How Do Terminals Work?

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aperture's Comment
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Are you locked to your terminal when you take home-time? Can you ever transfer your truck to another terminal temporarily; how about semi-permanently or permanently? Do you have to take home-time when your x-amount of days are up and does home-time ever roll over?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Susan D. 's Comment
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A terminal is merely a place of business for a trucking company. It's where their offices are, maintenance mechanics/repair shops are typically located.

The only time a terminal location will matter is if you drive for a company which does not allow you to take the equipment home when you take home time.

if you want to know about the hometime policies of a particular company, you should ask that company.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ap, you don't live at a terminal (week most people don't) so home time is not connected to one. "Your" terminal maybe is where your DM works.

As for home time, you submit a date and a zip code. If everything is hunky dory you will get a dispatch that delivers in or near the zip code you have them, them a new load for when your off time is up. Just don't say your "home" is Key West - no traffic there.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Generally speaking if you live more than 50 miles from a terminal your company will let you take your truck and trailer home with you. Most people either park at a truck stop and get a ride home from there, drop their trailer at the truck stop and take their tractor home, or find a place near their home to park like an unused gravel lot or a big grocery store parking lot. You'll want permission from anyplace you consider parking the truck.

But you don't have to live near a terminal. As long as a company hires from your home area you're good to go. In 15 years of driving I never drove for a company that had a terminal or drop yard in my home state. Didn't make any difference.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

aperture's Comment
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Generally speaking if you live more than 50 miles from a terminal your company will let you take your truck and trailer home with you. Most people either park at a truck stop and get a ride home from there, drop their trailer at the truck stop and take their tractor home, or find a place near their home to park like an unused gravel lot or a big grocery store parking lot. You'll want permission from anyplace you consider parking the truck.

But you don't have to live near a terminal. As long as a company hires from your home area you're good to go. In 15 years of driving I never drove for a company that had a terminal or drop yard in my home state. Didn't make any difference.

Cool, thanks for the info!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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