It depends on the workload when we are busy we are back to back when it slows down it’s a different story you could easily burn 3 to 4 hours every day sitting and waiting for loads which in a five night run So you lose 15 to 20 hours or more every week which could amount to almost 2 full runs and that hurts.
If you run extra board you get one penny per mile more pay which amounts to somewhere in the neighborhood of 750 to 1250 extra a year in my opinion it’s not worth it I think it’s a slap in the face I believe extra board driver should make at least five cents a mile more than scheduled linehaul drivers who do not sit and wait with no pay as much as we do. And They are home every day and can adjust to a regular schedule. That other LTL companies they are paid to feel the trucks and are also paid when they hooked to a 53. Which is only fair I despise working for free and Estes will have you working for free take my word for it. I’ve been here over eight years and I am for the most part done. If you want to go to LTL job and you’re not afraid to work fed ex is your best bet or UPS Old Dominion Dayton. Dayton has really become a great company to work for.
As an extra driver you will be responsible for the maintenance on your vehicle things that breaks things that need fixed and you’ll find yourself going to the shop and waiting for things to be fixed for free.
Now you can say forget it turn it in in the terminal might take it to the shop for you but at that point you’re stuck in a loaner which is usually a pile of crap without pike passes without easy pass without a Kansas Turnpike tag without all the things you need to do a road job efficiently and make good money Without these passes you’ll be pulling into scales and paying for tolls out of pocket and getting reimbursed can be a real hassle. This may all sound very negative but all I’m going to give is the truth The pay is reasonable but still not up to par with other good LTL companies this is hard for some to believe but UPS drivers make $.73 a mile. The pay is reasonable but still not up to par with other good LTL companies this is hard for some to believe but UPS drivers make $.73 a mile this is not a rumor I know two of them personally they are going through union contracts right now for more money. My friend who works for FedEx I believe he said they are at $.69 a mile and we make 66.5 cents a mile