crst orientation

Discussion in 'CRST' started by Temptinfates, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Temptinfates

    Temptinfates Light Load Member

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    I have prior experience. Most companies would not recognize it because it was too long ago, so I had to do the refresher/contract thing. I can't leave without owing for the contract. Actually, the company itself has not been my trouble. I have a good FM and a decent truck right now. Heck, I don't even mind so much teaching someone what their trainer apparently didn't. Attitudes are a different story.

    Had a little dispute with this guy over HOS and the 34 hour restart rule. He had this idea that it was mandatory when you hit your 70. I told him that it was optional. Then we had to go through the regs, with him reading trying to prove me wrong. Then he ran up against words like "may". It amazes me that when you tell someone that you have seven years exp driving they assume you have never read the regs. Then they try to prove you are wrong because they have 3 months exp. lol, its just silly. He called the safety man, but never got a return call on it. I told him we were just in carlisle, why didn't you go talk to him?

    My experience with the company itself has not been a bad one. If I find a decent co-driver, it could be a decent gig. I have had a good trucking job before. CRST is not the worst company I have ever driven for. I told this guy that and explained to him about one of the companies I had driven for before to prove my point.

    It's not CRST's fault that this guy didn't like to shower. After I had a talk with him, and told him we could get a shower, he said "ok, let's get this done". Wow, taking a shower was a chore to this guy..

    I would like to know why his trainer did not teach proper coupling techniques, or teach him that gas stations are not truckstops.

    Hopefully, I will get a decent co-driver this next go-around. I made ok money, and we ran pretty good. Like I said, I have a good FM, and I think that makes a big difference.
    Temptinfates
     
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  2. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    yea for sure, and yes a 34 is optional, when i was with werner i never used it till my recaps went bye bye, but with crst me and my partner worked it where we each got a 34 hour reset, so it was all good
     
  3. michiganflatbedder

    michiganflatbedder Bobtail Member

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    I have 14 yrs experience and now since kids are older, my wife is ready to drive and we are going to team. We have been looking into companies that takes recent grads and also lets experienced drivers train their spouces. CRST has been the only one weve found.

    except for trying to find a good co-driver, how is crst??

    I know the pay sucks for newbies but we should do ok with my experience. I just want to keep moving, will they keep us moving?

    Just looking for somewhere that I can train wife. She doesnt want to go out with a stranger. After she gets some experience we will look for a better gig.

    Any input on how the company is will be greatly appreciated. TY
     
  4. mattbnr

    mattbnr Road Train Member

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    well all i can say is the average miles a week are about 4500 for a truck. top runners are getting about 6500. The one thing i love about the company is they take care of the trucks and trailers. If something needs fixed they will get it fixed. They don't want you running something that you don't feel is safe or doesn't work right. They are in a "expanding" phase right now and trying to increase the fleet by at least 20 trucks a month for the next 13 months. They just got some new freight so everyone is moving. All in all i like it so far but ive only been with them about a month so im not the best one to ask. Get a good co driver seems to be the main argument of all the drivers. Too many trucks end up sitting cause one driver doesn't like the other and they get in a argument and one leaves the truck.
     
  5. michiganflatbedder

    michiganflatbedder Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Matt. This is like Im starting all over again. Ive been working for small companies doing flatbed but I know how the big companies work, that hasnt changed...lol With CSA starting, having good well maintained equipment is a big thing.

    She starts school next month and when done we will head to orientation. Maybe well see u out their...be safe.
     
  6. Temptinfates

    Temptinfates Light Load Member

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    You need three things: A good running truck, a good FM. and a good co-driver.
    Next, you need to learn the way the company runs (system). Run your loads and build trust for on-time deliveries. When you get air-freight, do everything you can to deliver early or on-time. As you "prove" yourself and "the airfreight people" get to know your truck, things can get pretty good. A good FM can run the dog ^&%$ out of you. Some FM's are not that good, I hear. So, if you get a decent FM, do what you can to keep him or her. Once they "know" they can rely on you, then they seem to run you better.
    Sometimes you sit, and sometimes you run. Sometimes there really is no freight running in an area. Try to deliver loads before night or weekend dispatch...some of them don't seem to have a handle on things and want you to do things that make no sense whatsoever and are perfectly willing to waste your time. So, try to avoid this and do all you can to let your FM do the dispatching, if possible. Hope this helps.
    Temptinfates
     
  7. road dust

    road dust Road Train Member

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    Hi ya, ccolvin! Did you ever get back to driving or did you decide to go to school instead?
     
  8. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    right now i am going with us xpress, since they are the only ones that will take me with my termination from werner for doing a uturn. so working on getting back on the road
     
  9. road dust

    road dust Road Train Member

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  10. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    yea gonna need it, having a hard time getting back on the road with this termination on my dac, but it was my own fault
     
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