Are Starting Salaries Of About $40,000 - $50,000 For OTR Or Home Everyday?

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Old School's Comment
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Many "non training" drivers rarely come to terminals. A couple times a year maybe for repairs.

Hey Nick, I'm just confirming Kearsey's statement. I live in Texas. My dispatcher is in Arkansas. My "Knight" terminal is in Gulfport, MS. I only went there twice this past year.

I did go home every time I asked for home time, and I took maybe 3 or 4 home time visits in Ohio to see my eldest daughter and her growing family.

The company's hiring area is what you need to know about. Their terminal locations don't help you at all.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Nick S.'s Comment
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Nick, you don't understand how this works. You don't go to a terminal then go home. You drop a load and take the truck home. I lived in NJ but my dispatcher was in MO. I parked at a local truck stop while home.

Many sponsored programs have you go for orientation for a week then stay there for 2 to 3 weeks, then return home to get the CDL at your DMV. After that you are placed in OTR training and go home once a month or so. The trainer would drop you off and pick u up from home.

At Prime and a few others, you do orientation at a terminal for a few days then go off driving the country with the permit before returning to the terminal to test. But location does not matter. All that matters is their hiring area. That tells you they have freight to get you home and come back OTR. Many "non training" drivers rarely come to terminals. A couple times a year maybe for repairs.

Hey there Truckin Along With Kearsey,

Thank you so very much for replying back to me and offering more help and insight. I greatly appreciate it.

Based on one of my other posts, I now “think” I finally understand about how I get to go home and time off. So I am now okay and cool with it and how it works, and what I have learned in the past 24 hours. LOL! Most of all, what you have shared in your recent post, it clarifies it all for me. Now “I think” I got it.

Thank you so very much for your help, and your kindness.

Kind Regards,

Nick S.

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.

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.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Nick S.'s Comment
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Many "non training" drivers rarely come to terminals. A couple times a year maybe for repairs.

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Hey Nick, I'm just confirming Kearsey's statement. I live in Texas. My dispatcher is in Arkansas. My "Knight" terminal is in Gulfport, MS. I only went there twice this past year.

I did go home every time I asked for home time, and I took maybe 3 or 4 home time visits in Ohio to see my eldest daughter and her growing family.

The company's hiring area is what you need to know about. Their terminal locations don't help you at all.

Hello there Old School,

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. Based on what I have learned in the past 24 hours on this subject, "I think" I now understand how all of this works. It does now all make sense, once I sat down and read the various information about how this all works.

Thanks so very much.

Kind Regards,

Nick S.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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