What is important to you in a driving job?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by MercuryLine, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    I've never been paid for a 34 reset and it's never bothered me. My first thought when a company pays for a 34 is that maybe they don't have enough loads and drivers can be expected to sit idle regularly so the company is trying to compensate them. I wouldn't factor paid 34s in my decision about working for a company.
     
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  3. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    That is such an interesting point of view- I didn’t even think about that. Thank you for the insight!
     
  4. mustang190

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    Chicken lights! To many is not enough. :D
     
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    Make sure trucks have satellite radio. My truck has it now I’m hooked and won’t give it up.
     
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  6. WesternPlains

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    APU’s do save money.
    I’ve gone through 6 jobs in 3 years. Finally found a home. Biggest thing is reasonable, constructive people in the office. So many forget. The definition of a company is 2 or more people working TOGETHER toward one common goal. It is not 2 or more people working AGAINST each other toward one common goal.

    My company just got sold. I had no idea. The people who bought it have been here a while running things. One gal owner. She had asked me where I wanted to go? I had 4 states I hadn’t been to. 2 don’t matter; Maine and Rhode Island. Other two were Michigan and Florida. She got me to both. I knew Florida was tough. I wanted to show appreciation. Other guy responsible for getting me there. I bought him an Iowa 80 truck stop t shirt. I just finally found something for her. Bear in mind. I had no idea she was any part of any buying my company. I found out yesterday. I hope I’m not gonna be viewed as trying to soft soak her. I got her this.
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  7. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

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    I read through these posts. If you listen to all of them. You’ll have an over the top add with a picture of a truck lit up like Las Vegas. Don’t....
    I’m getting lotsa job offers. I have what’s most important. Won’t leave for someplace that wants my soul. Also some just aren’t believable.
    Heartland offered me dry van. 2 weeks out. 2 days home. 80k/year. I don’t believe it. Heartland more like $40k/yr.
     
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  8. MercuryLine

    MercuryLine Light Load Member

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    Agreed but I really learn from each and every post. Of course implementing every single request or “must have” is impossible, but every opinion brings with it something to think about for sure. For me, the main thing is company culture- I would ideally like to maintain a very family like culture where there is a true open door policy and where I can work WITH drivers to achieve solutions that are mutually beneficial. :) at the end of the day, trust and feeling valued is one of the most important things.
     
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  9. Dale thompson

    Dale thompson Road Train Member

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    Integrity and honesty and a business plan that doesn’t work truck and driver to death. What I mean is if you think you need 3000 miles a week production it’s not a good long term plan.
     
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  10. scott180

    scott180 Road Train Member

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    I've always wondered if the key would be overpaying the drivers compared to the going rate. An extra $10k-$15k a year won't kill profits but would make a big difference to a driver. Then demand the best drivers. Eventually after letting go more than a few drivers you'll have a crew that needs little oversight and respects the equipment so they also lower the maintenance cost. The low turnover and lack of damaged equipment may be enough to cover the higher salary alone.
     
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  11. REO6205

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    That's the way we've done it and it works out well for us. We got the driver and mechanic turnover down to almost nothing and that, because of what we do and where we go, has actually improved our net profit. If we had to be constantly training rookies I don't think we could afford to stay in business.
    We require five years comparable experience but we pay by the hour with overtime, run decent equipment, have an excellent benefit package, and try to treat our drivers like human beings.
    Drivers very seldom quit now. Most of them retire from here.
     
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