Start school next week, want to go flatbed

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CorkyBreh, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    EVERYBODY entering trucking assume there will be LOTS more free-time than actually exists in trucking. Your life will almost only be driving and sleeping. Imagine your boss saying "just go ahead and work for the next 14-16 hours and take the rest of the day off." You hardly are ever told you will be sitting for the next X hours. It is more common to be told "we'll get to you soon" and then wait and wait and wait with no idea if that is waiting for another 30 minutes or 4 hours. The good news is flatbed has a LOT less waiting than the cursed reefer part of the industry.
     
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    2,353
    8,002
    Jul 29, 2013
    L.A.
    0
    Doesn't reefer have ridiculous wait times for loading and unloading? Might be the perfect job for a gamer.
     
  4. CorkyBreh

    CorkyBreh Bobtail Member

    5
    3
    Jul 21, 2022
    0
    I thought about reefer originally but so many people said you have to wait a long time to get loaded/unloaded, how is the pay of a reefer driver compared to flatbed?
     
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    3,163
    5,700
    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    0
    It can be about the same...or even better.

    It depends...I suggested reefer...mainly because...we're going into an economic recession.

    If the upcoming recession is really bad....and flatbed really slows down....reefer will be the place to be. :confused: :oops:

    People of course will still eat.....in a recession. Thus....reefer/temp controlled could be a worthy alternative in the near future.

    Yes, wait times to load/unload can indeed be ridiculous (been there, done that :mad:). But you will in many cases be paid for at least part of the wait time ("detention" pay).

    Detention pay varies from carrier to carrier.

    For beginning drivers, here's a real good carrier worthy of your consideration:

    Driver Training & Orientation | Drive For Dot | Dot Transportation, Inc. (drivefordti.com)

    --Lual
     
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    67,644
    141,096
    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    0
    You get detention pay for wait times when pulling reefers.
    Milage pay to get to the destination + stop pay for arriving + detention pay for wait times.
    Sometimes detention pay starts immediately or may start in one or two hours after arriving. The stop pay makes up for that though. I did OTR reefers for 18 years and liked it, otherwise wouldn't have done it for so long.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    67,644
    141,096
    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    0
    Lots of refrigerated choices for Ohio new cdl school grads.
    Which town are you in or near?
     
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    67,644
    141,096
    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    0
    Which town/city are you in or near?
     
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    67,644
    141,096
    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    0
    This one is dry van.
    About 3 — Ploger Transportation
    300 Cleveland Rd.
    Norwalk, OH 44857
    ~
    Detention Bonus, or Layover and Breakdown Bonus.
    CPM rates:
    Less than a year experience 0.55 CPM
    • 70 mph trucks with a performance bonus to 73 mph

    • All trucks have refrigerators, power inverters, satellite radio, Tempur-Pedic mattresses
     
  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    67,644
    141,096
    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    0
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  • Draft saved Draft deleted