Flatbed Question

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Matthew P.'s Comment
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Not really sure how to answer your question. I am going to get load percentage. I've calculated out what that means in terms of mileage pay. Really comes into a ballpark of what you are being offered in mileage.

Hey, the work is really damn hard. Sometimes it is dangerous. Crawling on a load for securement and tarping is some scary stuff. Especially when you're in a smaller pickup location where they don't have all the cool safety stuff around to help with. Nets cranes, walkways. Cold as **** or rainy. You're still out there securing freight and tarping. That is a flat out *****. My other favorite is trailer swaps. Out come the tire chain bags x 4, dunnage, straps and other equipment. I am tired before I even start dealing with the load.

You get a little extra money for tarping. Detention pay isn't very good with the folks I went with. It exists but they do their best to avoid paying you much if at all. Probably the biggest criticism I have.

Other things you can look at. Their cost for health insurance. Any 401K matching. Vacation time....etc. The company I chose has some reasonable benefits which really add to the attractiveness of working for them.

Best wishes with your decision. I am pretty happy with mine but struggling to come up to speed physically. It is very hard work.

Matt

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi everyone! How are we all doing! I have a question……

I’ve been in touch with ATS about possibly going to them, and I was wondering is .60cpm for class 4 freight, and 61cpm for class 3 freight decent for starting out as a company flatbed driver?

Thank you and all the best to all of you.

Ben

Haya, Ben!

Sorry things didn't go well with the O/O you were hauling for; tanks aren't for everyone. Tom & I LOVED pulling asphalt.

Anderson seems to be a GREAT company!!! Class 3 and 4 freight, we've found, is DoD .. military; for all that wondered, as did we. Tom was close, speaking of rails; ports and military similar clearance. TWIC card(s) are a must!

Are you planning on going lease with Anderson, then, Ben? I thought that leasing was your next 'venture' ...?!?!?

Seems like a great company to me. They LOVE teams for their DoD contracts; we've spoken with them in the past.

Best wishes!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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I literally looked up classes of freight but class 3 or 4 isn’t what came up lol

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It makes me think it's internal (company) language. Perhaps referring to different types of oversize loads whether height or width. Possibly even length of haul (short haul).

Indeed, you are correct, Rob T. ~ It's internal, for DoD freight.

~ Anne ~

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Victor C. II's Comment
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If you want to start with flatbed, I would reccomend going with Melton and I have heard of ATS paying pretty good too. I know that from talking to people working here and then from reviews online and my own experience so far, they are a really great company. Im not sure how much experience you have, but when I came here, I had 10 months and I started out with $0.53 a mile. If you have a year or more they were but I hear they raised their pay rates but it was like $0.64 a mile.

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