OTR doing a dedicated route

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Mototom, May 13, 2019.

  1. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

    May 7, 2019
    I was just wondering if it’s common to make an OTR driver do a dedicated guys run? I was given a 150mile run with 3 stops....and it delivered 3 days after pickup. Not really enjoying the miles with this. Did I mention I hate Maryland.
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    coulda been you were in the area and they needed a driver, and you got the route. just do it, you won't be doing it too long.
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  4. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

    May 10, 2012
    Temple, TX
    Those guys usually get paid a little better..
    If you're doing more than one load make sure you get paid a bit extra... ;)
  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    Its common to grab a truck close by, maybe no one else in the area. Might be a good time to make points for later.
  6. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    It is. If you are the guy that lives close, or just closer than what they have available, then you are the next canidate to take the postion. It isn't about seniority. It's about them making money and not needing to worry about getting you back a long distance for home time.
  7. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    I wouldn’t do it.
    But I’m from a different generation
  8. DenBob

    DenBob Light Load Member

    Feb 19, 2018
    That sort of assignment is not unusual...the dead time is. If it were a one stop delivery I would be asking to deliver early or drop somewhere. But that doesn't sound like a likely option with a 3 stop run.
  9. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    It's OK to help out once in a while, but you will be taken advantage of every time.

    I no longer do Walmart surge or Target holiday stuff. I turn it down flat. The same with any dedicated garbage, because once they grab you it can be hard to get back out again.
    Just like taking a load to the western states. It is a black hole that that sucks you right down to SoCal and it requires a home time request to free you.
  10. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    That's a bit painful and wasteful. They couldn't drop that load in a drop yard or terminal and keep you busy on something else for 2 days?

    Still, sometimes poop happens, and you have no choice but to step in it.

    Turn your acceptance of this load into a better load later. Remind your dispatcher/manager that you took this extremely inefficient load, and that it would be nice if they can get you a nice, long cross-country load to bring your numbers back up.

    You should be able to get a 34 in while under this load as well, which will make it possible for you to roll anywhere in the US without running out of hours on your 70.
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  11. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Maryland taint bad. Once Western Maryland becomes the 51st State. //tease.
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