Starting A New Career With Averitt Express

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Rolling Thunder'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

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Yeah, I'm still green w/envy.

-mountain girl

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Train's Comment
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Henry, I have been with Averitt for the past 10 months and I am pretty happy. I don't know much about our flatbed division but those guys do work hard. You might be interested to know that some of our larger service centers have exercise equipment in them. Nashville just finished a refurb of the driver lounge that included the addition of a treadmill, elliptical, and free weights. Other service centers have Nautilus style machines. When you think about the distance to the service center remember you only drive there once a week. For me that means I drive 30 miles a week round trip. Since you are just starting CDL school the only option I believe that will be open to you is regional truckload. you have to be in that position for one year before you can transfer to dedicated, flatbed etc. I hope this helps.

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.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dennis M.'s Comment
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I am interested in Averitt, seems like some drivers complained about low miles,low pay, how often does this happem?

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I am interested in Averitt, seems like some drivers complained about low miles,low pay, how often does this happem?

Well, I don't know. I, and many other drivers that I run with do not have that problem. You see, I do not hang around, and damn sure do not listen to the complainers. They are at every company and will complain about the same things no matter the name on the truck.

Here is what I do know. If you come to Averitt, come with a good, get it done attitude. By get it done I mean pick up and deliver on time... With a smile and kind words for the customer. NO COMPLAINING!

We cut up and joke around a lot which does have us dragging the bosses through the mud occasionally but it is always over a silly "complaint". You will immediately be able to tell the difference and I would suggest you only participate when you know it is light hearted. You never know who you are talking to. We all wear red (and black, talk to us. We will shoot you straight). You could think you are tslking to a fellow driver but it turns out you are talking to someone from corporate. It happens.

Most of the folks I deal with are top notch. The ones that aren't never hear from me again.

I don't know from experience as this is my first company to drive for, but, I believe this will be true wherever you land.

Good luck to you

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