I am not a trucker but a trucker's wife & my husband told me this after his co-driver left the truck & company cold turkey. Here is the story.
Well my husband took down time & his co-driver who was basically a kid was left on his own to go solo while my husband took time off & the kid couldn't take it & when it came time to pick up my husband, his co-driver told him that he quit ASAP leaving my husband to go solo till the company found him a team driver.
The problem is this kid that they put on the truck with my husband lived 4 states away & my husband asked his fleet manager to give him a team driver that was from our area & the FM told my husband that he would work with him.
Well while my husband was out on the road, he gets a phone call from this guy that the FM gave my husband's cell phone # to him & he says to my husband that he heard he was looking for a team driver & my husband asked him where he was from & what shocked me was the guy's reply.
He told my husband that he was homeless & that when my husband would have down time for my husband to drop him off at the nearest cheapest motel. I never heard of this.
The FM gave my husband's # to this guy but the FM never had the courtesy to call my husband to give him a head's up on this guy. And by the way I forgot to mention that my husband is new to trucking.
He has only been driving for about 4 months. My main concern is & I told my husband this that my definition of the cheapest motel is roach & bedbug city!
Yes I know you can still get bedbugs from a 5 star hotel or motel but I sure don't want this guy picking up unwanted guests & it gets on his clothes or bedding & brings these unwanted guests into the sleeper berth & then in turn my husband brings these unwanted pests home because I read where bedbugs are very hard to get rid of.
But since I am brand new as a trucker's wife, is there experienced truckers out there that has had the same situation or has heard of this.
I mentioned to my husband how is this guy getting paid because banks need a physical address & my husband told me that the fuel credit card that these trucking companies give truckers to fuel up their trucks, that you can arrange for your pay to be deposited onto this card.
I told my husband to call his FM & really check this guy out because I have a bad feeling about this. So any suggestions or comments, I sure would gladly appreciate it.