Becoming part of team truck driving can be due to many reasons, but the most common reason why truckers become team truck drivers is that they can run twice the number of miles then as a solo truck driver, and straight proportionally to that, they are getting higher salaries.
Further, if you want to become a team truck driver you will have to keep in mind that the only way to success is finding the best matching teammate. Before you start driving with a teammate you have to ask yourself the following questions:
- Will you be able to trust this person?
- Will you be able to switch shifts?
- Do you think that your teammate is ready to stay awake when driving night shifts?
- Will you be able to get along?
So, if you are positive about these 4 essential questions, then you should be sure that you will make a successful team. Speaking of successful truck driving teams, I must mention that according to few surveys, it turned out that husband and wife make the best team truck driving match.
Also, I would like to emphasize that team truck drivers are driving 3000 miles more than solo truck drivers. Speaking in bucks, team truck drivers are earning an extra $8,750 to $10,000 per year.
Further in this article, you will have the chance to read and learn more about team truck driving!
Let’s take a look!
1. Basics of Sharing Space
If you are amazed by team truck driving, and you want to enter this career, then you shall know that there are few basics that you will have to cover. One of those basics is sharing the space.
On the positive side, the basics of sharing a space can transform you into a more open person. There are many truckers that have experienced that. In my opinion that is a result of learning more about yourself during the sharing process.
As we know, over the road Class 8 trucks are primarily designed for solo truck drivers, that is to say, the truck doesn’t have equal amounts of storage space on both sides of the truck. Nonetheless, you will have to agree with your teammate and divide the storage areas in the truck.
Besides sharing the truck cabin, and dividing the space, what else you will have to agree with your teammate about is the “climate war”.
For at least once you will find yourself in the situation where you will want the truck cooler, whereas, on the other hand, you teammate will prefer it warmer. So in such situations, you shall keep the burden away, and make a compromise instead.
A point often overlooked by some truck drivers is that the adaptation period does not take a lot of time. You will see that after 21 days you will start sharing the same habits. It’s all a question of time.
So, in that direction, I would like to suggest a tip that all truck drivers shall have in mind when choosing team truck driving.
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It goes like this: Just focus on the driving, keep it safe, and have in mind that the driving time and the load responsibility are shared. Always remember why you chose team truck driving. Try to visit less the truck stops, and earn more money.
2. Reliability: The Strongest Character Trait You Need
Reliability and responsibility are the core characteristics that each truck driver must possess, this goes especially for the team truck drivers.
In general, the most highly prized characteristic of team truck drivers is reliability. That is so, mainly because you as a team truck driver, will have to share the truck and duties with another trucker, and there will be times when he will have to count on you and vice versa. And to be sincere, you cannot rely on every person.
To put it another way, even though you haven’t experienced how it is to drive with a teammate, I strongly believe that you have a mix of reliable and unreliable people in your life.
Thereupon, you must have noticed that reliable people have come through time and time again, and have made their promise into reality. Whereas, there are unreliable people who might come through sometimes, but are still not trustworthy.
So, reliability is one of the five basic personality dimension, and as such it reflects how disciplined, organized, and careful someone is. This is the main reason why you should choose a reliable teammate with whom you are going to spend your days.
3. Variety of Teams
Many people choose team truck driving because being in the truck for weeks, and sometimes months can be hard and lonely.
Therefore, in order for team truck drivers not to have much downtime on the road, they have to make a smart decision when choosing a team trucker.
Moreover, if you make a good choice, you will end up with a partner with whom you will kill the loneliness, the driving fatigue as well as the boredom, and consequently, you will earn more money.
However, team truck driving can be divided into three categories:
- Team truck driving with your spouse;
- Company Team Drivers;
- Driving Teams as an Independent Trucker;
Husband and Wife Team Drivers
These days it is not out of the ordinary to find a husband and wife teams. If you get to speak with husband and wife team drivers, you will find out that in fact since they have started driving together are happier than before, as well they will reveal you the fact that team truck driving has strengthened their marriage.
Under the circumstances of team truck driving, husband and wife team drivers are completely removing the dividing line between work and home.