Are driving doubles/triples as terrifying as many make it?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by bentstrider83, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. Russian Rabbit

    Russian Rabbit Road Train Member

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    Can you go from Abq to flag and back within 11 hrs driving?
     
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  3. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Yep. There are several guys who've been doing it for years, and they make baaaaaaaank!
     
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  4. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Unfortunately still no dice on the FedEx run for me. I'm thinking the whole, "lives outside the hiring area" garbage is affecting me. Might just have to move to the area before getting the job and see what happens. Just like the PFJ fuel positions I apply and lose out on, these safety related domicilings that many companies are swearing by are really a pain in the rear.

    Live in the small town and continue to get mediocre pay. Or get on out of here and strike gold again elsewhere.
     
  5. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    I can tell you for sure that there is no specific policy that requires them to only consider local applicants. But it may be the terminal manager’s preference. Can’t hurt to call them up and check in, maybe drop a hint that you’re planning to relocate as soon as you know you’ll have a job.
     
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    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I did that as well and no dice. Worse comes to worst, I'll just have to commute from my "new place" and over to my 3-4 night a week regional job I currently have until something becomes available again.
     
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  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    How is where you live a safety issue?
     
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  8. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    The area manager for Pilot FJ made it clear that he didn't want me commuting 1.5-2 hours back and forth between Clovis and Tucumcari when trying to get the job there. Too much of an issue of being too fatigued from the work commute.

    Seems to be the same issue with commuting to and from Amarillo or Lubbock. So it's a safety issue in the sense that these clowns assume I'll fall asleep at the wheel.

    Makes no sense as there were plenty of people doing the 3-4 hour commute between Victorville and points in the L.A. basin when I lived there. And those were people commuting down to driving jobs too.
     
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  9. Russian Rabbit

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    ????





    i wouldn't do it if it paid $100 per hour......
     
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    It's absolutely horrifying. I've been doing it for 14 years, and I still shriek in terror when I look back there.
     
  11. snowlauncher

    snowlauncher Heavy Load Member

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    LTL can offer many things that you may be looking for, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's THE ABSOLUTE BEST trucking has to offer in terms of pay, hometime, etc.
    You could be looking at a daily commute to a local service center. If you get a city bid, you could be looking at spending time on the dock helping load trailers for the day. Sometimes city p&d drivers have to work long hours and it can be quite stressful and labor-intensive. You have to deal with city traffic, detours, hard to reach customers with bad attitudes, pressure from dispatch, long, heavy, or awkward freight. Not to mention the damages...
    If you were to get a linehaul position, you need to know you will probably be working nights for some time, until you build seniority for a day run. It will more than likely be the same run everyday. No changes of scenery, just the same road day in, day out, sometimes for years...
    I'm not putting down any type of trucking, I just wanted to clarify.
    There are many truckers, and many fields of trucking. Just because LTL pays well, doesn't mean it's a good fit for everyone.
     
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