Spoke With Werner

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ChrisEMT's Comment
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Ive been with werner for 3 yrs, and been solo with them since march of 2014. pay depends on where you drive. OTR is one rate, and dedicated is another. Plus on most dedicated accounts you get safety pay, stop pay, unload/assist unload pay, etc. which will increase your rate per mile. My account for example pays .37 cents/mile, plus assist unload pay ($20/day), $15/stop, plus .02 cents/mile safety pay. My average cpm pay is 54 cpm on a rolling 30 period. Plus I am home every weekend.

The best suggestion I can make is look at what Werner (or any company) has to offer and find what fits for you.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Jim A.'s Comment
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If at all possible, I'd hire on before winter hits. The reason being, is that your trainer can help you learn about winter driving, vs. Completing your training without ever seeing the white stuff, then having to face it on your own after training.

I'd get all of your endorsements. Tanker, doubles and triples, and hazmat. Hazmat loads tend to pay extra. Plus, never say never. They are just another tool to make you more profitable.

The part of being with a trainer for winter driving. Is a very thought for all new grad students. I started solo just as winter hit, what a wonderful night it was the first time throwing chains on my rig. Jeebus what a nightmare.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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