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Nordic Nomadic's Comment
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Can someone point me in the direction of a somewhat exhaustive list of carriers that service the lower 48? I do not want to waste time with regional carriers and it would be nice to just know who the 48er's are and work from this. Thanks everyone!

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.

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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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Basically you can look into any refrigerated carriers. They almost all run the 48 states because there is so much refrigerated freight going coast to coast. Dry van and flatbed companies tend to be more regional , or at least they have a lot of regional fleets even if they have nationwide coverage.

Check into refrigerated carriers.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Old School's Comment
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Nomadic, I'm not sure you're understanding how this all works. Just about any of the companies who hire inexperienced drivers fresh from school can have you running the 48 states. Most of them also offer regional type gigs for those interested in that sort of work. When you speak with a recruiter just make it clear what you want to do.

When you're out here you may get hung up in a certain region for a while just because there's some freight volume in the area at that time. Most OTR drivers run all over the country, but it's not a constant going back and forth from coast to coast. Freight dictates how you move about the country, but a good dependable driver can always make some requests to his manager if he feels like he's hung up in an area he's getting tired of.

When I was at Western Express my dispatcher often times ran me in a big circle a'll around the country. It might go something like this:

From Texas to Florida.

Florida to Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania to Wyoming.

Wyoming to California.

California to Texas.

If you really want to be on the go, and see a lot of this great country, you can help yourself by being a dependable reliable driver that always gets it done. Those are the ones who get the best treatment. There's no equal treatment in this business. The Victors get the spoils. One of the drivers in my fleet called our terminal manager to complain that our diispatcher was discriminating against him with the way he was assigning loads. The manager just gave him the hard truth, "Yes sir, he is. He gave you two chances already on some of those really good loads, and you were late both times. We are here to serve those customers, and the best way we can do that is to assign those loads to guys who've proven they know how to make it happen."

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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