Which Mega Carrier Is Better For Regional/dedicated Loads?

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Rick L.'s Comment
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This might be a stupid question. Do you have to drive at night? I am a morning person and dont think I would function well if I had to that often

Rick

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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This might be a stupid question. Do you have to drive at night? I am a morning person and dont think I would function well if I had to that often

Rick

Depends on what you are hauling and who the receiver is. WalMart DCs has dry products deliver during the day and refrigerated during the night...a couple other grocery types are the same.

I deliver cheese to Little Caesars DC in Greensboro NC at 0600 their time/0400 mine. I am a night person, so this is rough to do for me. My load planner usually works with my late hours, but sometimes she can't. It is what it is.

Laura

Rick L.'s Comment
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Thanks for the tip

Rick

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Well CFI has some regional and dedicated. We should have more opportunities for that down the road. We have a terminal in KCMO. You could ask a recruiter what is currently available. They pay for your training and just raised what students are paid while on their trainer's trucks to 32CPM. If you're OTR CFI gets you home when you request. However, every weekend is regional. If you drive OTR for one year, you would then have more options for local work.

Hope that helps.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Rick L.'s Comment
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Thanks Scott!

Davy A.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the help guys. I believe Knight is based out of KC too. Looks like I have more options than I realized. I thought it would be a neat experience to do over the road for a few months or so but then I would want to get home at least every weekend if possible.

Rick

We do have a terminal at KC. Knight offers regional routes that advertise 6 days out/2 in, and 8 days out/2 in. At least in Dry Van. As far as I have seen, they have been very accommodating on home time. You will have 30,000 miles that are done OTR , but even that has been very flexible on home time. Im usually home every couple weeks during that training, sometimes every 5 or 6 days. I have found though, that where you are based out of doesnt necessarily have to line up with a terminal nearby. My home terminal is Denver, but I also have a residence in AR, so take home time there as well as home time in Phoenix AZ and a few other places.

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.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Larry B. 's Comment
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Forgot to mention, I am in the Kansas City area.

Rick

Hey Rick, I’m also in the KC area kinda. I have researched several starter companies too and plan to go with CFI in October. the recruiter said I could go Regional after training. I also looked at Schneider, Swift, Prime and knight. I’ve decided on CFI mainly because they put you through CDL school and then you are with a trainer for a minimum of 21 days and the trainer sits in the passenger seat the whole time. You don’t drive team during training with CFI.

You do have to drive for them for one year to pay back the schooling. The recruiter I talked to didn’t seem to know how much money you have to pay back if you leave before the year is over which I thought was kinda odd that she didn’t know that.

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.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I don't know the current amount you would owe. However, for every month you drive you work off one twelfth of what is owed. You will see that total on the contract you will sign.

Rick L.'s Comment
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Larry, If you dont mind what made you pick CFI over Knight? Might help. I have a medical procedure next month. After that I am going to start talking to recruiters. I was leaning towards Knight and Roehl but I will check into CFI as well

Thanks Rick

Larry B. 's Comment
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Larry, If you dont mind what made you pick CFI over Knight? Might help. I have a medical procedure next month. After that I am going to start talking to recruiters. I was leaning towards Knight and Roehl but I will check into CFI as well

Thanks Rick

I already have my CDL but I don’t have any experience so they wanted me to go to Phoenix Arizona for refresher training which I don’t really want to do.

CFI said I could go through their school in Springfield (crowder cdl school) which I heard was very good and welcomed that plan because I have No experience to speak of. Plus I can take my vehicle to the school and come home on weekends if I want.

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.
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