As you explore your Class A CDL truck driver jobs, you might be wondering – what does OTR driver mean? We will look at the definition of an OTR truck driver, so you know what to expect. We will also discuss why people want OTR trucking jobs and what requirements are needed.
So, What Exactly is an OTR Truck Driver?
The over-the-road truck driver is also referred to as a long-haul trucker. Over-the-road trucking, abbreviated as OTR, means hauling freight over the longest distances. In some cases, drivers can be on the road for a couple of weeks at once, possibly lacking some time at home. OTR trucking jobs require a sleeper cab truck with a bed inside for sleeping at truck stops during off-hours.
Are All OTR Truck Drivers Required to Have a Class A CDL?
To apply for most OTR truck driving jobs, you will need to be a Class A CDL truck driver. You are required by law to have a Class A CDL to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, as long as the towed vehicle weighs more than 10,000 pounds. If you are transporting cargo in a tractor-trailer, you will need the Class A CDL to get a job. Given the distance and heavy loads that OTR truckers often haul, most OTR truck drivers typically hold a Class A CDL.
OTR vs. Regional Trucking: How is Over-the-Road Trucking Different?
What is an OTR truck driver compared to a Regional truck driver? The Regional truck driver will head out on day trips or be out for a couple of days on the road. Regional drivers only work in a specified region, State, or Province, usually spanning less than 1,000 miles. Sometimes a region can consist of a few States. Either way, most Regional drivers are home each week for a break. In comparison, OTR truck drivers can travel coast to coast with no limitations. Sometimes, the driver can spend weeks on the road without spending time at home.
What Type of Trucks Do OTR Drivers Operate?
How does over-the-road trucking affect the rig you drive? If you are on the road for long periods, you’ll want a sleeper cab. These semi-trucks offer a place for you to take a break from driving when you pull into a truck stop. With a bed, you have somewhere to sleep as you journey. Additionally, OTR trucks usually pull either a 48-foot or 53-foot-long trailer that can be detached from the tractor. Sometimes the cargo is refrigerated or heated, depending on what is being carried.
LCL Bulk Recruits CDL Class A Drivers for Over-the-Road (OTR) Truck Driving
Over-the-road trucking offers many benefits that aren’t found with regional jobs. Most importantly, you get to travel for free. If you have desired to see the country, OTR trucking might be right for you. At LCL Bulk, we hire both OTR and Regional truck drivers. We have open positions in the Midwest and Northeastern regions of the country.
Additionally, we offer competitive benefits and accept new truck drivers. Whether you’re an entry-level driver with at least 1 year of verifiable Class A experience or an experienced CDL Class A OTR truck driver, we have a spot for you. Apply for OTR truck driving jobs in PA, WI, IL, IN, and NJ today. Contact LCL Bulk!
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