Why Become a Truck Driver in 2021
The Benefits of Becoming a Truck Driver in 2021
WDS Enterprises shares the top reasons why you should start your truck driving career in 2021. Truck driving is in extreme demand all over the country, as customers need goods delivered to them no matter what their business is. To us, truck drivers make a huge difference in everyone’s lives, especially in the times of COVID-19 as supplies have become harder to obtain. Truck driving isn’t for everyone, but WDS Enterprises wants to educate newcomers on what kind of benefits they can have starting a truck driving career of their own. There are many different types of driving opportunities, freight types, and locations that provide flexibility and options for new truck drivers in Michigan, and experienced truck drivers alike. Our goal at WDS Enterprises is to provide a tight-knit family environment amongst our drivers and staff, so they can always feel at home and comfortable regardless of where they’re at on the road. Are you ready to start your truck driving career? Below are some of the benefits of becoming a truck driver according to experienced truck drivers around the country.
The first step to becoming a truck driver in Michigan is to obtain a CDL. There are some precursors and requirements for this, such as getting a CDL permit so you can enroll in truck driving school and practice driving these larger vehicles. You must have a clean driving record as well as be the right age. For Regional and OTR truck driving jobs, you will need to be over the age of 21 to get a CDL. If you are 18, you can still get a CDL but will not be able to cross state lines, but you will be able to drive with WDS Enterprises in our Local Gravel Train & Farm Haul Division. Training to get a CDL only takes 7 weeks on average with an additional 2-3 weeks for company skill exams, physical exam, and tax information shared with our company like any other job. You can be on the road in less than 10 weeks’ time!
If you’re tired of your regular 9-5 job, tired of staying in one spot, and tired of subpar pay, truck driving is for you. You have the freedom to travel, take breaks whenever you’d like, and practically get paid to see the country. Truck drivers would describe that there’s nothing like being on the open road. Traveling must be a passion of yours, or it will become one very shortly after having decided to become a truck driver. The freedom that truck driving provides to our drivers is unmatched, plus travel is always exciting!
WDS Enterprises provides positions to truck drivers that give them the option to stay local so that they can come home every night, regional truck driving jobs that require you to be on the road for 5-6 days at a time so you can be home on weekends, or Over-The-Road truck driving jobs that require being on the road for almost 2 weeks at a time. Regardless of what kind of truck driving job you choose, you remain flexible as the driver and are in total control of how long you want to be out on the road for.
WDS Enterprises wants our drivers to know that they are doing a good job and worthy of great benefits, so we provide competitive benefits to make your life as a truck driver easy. Below are some of the benefits we provide to all our truck drivers:
- Weekly Pay w/ direct deposit
- Veteran Owned
- East Coast Premium Pay
- Same pay for Empty and Loaded Practical Miles
- Detention Pay after 2 hours
- Quarterly Safety Bonus
- Driver Referral Program
- WDS also has a Pet and Rider Policy
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Matching 401K, Paid time off, Aflac, and Life insurance
- On the job training
- Must have a CDL-A/no endorsements needed
- Training available, if needed along with a tuition reimbursement program!
Compensation in your first year various on the haul types and location of your driving jobs, but you can expect to make anywhere from $45,000-$99,000 in your first year truck driving. Of course, there is always room to make more pay in various ways such as our quarterly safety bonuses we provide to our truck drivers and Paid CDL training if you qualify. You are guaranteed to get paid weekly via direct deposit, and your paycheck is almost always the same because of the demand of truck drivers.
Truck driving for WDS Enterprises has many benefits, and we are more than happy to kickstart your truck driving career with our helpful staff and advice on this blog. Browse our jobs to learn more about our positions available and apply online or call our recruiter at 989-828-4900.