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    Centre, AL

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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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

Spaceman, I don’t know that they’d have a problem with an automatic restriction. I’ve only driven a manual truck at ABF once, and it was an old city rig I was bringing in from Tallahassee to be sold. Heck, within a few years, even all the city rigs will be autos.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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

Old dominion I’ve always heard good things about. If I’m on a my first via and doing my own work I do it as quick as possible since I get a half hour minimum. Outside that, or if I’m going to have to put the trailers to the dock or butt them up or extra I sorta drag around to get 45 min or an hour pay for my hooking. Safe is slow after all :)

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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

Here’s the rest of the info. Wouldn’t let me put it all into one post:

Hometime: You can take off after 6, 12, and 18 shifts. After 6 shifts you get 58 hours off, 12 you get 72, 18 you get 96 hours off. If you aren’t at your home terminal at the end of your 6th shift, then the next time you end a shift at your home terminal, you are then allowed to take off as if it were your 6th trip.

Seniority date is based on your first shift. We have 139 or so road drivers in Atlanta, and looking at the seniority list it looks like people who have been here say, five years, are around the 90s-low 100s in seniority. A lot of guys here are nearing retirement age(or past it)so I imagine over the next five years people may be moving up the board very quickly. Seniority get you out of your home terminal first and gives you first choice of available runs. Expect shorter runs a lot for the first year or two with some longer runs mixed in, and as the longer you stay, that will reverse. Of course if you have the seniority and want the short runs, you could do that too I guess. We have bid runs, about 65-70 of them so about half the board. I would guess to get a bid run paying $90k+ you’ll have to be here 8-10 years. But $90k is possible for a hard worker on the extra board from pretty much day one.

The hotels we stay at are decent for the most part, a couple are trashy, a couple are very nice. Once you punch out to go to the hotel they can call you as soon as 8 hours with a 2 hour notice to return.

Runs vary between overnight runs or one day runs but 90-95% are overnight runs where you’ll stay a hotel and come back the next day. 90% of overnight runs will get you back home the very next day. We don’t stay gone for more than one night all that often. It is a contract requirement that they get us home on the 4th day though. If not you get a lot of $ in penalties so it doesn’t happen much. We have 335 mile runs up to 670 mile runs. You may go direct, or 1,2,3,4 stop points in between. Most runs are either direct or just have one stop. We go to Winston Salem, Orlando, and Little Rock a lot. Shreveport, Miami, Tampa, and a few others are going to be frequent runs starting in January.

Teamsters negotiated a new contract in July 2018. Were essentially getting 1cpm raise and roughly $.20/hr raise each year of the five year contract so in 2023 we will be at 67.6 cpm and $26/hr.

I hope this information helps. Forums helped me get started driving. If anyone has questions feel free to ask.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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

Im putting this info out there because ABF is hiring drivers. Heck, they hired me before I even had a full year of experience.

About 10 month after I got my cdl and had some otr experience, I applied at several LTL companies. Had all endorsements before applying. The morning after I applied at ABF, the Atlanta (Conley) linehaul manager called me to schedule an interview for the next time I was home. The interview went well, and a couple of weeks later they called and said I was approved for hire after I passed a DOT/Drug/Hair test. I took the tests, passed, and started in August. The interview was very easy, seemed like most of what went on was making sure I understood the job and making sure all my questions were answered.

Orientation was 3 days, and I did one trip to Mississippi and back before going on my own. Orientation was 8 hours of pay per day ($24.92/hr) and I got paid for the one trip with a trainer as if I had been by myself (62.6 cpm).

Here is all the info I can think of to pass along:

You have thirty days of probation. I was at full pay from day one. Benefits start after probation ends. Automatic enrollment. Probation, it’s ok if you screw up, just don’t get in a wreck or a serious moving violation.

62.6 CPM. It is essentially hub miles. A few routes we run, there are quicker ways to get there than the pay route, but for the most part you’re truly paid for every mile. Want to go a longer way? Go out of route for some bubbas BBQ? No problem, just don’t expect to get paid for it.

$24.92 hourly pay. Hourly pay you get when you’re told to come in at 9, and the load isn’t ready or hooked yet. You get it for any time on other yards while doing hooking yourself, which only seems to happen 2-3 times a week at the most. If there’s a dock worker doing the hooking you still get paid the same to wait while they do the work. At large terminals like Atlanta, Winston Salem, Little Rock, Dayton, etc. you’ll never do the hooking yourself. Other terminals you may only do the hooking yourself at night or on weekends and whatnot. If you’re at a terminal and have to take the truck to a hotel, you get 15 min to drop your set. And another 15 when you come back to hook to your set. If the set isn’t strung, then of course you get paid actual time, not just the 15 minutes and depending on the situation you may get paid a penalty for your set not being hooked when you start your shift out of a hotel. You get hourly pay at the shop if you’re pretripping a truck and find a problem, and on the road if you are broken down and need roadside. No free time is given for that, it starts when the breakdown happens, not after thirty minutes or anything like that. Having started in August, I am averaging $1718.12 a week which is just shy of $90k a year if that average continues. There are drivers making over $100k here, and not just ones that have been around 20 years and have all the seniority. It is possible to hit $100k your third or even second year. I’ve had paychecks over $2600, lowest one was like $930 and that was only for 4 days work.

We get five sick days per year, paid at 8 hours which is almost $200. Use them or lose them. If you haven’t used em by thanksgiving or so, start claiming them on your off days. You don’t have to call in sick to use them, but you can’t work on a day you claim one either.

One week of vacation first year, two weeks after that. Three weeks after eight years. Five weeks after 20. Six weeks after 30. You earn vacation for the year after 180 shifts, or about 7-8 months of work depending on how much you work. Vacation is paid as 6 days of work and based on your average daily earnings.

Layover is paid starting at the 14th hour, with a two hour minimum. So if you aren’t rolling by 14 hours and 1 minute of punching out to go to the hotel you get 2 hours. This would happen at the hotel. You get up to 8 hours pay, give ten hours for free, then start getting paid for up to 8, and so on. Meal allowance is paid as well at certain intervals as well as at a higher rate and more frequent interval if your layover starts on a Sunday.

Holidays are paid at 8 hours, again, almost $200. These include New Years, 4th of July, Labor Day, thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve and day. If you work on a holiday you get the 8 hours as well as a 4 hour bonus, and of course whatever your run for the day pays. Your birthday and company anniversary date are paid as holidays.

Insurance (health, dental, and vision) is all provided at no cost for you, your spouse, and your children. This is not cheap insurance. It is blue cross for health, not sure what the dental and vision is. Very low deductibles and prescription cost, vision is very good, dental is very good. I’m a former HR exec and this insurance plan is one of the best ones available, free or not.

Retirement is sort of a toss. There is a 401k plan, but no match. The plan is decent, good investment options for the average person to set it and forget it. The reason we don’t get a match is because of the pension we receive. I won’t go into the pension because it will likely be bankrupt within a decade. I’m saving enough to not count on the pension or social security, and that isn’t difficult to do with what ABF pays.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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First year pay totals with Prime

I got my own truck after completing Prime's PSD/TNT the last week of October. Currently weekly average (including time off which lowers it quite a bit) for me is $1318. I'm a bit different in that I did our walmart dedicated account in Maine for 3.5 months until we lost it. $1500-1600/wk was normal for me on that account before extra bonuses. I got a bonus for working thanksgiving & Christmas ( I think it was $1250 or $1000 combined...), and a $1000 bonus in March for not quitting when we lost walmart. My average has gone down since losing the walmart account and I am doing Southeast Regional now.

I'm in a lightweight, 47 cpm (39cpm regular and 8cpm per diem is how they pay it out). I'm planning on getting an LTL job in Sept but if I stayed SE Regional until I had my truck for a year I'd project about $68-69k for first 12 months since getting my own truck with Prime. This would include a $2k bonus in June and a $2k bonus in Sept I have coming for not quitting when we lost Walmart (it is $5k total, paid out $1k, $2k, $2k) and before any taxes of course. If I did SE Regional for those 12 months and didn't get any bonuses, I'd be around$58-59k using my current SE Regional only average. Not too shabby.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Do I go to Background Screening before going to DMV for Hazmat Test?

I set up my screening for the next time I'm home and paid the $67 fee online since I have a TWIC already. Do I go to this screening, wait for all that to be cleared and whatnot, then go to the DMV to test & get hazmat endorsement added? I'm in Alabama if that makes a difference.

I want to make sure I do this in the right order as I'm not home very often, an hour away from a screening center, and an hour away from a DMV that does CDL tests, and don't want to waste time running all over the place.

Side note: Always appreciative of the help given on this forum. Started driving for Prime in July, and love my trucking career!!! I'm not sure I would have taken the plunge and left my old job without this site. Hazmat endorsement is to take my career to the next level so I can hopefully land a regional driver job with Estes when my contract with Prime is up in a few months (though I am happy with Prime!). Woohoo!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Another Prime Inc. Training Log (Springfield, MO)

Been very busy! I was out with a trainer two weeks, came back and passed all three tests on the first try which got me a $250 bonus. My trainer was happy too since he got $875 for me passing on the first try instead of $550 for just passing. Been out team driving for a week and a half now, loving it so far.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Another Prime Inc. Training Log (Springfield, MO)

I've had a great week in training! Since I already had a class B with airbrakes, I only had to take the combination and tanker tests at the DMV. I also opted to take the double/triples test just for kicks, passed all 3 the first try. Made a 100 on my sim training, and that was with the instructor being nit picky because in his words "he knew I was good" lol.

Had our first day on the pad today, the guy who took a group of us driving around the pad came up to me and said "you know how to drive, I want you as my trainee" so I take that as a good sign I'm learning well. Shifting came very easy to me, I haven't had any problems whatsoever. Glad I chose Prime, and I leave out Monday morning with my trainer.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Another Prime Inc. Training Log (Springfield, MO)

Well I'm set to go to orientation on July 24th! I've been looking at a career in trucking for about two years now, and have finally decided to pull the trigger. My last day in my human resources job is just 6 days away, then I'm headed to Springfield, MO for Prime Inc's CDL Training program. I appreciated the training logs from others so much, I knew that I needed to write one out myself for others to read and return the favor. After literally years of research here and talking to drivers, I decided on Prime because of their excellent and in depth training program, high starting pay, reputation for safety, and good equipment.

I already have a class B with airbrake/passenger/schoolbus since I have a weekend job driving a shuttle bus. I'm really glad I took this job, both for extra income, the experience driving something bigger than my SUV, doing pre-trips, and taking cdl tests and exams.

It wasn't easy to make the decision to leave my desk job... but I every time I'm driving down the road I look at truckers with envy, picture myself driving that truck, and My current employer offered me a 5%, then a 15%, then a 40% raise to stay - and I turned all the offers down. The 40% raise was tempting though, for sure, but I know I can still make more than that at Prime, and be happier day to day not being stuck in an office. I don't have a family of my own, and I love travelling, so OTR sounds more like an adventure than a job.

Thanks to everyone on this forum for all the information and help you provide! I'll be updating as I have time, and hope that this will help others.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Prime inc Springfield CDL training 3/6/2017 female student

Good to know, thanks for the reply! And best of luck as you continue on your journey!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Prime inc Springfield CDL training 3/6/2017 female student

I'll probably fly unless by the time they confirm my training date the tickets are over $500. Then my inner-frugality will take over and force me to take a 15-18 hour bus lol. Fortunately I can take the Megabus from Birmingham to Memphis to St. Louis and I'll only have to deal will Greyhound from St. Louis to Springfield. Glad to hear you are enjoying going solo! I noticed your truck and another drivers truck on here are full size. Is there a reason you got a full size truck? I'm hoping to get a lightweight for the extra pay.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Prime inc Springfield CDL training 3/6/2017 female student

Thanks for taking the time to create this diary Kori! It is great to read about your success. I am working on getting my training date for prime now, the plan is to start July 24th.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Proper Dress for Interview/Meeting with New Employer

Thanks! Yes, I plan to complete the online application a day or two before I go in. Going in is just to get my name in the managers head and make a good impression to hopefully get my online application to the top of the stack :)

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Proper Dress for Interview/Meeting with New Employer

Haha thanks. I figured a button down shirt would suffice. I can proudly say I don't own wife beaters, sweat pants, or flip flops lol

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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More than .45 cents per mile for new driver

One of the companies at the top of my list is Crete - if they accept drivers from your school, you may want to check them out. $550/wk for 8 weeks with a trainer, then 36cpm for 4 months, then 46cpm. This is on their 21 day out OTR dry van fleet, according to their website and their recruiter I spoke to. I have looked at Prime as well. Seems like a great company. Crete also has a refer division that pays a couple cpm more, called Shaffer.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Proper Dress for Interview/Meeting with New Employer

I'm still ironing all the details out and sorting out my list of potential employers, and getting ready to go to CDL school in the next couple of months. I see there has been a Driver Trainee position in Birmingham AL for Southeastern Freight open for quite a while. I plan to go to the terminal and try to speak with the manager about the position, and give him a copy of my resume and whatnot rather that only apply online. What would you consider appropriate dress for that? I wear a tie everyday now, but I'm thinking that may overdo it a bit. Would a button down shirt and khakis be more appropriate? Every job interview I've had to date I've worn a suit, even for pushing buggies at Publix. I have never interviewed in the transportation industry though.

Thanks for your input!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl pay scale

I'm not looking to contact recruiters this early, as I can't start in this industry until next July (under contract in my current job until then). I have been looking at Roehl because of their focus on safety and excellent training that doesn't require team driving. Could someone tell me the CPM for dry van drivers right out of training? I would also like to know the max CPM for dry van and how long it takes to get their. I know they have a program based on performance, not just longevity.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc. Average Pay for New Drivers

Thanks for your answer Brett. I've had to think about not using my degree, and that is one reason I'm staying where I'm at for at least a few years. That way I'll have several years of experience at the Director level, which is what I'm at now, and can move to office positions in a trucking company if later on I want to stop driving.

But the sheer number of different positions available in trucking I think will keep me busy for a long time. I think I want to do OTR then local tanker or LTL and then drive a city bus to finish out my retirement fund, but the possibilities are truly endless in this industry, which is one thing I really like about it.

Thanks again for all the answers!

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc. Average Pay for New Drivers

Yeah, I don't plan on having an apartment or anything, I plan on staying out on the road and staying with family/friends when I'm off (which will probably be every 3-4 months to keep my pay high and keep myself busy). And with home time being that infrequent, I could even just pick a cool city and stay in a hotel for a few days.

I'm pretty good with time management and planning, so I think I'll be OK in that realm. Hopefully the guy you are talking about will learn his lesson :) He reminds me of a guy I worked with at my last job. I would have my schedules and employee observations done on Monday, often by lunch, while he'd be scrambling to finish his before we closed Friday.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc. Average Pay for New Drivers

Thanks for your answer JakeBreak.

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