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Jaybird's Comment
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I'm getting a call tomorrow from schneider to do a job match. I'm having trouble deciding on there ne regional or otr.

Otr excites me because of the opportunity to see the country , but I'm also worried that when I'm out there its gonna get old real quick!

I like the thought of regional because I'll get home every weekend. I understand I'll only be home about 34hrs.

I have a wife (no kids) and shes giving me her blessing what ever I choose.

Whats is nice about schneider is you can transfer after 6 months.

I think if I go regional I'll prob never go otr. If I do go otr I'm sure it will be a one time deal 6-12months. Then def regional or local.

thanks for listening guys

decisions decisions

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I'm getting a call tomorrow from schneider to do a job match. I'm having trouble deciding on there ne regional or otr.

Otr excites me because of the opportunity to see the country , but I'm also worried that when I'm out there its gonna get old real quick!

I like the thought of regional because I'll get home every weekend. I understand I'll only be home about 34hrs.

I have a wife (no kids) and shes giving me her blessing what ever I choose.

Whats is nice about schneider is you can transfer after 6 months.

I think if I go regional I'll prob never go otr. If I do go otr I'm sure it will be a one time deal 6-12months. Then def regional or local.

thanks for listening guys

decisions decisions

Sounds like you've got great options. If it's okay, I suggest you won't get bored with OTR. Especially now that we'll be in for pretty good weather. If you're ever gonna get some OTR experience and be able to enjoy it, why not make it during the better-weather months? Good luck, Schneider's Carlisle, PA Operating Center is top notch.

Good luck!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jaybird's Comment
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First of all that's my nickname LOL secondly if you don't have any kids you need to go OTR. You'll make more money you'll learn the ropes faster and you get the experience you need for them to let you bring your gal with you. You never know maybe she'll get the bug and decide to drive and then you guys can team drive I'm just saying I've got 10 kids and I do regional but I catch probably a couple times a month a load that would typically be an OTR load but because my paperwork is always an order and I've never been late they don't mind letting me have the extra miles. Good luck to you man with whichever you choose

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Also I would ask if the regional is a dedicated regional or not. Some accounts have you unload freight, some like walmart or dollar general can be really tight backing and turning for a newbie. For this reason I'd go OTR for the year unless "regional" at the company you choose is a bunch of distribution center type of places and the only difference between that and OTR is the area, not the customers.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I'm getting a call tomorrow from schneider to do a job match. I'm having trouble deciding on there ne regional or otr.

Otr excites me because of the opportunity to see the country , but I'm also worried that when I'm out there its gonna get old real quick!

I like the thought of regional because I'll get home every weekend. I understand I'll only be home about 34hrs.

I have a wife (no kids) and shes giving me her blessing what ever I choose.

Whats is nice about schneider is you can transfer after 6 months.

I think if I go regional I'll prob never go otr. If I do go otr I'm sure it will be a one time deal 6-12months. Then def regional or local.

thanks for listening guys

decisions decisions

Hey Jaybird 7,...I have delivered numerous times to the Walmart's and Sam's Clubs in your area: Scranton, Dixon City, Taylor, WilkesBarre and Pittston. Check with Schneider to see if the regional opportunity is Walmart Dedicated running out of Bedford PA grocery DC. Our paths cross frequently on the northwestern edge of our territory. Happy to answer any questions you have on running Walmart because the operation is consistent regardless of the partner (be it Schneider, Swift or US Express).

If you are still kicking tires on this, not completely set on Schneider, the WMDC I run out of, 7030 is off exit 119 on I-81, about 90 minutes from you. There are several drivers in our DC's fleet who live in your vicinity and are home weekly. I initially ran OTR for 3 months to gain some experience, then transferred to WM Dedicated. Contrary to some of the information I read on this thread, arguably a top-performing driver can make excellent money running regional dedicated, as much or consistently more than OTR. The trade-off, you see the country in a limited geography. But my remedy for that is the ability to temporarily transfer to another WMDC partnered with Swift if I want variety.

Good luck.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jaybird's Comment
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Thanks for the replies guys! Thanks gtown for all the info!

Talked to schneider and they have invited me to orientation ! I decided on there otr , Its 12 out 2days off, 11 out 3 off. If it acually happens that way will be another story. I am a little bummed because even tho its otr its east of mississippi , so no west coast.

I'm just happy they took me, I have two duis (2000, 2002) and this was a problem for many companys. I haven't drank in twelve years and that part of my life is so distant that I didnt relize it would be such a problem. But I do understand where there coming from.

another problem I ran into is that I was self employed (lawn cutting business) and companys wanted my tax returns. Which was fine but my taxes didn't show that I made alot which I guess made them sceptikal.

I had my heart set on being a flat bedder but most of the top flatbed companys said no. So I put my faith in god and said "where ever you want me thats where I'll go" and schneider was the first one to call!

I know I still have a long way to go but I'm excited!! Thanks guys!!

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Jaybird's Comment
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My god! after I wrote my last reply maverick called and invited me to oreintation as well!

Cwc's Comment
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My god! after I wrote my last reply maverick called and invited me to oreintation as well!

Your not the first to make a mistake. And if you put in more applications expect more calls, your over the 10 year mark right? See what everyone has to offer and if you wanna flatbed... go for it.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Hey congratulations! One thing I experienced with Schneider was they weren't too picky how I took those five days off per month. So sometimes I'd keep running and then take four days off.

Good luck whatever you decide!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jaybird's Comment
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I believe I'm going to go with schneider. When they invited me to oreintation I was very excited. I'm going to go with my initial reaction.

I also like that there a big company and you can move around there. If and when I'm ready for flatbed its good to know maverick will give me a shot!

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