Information about company drivers
The following information provides an insight into how working as a corporate driver fits your expected lifestyle, can flow into your long-term career plans, and provide the work environment you are looking for.
What is company driver?
The company’s drivers are employed by certain companies that have their own fleet of trucks. Corporate drivers can be divided into 2 categories: (1) drivers who work for truck hauliers who exist solely to transport the goods of others, or (2) drivers who work for companies that transport their own cargo to transport the product of theirs support your own company or service. Corporate drivers are in great demand, especially with large transport companies.
Which personal characteristics are helpful for company drivers?
Aside from the personal qualities a good truck driver needs, a corporate driver can represent a company with thousands of employees in the US and internationally. Therefore, it is helpful for a corporate driver to maintain a happy, helpful demeanor to both the public and customers. Reliability, honesty, integrity and self-motivation are also required, as nobody is looking over your shoulder or controlling every step you take. Nobody will tell you when to get out of bed in the morning, or take a break, or quit for the day (except for the NMCSA of course!).
For more information about corporate drivers, including what a corporate driver is, ways to secure a driver job, financial investment requirements, personal characteristics, average salaries, and compensation structures for corporate drivers, see Truck Driving Job Resources.
Information on dry transport of vans
Different materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer presents its own challenges to the driver. Therefore, it is important to understand what it takes to drive not only your truck and cargo, but the trailer you are pulling as well.
What does Dry Van transport?
Dry trucks are probably the easiest type of trailer in the industry, and the novice types are likely to be pulled after their first job. A dry truck is usually a 53-foot box-like trailer loaded with non-perishable goods (think of the historical term “dry goods store” and the type of products they sold).
What are the requirements for the transport of dry vehicles?
As a rule, dry trucks can be transported by anyone who has the appropriate classification from CDL.
What notices are required for the transport of dry trucks?
If the cargo is classified as hazardous or contains hazardous materials, an (H), Hazardous Materials or (X), Hazardous Materials / Tanker notice is required.
For more information about Dry Van Hauling, including what type of companies it is hiring, job requirements, compensation structures, and required endorsements, please visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Information on Over the Road (OTR) routes
The type of trucking route varies across the industry and depends on several factors including interstate trucking requirements, route planning, type of cargo carried, frequency, dangerous goods restrictions, driver experience, etc.
Over the Road (OTR) routes are likely the ones most people with a minimal knowledge of the trucking industry imagine drivers are doing. OTR routes can be regional with occasional assignments outside of the region, or they can be cross-country to make one or more deliveries along the way. OTR drivers are typically paid by the mile and are at home with limited time for much of the year.