How Many And For How Long?

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

Big Scott... I don't have any plans to leave Millis.

OldRookie'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.

Patrick... I can certainly understand why one may decide to switch types of freight. Going in, as a rookie, it's hard to REALLY know which type of work/freight you will be happy/most productive with.

OldRookie'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.

Errol... Thanks. Your experience at Swift demonstrates one advantage of working for one of the largest companies out here... i. e. three different positions, one company. Also, I agree it will be interesting/informative to hear about/learn from the experiences of others.

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.

OldRookie'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.

ACO476... Good for you... I'm glad it worked out. Based on your experience, what advice, if any, can you offer to others that may help them to select the 'right company for them, to start with,' and avoid having to make a change later?

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

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Big Scott... I don't have any plans to leave Millis.

ME either!

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

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Big Scott... I don't have any plans to leave Millis.

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ME either!

Packrat... I'm glad you're happy at Millis. Based on your profile, it looks like Millis is not your first rodeo. Care to elaborate?

PackRat's Comment
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Drove with CRST for less than 22,000 miles in about four months. Team driving isn't for me. Drove for Roehl for almost a year. Max effort and miles on my end equaled one, two cent raise on their end. Had three dispatchers there that I could not trust. Been at Millis since March. 70,000 miles, 35% more net pay, faster truck, love my dispatcher , fridge, Direct TV, two bunks, I can idle the truck, no reefer loads, lots of bonus options.

Dispatcher:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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

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Big Scott... I don't have any plans to leave Millis.

Glad to hear. I know they're a great company.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I decided to stay on with Wolding. I am going to accept the dedicated offer. It will end up netting me 3200-3600 miles a week. 1-2 nights at home during the week for a 10 hr and a 34 hr reset on the weekend (1 full day off)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I decided to stay on with Wolding. I am going to accept the dedicated offer. It will end up netting me 3200-3600 miles a week. 1-2 nights at home during the week for a 10 hr and a 34 hr reset on the weekend (1 full day off)

Nice! That's a sweet gig. I ran regional where I was home on weekends for a couple of years and I loved it. I thought it was the perfect balance. You get just as many miles as running OTR if they keep you running hard during your days out, and yet you still get time home on the weekends. The problem, as I'm sure you already know, is you're going to be exhausted by the time you get home. You're going to think, "Man, I can't wait to get home to get some rest" but then you'll be so busy trying to get something out of your weekend you'll be thinking, "Man, I can't wait to get back on the road to get some rest!"

It's a super busy lifestyle. You'll be scrambling all the time.

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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