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Simon N.'s Comment
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I need help...I'm at Western express...I'm not ready for flatbed... I'm not ready to sign a contract... How do I get out of this company...i haven't done the 3 days securement training yet...

JuiceBox's Comment
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Why do you think you're not ready? It can be a bit overwhelming at first but you will can catch on very quickly. Sorry I cannot advise on your situation however, you're there and should follow through IMO.

PJ's Comment
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What’s up simon??? Contract???? They also have a dry van division... Have you been hired and given a driver number???

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.
Simon N.'s Comment
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Yes I got hired...not sure what my number is...they said I gotta do Flat bed since Louisiana is a Flatbed state....I only have 3 mos of Dry van exp...I love it.

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.
PJ's Comment
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Ok what’s the contract thing about??? Let me share a little with you. I’ve pulled boxs both dry and reefer as well as tanks. I never wanted flatbed. But the job I did ultimely wanted is pulling a flatbed. It’s intimidating but not all that hard. Old school started his flatbed career there. You say you have 3 mo exp pulling a dry van... I’m guessing it wasn’t there at Western Exp. You really need to re evaluate your decisions. IF you had a job 3 mo and left, now just getting in the door and ready to leave, that will make it very hard to get another job in this business with a good company. There are alot of flat bedders here so you have a great resource.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Simon N.'s Comment
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The contract is to work for a yr....I do have couple companies waiting for me I just have to wait 2 mos r 6 mos to join them...

PJ's Comment
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Didn’t you know this before going to western express????? I’d hate to see you make a mistake because of nerves that could possibly follow you for quite some time

PJ's Comment
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Why didn’t you just stay where you were at and wait the 2-6 months for the others. I am not intending to get into your personal business, jyst trying to understand your situation other than you went to western express and no want out of it

Simon N.'s Comment
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I would stayed a yr if I wouldn't have wrecked...

PJ's Comment
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Ah ok, I’m getting the idea. My best advice is to stay there since they were willing to give you a second chance. Learn all you can, and give back to them by being a safe and reliable driver. If you really hate it after a year then those others you mentioned will still be there. That wreck will haunt you for 3 yrs. They will train you on securement, and you can get all the free advice here you could ever need. You’ve started down a road with some potholes in terms of your career. Western Express has given you a second chance so I recommend you make the best of it and start proving you have what it takes. The last thing you need right now is any more negative information going on your DAC report.

I wish you the best

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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