TMC CDL (in-house) Training Day 1

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Solo's Comment
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Solo, that looks awesome! You're hitting all the high spots. Consistency is tough, but financially rewarding in this business. Keep up the great work - you're doing real well.

Thanks OldSchool!

I'm mostly excited to FINALLY get to see the real numbers. Leading up to even deciding to try and obtain my permit, I'd had read SO many threads from various sources on what new drivers can make from x,y,z company hauling a,b,c trailer.

So many people have given such very low numbers (mostly) and some fair 1st year figures (but the majority were quite low...entry level employment low with too high of risk to make the reward remotely worth it), that I REALLY had to make sure that this venture was going to be the right move for me.

So now when people ask what they can make...well, at least I can point them here for WHAT they COULD make their 1st month OTR in flatbed w/ TMC.

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.

Kyle M.'s Comment
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Alot of what people can make money wise is also how hard they are willing to run. And its obvious you run hard. Congrats man. Always loved the tmc trucks

Solo's Comment
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Got my first snapshot:

33% pay

1st out of 40 drivers under my Fleet Manager 2nd out of 328 drivers under my Safety Mgr 13th out of 1398 drivers in my Divison (presumably that means linehaul) 19th out of 2189 drivers in the Fleet

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.
Old School's Comment
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That is awesome!

G-Town's Comment
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That is fantastic!

Solo's Comment
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Thanks guys.

I'm looking forward to attending what TMC calls "Total Quality Mgmt" so I can find out where I'm leaving money on the table, and collect those dollars too!

That will also give me 5 more points towards my next snapshot. Then I'll wait for 30-days before taking Advanced TQM, and along w/ the benefits of gained knowledge, I'll receive another 3 points towards my next snap, which should have me knocking or entering 34% pay.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Solo's Comment
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Sitting here at my shipper in Lewiston, ID and was looking over my numbers.

While on 26% pay my first month (now 32% for month 2), I noticed that I was avg $.64 cpm (not including any bounce or tarp pay).

Not sure how that compares to other new drivers, but so people can see this post and get an idea of what they are being told they'll start at and what I started at.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Solo's Comment
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Sitting here at my shipper in Lewiston, ID and was looking over my numbers.

While on 26% pay my first month (now 32% for month 2), I noticed that I was avg $.64 cpm (not including any bounce or tarp pay).

Not sure how that compares to other new drivers, but so people can see this post and get an idea of what they are being told they'll start at and what I started at.

Gross miscalculation.

That should be 54cpm and not 64cpm.

My mistake and glad I decided to give it another look.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Solo's Comment
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Wanted to give an update w/ regards to pay. Everyone ultimately isn't trying to work for free/peanuts.

This week's gross is $1812.45 and that was only 3 loads.

This current week (paid next Friday) will be over $2k gross and again only 3 loads.

These are based on 32% pay, and I should be going up to 33% for May, so a 1% raise.

26% my 1st month

32% my 2nd month

33% my 3rd month (we'll see)

Between March and April, I've driven 21,447 miles @ combined $.57cpm (not including tarp or bounce/deadhead pay)

Deadhead:

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Solo's Comment
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Another 3 loads, another $2k.

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