I've Been Accepted To Maverick! Any Other Mavericks With Opinions?

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Turtle's Comment
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I wish I had more time to comment here. But I don't, so I'll just add a couple things:

I made over 58k in my rookie year at flatbed, and I'm on pace to make considerably more that in my second year. I don't consider my work duties to be much harder than anyone else's. Sure, I may spend an hour or two getting my load secured and tarped. But then I get to spend a couple of days doing nothing but driving to my receiver. I unload, then spend another hour or two on the next load, and repeat the process. There's still plenty of time left over to rack up some miles.

So flatbed wasn't for you, there's nothing wrong with that. Lots of people prefer one division over the other. However, just because you like it on your side of the fence , that doesn't make the grass any less greener back where you came from. You can't blame any shortcomings on the division itself. It just wasnt your thing, no biggie. There's money to be made everywhere.

andhe78's Comment
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You guys are correct I am still a rookie. That is why a new driver should be able to relate to my experience with the company. I would like to know if there are any other drivers on here that have less than 6 months experience and work for Maverick are getting 2800-3000miles avg per week on USA flatbed. During our orientation we were told things like the average driver will make 60-85k their first year. From what I saw in the driver portal a few weeks ago those numbers are more along the top drivers numbers and I did not see any of those listed as being under a yr exp.

Did you start orientation or go solo on February 4th?

Hate to say this, but went solo January 2 in the USA division, and my experience is exactly the opposite of yours. I’m on track for over 60k this year according to our driver portal (and that is without more than two cents for pfp any quarter), and my roommate through orientation and final eval is doing even better than that on the regional flatbed side. I’ve really got to wonder what the difference has been.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Hey andhe78, that's some solid numbers your looking at - Congratulations!

I'm so glad you jumped in here with your own personal experience. Sometimes we get really misunderstood in here when we start talking about performance based pay and how things the driver does or doesn't do affect their pay. Your experience compared to Kevin's helps illustrate what we're talking about. That's not to say Kevin is doing a bad job, but merely that he just doesn't get it yet.

It is one of the most difficult things for new drivers to lay hold of. They are usually so focused on the things they consider important that they completely miss out on how you make money at this. They easily fall into that trap of thinking the company lied to them. Then that thought just starts working on them so that they begin seeing all kinds of things that are seemingly unfair about their job. Next thing you know, they're seeing greener pastures somewhere.

I'm glad to see you doing so well as a flatbedder at Maverick. They've got some great opportunities for their drivers.

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