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G-Town's Comment
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Yes it's regional. However you'll learn close quarter maneuvering and backing skills at a highly accelerated rate on a Walmart account.

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Well. in my first year, I really don't want anything having to do with "highly accelerated"! HAHAHA!

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My friend you made mention of learning...I was responding to that. My first year running Walmart I estimate over 1500 backs.

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Woah! 1500 backs!! Maybe once I have an actual home in FL I will speak to them about this option. Hmmm... does the regional route pay more than OTR? Is there more opportunity to earn higher salary on an acct such as this rather than OTR? I'm basing my planning on the idea that more miles equals more income. Is this too narrow a focus?

I'll respond when I have more time. In the interim search on Walmart Dedicated.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Reyn more miles does not always equal more money. All the larger companies have a wide variety of freight. They all also compete for dedicated accounts. It all depends on the contract. I used to run a dedicated account that actually paid a little less than the otr division. Miles were there and alot less b s so I choose to do it. You may choose to look at types of freight because they don't all pay the same. Also many companies are doing more and more regional stuff. The old days of cross country loads are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on. Stay safe and God Bless.

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.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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My first year running Walmart I estimate over 1500 backs.

Child's play. Try 5000 (rough estimate) in almost 6 months as a yard dog on Target dedicated. Lol.

Sorry, I'm an ass. Couldn't help it.

#yarddonkey

Reyn R.'s Comment
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Reyn more miles does not always equal more money. All the larger companies have a wide variety of freight. They all also compete for dedicated accounts. It all depends on the contract. I used to run a dedicated account that actually paid a little less than the otr division. Miles were there and alot less b s so I choose to do it. You may choose to look at types of freight because they don't all pay the same. Also many companies are doing more and more regional stuff. The old days of cross country loads are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on. Stay safe and God Bless.

Thank you PJ. Same to you! The learning curve in this industry is quite high. I hope to get a full dose of OTR runs as I learn the ropes. I won't have a physical home for at least a year after starting this process in March, '18, on purpose. It'll help offset the decrease in salary as I learn how this all works. Plus, it'll be great to be "off the grid" so to speak.

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.

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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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My first year running Walmart I estimate over 1500 backs.

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Child's play. Try 5000 (rough estimate) in almost 6 months as a yard dog on Target dedicated. Lol.

Sorry, I'm an ass. Couldn't help it.

#yarddonkey

I still say it is cheating when you are running around in a truck 1/2 the size of a normal OTR truck.

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.

Rob's Comment
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My first year running Walmart I estimate over 1500 backs.

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Child's play. Try 5000 (rough estimate) in almost 6 months as a yard dog on Target dedicated. Lol.

Sorry, I'm an ass. Couldn't help it.

#yarddonkey

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I still say it is cheating when you are running around in a truck 1/2 the size of a normal OTR truck.

Not to mention probably 99.99999999% were straight Line backs haha

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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I still say it is cheating when you are running around in a truck 1/2 the size of a normal OTR truck.

Haha yeah it's a little easier. Just being facetious. Still, a back's a back.

All kidding aside, I do think it's the best way to get proficient at backing in a short period of time. I saw some newer drivers with less than 6 months experience start working in the yard while I was there. Within 2 months they could hold their own with the rest of the yard jockeys. It took a couple weeks to get used to a full size truck when I came back out on the road again, but my backing is better now than it ever was before.

Not to mention probably 99.99999999% were straight Line backs haha

99% were angle backs actually. Nice try! dancing-dog.gif

Sorry for hijacking the thread. I'll retreat back to my hole.

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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.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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It will put the lotion on it's skin; or it will get the hose again. It will do as it's told!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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