Thinking About Going To Western Express To Do Flatbed

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Scherod D.'s Comment
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I wanted to know what everyone thoughts on Western Express trying to get my feet wet. You don't have to tell me I already heard the bad. My thing is I have to start with who's going to take me I have a drug charge on my record.

Big Scott's Comment
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Well guess what, the bad news is...... nothing. We have a superstar here who got his start there. Just look for posts by Old School. Have you seen our starter pack?

You came to the right place. We are here to help you succeed. You are the most important part of that success. Good luck.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Scott

"starter pack" rofl-3.gif

Chris

G-Town's Comment
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Scott

"starter pack" rofl-3.gif

Chris

I must be getting old(er),...Chris what’s so funny?

We call those links many things; “starter pack” is definitely appropriate.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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G-town

I think it is appropriate too, I just found the term starter pack funny...maybe I didn't get enough sleep

Chris

G-Town's Comment
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G-town

I think it is appropriate too, I just found the term starter pack funny...maybe I didn't get enough sleep

Chris

No worries...my curiosity kicked-in.

Old School's Comment
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Scherod, I started my trucking career at Western Express, in their flat bed fleet. I had a great experience, and built a good solid foundation for my trucking career there, but there's a caveat that I want to emphasize to you. Trucking can be a really cool experience and career. It is a lifestyle, much more than a job. You need to be "all in" if you really want to make it work. That commitment goes for both the lifestyle your engaging in and the company you're going to work for.

It just takes time to figure this whole trucking career thing out. Many people quit so early in their careers because they can't grasp an understanding of how it all works. They are accustomed to a regular type job with standard hours and hourly wages. None of that applies in trucking, and then on top of that you are pretty much on your own to figure it all out. You work long hard hours by yourself. There's no one nearby to ask questions of. There's nobody to hold your hand and help you out. It takes a determined individual who is capable of independent thinking to jump in here and make a successful run at it.

I had some issues getting hired myself, and Western Express gave me a shot. I can assure you it's a great place to work, but you will have to purposely avoid the naysayers. We call them Terminal Rats. There are going to be a lot of people there who have taken the attitude that they are going to endure whatever lousy treatment this company will give them just until they have a few months experience, then they are going to get a "real" trucking job. They are absolute idiots who will never make it at any trucking company. Avoid them, and shun their advice - it's poison.

This whole trucking career is "performance based." That simply means the folks who can make things happen out here get rewarded well for their extra effort. If you want to be treated like an idiot, you conduct yourself like one. If you want to be a successful professional driver, you perform like one. It really is that simple, yet success at this eludes most of the people who attempt it.

I had a trainer there who fit my description of an idiot. He even advised me to move on from the company after I had three months experience. He felt stuck there because he had some pretty bad things on his DAC report. If you end up with a trainer who is well below valuable, just learn what you can and figure out the rest once you're solo. Your whole experience there will depend on your approach to the job. In trucking we generally get what we deserve. That's the definition of a job that is "performance based."

Best of luck, and please stay in touch with us. You're going to have some issues (everyone does), and we will be more than happy to help you get through them. Oh, by the way, I worked at Western Express for sixteen months. I would have been more than happy to stay there much longer, but I received an offer that was just too promising to pass up. I'm still working that new job now, four years later.

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.

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.

Scherod D.'s Comment
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Thank you Old School for that information. I feel a litter better now about it. Your a big help

Scherod, I started my trucking career at Western Express, in their flat bed fleet. I had a great experience, and built a good solid foundation for my trucking career there, but there's a caveat that I want to emphasize to you. Trucking can be a really cool experience and career. It is a lifestyle, much more than a job. You need to be "all in" if you really want to make it work. That commitment goes for both the lifestyle your engaging in and the company you're going to work for.

It just takes time to figure this whole trucking career thing out. Many people quit so early in their careers because they can't grasp an understanding of how it all works. They are accustomed to a regular type job with standard hours and hourly wages. None of that applies in trucking, and then on top of that you are pretty much on your own to figure it all out. You work long hard hours by yourself. There's no one nearby to ask questions of. There's nobody to hold your hand and help you out. It takes a determined individual who is capable of independent thinking to jump in here and make a successful run at it.

I had some issues getting hired myself, and Western Express gave me a shot. I can assure you it's a great place to work, but you will have to purposely avoid the naysayers. We call them Terminal Rats. There are going to be a lot of people there who have taken the attitude that they are going to endure whatever lousy treatment this company will give them just until they have a few months experience, then they are going to get a "real" trucking job. They are absolute idiots who will never make it at any trucking company. Avoid them, and shun their advice - it's poison.

This whole trucking career is "performance based." That simply means the folks who can make things happen out here get rewarded well for their extra effort. If you want to be treated like an idiot, you conduct yourself like one. If you want to be a successful professional driver, you perform like one. It really is that simple, yet success at this eludes most of the people who attempt it.

I had a trainer there who fit my description of an idiot. He even advised me to move on from the company after I had three months experience. He felt stuck there because he had some pretty bad things on his DAC report. If you end up with a trainer who is well below valuable, just learn what you can and figure out the rest once you're solo. Your whole experience there will depend on your approach to the job. In trucking we generally get what we deserve. That's the definition of a job that is "performance based."

Best of luck, and please stay in touch with us. You're going to have some issues (everyone does), and we will be more than happy to help you get through them. Oh, by the way, I worked at Western Express for sixteen months. I would have been more than happy to stay there much longer, but I received an offer that was just too promising to pass up. I'm still working that new job now, four years later.

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.

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.

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