Vacation Days For Truck Drivers

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Mikolodbado's Comment
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In as much as i love to start a new chapter of my life driving these beast. I want to ask if there is a way to accumulate vacation days because i visit my families in Europe twice every year and that is approximately 6weeks/year. Can i still do the same driving big rigs? Because that may be the only clause that may make me drop my passion.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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It all depends on the company, most give you 1 day off for every week on the road. You maybe above to squeak out a extra day or two.

Unfortunately I do not see any company offering 6 weeks off.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Vacations days are different from the one week/one day thing.

It's been too long for me to give current information, but Swift drops extra payment ($1,000??) on your yearly anniversary. As for actual time off, that can be arranged any time, as long as you make these arrangements with your Driver Manager.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I wouldn't plan on doing it your first year, that is a long time of being out of the driver seat when your skills are still very new. At a minimum you would be required to turn your truck in. Then you will be assigned a different truck upon your return. Not all companies would be willing to give you 6 weeks off a year so make sure your recruiter when speaking with companies is aware of your desire. We have a few members here that drive for CFI. They have said that you don't lose accumulated hometime. Combining that with vacation time it's possible they would allow it. Have you looked into Paid CDL Training Programs? Going this route is always best but you can also be sure they're ok with your desire of going to Europe. There are a couple companies not listed there such as CFI but it's a great start.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
midnight fox's Comment
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I don't think any other kind of work is going to give you more than 10 vacation days in your first year, either.

PackRat's Comment
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I don't think any other kind of work is going to give you more than 10 vacation days in your first year, either.

US military active duty, 30 days paid leave per year, every year, any rank.

midnight fox's Comment
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US military active duty, 30 days paid leave per year, every year, any rank.

True. There's an obligation to several years of service, too. I was saying more that needing that much time off shouldn't disqualify trucking any more than it would disqualify most any other type of work. He might need to change his expectations of what he can get, or be ready to quit jobs and seek reemployment a lot. Or sign himself over for a few years.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Keep in mind that if you don't roll the wheels you don't get paid. So (my guess) when you take off six weeks you don't get paid for six weeks.

And as Rob explains, you must clean out your truck then get a new one when you get back. And I wouldn't be surprised if you have to take another drive test, minimum.

Mikolodbado's Comment
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Keep in mind that if you don't roll the wheels you don't get paid. So (my guess) when you take off six weeks you don't get paid for six weeks.

And as Rob explains, you must clean out your truck then get a new one when you get back. And I wouldn't be surprised if you have to take another drive test, minimum.

I understand that if i don't roll the wheel, i don't get paid and i am not looking at paid vacations. I am looking at unpaid but will be willing to let me go for atleast 3weeks every 6months after driving for atleast 2years not as a rookie.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol like in my plan finish contract July 25th, give notice more than 21 days in advance. Bank all I can staying out / in the truck. That in September sometime (1 year)will be taking 3 months off....Going to Philippines ....Return do whatevers required to get back in the saddle....Gotta be setting up my new life there for 2022 lol.

Talked to a lease driver, he lives over there full time....This is his 5th time back with CRST.....To bank some extra cash and go home.....Flights non existant do to this BS virus.....My friends confirm Manila & Cebu locked down NO in or out flights

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