I've been driving 4 months now, (OTR with Werner), and I'm looking for something new. While money is always an important factor, I'm more concerned with length of haul right now. I know that five 200-mile loads can be more profitable than one 1,000-mile load for a company, but I would rather make less money, at least in CPM, by running a long load than make more money on multiple short loads. Frankly speaking, I would prefer to sit at a truckstop without pay for a day or two than spend that same time running shag loads.
My question is this: Is it reasonable to think there are companies that would hire me at a reduced CPM rate in exchange for a guarantee that I will only run long hauls? If, for example, a company starts OTR drivers out at $0.45 CPM, does anyone think it would be possible to get that company to pay me $0.40 CPM in exchange for a guarantee that no load I run will be less than 500 miles?
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But no forced dispatch. Let's you decide what loads you take. I worked contract for Stevens and was no forced dispatch. So I would turn down loads I didn't want to areas I refuse to go.
You do not need to accept less pay to do what you want. That whole profitability thing you just said is not true either. I'm assuming that's what Werner told you when you asked to stretch your legs. You also shouldn't be driving for $0.40 or $0.45. Even rookies can make over $0.50 now.
Freymiller, JCT, and Stevens are a few companies that run coast to coast all the time. Freymiller is nothing but coast to coast I believe. JCT has a bunch of coast to coast dedicated lanes like CA to FL and straight back.
Don’t sell yourself short.
I personally couldn’t imagine the crap factor running 200 mile loads, lol. Heck, I consider 1000 miles a short haul.
You shouldn’t have any problems getting 55-60 cents per mile with extras doing long haul. Sure, you’ll have to run a short now and then to put you on a longer run.
What state, nearest city do you reside?
I'm closest to Hattiesburg, MS. I've been looking at other companies, but the way I've been running at Werner has me not trusting a word from any of them. In the 4 months I've been with Werner, the longest haul I've had was just over 600 miles, and that's not even close to being average. I thought I was signing up for long haul, but it feels like they just send me around the country to run regional/local
Solo driver doing long coast-to-coast runs;
Home - Leonards
Here's a driver @xlsdraw that can verify Leonard's has what you want.
Read his thread: ---> Leonard's Express gamble
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USA Truck – Capacity Solutions
This company has a program where drivers can dispatch themselves using USA Truck's load board.
Run where you want to and haul the loads you want.
Think you have to work there 6 mos. to qualify, but not sure.
@MSWS -- welcome to wonderful world of trucking!!!
The first year to 18 months of driving is easily the toughest.
The first 6 months is easily the worst of all that.
Carriers like that tend to give the new(er) drivers the crappier loads (gee--ya think? ).
To a certain extent--you are simply "paying your dues"......as a newer driver.
Schneider did me the same way.
Suggestion: after a couple more months--ask for a different position (or account) within the company.
Your bigger carriers (like Swift, Schneider...and Werner) are really an "ocean" full of different opportunities.
A working solution to your request may well be where you're at now--if you just stick it out--and ask for a different gig there.
In any case--I would try my best to stay put, if I were you.
Successor employers will later look upon you more favorably if you can stay at your first driving job for at least a year.
Longer is of course, even better.
I actually practiced what I preach, above--after 6 months at Schneider, I switched over to their intermodal division. A lot of the problems I was having were then solved.
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