That First Year

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Scott O.'s Comment
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One year ago today crst screwed up and gave me keys to drive one of their 80,000 lbs rig all over American... Guess what??? I did it safely and mostly on time lol.... Woot woot one year accident free... heck not even a dot inspection (knock on wood)... I had a lot of ups and downs but I learned to stay away from those mountains lol...

For all the newbies just stay focused and use your head and buckle up cuz its going to be one he|| of a ride...

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lil's Comment
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That's awesome and a great accomplishment!!! Funny about the mountains. After watching Highway Thru Hell on Netflix, I can't imagine driving some mountain passes.

What's the most challenging thing you faced this year?

Scott O.'s Comment
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With crst most of our customers are drop and hooks and right off the interstate so not too much of a hassle... I'd have to say winter driving through Wyoming and getting shutdown and finding a decent co driver but that's about all I can think of...

I did have to shuffle trailers in LA and almost took out a parked car making a right turn but I kept my cool and waited for traffic to move so I could finish my turn... That's pretty much it if I can think of more I'll post it...

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Lil's Comment
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I could see how the WY winters would be awful. I'm guessing you mean LA, the city, and not LA, the state of Louisiana. If so, that would be awful to drive in. That's good you didn't have to wait too long at customers.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I could see how the WY winters would be awful. I'm guessing you mean LA, the city, and not LA, the state of Louisiana. If so, that would be awful to drive in. That's good you didn't have to wait too long at customers.

Yeah la city in California

Rick S.'s Comment
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So know that you have your "obligatory year" down and finished - you going to seek a move up?

You like team driving (since CRST is team only), or will you be looking to move on to a solo company?

Rick

Scott O.'s Comment
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I'm making pretty good money so far and not looking forward to starting over at another company at this point but anything is possible... Teaming is OK as long as you got a good co driver... I like that fact that we are mostly drop and hooks and run mostly on interstates....

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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I'm making pretty good money so far and not looking forward to starting over at another company at this point but anything is possible... Teaming is OK as long as you got a good co driver... I like that fact that we are mostly drop and hooks and run mostly on interstates....

How much do they pay for team driving? I've got a call from CSRT today and I'm still thinking what company is the best to start in.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Scott O.'s Comment
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If they pay your schooling you start out at .25cpm at 3 months its .26 CPM 6 months its .33 CPM one year .44 CPM... They do split miles...

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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If they pay your schooling you start out at .25cpm at 3 months its .26 CPM 6 months its .33 CPM one year .44 CPM... They do split miles...

Ah okay. How about the miles? Whats the average? .26 is not bad as long as they keep you moving.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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