1st Attempt Failed. Thoughts On Gypsum Express, CT Transportation(comcar) Or Shaffer/Crete

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Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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Well I started my orientation with McElroy two weeks ago but was sent home after a day and a half because I do not have a CPAP machine that I am apparently suppose to have. I didn't have a job to afford it at the time and was never officially told by the sleep study company or my Dr's office that I had sleep apnea. McElroy requires a minimum of 30 days worth of data and 70% of compliance to be placed in their trucks. Well I do not have a machine so I was sent home after the physical.

Anyway so I am working on my 2nd attempt and have 3 companies willing to work with me and they all know about the situation. Gypsum Express looks good until I read the reviews on them. They are really interested in me but it does not seem like a good place for a rookie to go. IT appears they use smaller tractors to lessen the weight of the equipment to haul more stuff. CT Transportation is interested as well, I am just waiting to hear back from them on if my app was approved or not. They have pretty good reviews and nice looking equipment. And Shaffer/Crete trucking actually said they would help me get a CPAP machine and it would not be an issue. I really like them, they have good reviews and nice equipment as well but my family(mostly the wife) DO NOT like the 12 days out and 2.5 to 3 days home schedule. I guess my family loves me a little bit since they want me home more often. lol.

Any thoughts from anyone? Anyone work for either company and can tell me either good or bad things? I am trying to get as much information as possible so I can make an educated choice that is better for my family.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

C T.'s Comment
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I work for maverick. My roommate during training had sleep apnea. They provide you with the machine and payroll deduct the cost I believe. You have to use it a percentage of the time you sleep. Also we're home on weekends.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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I work for maverick. My roommate during training had sleep apnea. They provide you with the machine and payroll deduct the cost I believe. You have to use it a percentage of the time you sleep. Also we're home on weekends.

I talked to Maverick. I guess where I live they said I would be on the road for 2-3 weeks. I like their company but I can't do that much time out.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

C T.'s Comment
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Ok. You're either out west or in Florida right lol

Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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Ok. You're either out west or in Florida right lol

Nope. NC. And I need to correct myself. Flatbed was 2-3 weeks and Glass was 2 weeks.

C T.'s Comment
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I'm in NC every week. Plus we have a terminal in Laurinburg. Not sure how they figured 2-3 weeks for regional

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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I'm in NC every week. Plus we have a terminal in Laurinburg. Not sure how they figured 2-3 weeks for regional

The recruiter said he didn't have any regional where I am. It is all OTR. But I see Maverick trucks every single day going down I-40 and 311 where I live. I don't know.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

C T.'s Comment
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We also have some dedicated runs out of Laurinburg and several in SC, some open to students. But good luck to you either way.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Tractor Man's Comment
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There are exceptions,but,usually you will start OTR with most Companies as a Rookie. Like I said, NOT ALWAYS. But, be prepared to do OTR for 3- 6 months before being offered a local or home every weekend gig. Good Luck!

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Most flatbed companies offer home on the weekends immediately due to customers business hours.

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