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

    4 vote(s)
  2. I just count all miles

    5 vote(s)
  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    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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  2. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    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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  3. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    If you dont track them you have no numbers to work with to try to make your operation more efficient.
    I track everything.
  4. Siinman

    Siinman Light Load Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    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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