Taking a week or two off in trucking?

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  1. hopeful eyes

    hopeful eyes Medium Load Member

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    If you have some kind of emergency, does the company give you some time off without firing you?
    Do truckers have flexibility?
     
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  3. sirjeff

    sirjeff Medium Load Member

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    All depends on who you work for, I suppose.

    Family and health, first. Any decent company will recognize
     
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  4. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    I doubt you would get fired for that, but you would probably have to clean out your truck.
     
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  5. Blue Zombie Trucker

    Blue Zombie Trucker Light Load Member

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    Something to keep in mind, trucks are expensive. Companies make money when trucks are pulling loaded trailers. This is why, as was said above, don't be surprised if your tractor gets assigned to someone else, if you have to take a couple weeks off.
     
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  6. hopeful eyes

    hopeful eyes Medium Load Member

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    So how do truckers have vacations?
     
  7. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    Vacations are different.

    Vacations are planned well in advance.

    It sounds like what you are talking about is an immediate I have to leave right now there's an emergency type of situation.
     
  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Hopefuleyes, You are getting way ahead of yourself. Get your permit, make it through Driving School and your Road Training with your Mentor. Your first year solo, especially the first 3-6 months is going to be one of the toughest times you have experienced in your lifetime. Truck Driving ain't UBER. Prepare yourself. 90% of new drivers never make it past 6 months. Do not be one of those drivers. Good luck
     
  9. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    :laughing-guffaw:
     
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  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Well said. @hopeful eyes needs to narrow her focus a little and concentrate on getting the permit and getting through school.
     
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