Advice On Averitt *one Year Driving Exp On December * Looking To Switch Companies *

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R. Picante's Comment
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Im coming up on my one year driving experience flatbed with Prime. However this OTR is killing me! Family and friend snd freling lonely and my passion for filming and photography took a hard hit. I see averitt has Regonal Flatbed same pay, home every werk or every two weeks. Great benefits. Average miles is what i get now. So i can see this as a s good switch!

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Im coming up on my one year driving experience flatbed with Prime. However this OTR is killing me! Family and friend snd freling lonely and my passion for filming and photography took a hard hit. I see averitt has Regonal Flatbed same pay, home every werk or every two weeks. Great benefits. Average miles is what i get now. So i can see this as a s good switch!

Same pay is a good thing but you must realize if you are home more you make less money. That is one of the problems with trucking. You either want more money or more hometime. Seldom will both be had at the company place. If you want both a LTL company can provide that but you are on a strict time table and in some ways can be worse than OTR. They are home every night in some cases but 12 to 14 hours working then go home and be back at work in 8 to 10 hours,which by the way is your 10 hour rest break, and then you are behind the wheel again back driving.

6 String Rhythm day a pretty nice step by step process on LTL that he is doing.

LTL:

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

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.

R. Picante's Comment
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What dose LTL stand for? I'm call and ask few question, just working on that list of what to ask first.

LTL:

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
Terry C.'s Comment
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What dose LTL stand for? I'm call and ask few question, just working on that list of what to ask first.

LTL= Less than truck load. Companies that haul freight that doesn't fill the trailer. FTL= Full truck load. Companies that fill their trailers before delivering.

LTL:

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
R. Picante's Comment
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On the site says 90% no touch freight. But I think that's for box/reefer. Company flatbed coverage includes 15-states; AL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV. No NYC or Canada!

Here's the link to site for further info. Like I said I will call for more info.

http://www.averittcareers.com/flatbed.html

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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R. Picante, I have been with Averitt for over a year now (dry van, OTL) and I can say you should make as much driving regional as you will being OTR. They pay a bit more than the industry average which compensates for the fewer miles. I am at 41 cpm for the freight runs that I do (averaged over 2000 mi week first year) when not running production or touring. I can`t say what those pay as they depend on contract and I do not think they would want me to say anyway. OTL is looking for flat bed drivers as well, however, with you wanting to be home more, it may not be a fit.

Either way, good luck to ya.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
R. Picante's Comment
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Rolling thunder how is the company overall? You do OTR or regional with them?

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.

Rhonda's Comment
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A guy that was in my CDL class went with Averitt, in Knoxville, TN.

He is not happy because of low miles. He's looking for another job.

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.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Rolling thunder how is the company overall? You do OTR or regional with them?

The company has been great to me. I started regional and pretty much did that for the year with the occasional dedicated fill in run. I have also pulled some reefer (Russell Stover) and now I do mainly production runs until touring cranks back up again in Jan.

The experience you have with any company is subjective. It really depends on how hard you are willing to run and how you treat the customers, dispatch... etc.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I forgot to add they do not have an Over The Road division, it is mainly regional , dedicated, LTL , city and production/tour runs.

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.

LTL:

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:

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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