Finally found a job and have some questions.

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  1. avrgus3r

    avrgus3r Bobtail Member

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    Hi, so I got my CDL recently but without experience it's really hard to find a company, but finally I did it. Just finished my orientation with Western Express and waiting for a trainer now. My experience so far is similar to other guys on this forum, but if you want me to I can tell more about it. Anyways I had to sign a contract with the company for 6 months, if I decide to leave or I'll get fired before that I have to pay $2500. That's understandable and to me this is probably only one option left until I get more experience so I can find something better. Also the company wants me to pay for such things as tow truck or abandoned truck, etc. My concern about WE so far is their trucks, those are in pretty bad condition, I feel like they going to make you drive a truck even if it's unsafe otherwise you'll get fired and if get fired you got to pay $2500. Obviously I don't want to risk my CDL or even freedom, I prefer to be fired than be in jail at this point. Can you give some advices how to deal with it? I know basics how do to pre-trip inspection but I'm not mechanic and I'm afraid I can miss something and will get in trouble. Also are there resources available to learn more about DOT violations and out of service? I need to understand better what to expect if miss something on my pre-trip and how they going to punish me for that. Thanks.
     
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  3. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    Did you go to CDL school thru western express? I’m guessing you did. Try not to overthink the whole thing.
    Nobody was a mechanic when they first started. Make sure tires and brakes and lights are working. No company can force you to drive an unsafe truck. There are repercussions if they try.
     
  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    I have been in situations where a truck would not start simply because of a bad fuse.

    Keep a pair of long-handled needle nose pliers with you -- & make sure you know where the spare fuses are on any truck they assign to you.

    This can save you the wasted time & effort in an otherwise preventable tow, or service call.

    Let a mechanic with Western Express tell you which fuse to pull & replace (if they decide a fuse is in fact the problem).

    Otherwise -- @bryan21384 drove for WE -- he can probably answer your questions.

    -- L
     
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  5. avrgus3r

    avrgus3r Bobtail Member

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    No I paid for a trucking school out of my pocket but WE wanted me to sign a contract.
     
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    austinmike Road Train Member

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    Ok. I’ve never heard of that. I guess at this point just do the best you can. You’ll figure things out as you go along. That’s how I did it. I knew nothing when I started.
     
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    North Pole Nightmare Medium Load Member

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    And all the paperwork in the truck,make sure nothings expired.Any time I got a different truck I would take the book into the office and go through it with the person in charge of that.Make sure nothing is expired or missing.Ask for time to check your truck over good when they assign it to you.Clean it up if needed,check everything over.
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Nothing wrong with a 6 mos contract with Western Express; especially the flatbed division.
    What you think @bryan21384
     
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    avrgus3r Bobtail Member

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    avrgus3r Bobtail Member

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    It is van OTR.
     
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