Do you separate loaded and deadhead miles? Why?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by 86scotty, Dec 11, 2019.

Do you count deadhead miles separately from loaded miles?

  1. I count deadhead and loaded seperately

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  2. I just count all miles

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  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I've been real curious about this for awhile. Seems like there are hardliners in both camps. What is your reasoning?

    I'll give mine. After just a few months as an O/O I said screw it and quit keeping track of deadhead vs. loaded miles. To be clear, I ALWAYS try to keep my deadhead miles down but I don't really pay much attention to them otherwise. To me, if the truck moves a mile I count my money by that figure. In other words, I just run 'all miles' all the time when thinking of my average. If I just looked at loaded miles I'd be getting rich. Looking at all miles only makes a lot more sense to me.

    What do you do and why?
     
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  3. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    You still are on duty working, so deadhead miles count as loaded. Whenever I quote loads, I always count every mile as loaded.
    It has sense for big trucking companies who have leased l/o or o/o, to count deadhead and loaded separately, but for a small guy it's all the same
     
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  4. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    If you dont track them you have no numbers to work with to try to make your operation more efficient.
    I track everything.
     
  5. Siinman

    Siinman Medium Load Member

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    I track them on a weekly bases in my head only. I have a lane I do pretty much every week and need to hit my weekly min. Rate per all Miles. I normally schedule myself out a week at a time. I would never care about keeping track of all dead head miles for the year. All miles are worked miles to me and if I could had found a better paying load at the time I would had. Bottom line is did you make enough money for the run.....
     
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