Team Vs Solo Driving

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Joel D.'s Comment
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My wife seems to think driving with another guy will make me more comfortable and safe when I’m out in the road, but from what I have read form a few I internet sources it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’m thinking solo is the way to go? Any advice guys gals would be really helpful on this one. Thanks

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Here is an article I wrote

Dispelling the Myths of Team Driving

You won't sleep and you are putting your life in someone else's hands.

and my video on youtube that further explains this:

Should Rookies Team?

Joel D.'s Comment
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Thank you Kearsey. Really appreciate the advice. I’m thinking solo is the way to go for me.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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After training, and you've been cooped up with another person for 4-6 weeks, will give you a better perspective. You have no privacy, your always moving, and as Rainy said you are putting your life in someone else's hands. Good luck, Raptor

Joseph I.'s Comment
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As I understand it there is more money in team driving or at least the potential. For me I do not think I would like it unless someday my son or daughter would be interested in driving. If I had to go through 6 weeks of driving with a trainer I do not believe I ever would have been interested in trucking at all. I know for many it is better or they feel the only way. I had 30 years experience driving trucks and everything else on the farm where I guess learning to do things on my own was a necessity. I had no OTR experience when I got my CDL but road with a "trainer" 1/2 of a day and drove with a trainer 2nd half of the day through the Twin Cities then back home. The next day I was in my own truck and followed trainer to Muskogee, OK from NC Iowa and was then on my own after that. Also I do not believe anyone else would care for my taste in radio while driving. Good luck on whatever works well for you.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


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.

Old School's Comment
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As I understand it there is more money in team driving or at least the potential.

This is a complete misunderstanding. So many people think this - especially new drivers. To make the top money in trucking you just have to be productive. That's the secret sauce. We talk a lot here about being Top Tier Drivers.

Great solo drivers can earn the same great money as great team drivers. You just have to understand how to Run With The Big Dogs.

Where you come out making more money as a team is really only if you and your spouse run team. That way two paychecks are going to the same household.

icecold24k's Comment
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IMHO teaming would be a no go for me. I don't think I could even team with my best friend. Sure you may get along good with someone, however living with someone in a truck the size of half your bedroom will change that really quickly. Small things will start to irritate you about each other and eventually you won't be able to stand the sight of the other person. Also the income may not be the greatest depending on your teammates work ethic. He will have some control over your income also depending on how hard they want to run. Consider this very carefully before jumping in.

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