Living In A New State

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Witch Chick's Comment
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Hello,

I am moving from California to Idaho and would love to get into trucking. The problem is, is that I would like to come home every month at least! And I have no idea how trucking works in the terms of home time. Meaning, if I take a job with swift, whose main location is in Nevada, but I live in Northern Idaho, do I take the truck home with me? Do I store my vehicle on their main site? How often do new driver get home time?

thanks for the info, Newbie

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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You will take your truck home. They have a simple electronic process by which you request your home time. You want to get that done a couple of weeks ahead of the time you want to go home. They will get you a load of freight that goes near your home town. Once you have delivered that load they will route you home. You can park the truck at a nearby truck stop or on your own property if there is room. The truck will need to be parked in a safe secure location. Sometimes you may be instructed to drop your trailer at a nearby customer's yard. They will help you with all these details when you are in training with them.

I hope that helps you a little. We've got several Swift drivers in here. Hopefully they can jump in here and give you some more advice or information.

Welcome to our forum! Don't be a stranger. I'm sure we can help you with all your questions.

TCB's Comment
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Swift has a terminal in Lewiston ID. Is that near you? Usually, for OTR drivers, you spend 4-5 weeks out before home time. With Swift, you accumulate one day of home time for every 2000 miles over the road.

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.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

TCB's Comment
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I forgot to mention that Swift also has drop yards at different locations that are not listed on their website, which aren't full terminals with facilities. You might also be able to park at terminals of Swift associated companies such as Knight and Central Freight.

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.

Witch Chick's Comment
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Thanks for all the information. Id probably have to park it at a terminal and possibly "lift" home, since its more northern than Lewiston. But this information does help. Thank you!

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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