Truckers 'traveling The Country For Free'

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Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
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I hear and read this a lot as one of the benefits of driving OTR but i think it's misleading. I could be wrong because i'm not a driver yet but one would assume you are mostly going to be on boring interstates and highways for the most part.

Do you really get to see cool places driving OTR?

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

James R.'s Comment
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Yes and yes and no and yes and no. dancing-banana.gif

You have a few options depending on what company you work for and what kind of freight you're doing. But at worst, you pointed out yourself that you would be driving most of the time. Occasionally you get to stop in really cool places because you just happen to be nearby before a 34. To me that's worth it, and it happens often enough to be interesting.

Some companies you have the choice of pointing out where you'd like to head, especially if you work somewhere that promises frequent home time in a wide area. They don't really care where you go if it's within the zone of their freight, so you can take your home time at the grand canyon if you want.

Again though, the grand majority of time you will be driving and often pass places you might like to stop at, but don't forget, this is a job first and foremost. The fact that you get to go awesome places with no added expense occasionally is just an added bonus.

SamTon's Comment
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My family and I have traveled all 48 states even on interstates it a very interesting country to see. It is not going to be completely boring. We can't wait to get on the road and start our adventure

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Errol V.'s Comment
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You would be surprised at how many big operations are in the "boonies". Two lane roads and all. Off the top of my head, I've made delivery or pickup in South Pittsburgh, TN, Eagle Pass and Cirpus Christi, TX, Pennington, AL, Burlington, VT, Social Circle, GA and Penrose, CO.

I saw some outstanding countryside both on Interstates and local highways. Not boring.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Mr. Jackhole's Comment
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I70 across Kansas in my opinion the most boring drive. Lol

Rob S.'s Comment
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"I70 across Kansas in my opinion the most boring drive. Lol"

Can it be as boring as the 401 across southern Ontario? This has to be one of the most sleep inducing drives anywhere! Ontario is an old Algonquin word which means, boring, to the highest degree.

Old School's Comment
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I hear and read this a lot as one of the benefits of driving OTR but i think it's misleading. I could be wrong because i'm not a driver yet but one would assume you are mostly going to be on boring interstates and highways for the most part.

Do you really get to see cool places driving OTR?

Here's some of the more boring stuff I've come across recently.

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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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Tyler Durden's Comment
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I hear and read this a lot as one of the benefits of driving OTR but i think it's misleading. I could be wrong because i'm not a driver yet but one would assume you are mostly going to be on boring interstates and highways for the most part.

Do you really get to see cool places driving OTR?

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Here's some of the more boring stuff I've come across recently.

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Love it! Just simply awesome sites to see and enjoy

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I hear and read this a lot as one of the benefits of driving OTR but i think it's misleading. I could be wrong because i'm not a driver yet but one would assume you are mostly going to be on boring interstates and highways for the most part.

Do you really get to see cool places driving OTR?

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Here's some of the more boring stuff I've come across recently.

20140814_075626_zpsbcb2eb7a.jpg20140814_070656_zps524993ea.jpg20140814_104853_zps4236a5da.jpg20140824_124301_zps9b687d37.jpg20150109_070107_zpsb8814fbc.jpg20151029_141412_zpsxljxd0ia.jpg20151208_082235_zpsofd2dhg8.jpg

Old School, I thought you drove a Volvo?

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Anchorman's Comment
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Old School, I thought you drove a Volvo?

He has not always driven a Volvo. Looks like that one pic is from his Western Express days judging by the truck.

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