Driving a truck on the open road sounds like a great adventure. Picking up a load, traveling the highways seeing different states and meeting new people, sounds like a great business opportunity. However, before hitting the open road you might want to know some facts and realities before signing on the dotted line.
What is the right fit for you?
When it comes to the best regional trucking jobs, the following set of questions should be asked. When bringing these questions up to a possible employer will show them that you have done your homework and are serious about not only doing the job but managing all of the other aspects as well.
Will my time off be consistent?
When asking about time off you want to make it clear to your employer that you are not looking to slack off get out of working. You want to let them know your family situation. If you have a wife and child and you want to be home with them at night then the job needs to reflect that. When asking if the time will be consistent will allow you to plan life and living. Just working to work is never a good way to live.
What are the most consistent routes?
When driving a truck the route will be the main concern you will have. Depending on the company you drive for routes and the clients may be consistent or they could very. Knowing about these routes will give you a good idea as to the driving conditions and pitfalls you may encounter.
What other tools and equipment will be required of me?
When driving and taking on different loads you may also be required to handle product on and off the truck. This will require the knowledge of additional equipment such as forklifts, dollies and palate jacks. Additional equipment may be needed for specific jobs. Make sure you know what you will be expected to use as well as be fluent with these tools.
What are the pay scales and rates?
When talking to an employer it needs to be made clear what you will be paid for and what expenses if any will come out of your pocket. Some companies will supply you with a gas card to fuel your truck where other will require you to pay for fuel and then be reimbursed. Some companies will pay per hour on the road where others will pay per driving hour and per mile traveled. Knowing and understanding the way a company pays and what other benefits and responsibilities are involved will determine if the job is for you.
What are my shipping deadlines?
This is an important factor in your job. Many companies will be driving product for third party vendors. As such they will be requiting their product arrive on specific dates and within specific time windows. When talking about your job knowing and agreeing to these conditions are important. Getting hit with a late delivery or other fine on your paycheck or driving record could hurt you financially.