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Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Eric S.

Welcome to the TT forum~!

Just so you know, Miss Laura (IDMtnGal) has a way of understanding you 'male' drivers, that kinda speak cattywampus.. like my husband.

I didn't glean from your first post if you were complementing or castrating Western, TBH.

Here's my 2 cents. My husband has been driving for 20 years, for a TOTAL of six companies. 5 plus and current on this one, now... and almost 6 on the prior, but the bossman bailed out of the industry. He could pretty much go ANYWHERE and have a job. See, he's home daily, off weekends (usually,) and he brings the rig home. We are good.

Yes, Western is more lucrative on the Flatbed side; they'll tell you that, themselves.

And, my other half has NEVER left a driving job before at LEAST a year in. I think his shortest stint was with FX/LH for 2 years; hauling doubles from CLE to SAC. Teams, of course. That's what got 'old' for him; $ was good, tho!

Wish you well, Eric. I am in NO way shape nor form a 'Western Express' basher. I usually keep in touch with Abby there, on a daily basis. We're pals.

If you have any concerns/questions, let me know... I'll either bounce them for ya, or give you info to contact her.

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Jammer (where'd you go!?) Mentioned that in his opinion flatbed will pay the best at W.E. The sliding payscale for dry van means that the shorter the run the higher CPM , while a high mile run will pay a lower CPM.

Riiiiight ?!?

We ALL need our daily dose of the JAMMER, for sure. Look at him, kicking butte' ~!!!!

Half pun, I know.

I found Ernie, btw!

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Just so you know, Miss Laura (IDMtnGal) has a way of understanding you 'male' drivers, that kinda speak cattywampus.. like my husband.

LOL Anne! Having 5 brothers (I'm the oldest), married and divorced twice, widowed this last time, one son, was in the Air Force for 14 years on active duty and combined 11 yrs of OTR , I SHOULD know how to understand guys...I'm probably still a bit of a "tomboy" 😉

Laura

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Jammer (where'd you go!?) Mentioned that in his opinion flatbed will pay the best at W.E. The sliding payscale for dry van means that the shorter the run the higher CPM , while a high mile run will pay a lower CPM.

You are correct, flatbed pays better CPM. I don't however know what kind of weekly miles they get versus dry van.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Eric S.'s Comment
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Heard and understood sir. I’m actually going to team up with another driver as soon as my training is done. Having someone else out here to help me out if I’m ever in a position we’re I’m stuck or can’t figure it out would be invaluable. Plus the money couldn’t hurt.

Eric S.'s Comment
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Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid fellow rookie but ok

Eric you not stating anything factual. What you are saying is purely subjective. You worry should be solely on yourself and your performance. Not how a company looks to other people. I have no idea what you mean by “a company is only as good as its drivers”. I worry about myself and have never blamed a company. Don’t drink that terminal rat koolaide.

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Because I’m pointing out to the negativity that’s out there surrounding western. Everyone loves to blame the company,I’ve done it myself. But a company is only as good as its drivers 🤷‍♂️. Sure I sound like a bootlicker but im just stating facts.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

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Eric you not stating anything factual. What you are saying is purely subjective. You worry should be solely on yourself and your performance. Not how a company looks to other people. I have no idea what you mean by “a company is only as good as its drivers”. I worry about myself and have never blamed a company. Don’t drink that terminal rat koolaide.

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Because I’m pointing out to the negativity that’s out there surrounding western. Everyone loves to blame the company,I’ve done it myself. But a company is only as good as its drivers 🤷‍♂️. Sure I sound like a bootlicker but im just stating facts.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

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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.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Heard and understood sir. I’m actually going to team up with another driver as soon as my training is done. Having someone else out here to help me out if I’m ever in a position we’re I’m stuck or can’t figure it out would be invaluable. Plus the money couldn’t hurt.

Having just listened to the audio - book Catch-22 your reasoning makes as much sense as much of the satirical reasoning in that book.

For example Milo bought eggs at 7¢ an egg and then sold them at 5¢ an egg but makes a profit because of the "syndicate."

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Heard and understood sir. I’m actually going to team up with another driver as soon as my training is done. Having someone else out here to help me out if I’m ever in a position we’re I’m stuck or can’t figure it out would be invaluable. Plus the money couldn’t hurt.

First.. You realize other people are looking at you thinking you are one of those u desirables that you frowned upon, right???

As a second chance company you will find people who dont meet the standards of other companies....including you. So dont put people down.

Secondly, teaming so someone else can help you is wrong and selfish. That person is not your trainer. Many team mates just go into the bunk and close the curtains. You are getting paid equally so why would they waste their break helping you with your screw ups?

Yes you could get someone willing to help. But you could be with someone with less experience than you! What if you are the one being asked to explain?

Good luck

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-One's Comment
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Whether I’m a rookie, or have been driving almost 3 years now, most with the same company, and never updated my status is not important. But what is, is when you blame your shortcomings and failures on the company that’s textbook terminal rat to me. Or you can work on being successful, bettering yourself, not hitting stuff, stick out a year, become a top tier driver, and than move on after the year if you still want to.

Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid fellow rookie but ok

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Eric you not stating anything factual. What you are saying is purely subjective. You worry should be solely on yourself and your performance. Not how a company looks to other people. I have no idea what you mean by “a company is only as good as its drivers”. I worry about myself and have never blamed a company. Don’t drink that terminal rat koolaide.

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Because I’m pointing out to the negativity that’s out there surrounding western. Everyone loves to blame the company,I’ve done it myself. But a company is only as good as its drivers 🤷‍♂️. Sure I sound like a bootlicker but im just stating facts.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

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Eric you not stating anything factual. What you are saying is purely subjective. You worry should be solely on yourself and your performance. Not how a company looks to other people. I have no idea what you mean by “a company is only as good as its drivers”. I worry about myself and have never blamed a company. Don’t drink that terminal rat koolaide.

double-quotes-start.png

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Because I’m pointing out to the negativity that’s out there surrounding western. Everyone loves to blame the company,I’ve done it myself. But a company is only as good as its drivers 🤷‍♂️. Sure I sound like a bootlicker but im just stating facts.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

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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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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"Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid..."

You may have interpreted that statement about the kool-aid the wrong way. He was just telling you to not get caught up in all the rumors and negativity you may hear from other drivers at the terminal. We call them "terminal rats" and they do nothing but complain while trying to suck you into their sphere of negativity.

Stay above that and remain positive. That's all. Don't let their negativity bring you down.

Also, don't let a company's reputation influence you at all. Western Express might appear to have a lot of slackers and complainers driving for them, but remember, they also have a lot of successful drivers too. Just concentrate on trying to be one of those successful drivers👍

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

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

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