Day Runner?

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Lyght's Comment
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Hello,

I've had my CDL for almost two years now, for the most part I enjoy the job (clearly there's been a few shippers or receivers that had challenging docking areas which I didn't care for) but I want to be home more. My wife and I are thinking about having a baby and starting a family together and I really want to be a part of the child's life so I was thinking about giving up over the load and going for something local that would have me home everyday. I live in a pretty small town and I don't think there's much call for day runners in the area so we'll likely have to move. I guess I'm wondering if anyone knows any good companies that might be looking for day runners, do they pay less, what kind of hours do they normally work. Trucking wise I've never done anything but over the road and I'm not sure how different a day cabber will be. I've also been told to look for oil field work driving their tankers or going up and driving coal trucks, anyone know much about that? Sorry this isn't the most organized post, I'm not sure how to phrase it, I guess I'm just putting feelings out and trying to get information.

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Over The Road:

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would highly recommend Old Dominion, I run linehaul for them pay starts at .55 cpm bad thing would be working nights for years until a day spot opens up. Our P&D drivers make $25 per hour to start and go up from there their days generally aren't too long I think our guys are normally done in about 10 hours but that can vary depending upon freight needs. If your trying to start a family that may be your best option as the hours are more during the daytime.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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