No loss of foot, leg, hand, or arm.
If you have recent OTR experience, you will most likely go directly into Orientation and then on the road with a co-driver. If you have other truck driving experience, we may or may not send you on the road with a lead driver. Your level of pay and whether or not you will need a lead driver will depend upon a number of factors, including the type of equipment you have been driving; how recent your experience is; whether it was local, regional, or OTR; and if it included driving in mountains, winter weather, and metropolitan areas.
Your experience is most likely different from every other driver, and how much credit we give you for your experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We generally give 100% credit for previous OTR time, 50% for regional experience, and 25% for local driving experience.
Please note that we offer a Train Your Partner (spouse, friend) Program, and we also have opportunities for you to become a lead driver (trainer).
Are you an experienced driver with a spouse, relative or friend who wants to learn how to drive a truck? Through our Train Your Partner Program, your partner can get their CDL training sponsored by CRST while you train them on the road in one of our trucks.
Here’s how it works:
We also have a special pay promotion for the Train Your Partner Program.
To qualify, you must have a minimum of six months OTR experience. This must include four months of winter driving in the last 12 months, to include driving OTR between the months of November and March. You also need the approval of our Operations and Safety Departments. Once approved, you would attend a brief Lead Driver Class where we would teach you how to train a student with a new CDL.
Some “summer lead drivers” do not have winter driving experience – they just go back to being a co-driver for the winter.
Please remember that all drivers are expected to immediately start driving with either their lead driver or co-driver following Orientation.
To find out which Orientation site you will be attending please ask one of our recruiters. If you have any questions before or during Orientation please contact us.
You must have the following IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS with you:
You should bring the following PERSONAL ITEMS with you:
What kind of TRANSPORTATION will I be taking?
Transportation to and lodging at Orientation are provided by CRST Dedicated to experienced drivers. Directions to the terminals are listed on our website www.drivecrst.com (see Orientation packets on the website).
Driving Personal Car – Your recruiter will provide you with directions to your selected Orientation terminal and also hotel location. This will also include phone numbers for both the terminal and hotel. Please bring in actual gas receipts (not prepaid receipts), showing number of gallons purchased and price per gallon.
Rental Car – Please contact your recruiter for details. Please bring in actual gas receipts (not prepaid receipts), showing number of gallons purchased and price per gallon.
Plane Tickets – If you purchase a plane ticket, you will do so on your own and also be expected to get from the airport to the Orientation location. However, CRST will reimburse you up to the cost of what the bus ticket would have cost. You must bring in your receipts for us to make this reimbursement.
How many miles can I run?
Our average length of haul is approximately 1,400 to 1,500 miles – the longest in the industry! This means more time working and less time waiting. Our commitment to the long-haul market provides you with consistent mileage all year long. Our teams can currently average over 4,800 to 5,100 miles/week.
How often will I get home?
Quality home-time for every driver is a priority at CRST. In fact, we guarantee it! Your fleet manager is responsible for getting you home on the day you request to be there – even if it requires an alternative form of transportation to make it happen. You are entitled to one day off for each week you are on the road. Keep in mind, the more you are available, the more miles you can run. Most drivers choose to remain available for 10-14 days at a time but some locations may have weekly home-time availabilities.
How much money can I expect to make?
Experienced professional driver first-year earnings depend on whether you run as a Lead Driver or Team Co-Driver. Lead Drivers earn between $35,000 and $75,000 in their first year. We have many experienced professional teams earning over $100,000 annually. Inexperienced co-drivers drivers in their first year can expect to average $30,000. Keep in mind, most of this money is earned in the second half of your first year due to pay raises and more experience as a professional driver.
How and when do I get paid?
Drivers are paid on Thursdays through the COMDATA system. COMDATA is a financial services company that manages our transactions. You will be issued a COMDATA card to use when refueling (which CRST pays for) and we will deposit your earnings directly into your COMDATA account. This system allows you 24 hours/7 days a week instant access to your payroll funds. Statements of earnings are prepared and sent to your home each week. Additionally, while you are out on the road, you will be able to call a toll-free CRST number to find out the amount of each paycheck that was deposited to your COMDATA account. Further, you can view each of your CRST pay statements online at www.crstpay.com.
What types of insurance benefits does CRST offer?
Medical insurance is available to the employee on the first day of employment through a Medical Bridge policy. You are eligible for the CRST group plan (Blue Shield PPO) the first of the month following 60 days of employment. There is also a family option on these plans. The plan also provides you both term life insurance coverage and accidental death coverage of $20,000. If you elect the family plan, your spouse is provided $2,000 of accidental death coverage. The $2,000 accidental death policy also applies to your dependents up to 19 years of age (26 years of age if a full time student). For more information about the insurance program please ask one of our recruiters.
What type of equipment does CRST operate?
Driver comfort and safety are major concerns when buying power units. CRST Dedicated’s entire fleet consists of Freightliner and Volvo tractors. The Freightliners are equipped with Detroit S-60 engines (435 horsepower) coupled with Eaton Straight 10 transmissions. All tractors, whether Volvos or Freightliners, feature top-of-the-line specifications including anti-lock brakes, sky-rise bunks, air ride suspensions, power steering, stereo/cassettes, premium interiors, and QualComm satellite communication equipment. CRST Dedicated operates its tractors on a 3-year cycle and trades each unit for a new model when it is 36 months old. This means the average tractor is less than 18 months old. Trailers are also quite new. The vast majority of the company’s trailers are Great Dane 53’ dry vans that are less than 3 years old.
What type of maintenance program do you have for the trucks?
CRST has an in-house maintenance program where tractors receive routine maintenance every 30,000 to 40,000 miles, as directed by the engine & tractor manufacturers. Major maintenance is performed every 120,000 miles. Trailers receive regular maintenance every 18,000 miles. The company encourages communication between drivers and our maintenance department regarding care of the units. Equipment defects prohibiting safe operation by drivers are corrected immediately. In addition to the driver’s daily pre-trip inspection, units that are parked in our terminals are routinely checked by maintenance personnel to ensure they meet Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) requirements. Drivers are paid a bonus for each state or federal inspection they pass without being flagged for violations. Drivers are not expected to work on the equipment.
Who is my supervisor?
You will be assigned to a Driver Manager in the Operations Department. Your Driver Manager is responsible for dispatching & tracking your progress throughout the country, and he or she is the primary communication point for you while on the road. Driver Managers are also responsible for getting you home on time and addressing your career needs or concerns.
How will I find a co-driver so I can run as a team?
Our Orientation staff will work with our Operations group to set you up with your partner. If you cannot find someone in orientation to team with, we will match you up with a driver that is located close to your hometown with the same smoking preference.
What kind of safety program does CRST have?
At CRST, Safety is #1. It takes precedence over everything, and we want you to know that our priority is not the freight or the equipment. Our priority is your safety and the safety of others on the highway. When you are running cross-country, you will encounter all kinds of situations, which will affect your ability to pick up or deliver a load on time. At CRST, we are so concerned about your safety, that we let you make the decision whether to run or not. If you are tired, if you do not feel well, or if you do not feel safe moving the load, then you can make the decision to get off the road and rest or deal with the problem. At CRST, this is called the Comfort Zone. In short, if you are not in your Comfort Zone, then you can shut down. It’s that simple.
When driving as a team, who gets paid for which miles?
You and your co-driver are paid based on the “split mile” method. As part of a team, we want you to work together as a true team. Therefore, you will be paid for half of the total miles the truck runs each week. We split the miles, not your pay. As an example, if you and your co-driver run 6,000 miles in a week, you will be paid for 50% of the miles or 3,000 miles.
Do I have to take a drug test and physical?
Yes. All new employees for CRST will take a drug test and possibly will need to complete another physical for the company, which will be paid for up-front by CRST. CRST Dedicated Services drivers needing a new physical will be payroll deducted for the physical at the cost of $50. We do not charge back for the drug test, only a physical, if it is required. Any failed drug test or falsification of application will be cause for immediate termination and you will be required to pay for your own transportation home.
Can I take my truck home?
The policy regarding drivers taking the truck home is handled on a case-by-case basis. It depends on where the driver lives, the distance from a terminal or drop yard and the driver’s experience level.
How well do I need to speak English?
Every driver must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language according to federal D.O.T. standards. You must be able to follow road signs, understand Bills of Lading, etc.
To qualify as a Lead Driver, you must be approved by both Operations and Safety. In general, this means that you would need to have a minimum of 6 months of OTR experience. This must include four months of winter driving in the last twelve months, to include driving OTR between the months of November and March. You also need the approval of our Operations and Safety Departments. Once approved, you would attend a brief Lead Driver Class where we would teach you how to train a student with a new CDL.
Medical/Dental Coverage. Medical insurance coverage is available within your first week through a Medical Bridge HMO plan. On the first of the month after 60 days of employment, you are then eligible for the CRST group plan. Please ask your driver recruiter for details.
401K Retirement Plan