USXpress Driver Training Center
I recently completed the USX school in Medway,OH and thought I would give some details to anyone who might be interested.
1. The school is 20 consecutive days and costs $3000. You have to put up a $250 non-refundable deposit and be accepted on a pre-hire basis.
2. The balance of $2750 can be paid out via payroll deduction at $50 per week for 55 weeks (if you are hired on following school and orientation.) That's not a bad deal considering there is no finance charge for doing this. Many companies will stick you with hefty finance charges. If you wish, you can pay $2250 up front for at total cost of $2500 (saves you $500.) If you don't get hired, they offer several ways to pay them off, assuming you intend to do so...
3. The first 7 days is pure classroom instruction from 6am to 5pm. On day one you take your physical and drug screen. On day two you go down to BMV to get your Ohio DL and CDL learner's permit. You have to pass all your written tests at BMV by Friday of the first week or you go home.
4. The next 5 days is road week. You will get about 1.5 - 2 hours behind the wheel every day, with the instructor in the passenger seat. You will be riding in the car while someone else drives for a while too. The rest of your day is in another classroom doing modules on the computer. Mostly rehash of week one, but not bad.
At the end of road week you be evaluated for your driving skills before moving on to the pad (two of our class were held back to repeat road week.)
5. The last 7 days is on the pad, learning the backing maneuvers for the CDL test. I found that everyone got plenty of time to practice, with three cars going at the same time. There is only one instructor on the pad which makes the first couple of days pretty tough, but it works out fine by the end of the week.
6. Everyone takes their CDL tests after pad week. Only two of our class didn't pass the first time. The bad part of that is you have to wait 7 days to try again. Means you have to stay around for another week doing mostly nothing. If you don't get your CDL after 3 tries they send you home. Don't expect a whole lot of retraining either.
7. The bunk room is not bad. You will have a big locker to put your stuff in. It is partitioned into cubicles, so you have a little bit of privacy. The shower room is across the hall and is adequate (private shower stalls, not marine corps style.)
8. The commons area has a snack bar open from 7am to 5pm each day. Believe it or not they have pretty good food: pizzas, salads, sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, soup and lots of other stuff. The prices are not bad either. There are lots of vending machines too.
9. The instructors were pretty good, I thought. They knew their stuff and were professional (for car drivers). Don't expect much kindness or sympathy, however. If you start screwing up you WILL have someone in your face hollering at you. Get used to it.
10. My class started out with 16 members. One was sent home the second day, for reasons we did not know (probably failed his drug test.) Two more were sent home the third day, for repeated rule violations in the bunk room and commons area. One was held back to get glasses. Two had to repeat road week and two did not pass their CDL the first time. So 10 of us made it to orientation (none sent home from there.)
11. Expect to get hassled at orientation. I got called out about 10 times for some thing or another. Just BS mainly. It seems they really like picking fly shi# out of pepper. The orientation instructor is a real jerk too. But it only lasts 3 days.
12. Overall, I was satisfied with the whole thing. I am waiting now to go out for 6 weeks with a trainer. Waiting too long if you ask me...
If you start screwing up you WILL have someone in your face hollering at you. -- The orientation instructor is a real jerk too. Ooh, that doesn't sound too cool, especially if you're paying for it. Could be indicative of how the company will ultimately treat you. The instructors at my school are all very patient and understanding. Newbies are nervous and have enough pressure on them as it is, you guys don't need some joe-biddy with problems at home shouting down at you like you're in the military.
But it's good you're taking it so well. Congratulations and good luck! Be safe.
73, de KJ5KX
I don't think it is indicative of how the company will treat you. My driver runs for USX and is really happy with them.
On completing usxpress cardriver training. I hope you get a good trainor. You said you now have 6 weeks of training. I have a couple of questions.
Do they still pay 10 cents per mile during training?
Once you are assigned your own car, what will be your starting pay? 23 or 24 cents per mile?
Bol to you. Be careful out there.
they now pay a whopping 10.5 cpm for trainees. after upgrade to first seat you start at 25 cpm. not exactly top pay but when you have no experience you take what you can get.
I think you made a good choice Pablo. usxpress has some of the nicest equipment on the road.
I haven't talked with any of their drivers who were unhappy with them. Keep us all posted, on your progress.
What are u gonna do if you wanna quit usx and have to test drive on a stick shift?
Originally What are u gonna do if you wanna quit usx and have to test drive on a stick shift?
This is the main reason I'm doing my training somewhere else. To get the stick training. I still might look to US Xpress for a job, but I want to learn on a stick first... just to cover my bases...
It might a little difficult explaining to the person that you've been driving a auto tranny for the last year thats why you cant drive a stick.
Kermit unless you plan on staying at usx for a long long time , do yourself a favor and stay away from them. Ever thought why they have autotrannys? To try to retain drivers . I was told that by a few usx trainers. They know you cant go get a regular car driving job after driving autos.
Other than training newbies on automatics, Xpress seems to be as good as Schneider or Werner. Good luck in training, be safe and try to run at least 2500 miles a week whenever you become a solo driver.
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