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Duck's Comment
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I have 5+ yrs otr should I invest more time and look for better cpm or take a home every night local job even if it's a dump truck??

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Respectfully, you're asking advice from people who don't know your goals and objectives. And don't know YOU.

We can't tell you what's best for you. But YOU will probably make a wise decision because you've stuck it out 5 years OTR. Do you realize how special that makes you?

Decide what you want to accomplish, where you want to "be" in a few years and then take actions that get you there.

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.

MC1371's Comment
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Split the difference? Regional home every week? Better than being a mailman (my opinion) But it does become a bit routine. I mostly run IL to MN, but get the odd TN, NE, PA thrown in the mix. COM is much better, but my average run is only about 500mi.

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.

Last Shadow's Comment
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Question, so you lose miles by going regional?

Split the difference? Regional home every week? Better than being a mailman (my opinion) But it does become a bit routine. I mostly run IL to MN, but get the odd TN, NE, PA thrown in the mix. COM is much better, but my average run is only about 500mi.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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LastShadow wrote:

Question, so you lose miles by going regional?

Not necessarily. Somewhat an apples to oranges comparison. Trip length is definitely shorter, usually more trips per 7 day week; might have 1 every other day, or every third day. My Walmart Dedicated work is 90% out and back same day. CPM is adjusted many times to compensate for lower mileage (especially in the NorthEast).

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Question, so you lose miles by going regional?

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Split the difference? Regional home every week? Better than being a mailman (my opinion) But it does become a bit routine. I mostly run IL to MN, but get the odd TN, NE, PA thrown in the mix. COM is much better, but my average run is only about 500mi.

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I was 48 states OTR for two years and saw average miles of 10,000/month. Now I'm Southeast Regional and get...10,000 miles/month AND home every week. It depends on the company and what you're willing to do.

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.

Duck's Comment
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I'm 27 no gf no bills or anything and I'm thinking go home and do normal stuff and try to get a local life going. I'm thinking I can live with parents ATM or put trailer or camper on family's land at first. I'm sure otr or regional is good if you have bills. I guess it comes off as more personal than trucking related.

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.

Duck's Comment
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Also I have never kept of with miles or pay and I don't intend on leasing so I'm beginning to think it's not for me and just go home and be thankful for the opportunity. I'm in North Mississippi as well and I don't like Memphis or big cities for the matter.

Big Scott's Comment
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Ok. You've been all over this great country for 5 years, you're young and debt free. Do you want to live near your folk or is there any other part of the country you'd like to live in? Do you have enough savings to rent an appartment or have you spent it as fast as it came in? What kind of local jobs are available where you will live? If you want more cpm , what are you getting now? If you have been with the same company for 5 years, you've built a repore and reputation with them. If you go to a new company you have to start over at the bottom. Just some things to think about. Good luck. You came to the right place for honest, no BS help.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I went local from OTR. Home every night with 2-3 days off per week. Haven't lost a dime in pay.

Go local in my opinion, there's more to life than following a dotted line. Enjoy your young years before they're gone.

I'm sure there's great friends you've lost touch with, you can date again and just be normal for a little while. If the road calls you back then go, but in my opinion you should enjoy the last of your 20's before they're gone.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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