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The biggest lie in trucking

Aug 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM CST
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I have been driving for 25+ years. Years ago trucking companies offered "lots of miles and home on weekends". Is that the biggest lie in trucking?
Replied on Sun, Aug 21, 2022 at 08:19 PM CST
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That and the term.... Professional Driver.
Replied on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 08:46 AM CST

then you must be driving for the wrong companies.

Replied on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 09:48 AM CST
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Our drivers get plenty of miles and are home on weekends. Sometimes if there are really high paying loads, they are run past the drivers to see if they want to work the weekend and make some good money. They are never forced to be out over the weekend.

I would say that a lot of times this would come down to the dispatcher either being an experienced driver before switching rolls or one who has never driven. I drove for 20+ years and spent weekends and holidays on the road. All I can tell you is that 30 years ago it was tough to find a meal on Christmas!

Replied on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 09:48 AM CST
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Home on weekends means getting home late Friday and leaving again after 34 hours. So while the rest of the work is home from Friday afternoon till Monday morning we get be home for a few hours. Mostly to prepare for the next week on the road.
Replied on Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 11:08 AM CST
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Quote: "Home on weekends means getting home late Friday and leaving again after 34 hours. So while the rest of the work is home from Friday afternoon till Monday morning we get be home for a few hours. Mostly to prepare for the next week on the road."

That's what it used to mean for me too. Now it's leave Monday afternoon and back Thursday night. Life is good.