1 Year In Looking For The Next Steps.

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Rick G.'s Comment
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Hello everyone I have been driving local for the past year delivering beverages and looking to further my driving career. I earned my cdl through this company and have fulfilled my 1 year contract to stay employed with them however I am starting to feel stagnant and looking to get into a more lucrative driving company that doesn't really require too much back breaking work such as unloading and putting products away. I am in the process of studying for my Hazmat (thinking about tanker) and I am also looking into company's that offer regional as well as local work as I am a father of a young daughter. I am not opposed to the "mega carriers" but from what I hear the pay isn't as much as they advertise. I reside in Virginia and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions to some companies that I should look into?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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 T's Comment
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Congrats on a year. I would call companies around you and fill out the application they have on here. Understand that even though you have been driving a year, you haven't been OTR so companies may require you to go with a trainer.

I will point out that almost all of the prominent drivers on this forum are working for mega carriers. Usually when you hear companies don't pay it is being said by a lower tiered driver.

Hello everyone I have been driving local for the past year delivering beverages and looking to further my driving career. I earned my cdl through this company and have fulfilled my 1 year contract to stay employed with them however I am starting to feel stagnant and looking to get into a more lucrative driving company that doesn't really require too much back breaking work such as unloading and putting products away. I am in the process of studying for my Hazmat (thinking about tanker) and I am also looking into company's that offer regional as well as local work as I am a father of a young daughter. I am not opposed to the "mega carriers" but from what I hear the pay isn't as much as they advertise. I reside in Virginia and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions to some companies that I should look into?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Define “lucrative.” Pay tends to be commensurate with the amount of work required.

I’m not sure what part of VA. you’re in (it’s a big state for sure), but I know Robert Bearden (rbitrucking.com) needs drivers in Greensboro, NC area. I’m pretty sure it’s a dedicated (home weekends) account.

I hope this helps and good luck.

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