On The Fence About Staying, Maybe Not For Me?

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Big Scott's Comment
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I agree 100% with Old School. Here's an example. When I first got my company truck it needed many things fixed. It took 4 days at the terminal. Two of those days, I couldn't sleep in the truck. The company put me up in a hotel for those two nights. After all was said and done, I relaxed for four days, got my truck fixed, and got paid for waiting. If I was a lease driver, I would have paid for the repairs, hotel and not been reimbursed at all. Hmmmmm. Which is the better stress free option? You will do better to go company, prove yourself and watch the loads come in. I'm with CFI and will have over 10,000 miles for the month of September. Rainy is with Prime and gets all the miles she wants. Old School is with Knight and started with Western Express, with both companies he has all the miles he wants. All of our Swift drivers are doing the same. In this job, one must go solo and prove themselves before they really start to see the money. I have been solo since the end of June and just got my best paycheck. I am finally getting into a flow. It takes time. When you first go solo your backing will suck. That means more time at shippers and reseivers as well as drop/hooks. That translates into less miles. As you improve the miles will come. Good luck

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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I wish I had more time to go into more detail, but I'm on a reset and the wife wants to go to lunch, so I'll just leave you with this for now:

Don't listen to the fools who say you won't make money as a company driver.

I'm a company driver. I started TNT Jan. 6 of this year. As of my Sept 15 paycheck, my year to date gross earnings are 38.5k. There's still 3 1/2 months to make more $ this year.

No lease payments to make. No fuel costs. No maintenance costs. No headaches. Uncle Sam gets his share and I get the rest.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Old School shares his wisdom

... How many miles a driver gets has absolutely nothing to do with whether you are a lease operator or a company driver. Nothing! Your ability to be productive and creative out here and be the type of driver who gets a lot done while being safe, productive, and easy to work with will be the way in which your miles are measured out to you. There is no random or fair spreading of the miles out to drivers in this business. It is a very selective process, and the folks who understand how you get to the top of the list are the ones who are making the money.

I was talking with a Swift graduate before he left for the Syracuse Terminal. He stated that he will drive 400, then his mentor will drive 400, then they will take their [at least] 10, but only leave no earlier than 7am. I tried to explain to him the system, and how it works. "His response, they need me, I don't need them, my mentor will train me my way, or I will get off the truck."

He will be sitting a lot, or out of the industry really fast.

Buttercup, you have already endured a rigorous training phase, you know the basics of how to run your truck, so far. If you decide to go lease, wait at least a year, before you decide. Learn the details, and finer points of trip planning, time management, backing, and enjoying this lifestyle, And the other tricks that old school shares with us. If, at the end of that first year, you still want to give leasing a go, then go for it. Some may not agree with your decision, but it is yours to make. Help is Always available here.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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