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Lawrence R.'s Comment
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Hi, I have been driving for a dry tanker(bulk) company for 7 months. They pay us by the load, most of the time we are under paid because of hold ups and delays at the places we load or we have to travel great distance to get from one place to another. The only advantage to this job is that we are home most nights. Does anyone know of any companies near Danville, VA that have reasonable home time but pay well? If I can get a job driving local or regional routes that pays well that would be great. What companies are the best? I have heard so much conflicting stuff about the big companies; I don’t know what to believe. Anyone with experience, please give me some help. Thanks, Larry

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Swift, Schneider, and JB Hunt are all big companies with many driving opportunities. If you stick it out 5 more months until you are with that company one year more opportunities will open up for you. If you move to another company you will have to start over and prove yourself. Here is the starter pack of info we give to help people looking into trucking.

And here is info on how to choose a company.

Good luck. I hope that helps.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Lawrence...in addition to what Big Scott offered, here is a link to a podcast emphasizing his point...Podcast - Stick with your first company one year

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