Hey everybody, this is Rookmon1 chimin' in on the TR about my time with Dart.
Been mad busy since I completed my training with a guy in their Nor-east
shorthaul last december, working 6 days a week non-stop, but finally will type
I'm a rookie driver: went with Dart above all because the job description i
found listed at indeed.com was offering to new drivers a home daily, 1000 bucks
a 5-day week (before taxes and deductions): plus i got roots in Minnesota where
they're based at. Compared to everything else i was considering at the time,
where i'd be out atleast 5 days a week, this was the best choice.
It's running for the big new P&G Dayton Mixing Center, typically doing
shuttles back and forth from their Lima manufacturing to Dayton/Vandalia, right
next to Dayton Intl Airport: I might get 1 or 2 loads going to customers in
Indiana or Kentucky in a week. Dart recently bought into the old Emery terminal
on the other side of the airport, and are almost ready to open their
maintenance garage there (Dart Safety Lane - DSL), where I imagine many trucks
and trailers will be brought there over time, saving a trip to Sellersburg or having
to hire outside of the company.
Everything was slow in coming, from the recruiting process to starting with the
new dedicated account - they kept me busy for 3 months running Ohio shorthaul -
but have eventually lived up to their word: albeit I work 6 days a week
(65-70hrs.) now in order to get over that $1000 a week measure - which is not
so great - but I am patiently doing my bid and toting my worth, expecting that
to improve quick enough.
Another thing I would add in is it is a challenge to make the 3 loads a day
within a 12 hour day, under the slipseat arrangement they want us to keep. Many
of us drive their CNG trucks which have to be refueled atleast once a day at
practically the same place every time, which eats up it's share of time in a
week. I see a lot of drivers still getting accustomed to the people-net cpu and
other stuff, while many I have talked to about it do not utilize Dart's
e-driver website / peoplenet online / and paperwork scanning using the
Ufollowit app on a smartphone, which makes things that much quicker and
easier....oh, and plug in a keyboard in the USB port in their trucks.
Another thing, slipseating is bogus (nothing against other drivers, but not all
make good partners, either). I wish there was a way to score a truck of your
own, seeing how often you wind up driving other trucks, not always being able
to use most of your 14, or come back to your truck prepared the way you leave
it, which alone would save multiple hours a week.