Driving The Boroughs

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Kash's Comment
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I just left Swift and came to Werner, they have a dedicated super close to my house, only thing is I'm required to deliver to all the boroughs in NY, how difficult do you think this is for a driver with 7 months experience? I'm very confident in my backing skills.

Heavy C's Comment
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Honestly it's not so much your backing skills that you should be concerned with. With only seven months experience you haven't even begun to scratch the surface on what's out there. And New York is a whole different animal then what's out on the open highway. Tight streets, tons of pedestrians, more one way streets then you can shake a stick at and the general crazy atmosphere that the city presents. There's a reason why a lot of companies have to pay extra to get drivers into the city. Even a lot of vets try to avoid it.

In all honestly this early In your career I wouldn't attempt a city run until at the very least your first year. I know the offer sounds tempting but I would suggest holding off.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'm confused in that you said the dedicated was close to your house, you have your residence listed as Florida, and yet this opportunity has you delivering to NYC? How is that dedicated run close to your house?

Regardless, have you ran in NYC before? I used to drive to NYC somewhat frequently - into Brooklyn and Long Island. But I was on the interstate for the majority of the time; I-278, I-287, I-95 and route 17. What little I did have to venture off the interstate provided a small glimpse into what driving in metro NY was like. Heavy C is correct, you have all sorts of obstacles. I'm assuming you haven't been to NYC before. Jersey City is almost like another borough of NYC and that's no cake walk either.

Granted, having a dedicated would entail (should entail) that you'll be going to the same destinations, and that means that eventually you'll become familiar. But so much can happen in the city. I used to listen to the radio every night on my way to the city because you never know if a bridge will be shut down for construction, or if there was an accident and you'll need to be detoured. A lot can happen. It can be stressful. It can be stressful even if there isn't an accident or incident, just because of the amount of traffic. I once waited 45 minutes in Brooklyn just to go from one traffic light to another - that was in the middle of the day. Night time is a little easier, but I don't know if this dedicated account will have you running daylight or night time.

I can't help to think that a major carrier like Werner would have another dedicated option for you besides a dedicated in NYC. Personally, I'd rather go OTR than go into NYC and have to deliver / pickup for customers. I drove linehaul into the metro NY area, and that was stressful enough. I can't imaging having to do pickups and deliveries.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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).

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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