East Coast Driving

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by farmerjohn64, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Light Load Member

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    Hi,

    I'm about to apply for my first trucking job and I'm thinking about doing OTR, but the few things I've heard about the East it sounds like a bit of a nightmare for semis. Is it really all that bad compared to everywhere else? Or am I hyperventilating for nothing?

    Best regards, John
     
  2. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    It's not bad. Don't sweat it, cities are crowded crapholes that are all the same no matter where they are at. Just take your time and you will do just fine.
     
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  3. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Well, it's done daily in the (upper east) Trucks in and out. The problem is the small roads and so much built over 100 yrs ago. That means tight spots to get into. Congestion. Not a lot of truck stops either. But, you can do it !
     
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  4. farmerjohn64

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    Great, now I don't have to bring a brown paper bag with me lol. Now I guess I have a question within a question; how many miles are usually in between point A and point B when doing OTR truck driving? Is it mostly interstate driving until you get close to your destination?
     
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  5. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    That I can't answer for you being as how I'm a local driver and have been my whole career. I do know the trip milage varies from company to company and what kind of freight you are hauling.
     
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  6. farmerjohn64

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    Well at least I'm sure it's more than LTL, by definition.
     
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  7. Intothesunset

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    East coast is congestion, and no truck parking at truck stops after 1pm left. And what I hate is not getting paid to deal with stand still traffic. So to me it does not pay enough if you are mileage base pay.
    And mostly mix between interstate, and highways, and back roads.
    Key note all 12' 6" bridge markers are lies. Watch for 12' 4" markers. And if in doubt try creeping under at 1mph.
    Check you routing with an Rand Atlas for low overpasses.
     
  8. farmerjohn64

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    Can you reserve a parking space? Thought I heard about something like that before.
     
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  9. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

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    Yes with the app for pilot, loves, or TA.
     
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  10. Chinatown

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    Mostly short runs if you go with a company that stays in the eastern half of the USA.
    If you want long runs, go with a coast to coast outfit.
     
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