Possibly Getting Back Into It.

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Big Holli's Comment
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I drove 5 months, for Service transport hauling tankers OTR. I loved it! Not the company, the company sucked. But I saw so much of this beautiful country. I also drove a little for macro, hauling fuel through Houston. The only downside was leaving my wife and kids behind. So an opportunity came up for me to join my parishes' sheriff office. Which doing law enforcement has always been a dream of mine. I did that for about a year, Its great. It has its ups and downs. But my big problem with it is the stress, and how nit-picky with reports, and dealing with so many people. I do the job well. And I am good at it. But more and more I find myself missing the road. My wife said trucking was a good fit for me. But we are struggling with the idea of leaving again. I am looking into TMC since I have quite a few friends who drive, and they love the money and the weekends home. I kind of miss just having a regular job, and not the stress of mentally bringing work home. What do yall think, any advice?

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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Big Holli

I'm not one of the moderators here at TT, but I used to drive, and now trying to get back into it. Anyway, I don't know how old your kids are but if they are young, as mine were when I did trucking before, then see if you can get a local company to hire you and you'll be home every night. Now that said, you will have many other challenges seeing you have been away for a while. Most will want a recent certificate of school and OTR experience. What I'm trying to say is there are so many opportunities out there. You have to make the choice of OTR or Regional or Local. Some regional will have you home every second or every third night. But it will be at least every weekend. This will also depend on the company. But your heart has to be dedicated to trucking. The grass is NOT always greener some where else. This is something you and you alone have to make.

I hope this has helped?

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.

Big Holli's Comment
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Big Holli

I'm not one of the moderators here at TT, but I used to drive, and now trying to get back into it. Anyway, I don't know how old your kids are but if they are young, as mine were when I did trucking before, then see if you can get a local company to hire you and you'll be home every night. Now that said, you will have many other challenges seeing you have been away for a while. Most will want a recent certificate of school and OTR experience. What I'm trying to say is there are so many opportunities out there. You have to make the choice of OTR or Regional or Local. Some regional will have you home every second or every third night. But it will be at least every weekend. This will also depend on the company. But your heart has to be dedicated to trucking. The grass is NOT always greener some where else. This is something you and you alone have to make.

I hope this has helped?

Thank you! It does help. Weighing all options.

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.

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