Truck driving can be a lucrative career that allows you to see the nation and keep America moving, but it can be a bit daunting when first starting out. There are many schooling options and driving opportunities to consider. That’s why we did a poll on our Facebook page to find the top seven trending questions that new drivers have. Whether you're new to the trucking industry or a seasoned driver, we hope this list offers some insight and answers to questions you may have.
1. Do you offer a tuition reimbursement program?
Getting your Class A CDL is the first step in becoming a truck driver, but schooling can be expensive and financing can be hard to get. That’s why Schneider offers up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement to recent driving school graduates.
2. What kind of driving opportunities do you have?
The trucking industry is extremely diverse and provides many different driving options. It’s important to research each option, as they all provide different driving experiences and benefits. For example, driving Over-the-Road allows you to see the country, while Intermodal positions offer a more consistent work schedule.
3. What is orientation like?
Orientation is important since it prepares drivers with additional training and goes over company policies and procedures. High-quality training, like Schneider’s paid three-week orientation process for new CDL holders, is essential to make sure new drivers are safe and ready to hit the road. A good orientation program will set a truck driver up for success in the future.
4. What are your home time options?
Truck driving has changed a lot over the years and there are now driving positions that offer weekly or more time at home. Schneider’s Dedicated and Regional driving opportunities are great examples of positions with this type of consistent home time. Local positions even feature daily home time.
5. What locations do you hire out of?
Some trucking companies only hire within certain states or hiring locations, but others like Schneider have driving opportunities available around the entire nation. Nationwide carriers offer more driving options and network support facilities than local carriers.
6. What type of benefits do you offer?
Pay is important, but it’s only one piece of the overall compensation package. A complete benefits program should offer health care, retirement planning, personal time and more. It’s important to make sure you and your family are well taken care of.
7. What is the cost of typical road expenses like food and laundry?
Road expenses for company truck drivers can usually range from $20 to $60 a day and mostly depend on meal selections. Truck stop food can add up quickly, so it’s important to plan out your meals and try purchasing food in bulk at grocery stores. Schneider’s nationwide facility network features a wide array of driver amenities to help drivers save money.
Did we miss anything? Do you have any other questions about starting a truck driving career with Schneider?