Poor equipment. Had truck less than 24 hours and it broke down. Management lacked any knowledge or ability to help. Took awhile to get a loads.
Home time sucks. The pay would not be so bad if I got the promised miles. Too many live unloads and loads for teams. Recruiter lied.
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I drove from Ohio to nc trk broke down for 2 weeks, in a hotel gave me plenty to find another job,f this company stay far away,rude,micro,rude management, camera facing driver
Low pay low miles truck was junk always in shop and shop never fix anything DM lie about appointment times gave false pickup numbers sent many request for correct pk up # never got home when requested.
Home time is a joke. Husband with company less than 3 months and they do all they can get make sure he didn't come home. Original DM up and quit now I see why, new DM can't seem to handle extra driver load so she doesn't care. Was hoping this was going to be a good company but it turns out we were wrong. More interested in the bottom line than making sure their drivers are happy.
Many drivers at USA Truck make a
good living. They have their share of lazy drivers that don't do post trips on
the trailers and leave the problems for the next driver, then the next driver
complains about USA Truck having junk trailers.
Q: does anyone no if usa truck runs all 48 states
A: Yes they do
A: No they claim to, but don't expect to see the west coast but MAYBE and I do mean MAYBE once a year.Full Discussion
Q: Noticed that a good many drivers here at USA Truck, are going thru Quality Leasing to become Owner Op. Was wanting to know how things are working out for those guys. Are you getting good miles? What are they paying per mile? And how much of a fuel surcharge are you getting? After all the fixed costs are taken out, what kind of $ amount are you bringing home? Any info will be appreciated. Thxs
A: .98 loaded, .94 empty, .13 FSC as of today. There were supposed to be some changes to the contract but I haven't went by to see what they were. My truck payment is 550 a week and my other fixed costs are 223 for a total of 773. After discounts I spend between 800 to a grand for fuel. Miles for me are around 2500 to 3300. The most I've had in miles over here was almost 4000. Take home ranges between $1300 to 2000...hope this answers some questions.
Q: How was your experience with quality? I've seen many negative posts about how they don't have equiptment or the equiptment is no good...some are saying that quality doesn't back their word as far as repairs in a timely manner and things of that nature
A: I had a good experience with Quality. When you sign the lease, they give you a 30 day warranty to cover any mechanical issue with the truck. I had several issues with my truck in that 30 day period and they covered the repair costs, no questions asked.Full Discussion
I've been driving over a year now and spent 10 months with USA Truck before
finally ending my employment and going to work for a smaller company out of my
home state. I have decided to write a post dedicated to any wanna be drivers
thinking about going the route I went and having my school semi paid for and
signing a year contract.
First off, I don't have the best credit, I didn't have a job and I needed to do something fast to make money. I'm pretty safe to assume that's the situation for a lot of people going the route I did or, frankly, you would not choose this route. But as it was, it was the only viable option for me and probably for you.
It is important to understand that simple fact and I notice people forget it all the time. Let me explain. If I had money or could get a loan I would have paid for my schooling and started with a better company. I didn't so I understood I wasnt. As an example, I bought a car at a no credit used car lot and paid very high interest. That's my issue and I don't feel like I have a right to complain. On that same line of thinking, I went in knowing I have no right to complain about low pay. I signed on the line.
So, in essence, I'm writing this for those like myself who's options are limited.
1. The CDL school sucked. But who cares. You learn enough to hop the fence and pass your cdl test. That's all that matters. You will feel like you barely learned anything the day you leave with your CDL. Rest assured you will learn all you need to with your trainer and then after 3 months on your own you will start to finally feel a decent comfort level doing your job. It will not happen in 3 weeks of driving around cones so just accept that.
2. The time with your trainer will suck. It did for me. First off I had a crazy ####### trainer. After 3 days I said f-this and asked for a new one. Don't quit over a bad trainer. Ask for a new one. You will get taken advantage of. I drove 10 hour days with one break when my trainer wanted to. I got paid 350 or whatever it is they paid drivers during training. You will not make money during training so drive well and get upgraded.
On a side note being with a trainer sucks simply because you are stuck in a truck with another person for weeks on end. Do not ever go with a company that makes you drive team. It's the biggest con out there. The only way it makes sense is being a couple or married and the money is collectively shared. You see ads saying "make 90 grand a year team driving." Sweet but I'd rather make 45k a year and not be sleeping while the truck is moving.
3. You will not make any money your first year. It's just the way it is going this route. First off, you don't make any money with these big companies anyway, let alone when you just start. .28 cents a mile times 2200 miles= crap. Learn how to drive, don't get any tickets or accidents, threaten to quit after 6 months unless you get a better truck and a raise and problem solved(kinda).
4. Get along with your dispatch. I had the best dispatch ever then he went on a split shift and for 3-4 days a week I had the worst dispatch ever. I didn't get along with him and I paid for it- literally.
5. You won't go home. Sure they tell you that you can go home every two weeks for two days and you can. But you won't make any money. It's hard enough to get decent miles on a 7 day week good luck on a 5 day week. I stayed out 3-4 weeks at a time and got home 3 to 4 days a month. Luckily for me I was going through a bad breakup so I didn't want to be home. Once we worked things out and wanted me home more, being gone 28 days a month quickly loses its appeal. And remember you are gone 28 days a month for 400 dollars a week.
6. Remember, you will not make any money. It gets hard sitting in the same truck stop for two days a 100 miles away from home asking yourself why you are doing this for 400 dollars a week. Think about it like I did. One year out of your life to get the job you want in the future. It's a sacrifice.
For me that sacrifice was and is worth it. I now have a job making .39 cents a miles plus tons of extra pay plus home on weekends averaging almost 3000 miles a week. I make good money now, I'm home more and much happier but I couldn't have taken this job without all the driving experience I suffered through and mistakes I made.
Keep your license clear and clean. I've been driving 13 months with no tickets, no accidents and 2 clean inspections. A clean license is a ticket to much better jobs in the future.