What is the best way to get a local dedicated route?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CBTrucker, May 14, 2008.

  1. CBTrucker

    CBTrucker Bobtail Member

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    My husband is meeting with a local CDL school on Monday. What we were wondering is, what is the best way to get a dedicated route so he can remain local? If he applies only for those jobs with companies will they switch him without his permission to OTR. :biggrin_25513:This is important due to my health problems. Does he have to wrk OTR before they give out a local route? I have seen that sometime some may get a local route first off but ids this the way it usually goes?
    Thanks for any info. :biggrin_25514:I know this might not be the best line of work for my hubby due to having to be home a little for me but jobs in this area have not been real good.
     
  2. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    If he applies at local companies, the OTR probably won't figure into it. There are all kinds of companies that *just* do local. Tankers, costruction, local delivery...

    As for the big companies.. may depend on whether they are forced dispatch or not. If he can refuse loads, they can't make him leave the area.. but refusing loads will, more than likely, put him in a bad light with the dispatcher.

    Still, if he can get on a dedicated run - line-haul or something like that, the chances of getting diverted to OTR is minimal.
     
  3. DaveinKC

    DaveinKC Bobtail Member

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    When I was in school there was always people posting local jobs on our bulletin board. Most paying 15-20 an hr. Usually, Class B straight trucks of course.

    I have a local job lined up with Anderson Erickson Dairy, as a back-up job, running routes in Kansas City grossing $800 wkly, but I want OTR. I think
     
  4. Coolbreeze

    Coolbreeze Light Load Member

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    As a current manager for a regional fleet, and an ex driver, I will not hire someone to drive local with less than a year of OTR experience. When I first got my CDL, I didn't feel comfortable backing or driving locally. It took me about a year to be comfortable at backing a 53' van.
     
  5. ATL-DRIVER

    ATL-DRIVER Bobtail Member

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    I need a Regional position!!!!!!
     
  6. Coolbreeze

    Coolbreeze Light Load Member

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    Sorry ATL-DRIVER, we're not hiring. I just had to lay-off six of my drivers. Try Arnold Transportation. I used to be a dispatcher with them, and driver too.
     
  7. ATL-DRIVER

    ATL-DRIVER Bobtail Member

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    Coolbreeze,

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  8. HOUDINI

    HOUDINI Light Load Member

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    It is generally like any other company in any other occupation. You have to start at what they will give you , then work to get some senoirity, and prove your self. You should not expect him just to be hired in and given one of the most sought after runs.
     
  9. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Have your husband check into Coca Cola. They actually prefer lesser experienced drivers. Some even prefer no experience.

    Not sure why, but it's a fact around here.
     
  10. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    Sometimes companies want to train a driver in their own way. IOW's they don't want the bad habits that some learn OTR.
     
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