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Rob's Comment
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Jason, the best way to thank everyone here is to pass on your knowledge as you become more experienced, and help change the way the public views truck drivers by being professional at all times.

Jason K.'s Comment
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I will do just that Rob, thanks.

G-Town's Comment
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Jason, the best way to thank everyone here is to pass on your knowledge as you become more experienced, and help change the way the public views truck drivers by being professional at all times.

Great reply Rob! Totally agree.

And Rob, you Sir are a perfect example of exactly what you suggested for Jason going forward.

Jason K.'s Comment
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I chose Werner Enterprises. I will have to give my recruiter a call back on the 19th to set my orientation for the 28th since I need the next couple of weeks to get my things put in storage, and ensure other things are handled and in place while I'm gone.

My start with Werner is at the Joliet, IL Terminal , yes, the brand new one. LOL.

I will be choosing the OTR position at $0.38 CPM instead of the dedicated option they also gave me.

So, here goes nothing. Wish me luck, I'll need a little bit. You may not see many posts from me for a couple months.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

PackRat's Comment
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Oh no, you must post on here each and every day!good-luck.gif

Jason K.'s Comment
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Hey everyone!

Wanted to make sure I give an update. I'm getting started sooner rather than later. I start orientation at Werner on the 16th of March in Joliet, IL.

Some changes - I'm Teaming!!!! That may seem like a poor move, or not one many of you would suggest, but I thought it through and decided on it. I'm not just teaming with a random person, it is a very good friend of mine that I went to CDL school with and also worked at Schneider with. His name is Jeff. Since we have been friends we have always wanted to team drive, but never got the chance and now we do.

We both understand the lifestyle, we have established boundaries, and have both agreed that we need to have open and honest communication. We both have the same goals in mind, and rarely ever have issues with each other. Lastly, the biggest one for me...We trust each other.

This is going to bring in a lot more income for both of us. He has 2 years experience already which is helping us both in multiple areas. He is running Solo now until I finish up my training. They have put him in a Brand New 2018-2019 truck that they typically use for Teams ONLY so the transition when I get done is as close to seamless as possible.

Things are always moving along, still staying positive in my times of tribulation.


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.
Zengrump's Comment
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Good luck Jason, hope it works out for you!

Jason K.'s Comment
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PackRat's Comment
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Rob's Comment
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He had posted a picture as his new avatar earlier wearing a Werner hat. He was also holding something (employee badge?) But I couldn't tell for sure. Didn't want to assume, I was hoping he'd chime in how it's going. How's everything going jason?

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