I literally just jumped in on the last few pages of this thread, but I will also give my 2 cents on the local deal. 2 years ago I decided to come in off the road, I was out during the week and home on weekends, I live in central Florida and stayed with my current company, I’ve been here a little over 11 years, for me, and I reiterate ME, going local was the worst decision I’ve made in some time. The traffic here is horrendous, you take those frustrations home with you, my physical health has declined greatly from the stress, and it’s not worth it anymore. I’ve transitioned back to a few nights out, then home a few and have found some peace in that.
I’ve been at this game 20 years next month, don’t let that cliche line of “be home every night” suck you in, if you can find a gravy job with nice hours, and minimal stress then by all means go for it, but the likelihood of that existing has been minimal to nill for me.
I have been talking with local drivers in my area for awhile now and most seem happy. I live in an area where traffic is not a concern for several hundred miles. Most the companies in my area don't go far enough out for that to be a concern. My main motivation for going local is my family. I miss seeing my wife every day and going out on weekends to do things together. My son might come live with us this year too. I will definitely go local if he does.