Expedited trucking is a specific niche of OTR truck driving that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. If you’re thinking about becoming a truck driver but you’re not sure which type of job is the best, consider the differences between regular OTR and expedited trucking.
- OTR truck driving: Both types of trucking jobs require you to be away from your home for three weeks or more at a time, but with OTR, drivers almost never spend time sitting around. There may be an occasional long wait as freight is loaded or unloaded, but usually, the OTR driver is either on the road or taking time off according to hours of service (HOS) regulations.
- Expedited trucking: Once the driver makes an expedited delivery, it may be hours or even days before the next load is ready. When it is, the driver is notified and may be required to drop everything and pick up the load immediately. That’s what expedited trucking is all about – getting time-sensitive deliveries (such as flowers and live lobsters) to their destinations as quickly as possible.
- OTR truck driving: Most OTR drivers are paid by the mile and almost never have to unload their own freight. Starting rates vary, but the more experience drivers gain, the more money they can earn.
- Expedited trucking: The exact same route as an OTR delivery pays more per mile if it’s expedited. The load is time-sensitive, and shippers and receivers are willing to pay more to ensure their cargo is top priority. This means expedite drivers earn more per mile than OTR drivers. That’s one reason lobster is so expensive, especially if you buy it inland.
- OTR truck driving: Quality OTR trucking companies offer some of the best equipment available. Company drivers can expect their trucks to be no more than three years old with some of the latest technologies available. After all, OTR drivers live out of the truck for weeks at a time, so carriers are careful to provide excellent accommodations for their drivers. If a truck needs any work, most companies won’t hesitate to get right on it. Of course, owner operators choose the truck they purchase and are responsible for maintenance and upgrades.
- Expedited trucking: Time-sensitive shipments are often completed in smaller loads, which is one reason they cost the shipper more. The trucks still feature walk-in sleepers, but they have smaller cargo areas. Expedited truck drivers are usually owner operators, so they are responsible for leasing a vehicle with the features they want.
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