OTR Truck Driving Jobs
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Whether you’ve been in the trucking industry for ten years or you’re just getting started as a truck driver, you’ve likely seen OTR job listings during your job search. Over-the-road driving is one of the most in-demand truck driving jobs in many parts of the United States. This may be due to the amount of time spent on the road and away from home. If you’re a safe driver and you’re interested in seeing different parts of the country while completing your haul, you may be well-suited to an over-the-road job. You can find listings and openings below.
Over-the-road drivers often drive several hundred miles per day. Federal regulations state that OTR drivers may spend up to 11 hours per day on the road, so you may work fairly long days in order to complete your trips in a timely manner and get back home. Typically, OTR drivers sleep in their sleeper berth, which is part of their truck. You may maintain an irregular sleep schedule, as some drivers choose to drive when roads are less occupied. After getting a solid night (or day) of sleep, you can check your route for the day, see if there are any weather alerts that may slow you down, and check traffic alerts.
From there, you either do a live load of your haul or do a drop-and-hook. Drop-and hooks tend to be considerably faster than live loads, so you may get more mileage if you find a trucking job that does drop-and-hook loading.
Once your haul is on your truck and you’re ready to begin your day, you can start driving. You may drive straight through and wait to eat until the end of your day, or you may take periodic breaks. As you get accustomed to your routes and your natural schedule, you can find a daily routine that works for you.
At the end of each day on the road, you find a safe place to park your truck. This may be off an interstate exit, at a rest stop, or at a truck stop. Sometimes, you simply need to park where it’s convenient if you are nearing your work limit for the day. You may repeat this schedule for up to three weeks at a time. After completing a long haul, you may spend a week or more at home.
You may be able to earn a fairly competitive salary as an over-the-road driver. Trucking companies may pay bonuses for long trips, pay a higher per-mile rate, or attract you with sign-on bonuses. O*Net reports that the average salary for an over-the-road driver in the United States is $38,700 per year.
Their statistics show a positive job outlook for heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net believes that truck driving jobs may increase by 11%. This increase is expected to lead to over 46,000 new jobs per year.
An over-the-road job can be very rewarding if you’re ready to rack up the miles. Look at OTR job listings to find out what opportunities are waiting for you.