Swift Solo miles

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Oaktown, May 29, 2013.

  1. Oaktown

    Oaktown Light Load Member

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    well let me start by saying I'm into about week 5 or 6 of being solo dry van. and so far I'm pretty much staying in the Western 11 I'm just wondering how many miles I should get in a good week I'll talk to some guys have been with swift for 6 months and they get between two and three thousand on a good week? uh seems like there's no rhyme or reason my checks go up and down. I just need some kind of consistency does it do any good to talk to your DM and tell him him your mileage, $$$ needs. Playing hide and go seek for trailers for a 300 mile run is a load of bs in my book.
     
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  3. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Welcome to the world of trucking.

    The reason is that freight is not consistent, so paychecks follow suit. Sometimes you are in better areas and get better miles, and sometimes you deliver in an area that is hard to get out of.

    And you will always be playing hide and seek for an mt, and many times so are the planners.

    Best not to stress over it, and just take things as they come.
     
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  4. Oaktown

    Oaktown Light Load Member

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  5. Luse

    Luse Medium Load Member

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    like moose said your miles will vary from week to week. if you want consistent miles like 2500 a week like clockwork you're going to have to get dedicated. Plus after September freight for swift 11 Western sucks.
     
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  6. roadlt

    roadlt Medium Load Member

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    Talking about freight, does things pick up mid-October until late November for pre-black Friday delivery?
     
  7. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    It generally depends on how the economy is doing.. Generally we drivers will see first hand if the economy is picking up standing still Or getting worse just based on the amount Of freight that we see moving
     
  8. dptrucker

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    also being only out solo that short of time, they will give you loads with some time on them to see how you do and gives you a chance to learn how things are by yourself. hunting for empties can be a pain.
     
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  9. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

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    Yep ... they want to see how you run ... keep your MAC 10, MAC 32 and log approvals up to date - daily.

    Always make yourself available for a load. Learn to run recapping, not taking a 34 reset ... and yes be a nuisance - in a congenial way - to your DM for miles.

    Find out where the freight is and go there to run. You're going to be away from home, doesn't matter if you're 200 miles or 2000 miles away.

    Also don't worry about short loads, 10 300 mile trips in a week is just as good as 2 1500 mile trips.

    And, be willing to stay out for awhile. Go out for 4 weeks and then take your 4-5 days off. It's easier to get in a groove once your out. If you go out for 2 weeks, you either in the coming out mode or trying to get home mode, both of which limit your opportunity for miles. If you're sitting in an area needing to go in a specific direction, you limit the loads you are available for.
     
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  10. Oaktown

    Oaktown Light Load Member

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    What happens after Sept? Winter?
     
  11. dptrucker

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    i totally agree.
     
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