Rider Programs/Rider Policies

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by taveau, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. taveau

    taveau Bobtail Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Dover, Arkansas
    Company policies allowing a spouse to ride along will be a major factor in my decision about which companies I want to work for. I am planning to get my CDL-A at Arkansas State University-Newport, and the best-case scenario would be if after company training and getting some time behind the wheel, I could take my spouse with me 100% of the time. Our kids are all gone off making grandkids, so the "getting home" problem would not be there if we were together. We have considered Team Driving (the possible money would be nice), but it's not all about money.

    Any information you have about specific companies will hellp me narrow my list of possible companies (along with the hours I've spent reading the posts here on the Message Boards)

    These message boards are an amazing source of information for newbies!! THANKS to ALL the Truckers posting on the forums.

    Cybergal Thanks this.
  2. doubledragon5

    doubledragon5 Road Train Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Lewisville TX
    Almost any company will let you have a spouse rid with you. The one requirement they have is that they DO NOT have a CDL license. If they do you will be required to surrender it, while they are on the road with you. Some will even let you have a child 12yrs of age or older. Don't quote me on this, but when you looking for a company to work for make sure you ask these questions before hand...
  3. leannamarie

    leannamarie "California Girl"

    And find out how much it costs to have a rider. I was horrified to see that one guy was charged $40 a week for a rider?!

    KLLM allows riders over the age of 12, but kids can only ride a maximum of 3 weeks at a time. You need three months experience before you are allowed a rider, and you need to stay accident free for three months to have a rider. Rider policy costs $17 a month.
  4. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    Knight is one of these outfits that lets you have a spouse ride a long, and then charges an arm, a leg, and the shirt off your back for "insurance purposes." IMHO, if you are gonna have her with you, get her into a training program and up to speed on driving so you can be making money together, instead of spending money to be together!
  5. brinkj23

    brinkj23 "Asphalt Cowboy"

    Dec 26, 2005
    Same with swift, they will let your spouse or "other half" ride with you all the time but they cant have a cdl and you must pay for insurance. An once you get your truck they can ride with you from the getgo no exp needed to have a passenger.
  6. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    Be advised some shippers/receivers will only allow CDL drivers inside the gate . Some locations require drivers to watch a video to get a yearly pass . Passengers are required to wait at the guard shack .
  7. Lilbit

    Lilbit Road Train Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Let me check my logbook
    Have your other half get the CDL too, and then you don't have to worry about rider deals, and you can both be together, make some money, and enjoy each other's company. Just remember, you will be closed up together in something smaller than most bathrooms. If you two can handle that, then go for it as a team.
  8. oneshyne

    oneshyne Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Northern NJ
    I was wondering how the Riders policy go & how much is it per week im currently in Prime training for tankers thanks to all that comment on here
  9. slim shady

    slim shady Road Train Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Chicago, Il.

    I don't know of any tanker company's that allow riders. At least on the chemical side, food grade I'm not sure.

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  10. oneshyne

    oneshyne Light Load Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Northern NJ
    alright thanks yea they food grade ill ask the fleet manager when im like 30K miles
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