Any Good Regional Or Local Jobs

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James B.'s Comment
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Hi everyone. I currently work for prime (5MTS in so far). Prime is a good company to work for, but I'm more interested in being home more. I've been gone for 5MTS and only been home twice. Could anyone recommend a local or regional company in the south area. I would love home every night but can handle home on the weekends. I appreciate any advice given.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'd honestly stay put as long as you can, simply because job hopping looks bad to prospective employers.

If you must jump ship to be home more make sure you've got AT LEAST 6 months verifiable experience.. training doesn't count. With less than 6 months verifiable experience you'd almost certainly have to repeat company training at most places.

Please stick it out if at all possible because after a year you'll have so many more opportunities open up for you. Again, experience generally DOESN'T INCLUDE CDL for company training time.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Why can't you get home at least once per month now?

James B.'s Comment
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Thanks Susan. And big Scott I chose to Co drive with my trainer to gain winter experience. I never drove in snow before and the horror stories have me a bit nervous. Part of the reason I'm looking for south regional.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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As Susan suggests, stick with Prime for your first year. You going to team for the winter, so once you've finally got the snow kicked off your boots, split up and find out what solo OTR is like.

I drive for Swift. When I first started out, I talked with my DM , and arranged to be home every other weekend. The good: home every other weekend, and getting the bennies of am OTR driver. The bad: with only 14 days between home time, I didn't get much past the Mississippi River (stayed on the east side).

Prime will have other job assignments that will get you home every weekend. (Ask about dedicated operations.)

Don't be so fast to jump off a Prime wagon. Ask them before you leap.

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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The problem is that you're driving as a team with your trainer who I will bet my paycheck is a L/O so he's milking you hard and for as long as possible.

If you were solo you could be home every 3-4 weeks.

I really don't see how team driving with your trainer through the winter will help you. You'll just be driving weird schedules with reduced rest because the truck is always moving. What can he teach you when he's sleeping?

James B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice everyone. And your right Daniel.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I’m not sure what part of the south you wanna be in. But check out RBItrucking.com. You’ll need more than 5months experience, but home weekly is what they’ll get you.

Good luck.

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