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Roy E.'s Comment
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just a quick update I started with Schneider and went through ther training for 2 of 3 weeks went on the road for a week and just hated it. So I came home and found a small local ltl carrier in chicago. Now I drive close to home.home every night, get paid by the hr. One down side all the traffic. But that's were live. Life is good.

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
Daniel B.'s Comment
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No one can pay me enough to drive locally in the Chicago area. No sir. rofl-1.gif

Roy E.'s Comment
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No one can pay me enough to drive locally in the Chicago area. No sir. rofl-1.gif

Its not that bad just have to take time no hurry.

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I totally agree with Daniel B. I don't think you could pay me enough to drive in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, etc, day after day after day.

I think I would put a gun to my head. Give me the open road over city driving any day.

But to each their own.

Keep it safe out there. Joe S

Old School's Comment
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Roy, congratulations on landing that local job! Fortunately you are in an area that does have a lot of local opportunities, and I'm real glad for ya to get something that fits for you.

For others that may stumble across this thread here's a great example of what we're talking about when we say that over the road truck driving is a lifestyle choice. Whenever we choose one thing we have to compromise on another, that's how life's choices work. Roy didn't care for the compromised situation in his choice so he backed up and made a choice that would work for him and his situation in life. We respect that and encourage everyone to make the choice that's right for you.

We've already had two people respond who would never had made the choice that Roy made, yet for Roy it was the best thing, and he's much happier dealing with the traffic than he was dealing with being gone all the time.

Being an over the road driver can be as rewarding as it can be brutal, and it takes a certain type of person to fill those shoes. Isn't life mysterious at times? One man prefers to fight the traffic so he can be home at night, while another prefers the call of the open highway which causes him to miss the ones he holds dear. I heard a song on the radio recently which had the chorus line of "it take all kinds of kinds" - yep that's true.

Anyway congratulations Roy, and I apologize, I kind of got sidetracked there - I tend to do that when I start typing these responses. We are genuinely glad you found a driving job that works for you.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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Old School is a poet at heart lol. Very well said. Whatever works for you. I'm glad you gave Schneider a try though, I am sure you got great training. I'm actually typing this as I sit at a tank wash in Chicago. Traffic was still present on a Sunday night at 20:00!

Starcar's Comment
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The great thing about driving local....is PAID BY THE HOUR....so who cares how long it takes to get from point A to point B ?? Ya get paid !!! And coming from this old OTR driver...if they paid me by the hour...I'd be smilin' in that rush hour traffic...

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.

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