Warning signs

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Jenkins2020, May 28, 2020.

  1. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    Nowadays I bet most don’t know what a gold bulldog means..
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
    If you work for a massive company, its possible they dont have enough freight to keep everyone busy, then comes seniority, brown noses, whatever. I've waited on a load for a few days before. Wherever you off loaded could be the issue too. For instance, if you're in Florida, it isn't uncommon to wait a day or 2 for a load. You should see about layover pay
  4. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    In this economic environment....being a newer driver who signed for a big bonus that’s coming due. Sorry to say, but they’ll dump you right now over that. And the worst part is they’ll create a reason to fire you over it too. Seen it happen a few times. One driver had $8000 coming and was two weeks from getting it. Company called him in and fired him for running a stop sign on camera that has happened THREE MONTHS EARLIER.

    He looked at the safety director, leaned forward and said, “we both know what’s up, shove your $8000 up you ***, I dare you to touch my DAC, I’m gonna sue”
    This was someone I just ran into and he was out with a new company already,
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  5. longhaultransport

    longhaultransport Light Load Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    West Central, Florida
    Pure Breed Mack

    Engine Trans and Rears
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  6. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
  7. Jenkins2020

    Jenkins2020 Bobtail Member

    May 28, 2020
    I actually got sent for a drug test 3 weeks ago already..

    I got worried tuesday since I still didn't have a load and asked if I should take some days off until freight picks up. they said it's up to me and never mentioned if freight was low or not. so I put in time off starting thursday. that was tuesday morning. I was fully expecting to get a load tuesday afternoon at latest. wednesday rolls around and it's 8AM, so im getting concerned at this point. I send another message asking if anything is available. 5 minutes later I get a load. Best part? It was a preload that was finished at 4am. i dont know why they didn't give that to me earlier. If I didnt send that message who knows when i would've gotten a load back home. I'd hate to be the guy that constantly pesters dispatch about needing loads.
    Didn't get any sign on bonus. In fact I still owe money since i did training with this company. It will be paid off in about 3 months, which will be a full year at this company. I think im supposed to be getting a new truck soon since my current one is old and has high miles on it. however it's possible that they dont want to give me one and hope i leave before then. Perhaps im being paranoid but this is why i never put all my eggs in one basket.
  8. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    Youre probably not being paranoid, these are uncharted waters. Just the things that I know that are facts, trucking companies don’t “furlough or lay people off“. So you can collect unemployment until you find something else. They just make up a reason to fire you. Think of all the variables that go into truck driving. You can be the perfect driver in there still a technical reason to get fired if they wanted to. It’s wrong, but it’s how it is.

    I’m with you on loads. I’ve sat more than I’ve driven the past 4 weeks now. I went from $1250-$1500 checks almost automatically, to $600-$900. Thats before deductions. I haven’t decided yet if they’re trying to “starve me out” or it’s like this for everyone. That said, slow economy or not I’m not gonna live on a truck for 30 to 40 days at a time to take home around $500 a week. I don’t care what the economy situation is, I can find something to make more than that and be home every day.

    Another thing companies are doing is using every dirty trick in the book to get out of paying detention.
    . This past eight days, I’ve sat literally 4.5 of those days And not been “technically eligible” for even a penny of detention pay. It’s because of the way they’re dispatching the loads and also the way they’re having me haul an empty in between.
    Last edited: May 28, 2020
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  9. olddog_newtricks

    olddog_newtricks Medium Load Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    Naw.... a supertrucker would bump into neutral and let it do what it's gonna do.......
  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I'd hate to be the guy waiting days on a load. You know the saying, The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If they think you don't care they'll keep giving the loads to their favorites. I would be asking them every hour after I got empty until I had a load.
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  11. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    This is a rather funny question. Outside of a binding CBA with a union, a carrier will not try to do anything. When they determine your services are no longer needed they will direct you to a terminal then tell you to clean out the truck. Trust me on this! In most cases, you have that little voice inside that knows you screwed up. That trip to the terminal knowing what is coming is one that many drivers have made. Just clean out the truck and find another job. This is the long and short of it.

    This question goes back to something I have said many times in here. Develop a relationship with your FM/DM/Dispatcher and simply ask them what is going on. Sometimes for operational needs or emergencies, they may give a load to another unit. In these cases speak to that person! This does not mean you are in trouble. In fact, if you are out and not being told they are routing you in, relax your OK!
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