Frequently Asked Questions by Company Drivers

Q. How long will I be out on the road?
A. Over 75% of our drivers get home weekly. Home time varies by account and driving type. For example, a Regional driver is typically home weekly, whereas an Intermodal driver performing drayage assignments can get home daily in some cases.
Q. Do you allow split-logging?
A. No. DOT regulations require a consecutive 10-hour break
Q. What’s your policy on per-diem?
A. When you sign on with us, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the per diem program for your first 90 days.
Q. Can I take a passenger with me?
A. Our number one core value is Safety First and Always. There’s nothing more important to us than safe driving habits. Therefore, we require six months of safe driving with Schneider before passengers can be permitted. Required insurance is also available through Schneider, and only one passenger is permitted at a time. Experienced drivers may be eligible to begin this program sooner if they meet the necessary guidelines.
Q. Are your trucks governed?
A. Our solo trucks are governed to run at 63 mph and Team and LTL trucks at 65 mph.
Q. Do you pay for idle air?
A. At this time, we do not pay for idle air. We are currently working to make cooling systems available in all of our tractors. We do however have Wabasto heaters in all of our over-the-road trucks.
Q. Do you require uniforms?
A. Uniforms are only required for intermodal drivers. However, we ask our drivers to remember that they are the face of our company in our customers’ eyes. We require our drivers to look neat, clean and professional. We also have discounted Schneider apparel available for purchase.
Q. When do I qualify for paid time off?
Paid time off  is based on years of service. One week of paid time off is earned after one year of employment:
  • 1 year of service = 1 week paid time off
  • 2 years of service = 2 weeks paid time off
  • 7 years of service = 3 weeks paid time off
  • 15 years of service = 4 weeks paid time off
Q. Will I receive layover and detention pay?
A. Yes, we pay both layover and detention pay.
Q. I aspire to become a driver trainer and work in an office. How long do I have to drive before I can make the switch?
A. We ask that you commit to six months of service before attempting to transfer to another position. Once complete, you may pursue another career path within our organization. We are a company with small-town, family values, yet our size allows our associates to enjoy the perks of a large corporation. Therefore, we can provide many unique career opportunities.
Q. Your Home Run Program offers one week off after being out for two. Can I work the week I'm scheduled to be off?
A. Yes.
Q. If you’re tired, can you stop?
A. Yes, you can stop. If a driver finds him/herself in a position where he/she does not feel capable of completing a load safely, it is important to consider safety the number one priority.
Q. Do you ever ask drivers to “cheat” on their log or run longer just to make a load?
A. No. We have a process in place to keep our drivers safe and legal. We’re constantly working to develop tools and techniques that empower our drivers to do their best work and make smart decisions for themselves and our company.
Q. Does Schneider have a minimum requirement of Class D driving experience?
A. No. Schneider does not have a minimum driving requirement for a Class D license. Here is a list of general truck driver requirements.
Q. What should I pack for orientation and training?
A. Schneider has created a helpful packing checklist for both CDL drivers and non-CDL.
Q. How long do you need to be employed (company driver) before starting to receive health care benefits?
A. It's 60 days from date of hire for experienced drivers and 1st of the month 90 days after hire for new CDL holders.
Q. Where do I find the FCRA Summary of Rights information?
A. You can review the FCRA Summary of Rights in this document.
Q. Does Schneider require a Class A CDL for all driving jobs?
A. No. Schneider has opportunities available for drivers with a Class B CDL, or even a motor vehicle license in the case of some straight truck delivery drivers.
Q. Schneider acquired Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso in 2016 — what happened to those companies?
A. All driving opportunities, including the Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Straight Truck jobs Watkins & Shepard was most known for, are now under the Schneider name. You may still see Watkins & Shepard equipment on the road until that equipment reaches the end of its lifecycle. Lodeso’s proprietary technology was brought in-house as well.
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