My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

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Mike B.'s Comment
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UPDATE

So as I've mentioned in the past I've been having some thoughts about being out here. After talking to a couple of other drivers it seems that they are starting to push Saturdays and I like my weekends and after the week they wanted me to work Saturday and changed it for me, last week all of my runs were min runs under 300 miles. A small punishment for not wanting to do Saturdays? Maybe, Maybe not. Another driver was going through the same thing so...

Anyways I've been looking for something local which is tough to get into with only 4 months experience and I live in a pretty small area so there are not many options but after several applications the calls started coming in. I talked with 1 company and set up an interview and road test for last Friday. Everything went great except for backing. LOL going from a sleeper and a split tandem flatbed to a day cab and 53' box proved to be a bit of a challenge. Did the drug test and got my MVR. I had things lined up in case this doesn't work out and had given my notice last Thursday. They left it up to me as far as when I wanted to get done.

I decided Friday afternoon that I was done. I went down Saturday to clean out my truck and the windshield was not done so I would have had to sit Monday anyways if not Monday and Tuesday reaffirming that I had made the right decision.

I got the call Monday! Offered a driving position. Local, dedicated, M-F, home every night and weekends, $21 hr, 45-55 hours a week, overtime after 8 hours, smaller company 45 trucks. I'll be covering the West Lebanon, NH to Burlington, VT routes. and I start Monday the 23rd. I call that a win.

So unfortunately this thread will be ending and I'm not sure if there is any interest in a local gig thread or not. I'd like to do an unedited overall summary of working for Eastern Freight ways. The good and the bad.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Army 's Comment
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Mike

So if I follow your posts, assuming today is your day 40? They are going to have your truck until Monday at the earliest? Did they give you a loner? If my math is correct, that 5 days of not turning any wheels? Reminder, lol, its gonna be brutal up here the next few days, welcome NASCAR!! Woohoo

Chris

Rob T.'s Comment
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Good luck with the new position. I hope it works out as well as you're hoping

Army 's Comment
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Mike

Hope the new gig works well.

Chris

Mike B.'s Comment
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Mike

So if I follow your posts, assuming today is your day 40? They are going to have your truck until Monday at the earliest? Did they give you a loner? If my math is correct, that 5 days of not turning any wheels? Reminder, lol, its gonna be brutal up here the next few days, welcome NASCAR!! Woohoo

Chris

Hey Chris.

Sorry day 40 was last weds. the 11th. They has nothing planned for me on Thursday the 12th and the windshield needed to be replaced so I was down Thursday and Off on Friday and would of been down this past Monday unless they had a loaner in Concord and I'm not sure if there was one kicking around or not. I did see that it was Nascar weekend. I used to watch but haven't had the chance over the last 2 years so I've fallen behind on where they are and when. I've been a few times and it has always been a crazy time

Mike B.'s Comment
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Good luck with the new position. I hope it works out as well as you're hoping

Thank you Rob. So do I. I really wanted to keep my Class A experience going and not have to go or start with B

Mike B.'s Comment
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Mike

Hope the new gig works well.

Chris

Thank you Chris. I believe it's a step in the right direction for this period of my life.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Mike B, I want to wish you all the success in the world. If being home on weekends and local is your choice, go for it. Either way of driving, OTR or local is your individual choice to make and no one should change your mind. If things change in the future you can still go back to OTR. You will make a good living at the wage you stated and OT after 8 hours is definitely a plus. Keep an open mind and full concentration on everything you do while driving local and all the success in the world to you. I always preferred being home daily when a was raising my family and after they were in school and the wife returned to work I was able to get a dedicated 4 day run and be home for 3 day weekends. You are the captain of your own ship to say. Good luck and congratulations to you.

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.

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