If you are a truck driver and you want to switch to another career in the trucking industry, then you must do detailed research before you apply for a different driving position. Let’s take a closer look at each type of job in more detail.
LTL Driving Jobs
LTL, or less-than-truckload, is a service offered to freight and trucking companies for shippers who only need a small delivery of goods at a time. Becoming an LTL truck driver requires obtaining a Class 8 CDL driver’s license, and delivering loads to customer locations. LTL truck drivers, themselves make the delivery plan, and driving routes. Thereupon, LTL truck drivers are transporting the loads locally, regionally, or nationally.
OTR Driving Jobs
OTR drivers are different from LTL drivers in that they haul ‘longer length’ loads all across the country. They are spending most of their time driving on the open road. OTR truck drivers stay on the road for at least 3 weeks, and they don’t have a lot of down time to spend with their loved ones.
Dedicated Driving Jobs
Dedicated truck driving jobs are considered to be the most common for large trucking companies. These drivers are either designated to running routes for one company or to a set, specific delivery location. These types of trucking jobs operate on consistent schedules, allowing drivers to get home time on a more regular basis. But on the other hand, dedicated truck driving jobs are more sought after position. That is to say becoming a dedicated truck driver is not easy at all.
Team Driving Jobs
Sitting in the truck cabin for a long time can be hard from time to time. Team driving means 2 drivers operate a truck together. It allows truckers to travel further without having a stop as often. Because the more miles they drive, the more money they earn.
Local Pickup and Delivery Truck Driving Jobs
These kind of jobs require truckers to run throughout an entire day, but get them home nightly. These truck drivers are delivering the loads both to customers and businesses. If the vehicle is weighing over 26.001 pounds then it is a “must” that truck driver has obtained a CDL driver’s license.
Regional Driving Jobs
Best option for the truck driver, who is family-oriented person, is to find a regional truck driving job. These drivers are usually on the road for 5 days a week, and have free weekends. Regional driving jobs are very similar to OTR truck driving jobs because they ask truckers to go anywhere within their region for weeks at a time.