Choosing a Carrier
Assessing their Options
Randy and Sandy Dudney are satisfied with the Iowa-based carrier Randy’s been leased to for two years, yet that doesn’t stop them from looking around. Sandy says when their 2006 Peterbilt is paid off in 16 months, it might be a good time to move on.
The Dudneys are gathering information by talking with other drivers, often getting an earful of good or bad reports. If a driver is comfortable with the company, the Dudneys ask about interactions with dispatch and how the company performed if the driver had problems. “We want to find out who was at fault,” she says.
They also inquire about how distribution centers treat that carrier’s truckers. They’ve heard comments from lumpers about carriers that keep their equipment clean, as well as those who don’t present a top image. “When you hear that over and over about a company, you want to stay away from them,” Sandy says.
The Dudneys pay attention to carrier safety ratings, too, because they believe brokers will pay higher rates to companies with better ratings, and in some cases will not even work with a poorly rated carrier.