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Banks's Comment
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I have had lots of questions pop into my head over last few weeks, most stuck, some faded away. I should start writing em down.

I would definitely recommend doing that. You'll get caught up in the moment and forget to ask some questions and then you'll remember them on the drive home.

Banks's Comment
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I forgot to mention to take note of any questions your wife may have. She's a vital part in all of this so there may be some information she wants that you may be able to get on your ride along.

Delco Dave's Comment
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I will ask her. She has come around quite a bit since the initial shock back in Oct. Cant say she’s thrilled but she see’s I’m serious about it and now understands the local gigs require me to do some road time 1st. Hopefully I can get something regional after a few months OTR , being home every week for a day or two would help keep the peace until I have enough experience to run local. Who knows, maybe regional might get me home some week nights here and there as well

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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being home every week for a day or two would help keep the peace until I have enough experience to run local.

Most flatbed companies will get you home almost every weekend. Local work will in many cases have you home barely enough to get your 10 hour break in. Most days I'm starting my day around midnight and will work until atleast noon, often times 130-2pm. Half hour commute each way, shower, eat, spend time with my family and I'm often times left with only 4 or 5 hours of sleep. I take an hour break and try to catch a nap on the road or waiting in a dock when I'm picking up a load. I'm able to function this way but without that nap I'm exhausted. I always plan on going to sleep earlier but then theres errands to run or the kids want to play and I'm afraid of missing out on this time with them. My wife grew up with her dad being an OTR driver. She has told me many times she feels our family dynamic would be better if I went OTR because when I'm physically home, mentally I'm not as I'm trying to plan out my next day and just want to relax. My days off I'll usually sleep 12 hours.

I've mentioned this in previous threads but putting it out there again for those who may be reading it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Delco Dave's Comment
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I get ya Rob and appreciate your input. A local gig is gonna eat up the same time my current landscaping business is which doesn't help the with family time. Plus, if I have similar hrs as you I’d still miss a lot of the week night stuff anyway. I do like the physical aspect of flatbed, and home most weekends sounds good. I definitely still want to do physical work, just not the crazy amount I do now. I know local requires loading/unloading the truck and I’m fine with that also. The lack of physical work just driving would probably get to me. I go crazy in the winter doing very little physical work waiting for spring. I do get some occasional snow removal but thats it. Theres only so many things to fix/do in the house to keep me moving as well. Looks like regional flatbed might be the best fit for me

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.

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