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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Good for you. If it works for you great. You must be in the 5%.

PackRat's Comment
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Good for you. If it works for you great. You must be in the 5%.

Didn’t get the joke, did you?

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Sorry Packrat I wasn't paying attention. Qualcomm keeps going off with my next dispatch. But I get it now.

Qualcomm:

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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I have a boss??? Oh that’s right, the guys CC I’m using, lol.

Turtle's Comment
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You pick the loads yourself from the app.
I see some companies allow their company drivers to get all their loads for the week set up to plan.

I've seen similar comments like this in the recent past, but just haven't the time to respond. I don't actually have the time now either, but here's a quickie:

Ok so you set your whole week's worth of loads up in advance. Awesome right? Feel like a planning genius.

Well what do you do when Tuesday's customer calls and has to bump it a day? There goes your plan. Now you have to start from scratch, figure out a new plan, and potentially tick off other customer by rescheduling them. I just thought that was something worth mentioning. Call it a reality check.

I prefer having a whole team behind me taking care of such trivial details. I just keep rolling.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Turtle said: "I prefer having a whole team behind me taking care of such trivial details. I just keep rolling."

This is what I valued when driving for Schneider. Incredible support team. Sometimes when I completed an assignment late in the day, I wouldn't get a new assignment until early in the morning because the night dispatch was looking for a close-by pick up for me. This was never a problem for me because any delays were minimal. And it was always exciting to wake up and see where I was going. Other times, I had a pre- assignment before I finished my active assignment.

Never did I even consider leasing. And to their credit, Schneider never once pitched me the option. I loved being a company driver with all the support and resources of a big company that knew what I needed before I needed it. Beware of the leasing trap.

PJ's Comment
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Old school you are spot on with me. I do have a 3 yr and 5 yr business plan in place, and it’s on track. I have made trucking a hobby. I’m single with good income outside of the truck. I always re-evaluate my plan just to be sure its on track. I have not and will not advocate new drivers leasing or buying a truck.

I had 5 years under me when I purchased my truck. I also had 2 years prior experience with my carrier as a company driver before leasing onto them. That gave me a solid experience with their business practices as well as already a start of a network of key people within the carrier.

I shared my girlfriend’s experience with her company just to show how some companies try and push new drivers into that realm. They all certainly do not, but there are those that do.

We have had those people pass through that always think they have the magical answer and will beat the odds. I run across folks often that are the same way. They are the ones that have no clue what they are getting themselves into, and wind up failing and blaming the company for their failure.

I work longer hours and much harder than I ever did as a company driver. I enjoy what I do and have done as well as I choose too. I count my blessing’s each and every day.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Bruce, you're not driving anymore? I thought you were still with Schneider. I must have missed an update somewhere. I like that Schneider doesn't push the leasing as well. I know most big companies do, but I've never even heard a sales pitch yet. I'm not doing it myself. I'm almost at a year. After that I'm playing it by ear. I may switch accounts to dedicated, or see if I can get a local gig. I'd like to stay at Schneider if possible, but we're planning on moving out of NJ next year, God willing and it depends on where we go. We still haven't decided where to move to, lol. OUT OF THE NORTHEAST.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Bruce, you're not driving anymore? I thought you were still with Schneider. I must have missed an update somewhere. I like that Schneider doesn't push the leasing as well. I know most big companies do, but I've never even heard a sales pitch yet. I'm not doing it myself. I'm almost at a year. After that I'm playing it by ear. I may switch accounts to dedicated, or see if I can get a local gig. I'd like to stay at Schneider if possible, but we're planning on moving out of NJ next year, God willing and it depends on where we go. We still haven't decided where to move to, lol. OUT OF THE NORTHEAST.

Hi Rob, I'm taking some time off to do deal with other things. I hope to start driving again this winter. I left Schneider on good terms and have a re-hire offer when I get ready. Thanks for asking, I'm still following the adventures of all the TT drivers.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'd make a crappy boss. I'll pass on leasing or O/O lol. On the fun side though, I heard I'm going to get to pull a tanker :-D. Empty, of course but I do have the endorsement. It's for West Side Salvage and I get to return it to Iowa from our south Chicago terminal.

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.

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