Team driving jobs has advantages and disadvantages. Team truck driver pay can be more than solo. At the end of the day, how much a team trucking couple can make depends on several factors which will be described below. But first.....
Generally speaking if you drive as part of a team, you will share the truck with a companion the entire time you are over the road. Ideally you would have long runs across the country. Coast to coast would be preferred by most teams.
The reason for running teams is so that the truck can keep moving. Companies want to haul more freight and drivers want to make more money.
Running short miles with a team operation would be defeating the purpose of having a team on the truck.
When a company has more teams than team freight, or it has a lot of time critical loads that solo drivers can reliably run, it might go to a team. This is good for the company but bad for the team.
So bad management of a company or team division is bad for the team.
Most trucking companies running teams will have everything working out like clockwork. Plenty of miles and always moving.
The sad part is that there are some trucking companies with team drivers who simply do not get good miles. Therefor, they don't make as much money as they would if each were solo.
That's one harsh reality.
So really do some research about the team driving job that you're considering.
With all things there are good and bad. The best part is not all good, bad or ugly applies to all people. By reading the info below you get insight that is powerful in helping you figure out if you're compatible and/or how to prepare for team driving.
It's general information that you can use to your advantage so that it may not even be a factor in choosing to run teams or not. Or so that you can do it in the right way for you by asking the questions that are important.
You may have been wondering, "If I am not choosing team driving for the money, what other reason would I do it?"
Some people don't like to be alone. They are highly social types. A team driving job is a way that a person who likes to always be around other people can also become a truck driver.
You will be close to someone ALLLLLLL of the time, lol.
Other advantages of team driving are . . .
A common question that is hard to answer. If you have not figured out, many factors determine this. As a new driver running teams, probably with another new driver you should expect between a $120,000 to $190,000 split. That means $60,000 to $95,000 each.
With a year of experience, you could make $250,000 per year as a team split. Depends on who you drive for and what you haul.
So these are some things that you should keep in mind when deciding if you really want to be a team driver. You have to agree on
The closer you stay together the easier it is to deal with home time. The further you stay apart or the difference in your home time requirements, the more of a challenge it presents to dispatch.
For some companies this will cause more of an issue than others.
Some people find it hard to sleep when they are bouncing up and down. Especially if the other person can't drive a lick. LOL. A few people give it up. Others find themselves getting more at ease with time as with anything else. However, if the other person is not a safe driver, it will likely affect your ability to go to sleep. Get another team member.
Some companies let you switch easily. Others make it out to be next to impossible to do.
Some people are unable to drive if their turn is at night. This is what I experienced. Others are simply slackers and won't. In either case, you may end up driving more than your team member in order to make it to delivery or pick up on time.
So how does having a bad team driver jeopardize your career?
(UPDATE: With elogs, you don't have to worry about this anymore)
Well not only does this mean you will end up doing the driving
for part of his/her paycheck, it also means that you will end up driving
beyond your legal allowed hours to drive OR you will just not make your
appointments on time.
So you are risking your driving record if you have a team partner who can't pull his/her weight. Again, get another team partner if this happens to you so you won't be driving tired and risking your CDL.
Even though you might not be asked to drive illegal, you still might drive more than the other driver.
At some companies you can request a non smoker or smoker. Many companies are enforcing, or at least saying they enforce a no smoking policy. According to your own habits this may or may not affect you.
However, all of us have many habits and some pretty annoying to other people. If you are someone who is nit picky about everything and tend to dislike people for every little thing. Team driving is not for you.
You have to be someone that is easy to get along with. He/she will need to be also. (But you can't control that, you can only control you. Team partner with a bad attitude? Get another team member, lol)
Ask about dogs in the truck prior to getting a team, if you have a preference on that.
Of course if you only care about companionship, it make be better trucking with a dog, lol.
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