How Does Christmas Work?

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Erin S.'s Comment
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My husband is currently in the Celadon training academy getting his cdl. By mid December he will be starting his 10,000 miles with a trainer which I've been told takes about a month. What I'm wondering is what happens around Christmas time? I'm not necessarily expecting him home but I am wondering what type of scenarios could happen for an OTR driver at Christmas time?


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.


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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It'll depend on who his trainer is and where they're from. With him starting the week before Christmas, they might keep him at the dorm and go out on local runs until after the holiday.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The overwhelming majority of OTR drivers get home at Christmas and Thanksgiving, but not all of them. I've stayed out a couple of times over the years during those holidays because I've never been married and don't have any kids but honestly it was a complete waste of time. Nothing is open, no freight is moving, and you spend most of your time reading books and watching movies in empty truck stops anyhow.

Because your husband is in training I have no idea whatsoever if they'll get him home for Christmas or not. Tough to say. But once he becomes a standard OTR or regional driver you can expect him to be home at Christmas pretty much all of the time and Thanksgiving nearly all of the time. The rest of the holidays will depend on the time off you have available and other factors.


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Erin S.'s Comment
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He was given the option to come home for Thanksgiving while in school but wants us to save the money for a ticket home and refuses to take the bus back even though the company is offering to pay for it. His initial bus trip there was a bad experience lol

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I think almost all bus trips are bad experiences. It's by far the worst way to travel I've ever had to endure.

He might be able to find out what their plans are for Christmas ahead of time. I don't know how the company operates internally or what they intend to do with students over the holidays so I'm really not sure. In fact, they might not even be sure yet. But it's worth asking, anyhow.

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