So What's It Like Being A OTR Driver

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Rocky Top's Comment
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So I'm planning to do solo OTR for awhile after my training with a trainer (whenever i get one) is done and i want to know what's it like out there, any good places i should keep my eyes out for?, any good restaurants? etc sorry if it's something already asked I'm new to this site and truck driving in general

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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So I'm planning to do solo OTR for awhile after my training with a trainer (whenever i get one) is done and i want to know what's it like out there, any good places i should keep my eyes out for?, any good restaurants? etc sorry if it's something already asked I'm new to this site and truck driving in general

It all depends on where your driving assignments lead you. Restaurants are a dime a dozen. Eating at restaurants a lot gets mighty expensive. Don't get hooked on fast food. Occasionally, I'll get a burger, but I throw out the bread because it's just white bread junk food and I'm not eating any starches. And truck stops are infamous for unhealthy food. Big Scott went vegan, and I think he is a good source for super healthy eating while OTR.

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.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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So I'm planning to do solo OTR for awhile after my training with a trainer (whenever i get one) is done and i want to know what's it like out there, any good places i should keep my eyes out for?, any good restaurants? etc sorry if it's something already asked I'm new to this site and truck driving in general

Not a driver...yet, but I have traveled a fair amount in my car.

Depending on what you like to see, driving through North Dakota with the sunflowers in bloom is pretty cool. The Badlands of South Dakota are spectacular.

Driving west on I70 out of Colorado and into Utah, there is a stretch where everything around you is flat, but you see towering mountains on the horizon. As the sun rises, that view can be breathtaking.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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So I'm planning to do solo OTR for awhile after my training with a trainer (whenever i get one) is done and i want to know what's it like out there, any good places i should keep my eyes out for?, any good restaurants? etc sorry if it's something already asked I'm new to this site and truck driving in general

Howdy, Rocky Top!

The 'vets' of the site will chime in about foodstuffs; and we have MANY threads, about just such.

Where'd you train? Who did you go with?? The locale/dedicated or regional , or full 48(?!?) will be a great help ... to help ya'out! Hazarding a guess....Prime ?!?!?

Welcome to TT, RT ! Share your journey, you'll get all the help you need; promise.

~ Anne ~

ps: Our moderator, PJ (read his posts...!) is from Elberton (sp?) GA., and may chime in, soon.

pps: Kearsey (one of our mods) always loves(ed) Sapp Bros. when possible; her Y/T channel is: Kearsey!

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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It freaking rocks!!!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It freaking rocks!!!

LOL .. YEP, in a nutshell. We saved hella tons of cash when Tom was OTR. I'm still ever grateful for HIM, taking that quantum leap. Put 2 kids thru school, and now 'mom' (me) works from home, UNTIL I attempt CDL'ing, after our son ages up/out! I waitressed, bartended, & managed restaurants through many of those years...for insta'cash. Tough life worked out WELL, tho!

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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