Is Western Express A Good Company To Start With?

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Anthony P.'s Comment
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I got my class A with tanker endorsement in 2013 but I also plead guilty to a felony the same year. My license was not affected. I've been driving dump trucks for the county since 2015. I'd like to know if Western Express is a good company to start with?
PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth! With what you wrote in the header about your past history, any company that will hire you will be your best bet. I would recommend filling out as many applications as possible, then choose from those companies that are willing to take you on.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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PackRat is right. With a recent felony you're going to be lucky to find anyone to give you a shot. I would apply like crazy everywhere and see if anyone offers you an opportunity. Don't waste your time researching companies. Very few will hire someone with a fairly recent felony like that.

Yes, Western Express is indeed a great company to start with.

Tractor Man's Comment
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One of our Moderators on this forum got his start with WE. He is currently kicking ass and taking names in the Industry. Type Western Express in the search box on the home page. Good luck and welcome to the forum!

Anthony P.'s Comment
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Thanks for your replies.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Western is a known “second chance” company. They are fairly lenient in giving a chance. TBH, if they turn you down, your options are pretty close to nonexistent at that point.

You may be forced to wait for a few years to get a chance.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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But driving dump truck is not a bad gig. Good things come to those who wait. Keep looking for your next employer and driving at the same time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Anthony, I started my trucking career at Western Express. I built a great foundation for success while there. Here's the thing about starting an Over The Road trucking career: it's just tough. It's just not that critical where you start. What's critical is being able to roll with the punches while starting an incredibly challenging career.

The challenges come from so many different directions that most people (about 95%) never even make it to their first year anniversary. Most of the time they are so inexperienced that they don't even know what knocked them out of the saddle. So they blame the company. They don't even recognize the challenges are from a radical career change. They can only think it has to be that I chose a bad company to start with. Of course they can find 10,000 other newbies like them who are fomenting the same foolishness online. So, it must be true.

Look, if you want to start an OTR driving career, and Western Express is willing to give you a start, I'd jump all over it. Realize you're going to experience the same frustrations that all rookies face, and feel free to ask us questions in here. We can help you sort it out and make sense of the issues you're facing. That's what we do here. There's no other place like this website for helping rookie drivers make this transition.

We don't fall for that "good company/bad company" nonsense. You're either a good driver or you're not, and we know how to help people become the best of the best out here. We've got Top Tier Drivers from many of the major carriers in the country. Each of them has been successful at the same companies that are slandered online incessantly. That means we have figured something out that hundreds of thousands of people have not been able to do. We enjoy sharing our insights with others. If you need our help, we are here for you.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anthony P.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone for the encouragement and great information, it's truly appreciated.

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