What Companies Consider When You Ask If You Can Bring Family and Friends on the Road
Drivers are interested in bringing passengers on the road for a variety of reasons. For some, truck driving can be lonely without the added company of family and friends. Others want to spend more time with their spouses and children so they can be more involved in their lives at home.
There are currently no federal restrictions on passengers riding in commercial motor vehicles, but most companies have guidelines for who can ride with you and when. If you’ve just gotten your commercial driver’s license and are interviewing for a new job, ask companies what their rider policy is. Every company will have different standards, and if traveling with a spouse or loved one is important to you, you should find out what the rule is from the start.
For new drivers, there are usually more restrictions on having passengers on the road. Most companies have a waiting period before you’re allowed to bring anyone else in the truck with you. A common required wait time is six months. Employers want to see that you’re a safe driver and that you know the ropes before letting you drive with a passenger.
Some trucking companies only allow riders who are related to you by birth or marriage. This is important to ask about in case you have a partner or loved one who you’d like to bring along but are not married to. If you’re looking to bring your child along with you, it’s also necessary to check for your company’s minimum age requirements. Many employers will only allow children over a certain age to accompany their parents on the road.
And if your spouse has a CDL, consider team driving so that you can cover more ground, spend more time together, and make a higher salary.
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