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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Rainey, did you ever have any contact with the tractor trailer drivers for the USPS? My wife wants me to consider looking at their local positions.

Sorry for the thread hijack.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainey, did you ever have any contact with the tractor trailer drivers for the USPS? My wife wants me to consider looking at their local positions.

Sorry for the thread hijack.

I worked in a 24 hr main processing plant so yes. Most run regional...so one of my contacts was DE to Albany NY. Another was Jersey to Pittsburgh and back again. Most of the Class A go from DC to DC. Because they have been closing them down, they are getting further and further apart. The Wilmington DE DC won't let drivers back in next to each other cause they bang up the trailers too much lol

Keep in mind, they are NOT USPS employees for the most part. They have been subcontracted for over a decade. They usually get paid hourly and often load their own trailers. For insurance reasons there were trailers we could load/unload and others we couldn't.

For where I live, the pay was less...like $13 - $17 per hour to start after the year OTR. That's not enough for me to live on. Go to a DC near you and read the names on the truck.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Bolt's Comment
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Her as how I'm looking at an industry change. Im,in construction and make around 42,000 a year. The first couple months are going to be real tight on me. If I could work 50+ hours a week in construction I would make more money than,i can trucking. I average about 40-45 hours a week right now. I will work more hours in a truck but will make more money than,i am right now. An added bonus is I won't have to continuesly by tools, buy fuel to get my self to and from,work, and less wear and tear on my personal truck. When you addbthise things up it is almost a 300-400 month raise. The big companies offer better benefits than I currently receive plus I get paid to see the country.

In my second year of driving I should far and exceed what I make now. I'm also outside in the heat, cold, rain, snow, and whatever else mother nature wants to throw at me. To me it is a win win all the way around.

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