Variant driver shares her thoughts about a career on the road.
Life on the Go
It’s no secret that truck drivers keep a tight schedule. Inspections, planned stops, traffic jams, waiting for loads and (of course) driving are all a part of a normal day in the life of a trucker.
Jessica Stewart is a road warrior and master at managing this busy schedule. She’s been driving trucks since 2013 and knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it on the road. Jessica worked for other companies in the past, but she often felt like they didn’t care about their drivers. Miles (and pay) were hard to get, and Jessica would often wait for a long time to receive any help from support staff. She says Variant makes the life of a trucker much easier.
Finding a Stopping Point
Gimme a break. While Variant drivers are some of the hardest-working around, let’s be real—every trucker has to take breaks. For many drivers, this can be as much of a hassle as it is a relief.
“(At my old company), it used to take me probably an hour to find somewhere to park,” said Jessica.
She also pointed out that a day in the life of a trucker can be tiring, which is why drivers shouldn’t have to be weighed down with decisions like where to take a break.
“Variant recommends pre-planned stops for your 30 minute-break and your 10-hour break,” she said. “You don’t have to spend extra time looking for somewhere to park, because they suggest somewhere to stop.”
And when it comes to parking, drivers always have options. Variant provides them with multiple parking suggestions. The company is also exploring future plans to assist drivers with parking reservations, helping to eliminate even more guesswork.
The Support You Need When You Need It
Some truckers feel alone on the road, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things every trucker can do to to feel more at home on the road. The companies they work for are responsible for this as well, and that responsibility starts with providing top-notch support to every driver. Fleet managers at most companies are overwhelmed and can take forever to help a driver with a problem. But Variant does things differently.
“I feel like I have way more support,” Jessica noted about her experience at Variant. “Before (at other companies), it was just messaging somebody on a computer in the truck, and then that's it.”
Variant’s dedicated Operations Specialists are available 24/7. If a driver has a problem, needs help or just wants someone to talk to, a member of the operations team is there—no matter what. Specialists are trained and ready to solve issues without having to get the approvals of higher-ups, which means faster support. They also reach out proactively to drivers to make sure everything is running smoothly.
“Every day, they ask you if you need anything,” Jessica explained. “You're never alone. I never feel alone.”
Plus, we built our Variant app to allow drivers to connect with each other and build relationships while on the go. The app has a chat feature that enables them to communicate, ask questions and get to know one another remotely. Because it feels good to know that fellow drivers always have their back, no matter where they are.
Going the Distance (And Reaping the Rewards)
The trucking life is already unpredictable enough, which is why paychecks shouldn’t be. To make it on the road long-term, truckers need to have a grip on what they can bring home each week. Every driver should have miles available when they want them. At Variant, Jessica and other drivers have access to more miles, more often, giving them greater control over how much they get paid.
“The reality now, with Variant, is that I'm getting about 2,700 to 3,000 miles a week,” she said. “Before (at a previous company), I was barely getting 2,000 miles a week. So, it's a lot more.”
Those miles go further toward payday, too. In fact, Variant drivers earn about 30 percent more per week than the industry average, all because Variant makes sure to minimize dwell and maximize miles.
At Variant, we value our drivers—plain and simple. It's why we pull out all the stops to make sure they’re supported in every way possible while on the go.