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ltl truckingIn past blogs, we’ve discussed the differences between OTR, Regional, and Local jobs as well as different types of hauls. One thing we haven’t talked about is LTL trucking. Here are the facts around it, so you can decide for yourself if an LTL trucking position is the right move for you.  

What Does LTL Mean?

LTL means “less-than-truckload”. This is a type of shipping service for businesses that need to move small quantities of product that wouldn’t fill up an entire 53” trailer. This differs from traditional TL (truckload) shipping where one customer fills up the entire trailer and the cargo goes to one destination. 

Why do companies do less-than-truckload?

LTL shipping is a huge industry, with the market being worth a whopping $86 million.

Why? Think about it this way. Not every company needs to ship an entire truckload worth of products, but they still need to get what they have from point A to point B. From the carrier’s perspective, it’s not viable to fill up a truck a quarter of the way for one customer. What’s the solution? 

This is where LTL carriers come in. These specialized carriers fill up trucks with product from multiple customers, with each only paying for the portion of the trailer that they use. The logistics of an operation like this are more complicated, but if done right, it’s a great for both the carrier and customer. 

LTL services are not to be confused with parcel services. Parcel services will usually carry items that are less than 150 pounds, while LTL carriers handle shipments between 151 and 15,000 pounds, though these numbers can vary based on each carrier.  

What are the Benefits to LTL Trucking Jobs?

Most LTL trucking jobs are regional or local, which means more home time for drivers. In a time where being with friends and family is becoming more and more important to drivers, LTL jobs shouldn’t be overlooked.  

Many LTL companies also have dedicated customers, so there’s a good chance you’ll have consistency in your route and schedule. 

What are the Cons?

Since LTL trucking involves multiple customers sharing trailer space, it also means multiple drop offs. If you’re working in a big city or congested town, this could mean hours of waiting in traffic, or waiting at different receiver each day. One delay early in the day could mean missing all your other appointments and possibly losing money.  

This is why it’s good for drivers to either look for carriers that pay by the hour or offer generous detention pay. This way, you’re not losing money while waiting at a receiver.

How to Find an LTL Job?

A quick online search will show you companies hiring LTL drivers. But a lot of companies don’t advertise their jobs as “LTL trucking jobs” so you may not be getting a big picture of all the jobs in your area. You may have to look at the job description carefully or reach out to the recruiter or HR person that you’re talking to see if it’s LTL or TL (truckload).  

How Much do LTL Trucking Jobs Pay?

On average, LTL trucking jobs pay around $66,000 per year. This is less than what a traditional OTR driver makes, but on par with local and regional drivers. 

But, like all trucking jobs, the devil is in the details. Pay can be confusing, so make sure to read job descriptions carefully and ask the company representative any and all questions so you can have an accurate picture of what your pay will look like before signing on.  

Do You Need a CDL for LTL Trucking Jobs?

Yes. Since the majority of LTL truckers drive a standard 53” trailer, you’ll need your CDL A. LTL jobs aren’t to be confused with delivery positions that usually only require a CDL B.  

LTL trucking jobs have their pros and cons just like any position in trucking. It all comes down to your individual needs relating to pay, home time, and benefits. If you’re looking for an LTL position, Drive My Way has you covered. Create a free profile and join the thousands of drivers finding their next CDL job.  

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horse transportThis past May, 16 million people tuned in to watch one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history. Rich Strike, a horse who the day before, wasn’t even slated to race, did the unthinkable and won the 148th annual Kentucky Derby in a miraculous come from behind victory. Moments like these are what make horse racing such an unpredictable and exciting sport.  

While we only see the end product on the track, there are countless people working behind the scenes to make these races possible, including the people who transport the horses from place to place. They’re called horse transport truck drivers, and they’re the engine that makes the horse racing industry go.  

What is a Horse Transport Truck Driver?

A horse transport truck driver is a driver who transports horses from place to place. This could be from training facility, to racetrack, farm, or anywhere else they need to go. These positions are typically either Regional or OTR due to the amount of distance between these places. 

How do you Become a Horse Transport Truck Driver?

You’ll of course need to have your CDL A before becoming a horse transport truck driver. Aside from that, you’ll also need to learn how to load, unload, and handle the challenges of transporting large animals like horses. Luckily, most carriers that specialize in this work will train you on that. 

What is Being a Horse Transport Truck Driver Like?

We were able to talk with Bill, a CDL A Driver with Drive My Way client, Sallee Horse Vans. Bill talked to us about what it’s like to be a horse transport truck driver and why he enjoys it. 

How long have you been a driver with Sallee?

“I’ve worked as a horse transport driver with Sallee for 5 years.”

What does your average day look like?

“I start by checking in with dispatch, getting the trailer ready (bedding down) for the number of horses we’re planning to load. Then I drive to the farm, racetrack, or training facility. Next, we load the horses and start the trip to our final destination.”

What made you choose working with Sallee over other OTR jobs?

 “I like working as a horse transport driver because it’s something different other than bumping a dock.”

What’s one thing a driver who’s thinking about working in transporting horses should know?

“There’s never a dull day in this job. The horses will challenge you daily, and you’ll always be learning something new about the job, the horses, and yourself.”

What do you enjoy the most about working with Sallee?

 “I really enjoy the people I work with at Sallee. It’s like one big family.”

Just like with any OTR position, horse transport drivers will need to be comfortable spending extended time on the road. It’s not unusual for drivers to be out on the road for over three weeks at a time, especially during peak racing season.  

Also, be prepared for a lot of east coast driving. Since the majority of horse racing takes place in the eastern half of the country, that’s where horse transport truckers do the majority of their driving.  

How Much Do Horse Transport Truck Drivers Make?

Since horse transporting is a specialization in the trucking industry, these drivers tend to make more than your traditional OTR driver. The exact numbers depend on which company you drive for but can reach more than $100,000 annually. 

Why do horse transport drivers get paid so much? There are literally millions of dollars on the line when they get behind the wheel. This isn’t cattle or sheep you’ll be hauling. They’re thoroughbred race horses. 

This is also why horse transporting is usually a team driver job. Since the cargo is so valuable, it’s seen as a worthy investment to have an extra driver in the cab in case something goes wrong on the road or there’s an issue with one of the horses.  

Another reason these jobs are done in teams is to beat tight deadlines. The FMCSA states that one truck driver can driver for a maximum of 11 hours before needing a ten-hour break. Driving in teams means that while one driver sleeps and gets their 10 hours in, the other can drive their 11. Aside from stopping for gas and other necessities, team drivers (in theory) never need to stop.  

Horse transport jobs pay well, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s for drivers who enjoy working with animals and love being out on the road more often than they’re at home. If you check both of those boxes, then you might have a future as a horse transport driver.  

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mountain trucking

Aside from Ice Road Trucking, the mountains are generally seen as the most dangerous terrain to drive through. The steep downgrades, sometimes rocky terrain, and sharp curves can give even experienced drivers headaches. While it can definitely be a challenge if you’re a new driver, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for driving in either the Rockies or Appalachian Mountains. 

We had the chance to talk with Travis, a CDL A driver out of Colorado. He gave us some great tips for truckers who are running routes through the mountains.  

1. Brake, Brake, Brake

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Travis’ Kenworth

“First and most importantly, slow down. Especially when dropping off of a pass. 90% of brake failures are caused by driving too fast off a grade. When you drop off a grade, you should pick a gear where your truck’s engine brakes will hold you back. You should drive slower in general because there’s always other things like wildlife, rocks, and tourists in the road,” shared Travis.

Any trucker who has driven in the Rockies can tell you about the “Truckers, Steep Grades Ahead” and “Truckers, Don’t Be Fooled” signs all over the region’s highways. The signs are warnings to truckers that steep grade changes are a constant.  

Always look at posted grade signs and brake well before the downgrade begins. Never try to eyeball a grade. That’s how you end up over-relying on your brakes and causing them to overheat and possibly catch fire. 

2. Stay Prepared

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Travis’ Kenworth

“Second, carry extra clothes and food to stay warm. Have enough food and water to last a couple days if you get stranded. Carry tools and know your equipment as well. If you do break down in sub-zero temperatures, waiting 3 or 4 hours on a service truck isn’t a good option. I carry tools like an alternator housing, coolant, oil, fan belts, and fuel filters in my truck,” shared Travis.  

Knowing how to do quick fixes on your truck, like priming the fuel system or changing out a headlight can be the difference between a 20-minute wait and a 4 hour wait. If you have the know-how and your company allows it, keep necessary replacement parts in the cab with you in case something happens. 

In the worst-case scenario where your truck breaks down and it’s not a quick fix, you’ll want to have everything you need to hunker down for a while. This includes plenty of water and dry, packaged food. A change of clothes is something that goes overlooked but can be a lifesaver if you’re dealing with rain or sleet.  

Also, keep a CB radio if you don’t already. Since these work via radio waves, you’ll be able to communicate in the event you don’t have any cell service.  

3. Pay Attention to the Weather

Something as simple as listening to hourly weather reports can save you a lot of trouble in the mountains. If weather is bad enough, there’s nothing wrong with waiting until conditions clear up. No run is worth your safety or the safety of drivers around you.  

Also, always abide by all chain signs. You can check out the step-by-step guide on how to chain up your tires here 

4. Use Runaway Ramps as a Last Resort

If you’re on a downgrade and can’t get your speed under control or are having brake problems, the very last resort is to use a runaway ramp. These ramps are usually located at the bottom of a steep downgrade, right before the road flattens out.  

There are a few different types of runaway ramps, but all are designed to stop a truck that can’t stop on its own. Out in the mountains, you may see gravity escape ramps that make use of natural hills, but sand piles are common as well.  

Don’t be afraid to use a runaway ramp if you need it, but it’s a last resort for a reason. There’s a possibility they’ll cause you some bodily harm and will almost definitely lead to the truck being damaged. 

5. Relax

“Other than that, all I can say is don’t be nervous and just relax. Drive slowly and take in the views. The mountains are beautiful and should be enjoyed,” shared Travis. 

While it can be dangerous, there are thousands of truckers, just like Travis, who make their living doing runs out west in the Rockies and in the Appalachian Mountains. Being attentive, cautious, and reading all posted signs is the number one way to avoid mistakes and accidents while driving in the mountains. 

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A Yard Jockey is a driver who moves trailers within a cargo yard, terminal or warehouse. Though it may not seem like it, yard jockeys are the life force of any yard. Their job is to keep everything moving smoothly and help to avoid congestion. Without them, the smooth operation of the yard would cease to exist. 

We spoke with Pete, a CDL A yard jockey out of New York. He talked to us about what it’s like to be a yard jockey.   

CDL A Yard Jockey, Pete

“I wanted to become a yard Jockey to help other truck drivers be ready for the road. My job entails filling up diesel gas tanks and making sure that everything on the truck is working in proper condition. I also wash trucks, and make sure they’re safe to the fill up for the next delivery. I enjoy the repetitive exercises and keeping the yard in order. Being a yard jockey also gives me the opportunity to sharpen my skills as a driver for when I get on the road,” Shared Pete.

What are a Yard Jockey’s Responsibilities?

The job goes by many names, including yard jockey, yard spotter, or yard dog, but the job description is the same. While their main ones are moving trailers around the yard and loading and unloading them, there’s a lot of other things they’re responsible for as well. They take on duties like cleaning trailers, fueling reefers, inspecting and maintaining equipment, and filling out paperwork as need be. 

Do Yard Jockeys Need a CDL?

The short answer is no. According to federal law, since yard jockeys don’t leave the carrier’s private property, they aren’t required to hold a CDL. That’s not to say that every company will hire someone without a CDL for a yard jockey position. While yard jockeys won’t be driving a trailer down the highway, they’ll still be doing it in the yard and will need to know the basics of how to maneuver it to be successful in the role. 

What Do Yard Jockeys Drive on the Job?

Instead of driving a cab attached to a trailer like a typical CDL driver, yard jockeys use what’s called a terminal tractor to move the trailers throughout the yard. Terminal tractors are smaller than cabs and are built specifically to maneuver trailers and hook or unhook them quickly. They even have a sliding door in the back for easy access to the trailer. This increases overall yard efficiency along with saving carriers money on gas, since terminal tractors are more fuel efficient. Aside from tractor trailers, yard jockeys use other standard warehouse equipment, including forklifts and pallet jacks. 

“An average day for me isn’t set in stone. It’s all dependent on the routing schedule and how many drivers are coming back to base on a given day. On busier days, my job is much more active, both mentally and physically, which can make it a bit stressful at times. But, there are also the lighter days, when trucks come in spread out. Then, I’m able to organize my train of thought and have a plan of how to work ahead for the next driver that comes into the yard,” Shared Pete.

Why Should I Be a Yard Jockey Instead of a CDL Driver?

While the choice is always up to the person, there’s a number of reasons why someone would choose to be a Yard jockey. The first reason is that a CDL isn’t always necessary. It’s up to the company’s discretion at the end of the day, but there are some carriers who will hire jockeys who don’t have their CDL. This is great for people who are interested in driving as a career, but don’t have the money for CDL school at the moment or want to see the industry first-hand before they decide to go to CDL school.  Some carriers will also pay the tuition for a yard jockey who expresses interest in going to CDL school, so it’s a win-win.  

The second reason is the set hours and predictable pay. While some may enjoy the trucker lifestyle of making their own hours and being on the road, it isn’t a life for everyone. As a yard jockey, you’ll have a set schedule, work predictable hours, get predictable pay, and be able to come home every night. Depending on the company, yard jockey can also get the same company benefits drivers do, including medical, dental, and vision insurance along with a 401K.  

“My advice to those who want to become a yard jockey is to simply do it! It not only pays a hefty paycheck each week, but it also sharpens your skills as a driver.  You get to learn the ins and outs of different trucks, as well as backing, fueling, coupling and uncoupling. You’ll learn pretty much all the basics of truck driving you’ll need before you get out there as a full-time CDL A or B driver,” Shared Pete. 

While yard jockeying may not pay as much as CDL driving, it’s a great position for anyone who is interested in taking their first steps into a career in trucking, or just wants to earn honest, reliable pay.

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straight truck jobs
While Straight Truck Driving might not be what you think when you hear the word “trucking,” straight truck drivers make up a very large part of the industry. The ATA reported that in 2020, over 3.97 million class 8 trucks were registered for business purposes in the U.S, up 1.5% from 2019. With this increased need for straight truck drivers, it’s important for prospective drivers to have all the facts. Here’s everything you need to know about what it’s like being a straight truck driver. 

What is a Straight Truck?

A straight truck is any truck that has a cab and trailer that cannot be detached from each other. Straight trucks are also smaller than your traditional semi-trucks and come in under the important threshold of 26,000 pounds. Depending on the make and model, straight trucks are between 10- and 26-feet length and 6 and 8 in height.  

What are they used for?

While it’s possible that straight trucks can be used for regional or OTR work, the vast majority are used for local deliveries. The most common use for straight trucks is furniture and home appliance deliveries. The U-Haul trucks that people use for moving are also straight trucks. These trucks are perfect for any freight that is too small for a semi and too big for a sprinter van. 

What do you need to be a straight truck driver?

As it stands right now, a CDL is not needed to drive a straight truck, as long as the truck is under 26,000 GVWR. But that doesn’t mean every company will hire someone without a CDL for a straight truck position. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your CDL B before applying, even though it’s not a federal requirement. 

What companies hire straight truck drivers?

Any company that utilizes a delivery service will employ straight truck drivers. Retailers that sell furniture and home appliances often offer delivery services via straight truck. Building product companies also employ straight truck drivers to deliver materials to and from worksites. 

Expedited freight servicers may be the biggest employer of straight truck drivers. These companies specialize in getting freight from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Businesses typically utilize them when their plan A for getting their freight to where it needs to go didn’t work out. These companies may work an entire region of the country as opposed to working locally. Courier servicers may also employ straight truck drivers, but it’s unlikely as their freight is usually too small to require a straight truck.  

What are the pros?

The biggest benefit to driving a straight truck is the consistent home time. Unlike OTR trucking, drivers are rarely, if ever, gone for more than a day. They usually get nights and weekends off as well, following standard business hours for delivery.  

Since Straight Truck Drivers rarely need to travel across state lines, it’s a great position for drivers under 21 who are looking to get valuable hours behind the wheel before they can do OTR work and cross state lines. Also, classes to earn your CDL B will generally be less expensive than those for a CDL A, making it a good option for drivers looking to start earning without putting down such a large investment.  

What are the cons?

One thing to know about straight truck driving is that there’s probably more to the position than just driving. Manual labor is present in a lot of straight truck jobs. Aside from just touching freight, many times it will be the driver who is responsible for delivering the product to someone’s door and maybe even setting it up inside the home or business.  

Another possible con is the customer interaction part of straight truck driving. Aside from delivering products to people, you may have to deal with an unhappy customer from time to time. While this won’t be a problem for some, many drivers got into trucking to avoid these types of interactions.  

Like with all driving positions, straight truck drivers are in heavy demand. This means that there’s a lot of variety out there for prospective drivers when deciding who they choose to work with. Straight truck driving is also a great steppingstone for young drivers who want experience before doing OTR or regional work.  

If you’re ready to find a trucking job that fits your needs, create a free Drive My Way profile and get matched with Straight Truck driver jobs in your area.  

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family owned trucking company
A family-owned company is any company that is owned in majority by at least two members of the same family. While the phrase “family-owned” might make you think of a small-time mom and pop shop, that’s not always the case. Technically, Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world is a family-owned company. Family-owned companies also outnumber corporate-owned companies by a wide margin. Studies show that 90% of all U.S businesses are actually family-owned.  

So, what does this mean if you’re a truck driver? Like with retail, construction, or any other industry, working for a family-owned trucking company can be a much different experience than working for a corporation. Here are three perks of working for a family-owned trucking company.   

1. Treated as a Person, Not Just an Employee

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Terrance and David, Lansing Building Products

At some companies, it can feel like you’re a number instead of a name. Family-owned companies make an active effort to learn about you, your family and your life outside of work. This helps drivers tremendously when it comes to having a work life balance and taking time off. 

We talked to Terrance and David, two drivers for Lansing Building Products in Jackson, Mississippi. They shared with us what it’s like working for a family-owned company. 

“Working for a family-owned company makes you feel at home and valued vs. a non-family-owned company where you feel like youre just another number,” shared Terrance and David.

2. Become Part of a Tight Knit Family

Probably the biggest perk of working for a family-owned company is the tight-knit culture. Working at a family-Owned company gives drivers the opportunity to really know their fellow co-workers and the people above them. Developing these long-term relationships is what many drivers enjoy most about working for a family-owned company.  

“The biggest benefit of working for a family-owned company is knowing that you can trust your employers to help you grow and boost your self-confidence. Also, having a caring family that makes you feel welcome gives you an incentive to work harder,” shared Terrance and David. 

It’s also not strange for drivers of family-owned companies to have a repour with the CEO of the company. Having this direct line to the top decision makers in the organization gives drivers the opportunity to suggest changes and improvements to how things are done. This means that they can have a direct impact on the company they work for.  

3. Develop New Skills Outside Your Role

Another perk about working for a family-owned company is the ability to wear more than one hat. As discussed, not all family-owned companies are small, but a good number of them are. This means that you may be asked to do some things outside your normal job description.  

While this might not be what all drivers are looking for, family-owned companies are a great place to learn new skills that will help you later in your career. These skills could be anything from hauling different types of freight l to learning the financial side of the business. If you want to become an Owner Operator or even own your own fleet one day; this kind of experience is invaluable.  

Deciding whether a family-owned Company is right for you comes down to what you’re looking for. If you’re happy with being part of a large workforce with set rules and guidelines, going the corporate route might be for you. If you’re looking for a driving job with a smaller team that will lead to new skills and experiences, then it’s time to look at family-owned companies.  

 

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Enviro-SafeToday’s job of the day is from Enviro-Safe Resource Recovery

Enviro-Safe Resource Recovery is hiring a CDL A Regional Tanker Driver in Germantown, WI.  The driver will haul Hazmat bulk products roughly 500 miles throughout the Regional Midwest.  Enviro-Safe Resource Recovery is a full-service resource recovery environmental company providing environmentally sustainable recycling programs to clients across Wisconsin and the Midwest, operating a state-of-art recycling facility in Germantown, Wisconsin.  We are a leading provider of diverse sustainability programs. Enviro-Safe has been recognized and selected nationally 10 years, as an “Inc. 5000 Company” and numerous years for various growth awards.

Enviro-Safe logoIn this position, you’ll make a difference at this Inc. 5000 growing company and family-owned business. If you want to be on a winning team, with low employee turnover, this might be the position you have been looking for.

Enviro-Safe is hiring a CDL A Regional Hazmat Liquid Bulk Driver in Germantown, WI.

Compensation:

  • Average weekly pay: $985 – $1,355 a week
    • Base Hourly Pay: $23 – $28 per hour
    • Average hours per week: 45-55 hours per week
    • Overtime available after 40 hours
    • Performance Bonus
    • Clean Inspection Bonus: $500 – $1,000
  • Paid via direct deposit bi-weekly

Benefits & Perks:

  • Great company benefits starting the first of the month on the first full month of employment:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance – Free!
    • Long Term Disability Included. Short term available for purchase.
    • 401K with 3% company match after 1 year
    • 9 Paid Company Holidays
    • 2 Weeks Paid Time Off + 3 personal days; 90 day waiting period
  • Paid training and paid orientation
  • Company Cell Phone
  • Perks: company credit card, wellness, uniform, etc.
  • Slip Seating: No

Route, Home Time, & Schedule:

  • Schedule: Monday through Friday. No weekend work, but extra hours can be made available.
  • Home Time: Only out 2-3 nights during the weekday
  • Flexibility regarding route and schedule is key
  • Route: 500 miles around the Regional Midwest
  • Level of Touch: Tanker hoses and pumps will be utilized

Equipment:

  • 2016 or newer Peterbilt or Internationals
  • Automatic
  • Outward-facing cameras
  • GPS

Qualifications:

  • Must have CDL A license with hazmat and tanker endorsements
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable Class A driving experience with vacuum or bulk tanker experience preferred
  • Drivers must have a clean driving record
  • Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) testing and physical requirements and be knowledgeable of DOT regulations
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Hiring Radius: Drivers must live within 50 miles of Germantown or be willing to relocate for this position

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rands truckingToday’s job of the day is from Rands Trucking

Rands trucking logoIf you’re looking to get to the top of your career in a family environment, then check out the great OTR opportunities at Rands Trucking. We offer you a top-of-the-industry pay package combined with newer equipment, consistent miles, home time, and a work environment that gives you the respect and appreciation you’ve been looking for.

Join a company that cares for its employees and treats each driver like a family member! $3,000 signing bonus, non-forced dispatch, awesome team, and HONESTY!

Rands Trucking is hiring CDL A OTR Dry Van Company Drivers and Owner Operators in the Midwest/Northeast.

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Compensation:

  • Average annual or weekly pay: $75,000 Yearly AVG
    • 52 CPM with an average of 2,600 – 3,000 Miles per week
    • Additional Pay:
      • Jobsite: $40 Per stop
      • Tailgate Assist Stop: $20
      • 34-hour restart when OTR: $100
      • Break down pay: $16 per hour (after first hour)
      • Detention Pay: $16 per hour (after first hour)
      • Trailer Move: $20
      • Canada Pay: $50
      • DOT inspection: $25
      • New York City/Long Island Bonus: $100
      • Additional Load: $50
      • Holiday Working Pay: $100
      • Holiday Bonus Pay: $104
      • $3,000 signing bonus to all new hires!

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance after 60 days
  • 401K with 401K Match
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible home time
  • PTO after 1 year
  • In-house maintenance
  • Perks: Cell Phone Allowance, EZ Pass, PrePass
  • Rider program
  • Pet Program
  • Take your truck home program

Route, Home Time, & Schedule:

  • Home Time: OTR 2+ weeks at a time
  • Route: Run all 48 states  – Willing to do multi-stop
  • Level of Touch: must tailgate and be willing to do assisted unload – hauling Windows

Equipment:

  • Recently updated fleet Peterbilts, Cascadias, Kenworths, and Freightliners
  • All trucks equipped with APUS, Power Inverters, Refrigerators, Microwaves and Satellite Radio
  • Governed speed: 67MPH

Owner Operators

Compensation:

  • For drivers who are OTR 27+ days per month (82 days per quarter), Rands Trucking guarantees $125,000 gross pay. 1 day = 5+ hours
  • Average annual $125,000+
    • $1.36 per mile + FSC
    • Drop Pay ($30.00) ALL stops paid
    • Jobsite Stops: $40 per stop
    • Detention Pay: $30 per hour (after first hour)
    • New York City/Long Island Bonus: $100
    • $.02 Performance Bonuses (paid quarterly) will be calculated based on mileage ran for the quarter

Perks:

  • Rands Provides:
    • 15-20% Fuel Discount
    • Base License Plates
    • Tolls (Pre-Pass & EZpass)
    • 10 Year or Newer Trailers
    • 24/7 Support for Repairs
    • Payroll, Accounts Receivables, Taxes
    • Fuel Card
    • Dispatching Outbound & Inbound
  • Owner Operator Provides:
    • Bobtail Insurance
    • Physical Damage Insurance
    • Occupational Insurance
    • Legal and Operational Truck

Route, Home Time, & Schedule:

  • Home Time: OTR 2+ weeks at a time
  • Route: Run all 48 states  – Willing to do multi-stop
  • Level of Touch: must tailgate and be willing to do assisted unload – hauling Windows

Equipent Required:

  • Non-Trucking Liability Insurance (bobtail)
  • Workers Compensation Insurance- Occupational Insurance
  • Non-owned trailer Physical Damage Insurance in the amount of $20,000.00
  • Must be able to scale a minimum of 45,000lbs
  • Tractor must pass DOT inspection in our shop, prefer 5 years or newer
  • Older tractors accepted if in good mechanical and visual condition
  • Responsible for all policies and regulations of Rands Trucking, Inc.

Company Driver & Owner Operator Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Drivers must have CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 1-year verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience
  • No more than three places of employment within the past year
  • No DUI/DWIs in last 5 years
    • No more than three moving violations within the past 3 years
    • No more than three minor preventable accidents within 3 years
    • No serious moving violations within the past 3 years
  • Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) testing and physical requirements and be knowledgeable of DOT regulations
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Hiring Radius: Prefer drivers in the Midwest/Northeast regions. HOWEVER— will hire from all 48 with less frequent home time
  • Six Terminals: Ladysmith, WI – Medford, WI –Chippewa Falls, WI– Grinnell, IA – Mount Vernon, OH – Ringtown, PA

Rands Trucks

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Rands Trucking is hiring CDL A OTR Dry Van Company Drivers and Owner Operators in the Midwest/Northeast. Drivers get regular home time, and great pay.

Company Driver  Owner Operator

Clear Harbors driverToday’s job of the day comes from Clean Harbors Environmental Services

As a Clean Harbors driver, you will be responsible for the safe transport of hazardous waste from a generator/facility to one of our facilities, adhering to DOT and hazardous waste regulations. At Clean Harbors we are passionate about providing premier environmental, energy, and industrial services.

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When you work with the Clean Harbors team, you will perform work that truly makes a difference – not only in people’s lives but also in protecting the planet.  Safety is our No. 1 priority. As a driver, you’ll get the training and support to do your job and return home safely. Change your life for the better.  Apply today.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Why work for Clean Harbors?

  • Work for Top Environmental Safety Company
  • Great company culture
  • Company Drivers: Great pay and overtime after 40 hours
  • Company Drivers: Health and dental care
  • Owner Operators: Good base pay with additional pay opportunities
  • Paid orientation or training
  • Consistent freight
  • Sign-on and referral bonuses for all positions

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Midwest Refrigerated Services

Today’s job of the day comes from Midwest Refrigerated Services

MRS logoMidwest Refrigerated Services (MRS) is hiring CDL A drivers to haul fresh and frozen temperature-controlled freight. Family owned and operated for more than 60 years, Midwest Refrigerated Services is a growing leader in LTL refrigerated transportation and storage. Our team takes pride in the role we play in putting food on the table for millions of Americans every night. Our team of professional drivers represent our customers well, set high standards for themselves and are safe, confident, and independent. Discover the MRS difference!

Currently, Midwest Refrigerated Services is hiring CDL A OTR Company Drivers and Owner Operators in most states; Full time Local Drivers in Milwaukee, WI and Pleasant Prairie, WI; and Local Part-time Drivers in Milwaukee, WI.

Company Drivers

Midwest Refrigerated ServicesCompensation:

  • OTR Drivers
    • Average weekly pay: $1,400 – $1,680 gross per week; depending how you like to run
    • Mileage pay and a weekly minimum guarantee of $1,200 as long as you are available for 5.5 days of work
      • Base $.50 CPM practical miles with an average of 2,000 – 2,500 per week
      • All miles paid, loaded and unloaded
      • $240 for each day worked beyond 5.5 days
      • Opportunities for Drop and Pick and Detention Pay
    • OTR Bonuses:
      • Sign-on Bonus: $4,000; paid upon completion of service – $500 after 90 days, $750 after 6 months, $1,250 after 9 months, and $1,500 after 12 months.
      • Recruiting Bonus: $1,500 ($500 at 30 days, $500 at 60 days, $500 at 90 days)
      • Clean Inspection Bonus: $50

Benefits & Perks:

  • Great company benefits, eligible the 1st of the month after 60 days:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • $50,000 Life Insurance Policy – Free!
    • Short and Long Term Disability Coverage – Free!
    • 401(k) with 3% company match; eligible after 1 year of service
    • 8 Paid Company Holidays; eligible after 90 days
    • Paid Time Off (PTO)and Paid Vacation
      • See job post for details!
  • Paid Orientation!
  • Perks:
    • IPass provided
    • Personal Cell Phone Bill Credit: $46.16 per month
    • Weekly Comdata card supplied: $300
    • Headquarters terminal with brand new driver amenities: drivers lounge, TVs, pool table, kitchen, new washer and dryers, mailboxes, copier, showers, etc.
  • Rider Program:
    • Spouse or companion: 18 years or older
    • Child: under 18 years old, approval required
    • Pets: No breed or size restriction; $500 security deposit required
  • Take The Truck Home Program; approval required (OTR & Regional)

Home Time, Route, and Schedule:

  • Home Time:
    • OTR Drivers can be home weekly (34 hr. reset at home) or choose to stay out (earn 1/4 day off for each day on the road)
    • Regional Drivers will be home 2-3 nights per week
    • Local Drivers will be home every night
  • Level of Touch: Varies by position
  • Route: Varies by position

Equipment:

  • Late model 2019 & 2020 Freightliner Cascadias
  • All automatic transmissions with a fridge, APU, inverter, dinette, heated/cooled driver’s seat, tv hook-up, and free SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Governed speed: 65 mph

Owner Operators

midwest refrigerated servicesCompensation

  • No Forced Dispatch!
  • Consistent steady outbound lanes; driver manager coordinates backhaul
  • Paid 85% of your gross line haul revenue when pulling your own 53 foot reefer trailer
  • Paid 75% of your gross line haul revenue when pulling a MRS company trailer
  • Additional Pay:
    • Drop Pay: $100 per drop, after the 1st drop
    • Detention Pay
    • Layover Pay
    • Lumper or driver unloaded – all paid!
  • Bonuses:
    • Recruitment Bonus: $1500, $500 at 30 days, $500 at 60 days, $500 at 90 days.
  • Competitive fuel surcharge schedule: see post for details
  • Fuel tax calculated by MRS and credited or deducted monthly
  • Weekly pay settlement via direct deposit or check

Benefits & Perks

  • Discounted MRT Group insurance offered
  • Perks:
    • Fuel cards with huge fuel discounts; all fuel discounts passed through to Owner Operator
    • Base plates & Permits: IFTA Permit, NY HUT, and other permits supplied
    • Washout and spotting charges are reimbursed
    • Company paid inspections
    • $400 Weekly Comdata card for advances, lumpers

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time: Home weekly
  • Route: Over the road across the lower 48 states
  • Level of Touch: 50% drop and hook, 50% load and unload. Lumper or driver unloaded; Live unload

Job Requirements (All Positions):

  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Must have a valid CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience; minimum of 1 year refrigerated experience is preferred
  • Must be capable of driving extended periods of time, up to the maximum allowable times, safely, under a variety of conditions, including night driving, mountain driving.
  • No DUI/DWIs or reckless driving charges in the last 5 years
  • Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) testing and physical requirements and be knowledgeable of DOT regulations
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Hiring Radius: Varies by position

Midwest Refrigerated Services

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Midwest Refrigerated Services is hiring CDL A OTR Company Drivers and Owner Operators in most states, full-time Local Drivers in WI, and part-time Local Drivers in WI.

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