What is important to you in a driving job?

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  1. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Honesty is so important, I absolutely agree. In terms of comfort, thankfully I am working on installing a fridge, microwave and all the things that make it easier to live in a truck, so that's done :)

    In terms of life outside of the home, I completely understand how important that is. That's why I am thinking of also implementing a policy that I will pay any flight tickets (for emergency or just to get back home) if the person lives somewhere far. People are important and they are the most valuable resource. As you said, have the driver's back and they will have yours :)
     
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  3. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Very straight to the point, I love it. 100%- after all, we work to make money and to achieve our goals. :)
     
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  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If the driver takes his 34 hour reset at home there usually isn't any compensation.
    If he takes it on the road, especially if he's a productive driver that you want to keep, he should receive something for his time.
     
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  5. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Thank you! Makes complete sense- I will implement that in the agreement right now. You guys are literally helping me write my employment agreement and all the compensation and wage information. I love it.
     
  6. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    There’s companies that will do all that and make around 80 K pulling reefer
     
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  7. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    Eh. I know they're out there. But based on the stories I hear about the reefer business, 80k isn't enough.

    There's a company less than a mile up the road from my house, I know the owner for 30 years or so. Great guy, and his drivers are well compensated. They run reefer regionally. I talk to the one driver daily on the phone. He's a friend of mine. Seems like he's constantly waiting at some warehouse to unload. It's like he spends five or six hours driving to wherever, then sits for five or six hours. Even though he's paid for sitting, I say screw that. The owner of that company has been persistent in trying to hire me. I make as much as he offered at my current job. And I'm home every night and sleep next to my wife. I'm on track to hit $72k this year.

    So for me to consider going OTR pulling anything, $85-90k is just where I'll start to listen to any offers. Anything less and I won't even consider
     
  8. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    Long hood, chicken lights, big engine, big radio, big belt buckle- reefer madness

    I take pride in each food load I haul. Each load to me it’s important and exciting as when I did open deck. I don’t really care for waiting a long time to get unloaded or loaded but I try to be on the dock whenever I can. Got to make sure the trailer doesn’t get beat up and the product is good. It helps knowing that it’s going to feed families. Makes me :)

    to each, their own
     
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  9. unloader

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    I am semi local. 4 days daily, one night on the road (don't work weekends). I don't give two ####s about driver comfort. I can pay to have a seat installed if that is an issue. I want a tractor that can run without issue. I gotta run 500 miles a day. I need something reliable to get me home those 4 days. We can figure out the maintenance #### on the day I do layover.

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  10. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    This is so heartwarming. Thank you for what you do! :)
     
  11. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Haha you sound like a dear friend of mine, except he is OTR. Doesn't care about comfort at all, just wants efficiency, movement, and the highest earning potential.
     
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