Smoking/Non Smoking

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John B.'s Comment
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Just curious how the companies treat non smokers. I'm a non smoker and plan to go solo. Are they going to issue me a truck that has not been smoked in? The May recruiter said they do. No offense to smokers but that's a pretty nasty smell. Plus the second hand smoke health issue.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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John, I'm a non smoker so I can relate and I was in the exact situation that you are in.

When you're going with a trainer you can request a non smoker and you will be issued a non smoker trainer. Make sure you tell them that BEFORE they start assigning trainers for students.

As for getting a truck that the previous driver smoked in? That's not really regulated. They give you a truck and you take it. Sometimes they'll give you a few different trucks that you can pick but if they send you to Idaho for a recovery on a truck then you go to Idaho to pick up that truck. I recovered my truck in Oregon and it was filthy inside and the previous driver was a smoker so I had to live with the smell for weeks. That's just how it is. I had to clean it myself and desanitize it myself because I didnt want to catch a disease from the previous driver.

Just a tip though, if you have the option to get a truck from a terminal rather than recovering a truck then get it from the terminal. If anythings wrong with it then it can be fixed in the terminal and the ones at terminals are generally much cleaner.


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.

John B.'s Comment
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Thanks Daniel, The recruiter from May said it was a big issue with their company and that all the trucks were labeled smoking or non smoking and non smokers would get non smoking trucks. I'll be asking the other recruiters as well. It will certainly be a factor in my decision on who to drive for.

I was shopping for used cars a year ago and came across a fantastic deal on a Subaru Outback. The stench was so bad I didn't even test drive it, and nothing gets rid of the odor. I guess that's why the good deal?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I'm not sure how many companies actually separate their trucks into smoking and non-smoking. But that's nice if you can find it.

I know they'll definitely ask you if you prefer a smoking or non-smoking trainer when you first go out on the road. Almost every company will do that.

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