Life Is So Great As A Company Driver.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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As a company driver nobody tells me what to do. I have no one looking over my shoulder. No manager, no supervisor. I decide when I will start and end my day. I can take time off when and where I want. My job is picking up and delivering freight on time and safely. I have a great team to help me get it done. Truck or trailer needs repair, no problem. Break down on the road for a few days, no problem. Call my team and they get me a hotel. Then they reimburse me for my Uber to and from the hotel. They give me a pick up and delivery date and time. They give me fuel stops. I drive. Every day I pretrip my truck and trailer to help spot or prevent problems that keep me from doing my job. My team keeps me running as much as I want and they pay me to spend most of my day sitting on my but.

Many people say they don't want to be force dispatched. Why? I get sent all over this beautiful country.

When my truck starts to get old, I get a new one. They pay for my fuel, oil, coolant, and washer fluid. They pay for all maintenance and repairs. And best of all they pay me. I am very happy with the money. This is the easiest job I have ever had. The only thing that would be easier is being paid to sleep.

So, come out here and join the fun.

Jamie's Comment
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Many people say they don't want to be force dispatched. Why? I get sent all over this beautiful country.

I go anywhere Schneider sends me and I never say anything about it. Sure I've been to places I hate but there is no reason to call up and complain about it. I get the job done and usually I get a better load out of it as many drivers don't want to do some of these loads.

This guy I became friends with during orientation, we talk every now and then he was telling me last time we talked how he never updates his DBL when he's going to get there early(considered a service failure unless approved to go in early) or when he's going to be late, he basically refuses to drive at night or do loads that will run late into the night when parking is hard to find.

I literally swap my shifts around multiple times a week to make appointment times, avoid rush hour traffic when possible, or anything else to make appointment times and I never once complained about it.

Tractor Man's Comment
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This guy I became friends with during orientation, we talk every now and then he was telling me last time we talked how he never updates his DBL when he's going to get there early(considered a service failure unless approved to go in early) or when he's going to be late, he basically refuses to drive at night or do loads that will run late into the night when parking is hard to find

That is why productive drivers will always come out on top. It is drivers like this guy that become Terminal Rats and Lunch Counter Loudmouths. It is also where all of the negative reviews originate. These guys are the ones that help the rest of us earn more money.

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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.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Scott, great topic and your advice gets repeated a lot because the right attitude is so critical to driving success and happiness.

One of my favorite quotes is: “ It’s attitude, not aptitude, that determines altitude”. Of course aptitude does help, but the most capable person with a bad attitude is almost worthless.

Here’s something important for new drivers to realize: if you have a great attitude like Jamie described, the company will be so much more willing to help you when you make a mistake out there. And we all will make probably more than one mistake that costs the company money. Companies want drivers who have a positive mindset and are team players.

I’ve been driving solo for almost 3 months now and if I hadn’t had the support structure of my company to rely on, I would no doubt be drooling in some psyche ward by now.

Instead I drool in my nice company truck.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I said this earlier today.

I get what i want and when i want it. I am always ready for an argument but i never really get it. I usually get "10/4 thanks be safe"

i love my dispatch team.

My bills are paid off, theres lots of money in the bank and 401k, and life is great!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Rainy, it wasn’t always like that for you based on previous things you’ve said

But you figured it out and had the right approach to your career and look at you now! A brunette.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy, it wasn’t always like that for you based on previous things you’ve said

But you figured it out and had the right approach to your career and look at you now! A brunette.

There were things that were totally my fault and I learned from them. Things that were Prime's fault were corrected when I addressed them. Lots of things were just rookie mistakes. But now, like i said. I have money and the respect of both my company and fellow drivers.

HUGE difference from being a federal prisoner... i mean employee.

Tractor Man's Comment
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HUGE difference from being a federal prisoner... i mean employee.

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