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Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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My new gig

Sounds like a great new job. Steady schedule and home every night! Hopefully you get used to sleeping in a real bed again.

Is there any incentive to taking a heavier load? I know you said you get paid by the load. Just trying to figure out if you get more money if you have them load you to the max of 97,000lbs. Your trucks look great!

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Stay Ahead Of Schedule

Good points, and a good thread. We run on Prime's network, so I follow the instructions that come with the load. If it doesn't say anything about timing, I aim to show up and hour early. They usually will get the ball rolling. Drop and hooks usually have a window, so that gives me a chance to try to get there on the early side.

On longer trips, I try to get more miles in early in case something happens later in the trip to delay me (traffic jam, etc.).

I'm definitely trying to learn how to be more efficient!

Sorry. Didn't see this over the weekend.

Half the battle of being efficient is being self-motivated enough to do the job with at least a small sense of urgency even if you have plenty of time. You seem to have that fine quality. Great interview on the podcast!

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Stay Ahead Of Schedule

Good point. The thing I’ve had to learn since I started pulling refrigerated freight, is that almost everyone will not load or unload more than an hour before the official time. I’ve only had one drop and hook and I was allowed to get that done early. So that has to be a big factor with trip planning for me. When I was doing dry van, I had much more leeway, like you are saying.

This is true. Prime used to have notes attached to the load info like "Will unload early" or "Will unload on a first come first served basis". That was very helpful. You can also call the contact number and ask if they will take you early. As you may know by now, half those darn contact numbers are BS (you can often find a valid number on google) and if you do manage to reach someone, half the time they will tell you you can't come early. Drop n hooks certainly make it easier to get ahead of schedule.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Stay Ahead Of Schedule

I arrived early for my current unload. The only problem was it took 25 minutes to get backed into the dock. Off the street, between two trailers, power line poles, fire hydrant, etc.... "We get big trucks in here all the time..." Last time you'll get to see this one, Jack!

I think receivers learn that phrase during training. As if they are trying to shame the driver for having difficulty getting into their crappy docks.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Stay Ahead Of Schedule

Staying ahead of schedule is a great way to maximize your income. For most drivers this goes without saying.

For newer drivers... Getting unloaded early, leaving yourself plenty of time to make it to an appointment on time, and parking as close as possible to your next stop before taking your 10hr break are all great ways to stay ahead of schedule.

I was reminded of this the other day. I showed up at 0515 for an 0630 appointment. Besides gaining an hour just by showing up early, the place had just opened for receiving and I was first in line. Bonus! No waiting.

Unfortunately there was an issue with my paperwork. It took about an hour to figure out what the problem was. But still, by being early I was able to absorb that wasted hour and still make my next appointment with plenty of time to spare. Sometimes an hour delay at one stop can cause another stop to be canceled or rescheduled.

Just a friendly reminder for all you newer drivers to always stay ahead of schedule if possible. It will not negatively affect you, but it can help you out in many ways.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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First time for everything.

We get paid hourly to sit.

Same here👍👍👍

About $32hr for me

Unfortunately, NOT the same here👎👎👎☹

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Tips On Choosing Private Or Company Sponsored Trucking Schools_ Any Tips Would Be Appreciated

After looking through the links Anne offered you you can begin to narrow down your search. Consider what division you'd like to start with (dry van, reefer, flatbed). Some companies with sponsored training programs offer all three. If you have any questions about the pros and cons of each division, use the search tool to find out what other members have posted about them. If you need more specific info, feel free to post any questions you have.

You can contact companies and ask a recruiter if they have any regional or local positions that are available to drivers fresh out of school/training. If the recruiter starts talking about "Dollar this" or "Dollar that" (Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree) tell them you are not interested in working on a Dollar account. Those accounts are not recommended for most new drivers.

Most company sponsored programs require you to be away from home for a fairly long time while being schooled and subsequently trained after getting your CDL. Some of those companies will grant you a weekly stipend while going through school to help cover expenses. They will then start paying you after you have passed your CDL exams and enter the training process.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Sleeper berth splits

Sleeper Berth Provision Timing

To use the SBP (split), a driver must take a break of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth (SB), plus a shorter break of at least 2 consecutive hours, either in the SB, off duty, PC-off duty, or any combination of those, as long as both periods equal at least ten hours. They can take the shorter 2+ hour break in any off-duty status combination before taking the longer 7+ hour break in the SB. However, doing so means this break will not stop the 14-hour shift timer on the ELD – at first*. These hours will be counted on the ELD as part of the driver’s 14-hour shift time until the driver has taken the longer 2nd break of at least 7 consecutive hours in the SB.

If they take the longer SB break of at least 7 consecutive hours first, the ELD will give that time back by adjusting the 14-hour shift timer on the ELD, even though the 2nd shorter break hasn’t yet been taken. If the driver does not follow up and complete their SBP cycle with the shorter break, (both breaks must equal at least 10 hours), that time spent in the SB that was given back will now be subtracted from the driver’s 14-hour shift time, potentially putting them at risk for several HOS violations. The driver will still need to track their drive time both before and after their SBP cycle breaks to ensure they do not exceed their drive hours as well as their total shift time as the 14-hour shift calculation point will constantly be changing depending on how many total on-duty hours they have and what part of the SBP cycle they are in.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Sleeper berth splits

I'm not sure if it is ONLY 8-2 or 7-3 combination. Sorry not much help there. Your Elog device should figure it out for you. As long as you have the "will pair SB" tab checked, it should automatically let you know how much drive time you have.

I know that doesn't help much if you are trying to plan ahead to use the split.

As an example, let's say you spent 3hrs getting loaded while logged off duty. Let's say you are now down to only 2 hours of drive time when you leave the shipper. If you park and enter sleeper berth after 2 hours of driving, in 7 more hours your Qualcomm should automatically show that you have 9 hours of drive time and 12 hours of on duty time to work with (as long as you check the "will pair SB" tab). I keep mine checked by default.

If you need to know in advance how best to do a split/how much time you'll get back upon completion, you can always call your logs department and they will figure it out for you. I used my log advisor to help me out a couple times in the past.

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I'm sure another member will provide you with more info once they see your original post.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Why Does This Crazy Stuff Keep Happening To Me?

For the most part I think it is unfair to judge a person based on the job that they do. Instead, consider how well they do their job👍

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Hello fellow drivers!!!!!

Well done, Dave! Good luck with your company (I forget which LTL you were hired by...sorry). Looking forward to hearing about how your first week solo goes. Please post an update once you get into the swing of things.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Worst Interstates for truckers

I-78 Pennsylvania from Allentown and eastward! The lanes are narrow, there is always construction, nobody obeys the truck lane restriction in construction zones, there are just enough hills to slow down heavier trucks, and the drivers are constantly jockeying around each other.

Parts of 1-40 in AZ will shake your truck apart!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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A Bloody Mess!

Very strange. I've not received a covid shot either. I also felt under the weather for about a week or so recently along with upper back and neck pain. Very strange indeed...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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A Bloody Mess!

I haven't had a nose bleed in years. This morning while driving I felt the need to blow my nose. Then the floodgates opened. The messiest nose bleed I've ever experienced. I couldn't stem the flow. Even with a napkin held to my nose, blood flowed down my chin and onto my shirt. I had to pull over in order to lay back and get it under control. Anyone ever had a similar experience while driving?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Team Trainer Thoughts

I was blessed at Prime with a good Trainer. I was later blessed with mostly good students, both PSD and TNT. A positive attitude goes a long way with me when I'm training a student. I also understand that students beat themselves up sometimes about mistakes that seem to loom large from the new driver's perspective. A good pep talk and a reminder that mistakes are often made by even the most experienced drivers helps to set them at ease. How a driver handles mistakes and communicates with his/her FM about their mistakes is just as important as learning from those mistakes.

Thanks for sharing, Kearsey!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Walmart Private Fleet

I can't imagine the information in Turtle's Walmart Private Fleet thread is outdated. And it is full of great information as you've seen. It's probably best if you asked some specific questions. That way Turtle can really help you out.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Future primate??? Need help

Not only am I a primate, but I'm a knuckle dragging primate.

That's the way we describe all flatbeddersshocked.png rofl-3.gif

Except for Old School. He has evolved😉

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tips for better fuel efficiency?

What prompted my question is that the contract that I signed to drive 12 months for Prime to payoff the cost of my CDL training includes a clause regarding fuel efficiency.

Basically it says that I agree to maintain an average fuel efficiency >8 mpg in order to remain eligible to drive.

I don't think you have to worry about that. There are plenty of drivers who don't hit that 8mpg mark. As long as you aren't idling excessively or running up against the governor limit (62mpg as Steve Reno mentioned) constantly, you won't hear anything about your fuel consumption. My FM would send me my idle% and tell me to keep it under...I-forget-what-the-target-is... if I was idling too much. She would also send out fleetwide msgs once a week or so reminding her drivers not to run constantly at 62mph.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tips for better fuel efficiency?

I drive by buttons on the wheel

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I totally agree! I often tell people I control my speed more with my right hand than I do with my right foot. (Well I used to anyway...before I got stuck in an International) embarrassed.gif

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tips for better fuel efficiency?

My friend from Amity Island is correct. Prime pays fuel bonus based on cost per mile.

As Chief also mentioned, BK, hitting the "gas" as the truck begins to coast at the top of hills pretty much becomes a Pavlovian response as soon as you hear/feel the RPMs drop. While driving at night or with very light traffic I'd let it do it's thing. But in moderate traffic I'd hit the pedal immediately so as not to inconvenience the vehicle behind me. When driving reefer while teaming with a student making the best available time was not a priority. Someone always had the hours to keep moving. Getting a $150 fuel bonus each week made it worthwhile to try and minimize fuel costs😉

Different trucks might utilize cruise control more efficiently, PackRat. At Prime orientation, it was a point of emphasis in reference to Freightliners to make sure we used cruise control as much as possible to SAVE FUEL🤷

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