How Many And For How Long?

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OldRookie's Comment
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I'm curious, how many different companies have you driven for/did you drive for, during your career, and how long were you in each position?

I'll start...

First company... Solo OTR for a little over 1 year and counting.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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So are you staying with Millis or looking to change?

G-Town's Comment
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I'm curious why you are "curious" about this. Do you want to make a change? If so, why?

With very few exceptions job hopping in any industry, especially this one is not recommended. In fact it is viewed over time as a negative. Behind every smokescreen we read about, the underlying cause for frequent job moves is typically an overall lack of performance.

So to answer your question; 1, for over 5 years. Will I ever make a change? If Swift at some point loses their Walmart contract at 7030, then I would either switch to Target or Intermodal but I will remain as one of their company drivers. My performance record will follow me from account to account and so will the CPM level I have earned.

My curiosity is also, "why" did you make the change, and did the job change fulfill your expectations?

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I drive for H. O Wolding. Been here 11 months. I was considering changing companies to doing a little different type of freight. But all things considered I will probably stay.

G-Town's Comment
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I drive for H. O Wolding. Been here 11 months. I was considering changing companies to doing a little different type of freight. But all things considered I will probably stay.

Considering the time you have invested, and the relationships you have built I think you're leaning in the direction of continuing with HO W is a really good decision.

You are probably well thought of, respected within your chain of command. Tough to understand the value of that, until you leave and go somewhere else; where suddenly you are just a truck with available hours again.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'll stick with OldRookie's original question, without reading in any additional motives.

I went to Swift's Driving Academy, and have been with them coming up on 3 years. No reason for me to switch. In my first year I took on three driving assignments: OTR , regional dedicated and daily shuttle.

It's a good idea to see just how many people went for the so-called greener grass.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm on my first company also. Been there over a year and a half, love the company and have no intention of going elsewhere.

They treat me very well and I get great miles. What's funny is last week I had to be in Cedar Rapids to have a warranty issue taken care of at freightliner. They ran me as a local hub driver for a couple of days so I took my breaks at the terminal several days in a row. While my truck was in the shop I drove a spinner, so I certainly wasn't left sitting.

I don't normally even look at the driver ranking board as I'm always up quite high on the list. I took a look and was like wth.. Only 7700 miles last month?! but I quickly realized I'd taken 9 EXTRA days off to be home when my grandson was born lol.. Yeah, 7700 would be about right considering. It's awesome when a company will allow you extra family time like that when you need it. I do work very hard to earn little perks like that. Why on earth would I want to go somewhere else and start over from scratch?

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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I drive for H. O Wolding. Been here 11 months. I was considering changing companies to doing a little different type of freight. But all things considered I will probably stay.

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Considering the time you have invested, and the relationships you have built I think you're leaning in the direction of continuing with HO W is a really good decision.

You are probably well thought of, respected within your chain of command. Tough to understand the value of that, until you leave and go somewhere else; where suddenly you are just a truck with available hours again.

Last week when I was in for repairs; one of the owning family (he is in charge of personnel) called me into his office and asked me what they could do to get me to stay. That impressed me. It is a big reason why I will probably stay.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My company does that with their valued drivers. Those that are lazy and don't produce, get starved out on miles, quit and nobody bats an eye.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ACO476's Comment
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Stayed at my first company for six months. Moved on to much, much greener pastures. Don't ever plan on leaving where I'm at now. Been driving for almost a year.

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