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Choosing A Truck Driving Job: 8-Part Series

Our Epic Guide For New Drivers For Choosing A Trucking Company:

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part I: Factors That Affect All Companies

Let me make one important generalization first. There is no such thing as the "perfect company" or the "best company to work for". To be more precise, you could label a company "the perfect company for me" or "the best company for me", but there are no "best trucking companies" or "perfect trucking companies".

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part II: You and "Your People" Are The Most Important Factor

Ask any member of any successful team, "What is it that made you so successful?" If they really understand the dynamics of any team, the answer is usually the same - "Having the right people". It's no different within trucking companies, which are indeed teams, although they may not always seem like it.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part III: How Your Family and Lifestyle Will Affect Your Choice

Home time is one of the most important considerations you should make when choosing a truck driving job. There is one point I can not stress enough – if you have a family of your own, please, please, please don't take an over the road truck driving job where you are gone for weeks at a time.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part IV: Advantages of Large Trucking Companies

The larger companies have a huge amount of resources available. They have tons and tons of different types of freight and driving opportunities. They often have local jobs, dedicated jobs - where you remain with one customer or run one route all the time, regional jobs, and over the road.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part V: Comparing Large Trucking Companies To Small Ones

Smaller companies, in my opinion, don't have too many advantages over the larger ones from a driver's perspective. You will definitely get to know everyone in the office, and they will certainly know you. Often times if you live nearby your main office, the people in your company will even get to know your family and the families of the other employees.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

Dry vans are the most commonly found trailer out there. They are a big, empty box - plain and simple. No temperature control or anything like that. There are more dry van companies than any other type of company, and therefore you will find the broadest range of opportunities in this area.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VII: Tankers and Flatbeds

You'll find that there isn't too much of a difference between driving for a dry van carrier vs a refrigerated carrier, but pulling a tanker or a flatbed is a whole different thing altogether. There are some significant differences between the lifestyles and the job duties of flatbed and tanker drivers.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VIII: Talking With The Right People

One of the best ways, in my opinion, to really find out what life is like on the inside of a company you are considering applying to is to talk with some of the drivers and mechanics that work there. It's simple to do, it's incredibly effective, it makes perfect sense.

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