Coast To Coast Solo?

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Dawson's Comment
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Hi folks, continue to lurk on here and research the industry while I ponder a career change. Regardless of what I ultimately decide, I've really enjoyed this sight and reading about this industry. I currently live in the Washington D.C. area. From what I am understanding, refrigerated truckers tend to get some of the longest runs. Is it realistic to think that I'd get a chance to see the west coast as an otr refrigerated trucker, even if infrequently, from this area? Or are coast to coast runs generally run by teams these days? I am single, and if I did this, staying out 4-5 weeks at a time, if that increases my chances of getting out west, would not be an issue.


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.

Kat's Comment
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I run reefer for Prime, and I have been from one coast to the yeah, could definitely see the west as a solo driver.


A refrigerated trailer.

Michael C.'s Comment
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When I was pulling Prime trailers with the company I trained at I went coast to coast twice in that month, also hit 42/48 states in that time. I'm sure it also helped my trainer lived in CA. But yes, I'd say it's definitely possible.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Chris L.'s Comment
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When I was flatbed for Prime I saw 47 states in just over a years time. Only missed Rhode Island. One of my best loads was Los Angeles CA to Miami FL, lots of miles and a light load. I'm from Oregon and spent plenty of time on the east coast.

I believe you'll see every state eventually as long as the company you choose runs all 48. Once you prove yourself you can always ask your DM to send you to a particular area.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


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.

Dawson's Comment
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Thanks for the input, appreciate it.

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