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Turtle's Comment
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But they'll always move you back to your home DC for go-home day.

PackRat's Comment
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I read all the replies but did not post anything because I don't drive at Swift here at the Cheyenne DC.

BoshJennett's Comment
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Turtle, thanks, that’s what I was really curious about, I don’t care about bouncing around, hell I was in Maine yesterday and Charleston on Tuesday lol.

I just really needed a basic understanding of how the DC’s worked, but it makes sense now.

PackRat I read your reply, but won’t thank you because it wasn’t helpful. 😬

Noob_Driver's Comment
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But they'll always move you back to your home DC for go-home day.

Just wondering turtle, How does hometime work for the private fleet? Is it every week or can you stay out longer? Do you run your 11 all day or can you do recaps? Drop and hooks or live unloads?

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Turtle's Comment
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How does hometime work for the private fleet?

Check out Page 5 of my WM diary for a breakdown of the schedules. In addition to the regular home time, you earn up to 25 paid days off in your first year.

Is it every week or can you stay out longer?

It's every week. The most you can do is extend your week by one day, going into a 6th day during busy seasons. There's a monetary bonus for extending your week also. But that's only if you have enough time on your 70 to do so.

Do you run your 11 all day or can you do recaps?

No recaps. Once you finish your scheduled week, you go home for a couple days. You don't necessarily have to bang out a full 11 either. It's pretty much up to the driver to do as much as they want, within reason.

Drop and hooks or live unloads?

A mixture. A typical load for me is a three stop load. The first two being live unload of a few pallets, and the final stop being a drop and hook. Then we run an empty back to the DC for a new load. On the occasion we have a vendor backhaul, it's typically a drop and hook.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

RealDiehl's Comment
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You can earn up to 25 paid days off

That's a 5 with a 2 in front of it, right? 25???

Wow!!!

Turtle's Comment
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That's a 5 with a 2 in front of it, right? 25???

Wow!!!

Lol yup you read that right. We get a crazy amount of paid time off to start. But to be fair, I should explain:

Some companies separate time off into different categories like vacation, sick days, personal days, holidays, etc. WM lumps them all into one 25-day package, and we can use those days however we want. Special circumstances such as bereavement pay or injury/disability pay are in addition to those 25 days.

Paid time off is based on the amount of on duty hours you accrue. The more you work, the more you earn. Below is a chart showing how it works.

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In addition to the days off you earn for on duty hours, you can also earn another paid day off per quarter for safe driving. 4 "safety" days a year bring the number up to 25 for 1st and 2nd year drivers.

I just passed the two-year mark, so I get 28 days a year now! Pretty sweet deal, I think.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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Typo...

"so I get 27 days a year now"

PackRat's Comment
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Typo...

"so I get 27 days a year now"

That's almost as many as the military at 30 days each year.

RealDiehl's Comment
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That's almost as many as the military at 30 days each year.

Yeah, that is really generous. Just another reason why WMPF is a highly sought after job.

You've earned it, Turtle...enjoy!

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