The hope is that you find the right company to start with and stick with for all of your career. It is a big event to change jobs, and much easier to just start out right. To pick a good company you will be happy with for years to come you will want to think about, well, the years to come, not just the now.
Do you want to be a company driver for your whole career? Or is your dream to one day own a truck? Perhaps you are not sure, but wouldn't it be nice to have the option years from now with a company you have a relationship with?
Companies that have both company driver and lease purchase positions are ideal, then, as you develop your career, you have options and support.
Are passengers allowed? Are pets welcome? You may not have a passenger now, or a pet, but years from now you might like a little company out there. Or perhaps your brother wants a lift across the country, it is nice if that is an option.
Can the company get you loads in all 48 states? Sure they may have the main lanes from Ohio and west, but what if you want to take a few days off in FL? Can the company get you there?
Can you take your home time anywhere you please? Maybe you want to visit family in VA, CA and MI this year. Some companies will only allow you to take your hometime off in one spot.
It is just nice to know you have options with the company you start with, do your research and start with the right company and you will have a long and healthy career out there.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.