Starting A New Career With Averitt Express

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Train's Comment
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I arrived in Cookeville, TN last night for orientation starting today; checked in met my roommate and settled in for a good nights sleep. We are at the Clarion Inn. It is not a 5 star but it is a clean facility with several amenities including an indoor pool and exercise room. I will say this,if you have the option of driving to orientation, take it. In the case of Averitt and Cookeville, things are kind of spread out and having your own wheels is nice.

The first day went well. DOT physical done as well as computer training. Since I am overweight and new the issue of my sleep apnea would come up, I decided to be proactive in the matter. I brought copies of my most recent sleep studies and the data card from my CPAP machine. The data card shows compliance with using my machine, which they really appreciated.

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.

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.

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Man that is great Train. Another Georgia boy rises to the occasion. Sounds like you have things under control too. Good idea on your sleep study. Just make sure you take good care of yourself. Don't know if you are dieting or not, but I have been using the "Garcinia Cambogia" Extract as dietary supplement. It is 100% Pure and DOT safe. At my age I have to watch my waist line since no one else is. rofl-3.gif

You loose an average of 10lbs. a month. It's safe and not that expensive. Just a thought.

Glad thing are going well for you. Enjoy that motel/hotel while you can. It's sleeper berth city after this. It's good though.

Keep us posted on how things are. We are still here to help in any way we can.

Prayers for traveling mercies.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Congrats Train.....I bet your also warmer than I am in Wisconsin....

Train's Comment
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Tracy, thanks for the words of encouragement. I will be watching my diet in the weeks to come. One of the great things about Averitt is many of their service centers have workout facilities as well as showers. PJ, good luck in Wisconsin I do not envy you.

Today's orientation was all about benefits. The short of it is they offer excellent health, dental, vision, etc. They are very family oriented. There is a husband and wife team running for the company and both of their sons are employed by Averitt as well. I like the idea of uniforms. It presents a very professional look for the company. Oh well tomorrow is another day. I can't wait!

Train's Comment
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I really meant to post about the remaining days of orientation but got busy with other things. Anyway, I am back home for a couple of days. The rest of orientation went pretty smooth learning policies, procedures, safety, truckload specific information, safety, payroll, safety, and other stuff. Oh! did I mention we covered safety quite a bit? :) I will be contacting my trainer this afternoon to find out when to report. For now, off to Wally world for a few supplies.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Train, welcome to Averitt. I am a current driver as of Sept. 2013, I only have one piece of advice for you... If you want to succeed, you must know that you are being tested constantly during training. Do not give up.

Howard C.'s Comment
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Hello all. This is my first time posting on here. I am about to start cdl school in Lebanon, Tn and am in the process of choosing a company to get on with as a start and to learn the ropes. I LOVE physical activity so I am leaning toward a dedicated ( driver unload) or flatbed. I live in Hermitage, TN which is halfway between Nashville and Lebanon (20 min each way) and about one hour from Cookeville where Averitt has terminals in all three areas and hq in Cookeville. They sound like a good, buttoned up starter company. I met a few drivers and they seemed pretty happy. Is it advantageous to live near the terminals?

I have also been in contact with Maverick and spoke with one of there drivers who had been there for 10 years and said it was a quality company, good pay and home most weekends.

Any advice is appreciated.

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.

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.

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.

mountain girl's Comment
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... If you want to succeed, you must know that you are being tested constantly during training. Do not give up.

-RT

This cannot be emphasized enough. Congrats and good luck!

-mountain girl

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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... If you want to succeed, you must know that you are being tested constantly during training. Do not give up.

-RT

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This cannot be emphasized enough. Congrats and good luck!

-mountain girl

That was 9 months ago, look at me now! dancing.gif

Still good advice even now. In this new "division", I have been tested a few times and apparently I passed.

mountain girl's Comment
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Still good advice even now. In this new "division", I have been tested a few times and apparently I passed.

-RT

Yeah, I'm still green w/envy.

-mountain girl

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