What is important to you in a driving job?

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  1. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Hello to all! I hope you guys are doing great.

    Getting straight to the point: I have a small family trucking company with its own numbers and I am looking to add company drivers to the team. Before I do any of that, I want to know from real people who have real experiences: what is important to you in a driving job?

    Is it the pay? Would you prefer a CPM or % of gross? Would you want per diem pay as its not taxable?
    Is it benefits? Home time? Route?
    Is it the dispatcher?

    Would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you in advance to all!
     
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  3. VA CDL Holder

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    A well equipped tractor for driver comfort and convenience goes a long way with drivers who really live in the truck for the long haul and don't do much home time. Fridge and APU come to mind, also I will not drive into certain parts of the country, mainly the NorthEast due to lack of truck parking and roads that were not built for 75 foot trucks.

    To make it easy on me, as I don't like to be my own accountant on my off time, don't be a 1099 company.
     
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  5. MercuryLine

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    I couldn't agree more. That is actually one of the first things that came to mind when I starting thinking about hiring: no difficult areas, no metropolitan cities like NY, Chicago, LA where Semis are just not meant to fit! And of course, weather is an issue as well, especially in places like CO and WY in the winter so routing is very important.

    It is very helpful that you said you would prefer to be a W-2 instead of a 1099- I couldn't figure out what was more popular.

    What about payment method? Do you prefer to be paid CPM or % of each load? And how often do you prefer payment? Weekly, every two weeks? Thank you so much!
     
  6. Snow Hater

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    Written company policies
    Respectful dispatch
    Low turnover
    Affordable medical
    Regular route
    Full loads and a lot of them
    No sitting waiting for loads
    75 mph governor
    Newish, well maintained equipment. I like Petes.
    13 speed manual
    1800w inverter
    APU
    refrigerator
    Minimum $.65/mile or 25% of verified bill
    Generous accessory pay.
    A shop with knowledgeable techs
    NO CAMERAS INSIDE
    NO AUTO CORRECT STEER OR ALARMS
    3 Days HT for 2 weeks on the road 4 days for 3 weeks
    No NE or Chicago routes.
    Decent ELD/GPS
    Pay weekly W2
     
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  7. Snow Hater

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    Of course, I have nearly all of this now.
     
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  8. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Got it! Now just brainstorming here: how would you feel about a 23% of gross of each load transported (that's around $8050 per month before withholdings for W2) + per diem ($66/day at the moment) for every day away from home?

    Also how would you feel about 4 weeks on the road with 1 week home?

    Thank you so much for the help
     
  9. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Medium Load Member

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    Percentage pay is a good concept but trust issues
     
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  10. MercuryLine

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    Ah, because of the Rate Confirmation and not being sure what the carrier is getting paid? Do you have any insight as to how this could be remedied (I mean the trust issue?) Thank you for bringing this up, I hadn't thought of that!
     
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  11. VA CDL Holder

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    I only have experience as a company driver, so I cannot intelligently comment on getting a percentage of the load as opposed to CPM. Generally speaking, mega companies always short change the drivers on the actual miles involved in a trip, that was my experience. Drivers know when they are being short changed and they don't forget it. I'm from the old school of values, meaning that honesty and fairness goes a long way in how you treat and deal with people.

    Most of the megas I've worked for pay every week and that helps to even out the budget. Some weeks are big checks, other weeks are not.

    Also, fueling is something that a driver does nearly every day or every other day. Make that an easy process for the driver, most the megas use a fuel card for that purpose. I'm not sure how a small company does it, but I can recall being at the fuel desk a few times and waiting behind a guy with a personal check trying to buy fuel, I could only assume he was driving for a real small company. The facts may have been something else, but that is what I inferred.
     
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