By The Numbers 2020

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Marcin M.'s Comment
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What do you call the easiest job around trucking, Turtle?

Adam J.'s Comment
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First off, thank you all for your hard work, dedication and sacrifices you have all made. Second, Old School, I am sorry to hear about your medical issues and wish you all the best.. My goal for 2021is simple.... survive and complete the year. I am heading out to PA this weekend and start at Prime, Inc Monday with the student driver program. So my goal right now is to learn as much as I can, and get through the rest of the year. Oh and make enough money to pay my bills (which are not that many thankfully)

Old School's Comment
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Old School, I am sorry to hear about your medical issues and wish you all the best.

Thanks Adam, I appreciate that. I will rebound. I have lived a full life and faced a lot of conflict through the years. It's part of why I was well suited for trucking. This job challenges the best of us, but those who can wake up each day and make a fresh start at it with a great attitude will generally do really well at it. I'm not going anywhere that will take me away from giving advice and encouragement in this forum. Whatever I do, I will still be involved heavily here with this special group of road warriors.

My goal for 2021is simple.... survive and complete the year. I am heading out to PA this weekend and start at Prime, Inc Monday with the student driver program. So my goal right now is to learn as much as I can, and get through the rest of the year. Oh and make enough money to pay my bills (which are not that many thankfully)

Adam, there's no reason you can't reach that goal. It is going to be a tough transition at first. You will be exhausted at times, and you won't believe someone is paying you to do this at times. Hang in there. That first year is the toughest. This job has a way of getting easier and easier once you start to understand how things work. I wish you the best, and encourage you to jump in here anytime you have concerns or questions about your new career. There is really nobody doing what we do here. You will find some great mentors here and none of us will judge you or your employer. You've got a great future ahead of you!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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What do you call the easiest job around trucking, Turtle?

Well, that would depend on one's own definition of what is easy. Opinions will vary.

For me, it just doesn't get a whole lot better than the gig I'm in. Easy runs, steady turnover, preferential treatment at stores and backhaul vendors, zero wait time, over 95% drop and hook , etc. All this for great money, great hometime, and I still get to visit a huge variety of areas similar to when I was OTR. Win/win for me.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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These are good numbers all around.

Came out just short of 78k. Down from 81k last year. Our business did take a hit from corona. Schools, restaurants etc. We will see how this year plays out.

Hopefully it picks up again for you as the Dean's situation calmed down yet? If not we still need like 12 drivers at my terminal alone :)

I ended up making $100,869.

Congratulations! But only 77k miles??Imgaine if you had a full time job! rofl-3.gif

Unfortunately we don't have a breakdown of how many miles we did but according to my basic math skills I think I am around 120k or so.

I topped my personal goal of 100k, as well, all while performing what I think to be one of the easiest, yet most rewarding trucking jobs around

Congratulations! Pretty impressive for a rookie at any company.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Banks's Comment
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I made 60K this year, most of it coming after everything opened back up around May or June. I took off about a month total during COVID, since we were encouraged to stay home due to lack of work and trying to keep CDC recommendations of small groups.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I did 89 this year. Covid did set me back a little. Covid didn’t really hurt me to bad. What hurt me was percentage pay and the rates being in the toilet. Hopefully the rates go up this year and I can get Rich.

Uncle Rake's Comment
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Turtle, I have a couple questions about driving for Walmart.

Do they require you to live within a certain distance from the DC?

Someone told me they are moving toward automatic trucks. Can you confirm or deny that?

Turtle's Comment
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Turtle, I have a couple questions about driving for Walmart.

Do they require you to live within a certain distance from the DC?

Someone told me they are moving toward automatic trucks. Can you confirm or deny that?

Yes, they require that you live within 250 miles of your DC. They allow a grace period of when you actually need to reside within that 250 miles after hiring. Some drivers don't relocate until after they've been officially hired. I think the grace period is like 30 or 60 days.

There are still many manuals in the fleet, but all new trucks purchased since 2019 are automatics.

Old School's Comment
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Someone told me they are moving toward automatic trucks. Can you confirm or deny that?

Is that a serious criteria of yours Uncle Rake? If so, I am curious why? If it's just a personal preference, that's fine, but it sure seems to be an extremely limiting factor in today's marketplace.

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