Otr Driver

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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OTR (over the road) drivers, are in greater demand today than ever before. That's because the trucking industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. With an ever-increasing population and the demand for more and more goods, over 40,000 additional truck drivers will be needed over the next several years.

Take a look around you. Practically everything you see in your home or office was transported by truck, sometimes across town, and sometimes across the country. Drivers who haul loads across the country are called over the road (OTR) drivers. They spend a substantial amount of time on the road and are often away from home for days at a time.

OTR Driver Options

Today's drivers have a lot of options when it comes to the type of career they want. Local deliveries are increasing almost as fast as long distance hauls, so there is plenty to choose from. For those who want a steady pay and regular hours, local truck driving is the answer.

If you want the adventure of the open road, more money, and the opportunity to make your own hours, you might be a good candidate to become an OTR. In that capacity, you may work for a trucking company or you may accept loads on a sub-contractor basis. You can even become an independent owner operator driver, purchasing your own rig and making all your own choices.

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