After Two Weeks On The Road As A Drive Away Driver I Can Answer Questions

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Michael L.'s Comment
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if I do three runs like that in a week 430x3=1290

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Can you do 3,000 miles per week with a job like that? How often would that happen? As an OTR driver I could average nearly 3,000 miles per week but if you're having to jump on flights or get rental cars or get trucks registered and all that stuff I don't see how you could have the time for very many 3,000 mile weeks.

I appreciate that you're trying to give people information but whether or not it's very helpful information isn't clear. You throw a few pie in the sky numbers out there and make it sound like everything's a write off and you have it made but I'm skeptical that over the course of a year after all of the taxes and other expenses that go with being a 1099 contractor are properly paid that you're really in that great of shape.

Many OTR companies have you in the 40 - 45 cpm range your rookie year, you can consistently average 2,600 - 3,200 miles per week, you're in brand new or nearly brand new equipment, you have all of the perks and benefits that come with being a company driver, and you can legally write off meal expenses and any work-related items you had to purchase. I'd be interested in comparing that to what you actually earn after all taxes and expenses in a year. It doesn't sound like you have a bad job but there's no way we can really tell what kind of position you're in with the things you've said.

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Brett, yes there are times I have to fly or get a rental but the rental could be an hour drive (yes I log it) and a flight for Chicago to Atlanta is two hours, lets say 4 even with checking in. However unlike traditional OTR companies I don't have to wait to be loaded, or unloaded. I pick up the brand new truck, do my walk around, sign a few papers and on my way to delivery. Some are quicker than others, some are governed some are not. Some require scale houses others do not. It's not all peaches and cream but for someone that wants to pick their hometime and make good money it's not a bad gig. There are several retired OTR drivers switching to driveaway.

I'm done with this topic now, Close it , delete it I don't care..... what started as something with a goal of being an insight to what I do and what is available to drivers out there has turned into what I feel is a personal attack....sure maybe I brought some of it on myself but not all of it. Stay safe out there.

I can not figure out how to pm, maybe I Can't cause I'm new here. Aces or Dale if you can pm me please do. I start with a driveway company next week. Thanks Mel

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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Michael, Private messaging has been disabled due to some ways that it was being misused in here.

Michael L.'s Comment
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Thanks :)

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I bet you have to know your DOT stuff (equipment, admin etc etc) pretty darn good. I would be wary of ALL until proven otherwise no doubt.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Charles O.'s Comment
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I have drove Drive Away for a year now and company just went bankrupt. Looking for other drive Away Companies other than Bennett and Truck Movers. I have applied with Spirit movers which seems to under pay the drivers but all expenses are paid except food for the driver. Which sucks cause you cant write them off on tax time. And I would suggest anyone doing Drive Away to take $100 a week out of your earning for taxes. I took half that and now owe $3000 and that is with tax write offs and driving $40000 miles and racking up air fairs and motels and fuel, etc.

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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Email me Lostintampa@hotmail.com The company I’m with now pays very well and pays for flights, rental cars, and part of your hotel. If you have tanker and hazmat you can clear up to 65cpm, they pay the fuel, tolls ect

I have drove Drive Away for a year now and company just went bankrupt. Looking for other drive Away Companies other than Bennett and Truck Movers. I have applied with Spirit movers which seems to under pay the drivers but all expenses are paid except food for the driver. Which sucks cause you cant write them off on tax time. And I would suggest anyone doing Drive Away to take $100 a week out of your earning for taxes. I took half that and now owe $3000 and that is with tax write offs and driving $40000 miles and racking up air fairs and motels and fuel, etc.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Pete M.'s Comment
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Charles O,

Read your post with great interest several times.

I can’t understand why you would rather have a tax deduction than have employer pay all expenses up front. In my experience, expenses paid by employer beats a tax deduction every time. What am I missing?

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