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Pete B.'s Comment
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That's a great post to read, Davy, really interesting how you drew the analogy from your experience on the bike to your career in trucking. Clearly your move to Hummer wasn’t spur-of-the-moment or otherwise frivolous in any way, shape, or form. Well that and you did mention that it took you 8 mos. to pull the trigger. :). Your storytelling and the skill to teach lessons through it reminds me of another long-time contributor on this forum. Congratulations on landing with a company more aligning with your goals and wish you the best in reaching them.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I've heard a lot of great things about Hummer. Regional and Dedicated Midwest haven't had any openings in over a year. You must be in a prime location. The OTR position is quoted at 2500-2900 miles a week here in Minnesota.

I don't know that they were or weren't hiring. I just had read about them. I cold called the recruiter and we ended up in a several hour conversation. Once I talked with my DM and management, it just clicked really well.

I'm based out of Colorado Springs. I'm flexible on my home time though and willing to take it wherever and then fly home or fly the Mrs out.

They originally said 2500 to 2900 as well, it was one of the reasons I waited so long. Once I talked with the dm though, and saw the opportunity to put down more miles, it was go time.

It really depends on how you manage your clocks and time, how efficient you are.

We will see. I was the only person in orientation, it was about 5 hours long and I had two loads on me, then was dispatched for the remainder of the week. I've had one two minute conversation with the fill in DM and that's OK, I don't require much guidance.

From Tues evening to this morning I have 2580 miles down. If it was a full week. I'd easily hit 3600. Doing two local live unloads today. So far, I'm very pleased.


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.


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, 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.
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