C.R. England, like other transport companies, offers truck driving job opportunities for teams. Some of our teams are husband and wife duos who do what they do because they love spending time with one another. However, other teams are made up of good friends or even complete strangers willing to try something new. The question for the individual driver is whether team driving is a good idea or not.
To be sure, driving as part of a team is not the norm in the American trucking industry. While there are plenty of teams out there, the vast majority of trucks are operated by single drivers who work as owner-operators or company employees. Team driving offers both pros and cons that need to be considered in order to make a wise decision.
Advantages of Team Driving
A good portion of drivers who consider team assignments do so because of the financial benefits. The fact is that having two drivers on a rig allows them to drive longer distances in a 24-hour period. In some cases, a team of drivers can keep a truck moving non-stop, from pickup to drop off. That maximizes the paycheck for both drivers. Some companies even offer incentives and bonuses that make team driving even more lucrative.
Another advantage of team driving is always having someone with you in the truck. Let’s face it; truck driver employment can be lonely at times for the single driver. However, having a spouse or good friend in the seat next to you can alleviate much of that loneliness. It is also nice to have someone to share your meals with as well.
Lastly, team drivers benefit from one another by breaking up the monotony and boredom. When you drive as part of a team, you always have someone there to keep things interesting.
Disadvantages of Team Driving
Driving teams do have their own challenges that have to be overcome if they are to be successful. At the top the list are the natural personality clashes that happen between any two people. Even husband-and-wife teams that have been together for decades clash from time to time. It is part of the human condition. If you are not one that works well with others, team driving might not be for you.
A second disadvantage to team driving is connected directly to control issues. Ideally, both drivers on a team are equals with equal say in how life on the road is going to be. Nevertheless, in reality, most teams end up with one leader and one follower. That is something teams have to work out between themselves in order to be successful.
A third thing to consider is compatibility. Husband-and-wife teams are usually compatible by default, but that might not be the case when you are talking about friends or complete strangers. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if you’re compatible without actually working together. There is always the risk of ending up with a partner you just cannot live with.
Team driving is yet another way to approach the truck driver employment question. If you would like to know more about team opportunities, feel free to contact us at C.R. England. It is also good idea to talk to others in the industry that has some experience. If you can make team-driving work for you, you could earn a lot more money while enjoying the company of another driver over the road. It is definitely something to think about if you are a truck driver and a “people person” at the same time.