My Return To Trucking

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Jason K.'s Comment
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I went ahead and Applied anyway G-Town, I will see what they say. Everybody talks really bad about Swift, and they really don't seem that bad. I can't let the naysayers control my decisions, so again, I will see what happens

G-Town's Comment
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I went ahead and Applied anyway G-Town, I will see what they say. Everybody talks really bad about Swift, and they really don't seem that bad. I can't let the naysayers control my decisions, so again, I will see what happens

Don't believe a word of it...the naysayers typically know nothing about the company they are bad mouthing. Most never drove mile 1 for Swift. I just laugh at them...

Few companies can scale to meet the demands of Dedicated Contracts the way Swift can.

Jason K.'s Comment
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I talked with an extremely nice, patient and helpful recruiter G-Town.

We were on the phone trying to find something for about 30-45 minutes. She tried to look up some dedicated accounts, so I could try to be home 1-3 times a week, so I didn't have to have my dog, but either they required 3-6 months experience, or I didn't live in the route. We looked at EVERYTHING, LOL. Target, ****s Sporting Goods, Kraft, Hershey's, and Walmart.

I'm going to keep Swift in mind for the future though.

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UPDATE!!!

So another update for everyone. This might be one of those "too good to be true" moments I spoke of in a General Forums post, I think.

So far Swift is a no go, but I commend them for taking the 30-45 minutes in trying to find a way to help. That recruiter was fantastic, props to her. I talked to Jim Palmer, nothing has really changed there and It has moved from my top spot to my alternatives.

Werner contacted me...Get ready for this because I honestly don't know if this is a good thing or bad thing...Werner is ready to go with me. I will do a 3-day orientation, then 3-4 weeks with a trainer, no sweat there.

Here is the interesting part...They fit all my needs, and perfectly, it is like a dream. There are 2 exceptions, and this is why I'm questioning going with them.

First...Zip Code to Zip Code miles, not practical miles, that can really hurt the paycheck. Should I really worry about it?

Second...They offered & reserved for me 2 open positions - 1. OTR all 48 states, which is awesome at $0.38 CPM... OR ...Midwest (MN, WI, MI, IN, OH, KY, IA) ONLY, Dedicated at $0.51 CPM...When she said that I about dropped the phone. The reason this makes me nervous is what I read in Brett's book and the guides. They can't guarantee anything, and on the Dedicated, she specifically said "Guaranteed" $1,000 a week gross. Now she did say Gross, so I understand that taxes and all the other stuff come out, so is that still something to hold on to?

I guarantee that with the companies I have yet to hear from (May Trucking, PTL, and Titan) they won't get near that $0.51 CPM. I'm guessing that they won't be a perfect match like Werner is for me either. There Equipment is only at worse 1.5 years old, so more than likely I'll get a 2017-2019 Freightliner and automatic, they have no pet restrictions, and I can work off recap, or do 2 weeks out and 2-3 days home.

I'm currently, completely sold on Werner right now, should I be?

As a last note, this was organized and tailored to me, so if you think you can call Werner and ask them for it you will more than likely be offered different rates, they do everything case-by-case and dependant on experience and such. I'm sharing this information in confidence that someone else won't take it out from under me.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Zip code to zip code miles will not hurt you. It balances out. I get paid z-z, not an issue.

Werner...the .51cpm Dedicated gig is likely Dollar General. Ask what it is. Even for Walmart Dedicated (which Werner does have a few DCs), that is a high starting base for a rookie driver.

Everything else sounds right...what are waiting for? A new Blue Truck parked in your front yard? Sounds good.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Jason K.'s Comment
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They said it was dedicated midwest, not dedicated account like dollar general. All no touch freight and mostly drop and hook with some reefer live load/unload. I'll have to ask more though.

That is what I thought also G-Town, to just go, but the others haven't called. I don't know if I should wait.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

G-Town's Comment
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They said it was dedicated midwest, not dedicated account like dollar general. All no touch freight and mostly drop and hook with some reefer live load/unload. I'll have to ask more though.

That is what I thought also G-Town, to just go, but the others haven't called. I don't know if I should wait.

That is a really, really good rate for Midwest regional. Put in perspective my base Walmart rate 5+ years of experience running NE is 53cpm. I started at 46 with 3 mos experience.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Jason K.'s Comment
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I called back and asked for it in writing somehow some way. She said they don't like for them to do that due to all the competition, but said she would get something typed up for me. I go to Joliet, IL for Orientation on March 26th

G-Town's Comment
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Sounds like a done deal. Congratulations!

Jason K.'s Comment
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Thanks, G-Town, and if any of the other mods are checking in on this post. Thank you all so much also. I honestly have not had this many blessings, and things just fall into place so naturally all at once. I understand the road ahead will be rough, but I will endure.

I don't know what I can do or offer to Brett, or anyone for the invaluable stuff he has here, but if nothing, then I will offer that I will do what it takes to be successful, and will always look to this site when I need help. You all are amazing.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

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