868 mile load 4 days to get it there?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lennythedriver, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Swift was a great place to get those types of loads. Usually accompanied by a QC message stating......"Can't deliver early, DO NOT CALL RECEIVER".
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  2. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    I agree, if you take your 34, that 4 days doesn’t look so bad. I’d still try to deliver early if possible
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Don't mean to be an ***** but i don't get some of you drivers.

    These companies are in business to make money, they are not here to appease you or to make your work life as a vacation.

    Right now the economy is finally picking up, and it has been very slow, many of us hope that this killed off a lot of marginal companies and reduce the highly saturated driver pool to raise rates and give all of us better rates.

    What gets me about this situation you posed, you can't blame the company you work for, they want to see you moving all the time, hell if they had their way, they wouldn't let that truck stop, so if the loads are not there to take, then there isn't any games being played on you.

    Depending on where the load landed me, that would be the only deciding factor, money is money.
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  4. TokyoJoe

    TokyoJoe Road Train Member

    Feb 10, 2015
    It looks bad when most of your loads include a 34 though.
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  5. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Road Train Member

    May 19, 2019
    Vancouver, WA
    #### if I ever complied with that second part, though. If I had a question that they say to take to CSR, then I could probably get the answer faster by calling the customer myself
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  6. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    So I called the receiver as I’m about 100 miles out. I asked him if it would be OK if I showed up early and they can work me in for an early delivery. This would amount to about 51 hours early. LOL they told me to go ahead and show up and they would have me park in their waiting area and they could work me in within 3 to 4 hours most likely. So this would mean I would be delivering this load proximately 48 hours before the appointment time. From there I’m gonna drive to a local Or nearby truckstop and let the clock sit and then I’ll be putting in for layover pay. It will be interesting to see if they approve it.
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  7. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    Then they can do the right thing and lay off or furlough their drivers rather than continue to play games with them. I don’t agree with your sentiment on this one. I recognize that the economy is tough. But I am living on a truck for two months straight at a time. When I sit for 2 to 3 days or more per week the company still has me at their disposal and I’m not getting paid. That is not fair. This allows them to cherry pick loads that you’ll them more profit. While having me essentially be there little #####. Sitting and pleading and waiting and begging for a load. No thanks. It’s morally wrong to do that to a driver! It’s not like we can sit at some resort or RV park and enjoy our time. Were usually sitting in some crappy urine stinking nasty truck stop waiting for them to get their crap together so we can drive somewhere
  8. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Then I'd recommend looking for a carrier that you think can keep you busy and move on. Otherwise, suck it up because the economy is beginning to pick up.
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  9. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive R.I.P.

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    When I was with CR England. They told everyone whom listened to figure your load as this.
    Maximum drive time per day at 500 miles. Normal driving is 50 miles per hour. Divide 50 into the distance. IE 868 / 50 = 17.36 So 17 and a half hours (being safe). Yes you can go faster. Yet that isnt the point of the equation. The point is you can get stuck in a traffic jam. That 500 is worst case. You dont ever want to plan on best case, as you will get screwed on the days that the manure happens. Good for you to get it there early. Horrible of you to want to milk the company for layover money. You do realize they might be monitorring your posts and you have given them grounds for termination as you want to steal from the company. Then when you leave, it will be negativity that will haunt you. If you want to leave, do so. Just dont so it in a way that makes you look bad to other employers.
  10. BigWheels2012

    BigWheels2012 Bobtail Member

    Jun 6, 2020
    Either ask your dispatcher if load can deliver early or call the receiver. Worst case, get there early and ask if they can squeeze you in
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