Progression As A Rookie

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Scratch2win's Comment
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So I'm 9 months into my first year. Also 9 months straight on the road haven't taken any home time. I wanted to get my 10 month contract out the way. I'm 100% perfect pick up and deliver time. No accidents no dot violations. I'm taking home about 1k each week doing avg 4k miles constantly. Personally I think I'm doing as good as expected of a rookie driver. I want to do better how should I go about it? I bug my dm for more loads always letting him know I'm early and checking to see if I can grab extra loads especially Fridays so I don't have to take any chances of sitting on weekends. So my question is how to improve and take the next step and progress?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Team driving or solo operator?

Scratch2win's Comment
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I team drive.

PackRat's Comment
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That's only 2000 miles per person--very low numbers. Less than 300 miles each day for a seven day week? That's a hobby.

Who do you drive for? What areas, as in a certain region or all 48 states? Dry or refrigerated?

I can't see how it could be profitable for your carrier with such low mileage for a team truck.

Scratch2win's Comment
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It's 5 day week and we both do 500+ miles a shift. Hauling pharmaceuticals refer unit. Mostly Kentucky/Ohio to he west or Pacific northwest. Every load is live however I get paid detention till they are finished. Usually take about 2 hours for the load and unload. I get paid all miles so even the miles my teammate drives I get paid on. That means 2000 is the same as 4000 miles.

PackRat's Comment
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If you are only driving a five day week, what are you doing the other two days?

That's eight days a month not driving, yet you have not been home in nine months?

My suggestion would be to get off that gig, then start driving seven days a week.

Scratch2win's Comment
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They don't normally assign new loads over the weekend. Yes 9 months out straight. I transfer from crst over to pegasus 4/22/20

Scratch2win's Comment
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How are there more responses on a bowel movement thread than how to level up thread? The only input y'all can muster up is quit lmfao

Rob T.'s Comment
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We may not have anything to add to what Packrat has already said. 500 miles a day is a solid number. If you're only doing that 5 days a week and not being assigned loads over the weekend I'm not sure what else you want us to say?

PackRat's Comment
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How are there more responses on a bowel movement thread than how to level up thread? The only input y'all can muster up is quit lmfao

Where did I write to quit?

"Get off that gig" is what I wrote, which means switch accounts or apply for another division. If that doesn't work, maybe explore changing companies after you've been there a year, and all debts and contract obligations are paid and fulfilled.

Suit yourself. I would be speaking with your management team instead of throwing your hands up after reading some suggestions made here.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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