I’m Goin With Western Express This Wednesday

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Jammer a's Comment
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Hey y’all jammer again well I’ve changed my mind again lol! I’m goin with western express they gave me a better feeling about the whole experience at orientation and we’re very honest with me about the whole process. Training pay how much I’ll be making after I go solo pay and my back ground etc... we’re completely honest about everything didn’t exaggerate the pay and let me know ahead of time my back ground won’t be a problem and actually made me feel respected !!! All my supervisors on my work history all said they don’t wanna lose me and that was good for them I’m excited 😀😀😀 told them I wanna work and want the miles ! They said that won’t be a problem ! Old school any info from you would be especially appreciated ! Wish me luck y’all Jammer😂😂

Rob T.'s Comment
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That's awesome news Jammer. You may not get an answer from Old School due to what he's currently dealing with medically but Georgia Mike will likely chime in at some point as a Western Express driver. You will find the same true about every company out there. Be safe, on time, communicate, and be professional and that alone will help you get on your dispatchers radar in a good way.

Dispatcher:

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Thanks rob that’s exactly what I intend to do once I got my orders done m pretty good at following them to a t! I’m not like other people I need them!! So that’s how I’m gonna treat this whole experience thanks for responding man I’m all pumped up for this I hope old school is ok me and my entire family send our prayers his way!!! Georgia man led me bout will be greatly appreciated

That's awesome news Jammer. You may not get an answer from Old School due to what he's currently dealing with medically but Georgia Mike will likely chime in at some point as a Western Express driver. You will find the same true about every company out there. Be safe, on time, communicate, and be professional and that alone will help you get on your dispatchers radar in a good way.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm STOKED for ya too, Jammer ~!!

Western Express is a FINE company; as it's been said numerous times over... ie: Old School, Georgia Mike, .. and countless OTHERS!

Your experience is just that, it's what YOU make of it! It'll be YOURS, to OWN~!!

Major kudos; and PLEASE start a diary, if/when you have time, good sir. Flatbed or van, btw???

Best wishes, for sure~~!!!

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~ Anne ~

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Van!! Till I get good at driving then flat bed !! And thanks😀

I'm STOKED for ya too, Jammer ~!!

Western Express is a FINE company; as it's been said numerous times over... ie: Old School, Georgia Mike, .. and countless OTHERS!

Your experience is just that, it's what YOU make of it! It'll be YOURS, to OWN~!!

Major kudos; and PLEASE start a diary, if/when you have time, good sir. Flatbed or van, btw???

Best wishes, for sure~~!!!

good-luck-2.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck-2.gif

~ Anne ~

Jammer a's Comment
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Hey Mikey b . Does westerns trucks come with refrigetors already or do I need to buy 1 and I hear this is peak season for shipping so that being said how do I get my dm to keep me rolling so I can keep the checks flowing I need to figure out time management and such just any tips you can bless me with I’ll really appreciate them!! I’m excited for this I’m starting out dry van then go from there

Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Georgia Mike's Comment
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Hey dude I drive for western. Bring money to orientation. Your gonna need it. what terminal are you doing orientation at?

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.

Georgia Mike's Comment
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Hey Mikey b . Does westerns trucks come with refrigetors already or do I need to buy 1 and I hear this is peak season for shipping so that being said how do I get my dm to keep me rolling so I can keep the checks flowing I need to figure out time management and such just any tips you can bless me with I’ll really appreciate them!! I’m excited for this I’m starting out dry van then go from there

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Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

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No the trucks are pretty bare bones. They tried the bells and whistles and people started stealing. They do not allow fridges but they do allow max 400 watt inverter any Coleman electric cooler

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Hey Mikey b . Does westerns trucks come with refrigetors already or do I need to buy 1 and I hear this is peak season for shipping so that being said how do I get my dm to keep me rolling so I can keep the checks flowing I need to figure out time management and such just any tips you can bless me with I’ll really appreciate them!! I’m excited for this I’m starting out dry van then go from there

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Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

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No. Georgia Mike hit it right on the head. The trucks are as bare bones as they can get. You will have a wall mount for a tv and that's about it , there's a coax antenna hookup and a basic antenna built in. I have a hard wired 2000 watt inverter with a 300amp inline breaker installed in my truck along with a 40qt igloo iceless cooler (works great btw) a microwave, instapot, tv, 12v fan etc in my truck. The inverter has been seen and discussed at 5 terminals and nobody has complained about it. I installed it right however so it's not gonna burn the truck to the ground.

As far as the miles, you can expect anywhere from 1800-3300 per week. The best way to get your DM to keep you moving is to prove you can handle SAFE ontime pick up and delivery. My last 8 weeks miles starting last week working back are 2626, 2846, 2651, 2279, 2492, 2735, 2718, 3308. And I take a reset every weekend. Some weeks are less some are more but 2500 is pretty good. If you are consistently getting less than 2000 every week you are doing something wrong. DO NOT FALL FOR THE LEASE PURCHASE. Take your time, dont ever feel rushed during turns or parking, traffic can and will wait. Watch your right turns, move the mirror if needed but right turns where you didn't have enough room and clipped something with the right side of the tandems or trailer is the number one reason for newbie accidents.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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