Favorite Trucking Companies

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Sun King's Comment
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My favorite company is the one that fits my needs.

I am being a little nosy here, Daniel. if you choose to share, have you started your started at your new company yet?

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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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.

Who in the world offers a brand new employee over a month of vacation time their first year? You must have been in management or a union somewhere. I've never heard numbers like that in my life for anyone.

Tracy W.'s Comment
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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.

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Who in the world offers a brand new employee over a month of vacation time their first year? You must have been in management somewhere. I've never heard numbers like that in my life for anyone.

Even management doesn't get that unless they are executives and have a negotiated compensation package. That is, unless you live in Europe...then the socialist environment means people get ridiculous vacation out of the box.

Tracy

Tracy W.'s Comment
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I'll put in my bid here also. Watkins Shepard!! Great company, treats drivers very well, pays actual miles driven, not the zip code to zip code scam many companies do. Mostly Dry Van , good long runs nationwide (and Canada if you like). About 20 terminals around the country. New trucks, upgrading trailers, good benefits.

They have treated me very well, and I love driving for them.

www.wksh.com or call recruiting at 800-392-2470

Tracy

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.

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.
Indy's Comment
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I'll put in my bid here also. Watkins Shepard!! Great company, treats drivers very well, pays actual miles driven, not the zip code to zip code scam many companies do. Mostly Dry Van , good long runs nationwide (and Canada if you like). About 20 terminals around the country. New trucks, upgrading trailers, good benefits.

They have treated me very well, and I love driving for them.

www.wksh.com or call recruiting at 800-392-2470

Tracy

How's the home time?

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.

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.
Indy'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.

Oh, c'mon... there has to be sumthin' to gripe about...

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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Oh, c'mon... there has to be sumthin' to gripe about...

Nope. Of course I've heard a few drivers griping, but they're probably the same ones that would gripe anywhere. Honestly, there's nothing I would choose to complain about. I work 10-12 hour days, which is the ONLY thing I could even think to gripe about, but hey ... that's trucking. Especially local trucking. Even dispatchers work long hours. I don't think many people work banker's hours in the trucking industry.

I have absolutely nothing but high praise for Old Dominion Freight Line.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Indy's Comment
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Yep, I believe you. I've yet to hear or read an OD driver say anything disparaging about their company. And every time I see an OD driver out on the road I always think how content that guy looks... and always wonder if that might Mr. Six String ... do you ever go by the Indianapolis terminal. I see lots of OD trucks going across I70 east of Indy... Just noticed that lately... I'm thinking it's a sign...lol

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.

Tim's Comment
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I'll put in my bid here also. Watkins Shepard!! Great company, treats drivers very well, pays actual miles driven, not the zip code to zip code scam many companies do. Mostly Dry Van , good long runs nationwide (and Canada if you like). About 20 terminals around the country. New trucks, upgrading trailers, good benefits.

They have treated me very well, and I love driving for them.

www.wksh.com or call recruiting at 800-392-2470

Tracy

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.

Nice they sound like a nice company I just looked at their website. Thank you for your response, so many companies out there to choose from.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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My dad used to drive for, what I think is a small outfit, KBT in or near Covington KY. Said they were the best to him for OTR.

My father in law used to drive for Ruan up in Ohio somewhere... he liked them

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.

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