How long can I expect to be away from home?

By Tracy Trickle, Staff Writer
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

Just like your pay scale, your amount of home time will vary slightly from company to company. Some companies will only require a driver to be away for 5 days, while others will have drivers out for 3 weeks before heading back. However, the industry average for over-the-road truck drivers is 10 to 14 days away from home at a time. The basic rule of thumb for the trucking industry is that you will earn one day of home time for every week spent on the road. So, if you are out for 2 weeks, you will be able to come home for 2 to 3 days before being routed back on the road.

Many trucking companies have policies regarding home time, such as promising drivers that they will be home 2 out of 3 weekends a month or giving them “personal days” that they can use on special dates like family birthdays or doctor’s appointments. It is important to remember, however, that even local drivers sometimes work 10-hour days. Trucking is a career that will take you away from your home and your family for some period of time, so be prepared to make that sacrifice if you choose to become a truck driver.

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