The Northeast

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Clara3, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Clara3

    Clara3 Light Load Member

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    I don't think I've talked to one driver yet (in my 8 months driving) who has said "i like driving in the northeast". In fact, they all say things like "I told my company I refuse to drive northeast", and "nope! Uh uh! I won't drive in the northeast"
    Why don't drivers like the Northeast?
    Pros and cons? Thank you!
     
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  2. RunningAces

    RunningAces Light Load Member

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    Parking is terrible and rates generally suck coming out. Also mountains, the old cities weren't built for trucks, traffic, and tolls.
     
  3. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    The Northeast is its own universe.

    Think about Philadelphia. It was a horse and buggy town with cobblestone streets. Definitely not designed for tractor trailers.

    The whole Northeast is something similar to that. The highways are narrow. The cities were not designed for trucks with 53-foot trailers.

    New York City is the most insane place on Earth. All of the signs that say the truck height are wrong. One wrong turn and you're in a part of town that you're trapped. The people drive like absolute crazy maniacal lunatics on a suicide mission. You have to become a very aggressive driver if you drive through New York just to be safe. It is its own vortex of speeders, Tailgaters Wako zipping in and out of traffic and slamming on their brakes and people that will move in front of you literally if there is one inch.

    There also are a lot of low bridges and Parkways the trucks are not allowed on. There are low bridges throughout the Northeast.

    Out west, the highways are wide open. I don't think there is any such thing as a low bridge out West.

    Big difference.
     
  4. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Seattle same way.
     
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  5. WildTiger1990

    WildTiger1990 Medium Load Member

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    Ok so most of OTR company guys getting paid be miles driving, North East simply will not allow you to drive 600+ miles within 11 hour period (night time driving does not count), where in Central of USA it's very ez to accomplish. Why I need to drive in a area where I can make less, then in a area where I can make more?
     
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  6. RunningAces

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    The trick is to find hidey holes. Every trucker has them and they are like state ####ing secrets. Find some and everything gets easier.
     
  7. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I have driven through Seattle numerous times, but I never did deliver there.

    It did not strike me as anything different than anything else, although I am from the Northeast.

    I just remember the guy on the radio saying it's another beautiful Seattle day... Meanwhile it was cloudy and miserable with Spotty rain yet people in convertibles have their top down... Kind of crazy.
     
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  8. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Try downtown with a 53 will change your mind.
     
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  9. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    My experience with the north east is it's just the major towns that have the most problems.

    Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, NYC, Jersey City, a few areas of Pittsburgh, etc.

    I recently did a run with about 10 stops in New York and none of them gave me any hassle at all. But mind you I never had to enter NYC. I just drove across the George Washington bridge and stayed on I95 all the way through it.

    Even a lot of the outer suburbs of those cities I mentioned are still going to be fine, for the most part. It depends on where you have to drive. Avoid the inner areas of the major cities. If you have to deliver to Buffalo or Providence, or Rochester, you are going to have an easier time than NYC, by a long shot.

    Pros: Nice weather in the summer. It's a unique area different from the rest of the country. Some of their city areas have character, old but there's character. There's some really good food there if you know what to order. Beautiful country side.

    Cons: Parking. Parking. Parking. And still more problems parking. Inner city areas are just not large enough to drive through. Parking. They seem friendly enough otherwise. There was this one woman that yell at me when I ask her to please park on other side of lot so I could exit and not run stuff over
     
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  10. Coffey

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    The only thing that bother me was finding place to park in the beginning but if you use the same route alot you can find a couple of mom n pop place to park and that I was rarely able to use my full clock
     
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