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    Chattanooga, TN

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

If you don't want to team, I'd highly recommend finding another carrier. We've had lots of disgruntled drivers come in here trying to get out of that contract. There are drivers that are happy there, but teaming is not for everyone. Starting your career with less than a year experience and a couple thousand dollars debt would be a tough hill to climb if you were to bail after signing up. There should be more options available depending on where you are.

Posted:  1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

It's not necessarily better, it just depends on what tractors the company has available. It probably wouldn't be feasible to get rid of all their manual trucks in one fell swoop.

Posted:  1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Space man, absolutely worth removing the restriction. We have autos and 10spds. All our road trucks are autos however. Most city trucks are 10spds. I'd say most companies are moving towards autos but it helps to be able to drive a manual just in case.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Bobcat, I work for FedEx freight in the atl area

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Every carrier is different I see. Herr at fedex ex it's 28 something an hour and .68 cpm. Hooking a set is .5 of your pay rate and dropping is the same. They pay us to fuel, switch tractors, hook up to a single van or pup, bobtail, etc. We don't have overnight stuff, just shuttles, meet and swaps and half turns.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Started new job

Here at fedex we have outside carriers make pickups and deliveries for our linehaul. I've seen Werner, PAM, western express, us express, crst and so on. Since I work the dock every night, I have a slight better understanding on how some of these warehouses operate. Of course they're all different, but seeing everything from the dockworkers perspective has changed my view on the speed of some shippers and receivers. There have been instances when a single worker is responsible for unloading an entire 53ft trailer of goods. Every pallet, skid, box, crate or whatever else has to be scanned and weighed for accuracy. In addition, that piece then has to be moved to another trailer, scanned again and loaded properly to the destination trailer. You're looking at several minutes for one piece of freight. Multiply that times all the freight on a fully loaded trailer and it could take a while. I've seen some of these guys wait the entirety of my shift to be loaded/unloaded.

Now with that being said, sometimes you wonder what excuses places have for not loading/unloading. Doing flatbed you can see what is being loaded, how much is left to load. I've waited over an hour for a single coil to be loaded, looking right at it as it sits beside my truck. Some places just don't care I guess.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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News Article: Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?

It was definitely the lifestyle for me. Although I miss the open road, it's tough for individuals with families to be on the road while life goes on back home. I'd be interested to see what companies do to attract drivers. Honestly, I don't know of profit margins for carriers are large enough to pay drivers what they want. I saw an article somewhere recently saying all drivers should be making 6 figures. That's possible here at fedex but after lots of time put in. Money does play a part but it's definitely not the only thing.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Summerford truck lines?

Honestly that payscale looks awfully low for flatbed work. Aren't you in Florida? Have you tried Cypress or maybe CT transport?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Routing

As a extra lil cherry on top, there was a chance there would be snow here. Atlanta, superbowl and snow? No thanks

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Tarp or no tarp?

Turtle, where'd you pick those coils up? We usually got ours from Alcoa in TN or Malvern AR.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Routing

Sorry for late reply, but it doesn't really matter which way you take. There really isn't a "quick" way around. I live here. The traffic is always terrible, and with the superbowl in town, it will only be worse. Your best bet is to just leave early and flip a coin.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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The flatbedders will understand

The best part is when the 8ft tarp freezes over night and you've gotta basically peel the thing off the load.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Buuurrrrr, It's Cold Up Here!

One of the few things I don't miss about flatbed lol, stay warm out there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Maverick Transportation

As long as you show up on time and don't do anything stupid it shouldn't be a problem. It is an uncomfortable experience nit knowing what to expect and not being guaranteed anything but you can do it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Maverick Transportation

Hey nooga, meant to reply earlier but was busy. I went to a cdl school in the area back in 2016. I drove for maverick for 2 years or so before going local. They are a great company to work for and if I ever go back otr that's where I'll be. I wouldn't get too hung up on the "if we hire you" thing. Any company that brings you in for orientation can't promise you'll be hired before you pass physicals and drug tests. That's the industry standard and not a maverick thing. Since you also put in an application with McElroy, you're clearly OK with doing flatbed so why not try Maverick out? Even if you don't like flatbed you can always switch back to reefer.

Now since you live in Chattanooga, home time shouldn't be a problem since tons of freight comes through there. Parking your truck may be an issue since there aren't really any truck stops out there. I lived about 30 min south of chatt off 75 where there were several. You may need to get creative when you bring your truck home. You will see a lot of Atlanta, and I mean a lot of Atlanta. I can't say much about the reefer side but with flatbed almost all of my home loads either went through there or around there somewhere.

Also, the agility test was pretty thorough when I went through there. They also test for sleep apnea if you're neck is over a certain size. The 5 ft crate that wolverine mentioned would be a challenge if you're a bigger person. HOWEVER, we had a guy that was probably 6'8 or taller and over 350 lbs get up there so it's not impossible.

Can't think of anything else but let me know if you got anymore questions.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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LTL DAY CAB meals

I got a lil yeti cup that I keep ice in all day for drinks that I store in my bag. I can keep microwavable stuff in the bag and heat it up later. Unfortunately since I'm so new I don't have an assigned truck or route so it's pretty tough right now.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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One year later

Bruce. There are millions of white drivers out there. "Minorities and those with limited opportunities" is a thing of the past pops, just saying. Anyway, if I were you NeekIODN, I'd try to get into ltl somehow. I'll be 29 this year and want to build a nice future for my family. Ltl jobs can be very rewarding once you have seniority built up. It's not uncommon to make 100k+ doing drop and hook no touch.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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*sigh* Western Express

Brett we really need a popcorn smiley on here.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My update

BTW milage pay is very competitive here.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My update

I'm with FedEx freight

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