Favorite Trucking Companies

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Tim's Comment
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Hey trucking truth what are some of your favorite truck companies to drive for and why?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Best Answer!

My favorite company is the one that fits my needs.

Every company has their strengths and weaknesses. Every driver has their priorities. It's up to the driver to find that company that fits their needs.

Example:

Prime's strength is their starting pay. But their downside is the lack of hometime.

Meanwhile, Roehl's strength is their Hometime, but they don't pay as well as Prime.

If Bob has three kids and wants to be home every week then he will not consider Prime as his ideal company. Roehl would be on his radar though.

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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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Best Answer!

My favorite company is the one that fits my needs.

Every company has their strengths and weaknesses. Every driver has their priorities. It's up to the driver to find that company that fits their needs.

Example:

Prime's strength is their starting pay. But their downside is the lack of hometime.

Meanwhile, Roehl's strength is their Hometime, but they don't pay as well as Prime.

If Bob has three kids and wants to be home every week then he will not consider Prime as his ideal company. Roehl would be on his radar though.

Need help choosing your first company? Click here!

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Old Dominion Freight Line.

Why? ODFL is a very successful company that is growing, evidenced by rising stock and terminal expansion / remodeling .57 cpm to start for linehaul. Plenty of miles and lots of freight. 1 week paid vacation after 1 year, 2 after 2 years, 3 around 8 years, 4 after 10 years. 7 paid holidays after 90 days employment , including your birthday (each holiday is over $20 an hour for 9 hours a day). Actually being home for those paid holidays and not at a truck stop. Company paid hotel stays for any layovers while doing linehaul - no sleeping at a truck stop. Benefits at a reasonable cost. Free benefits for just the driver if not insuring a dependent(s). Generous 401k company matching. Newer equipment. Preventative maintenance on all equipment every 30 days. Open door policy with management. Family atmosphere among drivers and at terminals. Hires student drivers.

I started at ODFL right from trucking school. Depending on the run schedule, rookies can earn over $1,000 a week AFTER all taxes and deductions - I know, I've done it consistently. But it's not just the money, this company fosters a family atmosphere and cares about its drivers - I've experienced it time and time again. My linehaul manager is a stand up guy. All the OD drivers I've met are willing to lend another driver a hand.

No place is perfect to work at, but I'd never want to work anywhere else but at Old Dominion. I had plenty of companies to choose from when I graduated trucking school, truckload or LTL. I chose OD and will probably be one and done. No need to go anywhere else for my career. I make enough for my wife to stay home, I get home every day and have two days off a week, and I love my trucking job.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Heavy C's Comment
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Old Dominion Freight Line.

Why? ODFL is a very successful company that is growing, evidenced by rising stock and terminal expansion / remodeling .57 cpm to start for linehaul. Plenty of miles and lots of freight. 1 week paid vacation after 1 year, 2 after 2 years, 3 around 8 years, 4 after 10 years. 7 paid holidays after 90 days employment , including your birthday (each holiday is over $20 an hour for 9 hours a day). Actually being home for those paid holidays and not at a truck stop. Company paid hotel stays for any layovers while doing linehaul - no sleeping at a truck stop. Benefits at a reasonable cost. Free benefits for just the driver if not insuring a dependent(s). Generous 401k company matching. Newer equipment. Preventative maintenance on all equipment every 30 days. Open door policy with management. Family atmosphere among drivers and at terminals. Hires student drivers.

I started at ODFL right from trucking school. Depending on the run schedule, rookies can earn over $1,000 a week AFTER all taxes and deductions - I know, I've done it consistently. But it's not just the money, this company fosters a family atmosphere and cares about its drivers - I've experienced it time and time again. My linehaul manager is a stand up guy. All the OD drivers I've met are willing to lend another driver a hand.

No place is perfect to work at, but I'd never want to work anywhere else but at Old Dominion. I had plenty of companies to choose from when I graduated trucking school, truckload or LTL. I chose OD and will probably be one and done. No need to go anywhere else for my career. I make enough for my wife to stay home, I get home every day and have two days off a week, and I love my trucking job.

6string I could've sworn I was reading the next OD recruiting brochure when I started reading this. rofl-2.gif

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Yeah he's selling his OD LTL crack again!

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LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Tim's Comment
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My favorite company is the one that fits my needs.

Every company has their strengths and weaknesses. Every driver has their priorities. It's up to the driver to find that company that fits their needs.

Example:

Prime's strength is their starting pay. But their downside is the lack of hometime.

Meanwhile, Roehl's strength is their Hometime, but they don't pay as well as Prime.

If Bob has three kids and wants to be home every week then he will not consider Prime as his ideal company. Roehl would be on his radar though.

Need help choosing your first company? Click here!

Thanks for giving your opinion, it really is about what fits your lifestyle the best. When I choose a company I like to look at the health benefits to see what they offer and how much it will cost me from the get go, home time and pay of course.

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.

Tim's Comment
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Old Dominion Freight Line.

Why? ODFL is a very successful company that is growing, evidenced by rising stock and terminal expansion / remodeling .57 cpm to start for linehaul. Plenty of miles and lots of freight. 1 week paid vacation after 1 year, 2 after 2 years, 3 around 8 years, 4 after 10 years. 7 paid holidays after 90 days employment , including your birthday (each holiday is over $20 an hour for 9 hours a day). Actually being home for those paid holidays and not at a truck stop. Company paid hotel stays for any layovers while doing linehaul - no sleeping at a truck stop. Benefits at a reasonable cost. Free benefits for just the driver if not insuring a dependent(s). Generous 401k company matching. Newer equipment. Preventative maintenance on all equipment every 30 days. Open door policy with management. Family atmosphere among drivers and at terminals. Hires student drivers.

I started at ODFL right from trucking school. Depending on the run schedule, rookies can earn over $1,000 a week AFTER all taxes and deductions - I know, I've done it consistently. But it's not just the money, this company fosters a family atmosphere and cares about its drivers - I've experienced it time and time again. My linehaul manager is a stand up guy. All the OD drivers I've met are willing to lend another driver a hand.

No place is perfect to work at, but I'd never want to work anywhere else but at Old Dominion. I had plenty of companies to choose from when I graduated trucking school, truckload or LTL. I chose OD and will probably be one and done. No need to go anywhere else for my career. I make enough for my wife to stay home, I get home every day and have two days off a week, and I love my trucking job.

Thank you for your opinion, that really does sound like a nice job I see these trucks on occasion.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Old Dominion Freight Line.

Why? ODFL is a very successful company that is growing, evidenced by rising stock and terminal expansion / remodeling .57 cpm to start for linehaul. Plenty of miles and lots of freight. 1 week paid vacation after 1 year, 2 after 2 years, 3 around 8 years, 4 after 10 years. 7 paid holidays after 90 days employment , including your birthday (each holiday is over $20 an hour for 9 hours a day). Actually being home for those paid holidays and not at a truck stop. Company paid hotel stays for any layovers while doing linehaul - no sleeping at a truck stop. Benefits at a reasonable cost. Free benefits for just the driver if not insuring a dependent(s). Generous 401k company matching. Newer equipment. Preventative maintenance on all equipment every 30 days. Open door policy with management. Family atmosphere among drivers and at terminals. Hires student drivers.

I started at ODFL right from trucking school. Depending on the run schedule, rookies can earn over $1,000 a week AFTER all taxes and deductions - I know, I've done it consistently. But it's not just the money, this company fosters a family atmosphere and cares about its drivers - I've experienced it time and time again. My linehaul manager is a stand up guy. All the OD drivers I've met are willing to lend another driver a hand.

No place is perfect to work at, but I'd never want to work anywhere else but at Old Dominion. I had plenty of companies to choose from when I graduated trucking school, truckload or LTL. I chose OD and will probably be one and done. No need to go anywhere else for my career. I make enough for my wife to stay home, I get home every day and have two days off a week, and I love my trucking job.

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Thank you for your opinion, that really does sound like a nice job I see these trucks on occasion.

Agreed! This sounds like a wonderful gig. The ONLY part I would disagree with is the vacation time. While this may be generous compared to some other trucking companies, having to work a full year for 1 week off is actually pretty stingy. My last two jobs (unfortunately not driving positions) have both STARTED me off with 4 to 5 weeks of vacation time PLUS a 7 to 10 company holidays IN the first year. After much reading and research, I wholeheartedly think that pay and benefits are the main reason why companies have such a hard time attracting and keeping drivers on their payroll. Sure there are other reasons as well, but compensation has got to be the big one that causes the majority of the turnover in this industry. All that said, If I were looking for a driving position today... I'd definitely put ODFL at the top of my list for many of the reasons 6 String lists in his post.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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6string I could've sworn I was reading the next OD recruiting brochure when I started reading this. rofl-2.gif

I know, I thought the same thing after I read it. Sheesh.....

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Yeah he's selling his OD LTL crack again!

smile.gifrofl-3.gif

It'll make you feel goooooddddddd!

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LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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