3 questions I could use some help with

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by tdick325, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. tdick325

    tdick325 Bobtail Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    1. MPG - I am part of the 55 and under club. I drive 55 or under most of the time. My problem is that even at that speed I am only .01 above what is expected for the month. I have been driving for about 3 months for roehl. I was given a 2012 international prostar as my truck. (It appears that the prior driver of the truck entered it in a few crash up derbys) best empty - 8.4 mpg, loaded 42k - 7.6 mpg, worse empty - 7.4 mpg, loaded 44k - 5.4 mpg. When I was out with my trainer in a new truck, I was averaging about 9 mpg. Could there be a problem with my truck or is this normal? If I cant make my fuel bonus going 55 should I.just go balls to the wall and get as many miles as possible?

    2. Has any one beem having problem with dispatches? I was sent to pick up a load and got there as fast a I could. When I arrive they were closed. Good thing I could park there for the night. Wake up at 6 and sit until 7:45. No cars or people. Call my fm and give them.the heads up that I think the customer is closed for the weekend. Sit 2 more hours and get a load cancelled. 45 minutes later get a pre plan but not until the next day. I have getting a lot of these bad loads lately. Or the 700 mile 3 day appointment scheduled loads. Is this normal or is it just bad luck lately?

    3. How many live loads do you average? I am a van driver. Right now i am get 85-90% live loads. Is this normal or am I getting the new guy treatmemt? Some days my 14 hour clock runs out and I still have 3-4 hrs driving time left.

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  3. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    The fuel mileage might be your truck. The getting dispatched to a closed shipper is your dispatchers screw-up. Getting live loads is luck of the draw. Welcome to trucking !
  4. surfernabox

    surfernabox Light Load Member

    Aug 31, 2012
    Athens, Alabama
    Part of your fuel mile issue could be the truck idling through the night to keep block temp up and to charge the batteries up as you run them down. I always ransom balls out for them and was always right on the line of making fuel for the period. Miles make you money not the penny extra you'll get.

    i don't know for their van side but fir their flattering It was always live loading with the occasional relay load.

    Your fm didn't do your job right. that happened to me twice in 6 months. just a small mistake. If its happening to you a bunch call him/her and tell them to get it together or switch fleet managers.

    Sorry about any and all spelling errors. this cell phone is a butt to try and proofread with.
  5. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    no, yes and not tonight dear i have a headache..:biggrin_25522:

    oh wait, my bad, thats not what you asked
    48Packard Thanks this.
  6. Richter

    Richter Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Philadelphia Pa
    You need to do the math to determine speed. First off, no one cares about max and min mpg. All we care about is averages. Find out what your average for all miles is. you need a few months of similar conditions to get a good base line. Then, drive faster and see how much it effects you. You need to determine if you can drive fast enough to make enough extra revenue to disregaurd the fuel bonus. As an owner opp, I would never dive as fast as possible since i save money if i save any amount of fuel. Since you only get your bonus if you hit target numbers, its more black and white. Without knowing how much your bonus is, or how much you make per mile, I can t recommend going fast or not. The other consideration is apointment times. If getting live loaded tomorrow, no need to rush if you have extra time on clock since you wont get unloaded earlier anyway. IF drop and hook, going faster may help.
  7. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    55mph x 11hrs is 605 miles max.
    62mph x 11hrs is 682 miles max.

    Now keep in mind, if you never exceed those speeds, you won't get those miles...they are just to make a point...the speed difference has the potential to net you around 77 miles per day extra.

    If you are paid $0.25/mile, that is $19.25/day extra in your paycheck. If you drive an average of 25 days/month, that is up to $481.25/month...and $1443.75/quarter. Even if you run 12,000 miles per month, it would take a $0.04/mile fuel bonus to make up that difference.

    If your slower speeds are leading to more sitting, because you are arriving at shippers & receivers after they close on Friday instead of in time to do what you need to do, you're cutting your pay that much more.

    Saving fuel is all well and good, but time is money, too.
  8. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Columbia, SC area
    Regarding just the last question...I know for me, live vs. drop/hook loads seem to run in streaks. Sometimes I'll have 6 different trailers or more in the course of a week. Other times, I'll drag the same wagon for a week.
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