Frequently Asked Questions
General Truck Driving Career FAQs
Professional truck drivers are the backbone of Werner and our nation. And thanks to our supply chain solutions and diverse operations, our professional drivers have a road of opportunity ahead. As a Werner professional driver, you’ll also benefit from the industry’s newest truck and trailer fleets, equipped with the latest safety technology.
By working with us, you will gain access to a wide variety of accounts that serve locally, regionally or nationwide. Werner offers extensive support to always adjust to your changing life situations and options so you can create your own career path. We offer competitive pay packages and an array of insurance, retirement plans and health programs.
How do I find open driver positions?
Does Werner offer training?
How much do drivers make?
The starting salary at Werner is at least $50,000. More than half of our truckers make more than $75,000, and our top 25% make more than $85,000! More salary details can be found on our Truck Driver Benefits page.
What benefits does Werner offer drivers?
What is ‘CSA’?
CSA, an acronym for Compliance, Safety and Accountability, is a safety program from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), focused on: improving safety by reducing crashes; allowing the FMCSA and its partners to contact a larger number of carriers/drivers; and addressing safety problems with carriers and drivers before crashes occur.
More information can be found on FMCSA’s website here.
What are current Hours of Service regulations?
Current Hours of Service Regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can be found here.
What does ‘Off Duty’ mean?
Off Duty means relieved of duty or relieved from all responsibility for your vehicle. Examples include: rest breaks taken outside of the sleeper berth, including meal breaks; doing laundry; and home time, including going home for a 34-hour restart.
(Duty Status Line: 1; FMCSA Section: 395.8)
What is the ‘Sleeper Berth Exception’?
The Sleeper Berth Exception allows drivers to split on-duty time by using split breaks. To fulfill the requirements of the split break, a driver must have:
- One period equal to at least eight hours or more in the sleeper berth.
- A separate period of a minimum of two or more hours, which may be off duty, sleeper berth, or a combination of the two.
What does ‘Driving Time’ mean?
Driving time means all time spent at the driving controls of a commercial motor vehicle in operations. When the ELD detects motion, the computer log shows this movement as driving time.
(Duty Status Line: 3; FMCSA Section: 395.2, 395.3)
What is ‘On Duty–Not Driving’?
This means the total time from when a driver begins to work and is required to be in readiness to work until the time the driver is relieved from work and their responsibilities. It does not include up to two hours of riding in the passenger seat of a property-carrying vehicle moving on the highway immediately before or after a period of at least eight consecutive hours in the sleeper berth.
Examples include: work performed for the company; pre-trip inspection and other inspections; quarterly safety training; when you physically load or unload or help load or unload a trailer; giving or receiving customer receipts or paperwork; time spent providing a breath sample or urine speculation, including travel time to and from a collection site; performing any compensated work for the company.
Werner’s HOS application requires you to send the appropriate message to indicate that you are On Duty-Not Driving.
(Duty Status Line: 4; FMCSA Section: 395.8)
How do you calculate Split Breaks?
Calculating Split Breaks can be tricky. Please see this Split Break Tool to help plan trips and support logging.