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Big T's Comment
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Imagine a soccer goalie. For the most part the ball (hazard) is coming at you from one general direction. That is otr. For the most part you are on highways and interstates. Aside from when making pick ups or deliveries the balls are limited and coming from certain directions.

Now put that goalie in the middle of the field, take away the net and add a few balls coming from every direction. That is local driving.

As an otr driver I may be in that position every few days, but you are in that position every day for most of your shift. The law of averages says you have a higher chance for an incident.

Hope that helps. Congrats on the job though. It would be cool if you posted a diary so others can follow your progress and the life of another local.

Man! Thank you guys so much for the feedback and support. I went to the interview and got offered the position! Told me to take my DT tomorrow. I think I’m going to go for it, I’ve been reading into the forums for the past month or so now and have read a ton of articles. I’m still trying to grasp the difficulty of local driving, but I won’t see it till I do it. I appreciate everyone’s opinion and it helped out a lot with my decision. Again thanks guys I will read into all this information you guys have given me and thanks for help out the young guy most people give the young guy the cold shoulder!


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.


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

Daniel B.'s Comment
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It will be a long process until you become a driver. You'll work the dock while you get your training. So be patient with it.

As far as the job goes, I do P/D at OD and my best advice would be to get used to backing up into driveways from the street and make blind side backing your best friend. But I truly believe this is the best the industry has to offer as far as pay and work/life balance.

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