Family Riders/passengers

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Marissa H.'s Comment
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Aloha, Most every baby raised in a truck doesn't even know they are in a truck. All they know is that, they are with mom and dad and that makes them happy. Young children 1-4 years old have wonderful memories traveling in the truck and going site seeing. It's all about how one utilizes their time when not driving, just like at home. The truck is home, what kind of home is up to the people. You can't criticize families for wanting encouragement on sticking together. These are the people who are willing to work the hardest and make their lives and the lives of those around them a safe and humanistic place. Jumping to conclusions about why babies, children, wives, or pets are requested to be nearby on the road is no different than any other job that requires a lot of moving. The worst stories I ever hear about are not about babies in trucks with beautiful memories on traveling with family...it's about military children who have no stability. America and its jobs are about family. Any job that tears a family apart is not a true American job. Any job that requires you to leave your family behind is not a true American job. Trucking is not a war to be fought with...its an unique opportunity for the right people, with or without babies. Most of you sound like you either don't have families or don't get along with them which is why your opinions really should be removed and left to those who actually have experience on the topic. And again....every baby/child who remembers being in a truck...absolutely loved it. Kids nowdays are glued to the internet, getting out on the road in the real world would actually be a positive thing. And a semi is safer for a baby to be in than a car...411. Good Luck

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Most of you sound like you either don't have families or don't get along with them which is why your opinions really should be removed and left to those who actually have experience on the topic.

We'd love to hear your experiences on this topic. You gave a lot of overreaching opinions and criticisms, but haven't shared any actual stories or experiences. Please do. We'd love to hear them.

And again....every baby/child who remembers being in a truck...absolutely loved it.

Being in a truck for a short vacation is a whole lot different than being raised in a truck full time.

I drove for 15 years and I've been in the industry for 25 years and I think I've heard of maybe two or three cases where people were going to try living with a baby full time in the truck here on the website but they never checked back to let us know how it went for them. When I was driving I can't recall one single time in 15 years that I came across a family that was actually raising a child in a truck. How many families do you know that are raising children full time in a truck?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Schneider has a ride along policy. I checked on it before hire because I have a soon to be 15 year old grandson who I want to go with me this summer. We plan to go out together for 2 weeks and he is looking forward to it with great anticipation. But my guess is that after the two weeks he will be ready to go home and hang out with his friends. Still, for me, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. And I think Schneider does have an age limit, insurance requirements and no more than one passenger at a time. So, I think we have to define what is in question here. Raising kids on the road? I think it would be a very very rare case where that would be wise. A grandfather taking his grandson out for a two week great adventure? Yes, go for it. Now pets is another question. My dog would love to go with me full time, but that is not possible. Taking children is a much more serious and complicated issue.

Bird-one's Comment
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Not too sound rude but there is not a chance in hell I would raise my daughter in a semi truck nor could if I wanted too. It is not practical at all. My full size condo has barely enough room. Her energy levels are off the chart which is normal for any 2 yr old but now essentially put here into a closet with all of her toys not too mention all her wipes, diapers, etc and have my wife back there with her sounds crazy to me. And to say 1 to 4 yr olds have wonderful memories also sounds bizarre. I'm not an expert on child safety laws but I didn't even think it was legal to have a child that young in a truck. The kid is going to be couped up in a sleeper 10 plus hours a day

And this whole "any job that tears families apart is not a true American job" is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard. What does that even mean? You mentioned military so you're probably familiar with it. So what about service members that deploy 8 to 12 months at a time multiple times with a wife and multiple children at home? Is that somehow not American? Because that no doubt has torn families apart.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Marissa, I breathlessly await your expert opinion on military living. So how do you know the “horrors” of being a military brat?

Now, to skip to the part about raising a child in a truck. I’m pretty sure the laws concerning children being restrained in a moving vehicle. I don’t know about you, but the thought of strapping a 2 yr old into a car seat for 11 hours a day, sounds borderline abusive to me. Not to mention the need for the availability of a toilet. Or do you propose just don’t bother with potty training and leave the kid in a diaper for the first 5 years of its life?

Since you seemed he’ll bent on firing shots, a little return volley shouldn’t be an issue.

But, then again Hawaii doesn’t have anything even remotely close to being an OTR driver. You can’t get very far when it only takes 4 hours to do a lap around Oahu.

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.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Not too sound rude but there is not a chance in hell I would raise my daughter in a semi truck nor could if I wanted too. It is not practical at all. My full size condo has barely enough room. Her energy levels are off the chart which is normal for any 2 yr old but now essentially put here into a closet with all of her toys not too mention all her wipes, diapers, etc and have my wife back there with her sounds crazy to me. And to say 1 to 4 yr olds have wonderful memories also sounds bizarre. I'm not an expert on child safety laws but I didn't even think it was legal to have a child that young in a truck. The kid is going to be couped up in a sleeper 10 plus hours a day

Sounds like pure HELL to me!!! I'd never have the patience for it; it would drive me insane! But that's just me and my tolerance for little kids has dwindled over the years. I get to listen to them yell / scream / cry enough at my current job LOL

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Rainy 's Comment
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Young children 1-4 years old have wonderful memories traveling in the truck and going site seeing.

Raise of hands people...how many of you remember being ONE year old, and do you remember caring about site seeing? At 3 and 4 i wanted Disney World, not bouncing for 11 hours in a moving vehicle listening to my mother point out the desert.

It's all about how one utilizes their time when not driving, just like at home.

When not driving we are sleeping, eating, showering and doing laundry. Sounds real fun for kids. And what happens when the kids sleep when the truck is in motion and are wide awake when the driver needs to sleep?

The truck is home, what kind of home is up to the people.

The truck is a truck and our companies allow us the luxury of certain amenitites. Depriving your children of a real home and yards and playgrounds to run in is abusive and neglectful as well as selfish.

You can't criticize families for wanting encouragement on sticking together. These are the people who are willing to work the hardest and make their lives and the lives of those around them a safe and humanistic place.

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Trucking is one of the most dangerous professions out there. A split second distraction can lead to death. What part of that seems safe or humanistic for children???? They will get an upclose look at humanism when they smell the urine soaked parking lots in 100 degree heat. Or when they try to run on the grass at a truck stop amd get covered in fleas and ticks from truckers dogs...or covered in crap because irresponsible dog.owners dont pick up.

no different than any other job that requires a lot of moving.

Wrong.

America and its jobs are about family. Any job that tears a family apart is not a true American job. Any job that requires you to leave your family behind is not a true American job.

Hmmm...you have never worked for the government in your life. When my brother was in the hospital, they told.my mother if she wanted to be a mother, she shouldn't have ever applied for the job. I can argue that most jobs tear families apart by requiring the parents to be out of the home for 8 to 12 hours a day.

which is why your opinions really should be removed and left to those who actually have experience on the topic.

So first you put down every military and civil.service family, and now you want to take away our 1st amendment rights to free speech. Did you work on Hillary Clinton's staff? You sound familiar.

And again....every baby/child who remembers being in a truck...absolutely loved it.

i call BS

Kids nowdays are glued to the internet,

Which is why they should be home playing on a jungle gym or in a park.

getting out on the road in the real world would actually be a positive thing.

More BS. A 2 year old wont give a darn about the Grand Canyon or Moab's dig sites.

And a semi is safer for a baby to be in than a car...411.

Yeah until a jack knife or roll over occurs. One of our own forum members is recovering from a serious accident. It happens. Endangering our lives is a calculated risk we all take due to occupational hazards. Taking this way of thinking is selfish, irresponsible, and quite honestly....terrifying that a parent thinks full time OTR is appropriate for children. I have seen way more accidents out here than I ever expected. In addition to everything else, this is a job. It is not Romper Room. The truck is not a mobile home.

A week or two trip is one thing but long term, Im flabbergasted.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Rainy, I don't remember a thing from my life before the age of 3 or 4. But I remember almost everything from my previous lives. Like the time I was an OTR chariot driver..........

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Marissa, How many miles have you driven as an over the road truck driver? I guess zero. At the the end of a long day of driving all I want to do is sleep. There is no time to properly care for a child. What do you do when the child needs to go to a doctor? A Truck and trailer is about 70 feet long and can't go just anywhere. I don't keep my dog on the truck because I have no time to care for him properly. You seem to have no idea what your talking about. When you say every kid raised in a truck had a great time. You do not now every kid raised in a truck. I don't think you know any. I think your whole post is BS.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I'm going to bet the OP is a "one and done" post. Stir it up then depart.

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