What Is My Punishment?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The L word? You are a closeted lesbian?

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Out of your 2556 comments on TT, this is definitely your worst one. Don't really know where this is coming from.

Guess cause you are a man. Lol. "The L Word" was an extremely popular TV show sorta like "Sex & The City" but it was all about lesbians in Los Angeles. When you wrote it like that it was the first thing I thought of. I meant it as a joke. Sorry to offend.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Your punishment will be to answer all the routine questions on leasing. Over and over again.

But seriously, I'd like to know how you did, just because I'm curious. I'm assuming that won't fly here, even if you were willing.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Your punishment will be to answer all the routine questions on leasing. Over and over again.

But seriously, I'd like to know how you did, just because I'm curious. I'm assuming that won't fly here, even if you were willing.

I can answer that for you 6 String, most Lease drivers at Prime do a little better than company drivers. What has me over on the Lease side of Prime is the little things that company drivers can't do. Just to name a few, I can turn down loads (not force dispatched), fuel where I want within the network (don't have to go out of my way & backtrack to fuel), take the route I want (not what the macro tells me I have to). There are a few more perks, but as a Lease driver, I also assume more risk as has been stated many times.

Bottom line for me is that I have more control of my destiny as a Lease driver at Prime. So for me personally, it's worth the extra risk. But also, if you take proper care of your equipment, it will take care of you (that was how I was raised on the dairy farm I grew up on).

Ernie

LDRSHIP's Comment
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So if you are a company driver at Prime Inc you HAVE to follow the route given? Most of the time the route I take is close to what my company gives me, but....I am free to make my own way. I only get paid the miles for the given route. There are limits. We are not supposed to be more than 10% difference in miles, yet.... I have done routes that ended up with more and nothing said. Then again the reverse is true. I have been given routes where I know good truck approved short cuts. I take my shortcuts. We are given fuel stops, however If the route I want to take will not take me by the given fuel stop, I just send a message and have it changed.

Idk, I guess it never dawned on me that some companies make you follow a "suggested route" to the letter.

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Fatsquatch 's Comment
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So if you are a company driver at Prime you HAVE to follow the route given? Most of the time the route I take is close to what my company gives me, but....I am free to make my own way. I only get paid the miles for the given route. There are limits. We are not supposed to be more than 10% difference in miles, yet.... I have done routes that ended up with more and nothing said. Then again the reverse is true. I have been given routes where I know good truck approved short cuts. I take my shortcuts. We are given fuel stops, however If the route I want to take will not take me by the given fuel stop, I just send a message and have it changed.

Idk, I guess it never dawned on me that some companies make you follow a "suggested route" to the letter.

Most companies will allow you some leeway in routing, provided it's for a good reason, and not just because you wanna see the sights. As an example, a month and change ago I had a load that went from Vancouver, WA to Vegas. The company's routing would have taken me down I-5 and across the northern tip of California along 89, 44, and 32 to US-395 on into Reno, and then south from there. However, there was a fairly heavy snowstorm going on in the mountains, with the chain law up on pretty much every route across from I-80 north. The chain law(s) would have added upwards of 6 hours of driving time, plus the time to wrestle the things on and then back off again. I wouldn't have been able to deliver on time. However, by detouring myself all the way down to Bakersfield and then going across 58 to I-15, it only added about 2 hours and 110 miles to the trip, and I was able to make it to the final on time and safely. I simply let my FM know what the situation was, and he told me to do what I needed to do, and to stay safe. I wouldn't have gotten permission to reroute that far in summer...but then again, I wouldn't have needed to in summer. I just make sure I don't abuse the privilege.

Now, as for Daniel and his penance. You must cut the the largest tree in the forest wiiiiiiiiiiiith...A HERRING!

(please lord, let someone else on this forum get that reference)

Fm:

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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So if you are a company driver at Prime you HAVE to follow the route given?

Like where you are employed, not exactly the route given but you do have a small amount of leeway.

There is a macro on the Qualcomm you need to run to get your fuel stops/route. Of course you can kinda dictate what route you take depending on the info you put into the macro. Once the results are returned, that's your fuel/route until you can run the macro again (as a company driver you can run the macro twice a day without calling your fleet manager to reset it).

And like where you work, you only get paid for the dispatched miles, not actual miles driven.

Ernie

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Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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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.

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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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Now, as for Daniel and his penance. You must cut the the largest tree in the forest wiiiiiiiiiiiith...A HERRING!

(please lord, let someone else on this forum get that reference)

You must have a Holy Hand Grenade.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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For punishment he should do a dollar general account delivering to small town stores for a year.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Much like a serial killer, I think Daniel wanted to be caught. He told me about him leasing when I called him for advice on training my wife. There were a couple of times on here it looked like it would come out, too funny!

As far as the comments about routing and fueling for Prime company drivers, that's a pretty minor deal for most people I believe. I guess it depends on your FM. We route pretty much how we please and playing the fuel macro game can let you influence where you fuel. If my out of route driving is gonna be too egregious, I will let my fm know. He has never said no, and sometimes pays the extra mileage if he plugs in a city to re-route through or whatever. This most commonly happens through the Midwest (i80 through wyo, i70 west of Denver, i25 south to albuquerque and across i40 are different ways to get past some nasty weather that happens on the other two). I really do my best to avoid shutdowns, but make him a partner if it's going to be hundreds of miles out of route.

Potential for more money and freedom to turn down loads or push your time of availability out are the two biggest perks I see on why one might wish to look at leasing.

There's enough cards stacked against a rookie that company is by far the more likely road to success, once you get some experience you will know if you want to try that path. Many experienced drivers fail at it.

Fm:

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Just woke up. Sweet im still a Mod!

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