Good Pay & Incentives
Pay is one of the most attractive elements of being a driver. New drivers should always find out how their miles will be calculated. Are miles calculated from PC Miler, (mileage calculating software) or as ‘Hub Miles’, meaning exact miles driven? Another key factor are rates for pick-ups, drops and wait times – which are typically paid by the hour, but important to confirm as they can vary. Similarly, inquire about pay being offered while you wait for loading of a backhaul. As the rest of your life is based off a regular and reliable income, you will need to find out how many hours/miles per week can you expect. Similarly, how often will you be home, and how are holidays handled? How much control do you want over your schedule, and how flexible can a company be? Everyone likes bonuses and pay incentives. Exploring a company’s structure to earn rewards can be motivating and beneficial for all. All trucking companies want their drivers to be safe on the road. To encourage that act they will usually have some kind of safety bonuses in place. Additionally, some companies will have mileage bonuses where if you reach certain miles safely, you get topped up in addition to base pay and other bonuses.
Health benefits are another form of incentives, asking about this is also important. Finally, keep in mind incentives come in many different forms, companies can easily set themselves apart by offering unique incentives not discussed here.