My Hard Work Is Paying Off

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Recently, I did some side work for my DBL, moving a few out of service trailers around Cedar Rapids IA to a repair shop. I think my extra curricular work is paying off. Today, just before I got routed home, I got sent to East Moline IL for a live load going ALL THE WAY to Mira Loma CA!! Safe to say it caught me off guard. 1800+ miles by the end of Thursday at the latest. Solid start to next week.

Linden R.'s Comment
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Nice! Hard work always has and always will pay off!

Big Scott's Comment
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Awesome. I just finished a 2000 mile load to TX and now have a 1344 mile load to Ill.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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"Paying it forward" is one of the best ways to be one of your dispatcher's favorite drivers, which definitely means more attention, quicker responses, better freight, and more miles. If you do a favor once in a while for dispatch you can expect them to take great care of you.

Of course, everyone has to keep in mind that nothing you do will matter if you're not safe and reliable. It all comes down to performance in the end. You have to make 100% of your appointments on time and be safe 100% of the time. If you can be one of those Top Tier drivers you can expect consistently good miles. It takes time to establish your great reputation, but once you have it you'll be in great shape.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Unholychaos's Comment
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Brett, I read your most recent article after posting this and I thought, wow I've been doing it right this whole time! I've never refused a load, I've only slightly complained once after going to Laredo for the first time (mainly ranting about the safety concern of all of the curbside parking on the narrow roads), I've been courteous to everyone I've come in contact with, and I make my appointment times on time. I've only lobbied for more miles once; even though I do get sent on short runs occasionally, my first thought is always something like, they must have something big planned for me. I just take it one day/week at a time, consistently bringing home $850+ a week which is plenty for me to be comfortable.

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