CFI Home Time

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Christian G.'s Comment
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Hello. Not sure if anyone is CFI here or if any experienced driver help me with this. For Home time, let's you stay out 3 weeks and get 1 day off for every week out. Company wants 7 days advanced notice for Home time.

If you want 3 days home time after 3 weeks out, do you request home time at the end of the second week of driving or do you request at the end of the third week to be home for 3 days?

If it takes them 7 days to get you home and you request on week 3, that would end up being 4 weeks out. How do you normally do it? Thank you in advance.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The more advanced notice you give the easier they will get you home on the date you need. If you go home every three weeks you will spend most of your time within a two days drive from home.

You don't lose days you bank and if you need extra time it's usually not an issue.

Why do you only want to stay out 3 weeks at a time?

If you come to CFI for training you will be away from home for about 8 weeks before you would be heading home.

I hope this helps. I will try to answer any other questions I may have.

Christian G.'s Comment
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I meant how it works after training. Their website says 15-20 days with 2 or 3 days of hometime in between for Solo drivers. So I just wanted to know how it works for drivers to request hometime.

Old School's Comment
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Christian, you will take home time on your own schedule, but they want you to stay on the road about three weeks at a time. There are no hard fast rules to this. They are going to give you a day at home for every week you spend on the road. The earlier you can put in your request makes it easier for them to route you in a way that gets you home when you need it.

You could stay on the road for three weeks, but it would be best to put in your request by the beginning of that second week. Your request simply gives them a target date when you would like to get home. They start routing you in such a way to make it happen once they know what you need. You could stay on the road longer if you like. You could stay out for six or seven weeks and they would allow you six or seven days at home. You just need to give them notice about seven days in advance of when you want to be home.

They will also "bank" days at home for you. If you stayed out six weeks but only took three days at home, then you have three days of home time saved up for when you want to use it. This is a concept that is foreign to you because this is not like any job you have ever had before. We understand your confusion, but it is something you will get accustomed to as you do it. You are in charge of your home time. You decide when you want it, but they need some help from you so they can make it happen. That is why they need you to provide them with a target date as soon as you can.

If you live in Florida and happen to be in Oregon making a delivery, it is impossible for them to get you home the very next day. That is why they need advance notice of your desired schedule. Big Scott said it this way...

The more advanced notice you give the easier they will get you home on the date you need.

That is how it works after training. You let them know when you need to be home, but you need to give them a week's time to work it out. The sooner you can give them your request the better they can accommodate it properly. You are not limited to three weeks on the road. You can stay out on the road as long as you like or as little as you like, but they want a minimum of three weeks at a time. That's how they make money, and incidentally it is how you will make money also. You won't make money at home, and like Scott pointed out, if you want to be home every three weeks, they will keep you close to home so they can figure out how to get you home on time.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Once you upgrade and get a truck, they will get you home for 2 or 3 days to set up your truck. Then they strive for 100% getting us home on time. They come close.

The more advanced notice you give them the easier it is to get you home on time.

The longer you stay out the more money you make.

We also earn PTO time per week. First year is 7 paid days. That is about .13 days per week. You can save those or use them as you get them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
penn99's Comment
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Once you upgrade and get a truck, they will get you home for 2 or 3 days to set up your truck. Then they strive for 100% getting us home on time. They come close.

The more advanced notice you give them the easier it is to get you home on time.

The longer you stay out the more money you make.

We also earn PTO time per week. First year is 7 paid days. That is about .13 days per week. You can save those or use them as you get them.

They will also "bank" days at home for you. If you stayed out six weeks but only took three days at home, then you have three days of home time saved up for when you want to use it. This is a concept that is foreign to you because this is not like any job you have ever had before. We understand your confusion, but it is something you will get accustomed to as you do it. You are in charge of your home time. You decide when you want it, but they need some help from you so they can make it happen. That is why they need you to provide them with a target date as soon as you can.

Big Scott... Old School...

I will learn more next week once I start my orientation and training with Roehl.... but until then....

I assume all the major companies use the 'banking days' system. Is there a max number of days you get bank... and, I also assume you can use these banked days in conjunction with PTO days and holidays....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I assume all the major companies use the 'banking days' system.

Do not assume that. Most companies don't do that. We are answering specifically to a CFI driver. CFI is unique in that scenario.

Old School's Comment
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Also, don't count on any paid holidays. Those are the times freight is really moving. You'll be needed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Christian G.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for your input.

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