Is OTR Beneficial To Help Relocate?

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Matthew N.'s Comment
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Quick story. ..

Planning on starting cdl training with driver solutions for pam transport in about a month. My main goal here is to move out of Michigan. I figured, go otr for a couple years, get some experience, help determine what state is ideal (thinking NC). Then I can pack up fiance and move to new residence and apply for something more local in that area once I have the experience and resume to back it up. Since I'll be otr I can keep bringing in paychecks while she's moving and getting things situated.

Am I a fool for thinking that starting otr career is beneficial to helping relocate to another state? Would love your advice.

Also, this site is literally a blessing. I hope you guys know what you have here. Been reading this site for months and click ads everyday to help support it.

Matthew

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Respectfully; aren't you putting the proverbial cart before the horse? I.e. You're engaged, not yet married and if you go OTR before getting married, a lot can change. And two years OTR might change YOUR mind on career, family and other things.

How will you determine where you want a "local" job while you're OTR? In two years OTR, before my current "regional" gig, I was never anywhere long enough to make a life changing decision on moving.

Where she wants to live and work, is gonna have a lot to do with it.

You can certainly relocate after going OTR, but it seems there a lot of things you're going to need to consider (e.g. Where you'll work after the move, where she'll work, affordability, etc).

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.

Matt 's Comment
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This may or may not pertain to you however I can tell you something from personal experience I myself just packed up the fiance and my son to move. It all made since better job,more money not where I lived before.However I quickly learned that moving away from any support network takes alot! Let's say your on the road your wife is driving from the store and the car breaks down than what. Sure you can get a tow than a rental and than fix the car but it's a holiday and no one is open.. If you don't know anyone it would be rough. So my two cents start your driving career where you have a safety net of some kind than if you can manage your own safety net later on you could consider moving.

Matthew N.'s Comment
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Thank you both for replying. If understanding you correctly your concern is the actual moving process. This is something that we have discussed and 100% confident in. I guess my main concern or question is if I'm otr then I can make money no matter where my residence is. This us what made me look at trucking to begin with.

Right now, we wouldn't be able to move unless we have saved enough money to cover the moving cost plus a year worth salary until I find something in the new location. My thought was, I drive for a year, make sure it's something we both agree with and this would allow a move to any location no matter where since I'm still working otr and my residence doesn't matter to bring in a paycheck.

Would you guys agree that being otr would help move to any state we later decide?

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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If the company you work for hires in the area you are moving to, no need to change jobs. You can live anywhere insides a companies hiring area.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Here's where I get hung up on your question; if your intention is to get out of Michigan, OTR will get you out. Then it doesn't really matter where you live because you'll be living in your truck. You can move your Fiance anywhere. And I agree with Patrick that if your company is hiring in the area you want to move to, you could just stay with them. However, if you plan to just drive OTR long enough to figure out where you want to live, lots of things can either get in the way or change your decision.

I used to hate the town I "live" in. But I owned/operated a number of businesses there, dealt with a lot of the "downsides" of the location and rarely got to enjoy the "upsides." Now, when I am home, I can be at the beach in 30 minutes, no trouble finding a place to settle on the beach. When I'm home, I can do yard work and then jump in the pool. Take a bike ride if I want, you get the picture. When I don't have to deal with all of the "problems" of the local area, it's paradise.

If you wanna drive, great. Drive. Please just don't make the decision to drive for the wrong reasons. If you've got a plan, work that plan ESPECIALLY when you don't feel like continuing on. If you don't have a plan, come up with one, share it with your closest friend(s) other than your Fiance and ask their feedback.

If your goal is to move, you WILL move. Ask yourself this; then what? After you move, then what?

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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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