Company drivers

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by Gin86, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Gin86

    Gin86 Light Load Member

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    I applied to the paid cdl training and solo otr position, and had a phone interview the other day. For my financial situation, this is the route I have to take. Which works for me because I'd be going to the school I wanted too in the first place, and I can work part time since I would have to quit my current job for the school. I'm well aware of the 1 year contract, however he told me I can switch to the bulk division after 6 months, which is what I really want to do. So another win for me.

    My question is would 2k-2500 miles a week be just a dream for a newbie the first few months or so? How do you guys like it driving for them? Once orientation starts, when do you start getting paid? He told me they have team otr positions and solo otr for what I applied too, and I told him definitely solo. Is there any possibility they would try to force me into teaming once I'm on my own? Thanks for any info yall can give!
     
  2. Steel Dragon

    Steel Dragon Road Train Member

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    If your offered a mileage contract,team driving may get your contact shortened,quite a bit.
    You'll never get 2500 miles driving reefer..you'll starve...:biggrin_25525:
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    It's a myth that companies won't give many miles to new drivers. For a trucking company to make money, those expensive trucks have to be rolling and they really don't care who's behind the wheel as long as those trucks are moving.
     
  4. Gin86

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    This is true but god I'd hate to be stuck with a stranger that long with god knows what kind of habits lmao
     
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  5. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    Definitely go solo. As long as you're clear that's what you're applying for there's no chance of being forced to team.

    2,500 a week is very possible to average.

    You get your first paycheck on the second Friday, being paid for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from the week before.
     
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  6. Gin86

    Gin86 Light Load Member

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    This is good to know! It's always been a concern honestly.
     
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  7. Gin86

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    Ok good thanks!
     
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  8. Tgrfan89

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    This whole thing about not getting mileage running reefer is not even close to being true. You can get 28-3100 miles a week just like you can driving a dry van.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

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    With the right freight in a reefer you can have so many miles solo or team there is not enough hours in a week.

    Financially that is a very good thing. Although with the WRONG freight in a reefer you will cry tears over a bowl of soup wondering when you will be loaded and rolling. We have lost days sometimes just waiting for a dock. (Meat loads are different, it will take two to four days to load a trailer with custom cut to order. By the time it's ready in say Fort Collins, you will absolutely be RESTED, raring to go and tons of HOS to burn by then.

    Never mind counting miles that they might give you. It's best to do two things. First, whatever load you are assigned, you are also paid that load that specific mileage. Call it 1000 miles from Denver to Dallas just off the napkin. At .50 a mile that's 500 gross. 40% to withholding leaves 300 net. Delivers in two days flat. Take the three hundred, put aside 250. Eat and drink on that 50 over 2 days and you are done. Having saved 250 plus. That goes into the bank. Now you will be dispatched another load from Dallas. Whatever miles that pays for however long does not matter as long you set aside SAVINGS and treat each load like a business minimizing your spending and maximizing your profit.

    I don't care if I have a load that only paid 100 miles. I'll find a way to make money... I do prefer 3000 mile hauls. It's the way I am.
     
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  10. mickeyrat

    mickeyrat Road Train Member

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    since this is a thread about a company van position, it doesnt matter what reefer does or doesnt do in this situation.
     
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