Anyone Ever Taken A Leave Of Absence Before?

Topic 30723 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Phil K.'s Comment
member avatar

I work for a mega carrier and have been with them for over 2 years now. I'm thinking about trying to take a leave of absence in February 2022 so I can go travel the Baja California peninsula and just relax for a bit. Has anyone ever done that before and if so how did it go? I've talked to some other drivers at my company that have told me that they have quit and had no problem getting hired back and were even able to keep their original hire date. However I'm not looking to quit, I'd just like to take a little break, get out of my truck, and go somewhere nice during arguably the worst month for trucking.

I also won't be 26 yet, so the health insurance doesn't matter for me since I'm still on my parents plan. A lot of people are telling I me I should take the break and go for that fact alone and since I don't have kids and whatnot. I don't fly anywhere, strictly drive and it takes 2 weeks minimum to drive from Indiana to Cabo.

I might only end up just taking 8-10 days off (I have 2 weeks PTO), but I think anything over 10 days off I have to turn the truck in. Just kind of looking for some opinions and interested in what others have done. Also a lot depends on the virus and what restrictions the government(s) put in place.

Bruce K.'s Comment
member avatar

Hi Phil,

You are just a kid compared to me, but apparently you have done well in your current job. Take all your vacation time, PTO, and any other legit days off and go do your thing. But don't quit and then plan on a re-hire. Trucking companies value stability which means they don't want to do custom deals with individual drivers. Besides, at your age you should be putting your nose to the grindstone while you are young and energetic. Just don't rock the boat too much, it could capsize.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
member avatar

Who do you work for? At CFI I could keep my truck for that amount of time. I'm taking a little over two weeks off in December and my truck will be in it's usual spot.

Speak with your fleet manager and or HR department.

Have fun.

Fleet 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.
Phil K.'s Comment
member avatar

Who do you work for? At CFI I could keep my truck for that amount of time. I'm taking a little over two weeks off in December and my truck will be in it's usual spot.

Speak with your fleet manager and or HR department.

Have fun.

I'll have to ask and see then. I may have gotten bad information and I don't even remember who I heard the 10 day thing from. I do have two weeks PTO now, so if I could use that PTO during consecutive weeks and keep my truck that would work out perfectly.

Driving to Cabo and back takes 10-11 days and 2-3 days of free time is way more than enough for me. I mainly just want to go see mountains and views of the Pacific Ocean / Sea of Cortez on the trip anyways and see what the Baja is about. Sitting at the beach all day isn't my thing. Just want to take a relaxing cruise and see what I find along the highway where I can actually stop for a few minutes and check something out, unlike when I'm in my truck and have to keep trucking. I love road tripping which is what got me into the trucking in the first place and it's the best decision I ever made.

Fleet 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.
DoctorWho_214's Comment
member avatar

That sounds like an awesome plan. There's been many places I pass by, especially around Oregon or Washington, that I would stop by if only I was in my personal vehicle. But yeah, trucking isn't your typical job where you can take time off just like that. You have to keep in mind the logistics and where to park your truck while you're on PTO or vacation. But I wouldn't trade it in for an office job at all. Enjoy your vacation time!

Mark K.'s Comment
member avatar

Hi Phil! My last company (Wilson logistics) generously granted me a 30-day unpaid leave of absence to deal with some medical issues earlier this summer. Unfortunately they had to separate me after that because that is the maximum they can allow.

I spoke to some other drivers and they said that a 30-day maximum leave policy is commonplace in the industry, largely because of the insurance.

Safe travels to you! One day I plan to take six months off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and then hopefully get rehired right where I left off.

Pianoman's Comment
member avatar

Totally depends on the company and also whoever your fleet manager is and if you're otr or on a dedicated account. Some places will have you clean out the truck and get a new one when you get back from vacation and others may let you keep your same truck like Big Scott said. Shouldn't have to leave the company and get rehired or anything like that though. Sounds like a fun trip, hope you enjoy it!

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.

Fleet 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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
member avatar

Met 3 or 4 drivers @ CRST who do this a time or 2 during the year. They all are married to Filipina, have kids etc. They come back and drive a few months, then take off to go home to the Philippines.....1 I know we'll does the lease op deal. Last time seen him he was here to get his lazy 30+ year old off his dime, Was here to make $20k n go back to the island.....

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
member avatar

By the end of this year I will have 14 days of PTO saved up. I will be taking off from about 12-21 to 1-1. This will be vacation and not a leave of absence.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More