New Driver @ Interstate

Discussion in 'Interstate' started by Blue02celi, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Blue02celi

    Blue02celi Road Train Member

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    Heya peeps
    so, at the moment, im sitting in my newly assigned freight shaker at the terminal in lebanon with the others that I went thru orientation with the past 2 days, waiting to do our run over on the truck with the guys from the shop and I guess waiting for drug test results to come in. As far as orientation, it was pretty standard stuff, seemed like a lot of info in 2 days but just small things here and there that are done differently from my last company. I was assigned to an older truck, told I wouldnt be in it very long, automatic, but has an apu so now kinda hesitant to have it taken away lol. Orientation was very laid back, first day as with most was drug test and backing/driving test. The hotel we stayed at is just down the road, one of the students gets the keys to the van and we head out at 630am for class. Lunch was pizza both days, first day was a lot of safety talk and such. We sat in on the fleet managers and planners morning meeting on the 2nd day to see their 'pow wow', we're told anytime we were at the terminal we were more than welcome to go up and sit in on their morning meetings. some of the topics we went over were done by live conference with orientation classes in tacoma and fontana. Paper logs, we have driver tech?? think thats what its called lol and some have qualcomm.

    we were told idle % is 15 for teams, 20 for solo, if you go over you just dont get your bonus. when i told them my last company was known to charge people that went over they bout had a heart attack lol. They have perdiem but you dont get charged an admin fee like some places. 150 adv available per week, week runs sunday - saturday, any runs done then are on your paycheck, paperwork must be scanned by sunday midnight. fridge, inverter and scanners installed in cab, can use transflow or trip pack scanners at truckstops, most dont need to be mailed in from what i understand tho there are some customers that you need to drop in the mail after you scan them, using prepaid envelopes from the company. all loads must be weighed, direct deposit on thrusday for the previous weeks runs... not sure what else to put. The terminal here is pretty nice, laundry, big lounge, vans you can use to get places, showers... its a gated terminal with security. I've seen that asked before in other forums so figured id just put it out there lol, which is also surprisingly new to me
     
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  2. Jigsaw

    Jigsaw Light Load Member

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    Hope all goes well for you. Nice to hear some good stuff on here.
    THANK YOU for your service to our beloved country!
     
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  3. RonnieStevenson

    RonnieStevenson Bobtail Member

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    Wait'll you see the "restricted" truck stop list... I wish you luck.
     
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  4. Blue02celi

    Blue02celi Road Train Member

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    oh yeah, saw it
    most seem like they are in cali, wont be going there anyway
     
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  5. pokerhound67

    pokerhound67 Heavy Load Member

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    sounds like a good deal, hope all goes well for you. be aware...i ran the numbers in several different scenarios (single, married, married with kids) and every single time per diem actually ends up costing the driver money, not factoring in the admin fee. only exception is the millis drivers that said they got bonuses for taking it..extra weeks vacation among other stuff. that makes it worth it. average driver will LOSE somewhere around 500 bucks, depending on their income, by taking per diem pay.

    your info is very much appreciated...very good and thorough. will be a real help for others looking for info on a decent company (assuming it is,sounds like it). if you know average length of haul, thats a biggie. average weekly miles for solo. and what is the fuel bonus, and is there a safety or performance bonus as well?

    good luck on your new endeavor. and ty for your service, as previously stated. i was ac2 in navy, but it was WAAAAAAY back in the middle ages, tail end of gulf war I, so not the same stuff as most who serve these days.
     
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  6. Blue02celi

    Blue02celi Road Train Member

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    They have a few fleets, western 11, Midwest regional (MO, IL, IN, OH, PA, KY, TN, GA, SC, NC areas, 5-7 days out and 34-48 hrs home. They aim to get you home on the weekend, you can ask to stay out 37cpm), US East (its like opposite of western 11, denver and east, 3-4 wks out, standard 1 day home per 7 out, 35cpm). From what i understood only teams do 48, when i spoke to my FM he mentioned a KC regional but i haven't heard anything about it besides that. the cpm are based on exp of course, 6 cpm is per diem, 80% drop and hook if i remember correctly, they have reefer but need hazmat and its 11 western, mostly along the I-5. as far as miles they usually say the avg as most do 2200-2500 or so but i like to post actual numbers after a few wks
     
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  7. Blackadder47

    Blackadder47 Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the good info. I'm very tempted to apply there but only for the Western 11 fleet. Are the fuel stops pre-planned or are you free to fuel where and whenever you like?
     
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  8. platinum

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    Blue good luck buddy, glad you found something else. Hope you enjoy the new life and freedom.
     
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  9. Blue02celi

    Blue02celi Road Train Member

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    pre-planned fuel stops, tho i guess technically the cards are open cause they mentioned people fueling at locations that they werent planned for. terminals that have pumps are always open to fuel at without having to get permission or notifying FM
     
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  10. Paloma

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    Solos can run 48. Teams can only run 48 as they do mostly drops at yards (I did team for a few months), across Country.

    Blue .. That Terminal you were at in Tennessee is the smallest of the 3 Terminals (Lebanon, TN .. Fontana, CA .. Tacoma, WA). The Tacoma Terminal is about 3 times the size. Twice as many showers and drivers lounge and library is twice the size, there is also a cafeteria in the drivers lounge.

    You will get at least those miles per week during the winter slow season. Come spring, get yer paper logs skills going cause yer gonna be runnin!

    They are fazing out the driver tech, but will take time till all the company drivers use qualcomm.

    Blue .. Welcome to IDC!
     
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