Applied For A Dedicated Route With A Company CDL Training

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Brad P.'s Comment
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I applied to a company that has is offering CDL Training. Everything is a go. I got a date to start training BUT the job I applied for they didnt offer me. I applied for a dedicated route that puts me 2 hrs from home and 30 mins from my son. That gets me home 34-48hrs. Also my decision for that is I am new at OTR and feel this would be the best way to adjust to my new career. They offered me a regional that puts me home 24-48 hrs 80%. They said I will have to talk to the fleet manager after I start. Should I be more persistent to get the dedicated route?

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 Route:

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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They offered you the route they needed you the most in. You might get the route you want but it might not be right away.

Recruiters can not and do not assign routes. That is up to the dispatch team at a company which of course you are not apart of yet. You will have to wait till you are working there before you ask to be put on a specific route. It may take time so don't get frustrated if it does not happen right away.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The Grain of Salt: All the rules and trucker career "promotion" paths detailed on Trucking Truth can be skipped/passed over. It all depends on your company and what they need "now".

Usually you need to drive OTR for several months before you get the better things like dedicated. I asked for a particular dedicated run when I got my Solo level, Swift said to wait. After 4 months, I got a call, offering me a shuttle route (500+ miles daily, 4 or 5 days a week, home every day).

It never hurts to let them know your desires, but just be patient. Generally start asking after 6 months on the road.

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."

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.

Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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The Grain of Salt: All the rules and trucker career "promotion" paths detailed on Trucking Truth can be skipped/passed over. It all depends on your company and what they need "now".

Usually you need to drive OTR for several months before you get the better things like dedicated. I asked for a particular dedicated run when I got my Solo level, Swift said to wait. After 4 months, I got a call, offering me a shuttle route (500+ miles daily, 4 or 5 days a week, home every day).

It never hurts to let them know your desires, but just be patient. Generally start asking after 6 months on the road.

Errol nailed it, Swift recruiter told me that I'd be able to do a dedicated Walmart or Costco route after training, well after orientation they told me it could take 6 to 9 months before I can get into that route.

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."

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.

William C.'s Comment
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What company if you don't mind me asking

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