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Brian's Comment
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Use to be on this site religiously about 3 years ago. At the time got my cdl and went off to drive for Schneider Dollar tree account which is a whole other story. Anyways drove for about 3 Months and for various reasons decided at that time it wasn't for me. But it was just wasn't the right time or position. Fast forward to today and I picked up a local job hauling milk. Been with the company for about 3 Months and it has been one hell of a start. Basically it was "alright here's the keys let's see what you can do". Which is why so many drivers on here are saying you start otr first. Or regional for that matter. If it wasn't for the limited experience I had with Schneider I'm not sure where I'd be.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Nice to have ya back. Howre you overall liking the milk hauling job? Are you pulling a tanker picking up raw product from farms or do you deliver finished product to businesses?

Brian's Comment
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Reefer. For about the first month and a half I was delivering finished product. Dean's and some organic. So basically pick up loads from Dean's that had usually 8 to 10 pallets. About a pallet a store sometimes 2. They were usually about almost as tall as you and heavier than hell. Had pallets fall over multiple times for bad pallet jacks or going to fast but that was all just the inexperience. We have 2 sides, route and hauls. I have since moved to hauls so going up to Michigan and dropping off and picking up product. It's all fine and dandy now until winter comes along.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm glad to see you back. Yeah the words rookie and dollar account are enough to bring cold sweats to many drivers. Ugghh. Anyone doing that has my sympathy lol.

Me personally? I'd be grateful I wasn't pulling a food grade tanker. You must be a glutton for punishment lol. Anyway, I'm glad to see you back and don't sweat the winter driving. Just take it nice and easy and park when roads get very bad til the highway department has them treated and cleared better..

Brian's Comment
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Well c,mon I was a Marine aren't we all crazy? Haha and I should of clarified I'm pulling reefer trailer not tanker.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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Hey chip which plant do you pull from? I also pull a reefer for Deans and deliver their product to grocery stores all over Illinois. Usually 24-26 pallets 5 days a week.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brian's Comment
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Huntley. Death by Huntley haha. 294/290 traffic all day.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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Yep I pull out of Huntley also. I deliver mostly to Jewel.

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