Can local driving be done?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Ohiocdl22, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. Ohiocdl22

    Ohiocdl22 Bobtail Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I first want to thank everyone for all the great information that has been provided in the past, it really helped me get a better idea about my future. I would like to get some feedback from real hard working members on here that can give me good feedback unlike things we watch on YouTube. I am in the process of considering a new career due to the physical demand of current type of work and needing to make a change. I might stay on with my current employer but change the type of work I do if that becomes an option. I have always liked the trucking industry and have considered this a career. This is where it gets a bit tricky since I will not want to jump in like many others in the industry. I would definitely get at least my class b cdl, most likely through a school. I will be buying a new 2022 f450 in the next few months, even if I decide not to pursue this path. So here is my question, can this be done in a way that I stay somewhat local and I’m home most nights. I first want to mention that I don’t need to make a lot of money, I am very fortunate that I have the resources to not be the breadwinner in the family. I also plan on either paying cash or financing part of the truck so a lot of debt is not a concern. I think if I cleared 60k I would be happy, not sure if that’s possible doing mostly local runs. We plan on buying an rv and traveling so that is why I plan on buying a dually. I understand this is not typically the normal thing to do in this industry however I do not want to be on the road all the time and gone for weeks at a time. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
     
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  3. Ohiocdl22

    Ohiocdl22 Bobtail Member

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    I probably should have mentioned that I have 3 young kids at home, however we have a lot of help with family. I am in my 30s and I like the flexibility of making my own schedule. Thanks again
     
  4. dchawk81

    dchawk81 Light Load Member

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    You'll need a trailer.
     
  5. dchawk81

    dchawk81 Light Load Member

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    I don't see anywhere near as many pickups pulling goosenecks as I used to, and I never knew whether they were local or not.
     
  6. Ohiocdl22

    Ohiocdl22 Bobtail Member

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    Really? I feel like I am seeing more hot shot drivers on the road than ever before, maybe it depends on area. I’m sure it doesn’t pay as much as driving a semi and that affects the amount of people that consider this as an option. For me I like the idea of having a truck I can use for work and for our adventures with the rv. I recently spoke with 2 guys that have more than 60 years of driving experience and they said that the industry is hurting for drivers, I’m sure mostly otr drivers. I wish more companies offered local work, I think that would change the way people look at this industry
     
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  7. dchawk81

    dchawk81 Light Load Member

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    Maybe. Or maybe I'm not as observant on it as I once was. I used to see them constantly.
     
  8. Chinatown

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  9. Ohiocdl22

    Ohiocdl22 Bobtail Member

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    Is this a program that requires to hire on after the schooling is completed?
     
  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    No contract to sign, but I'm sure they prefer you stick around.
    Make about $65G the first year and be home every day.
    You will earn an hourly wage while at the CDL Driving Academy.
    Company paid travel and accommodations are provided (if over an hour from home)
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  11. Cdubb

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    My 2¢ here, I think what you want to do is doable but you’ll need to find hotshot and/or expediters in your area. The steel plants I haul to I often seen gooseneck hot shot trucks getting smaller loads of steel products. Another one Ive seen would be transport from auction yards if you are in or near an agricultural area.

    That being said if you are gonna invest time and money to get a CDL just get your Class A with air brakes so you have options and have all bases covered.

    Another option you’d have is being a school bus driver, it wouldn’t be for me personally but some guys have the temperament for that work. I know a few guys in my area in your situation who drive bus for added income. Just something to consider.

    Best of luck!
     
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