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TCB's Comment
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There is a reason that this positions are always open.

PackRat's Comment
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There is a reason that this positions are always open.


Lots of aggravation, unloading by the driver, difficult maneuvers in tight areas, lots of added pressure, etc.

We never recommend taking this route as a brand new driver.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Our neighbor's son graduated from a private CDL school last year without intentions of driving but having the additional credentials in hopes he could get into being a heavy equipment operator. That didn't work out and about two months ago he got hired by Schneider and sent to Arizona for training. Have you tried them?

Our son was team driving OTR for a whole 3 months when his driving partner took the truck and went solo when Michael took his first home time in about 2 months. He applied for several openings at CR England but was only offered a Dollar General fresh account. He hated most of went with that job but did okay with it with no mishaps. Having to get police to block traffic so he could back in off the street, lots of other difficult backings, sleeping behind a DG store overnight much of the time with no restroom access, etc. But he survived and after 4 months took a job with Marten where he has done well over 2 years. Not the ideal path but it worked out okay for him.

Good luck.


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.


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.

BK's Comment
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So, Leah, it looks like you do have options besides Dollar Tree. Disregard my previous advice and go with what PackRat and the others advised and avoid Dollar Tree. Sound wisdom.

Leah's Comment
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I appreciate all the advice. Each and every one. It does help out things into perspective when your brain is just going 360! I haven’t given up applying other places just yet.

Mahalo Everyone!

Christina C.'s Comment
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Schneider is a good place to get a start. I went there for school and some experience and they have regional available for new people, as well as the dollar accounts which they tried to get me to do as well. I did my training with my TE on a dollar general account and its a really tough one. The backing is horrible especially when you are first starting out. It took me at least 6 months before i could get the swing of regular backing


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.

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