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Types of Trucking Jobs: OTR Trucking

Apr 20, 2017

 

View of highway traffic from the truck

 

If you are just starting to learn about trucking, you may not be entirely familiar with all of the different types of trucking jobs. One of the most common trucking jobs is over the road, or OTR trucking. OTR trucking is also known as long-haul trucking. It refers to driving loads very long distances. OTR truckers are often not home for weeks at a time. This can make things very difficult if you have a family. However, it is a good option for single drivers. Many people like the freedom and the opportunity to travel and see new places. Others appreciate the increased compensation that comes with driving very long distances. Some truckers don’t like it, while others find OTR trucking to be a perfect fit. To learn more about this type of trucking so that you can determine if it’s right for you, read on.

The Solitude of OTR Trucking

As with other aspects of OTR trucking, the large amounts of time spent by yourself when OTR trucking is perfect for some, and not quite the right fit for others. You will have the opportunity to meet amazing new people every day as you get paid to travel around the country. However, you will spend as many as 20 hours a day alone in your truck. If you’re the kind of person who likes to drive and listen to music while enjoying the peace and quiet of the situation, OTR trucking may be the right job for you. If you get lonely easily, it may not be the right fit.

The Pay for OTR Trucking

The pay for OTR trucking is relatively high. This attracts many drivers to the job. A first year OTR trucker can expect to make as much as $45,000, while a second year driver can make as much as $55,000. Keep in mind that many drivers live out of their trucks, and do not pay rent or mortgage payments. OTR trucking can be very lucrative.

Start the Process of Becoming an OTR Trucker

You can start becoming an OTR trucker today by signing up for trucking school at our website. We offer the best combination of price and quality in the Cincinnati area. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Conyers Class A CDL School Students Complete Training!

Apr 5, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Debbie Rivers

GDA Grad Debbie Rivers

Debbie Rivers wanted to become a professional truck driver, and when a friend told her about GDA’s hands-on training, she decided to enroll. She really enjoyed the one-on-one training time and learning from the instructors. Congratulations on completing the 3 week training program, Debbie! We’re so proud of you!

GDA Grad Edmond Hall

GDA Grad Edmond Hall

Edmond Hall was looking for a better future for himself and his family. The Conyers location was close to his home and had high reviews online, so he decided to enroll in our truck driving school. He really enjoyed learning new skills and completed the program in just 3 weeks! Edmond has received offers to drive for Maverick, TMC, ROEHL and McElroy! Way to go, Edmond! Stay safe on the road!

GDA Grad Justin Atkinson

GDA Grad Justin Atkinson

Justin Atkinson has always loved the trucking industry, so when looking to start a new career, he decided that the high demand field was just what he was looking for. He was referred to GDA by a close friend and completed our training in just weeks! Justin’s favorite part about training was the amount of time he had in the driver’s seat and the great instructors! He looks forward to driving for Schneider after graduation! Awesome work, Justin!

GDA Grad Anthony Andrews

GDA Grad Anthony Andrews

Anthony Andrews wanted to make a life change, so he enrolled in our Class A CDL training program. It was close to home and he had heard good things about the school. His favorite part about training was the knowledgeable instructors. Congrats, Anthony! Good luck on the road!

GDA Grad Dana Wright

GDA Grad Dana Wright

Dana Wright wanted a new career and found GDA to have one of the fastest courses available. He really enjoyed learning from our instructors and looks forward to driving for Decker Trucking Lines! Great work, Dana! We’re so proud of you!

Truck Driver Training: Separating Fact from Fiction

Mar 14, 2017

 

Pictured are trucks driving along the road with the GDA logo

Many people consider truck driver training as a career path, but allow common misconceptions to discourage them. That’s understandable because trucking jobs aren’t available without training and certification. It’s a skilled labor force and you can’t just walk into human resources and walk out with a job and a set of keys. But if you’re considering earning a CDL license at the Georgia Driving Academy, here are five common misconceptions that may be good to know.

Need My Own Truck

Actually, the trucking industry is a mixed bag of independent contractors who own and operate their own rigs and companies who hire drivers on an hourly basis. In many ways, the industry is like general construction where some people are hired for a specific job and others earn a weekly salary working for a company.

Companies Make You Work Crazy Hours

The era of long-haul drivers staying up all night, drinking coffee and taking no-doze are a thing of the past. Federal safety standards for commercial motor vehicles limit a driver to a maximum 11-hour work day. That’s less than a shift and a half. For long-hauls, a driver can only operate a vehicle for 70 hours in an 8-day span.

No Home Life

Over-the-Road drivers tend to slide into designated routes that put you on the road for weeks at a time. However, the growing retail distribution segment of the industry continues to increase shorter runs. Less travel tends to increase time spent at home.

Not A Job For Young People

Age is a valid observation about truck drivers. The average age of a driver runs over 50 years old. While there are many younger drivers, the 50-somethings are nearing retirement. Those positions will need to be filled, which makes truck driver training a good career move.

Hard to Get a Job

The misconception that you need to know someone or it’s hard to break into the industry are false. There has been a growing shortage of truck drivers for more than a decade. In 2015, the industry was down about 48,000 drivers, an increase of 10,000 from the previous year. Breaking into the field has never been easier!

Georgia Driving Academy can put you on the fast track to a new truck driving career! Give us a call or fill out or form to request free information!

Conyers CDL Training Students Graduate from Georgia Driving Academy

Mar 13, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

Conyers Honor Graduate and Army Veteran Joshua Jackson just completed our 3 week CDL training program! He has always loved to drive so he decided to take his skills to the next level.He chose GDA because of the great instructors and the knowledge and experience they provide. He enjoyed getting a chance to get out and drive during road week. Joshua looks forward to driving from US Xpress in their team max program! Way to go Joshua!

GDA Grad Abdul Reynolds

GDA Grad Abdul Reynolds

Abdul Reynolds had a keen interest in traveling and hopes to establish his own trucking business in the near future, so he chose to attend GDA because of its excellent reviews. He enjoyed learning how to properly back a trailer truck and learning from our dedicated instructors! Congratulations, on completing the Georgia Driving Academy Class A CDL training, Abdul! We’re so proud of you!

GDA Grad Lee Martin

GDA Grad Lee Martin

Lee Martin was looking for an opportunity to better himself when he heard about GDA and it’s great CDL training program. After enrolling in the 3 week program, he found he loved road week! Lee has just graduated from GDA Conyers and has a few offers lined up for after graduation and is working to find the best fit for him and his family!!


Want to build a new truck driving career? Get in touch with Georgia Driving Academy to find out how you can get started!

Atlanta CDL Training Students Complete Course!

Feb 28, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Kent Shipman

GDA Grad Kent Shipman

Kent Shipman was ready for a better career opportunity when a former GDA Atlanta CDL training student recommended the school. His favorite part of training was learning to drive. Kent looks forward to driving for ROEHL! Congratulations Kent!

GDA Grad Seajay Richard

GDA Grad Seajay Richard

Seajay Richards came to Georgia Driving Academy after a friend recommended the school. His favorite part of the program was hitting the pavement during yard and road week! Seajay has signed on to work for Werner!! Congrats from all of us here at GDA!

GDA Grad Ricardo Jordan

GDA Grad Ricardo Jordan

Ricardo Jordan was seeking a better future and decided to pursue a career in trucking. After finding several great references and reviews for GDA’s Atlanta CDL training, he chose to enroll. His favorite part of training was learning how to drive on the road. Ricardo is looking forward to driving for Arko Veal!! Way to go, Ricardo!

GDA Grad Willie Dixon Jr.

GDA Grad Willie Dixon Jr.

Willie Dixon Jr. was looking for a different career, and after seeing GDA’s great reviews, he decided to enroll. He enjoyed spending a lot of time learning maneuvers in the trucks. Willie looks forward to beginning his new career in the trucking industry! Congratulaitons, Willie!!

GDA Grad Eddie Lawrence

GDA Grad Eddie Lawrence

Eddie Lawrence, a US Air Force veteran, was looking for a change of career and decided to pursue a career in trucking! He said he chose the Atlanta CDL training school after it came highly recommended. Throughout training, he found he had a fascination with commanding a 53 ft. trailer! Awesome work, Eddie!

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson, a US Army vet, has always loved to drive, so he decided to take his skills to the next level! He chose GDA because of the great instructors and the knowledge and experience that it has! His favorite part about training was getting out and driving during road week! Joshua is going to work for US Xpress and team max program! Great work, Joshua!