It’s no secret that when you live in the south, places get crowded in the winter. Northern snowbirds pack up their things and head for better weather and a taste of southern hospitality. Along with new faces, that also means a whole bunch of new people looking for work.

And who can blame them? Driving a truck through a blizzard is no fun.

The question is, does it pay to bring on northern drivers just for the winter season?

Consider Your Situation

There’s no single answer to this question. If your company has consistent work throughout the year with few ups and downs, it makes more sense to maintain a year-round group of drivers that you can always rely on. You don’t want to have to deal with replacing good drivers every spring.

On the other hand, plenty of southern industries have need for additional winter drivers. Farms are in high production, meaning more shipments to buyers or farmer markets, and more deliveries of supplies. The housing industry is in full swing. Christmas tree lots need trees. If your business caters to any of these industries, or any other that sees heavier volume during the winter months, bringing on additional seasonal help makes a lot of sense.

Local or Snowbirds?

There are obvious advantages to hiring locally. At the end of the season, if you find yourself with more work than expected or you lose one of your regulars, bringing a seasonal employee on permanently saves you the headache of hiring, training, and getting a new driver up to speed. There’s also a better chance someone on your team can recommend some trusted local drivers.

On the other hand, hiring a northern driver can also have its advantages. If someone is willing to travel south for your seasonal job, there’s a good chance he’ll take it seriously, if only so he doesn’t have to cut his vacation short. If he’s driving the rest of year in a northern state, this also means he’s in good practice, should be up-to-date on any recent compliance requirements, and shouldn’t need as much training as someone who hasn’t driven in six-to-nine months.

Before you make a decision, it’s a good idea to review your state laws and requirements for hiring temporary or seasonal employees, as this could affect whether you hire local or look for a snowbird. If you need more information about state and federal requirements, or you’re ready to hire new drivers, contact a Contracted Driver Services representative today.