Hey everybody, this is Rookmon1 chimin' in on the TR about my time with Dart. Been mad busy since I completed my training with a guy in their Nor-east shorthaul last december, working 6 days a week non-stop, but finally will type a report.
I'm a rookie driver: went with Dart above all because the job description i found listed at indeed.com was offering to new drivers a home daily, 1000 bucks a 5-day week (before taxes and deductions): plus i got roots in Minnesota where they're based at. Compared to everything else i was considering at the time, where i'd be out atleast 5 days a week, this was the best choice.
It's running for the big new P&G Dayton Mixing Center, typically doing shuttles back and forth from their Lima manufacturing to Dayton/Vandalia, right next to Dayton Intl Airport: I might get 1 or 2 loads going to customers in Indiana or Kentucky in a week. Dart recently bought into the old Emery terminal on the other side of the airport, and are almost ready to open their maintenance garage there (Dart Safety Lane - DSL), where I imagine many trucks and trailers will be brought there over time, saving a trip to Sellersburg or having to hire outside of the company.
Everything was slow in coming, from the recruiting process to starting with the new dedicated account - they kept me busy for 3 months running Ohio shorthaul - but have eventually lived up to their word: albeit I work 6 days a week (65-70hrs.) now in order to get over that $1000 a week measure - which is not so great - but I am patiently doing my bid and toting my worth, expecting that to improve quick enough.
Another thing I would add in is it is a challenge to make the 3 loads a day within a 12 hour day, under the slipseat arrangement they want us to keep. Many of us drive their CNG trucks which have to be refueled atleast once a day at practically the same place every time, which eats up it's share of time in a week. I see a lot of drivers still getting accustomed to the people-net cpu and other stuff, while many I have talked to about it do not utilize Dart's e-driver website / peoplenet online / and paperwork scanning using the Ufollowit app on a smartphone, which makes things that much quicker and easier....oh, and plug in a keyboard in the USB port in their trucks.
Well, that's enough for now. Peace B.