Is it retarded to post more than once a day? Oh well, I have a lot to say…
Sometime early this morning Levi was picked up by his phase 2 trainer. This is where they show you what it is like to lease…as well as get you some more miles under someone wing. So from Hammond, IN they went to Le Salle, IL to pick up a load and Levi is driving the first leg of their 2000 mile journey to Sacramento, CA. From there they will head to Yuma, AZ to pick up a load of lettuce bound for Chicago, then back to La Salle to start all over. This is his trainers dedicated route. So this is what he will be doing as long as he is with this trainer.
How long this phase will last will depend on what Levi (we) choose to do: lease or company drive. There are pros and cons to both sides…we just have to decide. I just hope we don’t make the wrong choice. If we choose to lease he would be done in as little as 10 days. If we choose the company truck it could be up to 60 days.
Leasing = More miles, more pay per mile, more costs: fixed and per mile
Company Truck = Less miles, less pay per mile, little to no costs
It sounds like a no brainer, but its not. If he did company he would (hopefully) be doing a local dedicated route out of the Walmart DC in Sterling. Sounds great! But they have made it seem way to good to be true. Plus they are always looking for drivers for this route. If it’s really that great why doesn’t anyone stick around?! That is what worries me… Plus company drivers are at the bottom of the food chain, they only get whatever miles are leftover. Leasing drivers get first pick. So when the miles are gone, they’re gone. You need miles to get paid…
If he chooses to lease he would also become a phase two trainer which just requires a four hour class. This would give him around double the miles, his and a students, which equals more pay. With all of the cost involved with leasing we believe this is the only way leasing would be worth it.
So I don’t know… We’ll figure it out, I just hate making these decisions.
Until next time,