Surge Driver On Swift's Walmart Account

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Gladhand's Comment
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Made it to Los Lunas. They routed me the long way. I took the long way down there and the short way back. Instead of taking i10 to Las Cruces and then getting on i25, I took NM26 and then got on i25 cut the trip down by 80 miles.

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Made it to Los Lunas. They routed me the long way. I took the long way down there and the short way back. Instead of taking i10 to Las Cruces and then getting on i25, I took NM26 and then got on i25 cut the trip down by 80 miles.

NICE!

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Made it to Los Lunas. They routed me the long way. I took the long way down there and the short way back. Instead of taking i10 to Las Cruces and then getting on i25, I took NM26 and then got on i25 cut the trip down by 80 miles.

Nice! How much did you have left on your 14 when you got back?

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Made it to Los Lunas. They routed me the long way. I took the long way down there and the short way back. Instead of taking i10 to Las Cruces and then getting on i25, I took NM26 and then got on i25 cut the trip down by 80 miles.

Nice work GH. Get er' done.

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Made it to Los Lunas. They routed me the long way. I took the long way down there and the short way back. Instead of taking i10 to Las Cruces and then getting on i25, I took NM26 and then got on i25 cut the trip down by 80 miles.

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Nice! How much did you have left on your 14 when you got back?

Like 30 minutes.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Like 30 minutes.

That sounds like the way G runs every day. Down to the wire! Good Job!

Old School's Comment
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Gladhand, I can't speak to the Wal-Mart account, but I do know that most dedicated drivers are usually bumping up against their clock big time. That is both the difficulty and the beauty of running dedicated.

If you figure out how to do it right, like you did by taking the most efficient route, you can maximize both your hours, and your availability. That is the secret to making some real money at this job.

Great job - Keep it up!

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Like 30 minutes.

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That sounds like the way G runs every day. Down to the wire! Good Job!

Yup, it is nice to run like this instead of waiting for a load at a terminal or something, it's a plus that I know this area somewhat. Now I just need to build up my stamina, I am already getting tired haha.

Gladhand, I can't speak to the Wal-Mart account, but I do know that most dedicated drivers are usually bumping up against their clock big time. That is both the difficulty and the beauty of running dedicated.

If you figure out how to do it right, like you did by taking the most efficient route, you can maximize both your hours, and your availability. That is the secret to making some real money at this job.

Great job - Keep it up!

Definitely trying to do what I can to earn myself a spot. So I'm running as hard as possible. I enjoy working like that, it's also a plus being able to run New mexico mainly. Thanks for what you have taught on here, wish if more people were positive about the industry!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Gladhand's Comment
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Day 3

Two stop dry. Gallup, NM and Durango, CO. 569 roundtrip.

G-Town's Comment
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Awesome.

When you get to Day 5, try as best you can to estimate your available hours for day 6,...it will probably be at 10 or less. Talk to the DM(s) on duty that morning (day 5) and let them know you know your estimated available hours and ask them if you can call in at 1100 same day for a next-day dry pre-plan. It's important they plan you on something you can complete and make it back to the DC so you are not taking your 34 hour reset remotely. Otherwise you will be returning to the DC, deadheading on a hot clock wasting on-duty time on Day 1 of the following week.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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