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A-Ro's Comment
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Im currently under contract with CRST but do to custody battle and wife pregnant with complications I need to be home more hell need a job close to home because im out a month at a time and home 5 days then back out. Its beginning to be hard on my son with my mom having him with no help until i finish contract. I want to finish because i dnt a bad rep over my name but my family needs me to be there more. I understood what i was getting into once i took the contract but things became more difficult at home since then. What should i do? U think CRST would let me go without putting anything bad over my head to keep other companies from hiring me?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Talk to your DM , talk with your terminal manager as well and explain what's going on. If they know the specifics and you make them understand that hey, I'm not trying to just get out of my commitment because I'm not happy, I actually have legitimate family issues I need to attend to, they're more likely to try and help you out. If they won't or can't, keep going up the chain until you get legitimate answers and options.

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.

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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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How close are you to your contract time?

Your wife's pregnancy complications might be a reason they could let you get more home time under Family Medical Leave Act.

You definitely need to try talking with them.

Good luck.

A-Ro's Comment
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How close are you to your contract time?

Your wife's pregnancy complications might be a reason they could let you get more home time under Family Medical Leave Act.

You definitely need to try talking with them.

Good luck.

Im wrking on 6months so 4 more to go.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I agree with what Robert B said. You make the effort and they'll show you what kind of operation they are.

A-Ro's Comment
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Lets say none of what u guys are recommending me to do wrk should i look elsewhere?

Kieran L.'s Comment
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Your family should be top priority, no matter what. I would say try to get your company to give you a local or regional position that gets you home more, and if they can't do that, then with 6 months experience under your belt already there are a good number of other companies that could hire you for a local position, and you should absolutely pursue that if your current company can't work with you. Even if it means you'll have to pay back your schooling costs since you didn't complete your contract, at least you'll have a new job that gets you the home time you need, and you'll be able to be there for your family. I personally wouldn't even consider an OTR position if I had a wife and kids and one on the way, but I know individual circumstances vary and sometimes you just gotta do what you have to to keep food on the table. Good luck and keep us updated! :)

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

A-Ro's Comment
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Your family should be top priority, no matter what. I would say try to get your company to give you a local or regional position that gets you home more, and if they can't do that, then with 6 months experience under your belt already there are a good number of other companies that could hire you for a local position, and you should absolutely pursue that if your current company can't work with you. Even if it means you'll have to pay back your schooling costs since you didn't complete your contract, at least you'll have a new job that gets you the home time you need, and you'll be able to be there for your family. I personally wouldn't even consider an OTR position if I had a wife and kids and one on the way, but I know individual circumstances vary and sometimes you just gotta do what you have to to keep food on the table. Good luck and keep us updated! :)

Thanks for that I needed that

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

A-Ro's Comment
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Thank u all for the advice highly appreciated thank u again

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Go up the chain if they won't help you out then leave jobs and money come and go but your kids need you around this isn't an easy life as is but with those issues you need that stability I would check with some local yokel gigs around your area they usually pay pretty well to.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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