Team Driving With Most Home Time For Cdl Grads

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Tyler M.'s Comment
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Me and my twin brother are wanting to team drive. I have my class a cdl now. And he is going to go get his also. We want to team drive but don't want to be gone for weeks at a time. We were wondering which companies have the best home time For team cdl drivers that are new to trucking.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Tyler M.'s Comment
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We are in Oklahoma City

Errol V.'s Comment
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Generally, Tyler, teams drive the long, transcontinental type runs. Companies prefer their teams to be on the road more, not less.

Brian M.'s Comment
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As Errol stated regular hometime on team trucks is not the normal but occasionally possible. I have been teaming for a year and because of the distances it really doesn't pay to stay out less than a month.

I do have a friend that lucked out on a dedicated team route between Florida and California ( 5days on 2 days off). Though those types of routes are few and far between. Usually reserved for more experienced drivers.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tyler M.'s Comment
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As Errol stated regular hometime on team trucks is not the normal but occasionally possible. I have been teaming for a year and because of the distances it really doesn't pay to stay out less than a month.

I do have a friend that lucked out on a dedicated team route between Florida and California ( 5days on 2 days off). Though those types of routes are few and far between. Usually reserved for more experienced drivers.

That's the type of home time we are looking for. Hard to find around here

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Here's a suggestion, although I'm not sure if you have this opportunity in your area. LTL companies will typically run their teams on dedicated schedules for about a week at a time. Plus, LTLs pay very well. At Old Dominion, our team guys are close to .70 cpm , and they split all the miles in the truck. They're out for 5-6 days at a time. UPSF and other LTLs also have teams. Unfortunately you've got to be near an LTL terminal for this opportunity. Just a thought for you.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

David L.'s Comment
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We ran 3-4 weeks with Swift and had a lot of coast to coast. With SLT we are out 5-7 weeks...5 is normal...most of our runs are under 1000 miles but our latest is 1900...running team is a lot different than solo...

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