2 Weeks Out?

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USMC AAV's Comment
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I want to pick yalls brain for a few moments. So here is my dilemma. I have a wife, she wants me to limit my runs to two weeks out or back every other weekend? What trucking companies do this? Doesnt matter if it is OTR or not. Im trying to narrow down a list!

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I did exactly that when I started out with Swift. I was classed OTR. All it took was a short conversation with my DM. Don't forget, your wants come after the company's needs.

Based in Memphis, I ran mostly east of the Mississippi plus Texas. My range was limited because that was the only way to guarantee a trip to home every two weeks.

Yes, it can be done.

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.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Oh, then I got into a dedicated regional account. Roughly the same regions, and home every weekend!

Q. What's the worst thing that can happen if you ask?
A. A "No" answer.

You might ask about this after a few months OTR so you can get some experience first. That helps.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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You could probably do that with most companies. It comes down to proving yourself and communication.

Old School's Comment
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If you are not opposed to doing flat-bed work you should look into McElroy. I am fairly certain they could get you home on most weekends in your area. Here is a link to an informative thread from our archives with a lot of discussion about the company.

McElroy Truck Line

USMC AAV's Comment
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All good points Errol, I appreciate it. I have spoken to a few people abut the issue and have gotten some pretty good responses.

Old school, I never thought about McElroy. I heard they get you home very weekend. A buddy of mine drives for them in S.C., he said he has been home very weekend except one over the last year. That is impressive. Going to have to look into flatbed and ask a few people I know what it is like. (I'm not lazy), so it may be the way to go.

Big Scott Thank you for the pointer.

All you guys I really appreciate the feedback!!

C T.'s Comment
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I'm with maverick. Been regional with them for a year and some change. I've been home almost every weekend. If that's your goal, most flatbed companies offer that type of home time and decent pay.

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.

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