Prime Reefer Division

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ACO476's Comment
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I don't know if any company could reliably guarantee a certain minimum amount of miles per week. It all depends on the amount of freight available, your location in the country, how you manage your time, etc. I honestly don't know of any but that doesn't mean that someone out there would make that guarantee.

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ACO476 offers this advice

I don't know if any company could reliably guarantee a certain minimum amount of miles per week. It all depends on the amount of freight available, your location in the country, how you manage your time, etc. I honestly don't know of any but that doesn't mean that someone out there would make that guarantee.

True enough...I'd like to also add; as a new driver it's incredibly important to establish a professional and proactive working relationship with your Driver Leader/Dispatcher. This will become the most important relationship you have, and should not be overlooked or underestimated. Begin to work on building trust with this person from day 1.

Here is a really great link on a Podcast about the importance of this relationship:

Importance of Dispatch

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I wouldn't sweat the reefer wait time too much at this point. I am new to game and pull Prime reefers. In my short experience Prime keeps freight moving nicely. Yes, of course, reeferss get bogged down at shipper/recievers.

I also image dry van operations have their quirks as well.

I will say this; by not managing HOS efficiently, having a slack poor attitude and not being the "go to guy" with dispatch will cost MUCH more time then any cold storage distribution center.... I may wait a few hours but I'm not sitting at truck stops waiting for runs and not waiting 34 HOURS to move due to time mismanagement!

Lastly, reefers have this magic button when pushed, stuff gets cold, when not pushed you have a dry van. As I've stated here before, many of my runs are dry. I'm sitting waiting on one right now (dry load). Bit of a scheduling mix up. That's seems to be part of trucking! Dry or cold!

Good attitude, right training, strong company will keep your wheels turning.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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