How Bad Will I Screw Myself?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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As far as the tuition goes and my contract, I'll pay it. I don't want to owe anyone anything. I hate not keeping my word on the 8 months but I do need a paycheck. They ran me great during training and when I had a co-driver at 7000+ miles a week for the truck. I have no hard feelings towards them I just can't afford to sit around.

That makes no sense whatsoever. So you're going to fork out like $6,000 for the privilege of quitting your job and walking out on your contract because you can't afford to go without a paycheck?

If that's the kind of logic you're using to make decisions then I don't know if anyone can help you.

David M.'s Comment
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As far as the tuition goes and my contract, I'll pay it. I don't want to owe anyone anything. I hate not keeping my word on the 8 months but I do need a paycheck. They ran me great during training and when I had a co-driver at 7000+ miles a week for the truck. I have no hard feelings towards them I just can't afford to sit around.

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That makes no sense whatsoever. So you're going to fork out like $6,000 for the privilege of quitting your job and walking out on your contract because you can't afford to go without a paycheck?

If that's the kind of logic you're using to make decisions then I don't know if anyone can help you.

I guess that's fair enough criticism, and I do appreciate the advice that everyone has given me so far. But i'm up to 10 days without a load now sitting on my but doing nothing. How long should I wait before I cut my loses and look for other options? A month, two? I'm not going to starve or lose my house in that time frame but it will make things tight. Making money and paying my CRST bill is better than not making anything. Plus I just really like driving. This is the first time in a long time that I actually enjoy my job. I haven't spoken with my DM since Friday so maybe he'll have better options for me when he comes in tomorrow.

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.
Brian's Comment
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This is an unfortunate situation. I do agree with Rainy and Big Scott you should be at least getting paid. And im curious you said they gave you a list of possible co drivers but all quit or already found someone else did you call your dispatcher and tell them that? They have somebody available especially if people on the list given to you were already taken.

Bottom line I would think you have their truck with you at home this can't go on forever. How far away is a terminal from you? Me personally I'd be there in person getting this worked out whether that meant finding a co driver or turning the truck in but I think it will work itself out.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dispatcher:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I do agree with Rainy and Big Scott you should be at least getting paid.

He said he did get paid layover and then they sent him home for home time.

i'm up to 10 days without a load now sitting on my but doing nothing

There's something you're not telling us. I know you've been home for at least a few days but no one just sits indefinitely for no reason. I'm not sure what's going on, but get on the phone tomorrow and tell them to get you rolling. Freight is super strong right now, the demand for drivers is really strong, we're starting the runup to the holiday season, and you have their truck and it needs to be rolling.

So I'm not sure what the whole story is but I know we're not hearing it. Let us know what they say when you call in tomorrow to see if they can get you moving.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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For the most part CRST is mostly teams. However CRST does have solo driver's. My trainer and several other CRST driver's I spoke with all advise me that they had run solo when co driver's weren't available. The best thing talk to your DM and explain you're situation to them. I am going out with my trainer for about two weeks just to get a little more backing experience. Then I have to find a co driver. I have received several calls from people looking for co driver's all of them live in different states then mine including one on the east coast.

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.
David M.'s Comment
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I do agree with Rainy and Big Scott you should be at least getting paid.

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He said he did get paid layover and then they sent him home for home time.

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i'm up to 10 days without a load now sitting on my but doing nothing

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There's something you're not telling us. I know you've been home for at least a few days but no one just sits indefinitely for no reason. I'm not sure what's going on, but get on the phone tomorrow and tell them to get you rolling. Freight is super strong right now, the demand for drivers is really strong, we're starting the runup to the holiday season, and you have their truck and it needs to be rolling.

So I'm not sure what the whole story is but I know we're not hearing it. Let us know what they say when you call in tomorrow to see if they can get you moving.

You're getting the entire story as it's played out to this point. Joseph L. pointed out that sometimes they will run us solo but since I have under 90 days on the road that's not an option for me. My DM did not even want to let me deadhead to the house but gave in after I sat for 4 days. Believe it or not I'm being as open and honest as possible because I'm looking for the best advice I can get. I've tried to be as professional as possible, I'm not slamming my company, they've done exactly what they said they would from day 1. I just want this solved and to get back on the road.

At this point I think my best option is to try and talk them into bringing me back to Cedar Rapids. I might luck out and catch a trainee just coming off the truck with a trainer and ready to roll. If not, at least I have the truck back in their hands. I don't know what else to do at this point.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.
David M.'s Comment
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P.S. Thanks for changing it so mods don't have to approve my posts.

David M.'s Comment
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For the most part CRST is mostly teams. However CRST does have solo driver's. My trainer and several other CRST driver's I spoke with all advise me that they had run solo when co driver's weren't available. The best thing talk to your DM and explain you're situation to them. I am going out with my trainer for about two weeks just to get a little more backing experience. Then I have to find a co driver. I have received several calls from people looking for co driver's all of them live in different states then mine including one on the east coast.

Joseph, Can you shorten that 2 weeks with your trainer down a little? I don't need much home time, I keep the truck neat and like to shower on a regular basis. I have a 2018 truck with 25,500 miles on it. The air is ice cold and the heat will run you out of there. Trucker GPS, microwave, living large.

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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CRST owns Pegasus. Pegasus is a solo driver fleet. Can you switch divisions?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Joseph L. pointed out that sometimes they will run us solo but since I have under 90 days on the road that's not an option for me. My DM did not even want to let me deadhead to the house but gave in after I sat for 4 days.

So you've been sitting home for like 6 days now?

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.
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