Preloaded/tarped Flatbed Loads

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Wouldn't this create a liability for the driver? I mean if it's already tarped then you can't even see how it's secured. Why would someone want this?

Steve C.'s Comment
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When I was flatbedding the "preloaded/tarped" loads weren't really completely secured and it was understood they weren't. The load would have a couple straps on it and a tarp on it, really just to move it around the yard and keep it dry while sitting still. It was still 100% up to the driver to finish securing the load and getting the tarp on good.

That said, I personally didn't like these loads. Moving all my load securement equipment from one trailer to another and finishing a load that wasn't started "my way" usually took longer than just getting live loaded and starting from nothing on the trailer.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Yeah it would seem that they advertise it as a perk but I don't think it would be. Like you said you have to move all your crap over to the new trailer including tarps even if you're not using them.

Steve C.'s Comment
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I imagine if you were doing it regularly you'd probably get faster at it.

For example: had this been something that happened all the time instead of pretty rarely, I'd probably do a better job of keeping my stuff in the headache rack rather than the sidebox and belly pan of the trailer. It's just a change in workflow and if you have consistency either way it's probably fine.

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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.

NeeklODN's Comment
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What's the headache rack?

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Headache rack is the aluminum fixture attached to the back of the cab. They usually hold your equipment like chains, binders etc. I'd say you're over thinking the whole preloaded trailer thing. The straps are usually thrown on top of the tarps anyway. Is there a particular reason you're only looking into McElroy?

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.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Im not ONLY looking into McElroy. I'm looking at all companies. But I did talk to a recruiter and .48 cpm is alot I think for a rookie. Trying to figure out what's best for me. What's your favorite flatbed carrier ct? I want to do flatbed I think because I would enjoy some physical activity between long drives.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

C T.'s Comment
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Well my favorite is Maverick because I work there lol. Yeah .48 is great to start, but keep in mind pay increases. Most of these flatbed companies pay about the same. Within a 6 months to a year they're all pretty equal. What are you looking for in a flatbed company in particular.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Im not ONLY looking into McElroy. I'm looking at all companies. But I did talk to a recruiter and .48 cpm is alot I think for a rookie. Trying to figure out what's best for me. What's your favorite flatbed carrier ct? I want to do flatbed I think because I would enjoy some physical activity between long drives.

Well he drives for Maverick so I would assume Maverick?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Ok ok. I have to admit. Guaranteed being home by Friday 7 p.m. sounds pretty attractive also. (Even though you leave out on Sundays usually)

What are the home time options and pay at Maverick? Do they hire from Pensacola Florida?

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.
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