Husband & Wife Team Truck Driving Jobs
Trucking doesn’t have to be just you, alone on the road for days at a time. You can have a person with you, and you can switch off driving with one another. You get more hours on the road, which means more money, and the best part is that it could be you and your spouse working together as a husband and wife truck driving team.
Team trucking is when two people work together to drive long distances, splitting up the time between night and day shifts. The rules for team drivers and their time behind the wheel are the same as solo drivers. Just because you’re working with a partner doesn’t mean you’re allowed to stay behind the wheel longer. In a 24-hour period, one driver must be off-duty for at least 10 hours, 8 of which must be spent either in the sleeper berth or sleeping out of the truck.
Anyone who is qualified to drive a truck and is properly licensed is okay to team truck with. This can be a spouse, fiancé, friend, sibling, family member, or even another trucker who has been assigned to you by your company. While it is possible to team truck with a stranger, it works much better when there is already a relationship between drivers, as longer hauls lead to close quarters and very little personal space.
Team truck driving with your spouse can come with a wide variety of benefits. Husband and wife truck drivers are in high demand and sought after. The biggest benefit of team driving with your spouse is that you will get more miles logged in a week, and more miles means more money. A husband and wife truck driving team will make more per trip than a solo driver.
Team trucking is a major pull for companies because it means that their goods get delivered faster than solo drivers. With the high demand for team drivers also comes higher pay and easier access to jobs that work for you and your spouse.
Additionally, driving and working with your spouse means more quality time together. Truck cabs are cozy, even with a sleeper berth. You will spend most of your day together. Having your spouse with you not only can bring you closer, but it also helps to fight against the isolation and loneliness that can happen on the road. Rather than having to call home on your breaks to hear their voice, you can have them right there next to you.
Having a co-pilot can be a lifesaver as well. Driving a truck can be risky and dangerous. Sometimes having an extra set of trained eyes can save your life. When you’re loading or unloading, you have a reliable person who can get out of the truck and direct you. With a bit of practice and patience with each other, you can quickly find out which of you is better at giving directions or driving to make the entire process that much smoother.
A current CDL is required for all drivers on the team. If the load requires additional class licensing, like for hazardous materials, both drivers must have the additional certification. One exception to this is when going through training. Some CDL companies will include team driving as part of their training. There are also some trucking companies that train husband and wife together and will even waive experience requirements when hiring husband and wife truck driving teams.
The most obvious downside to driving with your spouse is that, while it’s true a teams make more money, it is split between the two of you. Having access to more jobs, and better paying jobs, however, can help make up for this.
While it can be a good thing some or most of the time, team truck driving jobs means you and your spouse are constantly together. You will sleep, work, and live in your truck. You might love your spouse and want them to be with you for the rest of your life, but it’s another thing having to work with them side by side every day. For some couples, this amount of closeness can add stress to the relationship.
As a truck driving team, your sleeper berth is usually the only place to find space from each other. And, depending on your schedule, you may be trying to sleep during daylight hours. If you are a sensitive sleeper and can’t sleep if it is noisy, bright, or bumpy, you are going to have a hard time.
Additionally, you have to share control with your co-driver. As a solo driver, you have direct control over your schedule, route, and breaks. If you are driving with your spouse, you have to work together to determine this schedule, which can lead to disagreements.
One of the biggest miscalculations for new team truckers is that they think it works the same as a family road trip. One person drives until they get bored or tired and then you switch with your partner for a few hours and then back again. If you make this switch back and forth between drivers, you run into the issue of overlapping active driver times and having downtime where no one is driving. One driver is allowed 14 consecutive hours of driving. Once you start that time period, it does not stop even if you are taking a break, your spouse is driving, or you are asleep. It’s important to overlap driving times so that you can keep the truck moving around the clock and get the most miles per day.
Husband and wife truck driving teams can be a great thing. They give you company on the road and can increase how much money your family is making per year. Rather than having to spend weeks and sometimes months away from the one you love, you can spend that time with them on the road for more adventures and excitement. Create a driver profile with CDL.com to learn more about the trucking world and apply to jobs and recruiters in one place.