Can "Mere Mortals" Do Well (Even Excel) At Trucking?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks Rob. Sounds pretty much on target, but I have learned here that while we all have much to offer on many topics it is really what the experienced drivers ("Pros", "Superheros") can and will share which is the most helpful on most topics.

The only thing I can add is not every truckng job requires being gone for weeks on end.

Yes there are "home every night" gigs. And there are traditional "OTR" gigs. In between there are "Regional" opportunities. I was training "daily" and "headed for" a 7-State Regional position, which I am hoping to get back to soon. While there are advantages and disadvantages to everything, this seemed like a reasonable approach for me.

I just hope I don't learn that I really should have spent 50,000 miles on a Trainer's truck instead!



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.


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.

G-Town's Comment
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Marc there is a ton (pun intended) of information in the blog section on this subject. If you have the time go through the articles relevant to your concerns.

That said in the end it will come down to how much heart you have and your ability to quickly recover from mistakes without emotion. The learning never stops but is much more intense during the first several months.

Amish country's Comment
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Like everyone has said, really depends on you. Also realize though that there are many, many branches of this industry with varying work. If you dont like what you're currently doing at first it doesnt mean that trucking isn't the right job for you. Exploring another "branch" might end up being that perfect fit. I want to emphasize that I'm not suggesting job hopping. Just that I believe there is the right job out there for everyone in this industry, you just have to find it.

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