The Life Of A Dedicated Driver

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Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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During the week (5 days) I was on the Walmart dedicated run. There was only one 10 hour break that wasn't taken out on the road some where. All runs were less then 550 miles round trip with no back hauls. If I would have lived around Loveland and decided to stay on the Walmart account I could have been home most weekends for a 34 reset.

Technically speaking, I'm regional. Ohio west. But that doesn't mean I haven't been or won't go east of there. Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina are all states I've had stops in since going solo October 28, 2018. Probably spent the most time in Pacific northwest and California with trips to the midwest then back out west.

Since picking up my new truck in Springfield on 9/12 my stops have been; Springfield, Cheyenne, Loveland, Great Falls, Missoula (stopped to pickup student), Twin Falls, Denver, Manison NE, Seattle, Quincy WA and heading back to Seattle today.

Point being, I'm OTR but not a super big region. One could almost say, regional. Meat west, potatoes and onions (sometimes fruit) east as I like to say.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Highwayman's Comment
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To clarify my previous question, I was referencing those regional and dedicated jobs that do involve weekly home time as distinct from those that don't (which would seem to be the majority).

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Maybe you can divide dedicated into two categories, "dedicated account/customer" and "dedicated route". Although a dedicated route could have you out for for many nights over the road too, depending on the route.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Over The Road:

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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Maybe you can divide dedicated into two categories, "dedicated account/customer" and "dedicated route". Although a dedicated route could have you out for for many nights over the road too, depending on the route.

I’ve never heard of a Dedicated route being a “Dedicated” category. Can you offer an example of what you are referring to?

To answer Highwaymans question; it depends. Each Dedicated Account is unique.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Over The Road:

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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To clarify my previous question, I was referencing those regional and dedicated jobs that do involve weekly home time as distinct from those that don't (which would seem to be the majority).

My regional job does include weekly home tome at minimum, and I could be home once or twice during the week. I choose to stay out longer so I get longer runs, they don’t have to worry about keeping me close to home. We have other drivers in our region that do take home time more often, but get shorter runs. One guy runs Pittsburgh to Niagara Falls and back home to Erie PA every day.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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So I'm guessing that a regional or dedicated job that involves weekly home time is probably going to generally have a smaller geographic area and shorter length of haul? And probably lower potential miles as well?

Highwayman, yes, you are partially correct. When you have a job that gets you home every weekend you will generally run a smaller region and have shorter lengths of haul.

The idea of lower potential miles is a little more complicated. That's really going to depend on the driver's ability to communicate effectively with dispatch, their skill at getting appointments moved forward, and their practices at trip planning and being able to get along well with their customers. Generally an experienced driver understands how to get more accomplished than your average newbies, but that's not always the case.

Some old hands at this never seem to learn how to get where they want to be. They keep changing companies looking for some magic to happen, but they forget to look in the mirror to find the reason they're struggling. They always lay blame on their employer, without ever realizing how much influence they have over their own net results.

There's no reason why a person going home on the weekends can't turn 3,000 miles each week. They just have to work at it until they can figure out how to make it happen.

Take a look at this article and see if it helps you understand the concepts of success at trucking a little better.

How To Get Dispatched 5,000 Miles In One Week

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.

Highwayman's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I will read the article.

RealDiehl's Comment
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"I’ve never heard of a Dedicated route being a “Dedicated” category. Can you offer an example of what you are referring to?"

RealDiehl admits he may have unintentionally pulled that term out of thin air.

I think I was referring to something like a line haul run where you travel back and forth to the same destination each day.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

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

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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Okay...I get it. LTL line haul is what I thought you were thinking..,

Kinda like performing a full PTI while logged off-duty...”out of thin air”.

Please take a look at Plan B’s explanation of Prime’s guidance on Pre and Post trip inspections...in the thread about HOS that Joel posted.

Thanks.

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

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChrisEMT's Comment
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I thought I'd share with you my last few loads just to illustrate how my "dedicated" job works. Last weekend I was dispatched on a 1,562 mile load that originated in Delhi, Louisiana, then had four stops. Almost all my loads are multi-stop flatbed loads. This one had it's first stop in Riverdale, New Jersey, then proceeded to Farmington, Connecticut, Bristol, Connecticut, and Amesbury, Massachusetts. It had a pre-planned backhaul load with it where I picked up return materials in Amesbury, then made my way over to Buffalo, New York to pick up some equipment that was bound for the plant in Delhi. That added another 1,700 miles onto that weeks miles.

You were in my neck of the woods. I live in central CT.... I was on a "dedicated" account out of Vermont, and I would go as far west as Buffalo, NY, as far north as northern Maine, and as far south as Maryland. Made very good money as well, usually 2200-2500 miles a week, and home on weekends.

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