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James R.'s Comment
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Oh also there are certain positions that require mileage pay but those are quite unique. The boats division which i'm hoping to get some time on the start of this year is one of those. They're strange in the sense that you drive out 2k miles with one load, then drive back entirely empty. Getting paid mileage on those works out just fine since you have no load/unload time in the course of a week to speak of.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Really good information you got there, really appreciate it. I forgot to ask where your orientation was? Their main terminal is in Iowa right? Do all new drivers head that way?

Terminal:

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.

James R.'s Comment
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My orientation was in des moines, iowa but they also have a smaller facility that does training in gaston, sc. Then there's the new one that's been talked about just outside indianapolis but i don't know if it's completed yet or what the deal is. I actually go to the indy terminal about 5x as frequently as the des moines one, so i can see why they're upgrading to a super sized one there. If you have any more questions just pop them here.

Terminal:

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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My orientation was in des moines, iowa but they also have a smaller facility that does training in gaston, sc. Then there's the new one that's been talked about just outside indianapolis but i don't know if it's completed yet or what the deal is. I actually go to the indy terminal about 5x as frequently as the des moines one, so i can see why they're upgrading to a super sized one there. If you have any more questions just pop them here.

wow, TMC jut did took a big leap on my list with that information. Gaston is just a hop skip and a jump away from me. If I were to go with TMC, would Gaston also be my home terminal? or is that just a training facility?

Terminal:

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.

James R.'s Comment
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Well Gaston has both a training facility with load securement equipment and a repair/service facility at two separate locations about 4 miles apart. If you're close enough you can park your truck there on the weekends if you wanted to.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Well Gaston has both a training facility with load securement equipment and a repair/service facility at two separate locations about 4 miles apart. If you're close enough you can park your truck there on the weekends if you wanted to.

This definitely opens up new possibilities for me. I am more excited now. thanks for then information!

Stay safe

C T.'s Comment
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Another question for ya. I understand they have you lifting tarps onto a trailer or something as a physical test. Could you give me some details about that process? Also is it possible to be sent home from failure?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Another question for ya. I understand they have you lifting tarps onto a trailer or something as a physical test. Could you give me some details about that process? Also is it possible to be sent home from failure?

Here's a quick way to know: put tarp test in the search box at the top of the page. You'll get several answers.

Devil's Comment
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I see this post hasn't done much in the past six months but I'm hoping someone still follows it. I'm trying to get some Insurance/benefits info on a thread I started. Do any of you on hear feel comfortable sharing what you pay for insurance single/family etc? I think it a good factor to look at when deciding on a company and seeing if they fit your needs. Thanks.

Double Barrel 's Comment
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I see this post hasn't done much in the past six months but I'm hoping someone still follows it. I'm trying to get some Insurance/benefits info on a thread I started. Do any of you on hear feel comfortable sharing what you pay for insurance single/family etc? I think it a good factor to look at when deciding on a company and seeing if they fit your needs. Thanks.

Hi there, Rooster. I will be glad to share my health benefit rate with you. I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TN, dental and vision as well. I am single and pay $37 weekly. Once I get my yearly physical (which is no cost to me through my medical insurance) and submit that I did a yearly physical to my company (they don't see the results only that you had one done), I believe my weekly rate goes down to $28. Hope this helps somewhat.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

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