Getting miles during COVID-19

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by cbake7, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. cbake7

    cbake7 Bobtail Member

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    Still on the fence with trucking - I'm hearing on Youtube that its hard to get miles in right now? Is this true from the experienced drivers in here? I wouldn't want to start this journey and then be barely making it, scratching and clawing for loads because of the pandemic....
     
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  3. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Medium Load Member

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    Do not believe everything you watch on YouTube. Plenty of miles out here.
     
  4. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    I havent had any problem getting miles. Still running 3500 to 4200 miles every 7 to 10 days (including the 2 or 3 days I spend at home betweem each run). So around 12000 miles a month, which is ever so slightly less than I was doing a year ago... But thats mostly because I am choosing to spend a little more time at home this year.

    But I suppose it would depend on your company, dispatcher and load planner.
     
  5. cbake7

    cbake7 Bobtail Member

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    Awesome! And what company are you with?
     
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    cbake7 Bobtail Member

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    Yesterday, I sat down and applied with the following: as a backup if I can’t get a job in my insurance adjuster field:
    Schneider, TMC, Maverick, Superior, Roehl, Kennesaw, Millis, Nussbaum- what would be ya’lls top two companies to start out with as a rookie? The only one that doesn’t pay for/reimburse for school is Superior...
     
  7. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

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    I’m currently begging for some mercy. Literally been running my Clock down to the last second every week. I miss the a laid back week every now and then. Lol
     
  8. hopeful eyes

    hopeful eyes Light Load Member

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    I am glad that you guys can take a week or two off if you want to. So the flexibility is there. Good to know.
     
  9. Goldenfan

    Goldenfan Medium Load Member

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    I didn't know Nussbaum took new drivers.
     
  10. cbake7

    cbake7 Bobtail Member

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    I applied a week ago and still haven’t been contacted so probably not! Their website claims they do but that is probably pre COVID information
     
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  11. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Medium Load Member

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    Just remember......We get paid by the mile.....not driving.....no paycheck. Also, not many Companies will let you do it on a regular basis. Industry norm is one day off for every 7 out on the road. Many will make you clean out your truck if you take more than 4 or 5 days in a row. TRUST ME....you do not want to do that on a regular basis. I have switched out trucks 3 times in 4 years. It can take hours.
     
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