FAQ

Are you currently hiring new drivers?

Yes. Davis Express is always looking for motivated, qualified drivers. If you are seeking a challenging, yet rewarding opportunity as a professional over-the-road driver, contact our recruiting department for more information, or apply online now.

What type of driving positions are currently available?

We are currently hiring for full time over-the-road positions. Our drivers have the option of 48 hours off every-other weekend, or out for 7 days and home for 2.

Do you take on owner operators or offer any type of lease/purchase option?

No. We only offer positions as a company fleet driver.

How much experience do you require in order to drive for your company?

We currently require drivers to have a minimum of 12 months (1 year) of verifiable OTR tractor/trailer experience within the past 5 years (no OTR requires 2-week training program).

What is your pay scale, and how often do you settle?

Your starting pay will be based upon the amount of tractor/trailer experience that can be verified within the past 7 years, and ranges from 41 cpm (for 1 years), up to 45 cpm (for 5+ years). We settle every Friday, via direct deposit, into the bank of your choice.

On average, what is the gross pay per week for a driver?

Though pay may vary from week to week, our drivers are currently averaging approximately $1,075 per week if making 45 cpm.

Do you require any special endorsements in order to drive for your company?

We do not currently require any special endorsements such as HAZMAT, however, you must be able to obtain a Federal TWIC, if you do not possess one prior to employment with Davis Express.

Do I have to live in a certain area in order to drive for Davis Express?

Yes. You must live within one of the following geographic areas in order to drive for Davis Express. If you have a question concerning whether or not you live within our hiring area, please contact our recruiting department. However, in general terms, we hire out of the following areas:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee

Can I drive for Davis Express if I have moving violations on my driving record (MVR)?

If you have more than 2 moving violations of any kind within the past 3 years, or any serious violations within the past 3 years, you would not be eligible to drive for Davis Express (no exceptions).

Can I drive for you if I have a criminal background?

If you are in question as to whether or not your criminal history will be an issue, fax a copy of your criminal history report to us at (904) 964-5419 for review.

Are drivers required to do any nighttime driving while on-duty?

Yes. Due to our current load mix and customer base, approximately 80% of our driving will be nighttime driving, primarily between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

Does Davis Express use electronic or paper logs?

Since September 30, 2009, Davis Express has been operating on a 100% paperless log system. We are utilizing the Omni vision system from Qualcomm. No prior electronic logging experience is required.

What areas do you run?

Approximately 95% of our total fleet miles are ran within the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas and Tennessee, with less-frequent runs into Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Kentucky.

What type of freight do you haul?

Our load mix is primarily comprised of grocery, produce and chicken loads and is approximately 95% refrigerated, and 5% dry freight.

Will I be required to handle freight?

Freight handling by the driver is minimal, at 99.9% no-touch, and we do pay lumpers.

Do you compensate drivers for detention time and/or lay-overs?

Yes. Detention time is paid at a rate of $10 per hour after the first 4 hours, capped at $100 for the first 24 hours. Layover pay is $100 for the first 24 hours and $50 for every 6 hours thereafter.

Do you offer any type of rider/passenger program?

No. We do not offer any type of rider program.

Do you allow pets in the truck?

No. Davis Express strictly enforces a "No Pet" policy.

What type of equipment do you operate?

Tractors include late-model Kenworth's, Peterbilt's, Freighliners, Volvo's and Mack's.  We pull 53' trailers with Thermo King reefer units.

What is your home time policy?

Davis Express' home time policy is to get drivers home either every other weekend for 48 hours or every 7 days for 48 hours, depending on which home-time schedule you choose.*

Do you offer any type of benefits package?

We currently offer the following benefits to our employees:

  • Health Insurance is available for employees and children. Davis Express utilizes the CIGNA healthcare network
  • Free Dental Insurance for Davis Employees
  • Free $20,000 life insurance policy
  • Long Term & Short Term Disability plans are available
  • Wellness and Stop-Smoking Assistance Programs
  • 401(k) retirement, matching 50 cents on the dollar up to 6%
  • Paid Vacation – 1 week after 1 year of service and 2 weeks after 5 years of service
  • Vision, Accident, and Critical Illness policies are also available

Do you force-dispatch your drivers, or do they have a choice of what loads they run?

If a driver show's his/herself available, and has sufficient hours to operate, they must accept whatever load assignment that they receive from Operations.

How long is your orientation process?

Orientation is scheduled weekly, from Monday through Thursday and is conducted at the Davis Express terminal in Starke, FL. Orientation pay is $1000, and we also include motel accommodations, a daily lunch allowance and local transportation. We assist in coordinating transportation to orientation.

Do drivers have assigned trucks?

Yes, all drivers have assigned trucks.

Can drivers take their truck/trailer home with them?

Drivers living within a 125-mile radius of the Starke or Dacula terminal or a designated drop yard (currently Lakeland FL, Milton FL, and Lavergne TN), will be required to park their rigs at the nearest location on their 48 hours off. Those living outside of these areas may be allowed to take their trucks home with them.