When You Are New To The Trucking Industry…

Everyone has different needs when it comes to balancing work and family. Each person has preferences that differ from someone who does the same job as them day in and day out. This is especially true for truck drivers. There are so many options you have when it comes to choosing a trucking company to work for throughout the next portion of your career.

  1. “Practical miles or shortest miles?”
    The majority of trucking companies will pay their employees according to “shortest” miles rather than for practical miles. You may not be aware but the difference between these two pay scales can be up to 5%. In order to be able to predict how much money you will be making in the future you should always ask potential employers this question.
  2. “How old are your trucks typically?”
    Plain and simple, newer trucks are far more reliable than older trucks. This will not only allow you to work more often but it will lead to you making more money in the long run.
  3. “What is your pay rate?”
    Most often when you work for a trucking company you will be paid by the mile at a rate that will raise with the more experience you acquire. When you ask this question make sure you understand if and when your rate will raise as well as by how much.
  4. “What benefits do you offer your employees?”
    Ensuring you and your family will be provided with benefits before committing to a trucking company is very important. This also includes finding out about vacation days as well as the ins and outs of a 401K plan.