Do national carriers give you a choice of areas?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GrandmaRosa, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. GrandmaRosa

    GrandmaRosa Light Load Member

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    If I did OTR I wouldn't really need much home time but one thing that I would like would be to be able to sometimes visit some family that lives far away in SoCal, Georgia, and Florida.

    How common is it for a national carrier to assign you to areas you'd like to go to?
     
  2. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Your best chance to going to places is to work for trucking company that goes there anyway. Each trucking company serves particular areas. You ARE NOT going to convince a trucking company to send you to an area they don't go.

    It's a trucking company, not a travel agency.
     
  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I 2nd this.....its a business first. Many people, in and out of trucking forget that. You'll need to work for a company that runs all 48
     
  4. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I think you'll find yourself in Liberal Kansas quite a bit.
     
  5. GrandmaRosa

    GrandmaRosa Light Load Member

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    That's why I said national carrier. I wouldn't expect to go somewhere that the carrier didn't service.
     
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  6. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Light Load Member

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    When I was hired by Knight, I met my DM and was asked where I want to run, I said Western 11 and that was that. Schneider also asked me and I told them Western 11 as well. Not sure how it would work out if you are new to the driving game. Even when I have told them "All 48 states", I drop the "no Upper North East".

    Getting to SoCal should not be a problem for any big mega carrier and a lot of them have drop yards or operations centers in Fontana, Ontario, Otay Mesa or San Bernardino.
     
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  7. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Light Load Member

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    Just ask them. They’ll tell you exactly what you want to hear...
     
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    Deere hunter Medium Load Member

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    And also Dodge city won’t be able to tell the difference thu they both smell the same!
     
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  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    A question now that you mention that....

    Did the OP mean “national carriers” as an adjective or proper name?
     
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  10. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Heavy Load Member

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    Many carriers specialize in east coast or west coast. Some go everywhere in between
     
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