Local Jobs - Around 50 Hours A Week?

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Jon W.'s Comment
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I’ve been lurking here for a few weeks and have found all of the advice here really helpful. I have never had a driving job before, but I’m considering diving in and going for it. Here’s my question though - after training and one year driving solo OTR , how realistic is it for me to find something local with day hours that don’t exceed 50 hours a week?

I don’t need the highest income. 30,000 a year or more would be fine. What I would like to find longterm is something where I’m home daily, work more or less daylight hours, work 12-hour shifts or shorter. I don’t expect to get this as a rookie- looking forward to paying my dues out on the open road running hard for a year or more, but I don’t see myself doing that forever. The goal I’d be working toward is a job like I described. Possible? Are there jobs like that out there?

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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All over the place - especially with OTR experience.

Rick

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.

Banks's Comment
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I think it depends on where you live and how many drivers are needed. I live in an area where there's a hub for every ltl company and plenty of grocery delivery places. The issue you might run into is daytime hours. A lot of these places determine shifts on seniority so it may be a while before you get a daytime shift.

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
Rob S.'s Comment
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Maybe dump truck or cement truck. You'll have long hours during the construction season but might be laid off in winter. With your lower income needs, it might fit.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Maybe dump truck or cement truck. You'll have long hours during the construction season but might be laid off in winter. With your lower income needs, it might fit.

I should add that there's a lot of close quarter maneuvering involved so it really isn't the greatest for new drivers.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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P&D for LTL companies if there are any around you. Old Dominion, Black Horse, Estes, Saia, Dayton. At Old Dominion you very rarely would work more than 55 hours in a week, and be able to easily double your 30k minimum.

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

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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