Schneider Wm Dedicated Or Swift Otr

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Dequann S.'s Comment
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Walmart dedicated for schneider or swift otr i am a new driver having trouble choosimh

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.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Alot of factors involved. Dedicateds can be boring at times (I was just playing dedicated this week for home depot out of Topeka), but you'll usually be home every couple of days depending on the loads given you.

If you enjoy the open road, living in your truck for a few weeks at a time at truck stops and rest areas, then OTR. You'll get a lot of miles (usually), get to see the country (or as much as you can from the interstates), and you'll get to go to places you've never been before. The downside obviously is that you won't be home as often, which is EXTREMELY hard on relationships and families.

It's a big personal choice, but remember that you can always change to a different job internally when there's an opening. I know that Schneider occasionally has dedicated openings throughout the country, and always hiring for OTR and regional.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

ChefsJK's Comment
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I just started with Schneider a little over a month ago and have been solo for 3 weeks now OTR. Ive been to most of the Northeast and now I am currently in Alabama, hot and nastily humid today. Im going to do OTR for awhile i think and then try and find something dedicated near me through them. It really gets you comfortable behind the wheel and helps you with your backing skills as well. Just remember whatever you choose if you decide on Schneider, you will have to stay at the position you choose for 6 months before you can switch. I kinda like the two weeks out a d two days hime schedule, it goes by quick for me.

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.

Unholychaos's Comment
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ChefsJK, you hit the nail on the head saying that dedicated helps with backing skills. I'll add that it helps with general slow maneuvers and even critical thinking. Home Depot is notorious for storing pallets of stuff outside around where we need to maneuver and makes things overly complicated. I actually took time before I even moved after I checked in to survey the layout and come up with a plan on how I should go about swapping out the trailers.

G-Town's Comment
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Indeed many Dedicated Accounts can expedite the learning curve associated with backing.

IMO Unholychaos highlights the true essence of GOALing, use it as a tool to assist with a setup strategy. Many drivers assume GOAL is all about identifying any obstructions...that's only the beginning, especially on any Dedicated Account associated with retail delivery.

What UHC described in his HomeDepot delivery is typical for most retail establishments. The dock area is a repository for anything they do not want inside or haven't quite figured out where else to store something. This just adds to the fun!

Jodi 's Comment
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I started out on Walmart dedicated with Crete. Glad I did as a new drivers Walmart are usually easy to find and navigate through. Lots of backing practice and until your comfortable with backing tight spots at truck stops you can sleep at most Walmart at least in my area I could.

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