Can You Take Your Truck Home With You?

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Clark's Comment
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I'm currently in truck driving school and am going to be going OTR with may trucking after I graduate. Do a lot of companies let you take your truck home on your off time or do they want it left at the closest terminal? My reason for asking is the closest terminal is several hours away so that would be a bummer if I had to drive that far with my personal vehicle every month or so.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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I'm currently in truck driving school and am going to be going OTR with may trucking after I graduate. Do a lot of companies let you take your truck home on your off time or do they want it left at the closest terminal? My reason for asking is the closest terminal is several hours away so that would be a bummer if I had to drive that far with my personal vehicle every month or so.

Welcome aboard!

It varies slightly from company to company, but for the most part you are able to take your truck home when you have home time. You will likely need to find a place to park both the tractor and trailer. May's policies are unknown to me, so I suggest asking your recruiter or your current contact there this specific question.

Good luck with your training and if you can keep us informed on your progress.

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.

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.

Chris L.'s Comment
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I almost went to work for May Trucking. They told me they want the truck at a terminal or drop yard for home time. They may have a drop yard closer to you than a terminal.

Better ask the recruiter because they change policies sometimes. For instance they used to not allow pets, but now have a pet policy.

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.

Chris L.'s Comment
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May has a terminal in Salem. You put your from Salem.

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.

PPGER's Comment
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Knight does not allow trucks to be taken home. It has to be be left at the terminal during home time.

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.

Kessel Run's Comment
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This is more for the single drivers, for those who work for companies that don't allow you to take the trucks home, do you drive from your home to the terminal? Do the companies provide a secure location to park your personal vehicle for weeks at a time?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Knight does not allow trucks to be taken home. It has to be be left at the terminal during home time.

Just want to correct this statement for the folks who will come across this in the future. I always take my "Knight" truck home when I go for home time.

David, I'm not sure how you got this impression, but it may be that you live very close to a terminal. I don't even know what Knight's policy is on this, but many trucking companies want you to leave it at the terminal if you live something like fifty miles or less from the terminal. But any over the road driver for Knight who doesn't live near a terminal can certainly take their truck home.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Knight does not allow trucks to be taken home. It has to be be left at the terminal during home time.

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Just want to correct this statement for the folks who will come across this in the future. I always take my "Knight" truck home when I go for home time.

David, I'm not sure how you got this impression, but it may be that you live very close to a terminal. I don't even know what Knight's policy is on this, but many trucking companies want you to leave it at the terminal if you live something like fifty miles or less from the terminal. But any over the road driver for Knight who doesn't live near a terminal can certainly take their truck home.

I always took my Knight truck home too. I also cleaned my truck while at home which saved the company money and they appreciated it. Knight's policy may have been that my truck remain at the terminal but my DM and terminal manager granted me a little bit of leeway.

The truck is always at my house with the company in with now. It's a small company, no terminals, no drop yards and my house is my terminal in a sense lol.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.
Clark's Comment
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Thank you all for your replies, I did talk with my contact at may and he told me that they will allow me to take my truck home they just require that I drop it at the terminal every 90 days for repairs and stuff.

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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