Should I Commute For ODFL?

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Jakob M.'s Comment
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I'm wanting to get on at OD in the driver training program. I live in Bowling Green, KY. I live less than 2 miles from the OD terminal but they aren't hiring. The closest terminal hiring is LaVergne, TN.

Google maps says during the day it's a 1.5 hour, 80something mile commute.

So my question is is that too much of a commute for LTL? I know immediate traffic issues would be I65 where it switches from 2 lane to 4+lanes. That area always has a traffic jam during rush hour. Southbound traffic jam in the mornings, Northbound in the evenings.

From what I can find, there isn't much LTL closer, at least not with a training program spot. What do you guys think?

And for my OD guys, chances of transferring from Nashville to Bwing Green terminal when they have an opening? Would I have to have a year of experience first?

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
PackRat's Comment
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If you only need 4 hours sleep on a good day. Personally, I would never do that.

Banks's Comment
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I would say no. First, for the reason Packrat stated.

Second, freight levels are low. I know it's low at FedEx and I've heard it's low at ODFL as well.

The last one will vary by person, but I'm so busy in my day to day life that I barely make it work on time now and I have a 15 minute commute.

Jakob M.'s Comment
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The next closest that has a training spot I could apply for is YRF. I don't know much about them though, they are 30 minutes closer to me. Otherwise I'll just have to wait a while

BK's Comment
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Man, that commute would be brutal. Can you hold out for something closer? What about your living situation? Can you move to be closer to a job?

Klutch's Comment
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Get a cheap month to month studio or extended stay room closer to the terminal until you can transfer closer to home. Obviously there’s no guarantee that would happen though but you wouldn’t be safe on the road commuting that every day.

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.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Commute or punt is a false choice. Rent a room in a Nashville suburb until you can transfer to Bowling Green. You can go home on weekends and start building seniority all for less than $800/mo. ODFL is an excellent company.

Jakob M.'s Comment
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I think I'm gonna keep an eye on the local terminals a little longer. Moving isn't an option

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Call the Bowling Green terminal and talk to the TM ask them if they anticipate any openings anytime soon. I believe you have to wait a year and need to be in good standing to be granted a transfer however they do make exceptions.

If you can get a dock position in Bowling Green and make it clear you want to be a driver. Then you can apply for the training spot when one becomes available.

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.

Jakob M.'s Comment
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Call the Bowling Green terminal and talk to the TM ask them if they anticipate any openings anytime soon. I believe you have to wait a year and need to be in good standing to be granted a transfer however they do make exceptions.

If you can get a dock position in Bowling Green and make it clear you want to be a driver. Then you can apply for the training spot when one becomes available.

I had talked to him, he said he doesn't know when they'll hire again and said they offer to dockworkers first. It's a smaller terminal anyway. They don't list any positions available when I checked earlier

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.

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