Many people enjoy the freedom and independence that comes from driving solo on the open road. For those who’d rather spend their days working with someone else, there’s another option: team driving.
Benefits of driving as a team
Husband and wife team drivers, Glen and Karla Horack, have been driving together for 11 years. For them and many others, team driving means earning more than their solo counterparts and spending more time together.
Prime Driver Pay
Team drivers can earn more money than solo drivers. Though teams split their pay in half, they can run more miles than they would alone.
“Solo drivers have to shut down at least 10 hours every day. As a team, we can run around the clock,” says Glen.
While one driver sleeps, the other keeps the truck rolling. Together, teams deliver freight in half the time.
Prime’s team company driver pay per mile is:
- Refrigerated trailers earn $0.55 per mile split.
- Flatbed trailers earn $0.53 per mile split.
- Tanker trailers earn $0.56 per mile split.
At Prime, team company drivers earn 25 additional cents per mile split for miles above 3,000 each week. The bonus increases to 30 cents per mile split for miles over 4,000 per week.
Team drivers can also see more priority loads. If freight needs to get somewhere fast, teams are typically considered before solo drivers.
Peace of mind
It’s fun to travel with someone else. It’s also comforting to know that someone has your back out on the road. For spouses and friends, team driving gives you more opportunities to spend time together.
“When you’ve got down time, you’ve got somebody to talk to. You don’t have to worry about finding something to do. You’ve got somebody around all the time,” says Glen.
Team truck driving can also be more efficient and secure than solo driving. One person can watch the truck while the other grabs food or a shower. Your truck and freight never have to be left unattended.
Drawbacks of driving as a team
There are some drawbacks to team driving. While it’s enjoyable to travel with someone else, driving as a team means you’ll never be alone. You won’t have the cab to yourself, and you won’t have complete control over when you run. Breaks and sleeping schedules must be planned with the other driver.
Finding the right person to drive with is important. On the road, it can be hard to find a place to cool off and take a break from each other. If you’re not teaming up with a partner or friend, you’ll want to find someone who shares your core values and communicates well with you.
“You have to drive team with someone you can get along with. Conflicting personalities don’t work very well in these situations,” says Glen.
You should learn about the other person’s “philosophy on life” before agreeing to drive with them, Glen advises. The person’s reasons for driving, perspective on the world, and personality can affect your ability to get along when it counts.
Prime driver matching
Prime matches new drivers in the Prime Training Program with an instructor or trainer based on a matching program which utilizes a person’s core values.
Prime has seen increased success from this newer program created in partnership with StayMetrics and Twegos. Many times, a new driver will match up with a trainer that they determine would make a good long-term team driver, and they stick together even after the training is completed.
Outside of the matching program, many drivers find potential co-drivers while spending time at Prime’s terminals or through communicating on social media in various driver groups. If you are interested in teaming, you can also reach out to your Fleet Manager to have them help you find a driver to join you.
At Prime, we want to support you and your career. That’s why we help you team up with someone you feel confident you can work with.
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