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What is a Regional Truck Driver?

Some drivers are built for over-the-road truck driving jobs and traveling across the country for weeks at a time. Others want to drive locally and home to their families every night. But one type of driver offers the best of both worlds, regional drivers. A regional driver is a perfect position for the driver who likes to get out of town for a bit but still has time to see their family most nights and weekends.

What is Regional Driving Trucking?

A regional truck driver hauls freight from one location to another within a selected region that’s usually within 1,000 miles of the driver’s base. Some regions can be as small as a single state, and some can encompass multiple states. Some regional truck driving routes can be completed on the same day. However, some may require an overnight stay, and others may require the driver to deliver to multiple locations per week before returning home. 

Benefits of Regional Truck Driving

A regional driver provides the perfect balance between making good money and spending time with family. Cross-country or over-the-road drivers get higher-paying jobs but have to give up seeing their families for weeks at a time. A local truck driver, who only delivers a haul within a city or county, usually gets paid the least but receives the most personal time. A regional driver can get jobs that pay well, make it home most nights of the week, and get weekends off.

Regional drivers tend to develop more set and consistent schedules, and once they start learning their usual routes, they can plan ahead and know exactly how long it will take them to complete delivery. You’ll be less reliant on GPS and know exactly which service station to stop at along the way and the best restaurants to grab a bite. Being able to plan means getting the job done quicker, which gives you more personal time to enjoy. If you have family that wants to come into town, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the best time for them to visit.

Another benefit of regional trucking is that it’s less physically demanding. Unlike local drivers, regional drivers usually don’t have to load and unload the freight when arriving at their destination. That responsibility lies with the company or business you are delivering to.

How to Become a Regional Truck Driver

If you’re looking for the best trucking companies hiring right now, look no further than Super K Express. We’re committed to hiring drivers who want to balance life on the road with life at home. We employ qualified regional drivers and offer the best pay, benefits, and quality time available. For the past 12 years, we’ve been among the best regional and over-the-road trucking companies to work for.

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