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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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My outfit (IL, IN, and Southeast US) needs drivers for regional dedicated, and intermodal local and regional (five day work week, hourly pay, benefits package). Plenty of loads. I'm sure that there are other IM carriers that need people.

Truckload, generally, seems to be slow, but the railyards, to my experience anyway, have stayed robustly booming.

Good luck to you.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Susan D. 's Comment
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The company I drive for (west side transport) has a terminal (sort of lol.. more like a fenced gravel lot) in Indy and I'm sure could use a good driver. You could have a variety of options like flex which is home every weekend and a couple nights a week, home daily, regional home weekly, or OTR which is home every other weekend.

Almost every LTL known to man has a terminal in indy too. So many options for Indy. I go through there often, but this week I get to play in Chicago traffic every day it seems.

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.

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.

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.

Jrod's Comment
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Please don't come back telling me they just want some twenty something year old "steering wheel holders" who will work for peanuts. That's baloney, and everybody knows it. A guy with your experience can make one or two phone calls and have a great job immediately, yet you are on the internet begging for help with capital letters!

Quoted for Truth. Experienced truckers with strong work histories are worth the extra money. Safety & Longevity are the two most important things to every contact I have in the industry. Those 2 things lead to $$$$$$ for the company.

Experienced: Knows what he is doing, doesn't cost time and labor making the know what they are doing Safe: Don't have to worry about him tearing up equp or sticking the company with huge repair bills and lawsuits

Worth every penny over the fictional "20 yr old Steering Wheel Holders". (Maybe in a local shag position that might be more likely,? idk...but even then, the equip damage outweighs any savings a company might get by starving out their veteran drivers.)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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