How Many And For How Long?

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Pianoman'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.

I'll bite. Started with Swift and left after a little over 1.5 years. Just started with American Furniture Warehouse last week. I left Swift for more money and to eliminate my 2 hr a day commute, but it wasn't easy to leave considering I really enjoyed working there. I picked this next gig very carefully and have no intention of leaving as long as I'm im this industry.

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.

Pianoman'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)

Phew! Nice gig Patrick! Congrats!

Paul F. 's Comment
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My first tnt trainer (the guy who kicked me off his truck for farting). Is trying to leave prime. He's applies to several other companies and I just found out from my dispatcher he's still with prime. He told me he's left prime 3 times and always returned. I guess that's why no one else wants him.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Schneider for about 11mo now. No plans of ever leaving. I get good miles, home usually on time (doesn't really bug me as I know freight can be fickle at times), and I love all of the support staff I come in contact with. Plus I've pulled an orange trailer my entire career (trailers in CDL school were donated Schneiders) save for a white dedicated one once and a Harley trailer once. Anything but orange in the mirror would feel really weird to me.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
OldRookie'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.

Packrat... Looks like you've had an interesting couple of years. I'm glad you're happy at Millis... as Amy I.

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.

OldRookie's Comment
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Brett said: ... I ran regional where I was home on weekends for a couple of years and I loved it...

Brett... You drove for 12 years? How many different companies?

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I'll be in Trenton tomorrow for a PM.

MC1371's Comment
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Currently with Swift, now running regional. *What Brett said. I've done some fishing just to see what's available, but nothing comes close to the pay I'm making now to make the hassle of jumping worth it.

Honestly the only thing that looks even remotely interesting would be something like Tour drivers. (Bands, Race Teams etc) not even sure how to get into that or how much it pays. The drivers park at the event venue and are rare around TSs

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Brett said: ... I ran regional where I was home on weekends for a couple of years and I loved it...

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Brett... You drove for 12 years? How many different companies?

I drove for 15 years - 5 different companies

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.

OldRookie'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.

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Packrat... Looks like you've had an interesting couple of years. I'm glad you're happy at Millis... as Amy I.

Typo correction: as Amy I = as am I

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.

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