Babysitting your driver

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Tigeroop, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    I don't know if it is just me only. I honestly try to fight it within myself too but I can't help resentment for those owners who bought themselves a truck, without themselves ever being tested by this profession, put it to work for ... Amazon... and yet had to hire a driver for that sort of gig.
    I am in the wrong here. I need to try to meditate this negativity out of my mind ... but it is not going to be easy.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Two things


    You need to actually get experience under your belt, get your cdl and drive the truck yourself.


    Fire your driver, he is a crap driver. Lazy and rather dumb.
     
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  5. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    I would like this to be a deserve based system. Getting stripes, if you will. I'd like to think that becoming o/o and then obtaining own authority is a process, personal evolution...crowning of a long time professional efforts and experience. Someone is a journeyman first, then approaches masterhood...I wish. I wish.
    Not something that can be bought by a 2nd mortgage or by cashing IRA account.
    Just speaking my mind...ignore me if you want.
     
  6. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Medium Load Member

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    There are weirdos in all lines of work, doesn't matter if they're a cop, doctor, cashier, or trucker. How they make it through life is a mystery. It's best to have a heart to heart talk with him first since at least he's keeping the truck moving, but let him know things need to change and quick. Have a back up plan.
     
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  7. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    I say to these wannabees and newbies, go for it. If your so smart that you can jump into the business without knowledge or experience, then please go for it and show the rest how it should be done.
    A poster here very recently , in another thread, was asking such questions . When membership told him things he didn't want to hear, he got defensive. So I very sarcastically gave him the advice I gave in the in the first paragraph, only worded differently. Members bashed my teeth in.
    Opinions vary, depending on which way the wind is blowing, which side of the fence etc...
    @TallJoe, not much psychiatric help or relief for you. Best of luck getting this mess out of your head? I can see where you may require years of counseling and therapy?
     
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  8. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    Thank you sincerely for your opinion....Since there is no hope for me in stopping to resent the likes of OP (or rather their business ideas) I simply have no choice but to stand by what I said.
     
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  9. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Brother, don't give up hope! There are free suicide prevention hotlines available. The above issue is another bump in the road and it will pass.
    Best wishes
     
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  10. Midwest Trucker

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    Cut him loose immediately. These types will only get worse with time.

    It took me a few years and much stress and heart palpitations to figure out that these people are not worth your time.

    You are terrible at hiring people and that is normal. You over time will develop a 6th sense and be able to see through the bs. However, all good lessons are hard learnt.

    Don’t give up, just set your standards higher and believe 20% of what you hear. If someone says unprompted... I don’t drink, I don’t chase women, and I don’t so drugs... it means they do all three!

    Real deal drivers don’t have to talk a big game. It’s the shysters who do.
     
  11. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I'll probably never get an answer to it but I'm really curious how many trucks the original poster has, if he pays on a W2 or 1099, if his truck runs every day, does he run exclusively for Amazon, how long his driver was unemployed when he hired him, how much experience the driver actually has, how much he pays him including how much for breakdowns and detention and tonu, and what his truck payments and insurance payment and yearly maintenance costs are if if he's gotten that far.
     
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  12. buddyd157

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    he's a stumble-bum....dump him, and do it now.
     
  13. Roguefox

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    Why am I driving? All I need to do is buy a truck and then pick from the hundreds of drivers who want to work their ### off for me?

    I am with OP, I dont want to hassle with keeping track of what the truck is doing. I mean I bought the truck so my part is done.


    Is there some infomercial or something that is selling this idea? Where are these people coming from?
     
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