Team Driving With Prime

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Errol V.'s Comment
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My sister-in-law & her hubby (both experienced OTR drivers who have teamed) are interested in teaming together for Prime.

Good/decent? Bad? Ugly? Can anyone say how Prime dispatches their teams?


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.

Turtle's Comment
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I can only say that the pay is outstanding after recent team pay increases. I just attended a meeting yesterday where they went over the team pay increase, but I don't have the exact numbers in front of me right now.

A team couple at Prime can easily reach upwards of $150k combined income. That was one of the numbers they were throwing around.


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Matt M.'s Comment
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Howdy Errol, I team with the wife at Prime. When we ran OTR reefer we averaged in the low to mid 5k range on miles. Lots of i80. Lots of West coast to the NE and back, some SE too. Lots of produce, FedEx, beer, and meat.

We now run dedicated, bouncing between Texas, Alabama, and Cali. We are home a couple days a week, and run pretty soft at 4300 miles a week. With the recent changes Turtle mentioned I got paid $1,416.74 gross plus $215.20 in travel allowance for 4,304 miles last week. My wife made about the same. Including travel allowance we were right at $150k together on our w2 last year (on this same dedicated account), and I figure we both just got a $5k annual raise with the changes ($10k total).

We run every week, OTR is typical day off for every week you are out. Prefer you to be out 3-4 weeks. They would make more than us because team bonus over 4k miles is at $0.30 cpm to the truck which we only get 300 miles of because we always run the same route.

Breakdown of my weekly pay: - Base rate of $0.25 for all miles truck moves - additional stop beyond 01/90 $10 ea - wellness bonus $0.005 all miles (for my sick pay being capped at 48 hours) - service bonus $0.01 for all miles over 4k (on time delivery for preceding 12 weeks I think) - safety bonus $0.01 for all miles over 4k (same as service just not hitting stuff) - team bonus $0.25 to the truck for miles over 3k, $0.30 for miles over 4k. This gets split between drivers. - fuel bonus was $92.00 but this varies (a little, around that every week) - hazmat pays $50.00 per trip, did not have this bonus this week - travel allowance is $0.05 for all miles

My wife gets paid the same, I think her base rate is only $0.24 but I might be wrong.

All in all I've been happy enough we haven't looked for anything else. We might could make a little bit more doing linehaul , but we'd be running a lot harder too.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.


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.


Cents Per Mile

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


A refrigerated trailer.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks, Matt. You have a pretty complete picture. I passed this on to my sister-in-law.

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