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Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

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A LOT of cringe here.

If your sole reason for wanting to drive team is the higher cpm rate - DON'T DO IT!!! There's easier ways to make money in this industry. Team driving has its own perils:

1) You're trusting that driver WITH YOUR LIFE! I teamed with a driver who hit a truck parked on the side of road in west Texas. Drug the other truck about 50 feet. Totaled our trailer. Spent 2 weeks in a 1 star hotel in Sheffield, Texas while our truck was repaired.

2) You're trusting that driver with your INCOME. If he calls gets sick, wants home time, quits or gets fired (see #1) then you're not earning. Even if the company will put you to work shuffling trailers or something it's at a reduced rate of pay.

3) Even if you and the other driver can work together you have the same ups and downs you would as a solo driver. Waiting at a truck stop for your next load, camper loads, hunting for empties.

Driving LTL as a team is a solid gig. While your dedicated gig didn't work out there are other dedicated gigs that pay well with or without a team. Give me your closest city and I'll give you some options.

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Haha well it may not be well thought out! LTL team driving? We would be interested in that also. We are in the Fort Worth, TX area

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If you are in the Fort Worth area, give JS Helwig a call. They are in Terrell, TX

They are mostly a solo company, but I think they may have several teams driving for them.

But team driving? It also makes me cringe.

Be careful what you wish for, it may come true. Lol

What solo opportunities would you look at or that you know about? I’m very open

Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

A LOT of cringe here.

If your sole reason for wanting to drive team is the higher cpm rate - DON'T DO IT!!! There's easier ways to make money in this industry. Team driving has its own perils:

1) You're trusting that driver WITH YOUR LIFE! I teamed with a driver who hit a truck parked on the side of road in west Texas. Drug the other truck about 50 feet. Totaled our trailer. Spent 2 weeks in a 1 star hotel in Sheffield, Texas while our truck was repaired.

2) You're trusting that driver with your INCOME. If he calls gets sick, wants home time, quits or gets fired (see #1) then you're not earning. Even if the company will put you to work shuffling trailers or something it's at a reduced rate of pay.

3) Even if you and the other driver can work together you have the same ups and downs you would as a solo driver. Waiting at a truck stop for your next load, camper loads, hunting for empties.

Driving LTL as a team is a solid gig. While your dedicated gig didn't work out there are other dedicated gigs that pay well with or without a team. Give me your closest city and I'll give you some options.

Haha well it may not be well thought out! LTL team driving? We would be interested in that also. We are in the Fort Worth, TX area

Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

8 months at old company and 5 months at new one

Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

I’m solo at Marten on a dedicated account and only make around $1200 a week. I’m frustrated

Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

Heck who knows I slept since the. I went to drive for a company that went out of business. I work for marten transport now but want to make more money. My partner has over a year to

Posted:  1 year ago

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Team driving

I know there’s not a one sized answer tot his but what are some good team driving companies to work for? Don’t want to be on the road 3 weeks at a time either. Looking at Covenant at the moment

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Companies to avoid?

If the company owns the tools (truck and trailer) and tells you where to go and where to get fuel and where to get things repaired, then your job does not meet the IRS rules as a contract employee. You are controlled directly by the company and therefor you must get paid as w2. 1099 companies do not pay their portion of employer taxes nor do they deduct employee payroll taxes federal, state, and SS. Your are not eligible for workman compensation insurance. Time employed will also not count towards unemployment benefits in most states either. The risk is just too high.

What those 1099 companies do is pass the burdens onto the employee to reduce their costs. They say all those wonderful things like high cpm and other stuff, buts its all a smoke screen to screw you over.

Remember to run from 1099, unless you own the truck and trailer..

I can understand how some of them may not be on the up and up. I’m sure there may be some gray areas but there are loop holes. The company I work for does not own their equipment. They lease everything. If the irs were to snoop around they may not like it. I don’t know. As far as workers comp goes I’m not worried about that as they pay 100 percent of my short term and long term disability insurance. They spend 28k on my insurance alone. I’m guaranteed 88k this year in pay for my first year plus the benefits. I would have to find a job paying over 100k to consider leaving. Even then I don’t know if I would as I really like where I’m at. Not all 1099 companies are bad. Especially when you agree just starting out as the bigger companies who take new drivers pay like crap.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Companies to avoid?

I don’t understand why the 1099 negativity. I’m 1099 but paid straight out of school $1500 a week salary. I drive 4 days and off Friday Thru Sunday. I have my health care, vision and dental for me my wife and kids paid for by the company 100 percent. That saved us $20,000 a year on my wife’s insurance alone. I got a $10,000 bonus which is paid out at $1000 a month for 10 months. They also pay 100 percent of my long and short term disability. 2 weeks paid vacation starting at 6 months. Plus other benefits.

I’d rather be w2 but with all that I’m ok with being 1099. I’m used to self employment anyway as I still own a construction company. 1099 means you take care of your own social security and taxes but I’ve been doing that anyway so nothing new

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Job offer!

Just finished my first week of CDL school here in Fort Worth. I’m going through a school. Let me know what you think about this opportunity! It sounds good to me but maybe missing something? It’s a dedicated run that starts Monday and home Thursday evening usually. So 4 days on and 3 days off. Straight $1500 a week salary, $1500 a week to train, $10,000 signing bonus, vacation after six months, paid health insurance for me and my family, and referral bonus. Those are the highlights. I’ve looked at a lot of opportunities and that seems to be a fantastic one. I have another offer straight out of school that might pay more but time off isn’t as good and they don’t pay for insurance.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Starting out companies?

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Out of curiosity, why team?

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Honestly because that’s how they run their company. It’s team only for the most part with Warrior Logistics. It sounds like a very good opportunity as they pay .76 cpm and average 5200 miles a week. It’s a Tuesday Thru Saturday schedule as well. Nice equipment as well.

I have heard that Millis won’t let you idle? How can you sleep in Texas in the truck with out idling? That may be a no go for me with Millis if that’s true?

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That 76 CPM is probably split, so 38 CPM for each driver, just as the 5200 miles per week is for the truck. Forced to team drive on top of that? I would keep looking.

38 CPM for 2600 each week is low numbers these days, unless you're going to be starting at a second chance company.

It would be 5200 miles at .38 cents. Or 5200 miles at .76 split two ways. That would be $1976 a week. That’s why I’m considering it. 100k a year sounds good to me

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