Local Truck Driving Jobs

So you’re looking at local truck driving jobs? Great choice. Local trucking is a good fit for many drivers. Remember, as with any job, there are pros and cons to local trucking jobs. Before you make the switch, get to know the benefits and drawbacks of local trucking, and decide whether it’s a good fit for you. 

The Pros 

family life 1. Home Time

Many drivers are drawn to local truck driving jobs because of the home time. It’s for a good reason. Local jobs typically get drivers home every night. If not every night, drivers can expect to be home almost every night. For drivers with a family, that’s hard to beat. 

2. Frequently Off on the Weekends

In addition to being home every night, many local drivers are off on the weekends. This does depend on your company and what you’re hauling, but many local drivers have weekends off.

Weekends off are much more likely in a local position than for OTR drivers.

Attending social gatherings or events on the weekends becomes much more possible with a local truck driving jobs. 

3. Health Benefits

In addition to more home time, local truck drivers pick up some serious health benefits. Local drivers tend to spend less time behind the wheel than regional or OTR drivers. As a result, local drivers are less exposed to the safety risks of being on the road for long periods of time. They are also usually more active. Because local drivers make more stops, there are more opportunities to move around throughout the day. 

4. A Set Routine

If you like to have a fixed schedule, local trucking is for you. Drivers generally have a set hourly schedule that they can count on. That’s great for planning things outside of work. It also gives you a little extra peace of mind to know when you’ll be home and when you need to leave. 

work life balance of Local Truck Driving Jobs5. Excellent Work/Life Balance

Work/life balance is a huge consideration for local drivers. Local truck driving jobs are hard work, but they also help drivers be present for the day to day relationships at home. Local drivers still have to find a balance with their loved ones, but the rewards can be great. If you value being physically present for life’s little moments, local truck driving jobs are for you. 

The Cons

There’s a lot to love about local truck driving jobs. At the end of the day though, they’re just not for everyone. There are a few downsides to consider when you are deciding whether to become a local driver. 

6. Lower Pay

On average, local truck driving jobs pay less than the average OTR position. According to Ziprecruiter, local drivers in the United States earn an average of $51,355. Consider your personal budget and whether the finances work for you in the short and long term. For many drivers, the lower wage is worth the extra work/life balance, but pay is an important consideration.

7. Positions are Competitive

Local truck driving jobs are often extremely competitive. Trucking companies can afford to be choosy because they have a lot of interested candidates.

A good position may require drivers to have some experience first. In addition, there will likely be lots of applicants, so you have to make a strong positive impression when you apply.

If you don’t get offered a position right away, keep getting more experience to help you stand out from other candidates. 

load unload Local Truck Driving Jobs8. Loading and Unloading

Some local truck driving jobs make frequent stops and require physical labor. This depends heavily on your company and type of haul. In some positions, drivers may need to load and/or unload their trucks. Think of it as a built-in weight lifting workout! This might be minor for some drivers, but if you are only interested in no-touch freight, read the job descriptions carefully.

9. Long Hours

The hours you work as a local driver depend heavily on your company. However, for many drivers, days last 10-14 hours. In addition, local drivers may start at any time of the day. For example, it’s not uncommon for a work shift to begin at 4:00 AM. The good news is, many companies offer overtime pay. Longer hours can help bring in a bigger paycheck. With such long days, some drivers find home time a challenge during the week. While local drivers are home every night, there may not be a lot of downtime between shifts. Some drivers feel like they finish work just in time to go home, eat dinner, sleep, and wake up to do it all again. 

Additional Factors

Some parts of local truck driving jobs aren’t exactly pros or cons. It all depends on your preferred work experience. Here are a few additional things to think about.

Are you a People Person?

Some local jobs require more customer interaction than regional or OTR positions. Others don’t ask drivers to interact with customers regularly. Also, local drivers tend to communicate very frequently with their coworkers and dispatchers. This can be a huge plus for some drivers and a downside for others. It’s really about personal preference. Decide for yourself whether you want more interaction with others. Then, seek out jobs that fit your preferences. 

CDL B licenseCity Driving

Like more regular communication, city driving isn’t necessarily a pro or a con. If you don’t mind spending more time in cities and towns, local driving is a good fit. If you strongly prefer to drive on highways as much as possible, consider whether the benefits of local truck driving jobs outweigh the downsides.

Choosing Your Company

You’ve heard it a million timesgood employees don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses. It’s true for local truck driving jobs too.

For any trucking job you’re considering, read the details carefully. When talking to recruiters, try to get a sense of the company culture.

Each fleet traits drivers differently. Look for a fleet that matches your professional qualifications and your personal lifestyle preferences.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes from Vine Line Logistics

Vine Line Logistics is currently recruiting for motivated individuals to join their team as full-time Regional CDL A Reefer Drivers in Cedar Rapids, IA. Qualified candidates will have an excellent work, attendance, and safe driving history.

Vine Line’s strength is their people. For over 80 years they built their team adding talent in a culture that values individual contributions and integrity. Teamwork motivates them to engage, challenge, excel and achieve. As a growing company, they know that building a strong team is crucial to serving their customers and sustaining their long term success. Never resting on yesterday’s achievements, a commitment to the highest standards drives them to innovate at the forefront of our industry.

Essential job functions for both positions:
  • On time arrival for scheduled shift,
  • Drive in a safe manner within the law that protects both individuals, products, and property
  • Deliver product on time to customer,
  • Maintain logs as required by DOT and according to company policy,
  • Maintain required paperwork for DOT, company, and customer,
  • Attach and detach trailers, as needed,
  • Keep tractor cabs and trailers clean and ready for the next driver, and
  • Maintain equipment, tractor, and trailers while under your control including maintaining fluid levels, tire pressure, brake lines, etc.

Vine Line Logistics requires a CDL A license. In addition, they ask that drivers can lift at least 50 lbs with or without accommodation, are safety conscious, and are self directed/ambitious/team players.

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K-Way Express

Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from K-Way Express

As a second generation family-owned business, K-Way Express provides exceptional transportation services to the greater Minnesota area—offering 48-state pick-up and delivery services.

Currently, they are hiring the following CDL driver positions:

K-Way Express requires applicants to have their CDL A license. Also, they must have their Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. In addition, candidates must be at least 22 years old and have at least 1 year of experience.

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J&M Tank Lines

Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from J&M Tank Lines, Inc.

J&M Tank Lines is a family owned trucking company that has been in business since 1948. They have terminals located in Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. The company operates 550 pneumatic tanks, 50 food grade tanks and 25 flat beds to make transportation efficient.

JM Tank LinesThey are currently seeking CDL A Regional Truck Drivers in Richburg, SC and in Birmingham, Alabama. The company is searching for drivers who want to expand their professional driving careers and haul dry-bulk in pneumatic trailers. Also, no endorsements are required and no previous pneumatic trailer experience is required.

Overall, J&M Tank Lines offers great guaranteed weekly pay and bonus opportunities for referrals, weekends, and overnight. Also, they offer medical, vision, and dental insurance, paid vacations and holidays, 401k, and more.

In addition, J&M Tank Lines asks that applicants be at least 25 years old, already have their CDL A license. They also ask that applicants have had at least 18 months of verifiable tractor-trailer experience.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Serta Simmons Bedding

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Serta Simmons Bedding is the largest distributor and manufacturer of mattresses in the United States. In addition, Serta operates 39 manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and employs more than 6,000 team members.

Currently, Serta Simmons Bedding is hiring Local and OTR/Regional Drivers in WI, AZ, NY, GA, and TX.

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Serta offers competitive wages, a great benefits package, fantastic home time, and a great culture.

Overall, Serta Simmons asks that applicants have their High School diploma or GED equivalent. In addition, they ask that applicants have at least 2 years of experience driving tractor trailers and are at least 21 years old.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries, a leading supplier of quality construction building materials in the United States, has immediate openings for commercial driver’s license Class A or B holders to operate concrete mixer trucks and dump trucks. In addition, Aggregate Industries offers competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, and an environment fully committed to safety.

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CDL B Driver Positions

Overall, Aggregate Industries requires applicants to have a High School Diploma or GED Equivalent. In addition, they ask that drivers have either a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License. They also require a minimum of one year of prior experience operating a concrete mixer truck or a minimum of two years of experience operating a roll-off, tractor trailer, or dump truck. Lastly, drivers must have the ability to operate both an automatic and a manual transmission and a clean driving record.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Transport Designs Inc

Transport Designs, Inc is a family friendly trucking company with 280 trucks and 850 trailers. Since 1985, they have been specializing in transporting general commodities from the Upper Midwest to the West, NW, SW, SE and Southern States. At Transport Designs, they say what they mean and mean what they say, no gimmicks.

Transport Designs is currently seeking long haul CDL A drivers out of the Upper Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. This dry van position hauls general freight and is 100% no touch.

Drivers are paid twice per week at the average rate of $0.45 for all miles. Also, Transport offers BC/BS Medical insurance after 90 days of employment as well as other great benefits such as 401k, life, dental, disability, catastrophic and vision insurance. In addition, Drivers can expect flexible home time with an average haul length of 1,200 miles.

Finally, Transport Designs asks that applicants be at least 23 years old, already have their CDL A license, and have had at least two years of recent driving experience.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Citywide Industries

Citywide Industries specializes in time-critical auto parts delivery throughout the United States. They can deliver auto parts anywhere within 600 miles of the drop location. They deliver time critical auto parts to dealerships and small auto repair shops within 1 to 2 hours. In addition, they can transport smaller and larger parts like a motor or transmission. Citywide Industries are a small family, veteran-owned company where they treat drivers like a person and not a number.

Currently, Citywide is seeking regional CDL A drivers out of their Columbus OH and Chicago IL locations.

This position will haul auto parts from OH and IL to the Southeastern and Midwest states. It has an average pay of $1,200-$1,500 per week. Citywide is a 1099 company but offers benefits after 9 months of employment. In addition, they are currently offering a $10,000 sign-on bonus paid out over the first year of employment. Drivers are home every weekend or every other weekend. Also, there is a premium for Northeast runs as well as a bonus paid out to those that stay out more than one week.

In addition, Citywide asks that applicants be at least 23 years old, already have their CDL A license, and have had 1 year of experience.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from EnviroTech Services, Inc.

Founded in 1989, EnviroTech Services, Inc. has a history of developing superior road and surface solutions to manage all environments. They’re proud to lead the industry in delivering innovative soil stabilization products, erosion and dust control, and anti-icing and deicing solutions. Their home is in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Region in Greeley, Colorado. However, they have also built an extensive production and transportation network across the country.

envirotech-services-incCurrently, EnviroTech is seeking a local CDL A driver out of Randolph, MN. This position will haul and transfer liquid deicers and liquid dust control products directly to customers, and offers $21 hourly.

In addition, EnviroTech Services offers great benefits, such as full medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage that extends to your partner. Other benefits include life insurance, performance bonuses, paid orientation and vacation, and 401k. Also, drivers are expected to work during the day shift with a 7 am dispatch, and weekend work is required occasionally, depending on the weather.

Finally, EnviroTech asks that applicants are at least 21 years old and have their CDL A license. In addition, applicants must have at least one year of experience and their tanker endorsement completed.

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Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Crown Health Care Laundry Services out of Bishopville, South Carolina.  Related image

Founded in 1955, Crown Health Care Laundry Services is an independent full-service health care laundry processor and linen rental company. They are locally owned and based in Pensacola, Florida. Their excellent quality and customer service has allowed them to be the top linen and service provider throughout the Southeast for more than 60 years.

Crown Health Care is currently seeking a local CDL A driver to haul linen along a dedicated route. This position is mostly drop and hook, but occasionally includes some heavy lifting. They pay hourly based on experience, starting at $17-19/hour, and offer great benefits including full medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid vacation and sick time off, special bonuses, and 401k. This position is for the night shift, and dispatch is between 7-9pm, five days per week.

Crown Health Care hires only quality people who share their concern for safety and excellence. They ask that applicants be at least 18 years old, and already hold their CDL A license. Drivers must have two years of driving experience, a clean MVR, and a stable work history.

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