Prime Or Western Express

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Eric C. (Easy E)'s Comment
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As a recent CDL recipient, I want to drive flatbed. As a husband, father, grandfather, I need to maximize my home time, but I need to pay the mortgage too. Can anyone give me some pro's con's for these two companies based on their experience? And yes, I know I am inviting disgruntled and former employees as well as those who are happy or content with their respective companies. I just need honest, first person experiences to draw from.

Thank you for any insight you can provide, positive or negative.

Best,

Eric

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Eric, you know I drive for Western. I love it here, but I find a lot of disgruntled employees here who complain about all sorts of things. Most of what they complain about I've never had any kind of issue with, so I'm thinking they just aren't cut out for this job.

After watching Daniel B. switch over to Prime, I would say they really seem to have a driver friendly operation going on. Their pay package is one of the highest paying gigs in the country for new entry level drivers. That's certainly something to consider.

The main thing in this decision is how you want to operate. I like to run like crazy and Western Express gives me that opportunity. I enjoy being able to be creative with my time management and the way I get things accomplished. I'm allowed to do those things in a way that makes my paycheck much heftier than most of the other company drivers I speak with so I'm happy with my situation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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