Time For A Change - Local Maybe?

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Jamie's Comment
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I've been on the road now for a little over three years, excluding the small amount of time I spent on the Home Depot(home daily) account for Schneider. During this time, I've come to realize I love trucking but I don't like being on the road anymore especially if my wife and I plan to start a family, hopefully in the near future with the help of some doctors.

This might mean that my time at Crete is coming to an end simply over the fact they don't offer the home time I am looking for, but I'm going to double check with my terminal manager. Crete has been an amazing company to work for and I have earned some great money during my time here, so hoping maybe they got something that isn't listed where I can stay. I haven't decided anything officially yet, I have to get all my ducks in a row before I can switch to anything local since I was looking into Line Haul but they require hazmat , doubles/triples endorsements which I have neither of currently.

I haven't really looked, but I suspect that getting the endorsements added to my license would simply be me going to take the background check, and written test?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Yes, just take the tests just remember it can take a month or more to get the background check results back.

If you have any linehaul questions I'll be more than happy to answer them if I can.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Background and fingerprinting are needed for the hazmat , I'm unsure how long that process has been taking. Endorsements are just a written test and pay the fee. Hazmat test must be retaken when you renew you license or more frequently depending on your state. The other endorsements require no further testing than the initial written test.

While you ponder the decision I'd recommend getting a time set up to test. In Iowa our DMVs are booked about a month out due to no walk ins.

Hope everything works well for you.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Art M.'s Comment
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Have you thought about regional? I visit my kid in north TX often and stay there for a week or two running 5 6 hundred miles to KS, MO and back. Takes two days, do it two times a week. Ok on the money, home every two days, off on weekend.

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Yes, just take the tests just remember it can take a month or more to get the background check results back.

If you have any linehaul questions I'll be more than happy to answer them if I can.

Alright, I figured so. And yeah I know about the long process to get the background check results back from previous posts I've seen over the years.

I'll be sure to ask you and any others if any questions come up if I choose to go this route!

While you ponder the decision I'd recommend getting a time set up to test. In Iowa our DMVs are booked about a month out due to no walk ins.

Hope everything works well for you.

The last time I checked, Arkansas doesn't require an appointment. But I'll double check, thanks for the heads up!

I'm hoping so as well, going to talk to my terminal manager about anything Crete can offer before I decide on anything. But even then it'll be a few months before I'll actually switch to ensure everything goes smoothly as it can.

Have you thought about regional? I visit my kid in north TX often and stay there for a week or two running 5 6 hundred miles to KS, MO and back. Takes two days, do it two times a week. Ok on the money, home every two days, off on weekend.

I've thought about regional , but getting by the house isn't guaranteed only for getting your 34 hour reset. At least from what I've heard from other Crete drivers. But Crete for example does offer a regional loop where I could get by multiple times a week but I have no idea if I'd have time to stop or not, for example they go from Ohio->Arkansas->Taxes and it all ends back up in Ohio. So I can check into that.

I might give it a try to see how I like it, but ideally I would like to be home more.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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We have several local drivers here that are "Daytime drivers, M-F". They're home every day, and off every weekend. They all drive the day cabs.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Jamie's Comment
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We have several local drivers here that are "Daytime drivers, M-F". They're home every day, and off every weekend. They all drive the day cabs.

Yeah I seen that before, but sadly I live in Arkansas. North Platte also had some options where you can be home everyday but you have to live nearby. I am running a dedicated route out of North Platte to Denver and back, I always make it back to the DC. But I don't live in the area, I have thought about moving here but haven't decided yet.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Jamie's Comment
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Crete actually offers a regional route Monday-Friday with weekends off(the full weekend supposedly) that might work with what I want to do, so maybe I don't need to leave after all.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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You know it's a good place to work, most days. That's why we both came back.

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CM59's Comment
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I’m only in a year and I kick the idea around, maybe after another year. My kids are still young, but I’m currently living in my truck so it’s tricky. Long story LOL

There’s many options around me in Jax but finding one that is honest is something else.

Good luck with your search!

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