Survived Sophomore Season!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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When I started work last night it offically marked my 2 year anniversary with Old Dominion. Since senority is king in the LTL world I am now top scale so I should be at or just over 70 cpm , unfortunately now my only raise will be the yearly if there is one.

If I make it to November I will also receive my first saftey bonus should be my second but I screwed that 2 months in.

I have no complaints about the way I am treated or about the company in general hopefully I can retire here in 36 years.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Peter M.'s Comment
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Congratulations. Nice accomplishment.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That's awesome! Personally, I'd lose my mind driving the same exact route every day for weeks or months on end. How do you stay focused and alert especially if you're running nights?

Any idea how you're sitting on seniority? It's nice to have a job you thoroughly enjoy and look forward to being your last job. For the first time in my life I also am at a job I really enjoy and want to retire from. It really makes a huge difference in your attitude and makes getting out of bed easier. Hopefully many more successful years will follow good-luck.gif

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations. Nice accomplishment

Thanks!

I'd lose my mind driving the same exact route every day for weeks or months on end. How do you stay focused and alert especially if you're running nights?

It definitely gets old driving the same route every day, the top guy in our terminal has been running the same route to Des Moines for about 10 years now.

Any idea how you're sitting on seniority?

Funny you mention that we had to rebid today since they dropped our triples run, so everyone from him down had to bid again. I am about 29th out of 38 so my picks are limited I did take a 1:45 am run so I can get more day light.

They are opening a new terminal near Indiana so hopefully a few drivers who live out there will transfer so I can move up.

For the first time in my life I also am at a job I really enjoy and want to retire from. It really makes a huge difference in your attitude and makes getting out of bed easier.

It absolutely does! I drove a cab/limo for 3 years and hated it for the most part. Plus I worked the same or more hours 6 days for less than half the pay and no benifets.

Wish I would have gotten my CDL at 21 instead of kicking the can down the road.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Bob! Awesome post.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations on your milestone of success!

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PJ's Comment
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Marc Lee's Comment
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Congratulations Bobcat!

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