I Think It's Time To Move On

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Auggie69's Comment
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I'm on the city board, but don't have enough seniority to have an AM start time to get a route. I heard HGR is offering sign on bonuses. I'll see if they'd be willing to let me volunteer out there. We have about 72 city drivers and 30 (give or take) routes.

I wanted to do ground on the weekends, but the wife was against it. My time with a contractor left a bad taste in her mouth and the weekend is family time. If I could do ground as a FedEx employee, I would rather do that than freight. I had a blast doing ground.

Yeah, I'd ask your SCM, give them a day or two then contact the SCM at HGR. Can't beat hotel and meals and then getting paid to drive home for the weekends. HGR start times for mortals are 0830 - 0900. No late starts. Some early starts.

Ground is all contractor. It is what it is. I wouldn't do it but it DOES involve some exercise :)

Auggie69's Comment
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I'm on the city board, but don't have enough seniority to have an AM start time to get a route. I heard HGR is offering sign on bonuses. I'll see if they'd be willing to let me volunteer out there. We have about 72 city drivers and 30 (give or take) routes.

I wanted to do ground on the weekends, but the wife was against it. My time with a contractor left a bad taste in her mouth and the weekend is family time. If I could do ground as a FedEx employee, I would rather do that than freight. I had a blast doing ground.

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Yeah, I'd ask your SCM, give them a day or two then contact the SCM at HGR. Can't beat hotel and meals and then getting paid to drive home for the weekends. HGR start times for mortals are 0830 - 0900. No late starts. Some early starts.

Ground is all contractor. It is what it is. I wouldn't do it but it DOES involve some exercise :)

Oh, and oddly enough, HGR right now is cranking. No slowdown.

Banks's Comment
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I'm on the city board, but don't have enough seniority to have an AM start time to get a route. I heard HGR is offering sign on bonuses. I'll see if they'd be willing to let me volunteer out there. We have about 72 city drivers and 30 (give or take) routes.

I wanted to do ground on the weekends, but the wife was against it. My time with a contractor left a bad taste in her mouth and the weekend is family time. If I could do ground as a FedEx employee, I would rather do that than freight. I had a blast doing ground.

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Yeah, I'd ask your SCM, give them a day or two then contact the SCM at HGR. Can't beat hotel and meals and then getting paid to drive home for the weekends. HGR start times for mortals are 0830 - 0900. No late starts. Some early starts.

Ground is all contractor. It is what it is. I wouldn't do it but it DOES involve some exercise :)

I'll talk to him on Monday or Tuesday to see what he says. Thanks.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Hmm. Want some physical work? Getting tired bored? Come on over and run some dollar general loads. You can make the same amount if you apply yourself. How’s your backing?

Stevo Reno's Comment
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And I am on the reverse !! I'd love to get a set lane/loop point A to B n back.

I know for a fact that with the amount of loads we pull for Fed Ex and XPO, our SR DM can create 1 for us IF he wanted to.

Tired of this " Running Wild" all over the place from 1 corner of the country to the other.

Finishing up this short fed ex run to Phx. Next load is Marshalls (ugh) out to some weird name city in PA....Think 2 or 3 days ago I-80 had a smash em.up on it. Weather says clear for next 4 or 5 days? Hmmmmm

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.
Banks's Comment
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Hmm. Want some physical work? Getting tired bored? Come on over and run some dollar general loads. You can make the same amount if you apply yourself. How’s your backing?

My backing is good, not great. I don't think I'm where I need to be for dollar generals and I want to continue to be home everyday. The dollar general trailers I see are all attached to sleepers. I wouldn't mind the work through. I look at jobs online and skip everything that says "no touch freight". I want to touch the freight.

Banks's Comment
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And I am on the reverse !! I'd love to get a set lane/loop point A to B n back.

I know for a fact that with the amount of loads we pull for Fed Ex and XPO, our SR DM can create 1 for us IF he wanted to.

Tired of this " Running Wild" all over the place from 1 corner of the country to the other.

Finishing up this short fed ex run to Phx. Next load is Marshalls (ugh) out to some weird name city in PA....Think 2 or 3 days ago I-80 had a smash em.up on it. Weather says clear for next 4 or 5 days? Hmmmmm

Different strokes for different folks, Stevo. I used to think that too. It would be sweet a Rochester or an Albany to ugh a Rochester or an Albany. Everybody I talk to says I'm crazy. I'm grossing 15-16 hundred a week, I have 2 big raises coming in the next 2 years, I don't break a sweat and the equipment is great, but I'm bored. I use Google maps to keep an eye on the traffic, but other than that I usually only exactly where I'm going and what to do when I get there. There's nothing challenging or fun about it and I'm only in the middle of year 2. I don't think I can do this for another 30 or more years.

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.
andhe78's Comment
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I know it’s not for everyone, but have you thought about fuel hauling? I love the job. Home every day, six figure income, union benefits. We service probably about a thousand locations across several states so while you get familiar with the area, you are constantly going somewhere different. (My trainer has been with the company over thirty years, and still had a station he’d never been to while I was with him.) We don’t just do gas stations either, that’s actually less than half our business-we service trucking companies, bus garages, farms, tank farms, airports-any place that has a fuel tank-you’d be surprised how far off the beaten path we get. We don’t just haul gas either, I actually spend more time hauling asphalt, wax, and now that winter’s here, lp. While loading/unloading is not physically demanding, you are out of the truck doing something more than just driving. And to top it off, I do surprisingly little backing. All this is of course dependent on the company and location, but it might be something to think about.

Banks's Comment
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I know it’s not for everyone, but have you thought about fuel hauling? I love the job. Home every day, six figure income, union benefits. We service probably about a thousand locations across several states so while you get familiar with the area, you are constantly going somewhere different. (My trainer has been with the company over thirty years, and still had a station he’d never been to while I was with him.) We don’t just do gas stations either, that’s actually less than half our business-we service trucking companies, bus garages, farms, tank farms, airports-any place that has a fuel tank-you’d be surprised how far off the beaten path we get. We don’t just haul gas either, I actually spend more time hauling asphalt, wax, and now that winter’s here, lp. While loading/unloading is not physically demanding, you are out of the truck doing something more than just driving. And to top it off, I do surprisingly little backing. All this is of course dependent on the company and location, but it might be something to think about.

If you don't mind me asking, andhe, what company is that?

Newdriver's Comment
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Sorry your thinking of leaving. I just got a start date for next week for driver apprentice. I got my CDL 3 years ago but due to homelife I couldn't switch jobs. It sounded to me that I would be doing 4 hrs training and then dockwork? I am really not sure how the training is going to work, just to make sure you wear clothes for the cold. Is there any info you could give me? Should I go over my CDL practice test? I heard that fedex has a longer pretrip I would have to learn. Is there anyway I could get a copy of this? Do I need to have the pretrip down before I start next week? Sorry for all the questions but I rather be prepared and calm for first day than unprepared. Thank you , any for any info it will be greatly appreciated!!

And it's not because FedEx isn't a good company, I think they're great but I'm having some issues and I've been thinking a lot.

I came into this thinking I wanted to be a Road Driver (Linehaul Driver) because what can be better than being on the highways and making 90-105K a year?

I've been an unofficial road driver for the past 6 or 7 months. I'm exhausted and it's not the work, it's the lack there of. I don't move for 12-14 hours a day so I'm not using any energy and then I have trouble sleeping because I'm not tired. I'm also gaining weight at a rate that I feel isn't healthy. In the last 7 months I've gained 30-40 pounds.

This is the first job I've ever had that's mostly sitting. I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I miss the physicality of working in Walmart's distribution center or being a delivery driver for FedEx ground. I'm bored out of my mind going to the same buildings every day, driving on the same highways listening to the same songs and podcasts.

The only benefit is the money. This is the most money I've ever made, but I'm starting to think it isn't worth it.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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