Dedicated truck driving in the new year
Dedicated truck drivers usually work for only one company at a time. These drivers don't usually own their own trucks, but will drive the trucks provided by the company they are employed with. An example a dedicated driver’s routine is simple – think of a driver that picks up a delivery for a big box store, drops a load off at a big box location or hub and then heads back again to their organ. This would be a driver’s usual route, they may take just this route, rarely having to go outside of it. Usually a company will provide a wide range of shifts for drivers, but once a driver has been assigned a shift it will usually stay theirs.
Drivers will be afforded a great deal of stability with dedicated trucking. The hours are consistent, and it will be easy to know how much money will be coming in each month. With regular shifts, drivers can also have the chance to plan their lives outside of work, typically working Monday-Friday, with weekends off. Making plans, going on vacations, and seeing family is not as difficult as one might think all while building a positive rapport and schedule with their company. New drivers benefit by building relationships in the field, as well as getting experience without the stress of new routes and unfamiliar freight.
Another benefit of consistent routes is the ability to build relationships with people they work with on their route. For many drivers, they may find that their job requires them to be part customer service representatives in addition to drivers. With a dedicated route, drivers can more easily connect with their clients and interact with them on a consistent basis.
Drivers located in more metropolitan areas may find themselves driving to outlying suburbs, their job offering them the opportunity to see new local areas nearby.
Some companies may require longer routes than others. It is important that drivers ask about available hours and routes before taking a position, and make sure that it works for them.
Much like other specific driving positions, all dedicated truckers will need to obtain a CDL. There are three classes of CDL license (A, B, and C). Each class allows a driver the right to handle different weights of freight. The Department of Motor Vehicles defines each class in terms of weight and limitations that may be imposed on certain vehicles.
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