Going Local

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It all depends on who the customers are and where you are driving to. I start at the local terminal at 3am and assigned a daycab. I usually head up to First Quality Tissue and garb my preloaded trailer and its either a single stop or two-stop run to Costco or Sam's. Live unloads and return to grab a load and drive to Atlanta, GA. Mainly NE to SW in the Fairburn, GA. Having to cross Atlanta is a challenge every day. Those fools constantly wreck. When I get down there I am dropping my trailer and grabbing an empty to head to my next pickup and drop the empty to get my loaded trailer. Then to get back through Atlanta, GA and drop the backhaul in either Greenville or Anderson SC. I always end up maxing my 14 and usually have to do use the short haul exemption every week. I get paid hourly and I end up averaging 65 hours in 5 days.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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It all depends on who the customers are and where you are driving to. I start at the local terminal at 3am and assigned a daycab. I usually head up to First Quality Tissue and garb my preloaded trailer and its either a single stop or two-stop run to Costco or Sam's. Live unloads and return to grab a load and drive to Atlanta, GA. Mainly NE to SW in the Fairburn, GA. Having to cross Atlanta is a challenge every day. Those fools constantly wreck. When I get down there I am dropping my trailer and grabbing an empty to head to my next pickup and drop the empty to get my loaded trailer. Then to get back through Atlanta, GA and drop the backhaul in either Greenville or Anderson SC. I always end up maxing my 14 and usually have to do use the short haul exemption every week. I get paid hourly and I end up averaging 65 hours in 5 days.

I salute you. Personally, the entire reason that I went local is to get my life back. You wouldn't catch me working 65 hours per week. Local is for work:life balance. OTR is for working 65 hours per week to maximize the income- in my opinion.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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You say that, but I just got done with a 65 hour week. I'm still getting around 51-52ish in 4 days, and worked 5 this week. At least you get to go home though (Although if things went south yesterday I would have to have spent my sunday morning driving back and getting like 3-4 hours pf time)

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