TO DRIVE OR NOT TO DRIVE

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Michael H.'s Comment
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Thank you for your insight I thank you but I am willing to stay out for a year on the road if I can get home sometimes more than a day or 2 at a time in a month I have been reading the articles on here and it does not seem like much home time at all I myself would rather stay gone for maybe 5 or 6 weeks straight and be off for a week something like that I'm thinking if you come home for 2 days after every 2 weeks there is no time to get to enjoy life what is in your opinion the company to go with the best home time for no experience brand new never drove before

Feanor K.'s Comment
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It is almost always 1 day off earned per 7 days out, usually capping at 5. So if you don't want 2 weeks out 2 days home, you could stay out 5 weeks and take 5 days home, not quite a week but close enough, and dispatcher may work with you here.

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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Some companies are a little more lenient/flexible with home time. Wolding has probably they most lenient/flexible home time. They truly let you run how you want to run.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Old school says:

Even those jobs that are paid hourly will be expecting you to really be getting a ton of work done or you won't last long in their employ. Just check out Rob's Diary, to get an idea of how hard he works in an hourly paid local trucking job.

Michael, i am a local food service driver for PFG (performance food group/service) and making the kind of money you're looking for. My schedule is monday through friday starting between 330 and 430am. I get paid 24.50 an hour with OT after 40 hours. My average day has me physically unloading 700 cases, 17,000 pounds all by stacking it on a 2 wheel dolly and wheeling it down a 10 foot ramp i pull out from under my trailer. Ive gotten faster and more efficient at my job and still putting in close to 60 hours a week. However, this type of work is considered a "young mans game" with the physicality and speed required of you. Thats not to say somebody over age 40 cant do it, but the risk of Injury is much higher the older you get. We have a few guys out of the terminal in their mid to late 50s, and we have a guy out of my yard thats 62. The paycheck ill receive this week, which was a relatively light workload compared to normal, for last week is $1592 gross for 56.66 hours. After my deductions for benefits, union dues and taxes (claiming 4 dependents in iowa) my NET pay is $1153 for the week . Its highly recommended to start out OTR due to how much close quarter maneuvering is required in heavily populated areas.

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.

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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