Local Vs OTR Experience?

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Jason C.'s Comment
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Driving local has I feel made me a better driver than I believe that OTR would have. For the simple fact that its a lot of city driving. I unload my trailer daily as well which keeps me in shape. If you was to go from OTR droppin and hookin to Local unloading of your trailer it would be a shock I think because u arent used to it Just as Local to OTR would be a shock because its just a lot of driving without alot of outside movement. Anyway, any opinions?

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.

Heavy C's Comment
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I tell you I feel the same way. I will admit Im certainly no expert but, being a local driver and northeast regional I have to drive in tight cities and small towns. Not to mention getting my trailer into malls, strip malls, and shopping plazas is no small feat. I personally love the experience in getting no not going otr. Down side though is with my job is I don't get any experience with scaling and trip planning. I guess you take the good with the bad though.

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.

Dm:

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.
Jason C.'s Comment
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I agree

David's Comment
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I did or and went local pickup up charity donations for The Salvation Army. Which was loading and unloading box's/furniture back to otr. What a shock in both directions.. Was way out of shape to in shape to still in shape but feel I need to do more, lol...

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Local delivery, city drivers, P&D - whatever you call them, they have my utmost respect in the trucking industry. Typically in Less Than Truckload, P&D guys make less than linehaul guys - even though I"m a linehaul driver, I believe there are valid points for why city drivers should get paid the most. Tight backing, navigating city lanes w/ traffic, dealing w/ consignees ... Not for me. You city drivers have my respect for sure!

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

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

Linehaul:

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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