Question On Load And Hometime

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Christian F.'s Comment
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Got a real quick question on a suggestion that Old School gave me a bit ago.... he suggested that when I take hometime when I get my truck to try to get a load on Friday for a Monday delivery and bring it home. Question is if I park my truck somewhere other then my house and leave the truck there (a parking lot or family member''s property) would it be considered abandonment? Don't want to be getting in trouble for leaving my truck and load somewhere.

Turtle's Comment
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No that wouldn't be abandonment but your company may have strict rules against leaving a loaded trailer in an unsecure location. If you plan to leave the truck attached to the trailer the company will more than likely be ok with it. Still best to check with them.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Thank you Turtle for the super fast answer

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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No matter where you park, even with your truck, they will want to know where it is.

Susan D. 's Comment
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That's exactly what I normally do. I don't drop the trailer and double lock the doors. It also helps that I park directly outside a gate to a military post. It's certainly very secure there and on their cameras.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone just thinking of trying to arrange things before I leave Saturday for when I come back home

JuiceBox's Comment
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If you can get through the house with a load and without delaying said load, then go for it. Obviously company policy will dictate where you park but there are strict guidelines and then there are relaxed guidelines. I never had an issue dropping my trailer in an unsecure location that has room for about 10 trailers that only the local OTR/regional drivers know about. My company only requires what is on the home time request macro. Basically city and state for where you are taking home time and the location of where you are parking. For the latter, I have entered home, truck stop, and empty lot. Never heard a word about it. Now that would probably change if my trailer or truck and trailer were to be towed but I think that much is obvious. Additionally, i have never had to tell my company when taking a load home, i just did it and was never late. Now if you take a load home and then have issues leaving on time and deliver that load late, you may have a problem the next time you attempt to take a load home.

Regional:

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.

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.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Thanks for the response... can't wait to get out there and start

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That's exactly what I normally do. I don't drop the trailer and double lock the doors. It also helps that I park directly outside a gate to a military post. It's certainly very secure there and on their cameras.

What is "double locking" the doors?

Dave Reid's Comment
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That, or something similar is what I usually do. In fact my new practice as of six months ago is to always do this except for an annual vacation. I don't plan these in advance...for best income, I do it when it fits.

Got a real quick question on a suggestion that Old School gave me a bit ago.... he suggested that when I take hometime when I get my truck to try to get a load on Friday for a Monday delivery and bring it home. Question is if I park my truck somewhere other then my house and leave the truck there (a parking lot or family member''s property) would it be considered abandonment? Don't want to be getting in trouble for leaving my truck and load somewhere.

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