Regional Driving

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Ryne T.'s Comment
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How often are you usually home with a regional job? How many miles do you typically cover?

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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How often are you usually home with a regional job? How many miles do you typically cover?

This is something that confuses people a lot. It can differ from company to company.

"Regional" means just that.... An area the company runs. I had a friend who was "regional" it meant at his company anything east of Denver. So NJ to TX etc. He was home every other weekend for a full Saturday and Sunday. He got paid CPM.

Another friend worked northeast regional and was home every weekend for a 34 hr break (which believe me is not a full weekend) but got paid a flat rate of $1300 per week.

I know southeast people who get home every other weekend and get cpm but only get 1800 miles.

It really differs. And realize that the first day of home time you just want to sleep do laundry and restock the truck. So going home for 2 days at a time may not seem like enough when you do it. But other people tell me they get stir crazy if they stay on the road much longer than every 2 weeks.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Steve L.'s Comment
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How often are you usually home with a regional job? How many miles do you typically cover?

When I was with Schneider, they said “regional” meant whatever day you got home, you still needed to be out Monday. Whereas I was “OTR” with 5 days off per month. So, if I got home Saturday and was planned on two days home, I got Sunday and Monday off, back out Tuesday. I averaged 2,400-2,500 miles per week as an OTR driver for Schneider and really liked them.

Now I drive for a “Southeast Regional” company and get home at least once a week, sometimes more. My company allows me (within reason) to say when I am coming back out. Some weeks I get home Thursday afternoon and come out Monday, some weeks I burn my 70, get home Sunday and leave out Tuesday. I’ve even had weeks where I got home three times. I’ve averaged >2,500 miles per week this year.

My suggestion is; ask the companies you are considering, how THEY define regional.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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.

Chris L's Comment
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I drive for a regional trucking company based in Baldwinville, NY I started out in the Dry-Van Division usually I would leave on Sunday evening or Monday morning and would back to the terminal early to late Friday afternoon. I'm no on a dedicated account now hauling Metal Coil Sunday to Thursday my delivery window is between Midnight to Four A.M.

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.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Ryne T.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the replies. All makes sense something I will have to talk to a company about. I like the sound of Wilson logistics also kinda like Schneider or Roehl. Just have some homework to do.

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