Economic Downturns

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Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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Are truckers laid off or just left waiting longer than usual for work? (loads)

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Are truckers laid off or just left waiting longer than usual for work? (loads)

There is always freight to be delivered. Not really something that you need to worry about. Unless you are a T-rat driver.

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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I couldn't be a rat if I wanted to, it's not in my nature

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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There is always freight to be delivered. Not really something that you need to worry about

thx

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I couldn't be a rat if I wanted to, it's not in my nature

Not directed at you, specially. It was a generalized "you." 🙂

Brian's Comment
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Usually the only sector affected by such is the ltl's. Companies like Abf, Yrc, Ups may have Lay offs during the winter months which are unionized but it's usually not for long and you collect benefits. I know you were probably referring to otr but just some extra info.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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Thx

Keach's Comment
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This is one of the things im worried about in trucking.I was going to ask the same question just never got around to it.

Big T's Comment
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In the event of a down turn the kind of driver you are will have an impact on your situation.

Top tier drivers: those that perform, turn the miles, and take care of customers, usually will not take a major hit in miles.

Subpar drivers will find miles shrinking. Think about it. If the are not as many loads to move then companies are probably going to try and put their best foot forward.

Are truckers laid off or just left waiting longer than usual for work? (loads)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Two of my very best friends are lifelong truck drivers; one has retired after 40 years, the other is my age, 35 years as a driver and plans to retire in about 7 years (“God willing”, as he likes to say).

I became friends with them over 20 years ago. In short, neither of them were ever let go for lack of work or available freight. And they have always worked for “freight companies”, aka: LTL. Nations Way, Roadway, and eventually YRC, all LTLs, represents the last 25 years for them both.

Assuming a driver to be a safe and solid performer, it’s unlikely they will ever lack for available work.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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