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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

Chicon I'm trying to understand your post but I'm not quite translating. Are you saying these are bad companies or are you just not happy with how flatbed worked out?

No not saying anything bad about any companies, I'm just saying there's more to being a flatbedder than you think. The best thing to do, if your worried about hometime, is go to who guarantees it. Melton told me every two weeks, but a driver in my area told me every weekend. But the morale of my story is not about hometime, I got lucky and am home every night, still driving with my CDL-A, my morale is, I thought, that since I like to physically work, then flatbedding was the way, but I soon saw the dangers and a long with that and a close friend dying, I choose different.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

Once again, no true answers. Hometime, TMC, pay Melton, and they may get you home every weekend. In the long run, 1year, there's a company I know of, that pays very well, and likes guys from TMC, "because of their securement " . Will be way more money, but the year is important. I want day any names, but they are in Garner, IS, initials might be I, then maybe an M, maybe T

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

Everyone on here will try to tell you to go with what fits you the best. Good advice, except, you don't know that till you get there. Yes, your getting advice from people that, hopefully worked at one of these companies. This website will never tell you the bad. Don't worry, that's not a bad thing. This is a true introduction to your new career, it's left for you to figure out. At the same time, you can also see, from the post, that no one post a bad review on a company. Maybe they are happy and everything went as planned, or maybe , like myself, went thru something, with a company, and it didn't work for me. I did nothing but speak the truth of my experience. I was never degrading the company, but what did happen, happened. You just need to realize, the absolute crappy worked envoled in the life of a flatbedder. I've actually "worked" my whole life, physically, I thought flatbed was the answer. I didn't want to just sit and drive, I needed to be physical. After doing it for just a short period, I figured out, flatbedders are indeed a special breed, and not only did I not want to be one, I definitely didn't want to be one OTR. It's a lot of work, a dry tarp weighs 120lbs, put rain and snow on it, put 30 mph winds on it, it dangerous, it sucks, but it's rewarding. Just think about that.

Best wishes

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What can a company legally put on your D.A.C

I'll appear judgemental... My SISTER died and as a federal employee I only got two days for the funeral, so a week for a friend is ludicrous to almost any company.

Adding the "I'll decide if I want to go back OTR".... You basically said "even if you are being lenient enough to give me a week off for a friend, I'm going to dictate to you how I'm going to deal with my employment". If they agreed to the week they were nice. Nicer than any employer I ever had. If they didnt agree to it, then you chose the course. Were you expecting them to hold your place while you ponder things over? I know companies who wouldn't have given you a choice at all at that point. It would have been "you're terminated" which won't look good on references.

My guess is you won't get a good reference whether on your DAC or not. And don't omit them on future applications or you will look like a lair. They go back 10 years for driving jobs.

Well for starters, I wasn't asking for a week off. I would have to take the week because I would have been out with a trainer, therefore, taking a day to attend the funeral, was not an option. Secondly, I was also using the time to decide if OR was what I wanted to do, period. I went to school with all intentions of doing OTR, the death of my friend hit me hard. Here's this man that was perfectly healthy husband and father , alive one day gone the next. Now that happens and then 2hrs later my trainer calls and wants to leave early on Sunday, which means I have to cut my time short with my kids to take them home early. On the way, I'm thinking, I've got to tell them next time they come we'll do something because I would have more time. Wait my friend didn't have more time. So I made the decision then to take a week, attend a funeral and decide if OTR was what I wanted to continue to do. So for everyone of you that couldn't answer a simple question, there's my entire story. For the few or one that did answer it, thank you.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What can a company legally put on your D.A.C

I'm sorry you lost a friend. However, most companies, not just trucking companies, draw a line about, I'll call them "important", deaths. If you had lost a family member, that's one thing, but "a friend", though important to you, is not immediate family. Only in the death of a family member will you get priority. So from a company point of view, taking a week off for your friend is a bit too much.

But I see some problems of their own in your attitude here:

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So now for the back story, after the first week with my trainer, they called and asked how everything was going , because I was flagged as high risk. I asked why, was told that I refused to get out and look. That happened 1 time in the training yard. Then he said that I take my hands off the wheel when in trouble. This happened on the simulator, I thought I would break the steering wheel, never happened in an actual truck.

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All companies push GOAL in trailer backing. I don't need an explanation from you, but refusing to get out of your truck to back a trailer into a spot has no excuse. And "1 time in the training yard" is 1 time too many.

A simulator does just that: represents "real life" in a more controlled environment. So the instructor can make up a situation to see how you react. Taking your hands off the wheel is a reaction no company wants to see from a driver in an accident. The simulator steering wheel is as sturdy as a "real" steering wheel.

Like G-Town says, the problem is in your attitude and your excuses. You come off here as thinking your poop don't stink. You'll get farther of you can take responsibility for your own decisions.

You people act like you know every detail of my situation. I was asking a simple question. Could they put something from orientation on my DAC. I felt the details were important. I was not making excuses, I was simply stating facts.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What can a company legally put on your D.A.C

Click this link: DAC report and how-to get one

Chicon I read this post and the TMC reply you wrote on another thread. Old School replied to you on that thread with a well written, concise and comprehensive response. I sincerely suggest you read it and consider your issues with TMC are not about them but all about you; your approach, unrealistic expectations, and your attitude. I hope you do a gut-check and make some adjustments before attempting to re-enter this industry, otherwise the same result will likely occur somewhere else.

I didn't leave the industry, I got a local driving job. Thank you

Not a bad idea to read this archived link as well: Do you have the right temperament for this job?

I hope you can get things worked out. Good luck.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

Old School, I think there's times when someone should read a whole post before they respond, maybe you did that or maybe you just took it out of context. I posted what I did the way I did to get his attention. People always like to tell you what you want to hear first , then might throw so not so good in the mix. I chose to be blunt. Things I said are true, am I pointing a finger, yeah I am. I knew some of what to expect before I got there. Things I said, like they all still think their in the military, that didn't bother me, that was just letting him know. As far as taking a week off. They tell you that if something happens and you need to take a week off (because you have to take a week ,because your on a trainers truck) then it's on you and it's just going to make it a week longer before you get your truck. I'm sorry if you think that my using of the word "blackmail" was strong, but that's the what it was. I didn't choose to quit, they made that choice for me. That's really the only thing I'm sour about toward them. Things happen in life that are beyond our control. Did I think that an email would suffice? At the time, it had to, it was a Sunday and I couldn't let anyone but my driver trainer know by phone and he was understanding and said the he to would get in touch with the driver manager and let him know what was going on. The simulator...... you're right, I didn't take it seriously, it's a waste of time and money, it done me no good. I asked the guy why he ran the car into the back of me and his response was" I just do that sometimes " . Now here's the scenario, on a mountain, at night, it's dark, its snowing, the posted speed limit for trucks was 25, the car was behind me the whole time, I'm going 25, then slow down to 20, back to up to 25, then back to 20 and so on, then..... bam the same car rams me and knocks me off the mountain. I'm sorry but I can not see that happening period. But to put down takes hands off wheel when in trouble..... yeah on the simulator when I'm already flipping down a mountain. Like I stated, I was just being honest telling him what to expect and what not to do. I read post on here for a year before I even went to school. I was sure that since my children, were older, that I could be gone and that I wanted to do flatbed. But then an unexpected death changed my prospective on it, but I never said I wanted to quit. Turns out, it was good thing that they didn't want to continue, because I found a local driving opportunity with the same pay. I got lucky, indeed, local jobs with no experience are hard to find. I love driving and plan on going OTR with my wife once our children are grown.

Old School, I appreciate your response and all your post. This the best website for everything trucking . At the same time it's easy to read a response or post and think that, we the reader ,knows what the person writing about feels or felt and come up with our on conclusions. Sometimes the "real truth" is what needs to be said, things shouldn't be sugar coated.

Thank you again for all your contributions to this site.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

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I can tell you that they could possibly blackmail you if you happen to decide that you don't want to do OTR or flatbed or that someone died and you need time off from training to attend the funeral.

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Okay, I read what you said about this in another thread, and I think your word of blackmail is a little strong here. They just laid out the facts for you. They said you could quit, and not get your last check, which is explained in orientation paperwork (yes, I've been there, and I know how this works), or they could release you but you could probably expect something negative on your DAC. That is not blackmail, when they fire you they put the reason why on your DAC. Quitting has consequences, and so does failure - get over it man! The truth here is found somewhere in the middle of all your remarks, and I think this statement comes the closest to the truth of anything you've stated so far... "if you happen to decide that you don't want to do OTR or flatbed."

Look, if you decide you don't like it that is all fine and good, but don't go blaming the company for that. And companies have policies on funeral leave. I don't know the specifics at TMC, but I can tell you that most companies don't allow you to take a week off for a friend's death, expecially whil you are on a trainer's truck! It is sad to lose a friend, no one will argue with that, but as a brand new employee who is already "at risk" you made a big blunder by just sending an email and then expecting that to suffice for you to take a week off. I don't think most company policies allow a week off for even a family members death. Now, had you been a well established, proven driver, with an excellent track record, this would have all been handled differently. But as a rookie in training, you really expected to get the kid glove treatment? Chicon, you made some big mistakes, and now you are going to face the consequences.

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I can also tell you that they do know what they are doing and they are very good at it.

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Well, you redeemed yourself with that statement, congratulations! You just had to get some of that bitter taste out of your mouth first I guess.

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I'm not telling you any of this to guide you away from it. It's just a lot more to it than you think there is.

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Well, it certainly sounded as if you were wanting to guide him away from TMC, in fact it sounded something like sour grapes. You finally came around to the truth though, so I am glad of that. That part about "it's just a lot more than you think" is golden! I think you realize that now, and it is good advice for anyone just getting started in this career.

Chicon, I wish you the best, but I think this introduction into trucking has taken you a little bit by surprise. It happens to many of us. I hope you can adjust and make an enjoyable career out of it, but if you can't, please don't do as some, and make a career out of pointing out all the ways that you have been done wrong by the trucking companies.

Old School, I think there's times when someone should read a while post before they respond, maybe you did that or maybe you just took it out of context. I posted what I did the way I did to get his attention. People always like to tell you what you want to hear first , then might throw so not so good in the mix. I chose to be blunt. Things I said are true, am I pointing a finger, yeah I am. I knew some of what to expect before I got there. Things I said, like they all still think their in the military, that didn't bother me, that was just letting him know. As far as taking a week off. They tell you that if something happens and you need to take a week off (because you have to take a week ,because your on a trainers truck) then it's on you and it's just going to make it a week longer before you get your truck. I'm sorry if you think that my using of the word "blackmail" was strong, but that's the what it was. I didn't choose to quit, they made that choice for me. That's really the only thing I'm sour about toward them. Things happen in life that are beyond our control. Did I think that an email would suffice? At the time, it had to, it was a Sunday and I couldn't let anyone but my driver trainer know by phone and he was understanding and said the he to would get in touch with the driver manager and let him know what was going on.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

Thanks Parrothead66 I will pay attention and do the best I can before making a decision to leave. I know that I have been here at my current job for 2.5 years before I decided that I had, had enough of the crap they giving me. Definitely will do my best for a year and if all works out well then I will stay for sure. 1st year is always the toughest too, so we will have to see.

Well, Chicon, I guess I will see how I can fair with TMC for a year unless I decide to go work with another company. I will probably go through the list one more time before making a final decision. I definitely want to recheck Melton, Decker, and Werner before I make my final decision. Have you all heard anything about Melton, Decker and Werner?

My buddy was pushing me towards TMC to start with, I told him that I was leaning towards Melton. " I've never heard of them he said" well about 2 hours later he was calling me with another of his buddys on the phone. This guy had worked at Melton, had nothing bad to say except, that you tarp everything, but that you are going to make very good money. Like I said earlier, I had already bought my plane ticket to go to Melton, but ended up at TMC, just for the simple fact that their training is second to none. And as far as the "urban legends" , they are not.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

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I can tell you that they could possibly blackmail you if you happen to decide that you don't want to do OTR or flatbed or that someone died and you need time off from training to attend the funeral.

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Are you talking about TMC when you say that or are you talking about all companies in general? I did know that it is quite physical but all that you said was very helpful.

Just talking about Turtles Moving Cargo. I had actually bought my plane ticket to go to Melton, but the recruiter for the black and chrome came in to class and I changed. I never really considered McElroy just for the simple fact that I heard you can't make as much there. Sure the have a higher cpm, but that don't pay you to tarp. Tmc' s % pay has it good and it's bad. I think you start at 26 or 27, I can't remember, but at that rate, the money is so so. It takes a lot to raise your %, but not a lot for it to lower. There are several different factors to raise it, I don't remember all of them, I'm sure I have the book around still, but one is "park up points" meaning that you have to be within like 50 miles or something, of the place you are delivering to on Monday. So depending on where that is, determines what time you have cut your home time short. Another way to raise the % is by mpg, which is a tricky one. Let's say it's 20ยบ outside, your truck doesn't have an APU, so how do you stay warm? Got to idle the truck, which uses fuel, which.... That's right affects your MPG. What ..... electric heater.... well then at some point the truck will need to idle to charge the battery. Which is another issue, you get one free jump , run your battery dead again, your paying for it. I'm not saying they're a bad company to work for but the recruiter isn't going to tell you all this. They are a starter company, unless you stay long enough to get into the boat division or heavy haul.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I'm almost to my final decision on which company I am going to go with!

I can tell you that driving 62.5 mph sucks, when the speed limit is set higher than that. I can tell you do not step on the grass at orientation. I can tell you that when you feel like you are going to break the steering wheel on that stupid simulator because the jerk in control of the program runs a car into the back of you for no reason and knocks you off of a mountain, you let go of the steering wheel, they write it in your report. I can tell you that everyone there thinks they're still in the military. I can tell you that out of a class of thirty plus, only 5 made it back to get a truck. I can also tell you that you may or may not get a 48 hour reset. I can tell you that they could possibly blackmail you if you happen to decide that you don't want to do OTR or flatbed or that someone died and you need time off from training to attend the funeral. I can also tell you that they do know what they are doing and they are very good at it. Just wondering if you have taking into consideration the physical demands of flatbed. The heaviest tarp you have in the truck is 120lbs. When it's rolled up, is not that bad, but remember, you have to unroll and roll up and spread, secure most of the time two of them in every type of weather, so they become heavier, more slippery and let's not forget to mention the wind. The dangers of the job are real to. My trainer almost fell off of a load and it wasn't anything he did wrong. There's a lot more danger as well just in the securement of the load. I'm not telling you any of this to guide you away from it. It's just a lot more to it than you think there is.

Best of luck to you

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What can a company legally put on your D.A.C

I'll try and make this short. Got my CDL in February of this year, went to orientation for 2 weeks with a company and then 3 weeks on the road with a driver trainer. Was getting ready to start my 4th week , when I had a friend die. I contacting my driver manager via email, cause it was a Sunday, I explained I would have to take a week off of training to attend the funeral, and decide if I wanted to continue to do OTR. He called me the next morning and told me that since I wasn't where I needed to be with the number of backs I needed and the fact that I was on the fence with what I wanted, then they didn't want to continue. He then told me I could quit, but I wouldn't get my last check, or they could terminate me, I would get my last check, but they would put something on my DAC , because I apparently signed something stating I would stay there for six months. I don't recall signing anything like that and don't know why I would have to, I paid for my own school, they did nothing.

So now for the back story, after the first week with my trainer, they called and asked how everything was going , because I was flagged as high risk. I asked why, was told that I refused to get out and look. That happened 1 time in the training yard. Then he said that I take my hands off the wheel when in trouble. This happened on the simulator, I thought I would break the steering wheel, never happened in an actual truck. I scored extremely high on everything in the training yard. As far as my number of backs, my trainer and I were team driving from day one, we stopped to fuel and that was it, so I got 17 times in 3 weeks.

So back to the original question, can they legally put any of that on my DAC and not say what really happened.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Company driver 1099

As a 1099 independent contractor you are responsible to pay "both ends" of your Social Security and Medicare tax. That is 15.65% of your gross income right off the bat. You had better figure a MINIMUM of 15% for Federal and State taxes. In order to avoid interest and penalties (Oh.......the IRS loves those!), you should be making Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments. That is......paying taxes on the money that you estimate you will make in the upcoming quarter.....IN ADVANCE! If you are truly a Company Driver, your Employer is technically, or actually, breaking the law by paying you as an Independent Contractor. You really need to talk to an Accountant, as you can get in DEEP with the IRS in a hurry!

Good Luck!

Thanks, I don't work for that company, a buddy of mine does, everything they had to offer sounded good (On their website), but then I talked to him and he informed me that it was a 1099 position as a company driver. Of course red flags popped up upon hearing this, that's why I took it straight to truckingtruth.com .thanks again

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Company driver 1099

Hi all, was wondering if any of you are a company driver that gets a 1099 at the end of the year. If so how does your taxes work out? Do you have to pay, do you have enough deductions to break even (Is that possible? ) Looking forward to any advice, comments ect.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation at TMC

It has been a while since I have been on here. I jut saw your post. Thanks for the info. I was curious as to how things are going so far? I am about to start the driving school and TMC is one of the ones I am interested in.

Well Thomas, I made it to week 4 of driver training, had a friend die, told them I needed to take a week, to attend the funeral and decide if I wanted to continue as an OTR driver. Their response was, they didn't want to continue, and I could quit or they could terminate me, I asked the difference and was told that if I quit then I don't get my last check, but if they terminated me, then I would get my check but that they were putting something on my DAC report. You apparently sign something saying you will drive with them for six months, I don't recall that. I didn't go to school there I paid for it on my own so I'm not sure what the six months thing is.Last night, I happened to talk with my roommate and some other guys I was in orientation with, one of them left before I did, and went with another company and the other two are trying to make it six months so that they can leave

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Orientation at TMC

Well guys and gal, wanted to give y'all an insight on week one. Days 1-3. The bus leaves at 7am on the dot, no sooner, no later, so if you aren't on it.....find a way home. Day one is class, paperwork, tests, and physicals and drug screens. A heads up to all the idiots out there, if you know you can't pass a drug test, don't waist your time or theirs, you will regret it. Days 2&3 more of the same, paperwork and test, with the exception of spending some time straight line backing and time in the simulator, which by the way, I hate. Oh, I forgot, 4 people got sent home day 1. One guy got a ticket for going 90 in a 60, on the way up, and in the rental car they provided him. The others were sent home for medical reasons. Day four, oh day four, we met our drill instructor for securement. This guy is serious, so if you don't think securing a load is that important...don't bother coming. Day four was securement class, learning their policies and the reasons behind them. Day 5, was range, we learned the way they prefer us to back and maneuver. Day six and seven, hands on securement. There's a lot to it, and they exceed D.O.T regs. It makes me feel great about driving for this company. This week will be all about driving. We will be on the range , road, and simulator. Then I will go home to meet my trainer for the next five weeks, and then hopefully... I will come back to Des Moines and be handed the the keys to one of these beautiful trucks. I just wanted to share my experience so far with TMC, and let everyone know, that if you're wanting to go flatbed and you're not an "idiot" this is the place to be.

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I forgot

Lol, luckily, have a buddy who used to drive for them, he's let me know what to expect...and the grass was one of them...lol

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Don't step on the grass up there! You'll understand better when you get there. The old Man is real particular about that grass he's been growing all these years.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Got this friend

OK, thanks Old School, I'll pass the info along.

That's it - they will want to see tax returns. If he was running under the radar and not professionally, some letters from former customers might help prove his history. The letters will need to be notarized.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Got this friend

OK....thanks

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Hey all, seriously, I've got a buddy, who is done with school, waiting to test. He is having a hard time getting a pre hire from anywhere, because of work history. He owned a business, and doesn't have any 1099'S to prove this. What are his options?

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Chicon, Old School ran a business before becoming a career trucker. He can probably provide some reasonable suggestions on employment proof. Beyond that, copies of tax returns and incorporation documents might be a good place to start.

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I forgot

So worried about helping my friend, I forgot to inform you guys, that I PASSED, I'm now a CDL A , holder, it's off to TMC this weekend.

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