Report: #624748

Complaint Review: Werner Enterprises / Trucking Company

  • Submitted: Mon, July 19, 2010
  • Updated: Mon, October 18, 2010
  • Reported By: Spirit — Arlington Texas United States of America
  • Werner Enterprises / Trucking Company
    PO Box 45308
    Omaha, Nebraska
    United States of America

Werner Enterprises / Trucking Company Unfair DAC entry Omaha, Nebraska

*General Comment: sure, if you say so

*Consumer Comment: Hey "Fred Flintstone"

*General Comment: Sorry

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I was hired by Werner. As a new driver, I was assigned a Trainer. First of all, with my experience limited to being a recent Driving School Graduate, Werner immediately put us on JUST IN TIME LOADS or TEAM WERNER. Due to my lack of experience I expressed my concern with this, to my student driver manager as well as my trainer with no results. To add to it all, my trainer told me that she had only 9 months experience as a driver and that I was her first student. She also said she had been at home over a month, and that she had 5 of 6 violations before she could be terminated. Adding that she came back when she was offered a training position. My thought was I wish you had told me this in Dallas because I would not have gotten on the truck!!!!!

At any rate, about 4,000 miles later and following her instructions, we experienced a road breakdown of two of the drive tries catching on fire. Upon being towed back to the Fontana, CA terminal, safety concluded that I had smoked the brakes and put me on a 6 month probation and told me that I would be assigned another trainer. She also was suspended from training for 6 months at this time.

As a result, I quit and came home because even though we reported a fire, we were told that I had smoked the brakes and basically did not know the difference between smoke and fire. There was no evidence to support that I had dragged the truck and trailer to smoke the brakes, no tires were flattened or charred..only the damage to the two drive tires on opposite sides of the tractor. Which, we reacted very quickly to get the flames put out.   

In preparation for taking a refresher course, I ran my DAC and learned that Werner entered a Preventable FIRE on my DAC, with no notation that I was under the supervison of a trainer PLUS the fact, it was contradictory to the findiings of thier saefty department. PEOPLE BEWARE, this company is not a good starting point for the inexperienced driver!!!!!!!               

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#1 General Comment

sure, if you say so

AUTHOR: Fred Flintstone - (United States of America)

The temperature needed to make a tire maintain combustion and ignite 750f .

Heavy duty truck tire rubber starts to degrade at 280deg f.

Tire failure is reached by 400deg f

The tire would start to sling rubber  and come apart before it ever reached ignition especially moving down the road.

Duals or not. If your analogy was true you would have fires all the time on over loaded trailers and pickup trucks with single wheels. 

 It has been demonstrated many times in tests by every manufacturer out there. In every test the tires reach a heat that the tread and the cords start to seperate and the tire fails due to casing failure or the extreme high pressure in a properly inflated tire.

 Either way, If the person wrote this report had a fire on 2 seperate sides of the truck even if it was due to flat or underinflated tires it would be driver neglect for not inspecting the truck. The highway patrol would see it the same way.


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#2 Consumer Comment

Hey "Fred Flintstone"

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)


On duals what happens is one tire goes flat, then as it's being held over the ground by the other tire, it is rapidly overheated by friction and will either come apart or burn.

Sometimes Both.

Not at all uncommon.

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#3 General Comment


AUTHOR: Fred Flintstone - (United States of America)

I don't like being mean but as a mechanic with nearly 20 years of experience now and just as much exp driving trucks I would have to say you smoked the brakes until the brakes lit on fire. Especially if it was on oposite sides of the truck.

 Ive never seen a tire spontaniously combust in over 20 years of experience in everything from straight trucks to 200,000lb heavy haul. I have seen tires go when the brakes lit off first however.

 You can smoke the brakes without dragging anything or damaging tires. It would be really easy to do on the tractor if the trailer brakes were not properly adjusted. Either way it is driver fault whether from the company or from the DOT.

 I can't count how many trucks I have seen burn the brakes off on the hills around Fontana CA.

Hope this helps to give you some insight.

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