Progression As A Rookie

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yeah.. but I make $2000 to $2800 running team per week and take the home time, in addition to shutting down 24 hours per week to reset us. So taking normal hometime may increase your pay, not destroy it.

You said in the picture "this is how my shifts go" but now state that is your co-driver's log. You never explained the prolonged on duty time. If this is indeed your co drivers logs... he could be the problem. On the second picture there are. Couple excessive on duty days. Using on duty can cut your truck availability. If this is your log... please explain why you are using on duty.

And BTW. They always say things like "we are only taking the best.... you are the best trainer" etc... it is called schmoozing to get you to do what they want. A business man should know this. It is possible no one wanted this account due to low miles and they suckered you into it.... just as new drivers get schmooze into believing Dollar General accounts are great for newbies. So when PackRat suggested changing accounts and you got snarky.... it was unwarranted. That "I deserve better" attitude sounds like entitlement, rather than ambition. The concept of solving problems by going up the chain of command was a good response.... something else a good business man would know. So please stop bragging... it is unbecoming. Answer the questions asked so we can help.

Why all of the on duty time?

Scratch2win's Comment
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The on duty time is spent monitoring the refer temperature. They need to be logged every hour. That's how we get our monitoring pay. I posted my co driver shift below mine it didn't take first time I tried it. Nobody got suckerd into anything because it's a new otr account as a whole. There was no schmooze necessary because the dm is on the line also. Entitled? Deserve better? That is just crazy people like me don't have the luxury of those things. I was abandoned at 12 years old put myself through college bought a house and lived the American dream on my own back. Pack rat already gave me what I needed to progress. So arguing with you is just crazy. You started insulting me off the bat I haven't bragged once or talked about anything I have accomplish only state what I am doing looking to improve. Success is found throughout failure and loss.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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Im honestly not sure what you're looking for or how anybody can help you. Everyone wants different things so there isn't really a progression, more of being at a place you're happy with.

Make a list of what you want at a job that you're currently lacking. Then come back with something concrete then maybe we can help.

People are questioning your miles because traditionally you do between 5-6k a week with the truck never stopping, but you probably know that coming from crst.

Scratch2win's Comment
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That's what I was I was doing for miles when on at crst 5/6k it was all dry van drop hooks. Pegasus is refer pharmaceuticals so it's night and day different. For example I just had a 3 stop load Ohio pick up then Iowa, Aurora got there a day early had to sit 12 hours then Oregon and back to Kentucky. Tomorrow picking up Ohio delivery to Mississippi. So I'm sitting in Kentucky till tonight and rolling in the am. The only thing I wanted was to get better at the job. I have done everything accordingly knock on wood. But was unsure of how to take on more. Pack rat gave the advice I believe will allow me to progress. If I'm doing what is asked and hitting it hard that should give them reason to give me more.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The problem could be the route.... it is new and the DM is new to it. I run reefer so it isn't less miles cause of the reefer. Ask if there is a place to drop the load if you are a day early... or another driver out of hours who can sit on it. Then get another load to keep rolling. Call the customers and see if you can just run it in. If you have to sit, it is better to sit at a customer with the potential to unload early than elsewhere.

My pharmaceuticals are usually high val loads which we can't park more than 2 hours and they want them ASAP. Try just running it in. Worst they can do is turn u away

Every load I have I think "how do I get this in early and get my next one"

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Scratch2win's Comment
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Yes they just started to do pharmaceutical otr 4 months ago. Similar rules we have to stick to no stop 200 miles away no stopping longer than 60min ect. We can park at the shipper due to security if there not receiving. They gave us locks that stay with the truck so not sure about dropping and grabbing a different load. I let my dm know how early we get there and to work on getting us something else so don't have to wait. The night and weekend dm don't assign loads. I believe it could have something to do with planning. In all realities things are going good however I know that I'm capable of more. It could just be how they are set up. I'm going to give them 60 more days and do everything I can to warrant more. Then take a vacation lol.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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.
Scott M's Comment
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At Prime if I have a lot of time on a load, I can drop it at yard and get another load. During Feb & March, the average load for teams was 4500 miles due to covid starting. I was running 5000 to 5500 because I was dropping at yards and getting my next load.

Thanks Kearsey. That’s great. I didn’t know that.

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