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Kerry L.'s Comment
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Run a search on YouTube for Sweet Express or any of the companies for that matter. Granted some of the videos are rants from drivers and way too long. Some are company info-vids from the companies also

Sweet Express actually has some videos from a driver ( recent videos) and he said that he loves driving for them. I really haven't found anything negative about the company. Truthfully, I am a bit surprised that they are willing to consider me because I have a laundry list of issues that I bring to the table. Sweet Express really seems like one of those companies that drivers with my collection of issues have to wait until possessing a year of experience before even being considered. I guess this driver shortage thing might really be a thing?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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I typed a WHOLE PM to you on another forum my husband uses, (re: Sweet Exp.) and I can't send it because your profile is set to private, or something!!!

If you fix that, I'll send it... or copy & paste it here, if nothing else. It's kind of 'link specific' but I'll try!!

~ Anne ~

That other forum, well, they decided they didn't want me anymore. Another member kept trolling me and I was responding to him telling him about himself. I would report the messages that were getting a bit personal, asking that something be done about this person. Well, I guess that someone decided that I was the problem.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I typed a WHOLE PM to you on another forum my husband uses, (re: Sweet Exp.) and I can't send it because your profile is set to private, or something!!!

If you fix that, I'll send it... or copy & paste it here, if nothing else. It's kind of 'link specific' but I'll try!!

~ Anne ~

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That other forum, well, they decided they didn't want me anymore. Another member kept trolling me and I was responding to him telling him about himself. I would report the messages that were getting a bit personal, asking that something be done about this person. Well, I guess that someone decided that I was the problem.

LoL...gotcha! We don't play over there, anymore either!!

The gist of it all is the 'safety score percentile,' for Sweet, compared to Pride and DML... Check it out, when you have time!

Best to ya,

~ Anne ~

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.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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Update: In light of recent information provided to me, my top preferred companies has changed. They are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Dutch Maid Logistics

May Trucking Company

Pride Transport

Tyson Foods

Now, I have a list of "will also consider" companies (in alphabetical order):

Bulkley Trucking

Butler Transport

CFI

deBoer Transportation

JBS Carriers

KLLM

Knight Transportation

Navajo Express

Paschall Truck Lines

Western Dairy Transport

West Side Transport

Witte Brothers Exchange

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Update: In light of recent information provided to me, my top preferred companies has changed. They are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Dutch Maid Logistics

May Trucking Company

Pride Transport

Tyson Foods

Now, I have a list of "will also consider" companies (in alphabetical order):

Bulkley Trucking

Butler Transport

CFI

deBoer Transportation

JBS Carriers

KLLM

Knight Transportation

Navajo Express

Paschall Truck Lines

Western Dairy Transport

West Side Transport

Witte Brothers Exchange

Want to note that this list is pared down from roughly 80 submitted applications.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Update:

I received an email from a company (RBX out of Springfield, MO) that saw my profile on Ziprecruiter. The email was an invitation to apply for a driving position. I usually don't put much stock in these because I have no driving experience listed on my profile and usually these emails come from companies wanting 2 years of experience. But, I checked out the job listing and it said nothing of experience being required, so I submitted an application.

Within a few minutes, I was receiving messages from a recruiter. Well, here is a screenshot of the conversation...

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Ok, so it took several screenshots. Figured it would be better to just upload the conversation and allow anyone who so desires to read it, as opposed to recalling the whole conversation.

RBX was not on my RADAR at all, so now I am scrambling trying to gain information about this company. If anyone knows anything, please share. I am looking for a company that does well in training drivers, has true 48-state OTR (or at least frequently runs out west so that I can see Southern California again periodically), hauls refrigerated (preferred), and allows pets. So, please do tell if you have any information on RBX and if it seems like it would be a good fit. Obviously, I am going to ask my recruiter about these things, but firsthand knowledge from a driver's perspective is pretty good, too.

Thanks to anyone who chooses to respond.

~Kerry

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

BK's Comment
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Kerry, great posting, I like your ability to do those screenshots. Congratulations on your marriage. You drove before as I understand. Tell us about your prior experience. How old are you?

I for one enjoy your comments.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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Kerry, great posting, I like your ability to do those screenshots. Congratulations on your marriage. You drove before as I understand. Tell us about your prior experience. How old are you?

I for one enjoy your comments.

Alright, so I attempted to drive for TransAm. That experience can be read in further detail here:

1 year removed from CDL school

I do everything here from my phone and the phone I use (OnePlus 7 Pro) makes screenshots super easy by pressing two buttons simultaneously.

Thank you for the congrats. It's my first (and last) marriage, so I am learning more and more every day. Also, we have our first child on the way, too (which are both firsts for my wife, also).

Age: 43 and feeling younger every day.

Your positive energy is fabulous.

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.
CM59's Comment
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Oh, I was glad to see May on that list. Haha. I was only on the 48-state reefer division for three months before switching routes so I don’t have a ton of experience with that.

Great people there. My dm was in Lebanon TN and he was amazing. They’re pretty forgiving about hiring and give you the reigns on safety. I honestly can’t speak about the pay and mileage. Pay seems to be changing frequently and I don’t remember the mileage.

I did 3 weeks on, 3 days off out of FL. Would go up to Kansas usually then beeline for Colorado/Idaho. Spend most my time there, and in Washington or California.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

CM59's Comment
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Sorry to double post. I meant to mention the reefer was useful and a double edged sword. Loading/unloading was usually a few hour process but it was flexible. I picked up building materials in that once or twice to get me out of FL.

I’m not one to chime in, but experience wise it’s not that much different from dry van. Setting the reefer was a five minute demo and my trainer was dry van. I enjoyed the drone of the reefer after the first month but I don’t miss it.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

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