New OTR Driver With Low Mileage Loads

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ChrisEMT's Comment
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Hello, I thought I'd put in my $0.02. I had worked for Werner, a good company for new drivers, as well as experienced drivers. Their OTR pay isn't the greatest ($0.27/m) but if you have a good relationship with your fm/dm/load planner, you'll get the miles. I was on a dedicated account where I averaged 2000-2200 miles/week, and I was paid $0.37/mile, $0.02/mile safety pay, $15/stop, and $20 or $40 unload pay depending on if it was a partial trailer or whole trailer I had to unload myself. It may not sound like much, but when you average the pay out to cpm , I averaged $0.56 - $0.62 cpm, and my smallest take home pay (after taxes, insurance, and $50/wk extra to help pay my cdl loan) in 2 1/2 years was 500 (gross was $1,000), and I was home every Friday by 4:30PM until 11 am Sunday. My last full calendar year, I grossed $53K. A lot has to do with the fact I proved myself to my FM by busting my hump, 100% on time performance, constant communication with him, and only turning down loads with a valid reason that I shared with him.... Another benefit that I had was my FM was a driver for over 20 years, and knew when a driver was BSing him....

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Dm:

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.

Fm:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Jason R.'s Comment
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If you look at it this way, if you can manage 7 300 mile loads per week thats 2100, and it will usually set you up for a longer one. I have done 2 135 mile loads in one day just to get to the 1400 mile load. I don’t turn down anything and if they ask me to shag stuff for busy work I say no problem.

Being friendly and polite to your Driver Manager , Fleet Manager , will go a long ways in this industry. The old addage is “Catch more bees with honey”. It can be pretty typical if you are with a smaller company as short loads usually pay the company pretty well.

I am just up the road from susan and we do a lot of John Deere, so some of there loads are only 133 miles just to go pick up another. Eventually get to the better one.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Driver Manager:

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.
Keith A.'s Comment
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My $.02c on this: (which will be nothing new really) We get paid for everything we move. So unless I am very specifically trying to get home and the load they're giving me is going the wrong direction *and* there are no other options, I take it. I've been with my company for seven months now so I have a feel for where a dead area is and isn't in terms of freight options, but any decent DM will know, and communicate that. Running those dead end loads when they come up and being chill about it is worth a lot of brownie points for them, and imo it's better to take whatever they've got lined up first and /keep the wheels moving/ than sit and wait for something perfect.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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This sure has been a fantastic conversation. It seems maybe the person asking the original question never came back to participate, but I know this helped a ton of people better understand how this industry works. Awesome information and advice from everyone!

Army 's Comment
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Brett

I only drive a 4 wheeler, and have aspirations of a big rig some day and it helps me. We get so much information from just checking in daily, it is great.

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