Once you have gone through your training and obtained your CDL truck driving license, you will be ready to set forth on your search for a new job. Just as it is with any type of job position, employers can vary greatly from one place to the next. Being new in the field can make you feel like you are going to have to accept what jobs come your way, but that is absolutely untrue. It is always best to ask good questions when searching for a good truck driver employer. Here is a look at a few pertinent questions to ask.
What is their home/away policy?
Some trucking companies make it a priority to get their drivers home as much as possible, but this is not the case with all companies. You may have limits on how many hours you can legally work no matter what the policy may be, but it is always good to know you have an employer who works to make sure you arrive home as expected.
What kind of equipment will you be driving?
Of all the questions you ask, this one can be one of the more important. The quality of your equipment can make a difference in how efficient you are as a driver and how comfortable you are while on the road. Most companies will show prospective drivers their trucks and equipment if the prospect is interested, so do not be afraid to ask.
Who pays for lumpers?
In the world of trucking, lumpers are actually individuals who get hired to unload cargo when a trucker drops off a load. If you are not expected to unload yourself, it is important that you find out who pays for lumper services at a drop-off. Some trucking companies reimburse drivers for lumper fees and some do not. It is always a plus to find a company that will pay for these services.
Will you get paid during layovers?
Layovers happen on the road when you are left waiting for an unload or to pick up cargo. This is idle time that you will not be getting paid by mileage, but it is still your time. Some trucking companies pay a straight hourly wage for layovers, but not all of them do. Therefore, it is best to ask about layover pay policies upfront so you know what to expect once you start driving.
To learn more about CLD truck driver positions, reach out to a local trucking company.