My LTL adventure is about to begin with SAIA

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by lcfd15, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. lcfd15

    lcfd15 Medium Load Member

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    So I was running a home daily local route for online transportation running parts for Toyota here in Georgetown. Long story short I quit after they wanted me to unplug my Rand Elogs and get back and my truck breaking down (no exaggeration) 15 times since January one.

    Well so I apply with SAIA, figured I would give the LTL game a shot. After working for 40cpm and 60-65 hrs m-f, figured it couldn't get worse. I was really surprised at what they had to offer. 21.85 start pay, top out at 25.12 in 18 months and time and a half after 40! Well working less hours for about the same income, it's a no brainer!!!

    Headed up to Cincinnati on Monday to do my training on their paperwork and computer systems than back here the following week to start at my terminal in Lexington.

    The only downfall about them was waiting the 1 1/2 months to contact me after applying. The wait is going to be well worth it!!!
     
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  3. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Good luck with your new job! (FWIW, I liked LTL much better. Worked local P& D for a much smaller company.)
     
  4. lcfd15

    lcfd15 Medium Load Member

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    That is what I'm doing for saia, I'll be doing P & D out of Lexington, line haul was very attractive when I heard the numbers, but I have the little ones at the house still.
     
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  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    ...And they don't need you gone every night and trying to recover all weekend.

    Good choice.
     
  6. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    I wanted to get on line haul, but there just was never an opening. I was told one lh driver wanted to come off the road, but I guess he changed his mind...
     
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  7. bluerider

    bluerider Light Load Member

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    That's actually a living wage. I'm envious.
     
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  8. brtecson

    brtecson Medium Load Member

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    Congrats LCFD15!! I'm a linehaul driver for SAIA in the "chicago region".. I've been to LEX once while running in the system, they were cool people. Based on what your old job was, I think you made a good choice because you'll end up making more money in less time.. Anyhow, good luck and keep us updated ;)
     
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  9. lcfd15

    lcfd15 Medium Load Member

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    Thanks everyone. I'm extremely excited for this better leap. Only had my cdl since November 2014 and everyone said I would need years of experience to snag anything like this. I'm just excited to get my rear out of the truck and moving around a lot more than I was.
     
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  10. Russian Rabbit

    Russian Rabbit Road Train Member

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    You've not had your CDL even two years and you're already making more money than me:( well, on paper at least....
     
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  11. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    A friend of mine is a police man in Georgetown, KY.
     
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