Frequently Asked Questions - Training

Do you offer training?

Yes, WDS does have training available.  If you are fresh out of school or would like to have a refresher, WDS will pair you up with one of our trainers to get you going.    Average training is 4-6 weeks.

Where is orientation and how long is it?

Orientation takes place in Shepherd Michigan.  Typically it is around 6 hours long.

Does WDS use Transflo OR the Transflo App?

Yes.  If you prefer to send the paperwork at a truck stop, you may Transflo there.  Also, if you have the App on your phone that works as well.

Does WDS offer Per Diem?

Yes we do.

Are there bonuses?

Yes!  WDS offers sign-on, quarterly mileage and safety bonuses PLUS a driver referral program

Can I become a trainer?

Yes, after 90 days there is the possibility of becoming a trainer.

Frequently Asked Questions - Benefits

Is there Detention and Layover pay?

Yes, WDS offers both Detention and Layover pay.  Detention pay starts after 2 hours.

What benefits does WDS offer?

After 90 days

  • Health
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Aflac
  • 401k with Company match

Is there paid vacation?

Yes.  WDS does offer paid vacation after 1 year.

Are the medical benefits driver or company paid?

Depending on the medical plan a driver chooses, they may be responsible for part  of the cost.  However, WDS does pay for the driver's medical coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions - Driving

What Lanes does WDS Run?

We mainly go to the following areas:

  • Northwest
  • West Coast
  • Southwest
  • Texas
  • Southeast
  • Great Lakes Region

What type of cargo do you haul?

We mainly haul fresh and frozen produce and general merchandise.

How about East Coast lanes?

Not very often do we run east coast.  However, if WDS does, there is an increase for driver pay per mile.

Is Shepherd your only Terminal?

We also have a parking only terminal in Holland, Michigan.

What about riders or pets?

After 90 days, you are allowed to have a rider (12 years or older) and/or a pet.  The driver is responsible for maintaining cleanliness in the truck.

What are your dispatch hours

WDS has dispatcher or driver managers  in the office 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Frequently Asked Questions - Equipment

What model of trucks do you run?

WDS runs late model Freightliner Cascadia

What Features do the Trucks Have?

  • APU's
  • Inverters
  • Some trucks do have refridgerators
  • GPS Navigation

Do you run E-logs and what kind?

We are required to run E-logs.  We use Orbcomm/Blue Tree Systems.

What kind of trailers?

Most of our trailers are Reefer's with a small fleet of Dry Vans.

Automatic or Manuals?

The majority of our trucks are automatics.