First I will say this, most of the good trucking companies aren't what they used to be. Interstate isn't the only one that has changed with the economy going down the tubes. But they are still decent. My husband and I have been with them for over 4 years ... we left once to go work for Watkins (which is now FedEx Natl LTL). We didn't leave InterState because they were not good ... but Watkins paid more and had more benefits. After Watkins went down the tubes with FedEx getting their hands on the company we went back to InterState. Yes, Interstate will ask you to chain to get to a safe spot. But I don't mind chaining if it will keep me rolling. My husband and I know how to chain and we are fast and have it down. It isn't a big deal if you know what you are doing and keep your chains untangled. I don't make money by sitting. And my husband and I live in the high Sierras. Chaining isn't new to us. This is what I know about this company: The recruiters don't lie. Everything we were told, and the answers they gave us to our questions were all true. When we came back they admitted the miles weren't as good as they used to be, but that is an industry problem ... not just with them. They admitted they hadn't bought new equipment that year. They will fly you to orientation. They pay for orientation and one meal a day. Orientation is pretty thorough. They will teach you to chain. You will be given a driving test. The pay per mile is good. Their equipment is pretty nice. Solos will usually get a Volvo. Teams will get a Columbia. Though my husband and I can drive a ten speed and a super ten, InterState does have auto shift equipment. The trucks have built in inverters, a fridge, and AM/FM radios with weather band. Trucks have either cassette or CD players. Double bunks. Some trucks have APUs Trucks have transponders. Get paid weekly. We have never had problems being paid on time or a problem with mistakes on our paychecks. Get paid in practical miles. (We often are paid a few more miles than we actually drove) Can get POs in advance for tolls and lumpers. Reimbursed for tolls, scales, truck/trailer lights, anti-gel, etc Most of the freight is drop and hook. They take good care of the equipment. They have good company shops. They have great company terminals (I LOVE their gyms!) They get you home on time!! They will get you home for holidays and special occasions. They will get you home for emergencies. They will let you take extra days off for special reasons.