Archive for August, 2012

Prospects in truck driver jobs

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

If you want to become a truck driver, now is a great time. There are literally hundreds of thousands of opportunities across the United States. Commerce is teeming, and with teeming commerce you need many fleets of trucks to carry goods from point A to point B.

The duties of a truck driver include transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.

There are many different types of trucks you can drive if you choose to become a driver. There is a freight hauler, construction hauler, hazardous hauler, tank hauler, flat bed hauler, local hauler, road driver, long haul driver, low boy hauler, small doubles, large doubles, triples small, straight trucks, or other specialized hauling. You may need different endorsements for these.

But for all of these, you will need to get your CDL, or commercial driving license. These can be obtained at truck driving schools. There are public institutions, private schools, and motor carrier training. At these training places, you’ll learn to drive a truck and you will need to clock a certain number of hours on the road before you are green-lighted to get the CDL. Once this has been obtained, you can begin looking for work.

Some truck drivers work independently. They own and service their own trucks but accept jobs to deliver loads from one place to another. These are typically called long haul truckers.

There are typically three different types of truck drivers – owners/operators, company drivers, and independent owner/operators. Owner/operators own the trucks they drive and can either lease their trucks by contract with a trucking company to haul freight for that company using their own trucks, or they haul loads for a number of companies and are self-employed independent contractors. Others who aren’t financially ready to purchase a truck yet can lease a truck from a company and make payments on it to buy it in two to five years.

Truck drivers win big at championship

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Many truck drivers came together to compete at the 2012 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships.

The Grand Champion was FedEx Freight’s Don Logan.

This is the third win for Don at the national level, placing first in the three-axle class in 2009 and in the twins class in 2010. Don holds six state titles.

Logan is a FedEx Freight professional truck driver from Topeka, Kansas.

ATA’s Truck Driving Championships included top professional truck drivers from around the nation competing at state and regional levels to make it to the national competition Aug. 7-11 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Don’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 425 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Minneapolis, Minn. The 75th annual “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations.

Don has logged 25 years as a professional truck driver, with over 2.1 million miles behind the wheel. Don began competing in his state truck driving championships in 2006, and this year he made his sixth trip to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Don also won the individual flatbed truck driving competition. Joining Don as champions in their respective classes:

Straight Truck: PA – Robert Dolan, Con-way Freight, Allentown, Pa.Three-Axle: MA – Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Windsor, Conn.Four-Axle: NE – Scott Stroup, YRC Freight, Omaha, Neb.Five-Axle: ID – Michael Grogan, Con-way Freight, Boise, IdahoFlatbed: KS – Donald Logan, FedEx Freight, Topeka, Kan.Tank Truck: KY – Brent Quire, Con-way Freight, Louisville, Ky.Twins: AL -Michael Umphrey, Con-way Freight, Decatur, Ala.Sleeper Berth: PA – Leo Flack, A. Duie Pyle, Inc., West Chester, Pa.Step Van: Edward Gertz, FedEx Express, Londonderry, N.H.

Don Logan succeeds Paul Phillips, a professional truck driver with Con-way Freight from Coarsegold, Calif., as the National Grand Champion.

Robert Sutton, a driver for ABF Freight System, Inc. from Boise, Idaho, was named the 2012 National Rookie of the Year after competing in the Three-Axle division. Xata Corporation is the sponsor of the award.

“The National Truck Driving Championships competitors are the best of the best – the safest, most skilled and most knowledgeable among professional drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “I applaud all the competitors for their achievements and dedication to safety, and congratulate Don on his Grand Champion award which showcases his superior driving skill and commitment to safety.”

Truck driver jobs growing

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The number of truck driver jobs seems to grow exponentially every month, according to many results and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many companies are looking for experienced drivers, but because of the driver shortage, some are looking to overlook this.

A new report by the American Trucking Associations supports that expectation. According to the report, most carriers surveyed said they cannot find enough experienced drivers to fill demand. Although 56 percent of fleets interviewed by the ATA said they do not hire inexperienced truck drivers, they are now considering it.

Efforts to reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigued drivers prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to revise its hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers and imposed stiff penalties for violators.

Commercial drivers and companies must comply with the new rule by July 1, 2013. State officials are already cracking down on HOS violators. Improved coordination of inspection sites is helping to facilitate that crackdown.

Right now companies really need truck drivers. Freight is stacking up or is getting to its final destination late.

“Right now we are having to hire third party drivers, contract drivers, to come in and carry what we can’t. We currently have sixty-three full time drivers and a small amount of part time drivers but we would love to have between fifteen and twenty more by the end of the year. It’s basically because we have a lot of volume in a warehouse, and we’ve got to transport that. We’ve got to get that out, and we need people to do it,” said LaRanda Parnacher, a human resources administrative assistant with DOT Foods told KTEN.com in an article.