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Charlie Mac's Comment
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So, I (like a lot of folks) got into the OTR game to get experience & pay for school in hopes of landing a local/regional gig after I got some time under my belt.

I was on my first dispatch (home) a couple weeks ago and got a call from a company rep. They were calling Indy based drivers to gauge interest in a "shuttle run". Running trailers from an Indy drop yard to southern Illinois, meeting with a "swap partner" to exchange trailers and bringing that trailer back to Indy.

4 days on, 2 days off. Home every night & hourly pay. I (of course) was excited about the prospect, but this was only in the staging phase & didn't wanna get my hopes up as I'm still a rookie. I expressed intrest & they told me they would be in touch.

Saturday I got a message on my Qualcomm that they had T-called my load (PA to IA) to Columbus OH & to give them a call. I didn't know why...but thought I was in hot water!

They routed me to pick up my new(ish) 2015 day cab and take it to Indy! I'm home now & start my new route tommorow. I'm over the moon. 🌙

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Charlie Mac's Comment
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Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome news man! Congrats!

We always encourage people to ignore that baloney about 'starter companies' being somehow inferior to companies that require experience. There are a million opportunities at the major carriers and most people don't know about 95% of them. It's not something these companies often advertise. In fact, many times they will hand select their proven drivers to offer them opportunities in these divisions, an opportunity that most drivers won't get.

Congrats again on getting that gig. That's fantastic.

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Charlie Mac's Comment
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Thanks Brett! I think my communication may have played a role in the outcome. I was always sending my macro's with more information then essential & updating my ETA's/PTA's to maximize efficiency with load planning. I'm also very polite.

Of course...I could just have gotten lucky. 😁

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks Brett! I think my communication may have played a role in the outcome. I was always sending my macro's with more information then essential & updating my ETA's/PTA's to maximize efficiency with load planning. I'm also very polite.

Of course...I could just have gotten lucky. 😁

Congrats! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Give yourself some credit, when you are good, you tend to make your own luck. Right? What will they have you doing?

Love the Swift SLUF cabs, can turn 'em on a dime (Short Little Ugly F****er).

Rob S.'s Comment
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I hate you. (just kidding, I'm jealous) Congrats, that's an awesome gig. I hope I can get something that good someday.

Errol V.'s Comment
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You have a good gig there, Charlie. I did the same for Swift for a while: Memphis to St. Louis & back, meeting a driver from near Kansas City.

2500 miles/week and slept at home every night. I met a few people who had done shuttle for 8-10 years.

For me, the same ol' road every day got to me after a while.

Pianoman's Comment
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That is way cool man, seriously. Congrats! Hope you enjoy it!

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks Brett! I think my communication may have played a role in the outcome. I was always sending my macro's with more information then essential & updating my ETA's/PTA's to maximize efficiency with load planning. I'm also very polite.

Of course...I could just have gotten lucky. 😁

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Congrats! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Give yourself some credit, when you are good, you tend to make your own luck. Right? What will they have you doing?

Love the Swift SLUF cabs, can turn 'em on a dime (Short Little Ugly F****er).

Never mind the question,...read the fine print (with my eyes, its all fine).

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Congrats! You're basically a linehaul driver! Embrace the boredom - boring is safe, boring is good, monotony is where it's at. smile.gif

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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