Better Trucking Career

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CT Trucker 's Comment
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What is the better career long term in trucking, OTR/Dedicated or local ? Better pay ? Better daily schedule ? Better home time ? I'm curious of what everyone's opinions are !!!!!

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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What is the better career long term in trucking, OTR/Dedicated or local ? Better pay ? Better daily schedule ? Better home time ? I'm curious of what everyone's opinions are !!!!!

Whatever works for you. For me choosing this job is more than just the money. The money motivates me, but also the lifestyle interests me. If you are worried about hometime than you should look into local. It's hard for me to express myself through text. The only advice I can give you is to do as much research as possible.

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.

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.

David H.'s Comment
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It is more than the money in life in general although money eases the passage. What gets you up in the morning is what counts.

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What is the better career long term in trucking, OTR/Dedicated or local ? Better pay ? Better daily schedule ? Better home time ? I'm curious of what everyone's opinions are !!!!!

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Whatever works for you. For me choosing this job is more than just the money. The money motivates me, but also the lifestyle interests me. If you are worried about hometime than you should look into local. It's hard for me to express myself through text. The only advice I can give you is to do as much research as possible.

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.

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.

Keith J.'s Comment
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I agree it's more than the money,while currently I'm not in the trucking industry I drove otr for about a year in 2000/2001,I got married have kids and didn't want to miss out on them growing up,cause local driving is not my cup of tea,but my point being I have been in the custom cabinet industry every since and while its just okay I long for the day I can get my cdl back and hit the road, my youngest is 13 and when he turns 18 I have all intentions of hitting the open road so see for me trucking is a passion that I've never been able to put to bed,when I'm out on the interstate I catch myself just looking at those big trucks wishing it was me,so good luck on your endeavours hope this helps

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CT Trucker 's Comment
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I had a guy at work ask me this question and really didn't know how to answer it, I'm in a local gig right now, the real money isn't local I feel it's OTR

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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