Question About Whether Company Counts As OTR Miles

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AceArcher's Comment
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Hello again everyone,

About a week away from graduating with my Class A Cdl. Was strongly considering going with one of the typical new driver companies to get a year of OTR experience. (Werner / Covenant were the top runners because i would be able to start off with a regional / dedicated run with more regular home time.)

However i happened to bump into the HR manager for a local moving company who is looking for drivers. (something similar to atlas van lines..etc)

Can anyone advise if time worked with these sort of companies counts as OTR experience? the work would basically involving hauling peoples personal belongings between military bases in the south east (florida to texas)

I am interested in knowing if this will count towards trucking experience.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel B.'s Comment
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No, that's not considered OTR experience. Its experience, but not OTR experience. Which means if you have to answer the question on an application "Do you have OTR experience?" your answer would be "No.".

Take David for example, he drove for Swift for about 9 months then went to a local job for a year. He then applied at Prime Inc. and was still required to participate in training because he hasn't had any recent OTR experience. Even though he's been in a truck for almost two years now he still had to go through the training.

If you decide to go local and a year later decide to go OTR, you'll most likely have a training period. It may be shortened, it may not be.

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.

AceArcher's Comment
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If it helps answer the question, the local company is actually a "Bekins van lines" agent.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You could get away with saying that its a regional job, but it won't be OTR experience.

Regional:

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.

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.

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