Schneider?

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Kash's Comment
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I decided I'm leaving Werner and going to Schneider intermodal orientation in Chicago. I can't keep doing OTR and I'm sick of complaining and being unhappy. I spoke to a Schneider intermodal driver who said it would be the best decision ever, so I guess I'll find out soon. Anyone who can tell me what to expect? I'm probably turning my truck into Werner this coming week.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Michael S.'s Comment
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What's making you unhappy OTR? A lot of the issues you're having may still be with you even if you're changing to a more local gig. Intermodal has, by all accounts I've heard or read, a lot of its own frustrations, and a steep learning curve.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Yeah, I was fed up with OTR too...until someone reminded me of the reasons I chose it.

Thanks Old School!

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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What's making you unhappy OTR?

The time away from his family.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Kash, I've read some of your previous posts on here. You probably don't need me to tell you that you've gotta stick and stay with an employer. All this moving around is not going to look good.

Since you know you wanna stay around home for your family, have you looked into local driving? I know you live in NH, so the pickings might be slim. Are you aware of local driving gigs or how to search for them? Just as an example, the LTL company I work for has terminals in Walpole and Burlington. They're both rather small, which could be a recurring theme for you depending where you live in NH. Smaller terminals, at least in LTL, tend not to hire as often and are more difficult to get in. I might be preaching to the choir here, but I'm just trying to help you out if I can. You can check out LTL companies, food service, sanitary waste, fuel hauling.

Local driving has it's own set of challenges, and the days are long. You might get home a few days a week or every day, but it's still not like a typical 9-5 gig. Do you know how often you'll get home running intermodal for Schneider? Around here (PA-NJ-NY) it can be home weekly. So that means it's similar to a regional gig at most truckload companies like Werner.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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