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Michael F.'s Comment
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i am currently a local class a driver the construction company i work for assisted in my move from class b fuel man (tanker and hazmat acquired previously) to class a tractor driver now i have found a company (TMC if you were wondering) that i am very interested in going for, but my question is should i go from a local gig to an otr carrier when it would seem local is the goal for most

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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my question is should i go from a local gig to an otr carrier when it would seem local is the goal for most

You should go for what you want. I love being an OTR driver, and have never considered what I'm doing as a stepping stone to a local driving job. I knew exactly what I was getting into, and pursued it with passion. I couldn't be happier with my choice for a second career.

You need to realize that most OTR companies will consider you as not having experience, and will probably expect you to either go through a school for some training, or through their own training program. That is almost always an issue when going from local to OTR.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Michael F.'s Comment
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I'm certainly all for the road and TMC is offering a great deal of home time and some interesting pay options even this site has reviewed them highly. flatbed is the line I'd like to go with so I suppose it is decided already.

Matt 's Comment
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Could i ask why you are wanting to switch to otr? Is it lifestyle,money,? Kind of a personal question I know im just struggling with the weather to start otr or local as local would be vary beneficial at this point in time.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Michael F.'s Comment
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Well it really is a money thing however if I'm honest I would really like the longer hauls currently my in truck time hovers around 30 minutes to an hour. The pressuring factor is money

Matt 's Comment
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Thank you for the reply. I'm not trying to stray away from your topic but if you don't mind me asking I'm guessing the truck in your picture is what you currently do and if you dont have alot of in truck time you must do alot more for the company than just drive?

Well it really is a money thing however if I'm honest I would really like the longer hauls currently my in truck time hovers around 30 minutes to an hour. The pressuring factor is money

Michael F.'s Comment
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Well it is mostly loading and unloading of material like the stuff you see in my photo and I also drive a straight tanker delivering diesel to these jobsites

Michael F.'s Comment
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Well I got the job with tmc transportation I just really hope that they are really about what they say between the recruiters and this site it looks like a spectacular company but I'm still a little skeptical

Matt 's Comment
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Awesome if you wouldn't mind keeping us updated on how its going it would be appreciated. I am keeping tmc towards the top of my list.

Well I got the job with tmc transportation I just really hope that they are really about what they say between the recruiters and this site it looks like a spectacular company but I'm still a little skeptical

G-Town's Comment
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Well I got the job with tmc transportation I just really hope that they are really about what they say between the recruiters and this site it looks like a spectacular company but I'm still a little skeptical

Congratulations. Try to focus entirely on doing "your part", and not so much on holding TMC accountable. Realize that if money is one of the reasons for going this route, focusing on home time is counter to your compensation goal.

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