How often do truck drivers get home and how can I get home more? Those are common questions, even among experienced transportation professionals who work in the trucking industry. The answer is: it depends. We’ll examine what the best home time trucking companies offer and what you should consider when you compare trucking jobs’ home time.

Trucking companies vary wildly with their home time policies. For example, some long-haul carriers do not offer home weekly truck driving jobs. Instead, they focus on keeping trucks (and the drivers) out for weeks or even months at a time. While some over-the-road warriors enjoy long stretches without going home (often to maximize their earnings), for many company drivers, that’s simply too long to be away from families and friends. So they seek other options, like flexible home time. For example, truck drivers in Roehl Transport’s national fleets drive for 11-14 days and then they go home for three days. And, if those drivers want to stay out longer, they can get even more days off (including an entire seven-day week).

Of course, the best home time trucking companies offer more than just national/OTR fleets because they know that truck driving jobs with weekly home time are in demand. Often, home weekly driving jobs are for drivers who operate in a specific region (like hauling Northeast van freight or Midwest flatbed freight). Most of Roehl’s regional fleets featured 34-48 hours of home time every week.

And, home weekly trucking jobs are becoming more plentiful as trucking companies seek to offer a more balanced mix of home time and work, such as trucking companies with weekend home time that ensure their drivers will spend their time away from the truck on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. If you are a driver who thinks this schedule would work for you, check out the Great Lakes Flatbed Fleet or  Dedicated Refrigerated Kraft Fleet for home every weekend trucking jobs.

Further along on the weekly home time spectrum are companies with platoon-like schedules. These jobs are sometimes calls “slip-seating” driving jobs because drivers share a truck. Great examples of these  home weekly truck driving jobs are 7-on, 7-off fleets (where you drive seven days and then are home seven days) and 7-4, 7/3 (drive seven days, home four days, then drive seven days and be home three days).  When you are at home, another driver is operating the truck. In this way, two or even three drivers get home weekly truck driving jobs.

The last type of weekly home time trucking job to consider is a local driving job. Almost by definition, local truck driving jobs are home every day (or every night). The important thing to note with these fleets is that driver often make much less as compared to the other types of home weekly trucking jobs (though not always – check out this Chicago Metro Fleet local truck driving job to see what we mean).

The best home time trucking companies offer options to their drivers because they know that people’s needs and situations change over time. At Roehl, we offer national fleets with flexible home time, regional and dedicated home weekly driving jobs and local driver jobs as part of our commitment to our value of Driver Success.

If you’re an experienced driver, learn more about our home weekly trucking jobs, please consider our HOMEtime PLUS fleets or find the truck driving job you want using our driving jobs search page. Need a CDL? No problem! We have paid CDL truck driver training, too!

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