The average length of haul is something to consider with a company. If the A.L.O.H. is only 350 miles, that means lots of stop and go. If the A.L.O.H. is 1000 miles, you will have more open roads and free sailing to roll with.
Generally if the A.L.O.H. is lower, you will not be able to fit as many miles in a week, but you should get more cents per mile to make up for this. You do have to be able to be patient, and not get in the mind set of miles miles miles as it will drive you crazy!
Generally companies that drive in the more western half of the states will have longer lengths of haul.
For the most part, having a longer A.L.O.H. is more relaxing because if you have a 2300 mile run, then you can plan out your next 5 days of driving. You will feel more in control of your life. If you have a 300 mile runs, you might have to plan out 6 trips in the next 5 days and not know where the next load will be.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.