When do you get good miles regularly

Discussion in 'Swift' started by ronjeremyjr, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    179
    201
    Mar 6, 2020
    NJ
    0
    When does this company give good miles to its drivers regularly as I have worked here
    close to 2 years and they have gone down hill
    during my 2nd year
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2020
    Reason for edit: typo
  2. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

    1,848
    2,148
    Oct 4, 2011
    Laredo, TX
    0
    Can you translate "they have gone done" . To edit your post touch and hold the four bars, lower left, and a dialog box with the choice "edit" will pop up.

    Frank
     
  3. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    4,954
    5,382
    Sep 18, 2013
    0
    i dont want anymore then 450 mile days anymore.
     
    D.Tibbitt Thanks this.
  4. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

    1,848
    2,148
    Oct 4, 2011
    Laredo, TX
    0
    The majority of truck freight is related to manufacturing including raw materials, sub-assemblies and finished products. manufacturing was in steady decline last year which resulted in serious fourth quarter manufacturing job losses. The economy went flat and a record breaking 800 plus trucking companies went out of business due to a lack of freight coupled with predatory insurance companies rate increases.

    If you were able to maintain similar total miles in 2018 and 2019 you actually did well. Talk to your DL about getting on a dedicated account. Also ask your DL to look for niche lane freight where there is steady freight out and back. For example, for several years before I retired I would haul John Deere tractor parts from Laredo,TX to Augusta, GA and Freightliner parts from the Charlotte, NC back to Laredo.

    Good luck.
    Frank

    Edit: Also if your home terminal is Jonestown talk to the planner Jill Arnold about your situation. She's good people and a straight shooter. Hopefully for you she's still there.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 21, 2020
    Reason for edit: Removed politcal commentary
    Moosetek13 and truckdriver31 Thank this.
  5. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    10,501
    9,439
    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    0
    I have been with Swift over 9 years and the past couple years have been pretty good for me.
    There have been years with far less miles, especially this time of year.
    Some weeks may be low on miles because of delivery timing, but the average is no less in the long run.

    What areas are you running? Because some areas are more prone to less miles.
    And your DM can have a great influence with the planners, if they decide to do so.

    My current load is going to WA near Tacoma. Not a great area for loads right now.
    I've been stacked with a low mile load along with a high mile load down to TX, all because my DM got with the planner.
    I had said nothing, and I never do. I don't complain, but just take things as they come.
    She called me just after the pplans came in to explain things, because she takes care of me.

    All of my DM's have always taken care of me and watched out for me. And I have been with several terminals over this 9 years. (Granted, not the worst of them. Not sure of yours.)

    And I have done nothing special to gain that help. I certainly don't run hard. Quite the opposite, as many that know me can attest to.
    I shut it down at the first sign of snow or heavy wind. And I like at least 12 hours between shutting down and driving - more often 14. And my idle time is usually very high.

    My point in all this is, it may be a combination of things that keep you from getting more consistent miles.
     
  6. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    179
    201
    Mar 6, 2020
    NJ
    0
    I started with swift in summer 2018 and I had pretty good miles and good loads up until may 2019, that’s when it went down hill. I’ve been a good driver so far too zero preventable accidents. I’m planning to leave after the 2 year mark. It hasn’t sucked 100% since may 2019 but my 1st
    year was definitely better not just financially but in general my first year trucking was better.
     
  7. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

    5,276
    4,478
    May 28, 2010
    0
    2018 was an anomaly … shippers were throwing money at trucks.

    2019 was closer to normal. Except toward the end of the year. freight levels were steady but there was an over capacity of trucks.

    Freight levels have started to slip in the last month and there is still an over capacity of trucks.

    Basically available freight, is going to impact your ability to run. Doesn't matter where you work.
     
    D.Tibbitt Thanks this.
  8. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Medium Load Member

    530
    1,013
    Feb 26, 2019
    0
    Shipex pays $1150 salary every week..dont care about miles..
     
    Chinatown and D.Tibbitt Thank this.
  9. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Heavy Load Member

    921
    941
    Jan 25, 2017
    0
    It does not get any better with Swift or the rest of the big uglies. Get your training in then get onto a good company. Get on to any where else but get out of there.
     
    ronjeremyjr and truckdriver31 Thank this.
  10. ronjeremyjr

    ronjeremyjr Light Load Member

    179
    201
    Mar 6, 2020
    NJ
    0
    That’s what I intend to do but I feel it’s best to wait out the corona virus bs.
     
  • Draft saved Draft deleted