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Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Being A Company Driver

Thank you for this! I've seen some trailer stickers recently saying 65-70 cpm for teams 5500-6000 miles weekly. That's good money and no entrepreneurial headaches!

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The husband said they were clearing $5000/week after all expenses.

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David, puhleeez don't drink the Kool-Aid! That's the craziest lie I've ever heard.

David, leasing a truck is a really bad business model. It's completely tilted in the company's favor. That's why they like to buy trucks and then lease them to people who aren't smart enough to discern that revenues are not the same thing as income. If trucking were so extremely profitable, why wouldn't these companies be paying 250,000 dollar salaries to their team drivers? Yet, somehow people get duped into believing if they lease the truck they somehow become magically more valuable.

When you lease a truck you're still doing the same job, running the same interstates, burning the same diesel. What in the world changes the value of your labor? Nothing. Let me say it again... Nothing.

It has always seemed so clear to me. I guess it's my business background. We have been hammering away at this for years now. Leasing a truck is a terrible idea. I am running out of ways to say it. Please don't fall for the nonsense. Use your own head. Do some simple math. I honestly think I know a fifth grader who could lay out the math and convince himself how bad a business model leasing is.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Being A Company Driver

I think there are several Prime drivers here. For a husband/wife team, would you recommend we lease or drive team as company drivers? I spoke with a husband/wife Prime team a few years back. They were doing the ace lease and the wife was a company driver for the benefits. The husband said they were clearing $5000/week after all expenses. Looking for advice. Thank you.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Good companies for new husband/wife team

I've been pulling 53 footers for a year. My wife starts CDL school on January 6th. Can you tell me some good companies that can keep us rolling as a team and has very good equipment? Thank you everyone.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Would you refuse this load?

I drive for a small company and absolutely love it. I drive a daycab. I drive 500 miles or so with 1 or 2 stops.

I was told in a voicemail Friday that I'll be doing this run that I did once before a few years back. Typically, the run I'll be doing consists of driving 325 miles to a dropyard, drop and hook to an empty and deadhead home. Tomorrow they're wanting me to drive to the dropyard but make 3 additional stops on the way home. This new route only adds about 40 miles to the trip but takes an additional 2 hours because you have to drive through towns. The run can't be done in HOS rules so they'll offer to put me up in a motel. That means the next day I'm burning 3-4 hours of my clock getting back to the terminal and have a short clock to work with that day. Essentially, I'm losing over $100-$150 taking this assignment. Other drivers say they laugh at dispatch and give a firm NO when asked to do this run. I've always been a yes man but I'm really thinking I should say no to this one. What would you do?

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

So I did a little research and found my answers. If you're at fault in an accident and there's visual proof you were even slightly distracted, financial liability shifts from the insurance company and motor carrier, to you. Even taking a sip of soda could financially ruin you for life.

https://www.wpmhlegal.com/Commercial-Trucking-Accidents/Who-Is-Liable-in-a-Truck-Accident-Lawsuit.shtml

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Company drivers can be sued

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

So I did a little research and found my answers. If you're at fault in an accident and there's visual proof you were even slightly distracted, financial liability shifts from the insurance company and motor carrier, to you. Even taking a sip of soda could financially ruin you for life.

https://www.wpmhlegal.com/Commercial-Trucking-Accidents/Who-Is-Liable-in-a-Truck-Accident-Lawsuit.shtml

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

Think about this... it protects YOU. "Your driver was texting when i tried to pass him and wasnt paying attention"

"Nope, our driver was using all mirrors and was wide awake, etc"

i dont understand all the hype a out the cameras. be watched at a bank or post office for years then the camera becomes invisible.

"i want my privacy" you are at work, you have no privacy. "i dont want them seeing me naked" then thriw a shirt over it...or strip for it, may e you will get better miles who knows? if i was really mad at dispatch, id strip and they would die from fright lol

Thanks. Doesn't answer my questions though. Many people get into truck driving because they want a job with freedom and no boss watching their every move. It should be about moving goods safely from point A to point B. Not, "Well what were YOU doing when the other driver swerved into your lane and hit your trailer."

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

So you can't even pick your nose without being seen? Big Booger is watching!

Haha! That's right! And they post the footage of the forward and driver facing cameras on the company YouTube channel.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

So I've been driving for 2 months. I was very lucky to land this local job making 70k/year straight out of CDL school. I drive around 450-500 miles a day with 1-3 stops each day. This is the best job I've ever had. I love truck driving. I love the small company I drive for. The only negative really is the driver facing cameras. What real benefit do they provide for the motor carrier? They have HD camera systems now that are forward facing (we use those) and also can record both sides of the truck all the way to the back of the trailer. If the other vehicle's driver is at fault, the video will show irrefutable proof of it 100% of the time. Does it really matter what the truck driver was doing at the time of the accident if there's absolute proof it was the other driver's fault? Another scenario, let's say the truck driver was being stupid and texting and was at fault. Does the video showing the driver texting absolve the motor carrier or insurance company of financial liability if sued?

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