I've put my time in, who pays the most and who runs with faster trucks

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by fins2feathers, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Mud Dog

    Mud Dog Tattooed & Insane - Forum Sparkler

    Dec 8, 2009
    Devil's Land, kentucky
    Check with local companies. I finally paid enough dues to get away from big company BS. My truck shows 85 and I'd bet money it goes well over. I run 5mph over unless in a town or whatever. Never checked mpg but I can get 600 miles on half tank @ 77-79000#. And that's running the mountains in VA and NC. If I go north I get almost 700 miles.
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  3. gatordragon69

    gatordragon69 Bobtail Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    heber springs, AR
    I agree,:biggrin_2554:, whatever that means?
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  4. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    Maybe obeying the law but creating a hazard . All studies done on speed limiters and split speed limits concluded trucks going slower than the traffic flow increased the rate of accidents because of the increased number of interactions (passing by other vehicles ) . While conserving their own fuel the increase the fuel consumption of other vehicles that have to brake and accelerate to work around the slower vehicles .
    So carriers like Prime are putting economy above safety . I guarantee they use the same FSC formula while getting better mileage . Somebody should tip Prime's shippers off that Prime is using industry average mpg figures to give an inflated FSC . Actual Prime mpg figures would result in a lower FSC.
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  5. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Athens, Alabama.
    Now I'm not saying I want a truck faster than anyone else's or do I wish to speed beyond the speed limit for any given states speed limit per that area. All I'm saying is who runs faster trucks for say companies that would rather have their drivers not impede traffic by driving slow on purpose with a governed truck. Most of the time with the heavy'er loads I haul, it's a damed chore just to stay on top of running too slow just to get up and over the hills because the trucks speed is cut back so far you can't even achieve the speed limit alone to make any progress. I have to continually drive farther without taking necessary breaks to make ends meet on delivering a loads because of the limit on my speedometer. Plus I feel I'm getting shafted on practical miles when I should be compensated for hub miles. Most of my runs are way shorter on pay that actual miles driven to a destination. Its like they drew a straight line between stops not considering what the driver has to over come in driving from one destination to another. I really think they don't calculate clearances, weight restrictions designed for trucks only and not four wheelers. Thats why I posted this thread in hopes of maybe finding another company that pays better and drives their trucks at a normal speed rather than limiting a drivers success rate to the next load. The way I see it is, if I can deliver this load sooner than expected, than I have the chance to get the next load sooner. Overall this situation actually improves parties on both sides, the driver has a chance to make more revenue in the long run and thus the company receives more income from those loads as an improvement to the drivers success rate. Thats just the way I see it.

  6. cpttuttle

    cpttuttle Medium Load Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    yes,but there is a difference between a baby bottle and a big truck
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  7. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Athens, Alabama.
    Yes, there is a difference between a baby bottle and a big truck, but did you know theres a difference between driver ethics altogether, Just because you think it doesn't mean its true, experience pays the dividends as well as the paycheck. I'm not saying I can spell it out any better or worse than you. I just know I'm fed up and looking for a better ride that doesn't have a baby bottle attitude attached to it. I speak my mind very well in person and personally on other chat networks. I'm not the type to coward off the load just because its heavier than what everyone else is used to getting. I usually ask for the demanding loads that no ones willing to deal with, just because I want to. I'm not any better nor worse for driving a slower truck. I can tell you, I mean what I say and I say what I mean without regards to how the other side hears what was just said or heard. I'm me. Just an individual with a mind of their own asking for advice on one of the best sites to ask it.
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  8. SlowPoke44magnum

    SlowPoke44magnum Medium Load Member

    May 3, 2009
    I believe the biggest factor in making money in this industry is keeping the driver's side door closed. My company cut our trucks from 67-68 to 65 and on my 620 mile run everynight, it only cost me an extra 6-7 minutes round trip. If 6-7 minutes is that big of a deal, you're in the wrong industry. Most folks lose way more time than that sitting at docks (I don't have to do that), truckstop fuel islands (don't do that either), and truckstop restaurants or game rooms (don't do that either). Even having a 70 mph truck wouldn't save me a significant amount of time.

    As far as running miles you're not getting paid for, it is what it is. Drivers have been getting shafted for decades by AT LEAST 10%. Try getting on with a company that pays hub miles or one like mine that has set runs with set mileages. We get paid for detour miles as well if we have to go off route.

    Unless you buy your own truck, you're going to be stuck running how someone else wants you to, that's just a fact of life. Just try to find a company that fits how you want to run where you can make enough money to survive. For me, I'll put up with a slower truck to make the kind of money I make and having the home time I have (everyday).
  9. volvo244t

    volvo244t Road Train Member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Bettendorf, IA
    SlowPoke, there's the #1 misconception right there, that "it's all about time" - sometimes it's about ease of driving and being able to use the left lane in 70% of the nation without pissing EVERYONE off. Sometimes it's about being able to run up before a hill so you can get to the top without having to be at 25 with the flashers on, a huge danger to everyone else around you.

    Nothing irritates me more than people who just assume everyone who wants to be able to run faster wants to do so to save time.
  10. rogueunh

    rogueunh Road Train Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    For me it has nothing to do with gaining or losing time. My truck is not governed, and I have no idea what the top speed is, but it simply is more comfortable being able to drive with the flow of traffic and not be stuck doing 65 when everyone else is doing 70-75.
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  11. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

    Feb 26, 2011
    Westville, IN
    What is this you speak of ??? My truck goes 65mph at the bottom of the hill, and 65mph at the top. Same in-between....... it's not that these companies are slowing down their trucks, it is that they buy trucks with the nuts cut out of them. If a JB truck could do 62mph all the way up then it would not be a problem.

    As for the O/P, why not try to find a company that has bigger HP motors? a goverened truck is not bad when it can maintain the same speed up a hill (now I'm not talking a mountain) as it does on flat land. My speedometer tops out at 100mph but the fastest it has ever been is 95mph ONCE across I-80. Most of the time, it is set between 60-65mph for fuel mileage. But i do have to admit, it is nice to be able to buzz buy some guy who can not work his cruise control correctly.
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