Have to start somewhere

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by daytona45, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. daytona45

    daytona45 <strong>"Student of Misdirection"</strong>

    May 19, 2007
    north little rock
    So here i sit in San Antonio at the TA getting my restart and me with no final four tickets I deliver on monday in Sergoin Tx. I have averaged staying out one weekend a month I was thinking this morning about the movers mile or air mile what a racket I cant beleive that doesnt violate a fair labor law. You end up doing so much free work as it is.

    Then they get you with shorting you on miles. When they dispatch you they tell you how many miles are on the run. They are always shorter then what they actually are. It is no wonder they dont want to put gps in their trucks because then you would know exactely how much free driving you are doing.Do not and I mean do not underestimate the amount of free work you will be doing it is going to be a lot I dont think I truly realized that it would be so much.

    My fleet manager got my pay straightned out so I have to give him credit for a job well done but I have come to learn that you have to watch them very carefully which is a shame you like to think you can trust your employer.I will say my health insurance has been the best insurance I have ever had.Yall be safe talk to you later
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  3. CMoore2004

    CMoore2004 Road Train Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Heh... I spent 6 hours wrestling a tarp up in Canada because the wind blew it off the trailer about 5 times right when I got it back up. $13 for that? A few times I just laid down on the trailer for a bit to get my composure back and went at it again.
  4. marinedriver

    marinedriver Light Load Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Salem, OR
    Congrats!!! :biggrin_25514:How exciting!! Good luck out there. Keep us up on your adventures.
  5. daytona45

    daytona45 <strong>"Student of Misdirection"</strong>

    May 19, 2007
    north little rock
    I feel your pain.Some of the places we go I think every day is a windy day. Have you gotten tha stupid plastic wrap yet. I went and bought a stapler so I could sllam a staple into the base to keep it in place. Then that plastic is sliipier than whale snot. When you are climbing over it add the wind and you have a recipe for disaster.Later
  6. jash369

    jash369 Medium Load Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Hey Daytona,

    It took me less than 2 months to figure out we/drivers were being cheated out of miles/pay/work.

    I also have wondered about the fair labor reg.s and plan o looking into it.

    The companies/brokers even with higher fuel costs are still making alot of money on our backs.

    We are the ones giving up so much and making minimum wages.......:biggrin_2554:

    When I did the math on the miles based on the hours worked paid /unpaid
    I have seen Mc D's paying more:biggrin_25523:

    Have a great day and be careful................J
  7. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Why do you think the industry supporters such as the ATA and the trucking companies are scared of any rules that reflect hourly pay.

    The recent ruling in Washington concerning overtime pay sent ripples through the area.

    If they were to start paying hourly wages, there would be little time spent at docks or waiting to be dispatched.

    Who would care how fast they ran.
    No more illegal logs.
    Realistic dispatching.

    The list could keep growing.
  8. K&J

    K&J Light Load Member

    Jul 8, 2007
    Central Florida
    I'm so glad we get paid on practical miles instead of the home movers guide. Our miles are typically right on and often a bit more than we actually ran if we follow the route as dispatched.

    Hourly pay would sure be great and I think that is where we are headed in the future. I think we are headed towards a system where truckload will be handled similar to LTL where drivers relay with other drivers on established routes that take you home every night. So many citizens groups are pushing for the end the OTR lifestyle, so many states are talking about anti-idle laws and some now are banning APU's as well. Parking areas are drying up, rest areas are closing down........ I think the writing is on the wall unless the trucking industry can ban together and use their considerable weight to put a stop to all this and I just don't think that will happen until the full scope of hourly pay hits them in the face. You know whats worse? I'm not sure its really a bad idea.
  9. Mrs. Bowmare

    Mrs. Bowmare Bobtail Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    LaGrange, GA
    I have been reading all 39 pages of this post. it has taken me 3 nights. My husband is starting C-1 in Little Rock at the end of April. I am really concerned about the economy. K&J your statement makes me worry even more. I really don't know how our economy could function without OTR drivers. I for one an looking forward to riding with Bowmare for 6 months before getting my own cdl & team driving. :biggrin_2554: I really hope they don't make anti-idle laws. That would make mid July & most of the winter months unbearable. Of course, Bowmare is telling me as I type there are already some on the books. God help us!

    Daytona, keep up the good work, try to keep your temper down. Just remember what made you start driving! Don't be afraid to stand up for yourselve either! It got you the pay you deserve. And they did not say anything to you when you offer them your keys if they "thought you were goofing off"!

    I hope to meet many of you on the road in the next several month. Keep the tires rollen':smt079, God Bless :biggrin_25514:& be safe ! Oh, Congrats to the driver who passed your test. :biggrin_25525:
  10. daytona45

    daytona45 <strong>"Student of Misdirection"</strong>

    May 19, 2007
    north little rock
    I was out on the road since the 23rd of April with one trip through the house for a doctors appointment so when they gave me a run going to Indiana with a delivery for Friday I reminded them it had been a while since I had a day off so they told me to drop the trailer at the yard and take a few days off.

    I really need to learn the skill to live within my self. It is real easy to let Maverick aggravate me. They are just a company trying to make money as I would if it was my business. They will push you as hard as you let them. You sit there holding that wheel hour after hour and it is so easy to get wrapped up in all that crap that serves no purpose.I understand why drivers migrate from job to job it is real easy to get caught up in that trap.

    So from now on I will keep this as simple as I can I will keep a better eye on my paycheck and my miles.I will try not to get to wrapped up in the fuel mileage game as it really is kind of stacked against me since they do fuel mileage against hhg an not actual miles heck I can drive 62 and not idle the truck but I am no magician.

    I saw a truck in New Mexico that broke its back it was going down hill and the load must of shifted on him. I dint know how you van drivers pull those without knowing what is going on in that trailer. I saw another fellow in Tennessee who just lost his trailer.I guess he pissed someone off and they pulled his kingpin latch.It reminds me too always check mine before I take off.I saw a load of watermelons thrown all over the road in Texas and a flat-bedder who took out the exit sign right before the Arkansas river that would of been one wild ride if that sign hadn't stopped him and I saw more dead animals then you can shake a stick at Ya ll be safe:iroc:
  11. snorelord

    snorelord Light Load Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Springfield, Missouri
    Our instructor kept reminding us to do this. At every stop before going again we were told to check the release handle. You never know when someone might want to teach a newbie a lesson. I can't believe that someone would pull the handle over petty differences or as a dumb prank. People just suck sometimes.
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