Greater Discrepancy Between Dispatched And Actual Mileage

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G-Town's Comment
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The great debate continues...

Speaking purely on my experience; it tends to average out. I track actual vs paid and it rarely is over plus or minus 5%. Yes I said plus. I’ve been paid for miles I didn’t run. Happens on the New England runs all the time (don’t tell WM)

When I know I went out of route for a legitimate reason (like a road closure); I let them know when we settle up on the empty call.

Of all the things a rookie needs to worry about; IMO this is not worth the negative energy.

Peace

Errol V.'s Comment
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G-Town shares wisdom:

Of all the things a rookie needs to worry about; IMO this is not worth the negative energy.

Peace

Well said. Even calculating the difference for a whole year, I'll bet the time worrying about it ain't worth $300 out of your $48,000 first year pay.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Errol V. Shares bad math:

G-Town shares wisdom:

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Of all the things a rookie needs to worry about; IMO this is not worth the negative energy.

Peace

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Well said. Even calculating the difference for a whole year, I'll bet the time worrying about it ain't worth $300 out of your $48,000 first year pay.

I must agree it's not worth dwelling on since you knew when you applied and accepted the job they paid zip to zip however the average OTR driver paid zip to zip is losing 5%-15% of miles driven. Say an average of 10% which is very realistic. That ends up being $4800 lost which is a far cry from the $300 you claim. I think your math is bad. Even if it were only 5% free miles off of that same $48,000 it's still $2400 short of actual miles driven and those figures are based off of the pay from the lesser amount of mileage pay. And no, it never averages out. But again one cannot complain as you knew what you were hiring in at and the negative energy will kill your career if you dwell on it.

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Well I did just pull those numbers out of, shall we say, "thin air".

The bigger picture is you are paid however your company decides to pay you. If you don't like that plan, you can go somewhere else, and you'll probably be paid exactly the same way. Or get your own truck and take a percentage of revenue if you think that would give you an edge.

As an OTR driver you'll never get hub miles, or get paid by the hour. As others have suggested some company may pay some route or actual calculated miles in the future, but for that you'll have to be patient to see if it will ever happen.

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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