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    chicago, IL

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Posted:  5 hours, 54 minutes ago

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Western Express Second Chance Advice

Western express isn't premier but they are not as bad as most of.the reviews.

I started their. If you work hard you can still make money.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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5 years went by fast!!!

Congrats on your milestone. Your time and effort you out into your content is appreciated. Stay safe.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Tarping Tall Loads

I wouldn't worry to much about it. I carry a 4ft ladder and I normally don't have issues.

A machine will be their to either put the tarp on for you, or you will be able to roll the tarp out yourself because the load isn't high, or the ladder will make it possible.

Also alot of loads kind of build a natural step ladder for you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Update and possible inspiration flatbed

I appreicate the kind words and coil bag advice it does mean alot to me.

I dont think I need to state this but will for any possibly new person. I am always 100 percent sober when operating a cmv.

What It did allow me to do was turn months of sobitety into 1.5 years with little hardship.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Leaving dryvan to go to Flatbed

I find flatbed very rewarding, however I have never done anything else but it does usually guarantee a decent daily workout. :)

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Update and possible inspiration flatbed

I just felt like throwing an update and sharing some of my experience into this blessing of a career change.

Before trucking I worked in law enforcement starting at 23 but I wasn't responsible enough to handle my position or the amount of money I was making. Long story short I fell into addiction 2.5 years into the job. Besides a dui that was pleaded down I have a clean record not that I deserved one alcohol wasn't my issue.

Trucking helped me stay a productive member of society when I desired it deep down inside but was struggling to win against my unwanted demons.

The dept of labor in my state helped me get my cdl. I went out applying everywhere I could waiting for the one company that would still give me a chance. Western Express was the winner.

I am very thankful for Western Express for giving me the means to begin learning this career. Not only did it help me provide for myself and repay some debt it allowed me the time I needed to let my brain heal and find myself again. Or start working on who I wanted to be in the future. During my first 6 months of trucking I was with western express I will admit the hiring process didn't give much hope, nor the securement training course but once solo in my own truck its what I made it.

I worked hard everyday, I would research load securement or specific tarping techniques to make sure I was ready and confident for the load i was about to run. I will admit I always tried to stay positive and be polite and just work hard but sometimes it seemed that their was alot of down time despite good communication, being early to appointments never late. Eventually I let it get to me and for lack of better words created a disodence between me an my dispatcher.

During the very beginning of covid I was sitting alot and that idle time was hard on me because I still had bills, debt and other people depending on me.

Eventually research and communication led me to another company. I'm not saying switching company's at 6 months was my best move i had full intentions of staying at least a year as recommended by many successful drivers. But i was the decision I made. Pre covid I was making a standard expected first year wage and have no complaints with western express. I only wish my ignorance of not understanding how things really worked didnt deteriate the work relationship i had with my dispatch. Think I had alot of stupid questions.

Anyway I found a new home with a company that is with in walking distance from my apartment. Its not a company I ever see really talked about on the forum so I thought i.would give a little insight.

Hmd LLc started as a dry van and two years ago they opened a flatbed division and they currently have 60 flatbed trucks. I literally have no complaints im treated like family, all my equipment is brand new literally brand new, and the pay is very good for my exp.level. The whole situation is alot better than I deserve. They are a northern macedonia company but they do offer company drivers which is what i am. Also can easily say my dispatch is becoming a very good work friend.

This isn't by any means a recruitment post but I want to be more active in this forum. I'm mostly a silent assassin reading threads keeping to myself up till now and I felt It was best if I gave an update on my situation.

Overall western was a blessing to me and your own productivity to an extent will determine your experience just like it will at any other company.

Nov 27 this year will make 1 year of otr exp. This will be a milestone i cant wait to safely achieve.

But also wanted to relate that I was at my lowest point when I started seeking a cdl career and found a new love out of what it has to offer. Which has helped me in many more ways then just an income.

If anyone has questions feel free to ask.

If another flatbedder has a brand and size type coil bag they find most universal i would appreciate guidance as i reinvest some funds back into trucking luxury.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prospective New Driver...plz help!

I do flatbed myself and can share my exp i have not pulled anything else though.

With flatbed I can assure you you will not escape congested areas loading or unloading. With that being said you will more than likely have at least 1 easy in easy out load in a week.

I will say flatbed can be quite physical sometimes and other times a breeze. Def a learning curve on how to secure unique loads but very rewarding once you have enough experience.

Best of luck hopefully some van drivers can also give input.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Transfer CDL To Illinois

Yea illinois is special for sure im from their aswell. Advantage driver training out of joliet is where I got my license. They do care their, I believe they offer refreshers and you test on site the dmv comes to the school.

Not affiliated or anything just sharing my experience and knowledge.

I also was eligible to use a debt of labor grant their.

Good luck

Posted:  1 month ago

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Just getting started and already it's bad.

Try western express if you haven't.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Just need to vent to people who understand

Just reassurance that above advice will help i was helping my dad when he recovered from a stroke. A accurate time line with info for companies to double check makes a difference.

Best of luck.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The more I ask the less I know

Don't loose hope!! Keep working on it and pushing forward something will come to formation.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Hey there! New Driver Question!

Western Express is what you make of it, Solo flatbed overall avg with my time their I was making 6-700 a week. Sometimes I would get a big check and a very small one. This was an avg with a good amount of truck maintenance.

Overall I made more than I thought I would but less than what some say was possible.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Update 3 months solo

I am glad that this career move has been a solid choice for you.

I can relate to a lot of what you said being im just creeping on my 6 months exp. Audible is almost like a desert I cherish when I have a good weekend run.

Stay safe and keep working hard. 👊

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Lack of communication

It is a real dilemma the tornado that his tenn a couple months ago has had western exp phone lines down. So unless his dm gave him his private line qualcom is the only way. I also agree as a shop supervisor for assistance.

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So got my truck assigned to me and my boys named it The Bulldawg Beast. I got a load assignment. For in the morning about 1 in the morning inkiti my battery was completely dead in the truck. Now I was parked behind the shop so i was told by breakdown to talk to the shop to jump the truck. Pretty much it needed new batteries.. well then longer its in the shop the more they were finding things wrong with the truck. The whole time I am emailing my dm updating him on the truck. Im emailing him because the only way to contact weekend dispatch is through the Qualcomm and i can't get to it. So the truck has been in the shop all day and is still there and won't be done until Monday. On the western express app you can read messages but not respond. They just sent me one telling me im still on a load and to inform them that the truck is still in the shop. Now how in the world can I inform you if the only way to contact you is from the Qualcomm and the truck is in the shop. Is there something im missing?

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Call the # you were given for your DM, the night and weekend crew will answer that phone as well. Let them know what's going on and they should cancel that load. Just let your DM know when you are ready on Monday.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express Trucking Contract

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What kind of contract did you sign if company?

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Probably the same one you signed when you began training with W.Ex. Jim.

Well that's what got me curious G-town, I read everything I signed but it also wasn't what i would be worried about.

Unless he is talking about a longevity contract that might be different and haven't seen one myself yet.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express Trucking Contract

What kind of contract did you sign if company?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Introduction from a silent assassin.

Hey everyone I've have been silently following on here for a year, researching, learning, etc.

I got my cdl nov 13th of this year and am training with western Express. I have read some great articles that have really allowed me to be in a great mind frame as I train with this company.

Things like: Performance based occupation All company's are in the business of making money Dont get sucked into other driver negativity and have your own experiences.

I am done with week 1 on my 34 hour reset Running expedited fedex runs one big loop each week. Ohio-newjersey and back and the Ohio-cali and back.

I feel like I got really lucky with my trainer I am extremely pleased,I think I earned his respect in my first week. Ended up avg about 600 miles a day all week.

Basically just wanted to introduce myself and let everyone that these posts and articles are still helping people in alot of ways. I appreciate everyone.

-Jim

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