Choptank Transport was founded in 1984 as a one-truck operation, but the roots can be traced back much farther. Choptank’s parent company, AW Sisk, began in 1891 and today, is still the oldest company existing in Caroline County. Over the years, Choptank matured into a fully integrated sales, logistics and warehousing operation with over 100,000 square feet of space right here in Preston, MD. To handle the growing demand of freight movement, Choptank was founded as an asset-based freight management broker. By 1999, Choptank had truly evolved into a thriving member of the logistics community. Today, Choptank continues to have one the fastest growth rates in the industry and stands out for its exceptional service and capabilities. Serving the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Choptank has over 10,000 carriers under contract who share our commitment to superior service and reliability. By offering premium pay, fast settlements, Comchek® advances, 24 hour dispatch, and excellent dispatch-carrier relations, we are able to retain high level, quality carriers.
So your thinking of becoming a truck driver but dont know where to start? There are many types of trailers and loads you can haul from 48ft flatbed trailers to Reefer trailers to smaller 24-26ft straight truck (bobtail trailers). You can driver interstate or intrastate…which loads are good for you, and which loads make the most money?
For most loads brokers or shippers will want a driver to have some expierience and probably want them driving approx 4-6months of over the road experience. Other manufactures need their loads deliveried ASAP and will let a driver haul a load with little experience.
A good place to start is with the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) new drivers checklist. Once you have got your experience under your belt you will probably have lots of questions about your next steps like What is a reasonable/acceptable starting pay per mileage? or what other expenses you may have as a owner operator.
To find new loads you can get wireless access at truck stops an get on a trucking loadboards to find available loads. FindFreightLoads.com is a great loadboard that will dispatch loads over the phone so you dont need a computer or internet access when your over the road.
Another great place to start when your a new owner operator is trucking forums, they are a great place for newbies and experienced drivers give great feedback.
Thousands of Owner Operators search FindFreightLoads.com load board looking for backhauls so they will not have dead head miles. The above video shows how a member would use our load board system to find available owner operators. Shippers and brokers can post their truck loads for free, giving owner operators thousands of new daily loads to choose from many trailer types. FindFreightLoads.com also provides this service of load matching over the phone by providing a 24/7 Dispatching service to our members so that there will always be a way for a driver or shipper to book a load.