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Donna M.'s Comment
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I’ve been offered a dedicated route from North Carolina to Georgia. It’s a guaranteed 2500 miles, be losing some miles. Really thinking about it for the winter months. I won’t be locked in can go back Otr anytime I want. Don’t have to change fm. Overnight parking on both sides will only have to stop for showers and food. All drop and hook. Really can’t find a reason not to try it.

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

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.


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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

PJ's Comment
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Give it a shot, congrats and getting it just before winter sets in!!

ChrisEMT's Comment
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Congrats on getting offered a dedicated account. My question is, you say you'll be losing miles. Is the pay per mile higher? Do you get any additional pay on the dedicated account that you didn't get before the dedicated account, like stop pay, unload/assist unload pay, safety pay, fuel bonuses, weekends off/extra pay for working your "days off"? The OTR drivers for the company I worked for were making .27/mile, with no additional pay lines like safety or stop pay, and no fuel bonuses, the last dedicated account I was on, I had weekends off, made .37/mile, .02 safety pay, $15/stop (5-9 stop a day average), $20/$40 assist unload/unload pay and layover pay if we had to wait more that 12 hours (2 hours over our 10 hour break) of $75-100. After everything was averaged, I was making .62/mile for 2200-2500 miles a week, home from noon Friday until 10 am Sunday, and mad over $52k/year without working to hard.

Just a few things to think about, and like you said, you won't be locked into it if you don't like it. Hope you enjoy it though....


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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Sounds like a good gig, Donna. Is it near your home? How often will you be able to get home?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sounds like a good deal to me unless it is a huge drop in pay

Donna M.'s Comment
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The way it was explained to me , I’m still prime company. Payed the same, detention, fuel bonus, per diem. I’ll be 5 hours from home so probably won’t change home time except maybe holidays because I know they close for most holidays. With winter, snow, ice and road closures, and the normal slow down this time of year I don’t think I’ll really be losing anything.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Viking's Comment
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I'm currently on a dedicated account that "guarantees" 2000 mi a week.

In reality I run close to 3300 a week. The guarantee is usually just the minimum. Always room to run more.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yeah i say go for it. As stated that is a minimum. I bet you could get extra loads in.

You run hard and by next year, winter won't matter to you.

Dan67's Comment
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I switched to a dedicated GNC refer account with my job and I love it. I only work 4 days a week (2000 miles) and still make bank. I run a loop from Anderson, SC up to Indianapolis, IN then down to Montgomery, AL. I either get a backhaul from Montgomery or I run empty to Atlanta and do some LTL pickups for the west coast teams. Fridays I run local.


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
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