6 Advantages of OTR Truck Driving for Barr-Nunn Transportation

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There is an excellent chance you have discovered all trucking companies are not created equal. Large carriers can make you feel like just another truck driver. Small carriers can make you feel as if one contract goes away, so will the company. Barr-Nunn Transportation’s not-too-big and not-too-small footprint separates it from the rest. Our size provides Over the Road (OTR) truck drivers with the respect they deserve, and enough staff to anticipate and meet trucker needs. As a 37-year industry leader in driver pay, benefits packages, and financial performance, Barr-Nunn Transportation Inc. has a reputation as one of the country’s best-managed truckload carriers. Our company culture promotes financial stability and career success for Solo, Team, and Owner Operator Teams truck drivers. Here are 6 Advantages of OTR Truck Driving for Barr-Nunn Transportation:

Certified Top Pay Carrier

At one time or another, every OTR truck driver will say, “I don’t make enough money.” At Barr-Nunn Transportation, our industry-leading pay is recognized by The National Transportation Institute for the last 15 years. To receive Top Pay Carrier designation, a trucking company must qualify in three categories: driver pay, health and retirement benefits, and carrier stability. Pay at one, three, five, and ten-year levels, including bonuses, are evaluated. Reviews of health and retirement plans and third-party carrier stability are considered. Barr-Nunn Transportation is in a select group of carriers offering OTR truck drivers exceptional pay, the highest quality benefit and retirement plans, and long-term carrier stability.

For more on our top-tier pay read Truck Driver Pay: The Barr-Nunn Transportation Way.

Perfect Operating Area

Barr-Nunn Transportation operates in three of the five U.S. Regions.  Our truck drivers run in under 30 states in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Barr-Nunn Transportation truck drivers do not run out West, in New York City, in Canada, or in Mexico. Managing a three-region OTR truck driving operating area allows us to provide industry-leading truck driver compensation while keeping the average length of haul down. Our perfect operating area helps in maintaining a focus on driver safety, providing top-notch customer service, and remaining open and honest communication with truck drivers.

Average Length of Hall

For experienced OTR truck drivers, calculating the average length of haul is vital to understanding the relationship between pay and home time. Many carriers push for truck drivers to hit 2,500 miles a week or 500 miles a day, which means longer time out per run and longer time away from home.

The average length of haul at Barr-Nunn Transportation is under 500 miles for Solo Truck Drivers and under 800 miles for Team Truck Drivers. For loads under 550 miles, Barr-Nunn Transportation OTR drivers are paid extra per mile per complete load, which goes all the way up to 97 cents per mile – allowing truck drivers to earn an industry-leading paycheck without having to run 3,000 miles per week.

“New equipment is just one of the advantages of OTR truck driving for Barr-Nunn Transportation. The people and the pay keep me coming back year after year. I’m going to retire here.”

– Jim P., Barr-Nunn Transportation Driver

Quality Home Time

More than one truck driver has said, “I’m not satisfied with my home time.” Quality home time is vital to maintaining a healthy road-life, home-life balance. Most OTR truck drivers at Barr-Nunn Transportation are home either every other weekend or every 18 days. Many of our OTR truck drivers are home for either 3 or 4 full days when off the road. In some cases, OTR truck drivers who live outside our operating area who are required to stay out 30 days, receive the option of up to 15 days off.

Drop and Hook Only

Being a truck driver is a demanding job. For truck drivers who load and unload freight, the job is more demanding. Years of live loading or live unloading can do physical damage to even the most reliable OTR truck driver. Truck driver careers can be cut short by back and joint pain from years of loading and unloading trailers.

Barr-Nunn Transportation freight is essentially drop-and-hook (85% D&H for solo drivers and 90-95% D&H for team drivers). Not only does drop-and-hook only shipment allow for faster-moving freight, but no-touch also avoids detaining truck drivers longer than necessary and wasting time during runs.

Equipment & Technology

For many OTR truck drivers, equipment or maintenance issues can be a constant source of frustration. Barr-Nunn Transportation minimizes problem keeping truck drivers from on-time deliveries with well-equipped, late-model tractors. We maintain Freightliner Cascadia and International ProStar tractors and Wabash and Great Dane trailers. Our fleet includes dual tires, dual air ride seats, and bunk heaters. Most tractors have automatic transmissions, XM-ready/Bluetooth radios, and air release fifth wheels. Most trailers include tracking systems with cargo sensors from SkyBitz. Truck drivers receive a Prepass Plus Transponder for Tolls/Scales.

For a full equipment rundown, visit our equipment page.


The advantages of OTR Truck Driving for Barr-Nunn Transportation are clear. Over nearly 40 years, Barr-Nunn Transportation has established a reputation as an OTR truck driver-friendly carrier. We did it by creating a trucking company focused on top-tier OTR truck driver pay, maintaining a perfect operating area, keeping the average length of haul down, delivering quality home time, supporting drop-and-hook only shipping, and investing in up-to-day equipment and technology. Combine that with CSA Safety Bonuses, practical mileage pay, and the fastest pay raises in the industry, Barr-Nunn Transportation delivers on the promise of being the carrier choice of professional OTR truck drivers and owner-operators.

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