Best Option For Rookie Driver

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Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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Im about to go solo and i was wondering as far as being a rookie driver, what will benefit me the most in the long run? Is it better to gain experience otr running 48 states versus asking to be stricrly regional or local? I eventually would love to be an owner operator but im in no rush as i need to experience. I just want to set myself up to be successful in the long run. Any advice would be helpful, and i apologize in advance if this topic has been addressed already.

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.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Bre!

Hey, I think the best thing for a new driver is to go OTR. Do the lower 48 - it's a great way to gain all kinds of experience and it's also a grand adventure.

There's little added benefit to being an Owner/operator and a lot of extra stress. I suggest you put that idea on the back burner for a good while. Learn the business first. When you get out here alone it will seem overwhelming at first. Stick to the basics and learn how to be a Top Tier Driver. If you want to maximize your income, you can do that by being really good at this. It has nothing to do with ownership, but everything to do with knowing what you're doing.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jeremy's Comment
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Def otr 48 or regional otr is the way to go to much pressure and things to go wrong local

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.

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.

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