We came up with a list of questions that were important to us as a husband and wife team. We then started calling many companies and eliminating the companies that did not meet our criteria. While we were in driving school, every time we pulled into a truck stop, we started asking truck drivers of how they felt about the company that they drove for. After much research and a lot of questions, our list was reduced to two companies. At that point, we turned to our instructors from school to help with our decision. It was unanimous…Con-way was the company of choice.We kept in contact with other students from our class that signed on with other companies. We can honestly say that our decision was reassured based on the horror stories that we heard from other class mates. Not every company is for everyone, but Con-way was the best match for us. We have driven for over 15 months and we do not have any regrets. We stand behind our original decision at 100%. We are not saying that Con-way is perfect, but they seem to have the least amount of issues.
Choosing a good company is very important. As a driver, you fall into one of two categories. You are either a student (your first year) or an experienced driver (after a year). That is why it is so important to stay with your first company for at least one year. If you don’t have one year under your belt, it really complicates things. Most companies only hire either students or experienced drivers. So, if you have five months experience for example, most likely it will be much harder for you to sign on with a good company. Keep in mind that this is only our own personal opinion and I am sure you will get many.Randy and I are lucky enough that we don’t have to jump ship after a year. The potential average pay for the first year as a team driver (I think), is listed at about $53,000 each. However, it is possible to do much better than that with hard work. By staying out on the road and less home time, Randy and I have well exceeded the typical. We stay out on average of eight weeks at a time and go home for one.
The statistics reveal that most drivers will quit within the first 6 months. I would have to agree with that because the first six months are the roughest. After that it seemed like everything started clicking and falling into place.Please understand that we are just two drivers trying to help other potential drivers and Con-way does not have a steak in this. We were fortunate enough to have a another very nice couple help us. They happen to work for US Express and are very happy. With more couples like ourselves getting into this industry every day, we want to share our experience and knowledge to make things easier for others. Please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail if we can be of any further assistance.