Getting Home

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by fins2feathers, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    Sounds to me like I'm the only person getting shafted on home time, I tell them when I need to be home, then when they don't get me home at a minimum of 48 hrs late max and they don't like usual, I just go home just like this time, and they complain, I don't care. they don't care about me getting home so why should I care about how far I drive to get home. Ive driven bob tail from as far away as laredo, Tx to New York to the house and I live smack dab in the middle between the two in Northern Alabama. Every time I ask for home time and I ask for it at the beginning of my three to four week shift when leaving the house they tell me oh" no problem but when its time they always got excuses to keep me from going. My response is always the same, "C YA" Shoulda, woulda, coulda, too late now, Im rollin homebound.
     
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  3. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

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    I've never had a problem getting home. In fact, usually I was home a day early and stayed home through the last day I requested when I was OTR. Now I'm on a dedicated that's home every other weekend. It's not as nice as being home every night on the local I was just doing but can't beat the pay of 27,000 guaranteed miles/month running team.
     
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  4. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    Local companies are one thing. I can't remember an out of town longhaul company that didn't give me problems one time or another.

    I have found though, extra efforts are made if you have a doctors appointment.

    Looks like alot of sick drivers out there! ;)
     
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  5. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    I've tried every excuse in the book to get home on time including doctors appointments, they just don't understand that my home time is just as important if not more important to me than it is for them. I mean I only get to come home once a month while they get to go home every day, I also understand they'er on the clock while I run the hub. But still thats no excuse to hold a driver up from getting home for any reason at all. A company should care not only about its drivers ability to not only get home on time but they should also care about that family who's driver is on the road away from them trying to just go home to get that re-fresh and restart to do it all over again, If your company doesn't care about you or your home time you need not be working for that company. Me, I'm pretty much in a catch 22 with waiting for my wife who's a diabetic to return to new employment so I can quit these idiots to get on with a company that actually cares about its employees.

    Sincerely, DMus
     
  6. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

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    Something you might want to consider as well is parking a vehicle at your terminal. I could never get home to FL on time when I first started driving. I even missed my friend's college graduation (who later became my wife) by 3 hours, even though my home time was supposed to start the day before. After that, I bought a Honda, parked it in Chattanooga, and would just drop my trailer at the terminal, hop in my car and driver home to Orlando. A lot less stress that way.
     
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  7. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    Hey I really appreciate your thoughts on this matter, I started out parking a car at the terminal which is about 200 miles from the house, but it never did any good. I did that at first because I didn't want to be tied into a we got you status. After a year or so I, and ten (10) trucks later. I said the hell with it, I pack light, CB enough clothes for a week, log book case and a small ice chest, coupled with a credit card for one free air-fare ticket to anywhere in the country. My last ride is always just a taxi cab away, and I can't wait to cash it in on that long over due flight home that say's C U Suckers. Of course I'm still waitn to use it for the right time. As for now I always just take the truck home, this way they have to pay me dead head miles to the next pick-up after home time. Still it's a challenge to get to the house on time every time. Some company's actually care while others don't. I use to get home on time with the smaller company's that I worked for in the past, but since I went with this company it's always a challenge every time.

    DMus
     
  8. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

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    No, it is a common problem. When I worked for the mega-carriers I experienced the exact same thing as what you are describing.

    One thing that used to happen to me a lot is the night or weekend dispatcher would screw me over and get me going in the wrong direction.

    Another thing is they get you home sometimes just before midnight the day you were supposed to be there, then dispatch you at 4am the day you're supposed to go back.

    The place I'm working now, you get a full 24 hours for each day you scheduled off. I haven't had trouble getting home yet. But you are no exception. A lot of those who read the "Experienced" forum have been around while and have gotten better jobs where home time isn't as much of an issue.
     
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  9. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    You know your right ! And that was one of the main reasons why I joined Truckers Network because of the insights from past experiences with other seasoned truckers. I really appreciate all those replies with consideration. I thank you not only for your replies but also for your admiration in your work ethics describing your history as a driver.
    Sincerely, DMus
     
  10. bfletcher

    bfletcher Bobtail Member

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    I know alot of people complain about Roehl but they do get ya home on time!
     
  11. bfletcher

    bfletcher Bobtail Member

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    My brother in law works for Tommy Hassel in NJ and he gets home every wkend as well!
     
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