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    Albuquerque , NM

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Mclane?

Not to stick my nose where it doesn't belong but have you tried a Old Dominion if one is near you? They had me do shuttles last week and it pays the minimum $25 per hour not every location has shuttles however. I run Extra board Linehaul at .57 CPM and I start every night at 9:30 PM it definitely helps me keep a regular sleep schedule.

No, you have a right to put in something, i posted this publicly and have no issue with you guys giving advice or mentioning something. On another note I hope to get on with an LTL, old dominion is like 5 miles from my house it is across the street from the swift yard, but with how things are for me right now, Mclane will be a good fit. Its a run on my favorite interstate and I will be the 5th driver to work at this domicile, we don't even have a yard yet, that's how new this is. So the other opportunities may come around as well. Also forgot to mention that 4 days of work is the common thing, but due to lack of drivers I would probably be doing 5 runs instead. I understand it's a pay cut, but I can afford it.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Mclane?

Sorry, not that anyone asked but I don't think that's a good opportunity.

That overnight shift is brutal and you'll have extremely low miles every week multiplied by only .46cpm means you're not going to be making any money. You'll probably have to remain on the night shift on your days off unless you're good at flip-flopping.

.46cpm is really, really low for a shuttle run. If I were you I would wait a little longer and get more experience and try to get another opportunity.

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Got a phone interview tomorrow.

From what the recruiter told me I would be driving up to Raton,NM trading trailers and then come back to Albuquerque. 450 miles round trip with pay of .46 a mile. Usually working 4 days with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off or Monday, Tuesday, Friday off. Beginning at 1700 and ending around 0700.

Dependent on how busy it is we may do 5 days on. Regardless two days off instead of just a 34 sounds great.

Let them know of my preventables and according to the manager interviewing me tomorrow, it shouldnt be a problem. Hope it works out and that I get on with them.

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450 miles X .46cpm = $207

450 miles X 4 days = 1800 miles weekly

1800 miles X .46cpm = $828 GROSS weekly

You said shift is 1700 to 0700 which means 14 hour days.

Since this is a local job let's break it down to hourly pay which we never should do on an OTR job. $207 X 14 = $14.78 per hour

It's difficult to turn down a job but this is one I wouldn't even consider especially considering you'll be working 14 hour shifts overnight.

Made a typo with the times working. Didnt realize it until now, that would be a crazy long shift for miles that short, messed up the math on my part. If anything it will be a shorter shift, no longer than 10 hrs unless something goes wrong on either side. Probably finishing even earlier because its cpm I wont have to take my sweet time.

If you only knew the hours I work now haha, I do walmart. Its the whole reason I am willing to take a pay cut.

Been working nights for the last 3 months and prefer them, problem with this account i am on, there is no consistent schedule. So i flip flop around a lot. I dont mind the nights as long as it is a consistent schedule.

The flip flopping is taking a toll on me. I just slept all night and gurantee ill have to force myself to sleep all day today because theyll keep me on nights. Thing is they may need me this morning so i couldnt take the gamble and not delay my sleep either. Thanks for your input though, I dont need that much money to survive over here and the more off time is worth it.

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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Mclane?

All that is left now is driving test, drug test, finishing my app for gaps in employment, and finally get flown out to Aurora for orientation. If all goes well, I will be in a mclane truck by July.

Now i need to see if I can get into a manual truck to practice again. A little nervous due to me not having any manual experience. Havent drove one since i got my cdl.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Mclane?

Got a phone interview tomorrow.

From what the recruiter told me I would be driving up to Raton,NM trading trailers and then come back to Albuquerque. 450 miles round trip with pay of .46 a mile. Usually working 4 days with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off or Monday, Tuesday, Friday off. Beginning at 1700 and ending around 0700.

Dependent on how busy it is we may do 5 days on. Regardless two days off instead of just a 34 sounds great.

Let them know of my preventables and according to the manager interviewing me tomorrow, it shouldnt be a problem. Hope it works out and that I get on with them.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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How long did it take you to get good at backing?

Took me a good 1.5 years. Driving for 2 years now and I still have trouble. It comes with experience. All i can say is to always GOAL no matter what and do not rush. You will get better, just be patient.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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Bad decision.

Should have parked at Little America in Flagstaff. What time is your delivery in La Mirada? I am so glad I dont have to run the Los Angeles area anymore haha.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Truck Stop Advice: Fiance' driving from San Antonio to Tacoma, WA

Seeing that you listed Santa Fe, i wanted to say to stay away from Albuquerque, crime is pretty bad and a lot of out of towners have had their things stolen.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Sick of OTR and living in a truck

The windshield time will have you doubting your self from time to time. I know it does for me. I got out of OTR and do walmart dedicated with my company now. Some weeks I am home every day, some every couple of days, and some I am gone all week. I like being able to go home, but with the schedule I work, quality time can be hard to come by. I was able to have better visit time with family and was able to make more things because i could manipulate my off times and get a free ride to any location I wanted.

Being that I am dedicated I cant balance a schedule I like and have way less freedom. Part of me is tempted to leave, but I also left OTR for a good reason too.

Change never hurts, especially when it helps your perspective. Even with those bummers I mention, the fact that I dont wait in docks anymore and have to search for empties makes me love my account.

If you dont like reefer, stop pulling it or change your perspective. I like doing backhauls because the reefer running helps me sleep.

Lastly dont keep score of all the bad things. I do that when I am feeling burned out and it makes me feel miserable. Thing is in trucking there really is no work life balance even if your home everyday. You just gotta deal with whatever comes your way and choose what best fits, even if there are some things that suck and there always will be things that suck.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Diaz Foods Reviews Needed

Not to be rude, but why dont you ask them. With a name like that, it sounds like a lot of close quarter truck driving and that you will be touching freight. If I were you I would learn more before committing to them. You live in a city with many opportunities, so dont just settle on one place.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mclane?

So the gig is every other nite out? Not a bad deal. Something like that is the closest I personally would come to doing local. But, that is me.

Yeah. Albuquerque is 446 miles from Aurora. So one night at a hotel or a truck (not sure if they run sleepers for shuttle), then back home the next.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mclane?

Thanks everyone. It looks like they need shuttle drivers mainly because most of the guys dont want to spend a night in Aurora. Kind of like p&d spots at a LTL are hard to come by because those guys are home every night. Regardless thought I would give it a shot. I enjoy working with Swift and doing walmart, but I would like to be home even more. Kind of why i switched in the first place, but nonetheless I will let everyone know how it goes.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Mclane?

Not sure if anyone on here has had experience with them, but thought i would ask. I just applied for a shuttle job with them. Ill be taking empty trailers from Albuquerque drop yard and bringing back loaded ones from Aurora for the local guys in Albuquerque to deliver. Sounds like a good gig and is what i have been looking for. Hoping they take me, but my past may hurt me. Doesnt hurt to try.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

Get all of them right away. I have an opporunity at an LTL company doing linehaul, but it has been delayed due to me not having the endorsements. Should of listened to the advice. Live and learn.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Averitt vs. Old Dominion

At OD, you can move from P&D to linehaul but there is no firm timeline. It could be years. I have thought about risking a chat with the terminal manger at OD, who seems accessible and reasonable, about my anxiety over P&D and my desire for a linehaul position instead. Worst case, he says it's P&D or nothing and I have a nice shuttle job at AE waiting for me.

Yes I'm from Milwaukee. The south side near the airport is busting with LTLs. I've considered all of them and have applied at a few. They all interviewed me and conditionally offered me jobs. I can't imagine there being a better time to be job hunting as a rookie driver.

I see, over here in Albuquerque the main positions being advertised are linehaul. It doesn't hurt to ask. Like I said you can always do it later on.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Averitt vs. Old Dominion

Do what works for you. You can always run with Averitt and then eventually go to a company that pulls doubles. Also did you talk to the people at old dominion to see if you could be put on Linehaul?

Saw your from Milwaukee? There should be quite a bit of opportunity with linehaul.

Posted:  2 months ago

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I done did it.

Way to go man! You're awesome! Nice shower selfie btw haha--is that a Love's?

Its the petro in Amarillo haha, good eye.

Posted:  2 months ago

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I done did it.

2 years. Wow.. time really does fly by. Just the other day i was another eager rookie asking basic questions and fearing the unknown. Went from only being to 4 states in 21 years of my life, to 43 of the 48.

The experiences alone will follow me for a long time. Got debt free in a year, saved for another year, and now I got myself a place to lay my head and a car to drive without having to wait for another check to come in.

OTR was good well it lasted, but now i am enjoying the normalcy of a dedicated account and hopefully in a few more months will be pulling a wiggle wagon. That was the plan when i first went to Phoenix to get my CDL.

Thanks to everyone for being my trucker support group and setting me straight when things got tough. Its been full of many ups and downs, but i am glad i stuck it out. Here is to another year!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Game

Oil

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Need help from the swifties

I was in the same situation as you, not with a dedicated mentor, but my mentor didnt teach trip planning to me.

First and foremost get a truckers atlas to match the routes swift gives you to make sure you can take them.

The main macros you will use are 1 for arrival at shipper, 2 for loaded call, 3 and 4 if you have a load that has more than one stop, 5 and 6 for arival at final and empty call, 8 for home time, 9 to accept, counter, or reject a load, 10 to message planner to ask for load, 11 for when you get fuel, 22 when you are running late, and 34 to update pta/eta.

Basically everybody does those macros even on dedicated. Other ones i use/used are 7 for payroll to make sure my check is right, 30 for load offers (company drivers can use this macro dont let the terminal rats tell you otherwise), 31 to accept one of those load offerings, 40 when you need to pay a lumper fee (make sure to get some comchecks). I am leaving some out but most of the others you usually wont use or rarely use.

Ill give you a more in depth trip plan in a little bit. Im on my phone so its hard to type that up. Email me at jensendevan@gmail.com. Ill give you my number thru it so you call or text me when you need help. These first few months will break you, you just have yo push through. If i made it anyone can. Good luck!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Drivers

Should be this week. Checked my check history and the last bonus was paid the week after the end of the quarter. So a nice fat check should hit the bank this week! 😁😁😁

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