New Driver Pay And Relationship Question

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Things to co sidereal are rhe current freight market, how long you have to stay out, work life balance and flexibility as well as ancillary pay.

I've talked to a lot of companies offering mid 60s to 70s cpm for dry n reefer otr. But, almost all of them have very little ancillary, requirements of 3 or more weeks out, and varying degrees of flexibility.

I think it all averages out in the end to between 70k to 90k depending on how efficient you are and how much you run. With the market now I suspect that it's down from that as there isn't as much freight available.

I make a considerable amount in ancillary pay, so it offsets the sitting. Unfortunately the loads that we have access to are based on a slower time, so I frequently have lots of layover, notwithstanding, if I choose to, I'll run 11k to 12k a month in miles, but I sacrifice home time to do that.

One other thought is that even though we may be out and on the road, at least coming from the trades, I hardly consider a lot of what I do as real work. Sitting around at a shipper for hours on end watching TV and playing Ghost Recon isn't really that tough of a job. I think that the pay is reflected of that. I'd prefer to be solid working the whole day but it seldom happens.


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.


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.


Cents Per Mile

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


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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