Team Driving Lifestyle And Choosing The Right Company

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Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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Young, single, no kids, no money and I'm interested in team driving. I live in Mass, 48 miles from Boston and ideally, I'd work enough to avoid regular housing expenses. (Rent/Mortgage) I'd like to select a company based on the long-term (5 Year Pay/Benefits) and hassle-free freight. (Dry Van/Drop and Hook/No Touch etc.) I've narrowed my search down to Swift, CRST, and Millis. I did look into Sage but after second-thought I'd much prefer the added time around the truck than the 1 on 1 instruction they offer. I also looked into Roadmaster but their Class A tuition is $6995 (Not including lodging) Although I'm attracted to the fuel, mileage, and safety bonuses of Millis, the average length of haul and team-oriented nature of CRST inspires confidence. Making the decision more difficult is the high starting rate for team drivers at Swift (Provided your dispatch length is minimal)

Any thoughts? Questions? Anything would be helpful, thanks-

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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I think it's worth clarifying that Sage and Roadmaster are schools and I did not mean to imply otherwise.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Andre R.'s Comment
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Check out covenant.

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