why do companies pay extra for newyork and northeast?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by mcmanly, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. southerndude

    southerndude Light Load Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    Although I have not driven a big rig in NYC or anywhere for that matter YET, I have driven a 4 wheeler all over this country and there is a definite difference between the driving habits of drivers everywhere. It seems (for the most part) that the further west you go the more relaxed the driving and the more courteous drivers are. (until you hit LA of course)

    In the south driving is fairly decent until you hit Atlanta where everyone has the NASCAR attitude and drive like it too!
    In the Northeast, starting with Washington DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, NYC all along 95, Well each has it's own special set of drivers but for sure... in NYC... THEY MAKE THEIR OWN LANES! Forget about laws governing "Stay to the left of the white line" or "stay to the right of the yellow line". If a NYC driver just THINKS they can make it through... they go for it!
    Gotta have eyes in the back of your head and everywhere else in NY.

    My favorite place to drive in the midwest. Courteous drivers. I have also heard the Hawaii is very courteous too but of course it's kind hard to get the rig there! LOL
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  3. chompi

    chompi Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Deland, FL
    Not only can it be a pain in the ### but it can also take a lot of added time to get in and out of the city. Thus why they pay a little more than usual mileage.

    Driving a big truck with a 53' trailer is a whole different animal up there! It wasn't until just recently they even allowed it. When I first started out driving you had to get special permission to go into a lot of the cities in the Northeast. You have to realize they built the cities and roads long before they planned on building big trucks with sleepers and 53' trailers! It can sometimes be a challenge for the most experienced drivers getting in and out of some shipper/receivers up there. On many times you will have to get creative in order to get in and out of some places not meant for your truck.
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  4. sdlm

    sdlm Light Load Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    I personally think that box trucks are bad enough up there, I go to New Jersey about once a month and I never do enjoy it. Lots of the places I go to don't even have proper docks, and the ones that do have you totally covering the street while you unload.

    The fact of the matter is the risk is increased and it ought to be illegal to drive anything combination vehicle or otherwise longer than 48' total length in lots of these places. Have warehouses off the interstate that will reload everything on to pup trailers and box trucks, and lower the tolls and I would be much happier with the northeast.
  5. perufb

    perufb Light Load Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    The "northeast" is not that bad as long as you avoid philly nj and nyc, the rest of it is fine besides the lack of parking, its no different than driving in any other big city.
  6. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

    Aug 18, 2012

    i am deathly afraid of boston and many of those massachusetts streets, they are so small, you miss your turn and you may as well find another career
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  7. vinsanity

    vinsanity Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    South Florida
    I'm used to Jersey now. It's not so bad. But NYC? No way. Like they said, it's bad enough just driving through it. Your receiver is probably on a little side street with cars parked everywhere. Mass is just as bad. I think they still have the same roads they used in the horse and buggy days.
  8. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Liberty, Missouri
    Most drivers are paid by the mile. So if you are making 40 cents a mile and driving across I-80 in Nebraska you can make 75 times 40 or $30 per hour. Driving across the George Washington Bridge in NYC is a three hour trip. You will make $1.20 for doing that. The added money is to make up for you lost time.

    You will also notice that companies pay for dentention pay and stop pay and other things which are time consuming.

    The Owner Operators have to charge a higher rate for going into those areas as there is no high paying frieght to pull out of there. They end up having to leave unloaded many times.

    The best jobs in trucking, if you do not own your own truck, are line haul jobs where all you do is drive.
  9. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

    Jan 30, 2010
    keep stroking.
    i think you need a new calculator! the reason we o/o charge more is because we wasnt born yesterday! we leave because we dont work for nothin. the best jobs in truckin, MINE!!
  10. coopnp

    coopnp Road Train Member

    Oct 9, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    My company pays $100 if you deliver in the 5 boroughs of NYC. The rest of the northeast your #### out of luck. Even passing through or anywhere else just have to deal with it. There's some small parts else where but the traffic volume is way lower. Other companies pay on top of your cpm dictated by crossing a border state. Like it you go above DC then you get premium pay on top of your cpm. My doesnt and now I got my year maybe in another I go southeat region only #### the rest. That's from a company driver stand point. It makes you a better driver but its not worth the pay, time, and potential consequences if you f up.
  11. Flightline

    Flightline Road Train Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Almost There
    As you get close, parking is a joke. As I am 75 miles before NJ. in Pa. and can't even park in the walmart and truck stops are far and few in between. So we parked behind a closed up gas station. Hoping not to get run off before morning.
    And the shipper has absolutly no overnight parking for trucks.
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