Is It Realistic To Be Able Take A Week Off In The 1st 4 Months After CDL School?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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I am about to embark in this new arena of employment. I need to take a week off for a prepaid vacation in May. I have talked to several company sponsored CDL schools. I have asked if it is realistic that I take a week off after completing their training. I estimate I would have completed the school (CDL), the 4-5 weeks of training following the school and would be on my own for about 2-3 months.

Most recruiters have said it would be no problem but I almost always can detect that after I have committed to their contact there may be more of a challenge than represented. Can anyone comment on is a week off reasonable to expect with about 4 months on the job? I have paid about $4000 and do not want to lose that investment.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Starcar's Comment
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Well...I'd just have to ask for it in writing ....If they will do that....then you can pretty well count on it...

Mike L.'s Comment
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Well in my experience going through trucking school and with my buddies going through it with me, I can say it's a reasonable request. However, it's easier to take the week off before you get placed into a truck than after. As long as you give them plenty of notice (especially up front with your new dispatcher) it shouldn't be a problem.

It really comes down to your dispatcher/company that you're going with. I doubt they'll want to lose you for something as simple as time off when you're giving them so much notice. Worse case, you'll lose that truck and get placed into a different one when you get back. It may sound bad but it's not really a big deal, especially with the bigger companies. You probably wont even lose the truck to be honest. When my Dad had a stoke they got me right home (i paid to fly home) and even had a different drive bring the truck back to my home terminal for me. It all just depends on your company.

Long story short... advance notice is key to this being smooth for you and your company.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.
Michael B.'s Comment
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That is pretty much how I see it also. Thank you for the insight.

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