Looking For Good Team Driver Company

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Chelsea P.'s Comment
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Hello out there, I am currently in training with Celadon and should be graduating within two weeks or so. I've made a friend in this program and we would both like to team drive. However, I'm not entirely sure if we want to stay with this company. We're going to do the 120k miles in order to not owe this company anything and complete the contract of course. Does anyone out there have a really good recommendation? We're looking for OTR with at least 2 weeks out minimum. I also have a damaged knee that sometimes acts up on me so I need as little loading as possible. So, just as a recap: looking for good company with Team drivers, an OTR position with at least 2 weeks out minimum, little to no loading at all, good benefits and pay....all that good stuff. Any suggestions?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Why consider leaving Celadon? Most of these truckload companies are offering the same thing, it only varies according to what type of freight you wanna haul, how long you wanna stay out, etc.. Everything else is really minor in regard to making a living. As long as you're comparing apples to apples (e.g. one reefer gig to another, or one tanker gig to another), they're all pretty much the same. The pay is about the same (you have some exceptions, e.g. CR England pays much less than Prime, and they both offer mostly reefer gigs). The equipment is pretty much all top notch at any major truckload company. My point is that unless you are looking for something really specific, you might as well stay where you are and make your own worth. You do well at one company, you can do well at any company.

If your knee is a concern, and Celadon isn't offering "no touch freight," you could look for companies that advertise that perk. Generally speaking, a lot of reefer gigs will be no touch since lumpers are moving your freight. But if it's that important to you, then you should seek out gigs that advertise "no touch freight."

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

C. S.'s Comment
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I'm going to echo 6 string's question: why are you thinking about leaving Celadon? If I know what in particular you dislike about them I can give you better recommendations about what companies to consider.

My boyfriend and I have driven for them for about three months now and we are very happy. You'll have no problems with a minimum of two weeks out, we have stayed out for six weeks (and taken six days off) with no problems. We've also never had to throw freight as of yet.

Swift, who we used to drive for, has slightly better pay (teams start at 50 cpm), although we have found (as is commonly said here) that overall pay tends to even out among companies unless the rate difference is enormous. They also have a little better hometime policy (six days out for every day off as opposed to seven). I've only driven for these two companies but have done a lot of research into others.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Hello out there, I am currently in training with Celadon and should be graduating within two weeks or so. I've made a friend in this program and we would both like to team drive. However, I'm not entirely sure if we want to stay with this company. We're going to do the 120k miles in order to not owe this company anything and complete the contract of course. Does anyone out there have a really good recommendation? We're looking for OTR with at least 2 weeks out minimum. I also have a damaged knee that sometimes acts up on me so I need as little loading as possible. So, just as a recap: looking for good company with Team drivers, an OTR position with at least 2 weeks out minimum, little to no loading at all, good benefits and pay....all that good stuff. Any suggestions?

You might wanna wait until you've started the 120,000 mile journey. Lots can change in the next few months.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Saxon W.'s Comment
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Hello out there, I am currently in training with Celadon and should be graduating within two weeks or so. I've made a friend in this program and we would both like to team drive. However, I'm not entirely sure if we want to stay with this company. We're going to do the 120k miles in order to not owe this company anything and complete the contract of course. Does anyone out there have a really good recommendation? We're looking for OTR with at least 2 weeks out minimum. I also have a damaged knee that sometimes acts up on me so I need as little loading as possible. So, just as a recap: looking for good company with Team drivers, an OTR position with at least 2 weeks out minimum, little to no loading at all, good benefits and pay....all that good stuff. Any suggestions?

May want to look into us xpress, they are a team oriented company, better than average pay and benefits, also, if you stay out for 45 days the retro bonus 5 cpm split on the miles driven. Also, 8k team sign on bonus paid out over the first year.

Definitely hang with Celedon until your obligation is complete.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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