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Quinton's Comment
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I have wanted to be a truck driver since I was 5. Life happened and I am getting a late start. I have 3 girls ages 3, 5, and 11 also a wife. But the only way for me to even be considered for a home every night trucking job is I have to have a minimum of a year otr most want 2 or more. Witch brings me to how to get my experience? OTR for a year is going to test my family and I to the max. Not being home for birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will be very hard on the kids, wife, and myself but it will be worth it in the long run due to once the knowledge and experience is gained opportunities will open for more home time. I can't stress enough how hard this next year will be. GOD bless all truckers for the sacrifices they make. Be safe

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.

DaveDiesel's Comment
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I can't stress enough how hard this next year will be.

Road call warrior,

Brett's book includes a section on the stress and strain of OTR life on a a family. Hope this helps.

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.

Quinton's Comment
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I can't stress enough how hard this next year will be.

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Road call warrior,

Brett's book includes a section on the stress and strain of OTR life on a a family. Hope this helps.

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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.

JakeBreak's Comment
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I have wanted to be a truck driver since I was 5. Life happened and I am getting a late start. I have 3 girls ages 3, 5, and 11 also a wife. But the only way for me to even be considered for a home every night trucking job is I have to have a minimum of a year otr most want 2 or more. Witch brings me to how to get my experience? OTR for a year is going to test my family and I to the max. Not being home for birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will be very hard on the kids, wife, and myself but it will be worth it in the long run due to once the knowledge and experience is gained opportunities will open for more home time. I can't stress enough how hard this next year will be. GOD bless all truckers for the sacrifices they make. Be safe

You could also check out regional routes. One of my buddies got a regional job straight out of school so he is home every week. That will definitely make it easier. Also if you do decide to go otr depending on the family you can schedule it so your home for birthdays and anniversaries and stuff as long as they aren't real close together.

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.

DaveDiesel's Comment
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Road call warrior,

If you are interested in flatbed, companies like Maverick and TMC offer regional routes for new drivers. This would get you home most weekends. Check out Dale Clay's YouTube videos for some good information on Maverick.

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Schneider has a dedicated Target account in Stuart's Draft, VA (near I-81/I-64 junction) that should get you home quite a bit.

It's all drop/hook & they're hiring. I ran this for 4 days at New Years weekend. It was easy and good pay.

Quinton's Comment
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thank-you.gifsmile.gif wow thanks for the info guy's but I was wanting to let the company pay for school just to ensure I can keep supporting my family while training...I do have the money to pay for school but it would be tight if things didn't work out so company sponsored is how I am going.......But will keep y'alls information for the future. Just so y'all know I want to go to Swift... Thanks againsmile.gif

DaveDiesel's Comment
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I was wanting to let the company pay for school just to ensure I can keep supporting my family while training...I do have the money to pay for school but it would be tight if things didn't work out so company sponsored is how I am going.

Understood. Sounds like a good plan.

All the best as you move forward.

Quinton's Comment
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I was wanting to let the company pay for school just to ensure I can keep supporting my family while training...I do have the money to pay for school but it would be tight if things didn't work out so company sponsored is how I am going.

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Understood. Sounds like a good plan.

All the best as you move forward.

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DaveDiesel's Comment
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RCW,

I see from your profile that you're a diesel mechanic. I've thought about pursuing that career path. If you wouldn't mind, I would be curious you hear your thoughts about the job? You can PM me if you don't want to discuss in the open.

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