CDL-A Company Team Drivers in Houston, TX
Starting up to $.70 cpm per team, all miles
Since 1985, East-West Express has been one of the fastest-growing trucking companies in the Southeastern United States. The company was founded in 1985 by Owner and President Richard Cangemi. Just as our name says, we run a dedicated east to west route from Georgia to California and Washington State. Our team drivers haul various general commodity freight to the west coast and return with fresh and frozen produce. For well over 30 years, East-West Express has been a premier carrier for many Fortune 100 companies, thanks to the award-winning quality and service provided by our entire organization. Every member of the East-West family plays a huge role in making our company one of the trucking industry’s most consistently growing companies, nationwide. Our drivers are one of the major keys to our success, and we strive to give every driver a great experience, both at home and on the road.
Team Driver Benefits
- Great starting pay – $.64-$.70 CPM per team, all miles
- Flexible home time
- Sign-on bonus
- 401K w/ company match
- Volvo 860 & Freightliner Evolution
- Satellite TV & Sirius radio
- Pet friendly
- Medical, dental, vision, life
- HQ in the Southeast
- Rider Policy
- Refrigerators & inverters
Team Driver Requirements
- Class A CDL
- 1 year OTR experience
- Must be a ready-made team
- Hiring from the Southeast, NE Texas, the NW and Southern CA
In addition to the job benefits mentioned above, there are several other advantages to truck driving jobs in Houston. Texas offers its truck drivers more than most other states. With three of the most populous US cities and its deep-water ports, the variety of freight shipped is unlimited. Texas is one of only four US states boarding Mexico, therefore Texas truck drivers benefit from the fact that Texas dominates the US Mexico border crossings and 85% of the trade between Texas and Mexico is handled by trucks. Texas’ central US geographic location allow truck drivers to reach almost any other part of the US within a short time from its borders.
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The information below provides insight into how working as a Team Driver may meet your expected lifestyle, work into your long-term career plans, and provide the working environment you seek.
What is a Team Driver?
A team driver is a driver operating with a partner who shares driving duties and other tasks with the other partner. Delivery is much faster than utilizing a single driver, as Hours of Service regulations can be met for one driver while the other is resting. Team drivers often consist of spouses driving together or partners in an owner-operator situation. Likewise, an owner-operator may hire on another driver for the sole purpose of serving as part of a two-man team.
In some cases, a team can be formed by two individuals who may own a truck together or when one works for the other driver. But more frequently team drivers are the result of carrier or company programs that pair up drivers to provide the benefits a team arrangement offers. Of course, these teams must be carefully selected and monitored. People do not get along for a variety of reasons. A team that gets along well, communicates, and has similar goals and expectations of the job is going to be far more efficient and productive than a team that does not like driving together.
What personal characteristics are need for Team Drivers?
There is nothing as important to team driving as the personal relationships built between the partners. Aside from the personal characteristics needed to be a good truck driver, a Team Driver must be able to work day-in and day-out with a partner. You’ll likely recognize that a team driving arrangement complicates and trumps any other issue you may run into in terms of personal characteristics.
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Different types of materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer offers drivers its own challenges. Therefore, it is important to understand what is required to not only drive your truck and your freight, but the trailer you are pulling as well.
What is Dry Van hauling?
Dry vans are likely the most basic type of trailer in the industry and the type beginning drivers are likely haul upon gaining their first jobs. A dry van is normally a 53-foot box-like trailers loaded with non-perishable good (think of the historical term of “dry goods store,” and the type of products they sold).
What are requirements necessary to haul dry van equipment?
Typically, dry vans can be hauled by anyone holding the appropriate classification of CDL.
What endorsements are need for dry van hauling?
If the cargo is considered hazardous or includes hazardous materials, an (H), Hazardous Materials, or (X), Hazardous Materials/Tanker endorsement is needed.
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What is “reefer” or “refrigerated” hauling?
Refrigerated trailers are those most often hauling food products that must be kept at low temperatures to prevent perishing. Drivers of reefers may operation within a region, or they may travel cross-country routes in performing their jobs. Driving a reefer, as opposed to a dry van, requires additional skills and responsibilities. Monitoring temperatures within the trailer is a vital task of reefer drivers, as if they vary from a specific range as determined by the product carried. Drivers should be skilled in identifying problems with equipment and making minor repairs as well as calling and waiting for repair help. A reefer driver may make several stops along a route to offload products at grocery stores, convenience stores, and other retail locations.
What characteristics does a reefer/refrigerated driver need?
Along with the personality traits need for most driving positions, reefer drivers need to realize and accept the level of responsibility involved in hauling refrigerated products. Depending on the product, a reefer may carry products with a total value of hundreds of thousands of dollars to retailers that rely on a steady supply of refrigerated items to meet consumer demand. Delays in shipments hurt the carriers as well as the retailers.
Often, reefer drivers will be responsible for offloading a certain number of boxes or cargo at various locations. A level of strength and endurance is necessary, as is a conscious effort to protect the product from breaking, being crush, or otherwise damaged.
What endorsements are needed to haul refrigerated goods?Reefer drivers can typically perform their jobs with a CDL appropriate for the truck being driven. No specific endorsements are normally required unless the trailers use atypical refrigeration systems involving hazardous materials.
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Truck driving route type vary within the industry and are dependent on several factors including interstate trucking requirements, route planning, type of cargo hauled, frequency, hazardous materials restrictions, driver experience, etc.
Over the Road (OTR) Routes are likely those that most people with minimal knowledge of the trucking industry envision drivers working. OTR routes can be regional with occasional outside of region assignments or they may be cross-country to make one delivery or several along the way. OTR drivers are generally paid by the mile and are on the road for much of the year with limited home time.