How's Everyone Doing? How Is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

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Auggie69's Comment
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Fedex Freight is doing Voluntary Furloughs until Jul 31. We are actually consistent so far. The mask is a PITA though.

How are you OTR company drivers doing? Business seems to be dropping off some of late. Hopefully everyone is hanging in there!

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.

Old School's Comment
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I don't think I've ever been busier. I keep expecting it to unravel, but I've been extremely covered up. My last six weeks have all been in excess of 3,000 miles. With the added bonus money they've thrown our way during this conflict, I'm bringing in some really strong earnings right now. I'm gonna be disappointed when they decide to drop the extra incentives off.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Steven S.'s Comment
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Some places like FedEx are always going to be in demand, especially with Amazon being ramped up like its Christmas time. Odd that they are offering time off though since Amazon told everyone that their delivery service would be suspended so that UPS, FedEx and USPS could still earn money. I hope that by the time I get my CDL and get on my trainer's truck in July that this mess in the freight market will be sorted out. I really dont want to start a rookie year in an uncertain market.

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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On Friday I was in the office turning in paperwork and talked with the load planner. I let her know I appreciated the trips she had been getting me the last two weeks where she had decent pickup and delivery times, because the month previous had been slow. I asked her if in fact brokers were charging less than a dollar a mile on loads and she said they were but the company doesn't even begin to bid on them. She did say she took less than favorable loads to keep us moving tho. As long as I get more than 2500 mi week, I'm happy....tho 3000 really makes me happy.

Laura

James F.'s Comment
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I am dry van , Knight, it has been buisness as usual through out this nonsense, my pay has actually increased due to a 200 dollar a week bonus

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Trukkit's Comment
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I hope that by the time I get my CDL and get on my trainer's truck in July that this mess in the freight market will be sorted out. I really dont want to start a rookie year in an uncertain market.

Steven S I'm in the same situation as you. I hope to be in a trainers truck in early July. Let's hope when restrictions ease up there will be a surge in trucking. I would bet the vast majority of people are limiting their trips to Lowe's, Hope Depot and any other retail store because of the hassle of waiting in long lines, wearing uncomfortable masks and all the other bs. "I picked the wrong day to quit my job to be a trucker!"

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Waiting thru some off time during job transfer with Gardner's. Orientations done, next spend day or so in yard doing park maneuvers. Then something about with trainer a short bit to learn their paperwork and time slips (no bubble sheets / transflows per load like CRST for now)

Hope to be back on the road ASAP!......Least we get paid thru this process. Also they pay holidays, not sure which yet.....

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Just Mitch's Comment
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Otr Swift reefer here. Corona has actually given me an uptick in miles. Not being able to walk in everywhere is my biggest gripe

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Jason's Comment
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Prime has been hum drum, biz as usual. I’ve had some light weeks <1K gross but i run solo. For me the cutbacks at meat plants has been brutal. Nothing specific but I used to haul beef once/week...and haven’t had one for almost two is telling on my bottom line.

Steven S.'s Comment
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I hope that by the time I get my CDL and get on my trainer's truck in July that this mess in the freight market will be sorted out. I really dont want to start a rookie year in an uncertain market.

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Steven S I'm in the same situation as you. I hope to be in a trainers truck in early July. Let's hope when restrictions ease up there will be a surge in trucking. I would bet the vast majority of people are limiting their trips to Lowe's, Hope Depot and any other retail store because of the hassle of waiting in long lines, wearing uncomfortable masks and all the other bs. "I picked the wrong day to quit my job to be a trucker!"

From what i'm seeing it looks like the general opinion is that when the market opens back up the freight market is going to explode and there wont be enough drivers to grab the loads. The situation should go something like the pork market opening back up which leads to cattle being moved to processing plants and then onto basically every single store in the country since they will all be short by that time. Then there will be businesses like restaurants that are going to need to pretty much restock everything and thats going to flood the market with tons of freight. Its just going to be a domino effect as each part of the supply chains come back to life, they are going to need supplies brought in so they can start up and then they are going to be back to full bore sending stuff out. During that time I actually think the Owner/Operators are going to be the ones that make the killing because they will get the full profit from a load while all of us company drivers are going to probably get shafted a bit.

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.
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