Flatbed With Prime?

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It’s also about when you schedule your time off and how the pay periods work. Our payroll week ends on Monday. I’ll usually stay out 4-5 weeks and drop Monday, reload the same day or early Tuesday morning and go home until Saturday evening. Leave out Sunday, deliver Monday and really not deal with significant revenue loss but it’s different for everyone. Take into account that 99.9% of what I haul is permit loads so I have to put more thought into it but it still works fine.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I see now the errors in my calculations but found more. I see now your talking about getting home Friday and leaving back out Monday once a month. Now in that case I think the income potential is greater but much less home time than a regional driver would get. I was thinking home not driving for 5 days in a row. Which is what a new driver might of believed when you say 4 or five days home.

you are still wrong. I can run 500 miles a day running 8.5 to 9 hours of recaps.... that is 7 x 500 is 3500 miles per week. Then I go home on sun.. don't drive from monday to Friday. I go back out on Saturday (the 6th day).

Realize that a 34 is actually 1.5 days... so if you take a 34 once a week (4 weeks) you are taking 1.5 + 1.5+ 1.5+ 1.5 = 6 days of not driving.

Also keep in mind that most rookies do nothing but sleep the first day of home time cause they are exhausted. So if you slept 1 day of your 1.5 day off each week... you may get burned out. I think 34 is weird anyway....some people are ready to go back to bed when they need to get up and drive.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Granted I'm only in TNT , but I'm already starting to see a pattern of our loads. We rarely get loads on the weekend. Rather, you want to try to deliver your Friday load early in the morning so you can get a good "weekend" load. A good "weekend" load is one that delivers on Monday, has a decent distance for mileage purposes, and allows you to get a 34 hour reset.

Assuming you deliver your load Monday morning at 0700. and get a new load assignment by 1000 Assume two hours driving to the receiver, one hour securing, one hour other on duty and then 7 hours driving until your 14 hour clock is up. Total of 10 hours driving for Monday. So about 500 miles total. Similar scenario Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. So by Thursday, you've got 2,000 miles.

You get a 1,000 mile weekend load, that you pick up Friday morning. 400 miles Friday, 600 miles Saturday, or thereabouts, to get to the receiver. You're done driving and you've burned your 70 by Saturday night at 1900. 34 hour reset puts you at 0500 Monday morning, for you to deliver by 0700.

In this week, you've driven 3,000 miles and gotten a 34 hour reset.

But lets knock that down to 2,800, to be more conservative. That's $1,316 gross per 7 day week.

Now after the third week, I don't take a weekend load, but rather take 3 days off. The balance of Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I only lose out on 1,000 miles for this time off for the Friday and Saturday I didn't drive.

In four weeks, I've logged 10,000 miles and earned $4,700 (@$.47/mile). Over the course of a year, I'll log 130,000 miles and make over $61,000 just on mileage alone. Not counting any tarp pay, fuel bonus, safety bonus, etc.

Of course, I'm not going to get the perfect 500 mile load each day of the week. So that 3,000 mile week won't always happen. And of course there were will be other factors such as weather, traffic, breakdown's etc. However, while running team in TNT, we've been covering 4,000 to 5,000 miles per week. The highest, 6,200 and the lowest 3,900 (for full weeks.)

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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