Do Drivers Often Have To Ride On Buses?

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If you drive your own car, how would you get it back home? I have seen a couple of people mention this but I’m confused.

From what I understand, I will finish orientation, go directly on my training drive, then bring my truck home once I am ready to go solo.

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TBH you figure it out after the fact. After training and upgrading you will get a truck and a load heading for home. You could always ride back to the terminal with another driver, then drive your car back home. I have known a few driver that have gotten themselves a little cheap POS and moved it to the terminal. They leave it there for when/if they get stuck at the terminal for a long repair or if they just don’t want the haste of the company vehicles.

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How often do you need to go to the terminal, by the way?

That varies greatly with the company and your assignment.

In my prior gig, I was typically there about monthly, but at random it could be much more often if picking up a relay parked there, etc.

In my current gig, I seldom go and when I do it is to various ones. I currently haven't been in two or three months at least, but i have been to several of them.

So, you'll need to ask your company. Some drivers that regularly return to the same terminal will keep POVs there. In my case that wouldn't work, so I got rid of my car and get rental cars or hire rides when I need them....like last night, I took a Lyft to a restaurant. I spend a lot less this way then if I owned a car, and have the transportation at the needed location.

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.

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If you drive your own car, how would you get it back home? I have seen a couple of people mention this but I’m confused.

From what I understand, I will finish orientation, go directly on my training drive, then bring my truck home once I am ready to go solo.

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TBH you figure it out after the fact. After training and upgrading you will get a truck and a load heading for home. You could always ride back to the terminal with another driver, then drive your car back home. I have known a few driver that have gotten themselves a little cheap POS and moved it to the terminal. They leave it there for when/if they get stuck at the terminal for a long repair or if they just don’t want the haste of the company vehicles.

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How often do you need to go to the terminal, by the way?

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That varies greatly with the company and your assignment.

In my prior gig, I was typically there about monthly, but at random it could be much more often if picking up a relay parked there, etc.

In my current gig, I seldom go and when I do it is to various ones. I currently haven't been in two or three months at least, but i have been to several of them.

So, you'll need to ask your company. Some drivers that regularly return to the same terminal will keep POVs there. In my case that wouldn't work, so I got rid of my car and get rental cars or hire rides when I need them....like last night, I took a Lyft to a restaurant. I spend a lot less this way then if I owned a car, and have the transportation at the needed location.

Sorry, I should have quoted Patrick.

Wolding only has 1 terminal, so I have been wondering if I need to go there for maintenance, etc.

I kind of hope so, just to break the monotony of the regional gig.

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.

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.

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