Job satisfaction is most attributed to the company you work for and the colleagues you work alongside. When it comes to selecting a trucking company, this is especially true. Here are a few things you want to look for when searching for the best trucking company:
• Safe equipment: Are the trucks well-maintained? Are the tires new or retreaded? Is there a maintenance care plan for the trucks? For example, Greatwide’s Greatcare plan has a maintenance program for drivers. Owner-operators also get discounts by taking their truck to Rush Truck Centers, where they can get 10% off on service labor and 20% off on parts.
• Dedicated runs: These allow you to plan time at home, so most of your days aren’t spent on the road.
• Recession-proof, steady freight: Whether the economy takes a small dip or a nosedive, your trucking company should be able to provide consistent runs and freight.
• Benefits: Greatcare offers access to discounted group insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, disability income protection, life insurance, and off-the-job accident plans. Greatcare also provides access to ISC or Enrollment First retirement plans. The program includes something called “Greathealth,” which provides access to a wellness program and offers discounts on membership dues at Anytime Fitness.
• Fuel discounts: Greatwide has leveraged fuel pricing at various service stations around the country. Fuel at the some of the most popular truck stops is discounted to Greatcare members as well.
• Discounts on tires: The Greatcare plan provides discounts on several brands of tires, including Goodyear, Michelin, and Yokohama.
Some additional questions you may want to look into include:
• What is the turnover rate (retention rate)?
• How does the company pay their drivers?
• Is dispatch forced or non-forced?
• How are loads dispatched?
• What is the company’s safety rating?
• What are people saying about the company?
All of these questions will help you in your quest to find the company that is right for you. If you like what you see here, fill out an application today!