Profile For Tommy

Tommy's Info

  • Location:
    Fontana, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

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Ask to be in a dedicated account or apply for a new job elsewhere. You will thank me later.

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"You will thank me later" is not very compelling life changing and career changing advice that someone should take from a stranger. Why don't you explain your reasoning behind those two options so he can make an informed decision?

I am sure OP is not a kid and can figure out this by himself. If he is not getting the miles, ask to be on a dedicated account where the pay and mileage is more constant. Or if the dispatcher is screwing him around, just look for another job. I am sure there are plenty of megas offering bonus pay if he apply for a job there (Swift offers $3000 sign-on bonus, KKW pays $0.47/mile with 2100 miles min per week). And to make new recruits happy, he will get good miles for the next 6 months. So why not?

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

I have been solo for 7 months in my new career. I thought I picked the right company to work for but I'm not getting the miles to make a living.When I first srarted I had some very good runs. Then the loads dwindled down to 27-300m per load. I met with my Asst. Terminal manager and my miles went up 1200m average. Now I'm back at the bottom again. Now they expect me to do a couple of low mileage runs just to get an average run. Again, I can't make a living this way. I've never been late on any load. I need to know, "Is this typical for the industry or am I working for the wrong company? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanksstrong>

Ask to be in a dedicated account or apply for a new job elsewhere. You will thank me later.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

By the way, CR England announced they will increase their driver pay 2 days ago that’s why I am interested to know what is their new pay package.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

LOL, these mods surely are becoming defensive real quick.

You are the one who is making dumbass assumption. 14 cents a mile is for team miles. So if the truck was moving 6000 miles per week, that translates to $840 per week, which is respectable for new drivers.

I was simple asking a question about the current pay and nothing more.

Tommy's asked...

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Do they still pay 14 cents per mile for new drivers?

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Don't sh** on the guys parade with a dumbass, antagonist question like that.

Show some class and respect.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

Do they still pay 14 cents per mile for new drivers?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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New to trucking. What is the point of leasing from a carrier? It's not O/O and seems to be a scam

I was more asking what is the point of a lease from a company when you can just do the owner operator thing?

Errrr, insurance? Ever try to get a quote with your experience?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Great news from FMCSA on PC

Now if only Swift offers PC on their QC for company drivers

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Failed Upgrade at Swift, What Happens Now?

I know someone who failed upgrade test on ally dock and Swift had a new mentor teach him for 2-3 hours and he passed the backing and upgrade test the next day. Nothing to stress over.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Swift speeding the trucks up!!

Can’t agree more. Driving faster is bad for the company because of fuel mileage, but good for the company driver because less time spent on driving and also potential bigger pay check. 3 mph doesn’t seem like a lot but It will definitely help me to get more loads because I will be able to get to the receiver that much quicker.

So yes, if I can get a few extra mph and get to deliveries and pickups a few minutes earlier, I can potentially get an extra load or two over the course of a month and potentially make a little more money. It cannot be that difficult to understand my position.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

Big T, we are talking about complete different things. When you are driving solo, you are making your own decisions about how to make your own logs. When you are in the mentor’s truck, that mentor has power over you over what you do as far as safety and company regulations. I certainly hope that you can distinguish between the two.

The bottom line, pay when you are performing ON DUTY tasks when you are paid per hour. When you are paid per mile, then you can do whatever you want with the logs as long as you log legally.

I am not going to waste time reading it. Swift laid out the program and I agreed to that program.

Tommy I know you had a rough go with your first mentor, but I want to offer another way to look at it.

This only pertains to HOS, not the Qualcomm stuff. When I first started driving the whole "log what you do and do what you log" was spoken while safety and everyone else was winking and nodding.

Reality is I get paid to drive. I don't get paid to sweep trailers, get wash outs, do paperwork etc. So right or wrong, I am not going to log any time on line four that is not absolutely necessary. This is how I was taught originally and it is how I operate.

Is it "cheating"? Yes. Am I taking the risk of having DOT make an example of me? Yes. But in the end I make that choice. No one forces me to and I fully understand that if something goes wrong it will be my butt on the line.

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