Going Great With Crete So Far

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Old School's Comment
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Jamie, even if they don't get your appointment changed keep up that pace and practice. You may end up sitting a bit, but make sure you've sent a macro indicating you are at the customer. Keep that practice up. This is how you show them that you are capable of being productive. Eventually your dispatcher will recognize your abilities and have to keep you dispatched accordingly. He doesn't want his managers asking him, "Hey why is this guy Jamie sitting around all the time. He's showing up like he should. What's the problem here?"

You have a tremendous amount of influence in how you are dispatched, but you have to keep a consistent record of performance. It all hinges on your consistent performance.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie, even if they don't get your appointment changed keep up that pace and practice. You may end up sitting a bit, but make sure you've sent a macro indicating you are at the customer. Keep that practice up. This is how you show them that you are capable of being productive. Eventually your dispatcher will recognize your abilities and have to keep you dispatched accordingly. He doesn't want his managers asking him, "Hey why is this guy Jamie sitting around all the time. He's showing up like he should. What's the problem here?"

You have a tremendous amount of influence in how you are dispatched, but you have to keep a consistent record of performance. It all hinges on your consistent performance.

That's the plan! Thanks for the advice. That's actually one of the main reasons I'm fine with running around 2500 miles a week, because I know I can do that constantly and they can expect that from me every week, I would get burnt out if I was pushing for 3000 miles every week, now I will have weeks where I will push for 3000 miles, but I'm aiming for a range they can expect every week.

Maybe long term, I will work on increasing my average weekly miles, but got to start somewhere.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Jamie, I love your plan. Focus on turning 2,500 perfect miles per week, every week.

What's a perfect week look like for you at this stage?

  • Be early to every appointment
  • Don't put a scratch on that truck
  • Keep dispatch updated at all times
  • No logbook violations
  • Get good rest at every opportunity
  • Keep searching for ways to get the job done more efficiently

If you'll keep doing that, you'll build a great reputation and you'll continue to get the job done more efficiently. Before long, you'll turn 3,000 miles per week as easily as you're turning 2,500 miles per week now. Dispatch will sing your praises and you'll be at the top of the pay and performance charts for your fleet.

Great job!

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie, I love your plan. Focus on turning 2,500 perfect miles per week, every week.

What's a perfect week look like for you at this stage?

  • Be early to every appointment
  • Don't put a scratch on that truck
  • Keep dispatch updated at all times
  • No logbook violations
  • Get good rest at every opportunity
  • Keep searching for ways to get the job done more efficiently

If you'll keep doing that, you'll build a great reputation and you'll continue to get the job done more efficiently. Before long, you'll turn 3,000 miles per week as easily as you're turning 2,500 miles per week now. Dispatch will sing your praises and you'll be at the top of the pay and performance charts for your fleet.

Great job!

That perfectly describes the perfect week! I'm always looking for ways to improve, might not seem that way from some of my posts. But I can ensure you, I am improving when I can and learning new lessons along the way.

I am sure over time turning 3000 miles a week will be easy, but for now its something I will work up too. but I'm working on what Crete can expect from me for the time being, as I get to that point. So far they are happy with my performance and have been keeping me preplanned usually a day before I make my delivery, in order to keep me rolling. I'm making all the appointment times, and even getting some moved around when possible. Not how you or someone else will, but it gets the job done sometimes.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jamie's Comment
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I honestly need to take the advice on getting rest whenever possible, as that is one reason I enjoy doing a reset weekly. It's so I can catch up on sleep. But turning 3000 miles a week, and having a reset in there is also possible.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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Jamie when you reset is it at home or on the road? If on the road how many hours are left on your 70 when you reset.

I honestly need to take the advice on getting rest whenever possible, as that is one reason I enjoy doing a reset weekly. It's so I can catch up on sleep. But turning 3000 miles a week, and having a reset in there is also possible.

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie when you reset is it at home or on the road? If on the road how many hours are left on your 70 when you reset.

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I honestly need to take the advice on getting rest whenever possible, as that is one reason I enjoy doing a reset weekly. It's so I can catch up on sleep. But turning 3000 miles a week, and having a reset in there is also possible.

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On the road and usually less then 5 hours.

Jamie's Comment
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I'm at 2400 miles for the week so far, this load delivers tomorrow at midnight, which has another 500 miles on it. Starting to look like a 3000+ mile week.

Old School's Comment
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Nice going Jamie! That's gonna make a nice paycheck!

Jamie's Comment
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I'm be right under 3000 miles around 2960 miles for the week, as my next load delivers after the end of the pay period. Got two preplans to get me home in a few more days for my home time.

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