Looking For Otr Company Allowing Wife And 2 Kids!

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Jonathan T.'s Comment
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i have been searching all over and have had no luck! I know there are companies out there that allow it. Anyone know of a company that has such a liberal rider policy? FYI there is a vast opinion regarding kids in trucks ect. My 9 year old has been riding with me local for over a month now and he loves it! He is homeschooled and it gives me the opportunity to make sure he is taught 1 on 1 and his schooling has improved 300%. I feel it depends on the style of living and how close your family is. My wife was otr with me for over a year until we had our 1st son. She loved it as well. Thanks in advance


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.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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In my experience, most companies that have a rider policy have minimum rider ages. (My companies age is 11) and it must be outside of school hours.

I'd imagine the biggest problem would be bed space. Unless you own your own truck...there's gonna be 2 beds & one of them is tiny.

Susan D. 's Comment
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The only way I know that you could do this is to own your own truck and operate under your own authority. Back 20 years ago my ex and I did that, taking 1 child at a time, or 2 kids and me staying at home with the other two. We had custom straps installed in my Western star that secured a child safety seat in the sleeper and when my toddler son wanted to be up front so he could see out, his car seat was moved to the passenger seat.

I do not recommend buying or owning your own truck(s). We had a great relationship​ with a broker and had dedicated runs for all our trucks, but even then it can be difficult to keep up with everything. Unless I had a legacy sleeper I wouldn't even consider more than your spouse and one small child at a time.

The wife needs to just stay home with the kids. They'll grow up before you know it and she can ride with you again. I had 4 children and would have a friend watch 3 of my kids for a week while I was on the truck. It didn't happen often.

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but that's the reality.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Brian M.'s Comment
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My goodness, truck driving averages around 8th the past few years as the most dangerous jobs in America ( that's higher then being a police officer) Why in heavens would you want to bring a family on a truck to live? If family means so much, why not find something local or regional so your family can have quality time together?

Imagine the distractions on a daily basis. Seems to me your just increasing the risks of having a accident. Jeez I feel terrible when I see large dogs in a truck I can't imagine putting my family in that position.


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.

C T.'s Comment
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I don't think any company is going to want that much liability riding around honestly. You'd probably be better off finding a local or regional job. I find it a challenge to take care of everything I need for myself at times. Having to worry about 2 or more people on the road may be too much.


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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Most companies have a policy of riders to equal seatbelts. If solo, one person. If teams, no riders. Everyone else gave good advice. Good luck.

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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There isa company in NC that is known for being very liberal but I don't know about them allowing kids in their trucks..... they are called Carolina Cargo..... so check with them and see.... but just know that kids in a truck is a liability that many insurance companies will not want to take on


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Jonathan T.'s Comment
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I respect everyone's opinions regards the topic. However some may need to re read it. To sum the situation up. I dont have a choice. This is short term. Just need that rite person to see the post. Crete will allow wife and 1 child. Not both boys

Susan D. 's Comment
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I completely understand. I don't know of a single carrier that's going to allow 2 children. They just won't do it.

Wife and 1.. no problem but 2 is a no go due to the insurance companies. So sorry.

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