Local Driving Job Types?

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Tim H.'s Comment
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I'm pretty sure after my year OTR I want to find something local. I've found that I'm not as keen on the OTR lifestyle as I thought I would be. Very much enjoy home, fellowship, and some routine. Preferably with no touch freight but that's not a deal breaker. What types of local driving jobs are there? Ideally I'd like to be home at end of every day. Weekends off. No overnights.

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.

Unholychaos's Comment
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I got a buddy who works for Dr Pepper doing all drop and hooks. He's home every night with weekends off. He slip seats with 1 other driver.

Got another buddy who works for Coke. He unloads and stocks shelves/coolers. Also home every night and weekends off.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Rob's Comment
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You may want to take a look at The Local Thread

Errol V.'s Comment
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Tim, it's true many drivers get tired of OTR. The first place you should look is in your company. Talk to your DM or FM. Some TT members have gotten "local gigs" with the same company that sent them OTR.

Pianoman switched to hostling (yard dog). I drive a shuttle for Swift.

You can also look into local pickup & delivery with your mainly OTR company.

The advantage is you already work for your company. You don't have to fill out more job applications or learn new company policies.

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.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tim H.'s Comment
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That Dr. Pepper gig sounds like what I'd like.

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