Working During The Holidays?

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C T.'s Comment
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Hey guys, hope everybody is warm and safe for the holidays. Just wondering who, if any, of you guys are working further holidays. I know trucking doesn't stop for holidays but most carriers do try to get people home I hope. I also understand some people don't have care and will work when work is available. As for me I got a nice 4 day weekend with the family. How boutique you guys? Are you working, willing to work or want that time off?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I am off for 4 days as well, I could have run today if I wanted to and they would have me home by 2 PM as all of Old Dominion will be closed after that. But this is my first job with paid holidays so I'm taking advantage. smile.gif

Gladhand's Comment
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I always had Christmas off when I was OTR , saw no sense in being out there when I could be home instead.

Now doing Walmart dedicated I'll be working on Christmas. I work at night doing meat and produce. Due to Walmart closing for Christmas I won't have a run tonight, but on Christmas day afternoon I will because the Walmart night crew is back at it the night of Christmas.

Wish if my family wasn't far away or I would go visit them today. I just got off now so I'll be sleeping most of today then staying up all night so I can keep the night schedule. Sounds like a bummer but I like nights, less people in Walmart parking lots the better. I just gotta get my dac cleaned up and I'll be able to get a better schedule in the future. If anything, I hope everyone has a good Christmas whether at home or on the road.

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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I've put some serious time in over the last couple of months, so I'm taking nearly 2 weeks off for Christmas and new years. Back to the grind after this.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Out on the road.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Be spending at least a day in Missoula then back out. No home time until after the 2nd of January.

Jamie's Comment
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Since I just came back from my home time, I'm staying out although my DBL offered to get me home. I will be home for New year's.

Chris M's Comment
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I this morning and was given a 4 hour deadhead to the house. I'll be taking the whole week off and back at it Monday morning, new years eve. My hometime usually consists of me getting home on Friday afternoon, and ready to roll out on Monday morning, so asking for a few extra days off was no problem.

Swift makes it a priority to get drivers home for Christmas, if they want it. So as long as you request it with enough notice, they'll do what has to be done to get you home, even if that means you deadhead a couple hundred miles to get there.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

C T.'s Comment
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This whole paid holidays thing is completely foreign to me but I'm enjoying it. I would hate to be stuck on the road somewhere but you gotta do what you gotta do

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Always moving but definitely Happy Holidays to everyone. Driving over the holidays is probably the easiest time of the year to get around, unless you're in the big cities. Traffic isn't nearly as bad as it normally is and there's always somewhere to park.

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