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Truck Driving as a Career

For truck drivers, there are a number of factors that go into deciding which company to work for. It’s not just pay that makes a truck driving job worth having. Training, driver support, job security, benefits, adequate “at home” time, veteran policies, the ability to choose between over-the-road or regional work and, most of all, safety.

Below is a list of the best companies in the U.S. to drive for when taking in to consideration all of these factors.

UPS

UPS has more than 6 million clients in over 200 countries worldwide. This company endeavors to give their drivers a life at home that is not overly disturbed by the amount of time on the road. It offers medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as long-term disability. It has a tuition assistance program for any drivers who want to further their education and career. UPS also has an amazing safety record, excellent driver’s training and is one of the biggest employers in the USA of veterans and reservists.

FedEx

Over a million employees strong, FedEx has a good safety record and excellent driver support that keeps the trucks and trailers in good working order. With an excellent, competitive wage and a good track record for hiring veterans, FedEx also offers to its drivers: variable pay to reward excellent service, paid time off, medical and dental coverage, a good pension package, discounted travel

Schneider National

Schneider National dwarfs all other privately owned truck lines in size. It has more than six thousand carriers and covers more than five million miles each and every day. Their training program set the standard for the industry and is part of the reason they have such a high safety rating. For help in maintaining a stable home life, Schneider even allows for family members to ride along with the drivers on long hauls, keeping the family together. The stability of such an established company offers good job security. Couple that with their very competitive pay, their tuition reimbursement program, their dozens of excellent trucker facilities around the country, the discounts available to drivers at stores around the US, and their excellent medical, dental and vision insurance, and you can see that Schneider is definitely a company worth driving for.

YRC Freight

YRC Freight offers job security and driver support with its more than 25,000 employees and its 350 service centers. It has a good record on safety and an equally good record for hiring veterans and reservists. It provides drivers with a good evenness between home life and life on the road, with most drivers going home every night. It has a competitive pay rate, 100% coverage on medical, dental and vision, a 401K savings program and short and long-term disability pay.

Yellow Transportation Inc.

Yellow Transportation Inc. has an excellent drivers training program that results in a sterling safety record. They offer their drivers a competitive salary, excellent medical, dental and vision insurance. A 401K retirement package is offered to all full time drivers. Life insurance and long-term disability is also a benefit that drivers enjoy at this company.

C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson offers their drivers excellent training and driver support. A drivers pay is augmented by numerous bonuses throughout the year. They offer medical and dental insurance, a good retirement package and have an excellent track record for hiring veterans.

American Freightways

American Freightways has a notable safety record, good pay for its drivers, medical and dental benefits and good driver support. It also offers an 85% payment of freight charges and fuel advances to its drivers.

Prime Inc.

Prime Inc. trucking company helps drivers strike a good balance between work and home. It features excellent drivers’ services, a laudable safety record, competitive salaries, long-term disability and medical and dental insurance.

Young Brothers Trucking Inc.

Young Brothers Trucking Inc. has over 60 years of experience in training drivers and providing excellent drivers’ services. This company does offer contracts that keep drivers away from their families for extended periods of time, but they are not standard or required and a nice harmony between work and home life can be accommodated. They offer good pay, medical and dental insurance, a reasonable retirement package and long-term disability.

Werner

Werner has over 7,100 trucks and nearly 25,000 trailers and travels throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. This can lead to good pay due to lots of road time. Werner also features twelve driver’s terminals throughout the country to provide vehicle services and comfort to their drivers. It has an outstanding driver’s training program that naturally leads to a fantastic safety record. Finally, Werner features medical, dental and vision coverage and a long-term disability benefits to any driver who gets injured.

There are dozens and dozens of truck driving companies out there and each driver (or potential driver) has their own criteria for choosing who to work for. But for safety, service, pay, insurance benefits, veteran benefits, training, job security and a full home life, the above ten companies stand out in a very crowded field.

 

Summary
For truck drivers, there are a number of factors that go into deciding which company to work for. It’s not just pay that makes a truck driving job worth having. Training, driver support, job security, benefits, adequate “at home” time, veteran policies, the ability to choose between over-the-road or regional work and, most of all,…