Flatbed driving is a uniquely challenging job in the transportation industry. With the right training, attitude and support behind your new profession, it can be a fun and rewarding career as well. Like every profession, flatbed driving has its pros and cons; but don't believe everything you hear about it. Below are 5 common myths about flatbed driving.
Myth 1: The job doesn't pay well.
Truth: Flatbed consistently pays drivers more per mile when compared to other types of trucking jobs because of the labor of the load. Loading and unloading freight allows flatbed carriers to charge more for the services. The harder you work, the more you can expect to get paid. For instance, Celadon has set up milestones for flatbed drivers based on their tenure with us as a company driver:
- Start date - Your picture is featured on our Elite Fleet wall
- 2 months - $50 Pilot gift card
- 6 months - Flat screen TV/DVD combo
- 1 year - Celadon bomber jacket w/patch for every year in the Elite Fleet
- 18 months - Trucker GPS
- 2 year - $1,000 bonus
Myth 2: Drivers need a lot of training.
Truth: Every profession requires some sort of training. When compared to other career choices, driving flatbed doesn't take as long to receive proper training. Celadon has a quick, 4 -day load securement training course at Celadon Trucking! For more information visit, Flatbed Training.
Myth 3: Load securement is too tough.
Truth: If you follow the appropriate procedures and use tools and equipment provided, you can be successful and it will be easy. Properly, securing loads is one responsibility that flatbed drivers should never take lightly since it's such a huge part of the job.
Myth 4: Flatbed driving is a man's game.
Truth: Flatbed driving is challenging for everyone at times, just like every profession. We are seeing more women take the lead on driving big rigs and wanting more training in Celadon's Flatbed division. Don't let the perception keep you from giving flatbed a try!
Myth 5: Flatbed driving is an unsafe job.
Truth: With rest time, focus and proper training, drivers can pay better attention to every situation and road condition on the job. With the support of Celadon's dedicated staff, and safety training programs, we continue to help the Flatbed division stay safe while driving out on the job.
For more information, call Celadon Flatbed recruiting team 317-767-1571.