Any True OTR Companies??

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Pete B.'s Comment
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Nope. Solo. And I keep my hands to myself so they call me Hands Solo.

This made me laugh out loud!

Pete B.'s Comment
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Old School, I tried to quote your post, but it left me with too many characters. So I’ll just say, that was a Hall of Fame reply. There are so many lessons in that response. Every disgruntled driver that wants to leave their company should be handed those words to digest.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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Old School, I hardly consider myself a “disgruntled “ driver. In the end with Schneider, I left because I developed diabetes and needed to get that issue under control. I did just that and when I was ready to return I did a lot of research, talked to a number of recruiters and found a company that was a better fit for me. No shame in that. I’m not trying to pass judgement on Schneider because I’m totally unqualified to make any judgement. But I know what works for me and Schneider just didn’t fit my circumstances. After working for Schneider, 8 months, I was in a better position to evaluate what I wanted and found another company with different policies that worked better for me. After 8 months with company #2, I think I made a good decision and am very happy with my current situation. I’m thriving under their direction, getting great miles, good money and a system that I can embrace. The smaller company size is neither here nor there, it’s just something I like personally.

Am I going to be a job hopper? Not my style. Many drivers settle in with a second company and are very successful. My point, which seems to jive with yours, is that an OTR driver doesn’t need to go to every state or work for a mega carrier to be a highly effective OTR driver. Your evaluation of my being a disgruntled driver is too simplistic and unfair, in my opinion.

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.

Nathan S.'s Comment
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Old School I find it hilarious that you and so many others on this forum assume they know what my actual real life experience is with CFI. Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities. I’m not perfect and I have much to learn but this is the second time in a year I have posted on this forum and have been mercilessly ridiculed for speaking MY TRUTH about a company. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. You all have a good a safe trip down the road. I won’t be contributing to this place any longer ✌🏻

Old School's Comment
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I have posted on this forum and have been mercilessly ridiculed for speaking MY TRUTH about a company. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. You all have a good a safe trip down the road. I won’t be contributing to this place any longer

I'm sorry you feel this way Nathan. I hate to go on but, I just have to. Truth stands on its own feet. It stands alone. There is no such thing as "your truth" and somebody else's truth.

The truth sets you free. That's all I try to do in here. I try to set people free from struggling in this business. There are a lot of them. I actually have a ton of empathy for them. Which is why I don't mind people taking shots at me when I attempt to help. I'm a grown man who can take criticism. I'll even accept it gladly when it's correct. I've given my share of apologies in here when I'm mistaken.

All I want for you is success. I really mean that. I want the same for BK and all of my friends here. BK seems to be enjoying it now and I'm happy for him. I'll be just as happy for you when you are doing the same.

My point is most rookies don't even realize what they don't know. I know that because I listened to every driver I could at Western Express. They all had the same solution. Finish your first year and then go to a "better company."

I discovered it was all hogwash. They kept switching companies all the time. There were drivers with years of experience still sticking with that mantra that blames all their problems on the company. I just don't buy it. I learned to have great success at a trucking company with terrible reviews. I proved to myself that drivers can make a huge difference in their destiny by taking the bull by the horns and determining ways to help themselves succeed.

You've made your decision and I hope it works well for you. If it doesn't, you know where there are guys and gals like me who are willing to take your criticism while still being willing to help you.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Old School I find it hilarious that you and so many others on this forum assume they know what my actual real life experience is with CFI. Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities. I’m not perfect and I have much to learn but this is the second time in a year I have posted on this forum and have been mercilessly ridiculed for speaking MY TRUTH about a company. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. You all have a good a safe trip down the road. I won’t be contributing to this place any longer ✌🏻

Your initial post here and what you are now stating are disjointed.

Here is why:

You asked a question about "true OTR companies." You were given genuine feedback that what you are seeking is not likely to be found by simply hopping from one company to another. The reality of the situation is that your best play is probably to stay where you are and find a way to make it work better for you. If you are not willing to do that, it says something about you and your ability to make a viable living in this industry.

Old School may have lengthy comments that seem like they could be shortened to say the same thing, but the wisdom in what he is sharing is clear as day.

Suppose you decide to leave CFI for a company that you have decided will give you the longer runs you seek. You start driving for your second company and you realize that there are other things that you dislike even more than the length of runs at CFI. You had hoped to find a better fit, but find that you really wanted CFI with longer runs. What are you going to do then? Back to CFI or on to a third company? This is the scenario Old School is pointing out where you jump from company to company in search of that perfect fit.

Stick with CFI and have conversations with dispatch about what you expect. Give yourself a chance to better learn about the industry as a whole, at least a year with CFI. Once you hit at least a year, two years even better, you are in a better place to assess the situation of what you have and what you want. I think you will find that the thing holding you back from better income potential is you. Freight is kind of weird right now, but that's not going to change by changing the company name on your truck. Your best option is to make the best use of your clock as you can and to do it at CFI.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Nathan I reviewed all of the threads you have participated in…

I see no examples of where you received any merciless ridicule. Your statement is not truthful.

In fact in reading through your posts, the overwhelming theme in the replies to you was unconditional support. So… what exactly is your issue? This forum is not going to tell you what you want to hear…

I agree with Old School, Moe, Ryan and Kearsey… everyone in this forum is trying to help you make the right decision; very difficult times we are facing right now. Stick with what you know… work it out with CFI.

Good luck.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities.

Please reread OldSchool's response. He did no such thing. He drew comparisons between your current situation and a similar situation he found himself in at the start of his career. Furthermore he offered advice on how to improve your situation...advice that he found success by following.

Try to look at OldSchool's response from a more positive point of view. He's not trying to pick apart your failures and disabilities. He's providing solid advice on how to become a more profitable driver. Many successful drivers on this site attribute their success directly to following OldSchool's advice. That kind of record speaks for itself.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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Old School I find it hilarious that you and so many others on this forum assume they know what my actual real life experience is with CFI. Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities. I’m not perfect and I have much to learn but this is the second time in a year I have posted on this forum and have been mercilessly ridiculed for speaking MY TRUTH about a company. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. You all have a good a safe trip down the road. I won’t be contributing to this place any longer ✌🏻

Nathan, I hope you will reconsider and stick around. Nobody wants you to go away. Sometimes we have to take constructive criticism and persevere for the greater good. I’ve received my fair share of it and consider myself not just a better driver, but a better man as a result. This forum is too much of a valuable asset to walk away from. Hang in there and keep participating.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Old School I find it hilarious that you and so many others on this forum assume they know what my actual real life experience is with CFI. Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities. I’m not perfect and I have much to learn but this is the second time in a year I have posted on this forum and have been mercilessly ridiculed for speaking MY TRUTH about a company. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. You all have a good a safe trip down the road. I won’t be contributing to this place any longer ✌🏻

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Nathan, I hope you will reconsider and stick around. Nobody wants you to go away. Sometimes we have to take constructive criticism and persevere for the greater good. I’ve received my fair share of it and consider myself not just a better driver, but a better man as a result. This forum is too much of a valuable asset to walk away from. Hang in there and keep participating.

I concede w/ BK ~ no reason to stomp off, Nathan. Old School, the wise one, and G'Town . . . the Sheldon of TT ... always listen, as much as you can; glean the wisdom. Thick Skin is a huge part of trucking!

As far as 'full 48's ... got a few ~

A few long haul companies you can look into; CalArk . . . Chickie Monster (used to be on here) went w/them after Trans Am.

Another, is Rand's. They do like some experience, but worth a look see.

Finally, full OTR , always in the top 20, is Garner . . . right here by us. If I could get Tom to go OTR again, that'd be OUR / my choice. They've got all kinds of amenities.

I usually add links, but have folks over helping clean the barn at the moment. Look those up, as well as posts by ChickieMonster, on here. She ditched us here on TT after becoming 'twitter famous,' haha!

Best forward, 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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