OK QUESTION: so out of the $70K I make a year working for a good company, I have to pay what while on the road? I guess I have to buy my own food, right? or is that re-embursed? I sleep in the truck, right or do I get a motel at company cost?
TMC drivers tell me that TMC stands for "tarp my cargo"
I heard "Too Much Chrome" I do know the tractors are current model year and the trailer visits the factory for re-conditioning every six months.
That is, however, why I cited them, They are, from what I understand, the BEST. (And you will notice nobody has said a bad word about them in this thread, myself included)
The other company with the drivers with the 20foot long driving records,,, Some of them restricted to "May drive only to and from work and on the job" ... Well, You might notice I did not name them. Even if they are no more and thus can't sue me (They could not afford the new bridge they had to buy the state, nor the damages the firman brought, nor .. Well you get the idea, their insurance said "ENOUGH" and terminated them).
Home is where I park it.
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
You pay for food, entertainment, tickets, etc. The company maintains its equipment and pays fuel and weighing at scales. I hated being stranded for days at a time in the middle of nowhere, I would deliver a load on friday - 1000 miles from home, and the next load was not ready till monday. A whole weekend sitting at a truckstop, not getting paid, to far to go home.
Like everyone says depends on the job. My brother drives, been doing it close to thirty years. Spent a lot of years getting the shaft from a couple of the big national outfits. After he got a few miles on with a good record,he got on with a local commodities broker. Hauls soybean oil around the northeast and into Canada. He is out 2 nights max,usually one. Believe he pulls in 60 or 70 a year.
With Toys R Us,they paid for the motels-up to $60/night,plus also got $50 for layover pay.It pays to work on the clock.
Most of the other jobs,you just got mileage pay,varies from $.26/mile when I started up to $.48/mile with accident free record.A lot of the layovers they did pay for motels if load was not ready.It depends on company and your rapor with your dispatch.Some companies will pay layover after 24/36 hours.
Even one company paid the major med and cancer insurance.But their equipment was not the best.Very few of my jobs had trucks over 3 years old or over 400,000 miles.
One thing that was happening when I retired was a lot of Samolian drivers getting hired in the orange and red trucks.