How Do You Get Home?

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MaddMatt's Comment
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So I am planning on going to school at Swift in August. I was wondering, after I get through training and start driving solo do they let you take the rig home when you get home time? I live just outside St. Louis and Swift doesn't have any terminals there, so will I be leaving my vehicle at the nearest terminal and drive it home, taking the bus or what? thanks

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.

Logan T.'s Comment
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So I am planning on going to school at Swift in August. I was wondering, after I get through training and start driving solo do they let you take the rig home when you get home time? I live just outside St. Louis and Swift doesn't have any terminals there, so will I be leaving my vehicle at the nearest terminal and drive it home, taking the bus or what? thanks

Swift policy is 50 miles or closer to terminal and you park it there during hometime. 50 miles or more you take truck home.

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.

MaddMatt's Comment
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Thanks Logan. Looks like I'm a lot more than 50 miles from any of there terminals. That works for me, I'll take the company vehicle home! Save the wear and tear on my car.

Do you know if they cover the gas or would I have to cover it from the last load to home?

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.

Bart's Comment
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Swift covers all fuel for your truck. I usually drop my trailer at a truck stop my buddy owns and bobtail home to provision and clean up my truck

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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First of all, it's not called gas anymore. You'll now have to call it fuel or diesel, whatever you prefer. Anything but gas.

As a company driver you never pay for the fuel. If you're delivery is 200 miles away from your home and they tell you to deadhead home you won't be charged for fuel costs. You just drive straight home. Just make sure you have enough fuel, you can't fuel up without being under a load.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

MaddMatt's Comment
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Fuel, got it! I'm sure I will still have a lot of gas in my truck though, the methane kind!rofl-2.gif

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just remember that once you are home that is it. You can not use the truck to run errands. It's has to stay parked the entire time until your hometime is over.

I know I know you can use it as a personal vehicle but that has to be approved by you company and I doubt they will agree to let you burn the fuel by driving around at home. Beside ELogs will record you driving and that will mess up a restart.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

MaddMatt's Comment
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Just remember that once you are home that is it. You can not use the truck to run errands. It's has to stay parked the entire time until your hometime is over.

I know I know you can use it as a personal vehicle but that has to be approved by you company and I doubt they will agree to let you burn the fuel by driving around at home. Beside ELogs will record you driving and that will mess up a restart.

Yeah, I kinda figured that. I think I'd rather use my car, truck or motorcycle for personal use instead of a rig anyway, a little easier to park. I am glad to hear that I can at least use it to get home.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

David's Comment
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So I am planning on going to school at Swift in August. I was wondering, after I get through training and start driving solo do they let you take the rig home when you get home time? I live just outside St. Louis and Swift doesn't have any terminals there, so will I be leaving my vehicle at the nearest terminal and drive it home, taking the bus or what? thanks

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Swift policy is 50 miles or closer to terminal and you park it there during hometime. 50 miles or more you take truck home.

Swift change their policy? It was 150Mi when I was with them..

Im 147 mi away from their Lathrop. CA terminal and was able to do it like 4 times before they said no because I was still withing their policy limit...

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.

MaddMatt's Comment
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I'm about 250+ miles from any of the closest termimals so either way it looks like I'll be able to drive it home.

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