Understand the different types of truck driver jobs and how different segments of trucking work.
When searching for truck driving jobs, most will be categorized into two different types – over-the-road (OTR) and less-than-truckload (LTL). While both require the same set of skills from the driver, each job description is a bit different. As a new trucker, it's important to understand the difference and become familiar with the duties of both. Let's take a closer look at each type of job in more detail.
What is an LTL Driving Job?
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. Unlike full truckload drivers, LTL drivers haul multiple shipments at one time on the same trailer, each with a different destination. These shipments are typically delivered to a terminal, before being transferred from truck to truck until they reach a final destination.
What is an OTR Driving Job?
Nearly every new truck driver begins a career as an OTR, or over-the-road, trucker. OTR drivers are different from LTL drivers in that they haul 'longer length' loads all across the country. This is referred to as irregular route meaning that OTR truckers get to travel to different places all the time while enjoying the freedom of the open road.
Importance of OTR Experience for New Drivers
For new truck drivers, OTR jobs are just the beginning of successful career in the trucking industry. The first year as a truck driver is all about building upon the skills developed at CDL training and learning the way of the road. By driving OTR for at least a year, new drivers are able to gain valuable experience as a professional trucker. Just like other careers, with more driving experience comes opportunities increase for pay raises. The key is getting started and building a solid foundation of experience.
The job opportunities offered through the Driver Solutions CDL training sponsorship program are all truckload, OTR driving positions. This allows new drivers to get the experience needed to have a long-lasting, successful career in the trucking industry.
Check out some of the current truck driving job opportunities offering company sponsored CDL training in the Driver Solutions Truck Driver Jobs Center.