CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

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Smart C.'s Comment
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Hi All,

If I end up at CRST, how easy is it to get on with a company where I can become solo OTR? I really don't want to team, however, I'm willing to stick it out for the ten month contract as my options are limited.

OTR:

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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CRST does have a few solo opportunities. They do own Pegasus. Pegasus is solo drivers for the most part.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Hi All,

If I end up at CRST, how easy is it to get on with a company where I can become solo OTR? I really don't want to team, however, I'm willing to stick it out for the ten month contract as my options are limited.

Stick it out for your FULL 1ST YEAR and then ask your DM if you can switch to the Dedicated services division. They should have a few dedicated solo routes you could do. Ask a CRST recruiter if you are unsure.

OTR:

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.

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.
Smart C.'s Comment
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Hmm.. Interesting, never heard of that part of CRST. Sucks you cant transfer there for Solo before the end of the 10 month contract.

CRST does have a few solo opportunities. They do own Pegasus. Pegasus is solo drivers for the most part.

C T.'s Comment
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If you don't want to team, I'd highly recommend finding another carrier. We've had lots of disgruntled drivers come in here trying to get out of that contract. There are drivers that are happy there, but teaming is not for everyone. Starting your career with less than a year experience and a couple thousand dollars debt would be a tough hill to climb if you were to bail after signing up. There should be more options available depending on where you are.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Hi All,

If I end up at CRST, how easy is it to get on with a company where I can become solo OTR? I really don't want to team, however, I'm willing to stick it out for the ten month contract as my options are limited.

Welcome Smart. I am heading to CRST in May. I suppose you might say I have "new man's enthusiasm." I'm not at all ashamed to claim that, in fact, it feels good to get a foot in the door. However I want to ask you, if you don't mind, how come you don't sound very excited to be going there? Maybe I'm wrong, if so please forgive me I mean no disrespect at all. But when you say you're "willing to stick it out..." That doesn't sound very good to me. If this isn't where you want to go, you won't only be unhappy, you will also make others miserable as well. Anyway I hope the best for you and that you will be happy. Perhaps we will meet up someday.

OTR:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Guys, he's already there and he doesn't like it. We warn people all the time how tough it is to make a good start at this. Having to be a team driver just adds an extra element of difficulty onto this. We've talked about it a lot, but people still think it might be nice being tied up together in a closet sized space 24/7 with a total stranger. It's already tough being a rookie, but being confined in a truck that seldom stops is a really tough way to get this career started.

I don't know how many times we've had new drivers in here begging for some secret way they can break their contract at CRST. Those guys don't play. They are serious about this. You agreed to let them pay your way through training and they want to see you help them get their investment in you back. Teaming is tough, it takes two special people to make it work, and it's hard to come up with the right combination for success when all you've got to choose from is all the other desperate newbies who are there needing a team driver also.

His problem is not CRST. His problem is that he can't be a solo driver for the duration of his contractual agreement. Anybody starting out needs to weigh this heavily in their analysis about where to start. There are so many extra issues and problems that come with team driving. I would never recommend starting your career this way. It's just too tough for most people.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Wow. Sorry.

Smart C.'s Comment
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If you don't want to team, I'd highly recommend finding another carrier. We've had lots of disgruntled drivers come in here trying to get out of that contract. There are drivers that are happy there, but teaming is not for everyone. Starting your career with less than a year experience and a couple thousand dollars debt would be a tough hill to climb if you were to bail after signing up. There should be more options available depending on where you are.

I'm prepared to go to CRST because there is no other company I know of that doesn't care about employment history. My employmenthistory isn't terrible (just a lot of jobs, some overlapping, never fired) or anything...I'm just worried about the verification process AFTER ALREADY HAVING TRAVELED TO THE SCHOOL. It's not a risk I want to take. I've considered MILLIS because they check everything out BEFORE you leave. Not sure I'll be able to pay 500 dollars however.

Old School's Comment
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I must have misunderstood. So you haven't started yet?

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