Best State To Live For Truckers

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I can see that it would give you certain advantages to live close to a major company facility

Not really, to be honest. The only two advantages I can think of are:

1) They may have some local opportunities, but good luck landing those jobs without 100 years of experience. Chances are you'd just get stuck making local deliveries from time to time which are a pain in the ass and not worth the trouble.

2) You wouldn't have to take your truck home, you could leave it at the terminal. Of course this also means that you have to keep a car parked at the terminal or have someone come pick you up and drop you off every time you go home. It also means that anything you might need with you at the house has to be moved from the truck to your vehicle and back every time.

There are advantages to living in those states because there are so many companies that hire from those states. You have a ton of opportunities available.

The states on that list also apply to OTR driving jobs only. The list may be a little different if you were looking for other types of opportunities, like LTL for example.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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