How Do You Track Loads?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Do you use Google Drive? or some special software? What are the requirements?

Keith A.'s Comment
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What do you mean by tracking?

Susan D. 's Comment
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At my company, we use Qualcomm. We get all of our load assignments through the Qualcomm which the company has installed in the trucks. Some companies use PeopleNet and I'm sure there are probably other systems as well but I'm not familiar with them.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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You don't need to track anything. Just the load you are on. However, many people keep some kind of written log of trips. I have a small note book hanging above my head. In it I write the load number, trailer number, address for pick up and delivery as well as appointment day and time. All of this info is in the PeopleNet and two different places I can get to from my phone. On the I side covers of my book I have other info. The trucks license plate number, the DOT number, some company phone extensions, I use often, and gate codes to some of our drop yards. Some people write nothing down. It's all personal preference. Good luck.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Michael, I'm not sure any of us understand your question. Can you be a little more specific? We don't track loads. We're drivers, our responsibility is to deliver loads.

Maybe it's just semantics, or we're just confused by your choice of a word that doesn't really mean anything to us as drivers, but I'm sure we haven't come close to answering your question. Help us out a little by explaining what you're after and maybe we can get you a good answer.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Are you asking what truckers use as navigational aids, as in GPS, etc?

Michael B.'s Comment
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What do you mean by tracking?

Are you asking what truckers use as navigational aids, as in GPS, etc?

Seems question was incorrect and unclear. Try to explain in details: Do you need to know/calculate weekly/monthly gross? average rate? dead head miles? Do you keep track on invoiced/paid amounts? add ons like detention? May be some other data are crucial for you?

Steve L.'s Comment
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I have a MSExcel spreadsheet where I keep track of each load, miles and pay. I set up formulas so that the pay is automatically calculated and each week is totaled.

It’s very rare the company makes an error, but I believe it’s my responsibility to ensure I’m paid accurately.

I hope this helps.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I'll be honest I don't track anything except my miles, followed by a rough calculation of my rate of pay, and I roll from there. My paychecks are never late, and they're always about what they should be.

If I did track it though it would be through a spreadsheet because there are a lot of different categories to keep track of

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It sounds to me like he’s thinking about building an app for truck drivers and is trying to find out which kinds of data we track.

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