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Turtle's Comment
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The "official" hometime policy is as Ernie says: 1 day per week and max 4 days off at a time. But in truth there will be some flexibility if you show you're a solid driver and a team player. Top tier drivers can earn added benefits such as more time off if needed.

For example, I tend to stay out longer than the average 3-4 weeks, so if I stay out 6 weeks, I'll take 6 days off. I've taken as much as 10 days off in a row without so much as a peep from my FM. He always says: "Just let me know when you're ready to come back Rich."

So yeah, in return for being a "go-to" driver that my dispatcher can depend on, I get a certain degree of freedom with my schedule. All within reason, of course.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Negan's Comment
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I am in the process of writing my thoughts on Prime. I am about half way through the TNT phase. Just waiting for the moderator to approve my post. But to answer part of what you asked, yes they pay detention and they pay you for getting good MPG, which isn't difficult.

You do get 1 day off every week you work but in my NOOB opinion time off shouldn't be in an OTR's vocabulary. I don't say that to call people who take time off lazy, I say it because that seems to be the biggest complaint AND the reason why many people quit. "Not enough home time." That seems to be the nature of the business so the less important time off is to you I think the more you will enjoy the job AND the more money you make. I can tell you my first trainer did a month on and 4 days off. That seemed to work for him. The trainer I have now for my TNT phase doesn't seem to need time off at all.

Personally I am single with no kids so I don't plan on coming home often. I can tell you there is NO WAY I could do this if I had kids. But then again, I can easily go back to doing sales and I understand others may not have a lot of other options for employment so in that case, you have to do what you have to do.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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