Truck drivers, owner-operators and fleet managers share why Bennett is the ideal trucking company to grow your career.
It’s common to see many truck drivers stay in the trucking industry for several years. Because of this, there are plenty of lessons to be learned, places to be explored and perks of the job that keep drivers coming back year after year. In many ways, being a driver is more than just a job – it’s a lifestyle.
From benefits to noteworthy advice, drivers explain why Bennett provides them with opportunities they simply can’t find anywhere else. Read on to hear what drivers enjoy most about their jobs and why so many of them have stayed in their roles for the long haul.
1. You Learn Life Lessons
Spending a lot of time on the road allows for plenty of self-reflection and learning on the go. James Fisher, who recently retired from Bennett, says he’s learned patience during his long tenure with the company.
“If you can’t be patient, you’ll never have success as a driver,” says Fisher. “Having patience on the road translated over into other aspects of my life even when I wasn’t driving. It’s a great quality to have.”
Current driver Morgan Tiedemann agrees he’s learned patience, but says he’s also learned to truly appreciate spending time with his family.
“Being a driver has made me appreciate the importance of family. Getting home is one of my favorite parts of driving because it means I get to spend quality time with my family. I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Tiedemann says.
Driver Timothy Weber says he’s learned to be more independent. Because truck driving requires you to Due to the seclusive nature of the job, Weber says truck driving has taught him to take care of himself first and foremost.
“Driving has made me really independent,” says Weber. “It’s important to watch your back and look out for yourself. I think more people need to learn this in life. It’s truly one of the most important lessons when it comes to making sure you’re focused on your goals moving forward.”
2. You Get to Travel the Country
One of the most appealing aspects of being a truck driver is getting to drive across the United States when delivering loads. For Frank Yanicki, there’s nothing better than reveling in the beauty of the country. He admits he’s never seen anything as amazing as the Oregon and Washington Coast.
“I wish other people got to see what I’ve witnessed as a driver. There are some amazing sights to see in the United States and working in this industry has allowed me to experience a lot of them,” says Yanicki.
While veteran driver J.W. Jackson has spent many years traveling along the west coast, he now prefers to stick around the Southeast region. “I used to love traveling to California and getting to see the coast, but now I enjoy the Southeast. The countryside and its quietness can be really nice.”
3. You Have Lots of Freedom
Typical 9-5 jobs with set hours and strict schedules can feel stifling, but as an owner-operator, you get to pick and choose when you work. Driver David Jackson enjoys not having to abide by a forced dispatch.
“There’s never going to be an issue of the company saying, ‘Surprise! This is the load you’re taking and this is where you must go,’ Jackson says. “Instead, I have full freedom to pick from the load board.”
Also, because Bennett has several different business units offering various types of services to diverse clientele around the world, you’re not only limited to being a truck driver. You can drive for Bennett’s DriveAway Program, our HeavyHaul division,
Driver Donald Robb says he feels “totally independent” as a driver with Bennett. Working for the company has provided him many good agents who offer good advice for how to pick his loads. Being independent in his job has become one of the most critical factors to achieving success in the trucking industry throughout the years.
4. You Meet Lots of New People
Delivering loads means you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the people you’re transporting goods to. Many truck drivers agree that interacting with consignees and other personnel along the way is one of the most enjoyable parts of the job.
Driver John Cain says he’s confident the trucking industry is one of the friendliest. “There are a lot of good people in this industry. Everyone wants to help everyone, which makes it a good field to work in.”
J.W. Jackson says meeting new people every single day is something he enjoys most because it keeps his job interesting by getting a chance to hear the stories and experiences of those he may interact with.
Whether it’s dropping off a load or interacting directly with Bennett employees, drivers enjoy the opportunity to work with great people on a daily, weekly, and sometimes monthly basis.”
5. You Get Great Benefits
Bennett provides its truck drivers with some of the best benefits in the industry. According to Donald Robb, same day pay is his favorite part of being a partner here at Bennett.
“For lots of folks, they have to wait a week or two before they get a paycheck. Not me. I get my money right away.”
Harold Miller confirms, “The pay is great. Being a truck driver gives me the opportunity to keep moving while still getting paid.”
If you’re considering a career change, it’s time to think about joining Bennett. To learn more about what it’s like to drive with us, or for more information, visit www.drive4bme.com, or contact one of our recruiters at: 800-367-2249.