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King Pin's Comment
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Around June, of 2016 I discovered TT, while I was doing research on the Trucking Industry. Thanks to Brett for his passion, dedication, this outstanding website along with moderators and members helped me in my decision to enter this intricate industry.

November, 2016 I received my CDL and went to work for May Truck CO. as a OTR solo refer driver in December 2016. Around my 1.3 yr mark with same company, I started to get the Trucker Syndrome. (More on Trucker Syndrome coming soon)

April , 2018 I decided it was time to get out of OTR and find something more relaxing,less stressful. December, 2018 I gave my notice, turn in the keys, went home to start my new journey.

January, 2019 I started my new job with FedEx, as an line haul driver on a dedicated route. M-F weekend off, home daily with choice of doing an overnight run to Cali. It’s much more relaxing than what I endured in OTR. After I get few wks experience I’ll be writing on local job.

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Line Haul:

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.
C T.'s Comment
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Sounds similar to my recent move. I've been with FedEx since October so I'm low on seniority with you lol. Welcome aboard

King Pin's Comment
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You work for FedEx or contractor? I work for contractor. I’m salary with opportunity to work wkend for extra $$$. Glad to be rid of mileage pay.

Sounds similar to my recent move. I've been with FedEx since October so I'm low on seniority with you lol. Welcome aboard

C T.'s Comment
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I'm with FedEx freight

C T.'s Comment
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BTW milage pay is very competitive here.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to hear about your new gig King Pin. I'm also curious to hear about "Trucker Syndrome" since I've never heard that expression.

It’s much more relaxing than what I endured in OTR

That's one of my favorite things about trucking; there is such a variety of jobs out there. You can always find the right job to fit your preferences if you look around a little bit. Hope this gig works well for ya.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yeah, I have no idea what "trucker syndrome" is either.

Pete M.'s Comment
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Does King Pin mean 'Abused Trucker Syndrome'?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congrats on your new job, and welcome to the linehaul family :)

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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The funny thing is...to get away from the “Truckers Syndrome”...he took a job as...a trucker.

Now...what he should have said is...I wanted to be home every night on a schedule and be home for my family....but instead he created a syndrome.

What drivers don’t realize is the same hassles you have OTR exist in different forms on local jobs.

I run for Ruan out of the Target DC in Amsterdam. We have delays caused by the shipper and are often delayed at the stores. We still hit traffic in the NYC and Boston metro area (although I Run nights). So we face the same problems...we’re just home every day. Occasionally I have what I’ll call “local truckers syndrome”. That’s the desire for the fun and adventure of the OTR lifestyle. In a few years, when my son is done with HS, I may hit the road again, but for now I need to be home.

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.

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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