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Scott D.'s Comment
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So im still in school ect. been talking to some companies finding a route that best suits what i need done at home ect. Anyone have any long term dealings with US express? They have 3 routes extremely appealing to me. one is a local account and home daily, the other 2 are more regional and home for my 34. Cool part on the regional routes is that they will let me bobtail the truck and park it in my own damn driveway since i have room.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Hi Scott. I have experience with USX. I did otr and dedicated. I don't know if I can answer your question but I will try. Whatcha need to know?

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.

Scott D.'s Comment
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Hi Scott. I have experience with USX. I did otr and dedicated. I don't know if I can answer your question but I will try. Whatcha need to know?

mostly is it a decent company to start my new path with ect lol.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Scott, Brett (the guy who started this web site) spent six years driving for U. S. Express. He loved it over there.

By the way, all the newcomers into trucking have your same concerns - everyone is afraid they're going to get screwed over by some evil trucking empire. Fortunately that's not the way it works out here, but you'd never know it by reading the internet reviews! Trucking is always performance based. Rookie drivers generally don't perform very well until after a few year's worth of experience, so most of them blame their issues on the terrible company they work for.

I would never recommend a home daily account for a new driver. They are really tough, and a lot of newbies get washed out of them very quickly.

Why You Should Not Start Your Driving Career As A Local Driver

I always recommend OTR (Over The Road) for the valuable way in which you'll gain experience. If you and your family can commit to it for one year it will help you tremendously with getting yourself established and understanding just what it takes to make it out here. After that you can look into other more feasible options.

Regional is good also, but I still prefer to see a new driver get one year of OTR as a foundation under them. CAUTION: Don't try and attempt a "Dollar Store" regional job. It's really a problematic account. I know U. S. Express serves that account, but I think it's a terrible way to learn this business. It's just way too demanding for rookie drivers. It's so tough that they can't keep experienced drivers in the seat - please don't try it.

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.

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.

Scott D.'s Comment
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Hey Scott, Brett (the guy who started this web site) spent six years driving for U. S. Express. He loved it over there.

By the way, all the newcomers into trucking have your same concerns - everyone is afraid they're going to get screwed over by some evil trucking empire. Fortunately that's not the way it works out here, but you'd never know it by reading the internet reviews! Trucking is always performance based. Rookie drivers generally don't perform very well until after a few year's worth of experience, so most of them blame their issues on the terrible company they work for.

I would never recommend a home daily account for a new driver. They are really tough, and a lot of newbies get washed out of them very quickly.

Why You Should Not Start Your Driving Career As A Local Driver

I always recommend OTR (Over The Road) for the valuable way in which you'll gain experience. If you and your family can commit to it for one year it will help you tremendously with getting yourself established and understanding just what it takes to make it out here. After that you can look into other more feasible options.

Regional is good also, but I still prefer to see a new driver get one year of OTR as a foundation under them. CAUTION: Don't try and attempt a "Dollar Store" regional job. It's really a problematic account. I know U. S. Express serves that account, but I think it's a terrible way to learn this business. It's just way too demanding for rookie drivers. It's so tough that they can't keep experienced drivers in the seat - please don't try it.

thats the accounts lol... 2 of them are the dollar store and the local one is a kroger account..

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.

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.

Scott D.'s Comment
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I HAVE to be home at least once a week. owning a house, 3 cats, single, no kids ect. have to be able to mow the yard ect.

Scott D.'s Comment
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Any links or reading material on why the "dollar store runs" suck ect? im pretty much set in stone on not doing anything local or Haz required for at least 1 year year.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Hi Scott. I have experience with USX. I did otr and dedicated. I don't know if I can answer your question but I will try. Whatcha need to know?

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mostly is it a decent company to start my new path with ect lol.

Of course it's a good company. I had no complaints other than my first truck being a bit of a lemon. That's not the company's fault though. Just bad luck. The people I had contact with were helpful and friendly. Being friendly and polite yourself will ensure you're treated similarly.

Don't know anything about Kroger. Not too sure about Dollar General either. Search for "dollar dedicated" here on the site and you should get some info about those accounts.

If being home is a necessity your options might be limited. Jumping into a Dollar account will be difficult but, not impossible.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott D.'s Comment
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Read some stuff on that directed search. Iv worked factories/manufacturing, and a welder the last 8 years. last job was over a year of 7 days a week 12 hours or more.. unloading a trailer doesnt bother me at all. quite the oposite in fact, i kinda wanna get off my ass here and there. I also grew up on a farm driving equipment with trailers, big trucks ect ect by age 8 solo. just really need to get a solid foot in the door atm.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Scott, I see several things that will hold you back. Either find someone to take care of your cats, or give them to a good home. Hire someone to mow your lawn. Get good entry locks, deadbolts, homeowner's insurance and leave the house until you get back. That will open up a myriad of options to you. You are too attached to your material possessions and cats. Now, if you had dogs, it would be different. sorry.gif

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