I just obtained my CDL after truck school and am amazed at the difference in opportunities with the start up milage and benefit package ( I mean health insurance (I am 52 and while 20 year olds are not as concerned, any one with half a brain knows that a decent policy is the difference between a good and bad doctor working on you)) with the difference companies. Warner and CFI start you off at around 26 cents per mile and Schaffer and many other comapnies are at 34 cents. While I do know it is the amount of milage driven which is important, I do not believe that there is a big difference in this start up driving category (please comment on this somebody) the health insurance is another clue. CFI sent me their health Package and the first year it is a 70/ 30 in network (vrs. 80/20 with a decent plan) and 50/50 out of network (disgraceful) and is not a well known provider (more disgraceful) which means that few hospitals recognize the in network coverage.
First of all an 80 /20 plan allows some hospitals and doctors to eat the 20% ( or at least put much less pressure on you for the 20, vrs. 30%) thereby giving you a reasoneale break from a hospitalization which could really hurt the pocketbook. Secondly, by not having good health insurance, the quality of doctors goes down significantly as they like everyone else want to get paid decently for their labor.
To the young truckers these issues might not be that important regarding health insutrance, but at 52, it is VERY important.
Someone please comment on the different opportunities at start up companies.