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Thanks, G-Town. I am still checking in and reading the forums frequently. I have greatly appreciated your wisdom over the past few months and I imagine I'll be benefiting from it for some time to come. I'm not out of the game completely! I have been of two minds since quitting Prime, and I have to say deciding on a path has been almost impossible. So I've opted to not decide for the time being. I ALMOST chose to go back to Prime yesterday, but ended up postponing the decision. My four-year-old saw me watching an IndianaJack Youtube video (love that guy!) and told me I absolutely COULD NOT go back to the truck stop! She said she would still love me but be really, really mad at me if I went. :-)

Of course, that's not the sole reason I opted to postpone the decision. I DO hate the thought of leaving my family again, but also love the thought of returning. Prime is a great company and I enjoyed the OTR lifestyle quite a lot. The moment I decide to return the negative aspects hit me and I decide not to. So for now I have put in applications at local, dedicated and regional outfits, even if I don't qualify, and am waiting to see if anything comes of it. With my level of experience...well, I'll be surprised if anything good pops up. But, you never know.

After the Christmas season perhaps the choice will be easier. For now, I'm not rushing into anything. Merry Christmas to all of you. :-)

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jim F.'s Comment
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Paul, I really don't know what to say. Of all the crappy luck. I have not been able to get your story out of my head for the last 2 days, it's just crazy. Isn't it amazing the tests HE puts before us? I will say this though. After reading this site and going over the warnings about OTR with a family, I personally would never have attempted it. I know your pain. I traveled international for 11 yrs and had small ones at home. I don't care how you slice it, it does not work. That being said my wife and I now know that there is going to be a very tough year ahead for us, even without kids at home. My goal is to be regional with my terminal only 2 hrs away from my house I hope to sneak in some quick home time on the clock. I suppose I'm just reiterating what G-Town is saying. We need to really think this through before pulling the trigger and jumping into this career. Anyway I wish you all the best and Merry Christmas.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

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