Generally in my experience, I’ve always sent in a canned message macro on the Qualcomm. Blanks ask basically when you want to be off, and when you anticipate being available for dispatch again.
Call your dispatcher to confirm what you need to do in the future.
Usually your dispatcher will message you when he gets in on your return day asking if you are ready to roll. Sometimes they'll have you pre-planned already. Depends on your dispatcher really. Both of mine have expected me to be available at 8am on the "5th" day.
If you want to go before that just message dispatch letting them know you are available.
Let your dispatcher know you are ready. When I'm at home I use my phone to do this. I'm not gonna sit in my truck looking at my Quakcomm! My dispatcher knows this, and he will call me with an update when he has something.
4 days is apparently the longest I can be home, right?
Yes and no.
Yes, the "official" company policy is no more than 4-5 days off in a row. But as you gain more trust and respect from your FM for getting it done out there, you'll begin getting the perks usually saved for the Top Tier drivers. Some flexibility on the home time is one of those perks.
When I take hometime I let my FM know what day I want to be home, and what day I expect to return. He never questions the days off in a row I take, whether it's 4 or 8. Then I always message him the day before I'm ready to return, just to confirm I'll be ready to roll in the morning.
I work very hard to earn that perk though. I take care of him, he takes care of me.
Go the extra mile and it can take you places.
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So I'm a company driver at Prime and I'm on my 4th day of home time. 4 days is apparently the longest I can be home, right? So do I tell them I'm ready to get back on the road or do they just assign me a load when they have one?