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Erin S.'s Comment
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Is it possible to get a dedicated or home every night job if you have less than a year of driving under your belt? Planning on doing cdl training through a company sponsored program but not sure if finishing out the year contract is possible because I just found out we are expecting a baby in early summer of next year and I already have a start date and have been approved by a company. I don't know how this type of situation could otherwise be handled so if not finishing out the contract is something that needs to happen to be with my family for the event I want to be as knowledgeable as possible.

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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It depends on the company really. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Probably not. I know a friend of mine that went and was able to get regional right out of school but nobody that I went to school with got local right away.

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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2 of the guys from my CDL school got local jobs. Both with the same company. For local jobs look into dump and trash trucks in your area. It is as good as any place to look for local jobs. I myself got a regional (somewhat dedicated) route. I will have certain repeat customers, but will be running all over the region in between.

If the company you signed with is mainly OTR than that is what they will have available. Regional and dedicated do open up, but I imagine it is right time / right place situation.

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.

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.

Craig T.'s Comment
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It definitely helps if you live near a major metropolitan area.

Erin S.'s Comment
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A buddy of our has only ever had a local jobs (he refuses to do anything else) straight out of school but I don't know how rare of a thing that is

It depends on the company really. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Probably not. I know a friend of mine that went and was able to get regional right out of school but nobody that I went to school with got local right away.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Erin it is possible to be assigned to a dedicated account before reaching a full year of experience. After 3+ months of OTR , I was assigned to a dedicated account for Walmart.

So yes it's possible.

I suggest reading your training contract thoroughly so you understand your financial obligation in the event you do not satisfy the minimum service requirement. We recommend committing for a full year in your first job before moving on.

Many drivers, myself included, have worked for their first company well beyond the initial commitment.

Good luck!

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Just my .02, a baby does change things dramatically yes. It is manageable though as long as you're both on the same page and be honest about the situation.

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