On The Road Again...

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Buster's Buddy's Comment
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Seems I’ll soon be rejoining all you fine folks back out on the highways. I’ve maintained my Class A over the years, although I’ve let endorsements drop away as I’ve moved from state to state as a tour guide, driving Class B from the Grand Canyon to Alaska to Napa Valley. Since my Class A is 4 years stale, my options are pretty limited. I did consider starting from the very beginning and going back to school, but Western Express has made me an acceptable offer: dry van Western 11 at 26cpm over 600 miles. That last part kinda hurts. Less than I started at 5 years ago. It bumps to 34cpm between 200 & 600 miles, and is even higher for shorter runs, but that’s not a plus to me. I got spoiled running the 5000 mile Laredo-to-Quebec turnaround. I want to get back to being a truck driver, not a truck trailer-shuttler. But, it gets me back out on the road, and I only have to sign a 6 month contract. Then I can start looking for greener pastures 😉

I know WE has a bad reputation, but I looked into a lot of the reviews. A surprising number of the bad video ones are in the category l-did-something-incredibly-stupid-and-crashed-and-now-the-mean-people-are-firing-me. Most of the good ones are I-do-my-job-and-everything’s-fine. And I know WE has always received positive marks here, especially for those of us with limited options.

One of the best parts is training is only five weeks. I definitely need the refresher in handling the trailers and all the business aspects. But in much less time than starting all over I’ll get my own truck again, and Buster & I will once again be part of that band of gypsies going down the highway.

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.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Old School's Comment
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Welcome back - it's great to hear from you!

Don't let those reviews of Western Express cause you too much anxiety. They are just a trucking company. They are giving you a chance that no one else was willing to do, and that says a lot for them. I got a great start to my trucking career at Western Express. Remember, it's not your job to run the company or even worry about how they run it. You are a driver. You have enough troubles of your own to deal with. Your job is to make things happen in your sphere. As long as you can handle your job you will produce your own success.

I'm glad to see you back at it. Keep us posted if you can, and know we will be more than happy to give you some help if you need it. Again, it's great to hear from you.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Wow, it's been awhile!!!

Quite, to be honest. I pretty much 'signed up'here, (instead of lurking...lol) when you were 'kinda' around.

CFI wasn't interested in taking you back? You went to their school and everything, IIRC. >>>NOTHING against Western . . at ALL. If my dang 16 year old would grow up and move on, *haha!* .. I'm heading to Nashville, myself!

Buster looks great, btw!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Great to see you back on TT, and really great to read you're going to be back on the endless asphalt ribbon again soon!

Get back into the groove, then explore your options as these become available. Safe and steady drivers are always in demand.


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