How does short route mileage pay work?

The most common alternative to practical mileage pay is short route miles.  Short route miles are just what it sounds like.  It is a mileage calculation from point A to point B taking the shortest possible route which may include non-preferred truck routes.  The problem with this method of calculating miles is that is ends up short changing a driver on miles they actual drove.  Taking the shortest route may actually cost the driver a lot more time because the shortest route in terms of miles may actually be the longest route in terms of time.  Drivers know that time is money so many drivers will intentionally take the shortest time route, but doing so will increase the # of miles they drive which in turn leads to more fuel being spent. Short route mileage pay is one way that companies use to try to circumvent paying a driver for the work that they perform.  Common rule of thumb is that the short route calculation method will short a driver between 5% – 8% of the actual miles they drive over the course of a load.  This does not mean that all short route paying trucking companies are bad companies.  There are several of companies that pay short route miles who end up being great places to work at.