Stuck Between A Hard Place

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Jason B.'s Comment
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I'm hoping to go to a local company that will pay me plus get my class A CDL , all in my state. I want to be home on weekends. Anyone know anything about Boyd Brothers and how do you guys with wife and kids handle otr? I just want to get my time in and go home

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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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I haven't heard of boyd brothers but I am a local driver. I didn't want to do OTR for the same reason you mentioned, not being there for your family. What I personally see is trucking is difficult on a family whether you're OTR, Regional or local. I've had 2 local truck driving jobs and the hours were not very family friendly. I did foodservice and would usually wake up around 2am, start at 330am and unload 15-20,000 pounds of product physically with a 2 wheeler. I'd get done typically 330-430pm. By the time I get home, shower and eat dinner I only have maybe an hour to play with the kids before its bedtime. That job was M-F. Current job i work Monday Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. Now I typically wake up at 10pm to clock in at work by 11pm or midnight. Drive through the night to get home early afternoon. My kids are still young enough they take naps in the afternoon so they're usually waking up about 2-230pm when I get home. Many days I only get 4 or 5 hours of sleep because I feel guilty not being awake and being gone all the time. Thankfully I'm only scheduled 4 days a week though I try to pick up atleast 1 extra day a week. My wife grew up with her dad gone as an OTR driver. She has told me numerous times to go OTR or regional where I'm home weekends because during my work week I'm physically home but I'm so focused on getting ready to go back to work in a couple hours that I'm not giving them the attention they deserve.

There are jobs that are more of a 9-5 style but those are the most sought after jobs with fierce competition. Put in a year or more of safe driving and you'll be considered for a job like that.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Boyd Brothers is a fine flatbed outfit. I have a wife at home and it works for us. It takes commitment.

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