My Maverick Transportation Diary

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Joe E.'s Comment
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Glad everything is going well! Enjoyed reading about your journey so far. I hope to be applying within the next few days with Maverick myself,Do you know anything about the guaranteed pay? Any catches or loopholes with that?

Old School's Comment
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Do you know anything about the guaranteed pay? Any catches or loopholes with that?

Joe, guaranteed pay is a bit of a gimmick, sort of a recruiting ploy to lure drivers in.

Here's the deal: they fully expect you to be earning more than they're guaranteeing. If you're not, it's a pretty good indication to them that you just don't get it. You either don't understand how to make money as a truck driver or you just want a free ride. At any truck driving job where there is guaranteed pay, a driver who is consistently receiving the minimum guaranteed pay should be on the lookout for another job. He's not going to last long because he doesn't demonstrate the initiative of a successful driver.

This whole business is predicated on moving the most freight at the best price. That means it counts on high volume sales, and the only way that happens is to have really efficient hyper productive drivers. Promises mean nothing in this business. Results are what gets noticed. It's all about the drivers performance.

Don't take any of this the wrong way. I'm not knocking Maverick. It's a great operation and a really great paying flat bed job. A lot of companies are trying the guaranteed pay just to secure interest from new recruits, but in the end it's going to ultimately be up to the drivers to prove they are worth their pay. The ones who consistently exceed those minimums are the ones who will enjoy a secure position at the company.

If you start your driving career with the attitude that says, "Show Me The Money!" then you'd better be prepared to show them some magic out here where the only thing that counts is how much you produce.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Well said OS. That is how I look at it. I definitely dont want to be earning minimum money.

From what we have been told, the driver has to be available to drive the whole week. It is there for cases like a truck breakdown that prevents you from driving a few days. Situations like that.

From talking to experienced guys here, it is not hard to gross more than 1000 a week, even on the regional accounts.

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.

Wolverine's Comment
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Seems like this is your 3rd week, are you testing out early? Is the rest of the class testing Monday?

Good luck!

Joe E.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School for a little more insight aswell. I completely understand what you guys are saying. I was hoping that if that is the "minimum" that the expectation would be to exceed that. Which would be beneficial for me and my family as well.... Jeremy H, Can't wait to read Monday that you nailed the test,good luck man!

Well said OS. That is how I look at it. I definitely dont want to be earning minimum money.

From what we have been told, the driver has to be available to drive the whole week. It is there for cases like a truck breakdown that prevents you from driving a few days. Situations like that.

From talking to experienced guys here, it is not hard to gross more than 1000 a week, even on the regional accounts.

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.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Just me and one other guy are testing Monday. The rest of the class will be tested by Thursday they are saying. And yes, tomorrow is the end of week 3.

Fun thing is remnants of Hurricane Gordon is expected to bring lots of rain through Monday. Hoping to get a break on Monday to get a good pretrip inspection in without getting soaked.

Seems like this is your 3rd week, are you testing out early? Is the rest of the class testing Monday?

Good luck!

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I appreciate it Joe! I cant wait to summon the dancing bananas!! :)

I am confident, but not ****y. I feel the school has done a good job getting us prepared.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Just finished testing....

I PASSED!!

I will sleep good tonight!

Wolverine's Comment
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Congratulations Jeramy!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I appreciate it! Will be cool to get back to the Maverick campus and get my official job offer on Thursday.

I can honestly say the training here has been top knotch. As everyone has said, they train you just enough to get the CDL , and that is absolutely true. Still a ton to learn, but ready to soak up the knowledge like a sponge from wherever I can get it.

This is just one step in the process, but it feels great to have successfully completed it.

I will continue to update this diary all the way up to getting my own truck at least. I know the learning doesnt stop there by any means.

BIG shoutout to everyone that contributes to this site! All of the articles, the training information, just everything here has helped me a ton during this entire process so far. Hopefully me documenting my experiences here helps cintribute back to this community at least a little bit.

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.
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