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What Are the Different Types of Professional Driving Opportunities?

Jan 22, 2024 | Truck Drivers

Professional driving is a lucrative job for those willing to spend significant time on the road, especially for Werner drivers. Our professional drivers are provided with industry-leading benefits to help support their and their family’s needs. The “Werner Difference” looks like competitive pay, comprehensive benefits, safety focused training, access to new equipment and technology, opportunities for growth and more.

At Werner, professional drivers have a range of routes and opportunities to choose from depending on their skills, preferences and vehicles they’re licensed to operate. There is no “one size fits all” approach to driver route assignments.

With that in mind, we’ve listed out the different types of routes we offer and what they entail for professional drivers who may be new to the industry or looking to make a change.

Dedicated routes assign drivers to specific, well-defined routes or lanes on a consistent and often long-term basis. These routes are typically customized to meet the needs of a particular customer, business, or industry and require drivers to travel a dedicated path repeatedly.  At Werner, these routes can span three to seven states. Benefits of a dedicated route include:

  • A more predictable schedule and routine
  • More consistent home time
  • Geoegraphic focus of three to seven states

Team Driving
Team driving is a collaborative approach in the long-haul trucking industry where two professional truck drivers share responsibilities for a single tractor-trailer or semi-truck. Typically, one driver operates the vehicle in this arrangement while the other rests until they switch shifts. Teams can be unrelated individuals, but we tend to see a lot of spouse teams, sibling teams and parent/child teams. Benefits of driving in a team include:

  • Access to the newest equipment in the fleet
  • Longer-length hauls
  • Timely pre-load info
  • Competitive pay

For professional drivers who don’t yet have a teammate, Werner offers an esteemed Team Driver Match Program to connect skilled drivers with similar interests.

Over-the-road (OTR) trucking, often called long-haul trucking, involves transporting goods and cargo over long distances, typically between states or even across the country. Some loads may even cross into Canada or Mexico.  Benefits of an OTR route include:

  • Working independently
  • Longer-length hauls
  • At least two weeks on the road for two weeks off.

With this in mind, OTR routes are an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy independence and the open road and have the necessary skills to navigate the challenges of long-haul transportation.

Temperature-controlled routes involve transporting goods and cargo that require precise temperature control, such as perishable goods or pharmaceuticals. Professional drivers who operate these routes are responsible for maintaining a controlled environment withi