Researching Trucking Companies
Let's press on in how to research trucking companies.
What you're looking for is a US DOT number for the company so that you can dig for more info. For purposes of this step only, the links below will be for Schneider National Carriers, Inc. (USDOT Number: 264184).
Third Step: Operating Status
The trucker who was conducting research on trucking companies found two key things on the SAFER page for the specific company advertising for drivers on Craigslist:
Interestingly, that trucking company had an operating status of "Not Authorized" (name blotted out):
When the trucker saw that the carrier was not authorized to operate, he knew that he should go no farther. He wondered why the trucking company even bothered to advertise for drivers on Craigslist.
In other words, this process of researching trucking companies paid off regarding this specific company in at least two respects:
Fourth Step: Other Resources
Your trucking company research will not be complete unless you also consult some third party resources. The trucker found -- by searching the phone number of the trucking company -- two non-trucking business websites that allow users to rate them:
Depending on the age of the carrier, there may or may not be any user rating attached.
You may also search for truckers' experiences with trucking companies on trucking forums.
Money saving tip: It is ultra important that you understand the reputation and rating of a trucking company before you hire on. You are aligning your values with the values of the company for which you drive. In the process of researching trucking companies, if you find that a company has had many Hours of Service compliance issues, then guess what? Most likely, you may be asked to violate your Hours of Service, too. Don't put yourself in that kind of compromising situation!
Some less-than-reputable trucking companies may try to hide behind anonymous ads on Craigslist (or other online ad sites). Always look for a USDOT number, whether in the ad or on a website that you find connected with the ad. If you can't find the info for which you seek, consider moving on.
Consider, too, that some trucking companies may lure potential drivers into submitting their info just so that they can harvest their contact info. The ways that your info can be used may vary. Never ever submit your Social Security Number by email or on a resume attached to email as these means are not secure.
If you intend to submit an application for a truck driving job online, make sure that you are confident of the trustworthiness of the company through whose website you plan to submit it. Research each and every trucking company thoroughly. Be wise.
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