Anyone Driving For Werner Help Please . . .

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Seminole Wind's Comment
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Hey from Virginia ! Im waiting on my WIOA funding & am going to attend 4CDL.com truck driving school, but I have been researching Werner for awhile now, along with a few others. My question is: With Werner can/is it possible I can get into dedicated lane/ dedicated route of some sort? I wouldn't mind OTR if thats all thats available when my time comes. ( Exa: 3m, Anheuser bush, etc.) Im in the area of 3 of the DCs & a brewery, but not sure about the 3m account. Any & all help will be greatly appreciated ! thank-you-2.gif

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dedicated Route:

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."

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.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

Isaac H.'s Comment
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If you're asking if you can jump into a dedicated account of your choice right after school, i would not count on it.

I have heard of people getting put on accounts right after training but i think it wasprobably because they were desperate for people.

Personally, i drove otr for 3 months and had to prove myself before they started calling me to do dedicated.

And dedicated is quite a bit harder than otr. I usually have between 2-3 trips pre assigned. Almost everything is on appointment times and obviously if you mess up one load then they start swapping just to get your other loads on time and that is not good for anybody.

I would call driver placement and ask them about the accounts your interested in because they don't make most their accounts public even to drivers.

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.

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Thank ya much for the reply Isaac. I was kinda hoping to get into a semi-routine route but I know that's way off. I'm not sure I'm understanding the whole dedicated lane/route, however many state - regional route, east coast run, west coast run, etc. I do get the gist of general freight & that goes to anyone at anytime. I don't mind running coast to coast as I've drove before, although many many moons ago. Donners pass has me arse chewin the seat n spittin foam out & I 80 coming into Salt Lake city didn't do much for my nerves. ( !st & 2nd loads ever). If I can get someone to kinda explain that & what the differences are I think Id feel better going into this.

I've read so many articles & blogs on here I can't always remember which ones & end up reading them again.

I just really praying its changed for the ladies out there in 20+ yrs, as what I've read says it has, but to always be aware of whats around you & not make yourself vulnerable.

Ive truly missed it over the years & I'm ready to come back strong & determined. What all of the "seasoned" drivers say is soooo true, it gets in your blood !

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.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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The answer to your question depends on what's available in your area. Talk to driver placement as was suggested, you never know what could happen

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Thank ya much miracle of magick. I'm thinking of running out of the Atlanta GA terminal , but is the procedure to ask someone in driver placement about what they have out of Atlanta or closer to where I live?

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.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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When you talk to driver placement tell them where you live and they will tell you what's available for your area, you don't necessarily do dedicated routes out of a terminal. I do know that the Atlanta terminal has a coach fleet that has you running for a period of time then they bus you home while someone else drives the truck. I forget the period of time involved but it gets you more home time. The biggest drawback to me is you do not keep the same truck. They have plenty of other routes as well.

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.

Dedicated Route:

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."

Seminole Wind's Comment
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OOH MAN, slip seating is the worst (Or from my experience it has been & I always end up coming in behind a pigpen) I was under the impression you had to be "stationed" out of a home terminal or that's the way it was years ago before technology made our world more accessible. Could I contact driver placement before I start school ?

Id rather stay in an assigned truck until their ready to switch me into another assigned truck & I sure don't mind running hard & know Ill havta show them that before I can get anywhere in any company.

Thanks for your response ! thank-you.gif

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.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Before you get hired you could always ask your recruiter, but they are not the best choice. If you post your zip code, I could look up what accounts are available in that area for you.

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Good morning miracle of magick. You're just awesome ! dancing.gif My zip code is 23831. I sure do appreciate the help.

Can I ask if you are a company driver or O/O-specialized carrier ?

miracleofmagick's Comment
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There are a couple of Perdue accounts available in that area, a dollar General (not recommended for new drivers), a best buy account, a west rock account, as well as the usual assortment of variations of otr.

I was a company driver up until this past July when I became an owner op.

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.

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