Profile For Des

Des 's Info

  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years ago

Des 's Bio

Still rolling..still loving it:)

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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

Thanks Joshua..I could go to Phoenix, but they'd put me right back to my terminal. The only think wrong with my performance is low miles. I don't have criticals or even over speeds and like I said my decline % is low. I could go back to training, but even then I didn't get great miles and now unless I did super solo the whole time and no offense to students, but I couldn't sleep if they were driving in the kind of bad weather that my region gets and will get for the next few months. I would assume my stats are pretty available with my truck # for planning.

Ive seen it posted here before, but if youre not getting the desired outcome after speaking with your DM/FM, try going one link higher up the chain. Don't threaten, don't blame (not saying that you would), just ask if there is some way you can improve your performance in order to get more mileage? Or find out if its something that is localized, i.e the load planner doesnt know that you're a reliable driver and as such isnt putting more on your plate.

I hope you find what you're looking for either waysmile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

I'm not going to give up just yet, but like I said we had this discussion and I don't have any other option but to move on if it doesn't change soon. The two preplans I've gotten since that discussion on Tuesday are not a very promising sign for my future here. 300 and 400 miles with too much time between preplans. Literally the only time I ran 3000 in 18 months was team and surge for Walmart. Not even training.

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I have discussed it with both. It's unfortunate..I consider myself a good safe consistent driver yet I'm lucky to get 2000 a week and that's rare. I wait for a preplan and they're usually 500 miles with a day in between to deliver. And it's not for declining (my decline % is low)..I chain..I do what's expected of me. The only time I seem to get decent loads is if it's for hometimes which I do admit, for the most part they are very good about.

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DES, I could have written your post. This last 2 1/2 weeks I have hit close to 3k per week. I am 7 months in with Swift. My first 6 months I averaged 1800 per week. Lots of sitting as well. I spoke to my DM 3 Weeks ago coming off of HT and made it clear that I needed more miles. I was VERY polite and professional about it. I will see if the good miles keep coming, I hope so. It is a bit disheartening to hear you are still dealing with it 18 months in. Keep us posted on your progress/ decision.

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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

I have discussed it with both. It's unfortunate..I consider myself a good safe consistent driver yet I'm lucky to get 2000 a week and that's rare. I wait for a preplan and they're usually 500 miles with a day in between to deliver. And it's not for declining (my decline % is low)..I chain..I do what's expected of me. The only time I seem to get decent loads is if it's for hometimes which I do admit, for the most part they are very good about.

Des, have you talked to your DM about your waiting and your miles? I also drive for Swift, and after my first few months I hardly ever waited for a dispatch. And if you're consistently hitting at least 2500-3000 miles per week, what's wrong with that?

Remember, moving to another company also puts you at the back of the seniority line. 18 months with any company gets you over the "new driver" hump. My advice is to talk with your DM or FM before you make any move.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

What made you choose Marten?

I am going to be switching over to Marten in a couple weeks myself.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

G-Town..no worries. I have 100% on time, no tickets, no accidents and -3 RA points. I don't know if it's being Western 11 or what, but I don't get the miles that I think I should and always wait for hours for a preplan after I empty. Good to know about Marten..not that I won't do reefer, but its not my first choice. Thx

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

Thank you. I appreciate all advice:) Wasn't expecting to change companies in less than two years. Hoping whatever company I work for next will be my last.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transport?

I haven't been on here in a little while. There's some awesome new features. I know High Road helped me with my CDL training:) So, I've been dryvan with Swift for a year and a half now..I know that's like a lifetime with Swift..lol. I think it's time to move on. I'm a western 11 driver and plan to stay that way..and yes even in the winter. I've been thinking about Marten Transport, but can't seem to find out anything from drivers anywhere besides a few comments on Indeed. I have seen they have great equipment, but heard you must park at their yard for hometimes within so many miles. My concern with that is that I rarely take hometimes in the same place..might be San Diego one month and Wyoming the next. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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An honest question to maybe help get a better idea of what it's like on the road.

I'm in school (Swift 2nd week) and we were told that they're back logged for road training, so we all go home for a few weeks (4 - 6 for Tennessee) depending on our state after skills evaluations. My question is..does anyone know in general what rider policies are? I'm going to be off for weeks already, was hoping to maybe go on the road with someone for a couple days to see what it's like. Not for training..not for me to touch the steering wheel. Just to get an idea. Two weeks ago was the first time in my life I was anywhere near a truck besides on the highway or a gas station.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

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At any given company your information is on a computer. If you get frustrated with your recruiter, call the generic recruiting number, ask whoever answers if they can help because your first recruiter isn't returning calls.

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That's funny. I really didn't want to be a pain, but that's exactly what I finally did and the guy who answered said.."Hold on..she's sitting right across from me"..lol.

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Im at Prime now in orientation. They said they get over 4,000 calls a week and only take about 100 of them. So if you want in with Prime you may have to show some effort and be a pest. I did my app online and called as soon as I submitted it. Good luck

I'm going with Swift. Leaving tomorrow am.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Swift Training Journal

I'm leaving for school Sunday to go to Memphis for training with Swift. I'm with you on the pre-trips. I've watched about a thousand videos and have studied my tush off, but am going to keep studying and until I get it perfect. I had a post about being frustrated with my recruiter, but she has totally stepped up since then. Kinda thinking from reading posts on here and groups on other websites that that's pretty much par for the course in this industry when it comes to dealing with what you think might happen and what will happen. I think I might start a post about leading up to and what to expect. It certainly helped me so far. This is by far my favorite trucking website for information. Good luck out there future driver:)

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

At any given company your information is on a computer. If you get frustrated with your recruiter, call the generic recruiting number, ask whoever answers if they can help because your first recruiter isn't returning calls.

That's funny. I really didn't want to be a pain, but that's exactly what I finally did and the guy who answered said.."Hold on..she's sitting right across from me"..lol.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

When I applied online it was the same way, she called the next day. I would've thought email as well, but it didn't work with her. She started texting me and that seemed to bridge that communication gap when I can't get a hold of her or her voicemail is full. I totally understand people get busy.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

Not calling back, then when she did..thinking I was in school last week. It's okay for now..finally scheduled June 1st.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

No..just getting the run around from recruiter.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting seriously frustrated

Swift..I've been a model employee all my life. I don't do drugs and have zero charges. I just want to drive. If it's just a recruiter thing I can understand..if not I'm going to Prime.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Swift Training Memphis 3/30/15

I'm going to Memphis. I was told it was 17 days, but who knows..lol. I'm assuming I'll be doing my state testing there since my home state is TN. I wonder if it had anything to do with the cameras that were supposed to be installed in Company trucks. Hope you get to finish up soon😀

Posted:  7 years ago

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High Road Online CDL Training Program

Memphis for school, then hopefully Fontana as my home terminal. Although I've heard it really doesn't make that much of a difference where your home terminal is. My goal now that this is my new study material is to ace them😀 I love it..it catches me off guard every time..lol😂

Posted:  7 years ago

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Swift Training Memphis 3/30/15

I'm scheduled Monday May 18th. My recruiter told me it's booking up fast. Was considering Prime, and Covenant (absolutely no offense to anyone who is, I'm just not super religious) as well, but I'm originally from CA not far from Fontana, and I'd like that to be my home terminal even though I'll probably rarely see it. Thanks for the info. As you probably well know, you can get tons of different stories about what you need and don't need. Another forum was saying that even though my DR is on the DOT registry, I would still have to get yet another physical when I got down there. Did you make it back to Memphis Squirrel?

Posted:  7 years ago

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High Road Online CDL Training Program

Extremely impressed by this study material and method. I really thought I was prepared until I started this. This is a DEFINITE must for anyone who is just starting, is in the process(CDL school), or even as a refresher. I've been on what seems like a million forums, blogs, and test websites. This one is by far the most comprehensive I've seen😀

Posted:  7 years ago

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Swift Training Memphis 3/30/15

I'm about to start Swift in Memphis as well. Thanks for your updates Squirrel. I have an appointment for my DOT physical on Thursday. I thought they gave you a form to take to the DMV that day so you can take your permit test? I was planning on going right after. I'm visiting family in KY (also where I'm taking my physical) and testing in my home state TN. I have to wait for them to send it? Confused😟

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