Werner Regional / Dedicated Vs Western Express

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Mickey C.'s Comment
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In all honesty, I'd rather do flatbed, have 3 yrs with it. But, Werner, was the first company I went to, from trucking school, in '99. Therefore, I gave them a shot. But, if things don't work out, Western flatbed is where I will be heading. I would like to know, if the 40-44 cpm , that the recruiter told me I would get, is actually real. And, that the miles are consistent. Werner, is giving me .34, we shall see. As of now, bored, on a greyhound headed to Indy, for orientation, hoping they keep their promise to be home on / by Christmas. Have a 14 month old, that was hard to leave. But, bills gotta get paid, to keep a happy home.


Cents Per Mile

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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As of now, bored, on a greyhound headed to Indy, for orientation, hoping they keep their promise to be home on / by Christmas

Oh man, I hope so too! But geez....I don't know. It would have been nice to wait until after the holidays to get started to make sure you were home but I know what you mean about having to pay the bills. I don't have any kids but I have friends and family members with kids so I've seen Christmas with 14 month old kids. It's pretty much:

- Tear open every gift you see, even if it isn't yours

- Don't acknowledge anyone in the room even though they've spent 10 months planning for this moment

- Don't spend even two seconds looking at the gift you just opened. Grab the next one and go!

- Cry

- Laugh

- Poop

- Cry again when all presents are opened and there are no more

- Ignore all toys and play with piles of wrapping paper and cardboard boxes

- Poop (How much fiber is this kid getting for God's sake???)


Twisted sister 's Comment
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Where ever you go to work in this industry, you are the deciding factor in whether or not you are successful. You hold the keys in your hands to success or failure...If you've got what it takes to be a success at this it's not going to matter whether you go with Werner or Western. Just take a job and do it successfully and safely for one year and your opportunities will be wide open for you in this career.


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Thanks for the info im ready to make my decision thAnks again for the info ..


Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Deadhead Phil 's Comment
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This is some good stuff. Thanks!!

Eric C. (Easy E)'s Comment
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Well I am glad this thread is here. I have been driving since September 2016, started with Schneider on the Dollar General account. I brought up some safety concerns to my DM , and was told to suck it up or moved on, so I moved on to AV Carriers, out of Illinois, with a yard in Bloomington, CA. I have been hauling team freight for FedEx, UPS, Werner and Amazon for the last 7 months with AVC, giving me 9 months OTR. Definitely a newbie here, but fortunately I have had some great people give me excellent advice since I started.

AVC has really made life difficult the last few months, some weeks I get 1,000 miles, others I get 5,000 or more. The pay is decent too, .27cpm all miles, and if I run any solo, I get the whole .54 cpm. Not bad when they are running me. But they just cant keep the freight moving.

In the last two weeks I decided to make a change and have been checking out a bunch of different companies, and finally settled on dry van with Western Express. I want to get into the company, and more than likely move into the Flatbed division once I have a bit of consistent money in my pocket. If anyone has advice on the best way to work with WE, I'll take any advice I can get.

I'll let you know how it goes.


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.


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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


Cents Per Mile

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

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