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The fight for drivers is becoming intense as wages go up to attract talent. With salaries over $80,000 being promised by some carriers drivers are starting to perk up and look for work else where even though they may have been happy at their existing carrier.
I was reading a question the other day in an article where a spouse was looking for suggestions from other drivers as to whether her husband should move from one carrier to another as he was the sole income earner for the family. He was working for a good carrier, home every night, had seniority, Union support, benefits, etc. I won’t say the name but it is a well respected carrier in the industry.
As a single family income he of course is looking to make as much money as possible and feels he has reached his income potential with his current carrier. He is seeing the big offers by other carriers, applied for the job, and received an offer. His dilemma now, does he take the job? The new carrier is offering an over the road job and requires him to be away 5-6 days per week. The family is okay with that but will he really make more money?
This is an important question that people don’t always think through because the salary potential gets in the way. We see the dollar signs and that can cloud our judgement causing us to make the wrong decision. Let’s break it down a bit more.
First the salary you see in an advertisement is often an average or above average salary of what is possible for a driver. If all the stars align you could make “X” number of dollars. It is against the law to put out false advertising so you could make that income if everything is right. The world of transportation doesn’t work that way however and each driver has their own work pace. Some drivers are slower, some have more experience, some have better travel lanes, some have certain equipment, so there are many variables when it comes to how much income a person can make even in the same fleet.
Delays are the next variable that can really hurt the income stated by a carrier. If you get delayed for long periods of time that can affect your earnings. Expenses on the road can take a large chunk of income from a driver. Like the driver above he was home every night, slept in his own bed, showered at home, and possibly took his lunch to work each day. If he takes the job over the road he may now have to pay for showers, buy meals on the road, and buy personal items and equipment for his truck. These are all expenses that many times comes out of the drivers own pocket and income.
If you leave one carrier to drive for another carrier that may give you a raise of $10,000 but if you have to put out more money for expenses you really aren’t ahead of the game. You’re just taking that money and giving it to the truck stop or other vendor. Do your homework if looking at new opportunities as they may not always be what they seem. It’s what you want for a career that’s important, not just the money!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com
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Hard on the heels of the Conference, I was involved in giving a presentation to the Peel Goods Movement Task Force last Friday, and I now know that we, as a group (TTSAO) through CHET are accepted as a stakeholder in relation to Training. A big plus for the Association to be among such an elite level of planners, logicians and academics in transportation. To view the information check out the link below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 29th, 2019 – Hamilton, ON: There are plenty of hard working professional instructors who work for TTSAO member training schools and carriers across the Province. This exciting new award, the TTSAO/PayBright Instructor of the Year, will be presented during a special ceremony at this year’s Annual TTSAO Conference on February 26th and 27th at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation (CHSI) in Mississauga.This award is open to any school or carrier, Private or For Hire, who is a member of TTSAO and operates in Ontario and has instructors training new and existing drivers who operate commercial vehicles.
Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the TTSAO says “Without qualified professional instructors the transportation industry, in all sectors, would be in big trouble. It’s time we recognize these professionals who put in so much time and effort to help others. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving instructor now.”
The TTSAO/PayBright Instructor of the Year nomination form can be downloaded from the TTSAO website at www.ttsao.com.
Some of the Criteria includes;
a minimum of 10 years variable experience
Must be employed full time
Industry and community volunteerism
“This a terrific opportunity for a company and their people to nominate and be recognized for contributing to road safety, education and the betterment of our industry” added Charalambous.
The TTSAO represents the majority of professional commercial driver training schools in the Province of Ontario and have played a key role in the introduction of Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT). The TTSAO, the TTSAO Carrier Group and TTSAO Insurance Group employs thousands of people in the transportation industry.
To see the full agenda for this year’s conference, to register or sponsor go to www.ttsao.com
For more information regarding this press release contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – email@example.com or (905) 699 – 8837
Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org