C.R. England hires drivers of all kinds, including drivers looking to be part of a team. While it is true that a lot of driving teams are husband-wife teams that come to us already looking to work together, we also pair individual drivers who want to take advantage of team driving.
Team driving is advantageous in that drivers can earn more money by keeping the wheels turning longer every working day. Teams can essentially double their working hours and number of miles driven to get their loads delivered more quickly. Having said that, working together as family members can be difficult at times. Working with someone who is a total stranger when you first join a team can be even more so.
You can make it as a team driver if you know a couple of important things:
Drivers Need Their Space
Team drivers spend an awful lot of time together sharing the limited space of a truck cab. However, drivers still need their own space in a figurative sense. In other words, team driving means learning to co-exist with a partner. As a team member, you need to give your partner the freedom to uphold his or her end of the bargain without interference from you. Let your partner be in charge behind the wheel in the same way you want that kind of freedom while you are driving.
Use the Sleeping Berth
Over-the-road trucks have sleeping berths for a reason. Take advantage of your off-duty time by making full use of the berth. Your time in the back of the truck is time to sleep, read, interact with your family via the Internet, etc. Also keep in mind that federal regulations only allow you to consider two hours per day in the passenger seat as off-duty time. You will need to put in eight hours in the sleeping berth in order to qualify for ten hours off-duty.
Keep Your Relationship Professional
Unless you and your partner are already together as a couple, keep your relationship strictly professional. More than one driving team has encountered problems when one partner assumes there is more to their relationship than work. Keeping things at a professional level reduces the possibility of personal issues getting in the way of productivity.
Having said that, we have known driving teams that have gone beyond the professional over many years of working together. That is understandable. We simply urge drivers to be cautious – especially within the first year or so of working as part of a team.
Keep an Eye on Your Finances
Perhaps the biggest advantage to team driving is the opportunity to earn more money. Still, team drivers have to pay attention to their finances just as they would if they were working solo. Nothing in this world is ever permanent. Therefore, living right on the edge of your budget without saving or managing your debt could present problems if you suddenly find yourself unable to work.
We recommend taking any extra money you don’t need to meet daily living expenses and either saving or investing it. Putting something aside for that proverbial rainy day protects you against different kinds of unforeseen circumstances. And if you never need that money while you’re working, it will be available when you retire.
If you are interested in working as part of a driving team with C.R. England, rest assured that we have openings. We are looking to hire drivers right away. For more information, give us a call and speak with one of our recruiters.