Top 3 Things To Look For In The Right Truck Driving Job
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Top 3 Things To Look For In The Right Truck Driving Job

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In today’s economy truckers are a necessity, because they transport virtually everything that everyday people use each day.

Truck driving jobs are also almost always widely available, and the industry has some of the lowest unemployment rates. Despite this, there are still shortages in the industry as well.

All of this together means that if you want to get a truck driving job, it probably won’t be too difficult for you to do so. Despite this, that doesn’t at all mean that you should go ahead and sign up for the very first truck driving job that you’re offered, at least not necessarily.

Top 3 Things To Look For In The Right Truck Driving Job

Here are the top three things you need to look for in the right truck driver job :

1 - Higher Pay

This may sound obvious, because who doesn’t want high pay, right?

But most companies in the trucking industry pay their drivers based on the mile. Yes, there are hourly jobs available, but these are usually only available to the most experienced drivers.

If you’re just starting out for the first time, chances are extremely good that you’re going to be paid based on the mile, and this ‘mile rate’ is usually anywhere from $0.25 to $0.5 a mile. The lower rates will be given to those who are less experienced, and you’ll generally have to work anywhere from six months to a year before you’ll get a hire wage.

As a general rule, if you’re going to be driving around 2,500 miles a week (which is not at all uncommon) as a rookie, then you can expect to make around $700 a week, so don’t accept the job of a trucking companies that offers you significantly less than that.

2 - Good Safety Scores

The next thing that you are going to want to look for is the safety scores of the trucking company based on the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration , or FMCSA.

Each transportation company (not just trucking company) will be included in a list compiled by the FMCSA, who will rate each company in five different categories. The five categories are :

Vehicle Maintenance
Hours of Service
Driver Fitness
Unsafe Driving
Controlled Substances and Alcohol

If a potential employer has rather unfavorable scores, it’s a red flag. For example, a company with a high maintenance score means that their equipment is probably poor, which in turn means that you’ll likely have to make a lot of stops to have your truck repaired, which means that you’ll be spending less time on the road to get paid.

3 - Less Competition and Politics

Most folks aren’t aware of this, but competition and political divisions within trucking companies is very much alive.

Remember, most drivers are paid by the mile, meaning the more miles you run the more money you make. That being said, load planners and dispatchers will also be paid bonuses or commissions, which is based on the number of miles their drivers get.

Since everyone will be seeking to get the best statistics for themselves in order to make money, this will naturally create competition. Dispatchers want to get the best loads for their truck drivers, while load planners try to run things efficiently, while drivers push the dispatchers for the best loads.

As a rookie, it will be absolutely critical for you to get along well with both the load planners and the dispatchers in order to get the best routes and best loads, so you can make more money. It’s also critical that you have flexible working hours and are consistently feeling well so you will be assigned better routes as well, because the dispatchers and load planners will only assign the best routes and loads to the drivers who are the safest and hardest running.

It’s simply the reality that when you first begin working for a trucking company, you are going to be in tight competition with more experienced truckers who already have good relationships with dispatchers and load planners who will assign them the best routes and loads.

If you can somehow find a trucking company where there are more rookie drivers such as yourself, the competition should be less intense.

Finding The Right Truck Driving Job

In addition to the above qualities and attributes, trucking companies that offer consistent freight deliveries and have a low turnover rate will be the best truck driving jobs for you.