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Sorry I'm not a driver but thinking about a career change. What is an LTL company?

Less Than Truckload. You can google LTL trucking and come up with lots of info on the topic, or read my thread LTL Trucking - My linehaul job where I go into an in depth description on LTL trucking. I also provide a list of LTL companies to look into. It's about 1/2 into my thread.

Basically, you have LTL and truckload companies. All the companies you see on this forum are truckload companies - Swift, Werner, Prime, Schneider, etc... Truckload companies have the OTR jobs. This is simplifying it, but you'll get the gist.

You asking this question is exactly why I am always bringing the topic up - a lot of folks new to trucking or researching it as a career are only exposed to the OTR or truckload sector of the industry. It's not for everybody.

OTR jobs are more abundant and you can live anywhere and get an OTR gig. But if you live in the right place, you can land an LTL job right out of trucking school, or some LTL companies will train you in-house w/o having to go to trucking school.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


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.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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