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PackRat's Comment
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I quite because I couldn't handle OTR I can drive the truck just fine and I'm not as neveris like I was before when I first started out with otr but coming from Dedicated OTR isn't for me I was very happy and less stressful with dedicated that I could handle and do perfectly fine it just the Two stupid accidents on my end that shouldn't have never happened in the first place I guess it was just one of those bad weeks

Nope. You need more training, situational awareness, and attention to detail. The area you drive has nothing to do with the problems you described.

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.
MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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If I can do a Dedicated lanes something like driving back and forth from point A to point B and just back and forth from cost to cost I think something like that would be perfect for me so I can be less stressful about driving all over the Country

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Have you considered linehaul? You would be going to the same terminal or a handful of terminals every night.

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.

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.
MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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no one have offer linehaul to me only job offer i get is 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.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Michael I’m really perplexed about something…

You worked for at least 4 different companies. How and why did it take you this long to figure out that OTR wasn’t for you?

Line haul? You’re running double trailers. Not sure if you’re ready for that. It too will be stressful in the beginning as you learn building and taking apart your set of doubles.

Honestly Man… I think you should look for local Class B work; like dump truck, cement mixer or building material delivery.

Good luck.

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.

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Michael I’m really perplexed about something…

You worked for at least 4 different companies. How and why did it take you this long to figure out that OTR wasn’t for you?

Line haul? You’re running double trailers. Not sure if you’re ready for that. It too will be stressful in the beginning as you learn building and taking apart your set of doubles.

Honestly Man… I think you should look for local Class B work; like dump truck, cement mixer or building material delivery.

Good luck.

Actually, that's a great idea, G'Town! Some of those gigs pay pretty decent, too. Local pavers (like Kokosing, here in Ohio) have great benefits and incentives. Tom's brother recently retired from such; left with a great payout, too!

Waste Management is always hiring, too. Indiana, right? (PLEASE put in profile!!) I believe they run there, as well as here.

Have you looked into a hostler / yard dog type job? How are your backing skills? Another food for thought; but mostly, as G'Towd ln said, a Class B job would be best up your alley.

Good luck, man!

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the help and the evidence

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Thanks for all the help and the evidence (advice.)

You're welcome!

Apologies to G'Towd In ... .as well! Sorry, G'Town . . . sorry.gif wtf-2.gif sorry.gif

Again, LOOK into pop/soda & beer delivery jobs! Might be a bit physical, but will still put your CDL to use, with a shorter rig. Banks had a diary on that, somewhere in here. PepsiCo is getting some 'Tesla' gigs this year, too!

~ Anne ~

ps: State >>>>>>>>Indiana, yes?

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.
James H.'s Comment
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Have you considered linehaul? You would be going to the same terminal or a handful of terminals every night.

Another possibility would be a USPS contractor. This is what I'm doing now, after starting out in linehaul. Most drivers have a set route, so you'll go to one or two postal facilities where you load and unload, and a truck stop or company yard where you Meet and Turn, and that's it, day after day. I'm sure a lot of drivers would hate it, and feel this kind of monotony is what they went into trucking to get away from. But if you're not in it for the adventure and just want to do your job and get home safe with minimal drama, this might be a good fit.

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.

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.
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