Advice Needed To Start This Career

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Mini Me's Comment
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Thank you all for replying. Once i finish up school it's going to be a tough decision. And I'm sure that's when the majority of my questions will arise. I will keep you updated on the route i follow and look forward to learning from you all.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Why wait until you finish school?

If you’ve got lots of dry van choices, just pick one that meets your needs. I started with Schneider dry van and they were great. I only left because I got a Southeast regional making the same money and gets me home weekly.

Don’t wait though.

Good luck.


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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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Hey there,

I run exclusively reefer and wouldn't have it any other way! Lol

The longer runs and longer times sitting at shippers and receivers work perfectly if, like me, you want to use the 8/2 split break to maximize miles.

But then again, admittedly, I'm nuts....😛😜



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.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


A refrigerated trailer.

Mini Me's Comment
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Steve L--I am actively applying and looking through the offers. I was just thinking i could use the extra time finishing school to make a better informed decision. But the problem is i can't really find a "bad" choice. That's a great "problem" to have in my humble opinion.

Simon--Thank you fur the insight. And as far a the 8/2 split, you're funny. I've got to learn to shift these machines first. Well down shifting is my biggest hurdle, but I'll get it.

Really though that's more great advice. I was wondering where you would use the split to your benefit. Now i understand.

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