is local worth it ?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by thundercat02, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. poppapump1332

    poppapump1332 Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Local is the way to go I have the easiest driving job ever no stress get paid by the hour drive a Pete sit at the mill waiting to get unloaded for 2 hours sleep,play on the internet all while I'm on the elogs,no governer on the truck all I do is go grab a preloaded trailer of cardboard bales run to the mill and sit
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  3. duckdiver

    duckdiver Road Train Member

    Mar 28, 2012
    Surf city
    I run regional (home weekends), the local guys at my company work m-f and are home by noon most days, granted they start they day at 3 or 4 am but still, they average about 3 stops a day, drive less than 40 miles and they take home after taxes 1200 on a slow week. I ran local a few times and I would much rather do local than regional, Im just a rookie so Im waiting for some time to bid on a local route. Trust me, only getting 10 hours off or not, sleeping in your bed, taking a shower in your house beats the truckstop routine ANY day of the week
  4. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    Well both of those local gigs sound perfect. Wish I had those opportunities where I'm at.
  5. jugs

    jugs Light Load Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    louisville, ky
  6. jugs

    jugs Light Load Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    louisville, ky
    worked for penske ,hauling for Ford here in louisville ,ky...16hrs 1 time a week .(yes it is possible..legally..called " a big day"...usually used for adverse road conditions..etc)..14 hrs..., !2 hrs ...10 hrs seemed like a day off...changing schedule and route week to week...
  7. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    I know exactly what you mean. I still go over the scales and maintain my logs... But I get paid to sit around waiting on trailers. They don't require me to do anything except to sit and be ready. Internet on my smartphone kills the time. Blogging on TTR or reading up stuff while drawing pay for a dispatching error is awesome. Best part is, I get home usually by 8 AM at the very latest (I work the overnight shift), and my big fuzzy dog is happy to see me.

    I wish the entire trucking industry could model itself after LTL instead of sending their hardest working drivers out for weeks at a time. How much does OTR make for having to wait on trailers/download?
  8. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    I believe that one of the hardest things for me to do, when I was local P & D, was to sit and wait. Sure, I was paid by the hour. But I also knew how much work there was to be done. And if everyone did not pull their share, it just made it that much tougher on everybody else. Now I didn't spend a LOT of time sitting on my butt waiting, but when I did, it irritated the heck out of me.
    lexmark Thanks this.
  9. Marksteven

    Marksteven Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Bumble Fxxx

    Sitting does suck! Especially on a friday afternoon like yesterday when i sat from 11:35 am to 1:50pm then ran my Butt off to make the pickups that should have been given to me earlier!
  10. stonecold_2136

    stonecold_2136 Light Load Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Lansing, Michigan
    I have been driving local for the last 3 years I love it.
  11. T-Dub

    T-Dub Bobtail Member

    Nov 18, 2012
    Pell City, Alabama
    i kinda do care.....Passing a Swift, Knight and JB Hunt in a 2 mile strech of flat highway and not even exceeding the speed limit.....( governed at 68mph ) .in a Straight truck 2012 KW T300 PX6 weighing in at 24900...Thinking "man those trucks are slow"
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
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