OTR Vs No OTR To Get Your Dream Job

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The problem with finding a local truck driving job is that most require 1yr to 2yr experience, unless you have connections.

Regional will still keep you away from home at least to two weeks at a time. Most companies don't offer regional until 90 or more days after your hire date.

You may be best served to get your passenger endorsement and drive a school bus or city bus if being home is a concern. Most newbie truck drivers have to earn their stripes over the road at least a year or two before home every day opportunities become available.

I have talked to several companies with routes that would get you home weekly, some a few times a week. A few companies even had daily hometime routes, although, these were LTL/Linehaul. A lot of flatbed companies are weekly hometime, too.

From what I see, the days of having to cut your driving teeth on OTR before you get the "good" local jobs, are pretty much gone. You just have to be willing to face a steeper learning curve to start with the local gigs. LTL companies Old Dominion, R&L, and YRC, all hire recent graduates. Schneider also has local jobs available for new drivers. The company at the top of my list, TMC, (flatbed) has great hometime, too.

I also understand, that it is just a really good ixdeay to run OTR at first, just to get the solid behind the wheel experience. But remember RV, you have far more options now, with good companies, that will accommodate your needs.

Stay safe

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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