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Are you looking to expand your trucking experience? Being a refrigerated truck driver might be the perfect fit. It’s most commonly known as reefer trucking, and this haul type is particularly good for drivers who have some experience already and pride themselves on their close attention to detail. Reefer trucking is hard work but is also compensated well. Here are a few ways to decide whether being a refrigerated truck driver is for you. 

Job Security is a High Priority

Job security is one of those things that is hard to measure when you are job searching but helps us all sleep a little better at night. This year, job security has been top of mind for many Americans. As we saw in Spring 2020, many truck drivers were considered essential workers, but not all of them. One big benefit of being a refrigerated truck driver is that your job security is very good. Reefer trucks primarily carry fresh food. As a result, no matter what else happens, reefer trucks will be on the roads. 

Job security is very good for reefer drivers. Most refrigerated truck drivers haul fresh food, and that will always be essential.

Demand for reefer trucking is consistently moderate to high because of the goods hauled. On the other hand, because of the extra training requirements, the supply of drivers is comparatively low. If you are a refrigerated truck driver or want to become one, that means less job competition for you! Many (but not all) reefer drivers are owner-operators. If you are finding your own loads, reefer trucks are a more flexible choice. Even if you can’t get a refrigerated load, some dry van loads can also be hauled in a reefer truck. That helps reduce the possibility of an empty return trip where you’re not earning a paycheck.

You Want to Diversify Your Experience

Being a refrigerated truck driver isn’t a first step for most CDL holders. Running refrigerated loads can be challenging, but it’s also well-paid. Typically, people start considering reefer driving after at least a few years of other driving experience. To become a refrigerated truck driver, you will need some extra training. 

In addition to the technical skills you will learn, refrigerated truck drivers need to be excellent decision-makers and problem solvers. Because of the temperature control required for successful reefer runs, a breakdown can mean losing a load. So, drivers must have quick, sound judgment when they run into unexpected challenges on the road. Once you have a few years of experience under your belt, reefer driving is a great way to stand out as a skilled candidate for future jobs. 

Employers Consider You Punctual and Detail-Oriented

Being a refrigerated truck driver takes more than just good driving. Arriving on time for deliveries is extremely important. Often, a missed appointment isn’t just a question of a slight delay. It can mean a very long wait time (even up to more than a day!) before you can reschedule your delivery! With that in mind, punctuality is critical for anyone hauling a reefer trailer. 

Punctuality is critical for anyone hauling a reefer trailer. Schedules can be very tight and most loads have very specific requirements for temperature.

In a refrigerated truck, precision doesn’t stop at the schedule. Most loads have very specific requirements for temperature. To help manage this, drivers may be responsible for supervising the loading and position of freight in their trailer. Depending on the job, drivers may also be responsible for loading or unloading as well. Then, after you’re on the road, drivers must use consistent tracking to maintain a certain temperature in all parts of the trailer at all times.

9-5 Jobs Aren’t Your Style

Truck driving is more than a job. For many drivers, it’s a lifestyle. Each haul type has unique pros and cons, and refrigerated loads are no exception. These runs are a good fit for night owl drivers who love the quiet roads in the early morning hours. Reefer drivers tend to work odd hours and will find themselves regularly loading and driving during nighttime hours. 

Reefer jobs can be local, regional, or OTR. Many local drivers are home every night, but regional and OTR drivers will be spending nights in the cab. In a refrigerated truck, the cooling unit has to run 24/7, and that comes with a lot of noise. For light sleepers, earplugs may be a worthwhile investment.

It’s Time to Be Your Own Boss

Refrigerated trucking owner-operators are in high demand. It is also possible to be a refrigerated truck driver for a large carrier, but these positions are harder to come by.

If you are interested in becoming an owner-operator, being a refrigerated truck driver might be a perfect fit for you. 

As with any owner-operator position, confidence navigating hiring contracts is a must. Because the stakes for breakdowns or repairs can be a lost load, owner-operators need to understand their contract inside and out. A contract should clearly state who is responsible for the cost of repairs and maintenance. Once you understand the finances, logistics, and contracts of being an independent contractor, you’re ready to be your own boss!

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Today’s Job of the Day comes from Conare

Conare Inc. has been in the trucking industry for 17 years. We pride ourselves on taking care of our employees and having an open-door policy. You must be a dependable and safety-minded professional, with a commitment to providing our customers with the best possible service. For exceptional drivers, there’s room for raises and easily obtainable $300-$350 total monthly bonuses. Also, we’re the only ones that pay $45-$50 a week for drop and hook. We’re expanding our team and looking for CDL A Doubles Team Drivers for a dedicated run from Salt Lake City, UT to areas with Nebraska.

Prefer to hire within a 150 mile radius of Salt Lake.

Compensation, Benefits, and Other Perks:

  • Company Driver – Team Job (will accept solo drivers willing to team)
  • Direct Deposit – Paid weekly: Team rate will start at 60 Cents per team
  • Employment Type: Full-time, W2
  • Benefits: Health insurance – Redirect Health – Can start within the first month
  • Orientation – Will accommodate and pay for flight or bus fare
  • Monthly safety bonuses and will pay-out for drop and hook weekly

Schedule & Home Time:

  • Type of Run: OTR – Dedicated (Salt Lake City, UT to areas with Nebraska)
  • Driving an average of 4,600-5,000 miles per week
  • No touch freight
  • Haul Type: Dry Van
  • Out 5 days home 2
  • Have yard on FedEx ground to park personal vehicles and our trucks

Equipment:

  • 2019/2020 Freightliner Cascadia ALL NEW EQUIPMENT
  • FedEx trailers
  • Safety features include: blind spot detection, Lane departure, Collision warning.
  • Amenities include: fridge, closet. Can bring own Microwaves.

Qualifications:

  • License: CDL A
  • Minimum Age: 23
  • Minimum Experience: 2 years
  • Endorsements Required: Doubles
  • Must pass all DOT Requirements, Physical Exam, and Drug Test
  • Good MVR and safe driving record
  • 2 years dry van experience
  • OTR Experience: 18 months or two winters in the last 4 year

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vine line trucking

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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A2B Cargo

Today’s job of the day comes from A2B Cargo

A2B Cargo is an asset-based, family-owned trucking company based in Markham, IL. They operate in all 48 states, hauling both Refrigerated and Dry Van freight. Their company experienced amazing growth over the last several years, but they work hard to maintain a small company atmosphere.

You need to know A2B Cargo. Why? Because their company truck driving opportunities take your earning potential the extra mile. True OTR professionals can earn up to $80,000 in just their first year at A2B, and the longer you stay, the more you get paid.

Currently, A2B Cargo is hiring Dry Van and Reefer Company Drivers and Owner Operators throughout the Midwest, North, and South East.

CDL A Company Truck Driver Qualifications:

  • Must possess valid CDL-A
  • Must have 2 years of recent verifiable driving experience
  • Must be 25 years of age or older

CDL A Owner Operator Truck Driver Qualifications:

  • Must possess valid CDL-A
  • Must have 2 years of recent verifiable driving experience
  • Must be 25 years of age or older

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overdriveonline.comWith new regulations for food haulers handed down in April by the FDA, shippers will now be charged with setting cleanliness guidelines for truck drivers and their equipment, Overdrive writes. One attorney says shippers may turn trucks away without loads if they fail to meet previously agreed to requirements.

Rob Moseley of transportation firm Smith Moore Leatherwood offered insight into the new regulations in a May 11 webinar held for shippers, brokers and carriers.

The Food & Drug Administration rules remain broad, and only about 10% of the rule applies to food transportation. Even then, most of the transportation-focused portions of the rule, meant for shippers. So, just a small part of the rule applies to carriers directly.

The new rules goes into effect April 6, 2017.

They require shippers to develop standards for certain food shipments, such as temperature-controlled foods and produce.

“Shippers control the process without any question about it,” Moseley said. “They control how to transport their goods. And the consignee or receiver tasked with making sure those protocols set by the shipper have been met.”

Shippers must set sanitation requirements for carriers’ equipment.

In addition, they also set pre-cooling requirements for reefer loads and periodic training for carrier personnel, drivers included, who may interact with food products.

Likely the key takeaway from the new regulations for food hauling carriers is to have clean, well kept equipment, Moseley said. “This may mean that trailers need work,” he said. “If they leak with rain from the roof, or if road water comes into the trailer from the floor, you need to make changes,” he said. Small holes, debris, vermon droppings or trailers that smell bad give shippers pause under the new rules, Moseley said.

Another component of the rule likely to apply to carriers are its pre-cooling requirements.

Such requirements impact by load times. When shippers dictate certain pre-cooling temperatures prior to food being loaded onto a trailer, those requirements must be met, Moseley said. Long waiting times at a dock compromises pre-cooling. Then, shippers start checking for proper pre-cooling temperatures due to the new FDA regulations.

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