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    Chicago, IL

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Thanks!

Here's a couple of links that will hopefully help you out a bit:

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Ok, thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

Once you start your clock, and you drive, logging off duty will not stop the 14 from counting down, Off duty does preserve your 70 though.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Thanks G-Town! Is it legal to go off-duty when you are waiting to in-gate or waiting anytime you are not driving? Does that stop your 14 hour clock? If that's possible what would I use as the reason for being off duty?

Richard, your job and mine have many similarities. I have 1-2 dispatched loads per day that with very few exceptions I must complete,... and if at all possible make it back to the Walmart DC with time to spare on my 14 so I do not start the next day with a hot clock (negatively effects earning potential). In the beginning I found myself in a similar predicament, running out of time, narrowly avoiding a delivery failure more than once and wondering WTF happened to the 14 hours. At least for me, part of the problem was the pace required to perform my job and probably yours. It's remarkably different than OTR, meaning every minute can count and can come back to bite you in the end. Our job is all about the "14 hour day" and staying ahead of it.

Here is what I did as I learned the art of time management...

I did not start my clock until I had paperwork in-hand and knew the load was in a ready state. I allowed for a 20 minute pre-trip inspection and quickly realized finding the load was paramount considering the surrounding grounds of a million SF DC. Lesson here; don't start your clock unless you know you are going to move and know your surroundings so you are not wasting time finding a load or empty.

Scaling is also a trick,...something I must do before security releases the load at the gate. I learned how to scale a load quickly and efficiently and also developed a sense of the risk of being overweight on an axle by reviewing the invoices and load map.

Knowing exactly how to get to your pickups and deliveries is also important. Any wrong turn wastes time and elevates the stress level. Same holds true for knowing the process at the rail yards (in your case) and learning how to work their system. Be friendly and professional with everyone you come in contact with,...you never know if you are going to need their help.

Last, and definitely for me...efficiently setting up and backing to the dock, getting into and out of the stores safely and quickly because it's regularly executed 6 times per day. Waste 10 minutes trying to get the trailer on the door, multiplies quickly for 6 stop dispatch.

One last thought...you are one week in. If you haven't broken anything yet, you are doing fine. Try not to be hard on yourself while you learn, expect there to be problems. Try not to rush, never allowing the chaos of your moments compromise good, safe judgment. Please realize, nothing is more important than that. Your struggles are to be expected,...learn something new every day (write it down) and in a couple of months you'll look back on this and realize most of it can be chalked up to experience. Hustle and safety...a balancing act you will learn.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

I hope you can get Brett to repost it. My manager tells me that these runs are for home daily drivers (I'm regional, 5 out, 2 home) but so far I can't do it.

I was just about to ask Brett to repost the time management link. A lot of my clients are truly struggling with the QUALCOMM thing and are still resisting and fighting with tooth and nails against it. But we all know it is a lost battle. I told them that I will get my fam at TT to help break down the science to them.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

This is my first week driving for Schneider regional intermodal and it has been HELL trying to figure out why I am running out of hours on runs that only average about 350 miles round trip! A couple of times I had less than 20 minutes left on my 14 hour clock. What am I doing wrong? The first time I thought I was running out because I started my day at 0500 and didn't get on the highway until about 0900. So the next day I get on the highway at 0700 and I still had less than a half hour left. Needless to say that this has been the most nerve racking week of my life. Oh, I forgot to mention that the only stops I make are 30 minute breaks. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

Thanks Errol V.!

I don't drive for Schneider (I'm a Swiftie). But I do a daily 256 mile run (512 miles round trip). Takes about 10 hours. So the 225 mile limit is doable on a daily basis.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

They have an intermodal position that is regional, hauling within 335 miles of Chicago, home weekly I was thinking about. Says you can make $80,000. I live about 20 minutes from the terminal. Do you think I could make it home more than once a week?

Schneider intermodal was my, "plan B" so I seriously looked into it recently. If you hustle, you can make three deliveries a day. You get cpm, $35 per delivery, a fee for hooking and unhooking and a couple of other fees. You can generally come in on your days off too for extra money. A good driver in a busy market can clear ~$300/a day.

Chicago is a busy yard. Schneider sends their new intermodal drivers there for training.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

Can anyone on the forum that works for Schneider Intermodal in Chicago answer this question? I was looking at this position on Schneiders website and in the job description it says that it is daily home time and drivers make up to $75,000 per year. It says that you will haul containers within 225 miles of Chicago. How is this possible?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I didn't get an offer from FedEx. I think I'll try to go to Averitt.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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FedEx Freight

Didn't get an offer from FedEx. I think I'll try to go to Averitt.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

10-4! I was in the Marine Corp so that won't be hard to get used to smile.gif

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My interview is 8am tomorrow.

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Congrats! Good luck at O eight hundred. Learn to use the 24 hour clock. You will never hear 8am or 8pm in this business

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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FedEx Freight

Got an interview at FedEx Freight for the Driver Apprentice position. Anyone know what their interviews are like? What type of questions do they ask? What are they looking for?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Thanks 6 string rythm for all your advice! I know I am really blessed to get this opportunity to be hired at FedEx freight right out of truck driver school and I am nervous as hell!!! I really don't want to blow this. I'll let you know how it goes. My interview is 8am tomorrow.

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Got an interview at FedEx Freight for the Driver Apprentice position. Anyone know what their interviews are like? What type of questions do they ask? What are they looking for?

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We have a driver on here from Fed Ex Freight, maybe if you start a new thread with the title of Fed Ex Freight he might see it and respond. Interviews can differ even among different terminals in the same company - it might depend on the personality of the manager.

FYI, Fed Ex Freight is a good choice. I would recommend Fed Ex Freight over Fed Ex Ground, because Ground is usually contracted out to owner / ops and the drivers are actually considered something like a subcontractor and are required to pay their own taxes.

Fed Ex Freight is a company position where you'll either be a P&D or linehaul driver. I would also recommend inquiring about linehaul. Linehaul pays better and is not as demanding. You'll need to understand the difference between linehaul and P&D to decide what you think would suit you.

Any first trucking job will be something of a baptism by fire, but be aware that P&D can be extra tricky due to the nature of the job. The main issue with going into P&D as a rookie driver is handling all the different scenarios you'll come across while going to customers, all this while still learning the basics of truck driving. You need to be cautious with obstacles and really be careful backing. This is why it is recommended you get some experience before attempting one of these jobs. There are drivers on this forum that didn't fare well when starting out with their first trucking job as a P&D driver. BUT, I know of many drivers at my home terminal that continue to do well as a P&D driver off the street for their first trucking job. Starting out as a P&D driver isn't for everyone, but it's also not something to be scared of. It can be done, but you'll be climbing something of an uphill battle from the start. Just be aware of the challenges, and always be aware of your surroundings.

The Driver Apprentice program is a great way to earn your CDL and stay with your first company as a driver. Fed Ex Freight is a fine LTL trucking company. Sounds like you landed yourself a great opportunity. Congrats.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

Got an interview at FedEx Freight for the Driver Apprentice position. Anyone know what their interviews are like? What type of questions do they ask? What are they looking for?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I'm in Chicago. About 60 miles from Huntley.

McMahon Dairy Service. It's a small family owned company. We are a contract carrier for Dean Foods. It's a lot of work cause we unload our own trailers. But it's much better then just driving all day in my opinion. How far are you from Huntley?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

Wow! What company is this?

I'm home daily. I start around 4am and have my truck parked and paperwork completed by 1-2pm. I deliver milk, one truckload per day. I do 6-11 stops per day 26 pallets total. Trucks are Parked at the milk plant. No logs required. It's a sweet gig.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I got an offer from Schneider for an intermodal position at .34cpm. They say that I would average 1700 miles per week.

You can start out doing regional with Schneider. I would recommend regional intermodal with Schneider. I had a buddy that worked for them. Very good company, very big on safety. I currently work for JB Hunt Intermodal Local. Live the job live intermodal. Never sitting cuz the rail yards are open 24/7. I did otr and hated it, regional was much better, home weekly, local is even better

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I am 57 years old and I am brand new to truck driving. I graduated truck driving school 3/2/17, I have tanker, hazmat, double/triple endorsements and I am looking for the best company in the Chicago or Northwest Indiana area. I would like to retire from the company I decide to start working for. Are there any great companies in this area that hire inexperienced drivers, offer training and have runs close enough to get home daily?

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

Thanks for all the info!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

Thanks Tractor Man! I know I need more experience and I am looking forward to going over the road, I would like to find a top of the line company that I can get my over the road experience and then get a regional or dedicated run that would get me home daily or more often than once a week or every 2-3 weeks. Really looking for suggestions on the best company to work for long term. I have been looking at company reviews and a lot of people rate companies as good for newbies but no place to work long term.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I am 57 years old and I am brand new to truck driving. I graduated truck driving school 3/2/17, I have tanker, hazmat, double/triple endorsements and I am looking for the best company in the Chicago or Northwest Indiana area. I would like to retire from the company I decide to start working for. Are there any great companies in this area that hire inexperienced drivers, offer training and have runs close enough to get home daily?

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