I am not a driver but when I put these pages together my 2 daughters
were driving and my son is an owner operator (in the U.S.). I found
the school and company information available for
Canadian drivers was very limited. However the information you will
find in these pages is applicable to both Canadian and U.S.
Here is a list
that my oldest girl and I prepared before she chose a company.All
of these items may not be important to
you, so make
your list according to your concerns.
How long can I expect to be in
training ? (usually 3 weeks to 3 months) longer is better even
though you may be anxious to get on your own.
do you pay while with a trainer
pay a flat weeky rate others pay so many cents a mile)
for a trainer that has been driving at least 2 years preferably more
5 is good ). Your
trainer should be in the passenger seat (not
in the bunk) until
feel comfortable and safe.
If you are having a serious problem or a safety concern with your
trainer REQUEST a different one.
is the starting pay rate (cents per mile) ?
Are there scheduled increases
Do you pay safety bonus
you pay Performance bonus ?
you pay fuel bonus ?
I have an inverter
in my truck (what is procedure and policy ? ie: size -
wiring or plug in.
Do you have a rider policy
? Do I pay for this
you have a pet policy ?
is included ?
and what is my portion to pay ?
does it take effect
is truck maintenance scheduled ?
( specific times - when
I am off or while I am waiting ?)
I have a breakdown on the road what is your policy ?
percentage of out of route is allowed?
miles per week you can expect (and that they expect)
you paid for extra drops and pickups and how much per
first one is usually not paid)
you pay detention ? (after how long) and how much
you pay layovers ? (after how long) and how much
long is orientation? (is it paid and how much? )
lodging paid during orientation ? (meals)
is your pay policy ? (weekly biweeky- direct deposit-cutoffs
rate do you pay load- unload? (Do you use lumpers ?)
percent is drop and hook ?
you take the truck home ?
you pay truck washes ?(and what is the procedure)
is your home time policy ? 5-7-10-14 or more out before
days off ?and how many
off for each 7 out
? (try to pin
them down to be specific)
you have safety meetings that must be attended
(if so how often ? as you are normally not paid for this time
and if you live a long way from the terminal it can cut into
your home time)
you supp\y a CB or do I have to get my own
your fuel cards allow me to stop wherever I need gas or do I
have to go certain places
of Labor Job Description
Plan || || |
1.She checked out companies
by going to truckstops and talking to company
drivers and checking the equipment they were driving also.. and
calling Better Business Bureaus
2.She called the companies that were of interest to her and asked
which schools they hired from(and did they offer tuition reimbursement)
3.She went to the schools and talked to the students and instructors
got a brochure and outline of their program (her feeling was the
longer the better) ....because there is a lot to learn
4.She chose her school( ROADMASTER IN FLORIDA )and made
her loan arrangements and called the companies that she was interested
told them when her graduation date would be.
A few things
we have learned since then should also be considered..................
5. Check the carriers safety
6. When you finish
the school before you hire on with the company
of yourchoice prepare a list of things that are
important to you and get those questions answered.........
7. If you have a criminal record of any kind check with the companies
to see if you are hireable before paying for a school.
(this info I learned at the Drivers Roundtable)
If the crime was a minor one an expungement might be possible
or a Ministers permit
....You can learn more about the Ministers Permit on site
when they turn you solo if you don't feel ready
went to Covenant when she finished school
didn't like the company all that well but
they were very thorough in there training
( close to 3 months )
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