David Frazier is a less-than-truckload driver for XPO out of its Kernersville, North Carolina terminal. He has been working there for 34 years.
I’ve done 12 years in LTL and let me tell you, that is a lot of years doing a damn tough job.
Here is something else, as reported in Truckers News. Frazier, much respected, has done it accident-free.
Accident-free! For 34 years! In LTL!
How about it, drivers? Any LTL people out there?
Let’s put this into perspective.
Frazier has driven for 34 years – 4 million miles accident-free.
Here’s another way to look at what Frazier has accomplished. If you use a 500-mile-per-day average for a truckload driver, he would hit 6.2 million miles in 34 years. An LTL driver does not drive anywhere near 500 miles per day.
An LTL driver is a completely different animal than a truckload driver. I know at least 50 truckload drivers who have tried to convert to LTL during my career. Less than 10% succeeded in the transition. They want to be home every night. They are sick of detention. They are lonely on the open road. There are many reasons why they think LTL is a better job.
Home every night is the only aspect of LTL that is better. Sure, your trailer is five feet shorter and you have rolling doors, but…
You are almost exclusively in tight city traffic with annoyed four-wheelers, and you are backing into a single dock off a city street from the blind side at least 20 times per day.
So at least 20 times per day you have an appointment to back into a small dock off a city street from the blind side. The dock has no chock-block, the shipping manager is “somewhere in the building,” and no, you can’t get to the trailer to verify if the damage was actually there or to count units you are delivering or picking up.
That’s right, you are also managing the trailer space because you are delivering and picking up alternately throughout the day. P&D, get it?
You get to climb out and into your cab 40 times per day minimum. Did I mention you have 20-plus appointments every single day?
If you’re really lucky you get to load and unload your own trailer at the home terminal as well. Combo drivers, dock and drive, nothing better!
So, 4 million miles and 34 years accident-free is not all that impressive.
It is damn incredible! Hats off to you Mr. Frazier!
Peace and love.