Trucking Company Profile: Wayfreight
Operating out of Aberfoyle, Ontario, just off the 401, Wayfreight provides trucking services to the U.S. using vans , flat beds, and specialty trailers.
Why Consider Wayfreight
Wayfreight Services places a strong emphasis on training, and working with their drivers to enjoy a long, and profitable career.
Being a smaller company, Wayfreight works hard to make drivers and dispatchers feel like family.
"From initial sales to delivery of the freight we all work together cohesively to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations and needs."
Wayfreight offers a comprehensive benefit package for their drivers, including all major types of medical coverage. This coverage starts on day 1 of your employment, and can be extended to cover family members as well. Long term disability coverage is also available.
Wayfreight also offers an RRSP plan as part of their benefits package.
What Type of Trucks Does Wayfreight Run?
Wayfreight runs Freightliners, Kenworths, and International trucks with high rise sleepers. All engines are in the 450hp range and above mated to 10 or 13 speed manual transmissions.
New Driver Orientation
All drivers receive a complete orientation regardless of their level of experience. This orientation includes:
- Company policies and procedures
- Customer service
- Introduction to all staff
- Introduction to all drivers and mechanics.
This orientation can take a day or more to cover all necessary aspects so any new driver is comfortable and confident in their new profession.
New Driver Training
After the initial road test and skill assessment, the successful trainee begins the in-cab coaching program.
The trainee is then placed with a driver trainer in a single tractor on a regular load. The in-cab coaching will focus on ensuring and assisting with the safe operation of the equipment as well as teaching the trainee load security, border crossing procedures, hours of service, weekly provisions, communication and any questions the trainee may have about the job.
After the in-cab training assessment and consultation with the trainee, the next step is convoy training.
In this step, the new driver travels in his or her own tractor, shadowed by an experienced driver in their own tractor, to both the pickup and deliveries within the United States.
Training continues until the new driver becomes comfortable with their duties and confident they are able to operate the equipment proficiently and safely.
The training program typically can last from three to eight weeks depending upon the trainee.
What Type Of Route Do New Drivers Get?
New drivers will initially get shorter trips with a more flexible delivery window. As they become more comfortable on the road, the lengths of trips increase.
What Does A Typical Week Look Like For An Experienced Wayfreight Driver
A typical week for an experienced driver at Wayfreight will begin with loading of an outbound load for delivery to the United States within approximately a 500 mile radius of the border and subsequent return.
Upon return, the driver will be dispatched again to the United States, typically with the same trailer. However, drivers are encouraged to learn all aspects of Wayfreight operations and become qualified on dry-van, flatbed, and bulk-tank trailers.
Once qualified to operate with different trailers, your next trip may be different equipment to a different destination.
How Much Do Drivers Earn?
Drivers are paid by the mile for most trips. Any local work or cartage within one-hundred fifty kilometers of the Wayfreight yard is paid on an hourly basis.
Drivers are compensated for loading and unloading depending on what type of equipment they are operating: flatbed, dry-van or bulk-tank.
Waiting time at shippers and receivers is compensated on an hourly basis after an initial two hour period. Border waits are compensated on a case-by-case basis.
Wayfreight has streamlined the customs clearance process internally, so drivers typically do not experience any border related delays.