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Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Looking at other options

So, I've been working for CRST for about 4 months now and really despise some of these idiots. (night and weekend dispatchers) Needless to say, part of that is on me... I should have done better research. Anyway. I've been sitting here for a few days waiting for a load to go and pick up my 3rd co driver. Lost first two to other companies, and Ive been assured it's not my fault. I've been talking with another company (which will remain nameless) and they are offering me 43 cents a mile running solo plus other benefits. In the end I've decided that I will be leaving CRST early and switching to company B.

Before you jump me and say, you have a contract with CRST, note that I'm not just jumping ship, I have plans on making payment arrangements with them. This wasn't the original plan when I started with them. I've been strong up to now and seem to be the only graduate of my class that is still here. I'm greatful that CRST gave me an opportunity for a new career, but they haven't lived upped to my expectations. Home time takes weeks to fulfill, even with a month in advance notice. Then the normal 4 days you should get are slimmed down to 3 as your DM wants you back early. Did I say that you can't save them up for a rainy day. It's use em or lose em.

In doing my research the so called "non compete" agreement you signed, only means you can't take a list of clients with you to your new job. And with the agreement being signed with EXPIDITED (which has no flat beds or car haulers), theoretically you would not be competing with CRST EXPIDITED, if you did reefers, car hauling, or flat beds. You could even go as far as moving trucks... However this is a dry van and could " technically" be competition.

Don't take my word as complains, nor should you look at this as a review to base your career choices. Again most of my unhappiness lies with the fact I didn't do enough research. The trucking industry is very unforgiving, and it's not your typical 9-5 job. However, I feel that if you are not happy about your job, you should find a new company or a new line of work.

Any input? Thanks!

Halo out!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

CRST= Can't Run Steady Trucks

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

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Crst will pay for it but deduct it out of your check...when its your turn to drive and its over 27000 pounds ask your co driver if he scaled the load.. If not scale it crst pays for it... Better safe then sorry....

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Wow... Yea... Now that I've got the truck, every load is getting weighed... Do I get CSA Points for that Citation?

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YOU got the ticket right??? If so yes I think not really sure if over weight is a CSA thing...

Yep, I got the ticket, which to note is the first ticket of anytype I've ever recieved... I was ****ed. 24 and I've never gotten anything, until now... Uggg... Sometimes I hate this job.

I was really mad!

Posted:  4 years ago

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New Job

Indeed CONGRADS!

Posted:  4 years ago

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What companies should I seek out or avoid?

LMAO sorry gotta say it... Apparently trans am is bad if you can't follow company policies lol just search for trans am drop out dude lol.... The best company is the right fit for you... Make a pros and cons list for each company and pick one that best suits your needs. Like home time,pay and freight... Check out How To Choose A Company...

I was tempted to say something about that... But wanted to stay out of it... Again... One sided... And he should try contacting drivers.

Posted:  4 years ago

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What companies should I seek out or avoid?

And as far as companies to avoid, your pickings are slim to start with. Because you lack experience most companies won't hire you.. This forum has alot to offer, including the opinions of other drivers, however, it is always a good idea to call companies and see if they can have a driver contact you for more info. Just my two cents!

Good luck!

Posted:  4 years ago

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What companies should I seek out or avoid?

Melton Trucking, seems to be a good company, they are strictly flatbed, but they pay good. I've seen a few of their trucks and asked their drivers how they like it. No bad comments. They don't get called by their ID number, but instead by their name. They hire out of a lot of areas, have a rider/pet program. Oh and they are solo drivers only... Excluding the training you'll need as a new driver.

I know all of this they have offered me a job. By the way, smart choice taking a loan out, these contracts are complete bs... You'll get better pay the route your taking.

Need anything at all and you can feel free to PM me.

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

Crst will pay for it but deduct it out of your check...when its your turn to drive and its over 27000 pounds ask your co driver if he scaled the load.. If not scale it crst pays for it... Better safe then sorry....

Wow... Yea... Now that I've got the truck, every load is getting weighed... Do I get CSA Points for that Citation?

Posted:  4 years ago

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Love's Tirepass

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Yup, I used it a couple of times, first time on the whole rig and the more recent time on just the tractor. I don't know where the free credits come from but I've used 3 free so far and have 1 free left.

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I think it must be something they gave every Love's card holder.

Dave

You get one credit for every time you put 50+ gallons in just like you get a drink refill and a shower.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Got my first ticket. 8 over, 73 in a 65. now what?

That speeding ticket is only $75 and I told my boss and they're not really concerned about it. My main concern is how do I get that ticket erased and what channels do I need to go through to get that done.?

I'm going to be honest with you, from how you made it sound, this ticket may have to go away on its own... Sure you could pay a lawyer a boat load of cash, and it could simply disappear. But the main thing to take note of, and mind me as I'm new to all of this, is that if your truck is not working 100%, it's not safe to drive. There is no need to risk it. I'm going to be even more honest with you, most companies won't mind your ticket, sure it doesn't look good, but it's the 10+ over tickets that disqualify you/ get you fired. Maybe not the answer you wanted but hope it helps.

Drive safe!

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

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Are you in cedar rapids if so drive the shuttle and make 7.25 a hour till you find a co driver... If not ask to be routed there to find one..

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Ive got a replacement already... He lives in Atlanta while I'll live in between Orlando and Miami. Looks like I get to take the truck home now lol

Oh and I'm in California right now, so I'll be picking him up this week hopefully.

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

Are you in cedar rapids if so drive the shuttle and make 7.25 a hour till you find a co driver... If not ask to be routed there to find one..

Ive got a replacement already... He lives in Atlanta while I'll live in between Orlando and Miami. Looks like I get to take the truck home now lol

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

Can you believe it? He must have been making more money at a table than on a truck! NOT!

Funny, he actually did quite well... In the 28 days, he managed to come out with 5-6k of extra cash... He was an O/O... So he didn't care if he ever lost.

As long as you're the driver when the loads get there on time, you're doing your part.

Cool... That's good to know

The DOT isn't interested in "fault" except it's all on the guy in the driver seat. If you're team, it's best both of you make sure the load is right. That goes for all the other pre-trip things - lights, tires, etc. When you get any DOT check, everything goes to the driver.

Does my company pay the $116 citation?

I'm not clear about your school. Non-truck school, or your CDL classes? CDL from your company should be covered by your contract.

Was a trucking school out of Jacksonville Fl. Jones technical school/JTECH

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

I drive for crst and say wait... Now I know its hard but you can't forget about that trailer (smith system) check your mirrors.. Slow down and stay calm... It sucks making 23 CPM I know but if you can stay safe and reliable the money will be there.... My co driver quit a few weeks ago and I was stuck in iowa till I found one and got offered a dedicated FedEx load for 5 weeks at 900 bucks each a week... Hang in there... You can pm me if you want and can point you to the right people... Who's your dm

Haha funny you must have been offered the FedEx lanes my truck was supposed to run... Of course we lost it as my co driver quit. My DM is Alex... A newbie like myself...

Posted:  4 years ago

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Trucking companies??

Pastor, to answer your question, most companies have a different home time policies, even if you live on the area. If you are looking for something to get you home more often, look for local jobs. Be warned most local companies want 1-2 years OTR experience. Good luck with what ever you do!

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

My co driver quit, by the way because how long it took my company to get us back on the road, but also because he too wasn't making any money

Posted:  4 years ago

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3 Months In and questioning things...

Hello all, Halo here. I just recently made it to my third month of driving with CRST... With complications. Now some of this may be seen as bashing the company, but keep in mind this is how things have worked out for me, and the observations I've made. If your wondering why my CB handle is Halo.. I'll explain. I have sunglasses that reminded people of Master Cheif from Microsofts Halo series. Back to my main post though.

A few months ago I contacted them to begin my new career, was real excited and getting prepaired for my new life.

Training was the simple part for me. CRSTS training is a 16 day CDL. Very fast paced. I flew threw the course and passed everything my first time. Road test comes up and gets passed as well. Wonderful.

Orientation comes and again... Very quick one week, and paperwork and I've got the job. People have started meeting their Lead Drivers. Except me, a week after everyone got their Lead I finally get mine. No complaints there. I can't be around smoke so I can wait.

During my 28 days with my trainer, I learned how to perfect my 49 Degree backing and do strieght backing as well. No attempts at 90 degree backing, no tips about winter driving, no chain training. However I was learning how to shift and keep in my lane, Along with other things.

My lead liked to hit casinos, which ment in the long run the truck wasn't moving all the time.

I finally get off with my lead and get assigned my co driver. An awesome laid back guy, unfortunately time didn't matter to him and most our loads barely made it on time. I drove with him up til last week.

It all changed for me last week.

The first incident was us being over weight, my co drivers fault for not getting the load checked... I got stopped on the scales in GA and got the citation.

The next issue, was my fault, we got stuck in Mud. No problem we were taken care of within the hour.

The final issue I encountered, was getting a hole in our trailer. Now I have reason to believe that it was my fault, that I may have hit another trailer in a parking lot, but couldn't find any trucks with damage... So who knows... This took 5 days to fix and on the final day my co driver quit.

So here I am as a solo until next week.

This company in my personal opinion is too big, and turnover is the major issue. I am also under contract but have gotten offers to drive as a solo driver. I'm not sure what I want to do, nor what I should do.

I know I need to pay more attention as far as my trailer goes, I can't speak for many, but I know sometimes we forget one time or another that we have a trailer behind us... I haven't been fired, but I'm not getting a lot of money. I have debts to pay, and school loans that will be due soon.

Do I look at my other options, start with a better paying job that has already offered me a position (as a solo), make a payment arrangement with CRST to pay for training.

OR

Stay with CRST for next 7 months and then find a new company.

Any help would be great. Thanks!

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