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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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The Benefits Of Staying With Your Starter Company Beyond One Year - article by G-Town

Great article. My story so far is a fast paced version of that. Lol. With the big company I drove hard but my dispatcher barely complimented me nor asked what I wanted for loads. Usually I would say whatever is best for revenue and getting me out. With my new job, I’m local, but within one year I’m on their special loads and get first dibs on certain loads especially hot loads because of my dependability. I did receive a phone call from the owner asking my opinion on a driver who keeps no call no showing or not delivering on time. They also have been including me in more company oriented details. I think it’s my grasp I have learned on trucking my short time by listening to the older truckers and understanding most things. I have been top 2 driver on the fleet at least 7/8 months with them. And I have the least exp next to their boy that just started.

All in all. Great article. Can’t learn or grow if you jump around.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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TMC Exit review and update on new company.

As some of you know, I started with TMC Transportation. I was trying my best to do a good update on the schooling but just was hard to keep up with. My apologies. I worked for TMC for a year. I will say that I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for them because I found my current employer because of a shared customer.

TMC was a good company. They honored what I was told by the recruiter 98% of the time. I was home weekly, generally speaking I was not forced dispatched. They kept me rolling and I had a good relationship with my dispatcher. My first solo month with them was really rocky. My truck was in the shop 4 times in two weeks for the same issue. Ended up making more in breakdown pay than I did with loads. However, my FM got me into another truck and everything went upwards. I did have some issues with them giving me loads that delivered 11-13 hours away for a Monday run that I wasn't pleased with because it did not allow me much time with family or even church. I ran it though because it was my job to. Plus if it got me through the house, then I wasn't going to complain. I did have a few close calls with four wheelers and did have a couple incidents. But overall, I ended up with a good 120k miles. I was near that mileage the last I checked with TMC. Before I quit, I was the top 5 on my FM's board. Which I was proud of. I made decent money and was trying this career out. I will say the only negative things I had with them, was the fact that I was instructed to schedule my wife to be induced with my daughter because it was easier for them to ensure I was home for it. Even kept me within 250 miles of home close to the due date, but also had a load removed from me because I was trending to do more than 5 loads that week. Is what it is. The other negative thing I have with them was the fact that I sent receipts in for essential items for Oversize loads or replacement parts. I was 4 hours from my truck and they wanted a receipt that I sent them 4 months ago otherwise I was would be charged for the items. That $150 killed my pay especially being off on paternity leave. Other than that, overall I would give them a 4/5. I would go back if I needed to.

Now, while working for them, I was picking up at a customer about 30 mins from my house and made the comment that I wanted to see my wife and daughter but couldn't because of the load. The shipper mentioned their in-house carrier was looking for a driver and to give them a shot. I called them and was told I needed 2yrs min of experience. However, the insurance put me on and I got a job working locally. Well, within a 250 radius. To say the least, I have been here since October and I have learned a lot. Especially truck maintenance, as well as the things TMC never wanted you to mess with unless you was specifically instructed to. This company does not tarp loads and hauls rebar and wire mesh. An occasional steel billet or steel fence posts for filler. It is a small outfit with 5 drivers. The owner, myself, and two other drivers. The fifth is the owner's son who just turned 18 and has his CDL. He stays within the state but he also serves as our mechanic. They do a lot of maintenance themselves or reach other if needed. IF they cannot do it or figure it out, they send the truck to the shop. As of today, I am currently at 54K miles. I make similar to what I did for TMC and earlier this year, before my 6th month with them, they bought me a truck of my choice. Since Marmons are hard to find, I said a w900. All of his vehicles are ELD exempt due to their year. Mine is a 97 and I think the newest truck is a 99. I had my share of oh man moments when I started because I was use to having a governed truck lol. Idk how many times I noticed my speedometer buried. I quickly learned how important cruise control is lol. However, I do help TMC drivers out and give them advice with loads. Some listen some mock me but when I get loaded after them and are leaving the shipper while they are still securing I do chuckle. I will say that they was right when smaller companies do become demanding. I am currently top 3 every week with gross to the truck. Even though I am beat out by the owner and his boy, the other guys have me beat in exp so I take a lot of pride in that. His boy usually runs two loads a day due to his restriction, which is ok, but I still love beating him and the boss lol. I am making the same percent as I did with TMC and at my 1yr mark, they have an incentive for pay depending on how much the truck grosses. IE 3200 pays 30% 4000 pays 35%. Anyways, If you have any questions, feel free and respond and I will do my best to help!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Is this fishy or normal?

I'm making the change. My wife had concerns but they were answered by the company themselves. When I turned my application in the boss and his wife both were hospitable. After seeing their size, 5 trucks, my wife realized why they were eager. Matter of fact I was told after 6 months they would find a deal on my "ideal" truck. I got a text that the driver that I'm replacing, has the truck I want. So they went ahead and gave it to me. I turn in my truck next week to TMC. They tried retaining me but couldn't really match what the smaller company could.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Is this fishy or normal?

Wife is probably a 2 against job. She understands that the one truck not running is probably the reason for their eagerness. And no 1099 or under table stuff has been mentioned

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Is this fishy or normal?

My wife seems a little alarmed by the eagerness. And they are doing 1-2 loads a day. Which honestly isn't bad. At least from what I've been told from other companies. And they are a legit company. Small but legit. Nice equipment too.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Is this fishy or normal?

So I made it a year and almost with 3 weeks left solo driving, I've managed 110,00k miles so far. Not bad for a flatbed rookie right? Lol. I have been offered a job locally that seems like a really good opportunity. However, my wife thinks it's fishy because of their eagerness to get me rolling. I was told that they want me rolling so they can keep up with freight. Seems legit right? They are an in house carrier for two companies and don't go passed 250 miles. Since this is still new to me, should I be alarmed? I've hauled for their one customer multiple times and their customer told me to inquire with them since I live so close. Figured I would get some input on the matter. Thanks in advance!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

I've been solo for about 5 months now. It's not been bad at all. I'm around 55k miles to date. Not bad considering the few breakdowns I have had. TMC does not mess around when it comes to keeping their trucks rolling. There's been issues that I would be ok driving through but they would send me to get it repaired. Definitely recommend their driving school. Not many places will do it so cheap and actually get you ahead of the game. Do you have any questions Matt?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

If you want to ask any questions go ahead. I'm sure I have some knowledge by now lol. Even in my worst weeks I still made decent. My first truck was in the shop 4 times in my first month. Issue with emissions. I had the 579 which is a real nice truck. I loved it. My fleet manager got me into a different truck and my numbers have been great. She even said she saw an improvement lol I was like...I got a new truck lol. Even when you are down like I was this week when my 388's clutch went out, I asked if there was anything I could do. And I had to go recover a truck and I'm using it until mine is fixed. Seems like if something is wrong mechanically it's automatically fixed. If it's minor they usually try to hold off.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Owner operator

I know 3 months is premature. But I'm s numbers guy and I was just curious if my numbers listed above were in the right ball park. I understand that if you don't run, you don't make money. Just curious.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Owner operator

So I am new to trucking, like 3 months solo experience and my wife made a comment one day about me owning a business and I was like. Why not go owner op? She was like uhhh that scares me. I had a buddy who was and who he was leased to wasn't giving him enough loads and ended up selling his rig and going company. So I thought on this possibility. Granted I still know little but am learning, I was wondering if my numbers I've been watching have been somewhat accurate.

I work for TMC. And I know what they pay owner ops here. I used their percentage for what loads I've been getting. Here is my calculating numbers

75% of each load. Fuel surcharge ( I used .30 cpm) not sure if that surcharge is for loaded only or both bounce and loaded. 250 week towards truck payment. Assuming monthly payments are 1,000 .35-.40 cpm for wear. And 300-500/week for elogs and other items of expense.

Using these numbers my gross after fuel and expenses with these numbers have been 1300-2000. Which then a percentage of that would be put back for taxes. Am I on the right track? Lol I'm not jumping into it but if I can get an idea, maybe being an o/o won't be so scary for my wife lol

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

Sorry I'm late on the responses. Otr training was not bad. I had a good trainer. Everything is going well. They definitely have held up to what I was told via recruiter. Unless I get a good offer after my first year, def will stay with these guys

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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First month solo @ tmc

Hey everyone. So far so good. Had a rough couple weeks. Aftertreatment issues cost me two days of work. Plus hitting a pole going into a customer cost me a two days. But other than minor trailer electrical stuff, I love it. Drove 611 miles one day and that's after unloading and reloading. My fleet manager is impressed with how good I run. Said I do better than half her guys. Whether or not that's true time will tell lol. Still trying to figure out what gloves work best for this job. Went through 2 pairs in one month, but pilot points just keep adding up lol. And is there a such thing as a tmc ghost fleet? Heard rumors of it. Not sure you experienced drivers know of it. I know this post is all over the place. Just so much to type and not sure what to say lol. I do have my untarping and rolling the tarps and getting straps of away down to an hour and 15 mins. And tarping and securing is about 1hr 30. I guess that's good considering I've never done this and have less than 2 months driving truck period. Anyways any tips or ideas?

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

Sorry for the lack of updates. Will you have your cdl when you get out of the military? Or are you getting it through them? I learned that depending on the class size will dictate the schedule. My class had two people in it. What I exp may be different because of class sizes.

Day 3 we worked on finishing videos and forms of needed and was taking out driving to evaluate my skills and see what needs worked on.

Day 4 they had us meet with recruiting to discuss referal program and reimbursement. Also took a personality test so they can pair us up with trainers and fleet managers. Which was retry accurate btw. The 2nd half of day 4 we started load securement class. Spent 4 hours doing classroom art of it.

Day 5 was load securement. Did load securement from 0630 to roughly 2100. Homework was to study 19 things needed for 20 ton coil and memorize them. And they have an order. We also reviewed for the test.

Day 6 we did load securement. Not as long this day. We reviewed for the test and worked on memorizing the 19 things.

Day 7 we did some load securement things. We stayed later this day than what is normal because TMC has a no alcohol policy while your here. Someone found alcohol and so the whole live and die as a team mentality came into play but anyways. We did tarp folding. Reviewed for the test and then took the test. I got 76/77 correct. I missed one because I rushed and didnt read the answered right.

Day 8-11 we drove for the first half of the day and backed the 2nd half. Worked on pti ( pre trip inspection).

Day 12 we drove some and cleaned the trucks.

Day 13-15 we had off due to Labor Day.

Day 16 we drove dot route and worked on pti and backing.

Day 17 practiced pti and backing. Took exam drove some after exam

I passed my exam so day 18 was driving day.

And today is 19. I leave to go home an meet my trainer

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

Day 2

Today was rather uneventful. All classroom work. Did route planning. Signed our contracts. Did a few power points, went over esop and benefits, as well as pay. Tomorrow they will put us in a truck to assess what we know and what we need to work on. Only homework we have is to watch the hours of service video.

Posted:  3 years ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

Day 1: Classroom, Physical, and physical assesment.

Today was day one of the in house program at TMC. Day started and we rode a bus to the training center. Got off and was quickly seperated into our different groups. Upon the seperation we was quickly introduced to the online part of the classroom. Filled out forms while waiting for the bus to leave for the physical. At 0800 we left for the physical. I didn't take one prior to coming, which I regret now. Mainly for an injury that happened a month ago. Now I am trying to get a copy of my release. But anyways. Physical was done and shuttled back to the training center. After arriving we were directed to a garage for our physical assessment. They had a P.T come in to instruct us on how to lift the lumber tarps. Also how to craw and climb. We climbed a ladder onto a container and then had to stand at the edge, then climbed back down. Did some stretches and proceeded to the tarp station. We had to lift a 40# tarp, an 80# tarp and the big 120#. The 120# was what we was graded on. We had to pick it up, place it on the flatbed and then proceed to climb onto the flatbed, put it onto a coil, move around coil, pull the tarp off coil, get off trailer, and then get tarp and carry back to starting point. Once that was finished, we had lunch and was back in the classroom working on forums, tests and modules on the job. Left at 4pm. Now relaxing lol.

Side note, the drive here was pertty interesting. 10 hours for me and the other guys was 18. Hopet his was quasi detailed enough.

Posted:  3 years ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

I am aware of the tricks of the trade. One company could not verbally say I would be home weekly and then told me if I moved to where I live now it might be possible. But with TMC their website states guaranteed weekend home times for my area.

Posted:  3 years ago

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TMC Transportation Class A in house Program

On the 22nd I will be starting my training for my cdl with TMC. I am unsure how long they have been doing this, so I figured I would ty to blog my exp.

Here is my background and reasons I chose TMC.

I am 26yrs old minister and just got married three weeks ago. I have worked factory jobs and some office jobs in my adult life. Recently the shop I am currently at cut our hours and was on the verge of laying off. For anyone who is getting married would not take this lightly. I threw the idea out to my fiancé after a sparked interest after meeting an O/O. She was very supportive since I have no college education. After researching here and making calls, I was on the verge of signing with Millis Transfer. I applied at Millis, Schneider, and swift. Schneider had opportunities but not what I was expecting. Millis couldn't give me the home time I needed. In a dilemma I was unsure if I should drive. I called a driving school and they listed companies that sign out of their school. I wrote them down and called to inquire more about their company. I spoke to TMC and the recruiter was very open and even offered to make a conference call to bring my fiancé in to discuss stuff. Not only that but unlike other companies, she kept in touch. Schneider told me to call back when I was ready and the same with Millis. The time I made the decision to pursue driving, I was getting married and couldn't postpone the honeymoon. TMC worked around that and my ministerial obligations. I told them when and its been history since. My recruiter and I have talked almost every week either phone or email. This spoke to me and my wife a lot. Well this is all I can think of for now. Stay tuned for updates!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Anticipation

So August 22, I start with TMC Training. Where I'm at just went to one shift running my area because we have too much in stock and all I'm thinking about it getting started sooner. Any advice for a new guy getting into flatbed right off the bat? I was reading the tarps weigh 125. I guess if I can pick up a 200# part and walk it 3 feet with no issues I should be good right? Just little concerned about some things. Especially since my wedding day is in 2 days lol

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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TMC Company Sponsored CDL Training

I am doing this. Really cheap too. Do have to sign on for a year but their flexibility is what hooked me. I start the 22nd of August

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Yay!!!

I got my permit and will be starting training in August with TMC. I really appreciate Brett and the High Roads Training. That sure did help me. Prior to taking my test I read our state manual just to be safe. Only endorse me I didn't get was my Hazmat. I will start a thread when I start training. I'll do my best to recap the days. I'm excited, my soon to be wife is excited and most of all I'm gonna do something I've wanted to do since I was knee high to a grasshopper lol.

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