My Prime Upgrade / First Month Solo Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Dennis, I love it! She's purty!

WE love it! It's Tom's fave color as well !!!!

Best wishes, good sir, always~

~ Anne & Tom ~

Dennis L's Comment
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5/13/22 Day 1 Solo

I’m being sent BT to Lebanon, TN to pickup an empty trailer. Will be dispatched a load assignment from there. Not much solo freight in Springfield area right now.

I still get paid 53 cpm for the ~474 BT miles, so doesn’t matter to me.

Time to get rolling for ~9.5 hours drive ahead of me.


Cents Per Mile

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

Dennis L's Comment
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5/13/22 wrap

Drove bobtail from Springfield, MO to Lebanon, TN to pickup empty trailer.

Depart at 12:46 CDT and arrive at 22:20 CDT.

Total of 477 miles in 8h 50m drive time (54.0 mph avg speed). Total 9h 17m On Duty.

My 10- hrs break ends at 08:38 CDT on 5/14/22.

I’ll drive in morning to my 01 pickup customer in Covington, TN about 206 miles empty.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Dennis L's Comment
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5/14/22 - Day 2 Solo

Summary: 449 miles in 8h 34m driving (52.4 mph avg) 9h 0m On Duty

Started driving at 08:46 CDT near Lebanon, TN and ended my driving day at 20:27 CDT at Beaver Dam, KY. It was not easy finding parking.

I stopped at Halladay, TN on I40 for a trailer washout. I sat waiting at least 35 mins for two guys to wash outside of a tanker. My trailer washout took only 10 mins.

I was going to pre-cool my trailer after the washout for last 100 miles to customer. I forgot to turn the reefer on, so had to pull off again later. This waisted about 15 minutes.

There was a bad accident on I40E bound with a travel trailer flipped over and torn apart. I40E was a parking lot for a few miles.

Luckily I didn’t have any traffic issues today.

I did a D&H at my 01 shipper in Covington, TN. Took my time to make sure all paperwork was done correctly for my first solo load of ice cream bars. I was at the customer for 2 hours from 14:11 - 16:10 CDT.

Pretty scenery through TN and KY. Saw a deer bounding at full speed across a field away from the highway.

Tomorrow I plan to start driving by 06:45 CDT.


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.


A refrigerated trailer.

Dennis L's Comment
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A guy in a chicken suit at Cracker Barrel on Friday morning in Springfield, MO


PackRat's Comment
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I don't recall ever seeing that before.


Dennis L's Comment
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5/14/22 wrap

I’m 755 miles tonight from my 90 customer. Tomorrow should be another ~470 miles day (including a shower at my fuel stop). Leaving 285 miles to finish up on Monday morning.

I have until 23:59 EDT on Monday to make the D&H.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yezir. Gongrats! You earned this!

Dennis L's Comment
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05/15/22 - Solo Day 3

So far so good. I drove 6h 4m nonstop to my fuel stop in Millersport, OH. A total 337 miles. Arrived about 14:00 EDT.

Fuel fill up cost $900 even! Good to be a Company driver. I was just into the red zone on tractor and reefer down to 1/4 tank. I had requested a best fuel solution before I depart his morning to see if might fill up sooner, but no, the computer kept my same stop. It worked out.

Had a nice shower and now eat, then drive on 3 more hours. After I stop for my 10h break will work out a solid ETA and PTA for my 90 tomorrow morning.

I’m discussing a pre-plan load with dispatch now that live loads in Bayonne, NJ on Monday afternoon. It is 125 miles empty from my 90.

The kicker is that this is a HAZMAT load with a 996 miles loaded run to deliver on 5/18.

I new that HME might come in handy. Not many HME drivers available tomorrow in the region.

I have to look at this hard. Did do any HAZMAT before.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
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You are 5 miles from me on the tracker.

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