Switched To A Local Account

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Jamie's Comment
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I decided to switch to a local flatbed account Schneider has out of Memphis, TN. I'm going to miss the road but I took the chance to switch to this account where I'll be making double of what I made OTR , I'm home everyday, and the days aren't usually to long. I start my day at 6am every day and I'm usually home around noon or 1pm, and I'm paid for the whole day.

I make a set amount of money everyday, 6 day work week and I'll be paid rather if I work all day or for 1 hour, I'll always make the same amount each week excluding bonuses payments I can get. I actually switched to this account earlier this month, so I've been going through training and what not.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congrats on the new gig! I assume you will have a day cab? If so welcome to the dark side!

Are you hauling the same stuff to the same place every day or does it very?

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Keith A.'s Comment
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Jamie that sounds like one cushy gig o.o good luck!

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Good for you, finding some place within your company that suited your needs. Cant hurt that it pays better also.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sounds like a great opportunity, Jamie.

Give us some more details. What does Schneider put you through for flatbed training? What company will you be hauling for? How far?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

Gladhand's Comment
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Good luck. 6 days a week was torture for me. Just a 34 when you go home isnt enough time off, for me anyways. Big reason I left the Walmart account I was on. Either way what didnt work for me, doesnt mean it wont work for you. Be safe!

RealDiehl's Comment
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Sweet gig, Jaime! I hope you enjoy the job as much as the benefits.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Good luck. 6 days a week was torture for me. Just a 34 when you go home isnt enough time off, for me anyways. Big reason I left the Walmart account I was on. Either way what didnt work for me, doesnt mean it wont work for you. Be safe!

I could do the six days if I got off work at 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Jamie might get bored with the new route, but it sounds good to me.

Jamie's Comment
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Congrats on the new gig! I assume you will have a day cab? If so welcome to the dark side!

Are you hauling the same stuff to the same place every day or does it very?

Yes it's a day cab with a 36 foot trailer. It's apart of the Home Depot account Schneider has out of Memphis, TN. I'm actually delivering Home Depot products ranging from wood, drywall, etc to people houses, businesses, new development areas within 60 miles of Memphis, TN. Every now and then, we might have to go outside the 60 mile range but we get paid extra for that.

We get loaded at Home Depots around the Memphis area, and we go to the customer and unload it with a moffett which is a forklift type thing that hooks onto the back of the trailer. We might also have to do something called "carry-in", which we have to carry the products into the house or another area they want it where the moffett cannot get too. Generally if it isn't much, we have to do it by ourselves but if it is a lot of stuff to carry in they will either get another driver to assist or even hire someone from some company to help you.

Each store has 30 minutes to load us, and if they aren't done by that time we can mark it as a miss due to the store not having the customers order ready and we can leave without it and the store has to have it rescheduled. So I no longer have to wait around for hours at the mercy of shippers and receivers, each delivery doesn't generally take to long about 10-15 minutes each and that is usually unhooking the moffett and unstrapping everything. I also forgot to mention, we don't have to tarp any loads. So if it's raining, we might have less things to take out since it cannot be carried in the rain, but we still get paid for a full day. My trainer said during the winter we might not have anything to take out since it's so cold and people have it rescheduled but we still get paid for that day.

Over all, I'm happy about switching to this account since I can see my wife everyday and I generally get between 12-18 hours off duty depending how fast we finish. I'm still riding with another driver currently, but once I do my moffett trainer this coming week I will get my own truck and assigned to a store.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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