Carriers Claim Financial Benefit Of Putting Up Drivers In Hotels

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JuiceBox's Comment
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I'm not too sure. I think they get home most nights if not, just about every night. I'm in a hotel 1 or 2 nights a week but always with a trailer. Those ltl guys I'd imagine are Bob tail and dont have to be too concerned with truck parking

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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This is a very interesting concept. I’m happy with my sleeper cab, but if the company assigned me to a day cab , I would adapt to that and motel rooms. We are truckers and adapting is what we do.

However, how about the bed bug issue?

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Splitter's Comment
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I'm not too sure. I think they get home most nights if not, just about every night. I'm in a hotel 1 or 2 nights a week but always with a trailer. Those ltl guys I'd imagine are Bob tail and dont have to be too concerned with truck parking

The companies I'd looked at said that drivers are out for 5 days & home for 2 days [34 hr reset]. But I didn't think about the bobtail part which makes sense.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Well dang... I thought those guys were home every night lol.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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This is a very interesting concept. I’m happy with my sleeper cab, but if the company assigned me to a day cab , I would adapt to that and motel rooms. We are truckers and adapting is what we do.

However, how about the bed bug issue?

Yea that would be an issue if you're OTR and you have to stay in hotels that your unfamiliar with. I haven't come across it but I stay in the same hotels because I deliver to much of the same dealerships and only load in a handful of places. Every now and again I'll get a different run that delivers to dealerships I haven't been to yet but, I'm still going to load at the same 5-6 places. That being said, it becomes very predictable as to where you will stay for the night.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Splitter's Comment
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Well dang... I thought those guys were home every night lol.

P&D guys are home every night. Not LTL , according to ads I've seen. Even food delivery guys have different divisions. McLane has ramp service drivers that do local deliveries with hand trucks & tailgate drivers that bump docks & unload pallets but receiver has to count & sort.

Learning tons from these threads & talking to different drivers out here.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Well dang... I thought those guys were home every night lol.

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P&D guys are home every night. Not LTL , according to ads I've seen. Even food delivery guys have different divisions. McLane has ramp service drivers that do local deliveries with hand trucks & tailgate drivers that bump docks & unload pallets but receiver has to count & sort.

Learning tons from these threads & talking to different drivers out here.

That's what's great about this site. Always learning things from others experience and insight.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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While doing my research I learned of a couple of companies that do this. I believe it is mostly "line haul" and "trailer swap" or "rig swap". I believe I was told Holland and UPS do it - not sure.

Thought it was mostly for "home every other night or two". Driver pulls trailer 1/2 across the country and switches trailers or keys at the hotel with another driver.

I don't think I would like it. Not sure how the numbers work.

Personally, I like the seat-back reclined more than I can get in a day cab. (Not saying "lounging"... just not fully upright). I have a hard time getting a comfortable position in a day cab...

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Gear J.'s Comment
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This is a very interesting concept. I’m happy with my sleeper cab, but if the company assigned me to a day cab , I would adapt to that and motel rooms. We are truckers and adapting is what we do.

However, how about the bed bug issue?

If you have bed bugs, get a different room or a different hotel. Tell the company that your rest starts when you find an acceptable room.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Personally I didn't mind staying in the truck but I really did enjoy getting a hotel room once in a while. It feels like a castle! Plus, you can take like 5 showers a day and the hot water never runs out.

I wouldn't want the hassle of staying in a hotel every night, and I certainly wouldn't want to be OTR in a day cab. But getting a free night in a hotel maybe once a week would have been an awesome perk that I definitely would've taken advantage of.

That might make for a good incentive to stay with a company. Once you've been there for a year you get one free night in a hotel each week. It would also be a huge benefit to a lot of companies to get the opportunity to haul more freight using the much lighter day cabs, so they could consider offering drivers the option of day cabs and hotel stays or sleeper cabs.

Very interesting article.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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