Every year, intermodal freight continues to grow as shippers realize the advantages of using this dependable method to move product. It’s consistent and speedy, cost effective and fuel efficient, as well as environmentally friendly. As freight increases, truck drivers reap the rewards – plenty of local and regional truck driving jobs to choose from. And truck drivers are taking advantage of such opportunities.
5 Reasons to Drive Intermodal:
Consistent Freight: As mentioned above, more shippers are utilizing intermodal to move their product, which means freight is abundant and you won’t be sitting, wondering when you’ll get your next load. And unlike other modes of transportation, trains aren’t typically deterred by heavy rain, fog or snow. Much of your pay will come from the number of loads you move and the miles you run, so the less waiting, the more money you’ll be making.
Home Daily or Weekly: A consistent home schedule offers you time with your family and an opportunity to enjoy the hobbies you like doing outside your truck. Intermodal tends to operate 24/7 to satisfy freight demand, giving drivers more shift options that accommodate your lifestyle and personal engagements. Having the freedom and flexibility to do what matters most allows you to further enjoy your trucking job without it defining your life.
Familiar Routes and Faces: Drivers can quickly become familiar with the freight lanes taken back and forth to the same railway and to consistent customer locations. You can get to know your customers, their delivery preferences, as well as their docking areas, which are all factors that increase efficiency and your number of loads delivered. As a result, increases your earnings.
And with regional and local trucking jobs, you’ll interact with your managers and fellow drivers on a regular basis. This can help you feel like you’re part of a team or even a family, not just another alpha code.
Less Labor: Many drivers favor truck driving jobs with no touch freight, and intermodal jobs offer just that. As a drop and hook delivery, drivers bring the container to the customer without having to perform a live unload or handle any product. You also don’t have to worry about dollies or pallet jacks. Less unloading, keeps you moving.
Maintenance on Site: A maintenance team is conveniently inside or within the vicinity of the railyard, making them easily accessible to drivers. If you’re having any trouble with your chassis, truck and all the parts that keep you running, you’ve got a familiar face and assistance nearby.
Meet intermodal driver Brian and learn how he excels at his CDL job with J.B. Hunt.