Any Non 10hr + A Day Driving Companies?

Topic 12758 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Miqote's Comment
member avatar

Hi guys. I may be a little unique because I'm not too much worried -at all- about Home Time.Heck, I WANT to be away from my current living situation! And don't have a family to take care of. I DO worry about having a nice sleeper area where I can do my gaming hobby decently while OTR trucking. And have time doing it. I'm hoping this isn't too much to ask.

I know companies want you to get your sleep time in and they tend to have long hours but are there any companies that don't ALWAYS have you drive 10+ hrs a day? I hear soo much about long hours on the road, I just don't want to be worn out in general and have time to chill you know? I've never worked that long on any job, let alone a new trucking job.

I'm not obsessive about it, but I do love my gaming hobby and just don't want to be burnt out in general. At least a job where I could not have those days ALL THE TIME you know?

Any ideas?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
member avatar

Well you could give slip seating a try, which is essentially part time trucking. I know Roehl has a 14 on 7 off, 7 on 7 off fleet. I think you have to live in a certain area though. There is a lady here that runs that division, forget her name. Anyway, keep in mind that trucks that sit don't make money and companies don't really want that.

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Miqote,

I read your post and frankly I don't know based on what you wrote, if trucking is right for you.

Although no company will force you to drive 10 hours per day, you are required to pick-up and deliver your loads on-time within a set schedule. Depending on the delivery schedule, this may require you to drive for up 11 hours per day in order to make your delivery.

Your priorities just don't seem to fit within what will be required to successfully perform in this job.

Not sure if you read Brett's Book and reviewed the Truck Driver's Career Guide. Reading these will provide you a realistic and brutally honest description of truck driving and life on the road. I also think it will provide insite on how it will be difficult to succeed if your priority is to maximize your free time as opposed to maximizing your productivity.

Good luck.

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

CT wrote

Well you could give slip seating a try, which is essentially part time trucking. I know Roehl has a 14 on 7 off, 7 on 7 off fleet. I think you have to live in a certain area though. There is a lady here that runs that division, forget her name. Anyway, keep in mind that trucks that sit don't make money and companies don't really want that.

Slip seating is not part time trucking. Far from it. I work 12-13 hour days and I slip seat. It gets you home every night or as in the case of some LTL jobs, bob tailing to a motel.

Slip seating is a term for tractors that are not assigned to a specific driver. This method of driver assignment and dispatch is applicable to many types of trucking and does not imply that it's part time work.

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
Shiva's Comment
member avatar

Miqote,

I read your post and frankly I don't know based on what you wrote, if trucking is right for you.

Although no company will force you to drive 10 hours per day, you are required to pick-up and deliver your loads on-time within a set schedule. Depending on the delivery schedule, this may require you to drive for up 11 hours per day in order to make your delivery.

Your priorities just don't seem to fit within what will be required to successfully perform in this job.

Not sure if you read Brett's Book and reviewed the Truck Driver's Career Guide. Reading these will provide you a realistic and brutally honest description of truck driving and life on the road. I also think it will provide insite on how it will be difficult to succeed if your priority is to maximize your free time as opposed to maximizing your productivity.

Good luck.

Yeah, I would have to agree. Truck driving is more than just a full time job. Lots of responsibility. No time to play games. I basically drive all day, and have just enough time to eat and call my wife.

Gladhand's Comment
member avatar

I am not a driver yet, but one truth I have learned is you live to work in trucking not work to live. Most OTR driving is performance based pay which is CPM. If the wheels aint turnin you aint earnin. From what I have learned I dont think this is for you if you want a great work life balance. There are plenty of good jobs that offer that, but if you can get past that truth like I did trucking can be a very good career.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

murderspolywog's Comment
member avatar

Trucking companies want there trucks running, they have computers that tell them how long it takes to do a load. How many hours a driver has and how to best utilise the tools they have. I will give you a run down of my last 8 days I have 3 days that are 10+ days 2 days in the 9+ days 2 days in the 7+ hours and 1 day at 4 hours. Some times I set waiting for a load sometimes I sit waiting to off load, or upload. There is no set schedule out here so I think it depends the loads you haul and if you have to be online at set times. Also internet out here sucks. I gave up my online gaming out here just to hard for me.

C T.'s Comment
member avatar

CT wrote

double-quotes-start.png

Well you could give slip seating a try, which is essentially part time trucking. I know Roehl has a 14 on 7 off, 7 on 7 off fleet. I think you have to live in a certain area though. There is a lady here that runs that division, forget her name. Anyway, keep in mind that trucks that sit don't make money and companies don't really want that.

double-quotes-end.png

Slip seating is not part time trucking. Far from it. I work 12-13 hour days and I slip seat. It gets you home every night or as in the case of some LTL jobs, bob tailing to a motel.

Slip seating is a term for tractors that are not assigned to a specific driver. This method of driver assignment and dispatch is applicable to many types of trucking and does not imply that it's part time work.

Gtown, I was referring more specifically to roehls 14/7 7/7 type fleets instead of slip seating as a whole.

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
G-Town's Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

CT wrote

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

Well you could give slip seating a try, which is essentially part time trucking. I know Roehl has a 14 on 7 off, 7 on 7 off fleet. I think you have to live in a certain area though. There is a lady here that runs that division, forget her name. Anyway, keep in mind that trucks that sit don't make money and companies don't really want that.

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

Slip seating is not part time trucking. Far from it. I work 12-13 hour days and I slip seat. It gets you home every night or as in the case of some LTL jobs, bob tailing to a motel.

Slip seating is a term for tractors that are not assigned to a specific driver. This method of driver assignment and dispatch is applicable to many types of trucking and does not imply that it's part time work.

double-quotes-end.png

Gtown, I was referring more specifically to roehls 14/7 7/7 type fleets instead of slip seating as a whole.

Thanks for the clarification.

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
sgtwilldog's Comment
member avatar

What games do you play? A lot of drivers have PS4's in the truck. Not sure if online gaming is realistic though due to poor internet speeds at most stops.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More