Team Driving With An Infant... Is It Possible?

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Melissa M.'s Comment
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My husband and I are currently enrolled in driving school and want to start a career team driving when we get out. We have a 5mth old son we would like to take on the road with us. Any suggestions on a company or companies willing to hire us? We understand there will be time with a trainer that we will have to spend apart but after that we would like to take our son.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Most companies have a policy of one person per seat belt. Therefore, two seat belts, two people. You would have to call around to see if a company would allow that. They may not allow a child that young.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I totally get your situation, but as two new drivers you should not consider this. All of us have seen sooooo many wrecks out here and not always the drivers fault. Many of them are fatal. Factor in weather with lack of experience, and there is no way i would suggest any new driver bring an infant.

i have seen it done without admitting it to the company...which sneaking a passenger on a truck is a fireable offense of "failure to obey company policy" which could ruin a drivers DAC and prevent future employment.

Many companies do not allow passengers at all. Some will permit children of certain ages. i have yet to see an infant policy.

For the safety of your family, please reconsider. An infant is a huge obligation to begin with, adding the truck? i dont know. the fatigue of trying to do it all as a new driver sounds crazy to me. its hard enough to sleep in a rolling truck....but when you have a child teething? colicky? or who wants to be up when you are sleeping? serioulsy think about this.

Rollover accidents are common. jack knifing for a newbie. We had a driver on here who rolled...it can happen. just one little distraction, one moment of a tire going off the edge of a curb. Susan on here had a fire on her trailer that was eztinguished in time...but i have seen a few trucks engulfed in flames.

Watch some youtube videos of wrecks. then ask if you wanr your baby involved?

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Jay D.'s Comment
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I'm not even going to bring my dog on board until I'm comfortable with my driving. How would you secure the infant? It just seems like a bad idea all around.

Melissa M.'s Comment
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After much consideration I think my husband and I are going to pay a relative to watch our son while we are on the road. After we get a good amount of experience we may reconsider.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree with Rainy.. very risky, however I will admit, years ago, I drove up until I was about 7 months pregnant and yes, I've had my toddler ride along, (one child at a time) BUT, we owned our own trucks, ran on our own authority, had car seat straps custom mounted in the sleeper in a couple of our trucks, and my (ex) husband was practically born in a truck and was extremely experienced. Things were also very different 22 years ago and the traffic wasn't nearly so crazy and the huge pile ups that happen these days were virtually unheard of back then.

I think you're making a sound decision to have someone take care of the baby.

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.
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