Jerry Milano’s father was a Class A holder. Like a lot of boys, Jerry played with trucks growing up. Now a Reddaway linehaul driver, Jerry was 19 years old when he watched the movie “Smokey and the Bandit.” That was the day he told his mother that he wanted to be a truck driver.
Why Former OTR Drivers Like Jerry Milano Switch to Linehaul Driving
In his mid-twenties, Jerry put himself through driving school. A decision he made so that he wouldn’t be obligated to work for a specific trucking company for a certain time once he earned his CDL. Soon, Jerry was an over the road (OTR) driver… and not happy about it.
It turned out that life on the road wasn’t what Jerry imagined. Only a few months into his truck driving career, he knew the OTR lifestyle wasn’t for him. Even though there is a shortage of all types of drivers, LTL carriers, like Reddaway, allow drivers to home on a regular basis compared to TL drivers who are gone weeks at a time.
“Driving over the road just wasn’t for me. I missed my fiancé. I missed my family. I still wanted to be a truck driver, but I didn’t want to be an OTR. So, I switched to being a linehaul driver,” Jerry explains. “I had gotten endorsements and was interviewing with several LTL companies. Reddaway had their ducks in a row and offered great benefits. They had my papers filed and human resources was ready to go for when I signed on.”
Jerry became a linehaul driver for Reddaway in June, 2017.
The Benefits of Moving from OTR to Linehaul Driving
Even though Jerry doesn’t have Burt Reynolds running interference in a Trans Am, a Bassett Hound riding shotgun, or illegal goods in his trailer, he has plenty of other benefits driving linehaul for Reddaway compared to driving OTR.
According to Jerry, they include being union, not being homesick, not having to search for a trailer, being able to spend more time with his family, and being independent every day. He doesn’t miss not being in control of his time schedule. For example, when he’d be left waiting while a customer was pulling off his load.
A Look at Jerry’s Average Day as a Reddaway Linehaul Driver
Jerry leaves Oakland, CA at 10:30 pm and arrives in Medford, OR by 7:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. After a 10-hour layover to comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, he leaves Medford for Oakland.
“I’m going to stay in linehaul,” explains Jerry. “Compared to over the road driving, driving linehaul for Reddaway is a relatively stress-free environment for me. I like the hours because I’m a night owl – always have been.”
If you’re an OTR truck driver who wants to switch to linehaul or is interested in becoming a truck driver, check out Reddaway’s job openings for drivers. Never sleep in a sleeper again.