The truck driving industry is in higher demand than ever and drivers serve as the crucial element in this essential infrastructure for the country. If you've decided to become a CDL driver, you're probably already looking at the CDL truck driver positions that are out there and comparing them to try to find the best option. For those new to the industry, it's important to consider a few key factors in each job possibility. Here are some of the things you should compare as you weigh your job options.
For truck drivers, there are a lot of different factors that contribute to your overall pay rate. It's important that you understand each of these factors as you compare company contracts.
First, you'll want to compare the rate per mile. Some companies pay a different rate per mile for local, regional, and over-the-road drivers. Additionally, you need to know if that rate per mile applies when you are deadheading (running with an empty trailer) or when you bobtail (running without a trailer). Some contracts will pay you mileage any time the truck is moving, while others require you to be under load before you earn your mileage pay.
Any pay per delivery or load is also important. Most companies pay a flat rate per delivery for those who are driving less-than-truckload or a flat rate per delivery for those hauling full trailer deliveries. Compare these rates as well since they will contribute significantly to your earnings.
Additionally, you should find out if there's any pay offered for breakdown time, time detained for loading, unloading, and waiting for a loading dock, and days when there are no loads to run.
Depending on the contract you are offered, you may find that there are different physical expectations from one contract to another. Some companies may expect you to unload at delivery destinations or load at pickup locations. If you have any physical limitations, consider this when you are evaluating your job prospects.
Home Time Options
An important consideration for over-the-road drivers is the availability of your time at home. Most over-the-road drivers spend five to six weeks at a time out on the road before coming home for a week, but some contracts may require more time. Others may expect you to run during the work-week and allow you your weekends at home. Evaluate all of your options and consider what type of home schedule is the best fit for your family situation.
For more information about CDL truck driver positions, contact a trucking company in your area.