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Trucking Terminology Question

Discussion in 'The Drivers Lounge' started by AllTruckedUp, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. AllTruckedUp

    AllTruckedUp Member

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    Hello all, I am an OIF vet looking to get into a real man's job. :courage: I am trying to decide between having a company pay for my CDL or paying for it myself (a school is right down the road and you always, always end up paying somehow..)

    That's not my question though. I am doing my homework on some of the ways drivers find jobs. I've seen many of the load boards and such, but I am wondering if there is a term for a temp driver. What I mean is there a way to look for jobs where someone needs to you to drive their truck and load, one time on a route, and that's it. Sort of part time/temp work for an independent driver who doesn't have a truck. Am I making any sense?

    I have tried to google... but if you type anything with the words "truck" and "driver", you get fifteen pages of ads saying "Our Drivers make $700k a year!" or "Pet and Mistress friendly trucks!"
     
  2. 20_yrs_2_go

    20_yrs_2_go So we got that going for us, Wich is nice

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    As I've recommend before to others here once you get your cdl-A
    Start a application on tenstreet.com or get the smartphone AP
    [ Be very honest with the questions because some if most are very thorough checking the information ]
    It's nation wide and gives you all the options possible in trucking
     
  3. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    you make sense, but it doesn't always work that way. i had about 25 years of experience, (at that time) and when i did, i applied to a whole bunch of temp services for part time, weekend work.

    nearly ALL temp agencies REQUIRE 1 to 5 years experience.

    maybe now, like anything else, that has dropped down to student driver, BUT the temp agency has to carry insurance on you, and i do believe like any trucking company, for a newbie, that cost will be sky high.

    best to suck up the time, and go on the road for at least ONE FULL YEAR, to give you 4 seasons of driving...THEN apply for what you want.

    very best of luck to you!!
     
  4. AllTruckedUp

    AllTruckedUp Member

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    Thanks! This is more or less what I am looking for. Makes sense to put in some time first. But good to know that once I have been trained, been mentored, and have some years experience, that there temp jobs out there for a remainder of my career.
     
  5. xeastend

    xeastend Well-Known Member

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    Where are you located? The company I drive for runs an in house school. After completion just have to stay for 1 year
     
  6. xeastend

    xeastend Well-Known Member

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    Also fire up the google machine and look up driver leasing
     
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  7. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Well-Known Member

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    GREETINGS AllTruckedUp and WELCOME to TruckingBoards!!
    (seems clear [apart from me] no one anymore does that)

    Driver Leasing Services are simply another name for Truck Driver Temp Service(s) and REQUIRE at least 1 YEAR VERIFIABLE EXPERIENCE. Their INSURANCE will not allow less than a minimum of ONE YEAR EXPERIENCE and that's WITHOUT any major D.O.T. Reportable Violations or "Safety Awards" as they're known.

    I had 5.8 years O.T.R. when I applied to a local Driver Temp (Leasing) Service. That was in mid '17. I'm still with the company.
    There ARE PLENTY of such Trucking Companies that utilize Driver Temp. Services for anywhere from a minimum of 8 hours a day up to 3 weeks O.T.R. if that's ones' choosing, so yes, get at least one year O.T.R. THEN do some digging in.
    There are 5 known Driver Work Services in the Triad (and close by) in NC.

    Who knows, you may just want to stay O.T.R. longer than a year or you might become a Owner Operator/Owner Driver.
    Just DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING WITH "LEASE TO OWN" until AFTER the first Year. You'll thank me later.

    KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE!!
    CHEERS!!
     
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  8. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Well-Known Member

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    That's better than some companies (add a name here) that require 18 Months AFTER schooling.
     
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  9. AllTruckedUp

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    Wow! This is some great info. I can see the consensus is to spend a minimum 1 year OTR before I look at the other options.

    Thanks for the welcome and for the tip about avoiding an early lease to own. You know, I DID see an offer like that for new drivers. I thought that with all the things that can go wrong with a lease, what kind of company would offer that to an inexperienced person?

    I am all the way up on along the northern shores of Ohio. Near where LeBron used to work.
     
  10. xeastend

    xeastend Well-Known Member

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    Ok, All trucked. My outfit has a terminal in Streetsboro. If you want some general info on their in house program, message me.
    • BTW Thought LeBron was from the Akron area??
    • Oh My mistake, you said work
     
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  11. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Construction Zone Mirror Expert

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    What did you say you do now? Don’t quit doing it to go OTR. If you see me posting on here in 2 years, thank me then....
     
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  12. AllTruckedUp

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    Oh, I am a 100% disabled combat vet from OIF. (I can pass a physical though). So my current job is sitting on my ass and pissing the wife off.
     
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  13. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Well-Known Member

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    Most of the Big Names have such after Orientations. They do get quite many VICTIMS some who quickly realize (after their money/credit is gone) what a horrible mistake they made.
    >>I was NOT one of them!! I watched Owner Ops as well worked for a few to realize that Owning a Truck wasn't for me<<

    Northern Shores of Ohio = Michigan?.....Pennsylvania?

    CHEERS!!
     

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