What's The Minimum Miles A Team Truck Should Run A Week

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Bryan H.'s Comment
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Have been with Western Express for a year now and I have been training well long story short trained my best friend and I stopped training to team full time and we keep getting like alot of solo runs I keep telling my dm hey we need to run a min. Of 6000 wk and so far this week we've only barely gotten 2500 like what the crap my dispatcher keeps giving me the run around should I go to operations with my concern or try and get a whole new dispatcher????

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.

Dm:

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.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I would think between 4500 and 6500 miles should be expected. You should definitely average between 5500 and 6000 though.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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How long has this been going on? You're going to have a few slow weeks here and there. That's to be expected. But over the long run you're miles as a team should be averaging well over 5000 miles per week.

Old School's Comment
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Bryan, I personally think if you are wanting to team drive you would be better off at a company that concentrates it's efforts on team freight. That may very well be a part of your problem at Western. They do not run a lot of freight that requires teams to handle the deadlines. You said you are getting a lot of solo runs. When I was at Western. I noticed they would use the trainers or the few teams that I knew of to re-power loads that were running late, or had been abandoned, or just in general they were utilized to assist with problems that other drivers had caused. Ar you running into that scenario very often?

Bryan H.'s Comment
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It's been going on for about 2 months now it's crazy they do not run us at all

How long has this been going on? You're going to have a few slow weeks here and there. That's to be expected. But over the long run you're miles as a team should be averaging well over 5000 miles per week.

Matt M.'s Comment
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I run team with my better half at Prime doing reefer , and while it varies I consider 4,000 miles pretty low. It happens but that means we are sitting half the week. 2,500 is unconscionable, that's less than two days of driving.

At that point I think you are better running solo, or finding a company that has the freight to get you moving.

That said, we just started a dedicated account and looks like we will only be getting around 4,300 miles a week, but it's home weekly and has pay bonuses that make up for the low mileage. Enjoying it so far, and not taking a week off every month gets it closer to what we were making.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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