Needing Some Suggestions On What To Do To Get More Experience.

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Justin 's Comment
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So when I started out, I drove for prime over the road. Didn’t stay too long because I had a new born on the way and decided to go local, found a local job driving for menards out of a d.c. worked for them for almost one year, then moved out of state and currently at driving local for Pepsi and have been for about 6-7 months. Well I’ve decided to go regional , and was leaning heavily towards Crete mainly because from what I understand their great with drivers and are basically a hometown company to me. They told me that menards and Pepsi aren’t what they consider “major companies” which I guess I understand, in the trucking community they aren’t major companies. so they want me to go with a trainer for 3-5 weeks at $600/week which id normally do, but having two kids and my wife not working $600/week isn’t going to cut it with bills and I’m not a fan of the idea on getting behind on all my bills just to have to fight out of it to get level again. Does anybody have any suggestions on what I can do to keep getting decent pay but drive for a good sized company. I’ll be driving out of (omaha,ne) I’ve considered Werner but they only have a flatbed account (which I don’t believe is for me) and a dollar tree or general account (which we all know how demanding that job can be).

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.

Over The Road:

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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Why do you wanna leave Pepsi?

Errol V.'s Comment
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(Go ahead and answer Steve's question.)

Simply driving a class 8 semi truck trailer is not the experience Crete is looking for. You also need the OTR part of the job.

I have known a Driver instructor instructor (teaches the mentors what to do) that took some months off from Swift for family, he had to take a refresher course.

That experience thing is something you must do. If you get the $600/week, that's better than nothing. I know, bills is bills, but any company you go to will be about that for training.

Best of luck.

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.

millionmiler24's Comment
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(Go ahead and answer Steve's question.)

Simply driving a class 8 semi truck trailer is not the experience Crete is looking for. You also need the OTR part of the job.

I have known a Driver instructor instructor (teaches the mentors what to do) that took some months off from Swift for family, he had to take a refresher course.

That experience thing is something you must do. If you get the $600/week, that's better than nothing. I know, bills is bills, but any company you go to will be about that for training.

Best of luck.

Did you stay with Prime for at least that ever important first year? If not you may owe them for training. I would ask them about that and see if you can get back with them. That's the best advice I can give based on what I read above. 😁

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.

Justin 's Comment
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I’m moving back to my hometown, but also I want to make more than 500-600/week take home.

Why do you wanna leave Pepsi?

Steve L.'s Comment
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Respectfully, you have very little to offer anyone, but you expect better pay.

If you keep bouncing around (to employers it doesn’t really matter the reason) you’re never giving them much opportunity to see what a great employee/driver you are, before you’re gone again.

Wherever you go to work, please give them a chance to see they made the right decision hiring you and give yourself the chance to see you made the right decision. Then you’ll have bargaining power and you may not need it.

I hope this is helpful.

Old School's Comment
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Why not go back to Prime?

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