Just like every other carrier, we want truck driving applicants with over 2 years of experience, but we understand that its difficult to get that experience. We will consider less experience if the person has the right safety attitude and initial training.
If you want to become a truck driver, you need to get your CDL by going to a training school or by signing on with a company-sponsored training program.
Some programs to get your CDL are fairly long (a year or more), others meet the minimum requirements of 160 hours. Once you get on with a carrier, many times they will do additional training before you get sent out on your own.
Truck driving is a career where you can make great money! In 2019, the median wage for a company truck driver was around $50,000 a year.
Truck driving offers a lot of opportunities for different types of driving. Over-the-road drivers generally travel all over the US delivering products. But not all truck drivers do this type of work. There are also opportunities for driving locally or regionally.
A truck drivers primary responsibility is to ensure the freight they are hauling is delivered safely and in good condition. But there is a ton more to truck driving than just driving. They perform pre-trip inspections of their equipment, sometimes load and/or unload cargo, do a ton of paperwork to ensure payment is made. Most of the time a truck driver is a company's only face-to-face contact with customers, so they need to be great at customer service and communication as well.
Depending on the type of driving you are doing (OTR, regional, local) and who you are working for, the time you spend behind the wheel will vary. Federal regulations control how much a driver can drive (no more than 70 hours in an 7 or 8 day period depending on the carrier).
Contact us today to learn more about truck driving opportunities!