Team Truck Driving

Share the Road and Maximize Your Pay as a Team Driver

A growing number of truck drivers are choosing to drive in teams. Team driving jobs are a great way for two drivers to maximize OTR pay by covering more miles each week. Some drivers team with their spouse or partner, others with a family member and still others with friends – or even someone they meet during their CDL training.

If you earn your CDL through our Halvor Gold CDL Training program, you’ll get team driving experience while on the road with your trainer. This helps you determine if a team truck driving job is right for you. We’ve even had a number of folks in Halvor Gold CDL training who know they want to drive in teams. You can hear from two of them – Samantha and Cortez – in the video below.

Team drivers spend a lot of time in their trucks, so we provide them with the largest and most comfortable trucks in the fleet. We’re adding more than 350 new trucks to our fleet this year, all chosen for their comfort for team driving.

Wondering if team truck driving is right for you? Check out our video interview with Samantha and Cortez below. Then read through our answers to frequently asked questions about team driving.

Team Drivers with new truck

Halvor Lines team drivers Rick and Jenni E. picking up a 2022 Volvo VNL 860 from Halvor’s Superior terminal. Halvor is investing in more than 350 trucks this year, including larger model trucks that offer more room on the road for teams.

Team truck drivers at Halvor Lines enjoy the same driver benefits and bonuses as solo drivers. If you would like to find out more, contact our recruiters.

Phone: 800-579-2114      Email: recruiting@halvorlines.com

Learn about the Halvor Gold CDL Program and becoming a team truck driver.

Team Truck Driving Jobs Q & A

What is a team driver?

A team driver is one of two drivers who work together to deliver freight. As a general rule, this means that one team member is driving while the other sleeps or relaxes off-duty in their truck. Team drivers are most commonly spouses/partners, family members, or friends who are comfortable spending significant amounts of time together. Sometimes, two professional truck drivers meet through work and decide to form a professional partnership around team driving.

Trainees who participate in our Halvor Gold CDL Training will experience team driving during their four weeks with a trainer. And if they opt for Halvor’s trainee-to-trainer program, once they are trainers themselves, they will team with their trainees.

This is a photo of two truck driving students who decided to be team drivers after completing training.
Halvor drivers Connie E. (center) and Jeffrey C. decided to team drive after training together in the Halvor Gold CDL Training program. They are pictured here with Lindsay, their dispatcher.

What are the benefits of team truck driving?

Team truck driving can be a great way to increase your annual earnings as a truck driver. Drivers working in teams can cover more miles per week, which means higher weekly income. The best way to compare solo versus team driving earning power is to contact one of our recruiters. 

Many couples team drive to maximize their income without spending days or weeks apart. Many of Halvor’s team drivers are spouses, but we also have domestic partners, sons and fathers, and friends who team up.

How many hours can team truck drivers drive?

Team truck drivers are subject to the same rules and regulations as all over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers.

At Halvor Lines, an individual driver is generally on the road 7 to 9 hours each day. That means a team will be on the road 14 to 18 hours a day because one driver is sleeping or relaxing while the other team member drives. Workweeks are usually five or 5.5 days a week.

Sometimes days are a bit longer, some shorter. It really depends on where a load is headed and things like weather and road conditions, which can change from day to day. But there are legal requirements that we always make sure our drivers follow. These include driving no more than 11 hours in any 24-hour period and making sure drivers never work more than 70 hours in any given week.

What’s the difference between team truck drivers versus OTR drivers? 

For most things, there is no difference at all. All truck drivers must have a valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and proven over-the-road (OTR) training. To say you are a team truck driver simply means you drive in a team with another professional truck driver.

That said, many teams opt to stay on the road for longer periods than solo drivers. Because these drivers are often with a close family member — like a spouse, domestic partner, close relative or friend — they will stay out for a few weeks at a time before coming home. Halvor Lines works to accommodate teams (and any driver) who prefers to stay on the road for longer periods of time.

How often are team drivers home?

Just as with any driver at Halvor Lines, team drivers work with their fleet manager to ensure they get home when needed. Because team drivers often run regular routes, it’s not uncommon for them to be home every five days. However, that can vary, depending on the freight you haul and your personal preferences. Some drivers like to stay on the road longer to maximize their earning potential.

We hope we answered all of your questions. Are you ready to maximize your miles and join a team for Halvor Lines? Great! Contact our recruiters by phone: 800-579-2114 or email: recruiting@halvorlines.com. Already working with a recruiter and need to contact them? Find them on our truck driver recruiters page.

If you haven’t earned your CDL yet, consider our paid Halvor Gold CDL Training program.

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