Profile For Andrey

Andrey's Info

  • Location:
    DERRY, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 10 months ago

Andrey's Bio

I was born and grew up in Russia, then came to Texas as soon as I could. Now we live in New Hampshire. My parents told me that when I was a few years old I would stop near every truck and say: "I'll get in the seat, and drive." Well, I am 50 now, and I have to say, that nothing changed - I still want to get in the seat and drive.

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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I wonder how unusual this is

Working at NFI I had to adjust my weight several time every day and after a year became quite confident in that. Normally I was within 20-40 lbs, but a few times it was zero.

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

Also, my company has never cared about when I sleep. They do care that I deliver on time. That means I drive at night much of the time.

The loads have always dictated my schedule. I'm assuming yours will too.

Call it an impairment, but my body is made in a different way, and I may also value my health a bit more than other people. I sleep at night and I work during the day. If I need to stay awake at night, I feel bad the next day which is a safety issue. In fact, I don't even see how it can be a problem - if I start my week early morning on Monday at 0600, my on duty hours ran out at 2000 anyway, and I cannot drive until 0600 next morning. Doing it every week will never give me a chance to work at night, isn't it so?

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

If you don't own the equipment then you aren't "power only." If you are looking at this from a "company driver's perspective," then you should receive a W-2 at the end of the year. Receiving a 1099 indicates you own the power unit. Which will it be?

Technically you are right, 1099 drivers are supposed to own their equipment as contractors. However, the reality of this industry is different. And it is very far from being a Chicagoland phenomenon coming from Eastern Europe, since a lot of American companies hire drivers, put them in a truck and give a 1099. Sometimes they let a driver chose between 1099 and W-2, sometimes there is no choice. Also, such 1099 contracts are almost always made between two companies, which still does not change the ownership, but does make the whole set up look more legit.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

Thank you, PJ. I am not an O/O (and have no intention to become one), so I am more interested in driving power from a company driver's perspective. The guy I mentioned (he owns a small fleet of 20+ trucks) said that his drivers are getting 30% of gross, and I guess neither insurance, nor fuel bothers them as company drivers.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

I would appreciate information on power only driving from people who have their own experience. It seems to me that this mode of trucking has much more flexibility in schedule, which matters for me, as I do not drive at night. So far I talked to a company owner, and he told me that they didn't care at all when a driver sleeps. Sounds a bit too good to be true, but who knows?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Where to find jobs?

I drive Northeast regional and get home every week for a FULL weekend and the pay is very good.

Can you tell how many miles they give you weekly on average?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Overnight parking in NJ

Anyone knows a place to park in 10 miles radius from North Bergen, NJ?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Massive Layoffs At UPS A Big Win For The Union!

Unions are evil, and my opinion has nothing to do with "anti-union propaganda." (The only propaganda I had been exposed to in the Soviet Union was a pro-union one, anything else was punished.) Any unionized economy is doomed for a very simple reason: unions destroy the very idea of value, making people believe that they can get more money and work less. The truth is the opposite: one has to work more to become richer. And counting other's money is the last thing that can make you rich. To tell the truth, I simply cannot understand how American private businesses allow unions. Asking for a raise is OK, but demanding it? I see it as an insult, and when insults are left unnoticed, they tend to grow into ugly problems.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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NFI (Merrimack, NH)

I have been driving for NFI (Anheuser-Bush contractor) for a year now, and would like to share a few things in case someone considers working for this company. It is a relatively big carrier with several terminals, my information is limited to Merrimack, NH. NFI hires drivers with 1+ year of experience and after a short training (3-4 days) gives you a truck. Also they hire graduates without experience and place them in a 6 week program (pay is $200/day). Management is very friendly, all trucks (automatic Freightliners and a few Volvos) are under 150k, maintenance is done at the yard. All trucks and trailers have super singles. Schedule is flexible, all loads are no touch and most of them are drop and hook. The only minus I can think of is low pay: an average day brings about $250. Those who want to make more, can work on Saturdays (a $50 premium). Hooking 2-3 trailers every day and sliding tandems every time significantly developed my sliding skills - I can look at the load and distribute weight with 30-50 lbs difference on a first try.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Do Roehl and others still use CRT testing? Carriers getting sued by EEOC.

I had this test on the first day of training with Roehl in January 2021. It was easy, there were a few women in our group, and everybody passed.

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