I need advice to go local or over the road??

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Showme87, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Showme87

    Showme87 Bobtail Member

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    I'm in a bit of a dilemma here to pick from two different companies.

    So I will start with the job offer from the over the road company first. They are 40 minutes from me and they pull refrigerated trailers with freightliner cascadia's throughout the midwest and southeast, home every weekend on your reset with a guaranteed pay of $1,200 a week and 44 cents per mile. If you make more per mile you will be paid by the mileage if you make less then the guarantee you will get the guarantee then based upon 6 days. No touch freight but you have the option to unload the trailer if you would like for extra money, detention pay starts at $15.00 an hour anything after 2 hours. They offer health insurance, 1 week paid vacation after 1 year, 401k, paid holidays but you have to work on holidays they seem to be a good company and I have spoke to a couple of the drivers that work there and they said they have no complaints at all and said they are a great company to work for have about 50 to 60 trucks.

    The local position is a 1 hour and 10 minutes from me they have box trucks with 24 foot beds on them and day cab trucks with 28 foot trailers. You run a route of 100 mile radius of there head quarters they do a lot of food deliveries and you have to unload your entire truck for the route planned for the day usually anywhere from 15 to 25 stops a day. They want me to start out in a box truck since I have only had my class A cdl for one month now with no experience for tcompany insurance reasons. After 6 month's they said they would do a evaluation on me on my driving and possibly put me in a combination vehicle with a 28 foot trailer. They offer health insurance but I heard it could be expensive from them, you get 9 paid holidays that you don't have to work, 401k, 1 week paid vacation after 1 year , off on weekends and work usually 45 to 50 hours a week and they start out at $18.00 an hour and give performance based raises.

    So my question is which one should I pick to drive for????? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Chinatown

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    I'd do the $1200 guarantee because of the driving distance required for the local work.
    You won't get much rest or family time driving 1 1/2 hours each way every day. Probably have to be back at work in 10 hours from the time you clock out.
     
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  3. Showme87

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    I would make $855 gross with 5 hours of overtime with the local company that would be at 45 hours total. They said you get every Wednesday off but have the option of working your off day if you want to. I would have to be there at 4:30am and get off around 2:30pm 3:30pm around there.
     
  4. Showme87

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    Also I would have to get up at 2:30 every morning to get there every day on time for the local job time I would get up and get ready to leave.
     
  5. Chinatown

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    That's a rough schedule. You'll have to decide, but I wouldn't do it.
    Probably plenty other drivers on this forum wouldn't do it either.
     
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  6. Showme87

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    So how is a normal average schedule for over the road driving? Do they typically have a uniform sleep schedule or can it vary drastically depending on the freight terminals how long it takes to get unloaded?
     
  7. Chinatown

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    You still will have required sleep periods. Many drivers nap while the truck is being loaded or unloaded.
    With that food service job, you clock out to go home.
    Now you have to be back in 10 hours.
    Subtract total 1 1/2 hours driving home; that leaves 7 hours left at home because you also have 1 1/2 hours of driving to clock back in at the warehouse .
    Eat a meal with family, shower, chat with the wife.
    Look at the clock; "Dang, have to be back at work in 5 hours.
    Sometimes it's hard to sleep then; afraid you won't wake up or will hit the alarm clock and fall back to sleep.
    No time for breakfast.
    Maybe a cup of coffee as you drive to work.
     
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  8. Showme87

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    That's very true about the food service job in theory it sounds like I would get more sleep over the road truck driving then what I would with the local company I guess they both have their pros and cons. The only good thing about the local trucking job is that I would be home every day versus be home just on my reset with the otr company. I think with the otr company I would make more money and get better experience especially if I stay with them 2 years and then go to another trucking company and make a lot more money.
     
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  9. Moosetek13

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    In my job at a major bottom feeder I can maintain a rather regular schedule.
    I have done so consistently over the past 9 years.

    Awake between 0430-0600, driving an hour later.
    Shut it down between 1500-1800.
    On average. Some loads can be different, but I try to keep things about the same. Eastern time is earliest for waking up and shutting down because the truck stops fill up early.

    With OTR you can control your time much better than the local/regional stuff. The load schedules are much more flexible.
     
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  10. Wicked Wizard

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    That schedule is called the " Solar Powered Truck Driver" schedule. Guaranteed to make no money...… Ever.
     
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