Getting burnt out on this OTR trucking thing!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by KingTrucker, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. KingTrucker

    KingTrucker Light Load Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    So I have only been a driver for 6 months. I am an OTR driver for a company based out of Nashville. I understand the career process of having to pay my dues and gain experience, actually driving the truck, picking up and delivering loads to various shippers and receivers. Also dealing with co-workers and others individuals within in the company, who don't understand that the drivers are actually the ones who create the revenue for the company. Not to mention the horribly less than desirable pay. I guess what my concern is, if all the things newbies go thru is really necessary. Are there any LTL companies out there who hire drivers with less than 1 years experience? If anyone in the North & South Carolina, Georgia area could relay some information on this, I would really appreciate it. Thanks drivers! STAY SAFE!
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  3. samurai

    samurai Heavy Load Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Fairborn, OH
    There are a slim few companies that hire with 6 months exp. if i were you i would get at least a year under your belt.
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  4. bigjoel

    bigjoel Road Train Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    Only one way to find out. Start applying and calling them. Better to go in person if you can.

    What's the worst thing that could happen? They tell you to come back later?
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  5. camaro68

    camaro68 Medium Load Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Stay positive, take the next six months to lay out your future plans. Set some goals and direct your attention on achieving them. This newbie breakin time will soon pass. As far as dealing with co-workers, your strengthening your skills on how to deal with not so appreciable people. Hang in there.....keep giving it 100%!!
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    As bigjoel posted, Google, apply, you never know. Tanker/hazmat endorsements with TWIC open many doors to good paying jobs and don't have to deal with crappy shippers & receivers.

    Milan Express
    Averitt Express

    Both have LTL divisions.


    Ozark is truckload, but, no NYC, no Canada, and 100% no-touch freight.
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  7. Saddletramp1200

    Saddletramp1200 Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Houston Texas,USA
    I hoped some one would give me a chance. I have 40 Tons at my beck & call. I have to know what to do.
  8. yessir

    yessir Medium Load Member

    Apr 17, 2013
    queens, ny
    i guess you drive for western express lol here is my advice, stay there for another 6 months to complete your full year and then go get a local job anywhere you want, im a local driver i go to nyc or anywhere in ny and philadelphia almost everyday i promiss you you have to know your #### and if you don't you will ended up with preventable accidents and stuff like that i learn something new everyday and car drivers will wait for the last seconde to get into the exit lane, some of them won't back up for you to turn i always get a cup of coffee everytime im about to cross george washington bridge other than that i will be getting out of my truck and slap car drivers for doing stupid things in front of my rig
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  9. Charli Girl

    Charli Girl Road Train Member

    Mar 23, 2013
    lmao...yup sounds like NY!! When you cross that GW,does your dash rattle? Lol
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  10. luvtotruck

    luvtotruck Road Train Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Phoenix Arizona
    In Conover NC is a company that does LTL All over the S.E, N.E and basically the country, the fact that you live down there they will keep you east of the Mississippi! Unless you want to venture to the Left Coast! The name is Watkins and Shepard! The terminal in Conover is a Orientation terminal and with your 6 months they will take care of you, while the mileage pay isn't that great, they pay per stop after the first and last!. I wish you luck.
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  11. yessir

    yessir Medium Load Member

    Apr 17, 2013
    queens, ny
    i keep doing it because they pay me for sitting in traffic to cross the bridge or to go anywhere in ny where i have to sit for hours in traffic friday i wasted 12 hours to take a load from allentown pa to flatbush ave brooklyn ny and drive back to allentown pa i spent hours in traffic construction is everywhere and i finally realize that ny was not made for truck ny is one of the most retarted state when it's about new roads, new bridges and stuff
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