Team Driving

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OshagHennesy's Comment
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Hey ladies and gents,

I've heard that when people drive team, they make more money. My question though is how is the HOS for each driver managed? How is the pay managed per driver?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Daryl, you can make pretty much the same money running solo as you can running team. The logbook hours of service is enforced individually upon each driver. The same rules as if you were each running trucks solo.

As far as pay, most of the time it is split between the two drivers for all miles the truck runs. So if they say "teams start at 42 cents per mile" that means each driver will get 21 cents per mile for all miles the truck runs, regardless of how many miles each driver accrued.

Even if you were able to make a tiny bit more running team it wouldn't be enough money to make the lifestyle worth it if you weren't into sharing a truck with someone. So don't run team on the hope that you'll make more money. Do it because you prefer the lifestyle of travelling with someone instead of alone.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Jeff L.'s Comment
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Daryl, you can make pretty much the same money running solo as you can running team. The logbook hours of service is enforced individually upon each driver. The same rules as if you were each running trucks solo.

As far as pay, most of the time it is split between the two drivers for all miles the truck runs. So if they say "teams start at 42 cents per mile" that means each driver will get 21 cents per mile for all miles the truck runs, regardless of how many miles each driver accrued.

Even if you were able to make a tiny bit more running team it wouldn't be enough money to make the lifestyle worth it if you weren't into sharing a truck with someone. So don't run team on the hope that you'll make more money. Do it because you prefer the lifestyle of travelling with someone instead of alone.

I think he nailed that, It would depend on your personality and who you drive with. The only perk I like and I could be naive thinking this is that when you run teams your more likely to get loads going east to west.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I'm running teams at Celadon to fulfill my contract. I'll assess how I feel about it and decide what to do after the contact is done. If I go by the average miles Celadon uses, it's only about 75-80 bucks more a week. I'll have to really enjoy teaming to stay for that much.

Daniel's Comment
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I'm running teams at Celadon to fulfill my contract. I'll assess how I feel about it and decide what to do after the contact is done. If I go by the average miles Celadon uses, it's only about 75-80 bucks more a week. I'll have to really enjoy teaming to stay for that much.

Must be nice to scoff at a free/extra $4k/year.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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I'm running teams at Celadon to fulfill my contract. I'll assess how I feel about it and decide what to do after the contact is done. If I go by the average miles Celadon uses, it's only about 75-80 bucks more a week. I'll have to really enjoy teaming to stay for that much.

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Must be nice to scoff at a free/extra $4k/year.

Some people can't get used to getting their 8hr Sleeper Berth thats Bouncing, Shaking and Rattling,,, found that out last week...LOL

I think Companies like teams because the load gets there faster and it's a more Efficient use of equipment...

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

TxsGent's Comment
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During my second phase of training, I had to team. The planner pushed us pretty hard. I am not sure if that was because we were trainees or because they didn't understand HOS. More than once we received a pre-plan telling us to run as a team. Even with two drivers, the truck can't run 24 hours a day without doing a reset.

Team money really comes in to play when both team members are part of the same household, husband and wife.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott O.'s Comment
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And I'll add to it it's not always split pay... It can pay split miles to.. If truck turns 6000 miles in a week you get 3000 and your CO driver gets 3000 at a cpm

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I'm running teams at Celadon to fulfill my contract. I'll assess how I feel about it and decide what to do after the contact is done. If I go by the average miles Celadon uses, it's only about 75-80 bucks more a week. I'll have to really enjoy teaming to stay for that much.

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Must be nice to scoff at a free/extra $4k/year.

Well, when you put it that way....lol

Skar Hed's Comment
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I'm running teams at Celadon to fulfill my contract. I'll assess how I feel about it and decide what to do after the contact is done. If I go by the average miles Celadon uses, it's only about 75-80 bucks more a week. I'll have to really enjoy teaming to stay for that much.

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Must be nice to scoff at a free/extra $4k/year.

Having had a little experience with teaming I find it easy to scoff at a lot more money than that.

I would need about 6 times that before I even considered teaming with someone I didn't know, like and trust very well. That's a pretty small group of people, none of which has a CDL.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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