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Dedicated truck driving is a unique and rewarding option for those looking for consistency and stability in their driving career.
In this blog, we’ll go over what a dedicated truck driver is, what it takes to become one and the benefits of choosing this type of truck driving.
What is a dedicated truck driver?
A dedicated trucker is someone who hauls freight exclusively for one customer. A dedicated truck driver typically transports goods between customer distribution centers and their stores.
What are the requirements to become a dedicated driver?
The requirements to be a dedicated driver are very similar to those of a long-haul truckload driver.
First, you must obtain a Class A CDL from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles by attending truck driving school or a CDL training program.
Then, you’ll need to meet some additional requirements, including:
• Being at least 21 years old (for interstate driving).
• Having a clean driving record and solid work history.
• Passing a DOT physical.
• Passing a drug and alcohol test.
Some dedicated driving jobs have additional requirements, such as being able to lift and move heavy objects and requiring additional training before starting the job.
What are the benefits of dedicated trucking?
- More consistency.
Because dedicated drivers haul freight for one customer, they experience a lot of consistency regarding:
• The paychecks they earn.
• The frequency in which they get home.
• The routes they drive.
• The type of freight they haul.
• The people they work with at customer locations.
This level of consistency can be an advantage over other types of trucking, where fluctuating demands and seasonal changes can lead to inconsistent schedules and loads.
- More predictability
With more consistent schedules and work assignments, dedicated drivers often know exactly when they will get home. This allows them to easily make plans and maintain a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives.
This work-life balance can lead to reduced stress and increased job satisfaction, making dedicated driving an attractive choice for drivers who really value a predictable lifestyle.
- Specialized freight options.
Dedicated truck drivers haul all sorts of freight, including:
• Dry van.
Additionally, dedicated drivers often have the chance to work with specialized equipment, handle unique cargo or develop expertise in a specific industry niche.
- Strong customer relationships.
By working with just one customer, dedicated drivers can establish strong relationships with the people they work with at store locations and distribution centers. These connections often foster better communication and more support, ultimately leading to a more enjoyable and fulfilling work experience.