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What is the difference between OTR, Regional, and Local trucking?

There are many differences between OTR, Regional and Local truck driving, but there are also similarities. As with most truck driving jobs, a CDL truck driver usually helps load and unload freight. While physical labor should be expected, drivers can sometimes get drop and hook or no touch runs. In addition, regardless of what type of truck driving you do, all drivers can be on duty up to 70 hours every 8 days per DOT regulations.

  • What is OTR trucking?
    • OTR stands for over the road, referring to truck drivers hauling freight over long distances, spending 3-4 weeks at a time on the road. OTR drivers drive all across the United States and Canada. OTR truck drivers haul all types of items including heavy freight, machinery, construction materials, and other equipment.
  • What is regional trucking?
    • Regional trucking refers to the part of the country a driver moves goods and materials. Typically, it’s broken up into divisions like Northeast, and Midwest and usually within a 1,000 mile radius. With OTR and regional trucking, the format is mostly the same – you are out driving for a set amount of time, then, depending on your company’s policy, home for certain number of days. Regional trucking days usually coincide with weekends which is a main appeal for this type of route over OTR.
  • What is local trucking?
    • Local trucking allows the driver to be home every night, which can be a real benefit to those with a family. The routes are local, typically within a 200 mile radius and consist of an 8-10 hour work day. Local trucking can be more difficult than OTR or regional trucking due to the nature of the job. With local trucking, you’ll need to be able to navigate smaller roads on a regular basis rather than the highway, as well as, backing into tight loading docks multiple times a day, which is why many local truck driving companies require at least a year of CDL driving experience.
  • What is a Dedicated Route?
    • A dedicated route is when a trucking company services the same company or location regularly. More often than not a truck driver will pick up a load at a regular location and then deliver it to a dedicated customer.

Whether you want to be an OTR driver, regional driver or local driver, you need proper training. Truck driving schools offer CDL training and specific OTR training. Some CDL schools include financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition or a trucking company that hires you may pay for your training tuition. Before choosing a school, verify that the school offers hands-on training and ask whether or not assistance with job placement is offered upon graduation.


Frito-Lay began as two separate companies in the early 1930s that merged in 1961 to form Frito-Lay. It became a subsidiary of PepsiCo in 1965. There are 1,100 snack foods produced under the Frito-Lay name include Lay’s potato chips, Fritos corn chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips. Frito-Lay North America generates half of PepsiCo’s annual operating profit. For the second straight year, Frito-Lay opened a pop-up restaurant. The Flamin’ Hot Spot in Los Angeles featured Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in every recipe for three days in September.

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$85,000 target annual

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Fri / Sun busy days
48-52 hours / week average

Job Description

Frito-Lay’s Regional Driver Apprenticeship is a position that is designed for a prospective candidate with a valid Class-A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A), with little to no experience operating a Class-A CDL motor vehicle. The program includes a minimum of 10 weeks of paid training, with the potential for additional weeks. Upon successful completion of the program, it is intended, that the employee will transition into a Regional Driver position.

If you’re ready to begin your career as a Frito-Lay Regional Driver and commit to the successful completion of the Truck Driving CDL program, Frito-Lay will cover some or all the costs associated with the training program. There may also be training pay available during your program enrollment. 

You’ll fit in with our diverse team if you are a hard worker. Please review the following minimum requirements before you get started on your application:

  • You are authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis
  • You are able to work on weekends and holidays
  • You can lift 15 to 50 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • You are able to stand and walk for extended periods of time with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • You are able to repeatedly lift, carry, push, pull, and handle products with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • You have the ability to sit for extended periods of time, up to five hours daily, with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • With your CDL, you have the ability to work up to 14 hours a day and drive a tractor-trailer for extended periods of time, up to 11 hours per day, with or without a reasonable accommodation

After completing the mandatory driver training and onboarding, you will be available to be assigned to the variety of work we offer. Start times vary by route and scheduled dispatch.

We asked current Frito-Lay drivers what frequent tasks you should expect when they come aboard, and here is what they had to say:

  • You will safely operate a tractor/trailer (usually an automatic Volvo, international or freight liner; diesel/natural gas) and transport products to and from specified destinations in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • This is a physical job. We load and unload trailers — this can be manual, it could involve palletized loading/unloading, using four-wheeled carts, or requiring the use of a two-wheeler.
  • You will also be lifting things over your head. You will transport chips, dips, and more to and from large grocery stores, Frito-Lay manufacturing facilities, rural storage units, vendor and backhaul locations, and other traffic centers.
  • You will obtain the signature of the receipt, pick up returns and complete logs and other paperwork related to deliveries, and review invoices and/or manifests.
    You will use an electronic logging device such as a tablet or an onboard (dash) computer.
  • We have regular contact with our customers, sales drivers, and dispatch, so you can expect to talk to people at various points throughout the day or night.
  • Like the rest of our drivers, you will be responsible for pre- and post-trip truck inspections.
  • Your work hours may be up to the legal limits allowed by the FMCSA and require overnight trips as well as weekend and/or holiday work.
  • We run routes 24/7 and DOT hours vary slightly by location.

This position requires a lot of walking and lifting over your head, but we believe the rewards are worth it, and our drivers agree.

Given our large salaries and phenomenal benefits, you might wonder what will give you an edge when you apply. Here’s an idea of what Frito-Lay drivers expect of one another:

  • Safety Focused: your mind is focused on safety when you operate vehicles by practicing defensive driving. We have a strong reputation as transportation professionals on the road
  • Coachable and Communicative: you can take feedback and adjust how you do things in the spirit of cooperation, safety, and efficiency. Communication is a two-way street. Did you encounter a safety hazard? Were there issues with your delivery? Your honest feedback is valued here.
  • Flexibility: the schedule you work won’t be set, but instead it will vary from day to day. Everyone at Frito-Lay works weekends and holidays.
  • Self-Motivated: our drivers are known across the company as hard workers, showing up and working until the job is done
  • Attention to Detail: a sharp eye is necessary because you will review weight limits on manifests, you will count cases to make sure orders are correct, as well as using visual aids

Our application takes 10-15 minutes to finish on any device. Our mission is to get you in for an interview instead of jumping through hoops. Just keep an eye on your e-mail, and we will take care of the rest.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

PepsiCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

Our Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable laws, including but not limited to, San Francisco Police Code Sections 4901 – 4919, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance; and Chapter XVII, Article 9 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, commonly referred to as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law EEO is the Law Supplement documents. View PepsiCo EEO Policy.

Please view our Pay Transparency Statement.


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