Taking a week or two off in trucking?

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  1. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    And that's what it is, it's a game. That truck would sit the same amount of time, spread out or all together. It's just a way to get more work out of drivers.
     
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  3. hopeful eyes

    hopeful eyes Medium Load Member

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    If you are employee of a trucking company, how come you can't get sick leave and paid vacation?
     
  4. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    You do. At least at any decent job. The less desirable companies just make it where you can't keep your assigned tractor if you take off more than few days in a row.
     
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  5. hopeful eyes

    hopeful eyes Medium Load Member

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    Does Swift pay for a driver's vacation?
     
  6. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    But what about the other 5?
    5 out of 7 ain’t bad.
    Kinda like 2 out of 3.
     
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    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Well, we know this guy ain't on reddit. Redditors know 5 out of 7 is perfect!
     
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  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Most businesses, trucking or otherwise, usually have paid vacation after 1 year of continuous employment. Sick leave varies wildly from company to company. Do not plan on paid sick leave or paid holidays in this industry. It just doesn't work that way. There may be some trucking companies that offer those types of benefits, but they are certainly not the norm. If you need time off from a trucking company for more than 3 or 4 days, be ready to empty out your truck, haul your $#!+ home, get a ride with all of your $#!+ back to the terminal, and see what truck they put you in. That experience alone will make you think twice about doing it again. Don't try it a couple of months into your employment with any company. They may just tell you not to come back. Like any job, you have to pay your dues and prove your worth to them. There are 1000 drivers right behind you to take that seat. I really hope you know what you are getting into. Part of me thinks that you have no idea. I hope I'm wrong.
     
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  9. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    There’s always being a Farmer.
    You want Fries with that?
    Truck Driver/Chemical unload specialist/Professional Heavy Lifter/Tarp specialist/Mechanic/Product Relocation Expert.

     
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  10. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Save up several grand and take a couple months off.
     
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  11. '88K100

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    Employees book off for justifiable reasons all the time,,,that’s life
    5 times the pAst 20 years I’ve informed compAny “ I’ll be on disability for the next 3 months”
    Return to my regular run with my seniority every time
     
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