How Much Time Do You Spend On The Road? Do You Have Any Trouble Getting Prescriptions Filled?

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The Pelican's Comment
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I wanted to sort of do a poll of the members of this community. About how often do y'all get home? How long is home time? Are you OTR , Dedicated, or Day cab drivers?

I have medicine that I have to take that I usually get refilled about once a month. Usually lasts me 30 days. Is this something I should bring up with potential recruiters? Will they be understanding?

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

BK's Comment
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I’m OTR and I just got back to home base after 6 weeks out. The only reason I’m taking time off is because I am getting my knees worked on next week. My hope is that I can stay out 3 months after I go back out. Not a whole lot of drivers stay out that long. My circumstances just allow it and I like it.

Any company worth driving for will be willing to work with you on medical/prescription issues. And all prescriptions can be called in to any pharmacy by your doctor’s office. When you know where your destination is, find a pharmacy and have the refill called in before you get there. Keep in mind that most pharmacies are not truck friendly except Walmart. It takes a little coordination between the driver, doctor and company, but is very doable.

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.

The Pelican's Comment
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Also I have a doctor I have to see once every three months. It's basically a quick check up, usually takes 30 minutes at most. He requires this to write refills. So I'll have to do that on my home time as well, but that's less frequent than pharmacy runs. Anyone else deal with this? Is it just a matter of good planning?

BK's Comment
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Also I have a doctor I have to see once every three months. It's basically a quick check up, usually takes 30 minutes at most. He requires this to write refills. So I'll have to do that on my home time as well, but that's less frequent than pharmacy runs. Anyone else deal with this? Is it just a matter of good planning?

Everything about truck driving is about good planning.

The Pelican's Comment
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Well said. I'm very methodical about things people have said I do good research and planning before doing something so maybe I'll last lol

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Also I have a doctor I have to see once every three months. It's basically a quick check up, usually takes 30 minutes at most. He requires this to write refills. So I'll have to do that on my home time as well, but that's less frequent than pharmacy runs. Anyone else deal with this? Is it just a matter of good planning?

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Everything about truck driving is about good planning.

G-Town's Comment
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Majority was with Swift on a NE Regional Walmart Dedicated account; 8 1/2 years, usually home once per week, 1-2 days.

Since Sept 2021; daycab, home for dinner every night; most weekends off.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If you use a pharmacy in the town your terminal is at it may make it easier getting through there to pick up medicine on a regular basis. Some companies even allow drivers to use company vehicles to run errands.

I use Hy-vee for my families prescriptions. Pretty much forced to as an employee, as our plan makes it much cheaper than using someone else. What's nice is with a quick phone call they can send it to another Hy-vee and fill it at their store within 15 minutes or so. I'm unsure if Walmart or any of the national chains do that, I don't see why they wouldn't though. It's come in handy a couple times doing a virtual Dr visit on my phone/app and have it sent to my next store I was going to deliver. Couple times it wasn't ready and wouldn't be for 2 hours so I just called the store closer to home and picked up after work at my normal store. We've also had no problem having it sent over to another Hy-vee next town over if our normal one did not have enough in stock to fill it.

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.

The Pelican's Comment
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So using a pharmacy close to the terminal could be a good idea. Good suggestion. How do you usually go places around the terminal? Drive your rig or call an Uber?

If you use a pharmacy in the town your terminal is at it may make it easier getting through there to pick up medicine on a regular basis. Some companies even allow drivers to use company vehicles to run errands.

I use Hy-vee for my families prescriptions. Pretty much forced to as an employee, as our plan makes it much cheaper than using someone else. What's nice is with a quick phone call they can send it to another Hy-vee and fill it at their store within 15 minutes or so. I'm unsure if Walmart or any of the national chains do that, I don't see why they wouldn't though. It's come in handy a couple times doing a virtual Dr visit on my phone/app and have it sent to my next store I was going to deliver. Couple times it wasn't ready and wouldn't be for 2 hours so I just called the store closer to home and picked up after work at my normal store. We've also had no problem having it sent over to another Hy-vee next town over if our normal one did not have enough in stock to fill it.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Most Walmarts have pharmacy’s.

The Pelican's Comment
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This could be a good schedule for me. Can a rookie get such a route or not really?

It could be good in terms of just going to doctors appointments and such

Majority was with Swift on a NE Regional Walmart Dedicated account; 8 1/2 years, usually home once per week, 1-2 days.

Since Sept 2021; daycab, home for dinner every night; most weekends off.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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