Profile For Mike L

Mike L's Info

  • Location:
    Hermitage, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Questions about Schneider Family Dollar

All that nonsense involved in unloading your truck you'd be better off in flatbed. I make a killing doing it

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I understand old school and g town. I'll do my best and buckle down for a year. Things should turn around and get better all in time. Thank you

Exactly, you will have to have some staying power to make it into a decent paying job. It's all on you to put it together and make it worth while. Many try, but a lot of them go back to the internet to air out their baseless claims against the trucking industry. They never understood how important their personal efforts were. They thought they could make a lot of money just by showing up to work everyday.

Put on your A game relentlessly and you'll succeed at this. Play hard or go home - It's the path to success out here.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Not to bad

In 2005 I made 27500 driving and I was making 300 a week April and May in training. When I left Stevens due to emergency, I was off almost 2 months. January to April I was on 190 a week unemployment. So not bad for a rough first year. After Stevens I was on zone pay, 750$ for run to LA and back to Mt. Airy NC. 5-6 days. 800 to Northern Cal and back. 900 to Washington and back.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I'm waiting on my call back from TMC they are running my record...

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I did hospice care last year and did pretty well...if you like being surrounded by death

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Work for eat n park lol

Wow, I have a culinary degree and have been working in restaurants for a good part of 26 years, one year off and worked otr. I barely pull down 30,000, granted I do not want a salary and 60plus hours a week in a hot kitchen. Ten minutes ago I was just offered a whopping 11.50 an hr to run a hot line.... Where can I get 40,000$???

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Restraunt *

I have to make enough to cover my bills I have a family of 4. Recruiters blow smoke I know that so 40 is high. I can make more working in a restraint at that rate

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Mike has reservations?

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Yourgas trucks are beautiful man but the avg driver makes 40k per the recruiter

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And what's so bad about $40k/year? New drivers should expect $30k as they learn the ropes.

But you seem to be disappointed about $40k, which the recruiter told you, and recruiters are known for puffing up their income amounts.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I have to make enough to cover my bills I have a family of 4. Recruiters blow smoke I know that so 40 is high. I can make more working in a restraint at that rate

Mike has reservations?

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Yourgas trucks are beautiful man but the avg driver makes 40k per the recruiter

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And what's so bad about $40k/year? New drivers should expect $30k as they learn the ropes.

But you seem to be disappointed about $40k, which the recruiter told you, and recruiters are known for puffing up their income amounts.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Yourgas trucks are beautiful man but the avg driver makes 40k per the recruiter

I talked to a recruiter from yourga awhile ago. They had a nice account for my area that would have had me home daily and I probably would have made more money because it is a union job. But I decided I wanted to be a door swinger and go see the country lol and honestly I don't regret it.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Old school do you know anyone that works for Yourga out of wheatland Also thanks for all the info

By OD are you meaning over dimensional?

If that is the case then I would say you need to get a year experience in as a flat bed driver first before you try that. Now we've got a member here, Pat who does oversize loads quite a bit and he started out as a rookie doing it. I just can't in good conscience recommend it to someone I know nothing about. It takes a good head on your shoulders, a really good grasp of all the math involved in calculating the proper load securement practices, and it takes a driver who is really on the ball at paying attention to his surroundings. All those things are developed in your first year as a flat-bedder.

Mike, if you want to make good money as a truck driver you have got to start as a regular guy - that's what you are - not being critical here, but you have got nothing to offer right now but a fresh butt in the seat and a new set of hands on the wheel - there are thousands of new guys just like you out there wanting jobs. That first year is where it all changes. If you start out as a flat-bed driver and hang in there for the first year, you will actually be a rare commodity, and that is when you can start earning more money. Literally about 2 or 3 percent make it and keep at it. I almost doubled my starting pay by the time I was starting my second year as a flat-bed driver. That doesn't happen for everyone, and I started out really low, but I proved myself an over achiever, and brother that is what trucking companies are looking for.

Performance is the name of the game here in this business. You see, right now you are looking at all these companies, and you are digging around for what they can do for you. That is why you like the percentage pay, and or the guarantee of a thousand dollars a week. You are going about it all backward, because what they are looking for is the kind of person who comes in to work humble, willing to learn, and willing to give it all they've got day in and day out. I promise you that you would be surprised if you were to ride with me. We would drive all night much of the time, sleep in strange places that you would never dream of as a good place to park, and we would get some other truck drivers upset with us because we were parked in such a way that we are blocking them from getting into a loading dock before us. There would be times when we would be getting unloaded at 4:30 in the morning even though our dispatch instructions tell us that they don't start until 7:30 a.m. We would be doing this kind of stuff all the time, because that is how I got to be offered such a generous pay package - I had a track record of making things happen when hundreds of others couldn't seem to get the same things done.

Your performance out here is what measures out your pay, that's right, you have a lot to do with how much you make in this industry, but a rookie doesn't have that leverage yet - it is something you earn as you prove yourself.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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They hire straight out of school. I spoke to the recruiter already Pretty crazy OD company is hiring grads

Is that something they will hire someone fresh out of school for? I am still pretty new at this and I know I have to pay my "dues". I can't have the best thing out there with the experience I have. I am not getting rich doing this, but I live comfortably. I made some poor decisions before I decided on this career and it makes it a bit harder. But to get to where I want to be I know I have to do what I am doing now. I chose flat bedding because it does pay more per mile starting up. It is a lot of work sometimes but that is something I enjoy.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Hmmm I see what your saying... What do you think about doing OD loads then? Transport national is doing a 1k a week gaurentee

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Well I have a friend in TMC and lately he's been hauling lumber and starving.... As for mileage being a regional driver is going to be hard to really pull in the miles where as percentage can add up to with less miles no?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Yea I really do like TMC. My only concern is I don't want stuck just husking lumber......

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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The issue is money. I can't afford to pull in 600 net a week. I'd rather do percentage

Just out of curiosity why just those 2? There are others. I drive for melton and it has been a great company this far. Everything I was promised they delivered on. I get have been getting around 2100 miles a week. And everyone has been so pleasant. Other drivers and my dm have been so helpful along the way. It feels like a family to me. If you want to discuss this in further detail we can talk. Pm me and I will shoot you my number.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Hi everyone I live in Pa and I am looking at a couple different flatbed companies. Yourga
Transport national
TMC
PGT
I was just wondering if anybody has some info on them. I just wanted to know what your average pay was and are the recruiters blowing smoke up my rear end? I'm just trying to find a company that pays okay and is a good place to start up

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