Go for Crete first. Really. Stay the hell away from Covenant. They are extremely strict. They charge you for out of route miles, and they charge you absurd prices for idling over 30%. Someone said it was $5 per hour idling, when it costs maybe $2. My APU broke and they let me idle until they assigned me a Cascadia with 50k on it, which has opti idle and a backup battery pack deal.I might be starting with Werner when I turn 21 in September now all I got to do is go to tdi to get my training after that iam applying to Werner and Covenent transport and us express iam trying to see who will give me a pre hire letter first I hope Werner does I want to drive with them to get my experience and after that iam going to Crete or Schaffer
Stay the hell away from Reefer, the shippers and consignees have extra time they are allowed to hold you, and boy do they use it. I am at a seaboard food in Guymon OK and my average wait at this place is 32 hours. On top of that, they threatened me when I turned in a overweight load. The wait times on Reefer just ruin the whole thing. Not to mention pay is awful.
If you are willing to move, Werner is great. If you have a family, its not so great unless you want to stay out 5 weeks away from them. That said, the fatality rate for Werner is half that of the other corporations which take new drivers. Werner is a huge leap above the other starters. I actually am training a CR England driver right now who is an excellent student, but was treated like scum by England. I cant believe they would do that to such a honest guy. Its insane.
But seriously, try to get into Crete first. They take new guys and those with a year experience. They dont want anything in between, as that shows a bad work ethic. They want fresh minds or drivers who have proven themselves. My next choice would be Werner, if you just want to get a years experience. They will work with you, but sometimes they are slow. Always working, but slow lol.