Finding The Right Carrier. Manuals And Apus

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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This guy is a waste of time.

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The only waste of time here is your post, Kerry.

JD came here with a legitimate question, and what we do as experienced drivers is offer our opinions on the matter. That's kind of what we do here.

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He doesn't have to agree with those opinions, and that's ok! There is still such a thing as free will, and he is free to exercise it as he pleases. Dissenting opinions are often the sparks that ignite interesting and robust conversations.

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Fair enough.

I was referring to the contradiction of wanting to go OTR and then talking about local trucks. To me, obviously my opinion, it came across as someone who isn't serious in asking questions.

IF, J.D. is sincere and I misunderstood, then that's my fault and I apologize.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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He said he wanted to do 3 years otr , saving enough for what he needs. After that, if he likes it he'll do local..

Where's the contradiction? That's the exact path a lot of drivers take, including myself.

I see it as forward-thinking. I too am of the opinion that I'd rather not have a restriction on my license. I too would at least research a way to avoid it if I could. That's what JD is doing. Nothing wrong with researching and gathering information. Isn't that what you are doing?

Many companies in my area are still manual only. One of them was #2 on my list of companies to retire from.

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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He said he wanted to do 3 years otr , saving enough for what he needs. After that, if he likes it he'll do local..

Where's the contradiction? That's the exact path a lot of drivers take, including myself.

I see it as forward-thinking. I too am of the opinion that I'd rather not have a restriction on my license. I too would at least research a way to avoid it if I could. That's what JD is doing. Nothing wrong with researching and gathering information. Isn't that what you are doing?

Many companies in my area are still manual only. One of them was #2 on my list of companies to retire from.

For the sake of civility, I will say that I get your point. I could offer remarks in reply as a rebuttal, but I think it would be better to simply agree to disagree.

To be clear, I don't disagree with the wisdom of what you are saying. My disagreement is in application to this specific thread. Again, agree to disagree?

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.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I’m with Turtle on this one. I would do everything I could to avoid having that restriction on my license. While it’s true that the majority of larger carriers have or are continuing to convert to auto shift transmissions, it’s also true that those large carriers only make up roughly 10% of the entire industry. There are literally thousands of companies out there still running manual transmissions and they have no intent of switching over.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm not sure why this always becomes such a debate, if he wants to not have a automatic restriction that's good. Sure automatics are taking over, however there are still manuals around so why limit yourself?

There is a chance he may never even see a stick but having the license to drive one definitely will not hurt.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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It is funny to me how when this comes up it is always the same people on the "manuals are dinosaurs and not worth worrying about" argument and the same people on " manuals are not extinct yet so what is the harm" argument.

I've also noticed a trend local and speciallized drivers tend to be more in favor of manuals while OTR isn't.

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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Bobcat, I respect and admire the drivers that do manual. I wanted to drive a manual, but got assigned an automated truck. At my advanced age,69, I would retire if required to drive a manual. For me, that’s not ever going to happen. To those who drive a manual, stay safe To those who drive automated, stay safe

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-One's Comment
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Why would you have to retire if assigned a manual, Bruce?

Bobcat, I respect and admire the drivers that do manual. I wanted to drive a manual, but got assigned an automated truck. At my advanced age,69, I would retire if required to drive a manual. For me, that’s not ever going to happen. To those who drive a manual, stay safe To those who drive automated, stay safe

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Banks's Comment
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You'll never regret having no restriction, but you may regret having it.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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You'll never regret having no restriction, but you may regret having it.

I will 100%, unequivocally, absolutely, NEVER regret having a manual restriction on my license. If it has some companies not willing to hire me, I don't want to work for them anyway.

That is me. Not everyone is the same.

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