Hazmat Endorsement Pays Off!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Got a dispatch for a Hazmat load w/ 335 MT Miles and 650 Loaded. I must have been the closest driver with the Endorsement/ available hours. Pays an additional $35.00. That equates to approx. $400.00! Yippee. I put off my hometime to take the load. Hope I scored points with my DM!

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

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Very cool! Yeah, those endorsements can really come in handy. And that's a super long deadhead. You don't see that very often.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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I've been wondering about the deadhead. I get paid for all miles, empty and loaded. But I seem to do a lot of deadheading.

For example, a very common one I've done multiple times is Ardmore OK to Dodge City KS. I think it's a little over 200 miles. I've driven across NY state on a deadhead too.

Maybe it's the amount of customers TransAm has but I do seem to deadhead quite a bit between loads.

Anybody else?

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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I've been wondering about the deadhead. I get paid for all miles, empty and loaded. But I seem to do a lot of deadheading.

For example, a very common one I've done multiple times is Ardmore OK to Dodge City KS. I think it's a little over 200 miles. I've driven across NY state on a deadhead too.

Maybe it's the amount of customers TransAm has but I do seem to deadhead quite a bit between loads.

Anybody else?

The most I usually deadhead is around 100 miles. I'm sure I've deadheaded further once or twice--I just don't remember since it doesn't happen very much. My mentor was on Costco dedicated, and we would go back and forth from Denver to Salt Lake. It wasn't unusual for us to deadhead back to Salt Lake, a good 450 miles. So it just depends.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
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The deadhead definitely depends on the account you are with. Started OTR dry van with Knight and the deadheads were as short as they could keep them. When I switched to the SAPA dedicated account, I had deadheads as long as 1200 miles. The shipper needed the empty trailers back to cover outbound loads and the load planners were unable to find back hauls that would get us back in time. I am sure the contract covered these miles.

I currently work for a much smaller company and get paid percentage of load and nothing for empty miles. While the load planners are looking for the shortest deadhead, the length of deadhead will vary depending on where we emptied. Loads to Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas usually result in the longest deadheads. I was paid for a deadhead to the next shipper one time when they needed a truck to meet their shipping time for inventory ($200 to go from Nashville over to Knoxville).

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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