Prime Inc. Flatbed Division. A Year In Review.

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Congrats on a great accomplishment.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hahhaha....thats right dont forget the wife. Sooo happy for u!

OS you forgot to mention that he has evaded me for a year!!! no dungeon for him lol

Rob T.'s Comment
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Hahhaha....thats right dont forget the wife. Sooo happy for u!

OS you forgot to mention that he has evaded me for a year!!! no dungeon for him lol

Did you lock "Reaper " up again? He hasn't been around for a while

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Reaper has been kicking butt! He has been doing so well he will be training soon. That OCD of his has paid off lol what a differemce a year makes.

Turtle's Comment
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Hahhaha....thats right dont forget the wife. Sooo happy for u!

OS you forgot to mention that he has evaded me for a year!!! no dungeon for him lol

I didn't get this old by putting myself in uh precarious positions...

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Most that enter your dungeon don't come back out, or at the least they come out with a limp.

It's only a matter of time before you catch me at a terminal or something. I totally look forward to that steak dinner you're gonna buy me haha.

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.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Congratulations Turtle! I’ve taken the time recently to have the chance to read your diary and greatly appreciated your information provided. May you continue to strive for the best and I hope to get the chance meet drivers like you and most everyone in here in the near future.

Nighthawk's Comment
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To get paid to travel the country with my best friend has been the best experience I could ask for.

This!!! This is what I can't wait for! Thanks for sharing :)

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm exactly one year ahead of you. I too saw similar rookie year earnings and never looked back.

Congratulations on your awesome achievement and I'm so glad some love flatbedding. Me, I'll stick to my dry van lol.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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So last night as I was watching all the late arrivals scramble for the few remaining spots here at the TA Savannah, I realized that I've officially hit my one year SOLO mark. I have exactly 52 paystubs as a solo driver, so why not add them up and see how I did solo.

Gross pay-$60,447.63 This includes miles, per diem , tarp, stop, etc.

Total miles-121,203 I was a little disappointed by this, as I had expected the number to be higher. But I know I can't blame it on myself. I did everything possible to maximize every week. Plus in flatbed you lose a lot of time securing and tarping. That's time that could have normally been spent rolling down the road.

I took somewhere in the area of 7 weeks off during this time frame, and countless 34hr resets. So the miles average out to approximately 2700 per working week. Again, this sounds disappointing on paper. But the seemingly low miles are completely offset by the additional flatbed pay (tarping etc).

All in all I'm a happy guy.

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.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Old School's Comment
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Turtle, your numbers are outstanding!

Any first year rookie driver averaging 2,700 miles a week has really put some valiant effort into their daily planning and the careful execution of those plans.

I still remember that story you told on yourself about the time you got locked inside some yard you were sleeping at. That was classic, but it showed you're creative and willing to make the sacrifices necessary for success out here.

I'm hoping you keep at it long enough so that we get to meet up somewhere. I can already taste that steak you're going to buy me! smile.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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