Interstate

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William K.'s Comment
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I'm currently in the process of switching over to interstate distributor, from a small company, that other than good pay, for only having 3 months experience, is a complete nightmare. I was hoping to find some people who have inside knowledge on this company. I'm not too worried about pay, as I live in a cheap area, and don't have the experience to demand top notch pay. What I'm looking for is a company that is somewhat organized and at least treats it's employees with Some measure of respect.

Also, I would like if anyone with some knowledge on it, would be able to give me first hand info on their lease purchase program. I seem that typical lease programs are highway robberies, but interstate seems to have a far better set up program, which gets you a good warranted truck, with no obligation to drive for them, no money down, unless you get something extravagant, no balloon and with reasonable payments, plus a one dollar buy out, plus free business courses to help you get going, with three only requirement being putting in some time as a company driver. I know typically lease is purchase is not the way to go, nor is it something I'd jump into. I've read too many horror stories to jump into that situation. I was just curious because they seem set up different and it peaked my interest a bit. If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated.

Interstate:

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

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome William.

I know of several, happy drivers on this forum who drive for Interstate. Until they are able to respond to you, click this link for "review" information on Interstate Distribution.

Interstate Distribution

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Interstate:

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

William K.'s Comment
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Thank you g town.. . I'm new to here as is probably obvious. My experience with the site before was Google searching and checking forums. Most of the forums ere pretty old, but now being a member I will see if I find anything more recent, like you did, until some responses come in.

G-Town's Comment
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Thank you g town.. . I'm new to here as is probably obvious. My experience with the site before was Google searching and checking forums. Most of the forums ere pretty old, but now being a member I will see if I find anything more recent, like you did, until some responses come in.

That's ok, we are happy to have you.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, William, welcome to Trucking Truth. Yes, there lots of information here, just check out the links across the top of this page.

As for your questions about truck ownership, TT takes a pass. We focus on getting new drivers into good situations and help in starting their company driver career. For the finer points of ownership and leasing, you might check with the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA.COM)

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

William K.'s Comment
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Hi, William, welcome to Trucking Truth. Yes, there lots of information here, just check out the links across the top of this page.

As for your questions about truck ownership, TT takes a pass. We focus on getting new drivers into good situations and help in starting their company driver career. For the finer points of ownership and leasing, you might check with the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA.COM)

Thank you. I'm going to work on finding some newer input on here. I posted this, because most of what I found through simple searches, before registering was pretty old, and I know things can change over time. As was stated with the lease, not something I'd jump into, just curious on first hand info, because it's hard to find. I will try the forums you stated. Thank you for the information. Being new here, it is helpful.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I've been with Interstate for just under 2 1/2 years now, and I love them. I can count the number of times I've been frustrated with someone on the other side of the Qualcomm on the fingers of one hand, and they've always been the "pinch hitters," i.e. night or weekend crew. Any time I've had a problem that needed addressed from their side, it's been handled quickly, and they always seem like they're happy to help. I always get home on time, and I get plenty of good miles when I'm out. They're very safety conscious, to the point where safety is considered the #1 priority. Equipment is top notch, and is well maintained. In all honesty, I have nothing but good things to say about Interstate and can't imagine ever wanting to drive for anyone else.

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.

Interstate:

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

Yep's Comment
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I'm planning heading back OTR (Western 11) right after Thanksgiving and interstate is my chosen company. Thus I will tell you the only two things I know that caused me to choose them over Gordon and Schneider.

First, They have a pet policy that requires a $700 deposit and a rule that cats must have their front paws declawed. Ive already started calling local shelters to see if they have any declawed cats.

Second, they seem willing to bend the rules on experience. According to the recruiter I will be given .39cpm even though my OTR experience is 1.5 months short of the minimum.

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.

Interstate:

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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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