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Health Insurance And Benefits

Carter Express has three medical health plans to choose from, life insurance, dental, vision, short term disability, long term disability, 401k retirement savings program (with company match), paid holidays and paid vacations.

Additional Info About Benefits

How long until you qualify for benefits?

Drivers are eligible for benefits in 90 days.

What is the average cost of benefits?

Employee medical coverage runs from $30 to $59 per week.

What about vacation time?
  • After one year, you will receive one week paid vacation.
  • After 3 years, you will receive two weeks paid vacation.
  • After 10 years, you will receive three weeks paid vacation.
  • Vacation pay is 1/52 of the last 52 weeks of gross pay.

TruckingTruth's Thoughts About Carter Express's Pay And Benefits

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The starting pay is a little bit on the lower end, but still not terrible, and drivers will get a hefty raise after 12 months. Carter Express also has several bonus programs which will help driver pay.

The benefits offered are average for most companies, nothing out of the ordinary.

Dispatching Policies

Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

It depends on the terminal. In some terminals, a new driver will typically start with regional route assignments. However, we have some terminals where all drivers in the terminal deliver dedicated routes.

Will there be any NYC? How soon would a new solo driver be expected to go there?

Carter Express does not go to NYC.

Additional Dispatching Policies

Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

Carter Express drivers are force dispatched, there are no options.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Carter Express guarantees every driver will be home a minimum of 2 days per week; however, as their drivers deliver regionally, the average driver makes two round-trip loads per week. Drivers are usually home once or twice during their five day work week.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

About 80% of the freight is drop and hook.

Carter Express Company Policies

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Do you allow pets?

Pets are not allowed.

What is the company’s rider policy?

After 90 days, a driver is allowed to take a passenger in the truck. The passenger must be 12 years of age, or older. A passenger accident/medically policy must be purchased by the driver. Cost is $25 per week.

Carter Express Driving Opportunities

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

Yes, a company driver must have 9 months, or more, of longevity with the company to be eligible for lease-purchase consideration. They do not offer a lease-purchase program to a brand new driver. A driver’s history helps determine the success rate for company drivers converting to independent contractors.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

Local, dedicated, regional and reefer.

TruckingTruth's Notes On Carter Express Policies And Driving Opportunities

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Being more of a regional carrier, Carter Express can offer excellent home time opportunities, though you will have to be living near enough to a terminal to be able to take advantage of employment with them. The other policies and opportunites are average, and Carter Express does not allow pets on their equipment.

Carter Express also does not push, and in fact does not allow, new drivers to enter into a lease agreement without first having the benefit of experience.

Carter Express Equipment

What kind of trucks do you have?

Freightliner and Volvo tractors. All have automatic transmissions.

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, 100% of the fleet is on electronic logs.

More Info On Carter Express's Equipment

What are your trucks governed at?

Trucks are restricted to 68 mph.

Do you have APU units?

Yes, Carter Express trucks are equipped with APU's.

TruckingTruth's view on Carter Express's Equipment

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Noteworthy of Carter Express equipment is that all of their tractors have automatic transmissions, and are governed at a NASCAR-like 68 mph. They are also all equipped with APU's.

Like most companies this size, expect newer, well-maintained equipment. Carter Express is very proud of their safety record and youth of their truck fleet.

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