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Freightshaker185's Comment
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Hi guys and gals,

Between Tmc or Werner which company is the most dependable and better for those with little class a experience. I’ve been looking into both Tmc flatbed or Werner dollar general account.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Papa Pig has a diary on here showing his daily routine driving DG dedicated for Werner. So far, he's done well, but many do not.

We highly discourage any new driver from taking on the added risks: tight backing, multiple docking daily, and hand unloading of your trailers at each location.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would avoid working on any account that starts with "Dollar" for at least a year. They can be career enders before you even get started.

Dan F.'s Comment
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This is just my opinion but I think TMC would be the better option because of the skills you will learn in flatbed, and the amount of work you do at dollar general accounts in my opinion is not worth the amount of pay according to guys I’ve talk to that quit. They all said the same thing, going to places that were difficult to get in and out of who is really eating into their clocks are always stressed out. Your first year is going to be stressful Enough.

Freightshaker185's Comment
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Thanks for info guys I appreciate it, how is Tmc? Also another option is Schneider Walmart dedicated. Just looking for a decent start to trucking. Nothing too complicated. Any suggestions you all could give would be greatly appreciated

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks for info guys I appreciate it, how is Tmc? Also another option is Schneider Walmart dedicated. Just looking for a decent start to trucking. Nothing too complicated. Any suggestions you all could give would be greatly appreciated

I run Walmart Dedicated for Swift delivering perishable and non-perishables to stores and Sam’s in the north east region.

Find out if you are doing store deliveries or running vendor freight directly into Walmart DCs. Huge difference.

Steve L.'s Comment
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When I drove OTR for Schneider, they sometimes had me do Walmart dedicated (usually only about 3-4 days at a time) out of Washington Courthouse, OH and once out of PA to Eastern MD.

Both DC’s were great people to work with and the store people did all the unloading. I just had to observe and sometimes check off as they pulled each pallet.

As a driving experience, OH involved going on some interesting WV roads but no major problems. Going to MD stores traffic was very heavy when I went. Just take it slow, review your route plan ahead of time and ask for help if you’re unsure.

In my opinion, Walmart dedicated seemed very well organized and easier than something like Dollar General (logistically).

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.

Freightshaker185's Comment
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Again thanks for the input let me ask you all this what would you all suggest for someone in my shoes. I need to make around 50-60k a year and don’t care towork hard to get it. But I live in KY if you all have any suggestions of companies or routes. Also haven’t really looked into otr due to the fact I have a family but would I be better doing that for a while or continuing to look into dedicated routes

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Freightshaker185's Comment
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Just talked with a recruiter at Schneider and was told it was delivery to stores.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Freightshaker185, I can’t tell you what’s best for you. For me, I started with Schneider OTR Dry van and intended to stay with them.

After two years I found a company doing southeast regional , making the same money, but home weekly (often times more). Now I’ve been driving 5+ years and it all started here.

Your target income should be doable after the first year.

Should you go with Schneider, their Lebanon, TN (where I think you’d be managed) crew is top-notch.

I’m only speaking from my experience. Many large companies have great opportunities for you to succeed.

Do the High Road Training Program here to get a good start. And remember; you’re ALWAYS interviewing for the job.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.
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