LTL Companies Pay Better?

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T.W.'s Comment
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I have been reading that LTL pay better for newbies. Is this true?

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
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Eh.

I think it's just a hassle. I mean, having to deal with what seems to be an endless stream of customers. Having to do all that local directions and having to usually unload the trailer yourself.

I prefer to pickup a load, drive it for days in peace and then deliver it. The less shippers/receivers that I have to deal with the better. So even if it pays more, I'm not a fan.

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.

Greg's Comment
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I work as an ltl city driver, and yes the pay is great, im paid by the hour with overtime after 8 hours, so i dont do anything for free. I work about 50 to 60 hours a week, work monday through friday and sleep in my own bed every single night. I make substantially more doing this than i did otr , for much less hours worked. I will say this though, it is HARD work, and ive done as many as 20 to 23 stops in one day, but usually average around 14 or so. You will learn to be a truck backing GOD cause you will spend so much time in reverse

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.

T.W.'s Comment
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Thanks fellas, I may try LTL in the beginning to get my feet wet. I am a people person so that wouldn't bother me. When I get tired of dealing with them then I will head out the oil fields in Texas.

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
Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Thanks fellas, I may try LTL in the beginning to get my feet wet. I am a people person so that wouldn't bother me. When I get tired of dealing with them then I will head out the oil fields in Texas.

haha that is where I am going in a couple months when I go back to driving. but oil fields usually require certain age and experience requirements. and play by a whole new ball game. Ran Flatbed my entire career basically and being a Hazmat tanker cowboy seems like it could be a nice challenge and I thrive on challenge.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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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