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Robert W.'s Comment
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I have been out of the truck for about 51/2 years but want to start driving again and looking to sign up with western express. Is this a good company to work for? and will i get plenty of miles to keep me moving i have done flat bed but the company i worked for i did more sitting in truck stops waiting for a load then driving can someone please give me so advise?

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Old School's Comment
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Hello Robert!

I started my flatbed driving career at Western Express. I learned so much there about turning big miles and managing my time so I was productive. They will keep you busy as long as you can keep your appointments and prove to them how reliable you are. Frankly, that's true with most trucking companies.

Let me warn you about something. There are going to be hundreds of drivers at Western Express that will be complaining of the same issues you did in your first post here...

i have done flat bed but the company i worked for i did more sitting in truck stops waiting for a load then driving

A professional driver figures out why that is so, and then he takes the necessary steps to keep it from happening to him. I never waited on loads at Western Express, but just about anybody else I spoke with voiced your same concerns. Why do you think that is? It certainly wasn't some fault with the company. If it were, I would have had those same frustrations.

If you want to keep moving and turning big miles you have got to do a lot of things that others don't. Primarily you've got to run whenever they need you to. Run at night, run all weekend, run as soon as your ten hour break is up. You've got to communicate effectively with your dispatcher so he knows at least a day ahead exactly when you will be empty and available for the next load.

There's nothing fair or equitable about trucking. The best drivers get all the work. This is a performance based business. Be the best, and you'll get treated the best.

Be A Top Tier Driver


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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