Non Dedicated Routes-OTR

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Mike B.'s Comment
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I am not yet a driver, but am going to start school in the spring next year, if not sooner. I was just wondering about OTR routes, do you go to the same places all the time or is it totally random based on your company needs. At this point I sort of like the idea of random as the unknown can be exciting as long as you don't have a need to be home on a regular basis which I don't. I'm sure overtime my feelings of not knowing where I'd be headed would get old, but initially, its okay with me...Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Linden R.'s Comment
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Plain-simple OTR is (pretty much) random. But, there are dedicated routes where you only (or mainly) drive for one customer (ex. Target). Some dedicated routes are across the country, but a lot are regional.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Although I do go to repeat customers every so often, my loads are typically random. I never know where I'll be next, and I like it that way.

My wife is a night owl, staying up way past my bedtime and up at the crack of noon-ish. I'm usually unloaded/reloaded, and on the way to the next receiver by the time she comes out the sleeper to ask what state we're in and where we are headed. The element of surprise is fun.

JD's Comment
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Although I do go to repeat customers every so often, my loads are typically random. I never know where I'll be next, and I like it that way.

My wife is a night owl, staying up way past my bedtime and up at the crack of noon-ish. I'm usually unloaded/reloaded, and on the way to the next receiver by the time she comes out the sleeper to ask what state we're in and where we are headed. The element of surprise is fun.

I wholeheartedly agree with this! This is why I only do OTR I like not know where I'm going from day to day............

JD

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.

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