Orientation With Averitt Express

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Metalhead 's Comment
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Good evening everybody. I hope everybody had a great Christmas and made some memories with there loved ones and got some much needed rest.

I got my email confirming my orientation with Averitt Express January 4th. I have to check in the 3rd before 8pm cst. I'm very excited, but nervous at the same time. I searched and searched, but they seemed like the best company for me especially with me being a rookie driver. Even though she is supporting me 100%, I'm gonna miss my girlfriend. But it's all worth it, hopefully she can hold down the fort while I'm gone. Lol. I plan on keeping y'all updated on how things are going with my new adventure. Anyways, hope all is well with y'all out there. Safe travels and happy New Year! ! -Metalhead ✌

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck with this. All the best.

Frito's Comment
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Having completed orientation with Averitt in October, I think you will find you have made a good decision. The experience in Cookeville was well organized, welcoming, professional and fairly comprehensive. The food provided was great and the hotel accommodations were adequate and clean. I had a great OTR trainer that made me feel at home and comfortable in his truck. The backing/ finishing school at week 6 was helpful but maybe could have been made a bit more challenging. I would encourage you from at least day 3 or 4 of OTR training to ask your instructor to allow you to make all the real world backing maneuvers regardless of how challenging or long they take. It will build your confidence. Overall my personal experience with the company has been positive. There is some trial by fire to be had as a new guy and you will have to be a self starter and an independent thinker in many regards (some qualcomm messages are nothing short of criptic and dispatch is not always the comprehensive, quick and efficient source of helpful information in my view they should be) but it's my belief the company wants you to succeed and with some resourcefulness on your part will provide you with the tools to do so. Relax, have fun and enjoy. Averitt seems to be a good organization to work for.

OTR:

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Perkdaddy's Comment
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I myself went to Averitt orientation from 11/30-12/3. I thought it was a well planned process, and everyone seemed very nice and helpful. Unfortunately, I did not pass their physical. Good luck to you, and congratulations. Be safe.

Metalhead 's Comment
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Having completed orientation with Averitt in October, I think you will find you have made a good decision. The experience in Cookeville was well organized, welcoming, professional and fairly comprehensive. The food provided was great and the hotel accommodations were adequate and clean. I had a great OTR trainer that made me feel at home and comfortable in his truck. The backing/ finishing school at week 6 was helpful but maybe could have been made a bit more challenging. I would encourage you from at least day 3 or 4 of OTR training to ask your instructor to allow you to make all the real world backing maneuvers regardless of how challenging or long they take. It will build your confidence. Overall my personal experience with the company has been positive. There is some trial by fire to be had as a new guy and you will have to be a self starter and an independent thinker in many regards (some qualcomm messages are nothing short of criptic and dispatch is not always the comprehensive, quick and efficient source of helpful information in my view they should be) but it's my belief the company wants you to succeed and with some resourcefulness on your part will provide you with the tools to do so. Relax, have fun and enjoy. Averitt seems to be a good organization to work for.

Thanks! Just a quick question though, did you have any home time during your 6 week training? And I've heard more good about them then bad. Definitely one of the better companies. Especially for a rookie like myself.

OTR:

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
J Johns's Comment
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Be honest! Did you allow the news that Averitt is a major carrier for touring bands' equipment to inform your decision, 'METALHEAD'???

Frito's Comment
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Beginning on Thursdays it is both my understanding and general experience that dispatch begins working hard to start routing drivers towards their home domicile for their weekly home time. So yes, I was afforded the opportunity to get home each weekend during training. This being said, there were times where a Sunday departure was necessary or times where I preferred to stay at the truck on the home yard rather than drive the 1.5 hour home. Again, this was my choice. Further, your home time will likely be determined to a degree by your trainers choices... Perhaps he doesn't want to be home each week. I see that as unlikely. Speaking of the home yard and the Averitt service centers, I have yet, after 3 months, to fuel, shower, sleep or hardly step foot into a traditional truck stop with the exception of paying for a scale ticket. All the above has taken place on company property which is typically gated and secure. There is some variability in the sparkling cleanliness of some of the facilities but all have been acceptable. My truck is currently suffering a major malfunction some 1200 miles from home but I was promptly offered a comfortable hotel and $140/day. I'd be happy to answer any further questions either here or via PM. Again, best of luck and have fun.

David D.'s Comment
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I myself went to Averitt orientation from 11/30-12/3. I thought it was a well planned process, and everyone seemed very nice and helpful. Unfortunately, I did not pass their physical. Good luck to you, and congratulations. Be safe.

Can you please tell me what their physical consisted of? Any info is appreciated.

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