks of 'hometime'. So it comes down to preferences.

As I said, I had a run every day I was there, but they had a policy where if you were available and on call for a day and they didn't dispatch you you'd be paid 160 anyway. Never happened to me, I doubt it happened very often to anyone else. Place was busy. I have since left the company (was with them 3.5 years) so I'm not here to shill for them by any means. But my weekly pay there was more or less exactly what I was told I'd make when I showed up. I averaged about 1450 gross...woulda been 70k + over a year. Again, I worked every day and under a different arrangement..as a temp from OTR basically. Not sure what the exact pay scale is for the actual dedicated drivers there (which was probably 45-50 of the roughly 55 guys there) but if you're being told 65k I see no reason why you wouldn't get it.

U N L E S S . . . . .

they lose the account. Which may have already happened as I type this. I was told about a month ago by a USX employee at Gas City (a safety guy not a driver) that USXpress lost the Gas City WM account (20 miles south of Auburn) and they'll be out of there very soon...I have also heard less reliable information that they have lost other WM accounts as well. So everything I've told you above, accurate as it is, might not mean a damn thing. If I were you I'd really want to make sure that USXpress is even going to still be at the Auburn DC come springtime. How you gonna make sure of something like that....are people going to be straight with you ....beats me.

So, to sum up...if you get there, and IF they keep the account, I'm quite sure you'll get the pay the recruiter promised, give or take a few grand a year. But it's a big if from what I've heard. I might try calling the USX office at the DC direct around 7 pm and asking for a dispatcher named Joe...he was the best of the lot there.

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.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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