Experience with your LTL company

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by ACH1130, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. ACH1130

    ACH1130 Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Land of far far away,
    I am starting this thread for EVERYONE in the LTL. Doesnt matter what company you work for share your experience so other drivers looking into the company. I can answer most questions about LTL if any one has questions. I know a few people from other companies and from interviews... I currently work for YRC now

    *Good and bad experiences encouraged for posts this way people arent mislead*
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  3. midianlord

    midianlord Light Load Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    They're all the same, man.

    Different colours and logos on the trucks/trailers, that's all.
  4. Marksteven

    Marksteven Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Bumble Fxxx
    Been with my present LTL carrier for almost 17 years. Peddle local in the same area for 14 years. The good: Never need a map, know most of the customers by first name basis, pretty much know what time i will be home everyday, usually dont have to wait to be loaded or unloaded, dont slip seat drive the same single axle CH. The bad: it gets old!
  5. chalupa

    chalupa Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    That's a good dog Mark. I have on just like it w/o the fairings and one more axle.....
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  6. bigdogpile

    bigdogpile Road Train Member

    May 16, 2010
    fontana ca
    14 years @ YRC would not do anything else LTL is the only way to do trucking...
  7. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Two and a half months into working with USF Reddaway. I got about two weeks left of probation. I am a linehaul driver, and this is my first commercial driving job since getting my CDL. So far I love it.
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  8. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    The good: Good job, pay is ok, benefits are paid for, mostly work nights, management is the best.

    The bad: Not crazy about hooking doubles and rarely triples, starting to get old or I'm getting more lazy. Sick of the extra board and waiting to be called into work. Scared of lay offs come winter. Sick and I mean really sick of running the I-5 from Socal to Norcal!!! Going insane from it! Send me to Vegas or AZ for crying out loud!
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  9. reddawaydriver

    reddawaydriver Light Load Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    northern california
    Yes, doing linehaul is easy money but man I'm sick of going to medford every day. Is I guess I should stop complaining though it pays the bills.
  10. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    One thing you folks who are complaining about being bored, might want to remember - at least you are TRUCKING. You could be working the dock, or a warehouse or production line some where. Or even worse, in a cubicle.

    This is exactly what YOU make of it. In driving, we have all that windshield time that often turns into worry time, or day dreaming time. Sometimes, it is way to easy to get the old "what ifs" or "if onlys." This isn't so true with the local P&D folks as their time is mostly spent paying attention to the job.

    But when you are line haul and do the same run all the time, it is really easy to fall into this rut. It's also easy to become a victim of "highway hypnosis."

    Some of the things I liked the most about my job, was the same things that I hated the worst. THE CUSTOMER. Most of them were really pretty good folks, but the jack arses that were there, made up for the good ones. And you deal with them just about every day, sometimes more than once a day.

    I worked for a fairly small company, so I had a whole lot of different stuff going on. We had a pretty big, and mostly rural area, with just a few drivers to cover it. So a typical day could find me with everything from pups to '53s to sets.

    Pretty much stayed with the same assigned tractor though. Unless I had to take a smaller straight truck for some reason.
  11. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm mostly upset at 2 things with my job. There is lots of road construction on the I-5 in Los angeles and on the Grapevine. Both north and south bound sides. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to sit in it for 3 hours total. Kills a lot of time. Being on call gets to me. Can't help it.
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