Mom Of 3 Under 5

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Jazmine R.'s Comment
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I want to drive my husband is about to start but would I be able to take our kids with me? I wouldn’t have a babysitter.would me and him tag teaming work with our kids?

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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More than likely not. Most companies have a restriction on how many passengers can be on the truck. Many also have age limits.

What would you do if one of them gets sick on the road and you're under a load to get somewhere by a certain time? The way hospitals are nowadays you could sit for hours waiting to be seen. I'm sorry but I don't think you really thought this through. As a great grandmother I wouldn't take your kids so you can go on the road. Children need their mother and to be at home not on a truck.

Laura

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You won't be able have more than 2 people on a company truck.

PackRat's Comment
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You won't be able have more than 2 people on a company truck.

Wrong again.

It depends on the company, so your blanket statement is not factual Scott.

Example: Two adults plus a child of age five and above can ride on some company's trucks (Spelled Crete).

Rob T.'s Comment
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In addition to what Laura said its just not feasible. Regardless of company policy its likely illegal as you won't have enough restraints to protect yourselves and them if an accident were to occur.

I have 5 and 4 year old boys, and a 2 year old girl. We live in a house that between both levels is about 2400 sq ft with a yard that's half an acre. Even that isn't enough some days. You're talking about putting 5 people into something the size of a walk in closet.

How would you keep them entertained? How would you get the needed rest if they're back there in the bunk too? How about potty breaks every 30 minutes (atleast for my kids on road trips)? They're running a business. They expect you to drive up to 11 hours a day and get loads delivered on time. If you team drive your truck will rarely stop. Many drivers struggle with hygiene and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating healthy on the road is more difficult than just grabbing something from the truckstop but your (and your kids) waist line will suffer.

I think this is a bad idea, and would honestly be surprised if CPS didn't feel that it constituted child neglect if they found out about it.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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You won't be able have more than 2 people on a company truck.

Depends on the company, some trucks now have 3 bunks so they have one trainer and two trainees. This is legal. Many companies dont want more than two but it is legal. There is no DOT law as to a maximum number of occupants in a semi cab however each occupant is required to have a seatbelt or the equivalent for the bunk. To have 3 children, all under 5 would require you to have 3 carseats safely fastened in as well as one for you and your husband when there is only 2 seats. The hardest part would be finding a company to let you do it. If you do it without telling them and get caught, bye bye job.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Seabee-J's Comment
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In a word . NO . Young children need structure and stability. Being OTR is not a good nor honestly a responsible idea . 3 under 5 years old in the cab with you 24/7 is not going to work out .

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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In a word . NO . Young children need structure and stability. Being OTR is not a good nor honestly a responsible idea . 3 under 5 years old in the cab with you 24/7 is not going to work out .

IMHO,

BEST answer. It really doesn't MATTER what the companies allow, TBH. Those 3 young'uns would be SUCH a distraction, to EITHER (maw & paw) driver, just being toddlers, naturally!!

Not to mention, their growth . . . physically, mentally, emotionally . . . halted in SO many ways.

I want to drive my husband is about to start but would I be able to take our kids with me? I wouldn’t have a babysitter.would me and him tag teaming work with our kids?

Ma'am, as a mom of a few ... I'm actually WAITING until my youngest 'ages up' at 18 in January 2022 ... I've driven with the hubby a few times on a permit .... WITH a babysitter, in their younger years. I loved it, yet I missed my kids.

Just won't work, unless you have maternal/paternal grandparents willing to step up, and basically 'raise' your kids.

Wish you & yours' dreams to come true, in the FUTURE!

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Moe's Comment
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Nope. Kids need a structured home life with at least one parent at home. The road is no place to raise a family, there are alot of variables out here, even as a single person its hard for me some days. I cant imagine doing that with 3 little ones under 5.

My company allows passengers 12 and up...

I want to drive my husband is about to start but would I be able to take our kids with me? I wouldn’t have a babysitter.would me and him tag teaming work with our kids?

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I know of one formerly engaged couple that needed to work out childcare, both drivers. He leased a truck, took roughly one week out, routed through home, and swapped drivers. Each parent got quality time with their child, each made money, (I think it was everything after truck costs the week they drove)

There are options that could potentially allow both of you to drive, but your current idea would not.

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