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trucking insurance for owner operators

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to trucking insurance for owner operators. You’ll have different insurance options available based on your haul type, range, level of experience, and driving record. Also, insurance requirements vary by state, so be sure to review your state’s regulations for your specific haul type and needs. We spoke with several trucking insurance experts, and they shared their top tips for choosing insurance as an owner operator.

What Types of Insurance Do Owner Operators Need?

The exact trucking insurance that you will need as an owner operator will vary. The best thing to do is talk to an insurance retailer that specializes in trucking insurance. They will be able to give you details on your specific situation. That said, here are a few basic insurance types to know:

Liability Insurance

Primary liability insurance covers damage to the tractor or trailer, and most owner operators need a minimum of $750,000 in coverage. That number will go up if you’re hauling hazmat or other riskier loads. Adding physical damage coverage to liability coverage can protect against potholes, weather conditions, and similar damage.

Cargo Coverage

Cargo coverage protects the goods that you haul. In the event of an accident, you need to know that the load you’re carrying is covered. Cargo coverage is specific to owner operators who are running under their own authority.

Non-Trucking-Liability (NTL) & Bobtail Coverage

If you are an owner operator who is running under a company’s authority, you will need NTL and Bobtail coverage. NTL covers drivers when they use their truck for non-businesses purposes such as a stop at the grocery store or an outing with friends. Bobtail policies also cover drivers who are returning from a deadhead load while still under dispatch.

David Zahm, Director of New Business at Robley Insurance

If you are partnering with a specific company, David Zahm, Director of New Business at Robley Insurance, encourages owner operators to do their research:

“I would encourage an owner operator to vet a company they’re going to work with. …Ask the trucking company directly, ‘I’d like to see a copy of your CAB report.’”

That information is powerful for drivers. You have to protect your own safety record, and a company with a poor CAB report is a huge red flag.

Passenger Accident Coverage

Passenger accident coverage provides insurance protection for guest passengers in your vehicle. While your passengers may not be part of the nuts and bolts of operating your truck, people are one of the most valuable assets in life. Passenger Accident Coverage helps give you peace of mind when you have someone else in the truck with you.

What Factors Affect Insurance Prices?

Trucking insurance for owner operators varies greatly. The level of insurance coverage that you need will affect pricing, but there are several other factors as well.

Joy LaFrance, Chief Underwriting Officer for One80 Intermediaries

CDL experience plays a big role in being approved for trucking insurance and pricing. According to One80 Intermediaries’ Chief Underwriting Officer, Joy LaFrance, underwriters want to see a minimum of 3 years of CDL experience and a CDL license in the state that you operate. Drivers with less than 3 years of experience may have a hard time finding insurance from a retailer that specializes in transportation. Underwriters and insurance retailers need evidence of a clean driving record and good business management.

One80 Intermediaries’ Chief Underwriting Officer, Joy LaFrance, noted:

“Preferred programs don’t typically take anyone that’s new in business less than 3 years unless they have 5 years prior experience. So the pricing for the first 2 to 3 years could be astronomical until they have proof that their loss history is good, that they are maintaining driver files, and that they are maintaining their vehicle.”

Jeff Ice, Transportation Practice Leader for Risk Strategies

Jeff Ice, the retired Transportation Practice Leader for Risk Strategies, confirmed:

“The only thing that really gives an underwriter some comfort as to what they’re going to insure is experience. So, if there’s no experience, yes there are places you can get insurance, but you’re going to pay the piper.”

An owner operator’s driving record is another factor. A good safety record is critical. Insurance carriers will look at inspection records, hours of service violations, driver fitness tests, logbook violations, and truck maintenance records among other things. They may also look for proper signage and safety features on your vehicle like fog lamps or deer guards.

A final determining factor on insurance price is down payment. If you are able to pay the insurance premium in full, insurance carriers may discount the total cost. The full lump sum is a big upfront cost, but it’s usually cheaper overall.

What Will Your Carrier Provide?

If you are an owner operator partnering with a single carrier or are a lease purchase driver, that carrier may offer insurance. If they do, read the fine print closely to decide whether it is the best option for you.

Ask questions to understand what is and is not covered. The insurance may not cover you while you are not operating under that company’s authority. That includes the time you may be working with other companies or traveling home when you are off duty. In addition, make sure that the carrier offers coverage levels that meet your specific insurance needs. Insufficient coverage will impact your eligibility to haul certain types of freight and can affect your bottom line. When asked about carrier insurance, Chief Underwriting Officer Joy LaFrance shared this:

“When they’re operating under the authority of someone else, what happens is, if [owner operators] leave and decide ‘I’m going to go on my own now,’ they have no history. So they basically are starting over. Unless I can get the data from that motor carrier, with all the claims, by driver, there’s no way to actually assess [owner operator] history.”

LaFrance added that when drivers use a carrier’s equipment and, “are only asked to get a non-trucking liability or bobtail liability, that does not count as primary insurance. We can’t use your non-trucking or bobtail liability for proof that you had no incidents.”

To decide if insurance through a carrier is right for you, think about your future goals. Will you keep expanding your business? Will you eventually run under your own authority and need a good insurance record? If so, you may do better with an insurance plan that is independent of any carriers so you can prove your record.

Where Can You Find Providers?

The best insurance retailers for owner operators specialize in transportation. A generalist won’t necessarily understand all the nuances that you need for the job. Shop around for both price and good coverage. If you are a new owner operator, you may have to rely on generalized national insurance carriers. When possible though, look for specific trucking insurance retailers.

Risk Strategies’ Jeff Ice offered this suggestion:

“As an owner operator just getting into the business, my first phone call would probably be to [OOIDA]. They would be able to turn you on to how to get your authority, do you need your own authority…[They] will be able to give you a lot of direction.”

One of the best ways to find a top trucking insurance policy is to ask owner operators! Find out where they get insurance and what they like or don’t like. There’s nothing better than a firsthand account, and other drivers aren’t trying to sell you on anything. An experienced owner operator is one of the best places to get suggestions.

Robley Insurance’s David Zahm left us with this advice for sustainable growth:

“You’ve got to start one [truck] at a time, and build slowly. … [If you try to grow too quickly,] you’ll end up with a distressed insurance company, and their rates are astronomical, which shrink your margins down…If somebody wants to run a trucking company the right way, then there’s a way to do it, and they have a chance to be very successful.”

Becoming an owner operator is an exciting step, and trucking insurance is a key part of that transition. Successful owner operators build slowly toward long-term goals and focus on sustainable growth. That’s an investment in yourself worth making.

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Midwest Refrigerated Services

Today’s job of the day comes from Midwest Refrigerated Services

MRS logoMidwest Refrigerated Services (MRS) is hiring CDL A drivers to haul fresh and frozen temperature-controlled freight. Family owned and operated for more than 60 years, Midwest Refrigerated Services is a growing leader in LTL refrigerated transportation and storage. Our team takes pride in the role we play in putting food on the table for millions of Americans every night. Our team of professional drivers represent our customers well, set high standards for themselves and are safe, confident, and independent. Discover the MRS difference!

Currently, Midwest Refrigerated Services is hiring CDL A OTR Company Drivers and Owner Operators in most states; Full time Local Drivers in Milwaukee, WI and Pleasant Prairie, WI; and Local Part-time Drivers in Milwaukee, WI.

Company Drivers

Midwest Refrigerated ServicesCompensation:

  • OTR Drivers
    • Average weekly pay: $1,400 – $1,680 gross per week; depending how you like to run
    • Mileage pay and a weekly minimum guarantee of $1,200 as long as you are available for 5.5 days of work
      • Base $.50 CPM practical miles with an average of 2,000 – 2,500 per week
      • All miles paid, loaded and unloaded
      • $240 for each day worked beyond 5.5 days
      • Opportunities for Drop and Pick and Detention Pay
    • OTR Bonuses:
      • Sign-on Bonus: $4,000; paid upon completion of service – $500 after 90 days, $750 after 6 months, $1,250 after 9 months, and $1,500 after 12 months.
      • Recruiting Bonus: $1,500 ($500 at 30 days, $500 at 60 days, $500 at 90 days)
      • Clean Inspection Bonus: $50

Benefits & Perks:

  • Great company benefits, eligible the 1st of the month after 60 days:
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • $50,000 Life Insurance Policy – Free!
    • Short and Long Term Disability Coverage – Free!
    • 401(k) with 3% company match; eligible after 1 year of service
    • 8 Paid Company Holidays; eligible after 90 days
    • Paid Time Off (PTO)and Paid Vacation
      • See job post for details!
  • Paid Orientation!
  • Perks:
    • IPass provided
    • Personal Cell Phone Bill Credit: $46.16 per month
    • Weekly Comdata card supplied: $300
    • Headquarters terminal with brand new driver amenities: drivers lounge, TVs, pool table, kitchen, new washer and dryers, mailboxes, copier, showers, etc.
  • Rider Program:
    • Spouse or companion: 18 years or older
    • Child: under 18 years old, approval required
    • Pets: No breed or size restriction; $500 security deposit required
  • Take The Truck Home Program; approval required (OTR & Regional)

Home Time, Route, and Schedule:

  • Home Time:
    • OTR Drivers can be home weekly (34 hr. reset at home) or choose to stay out (earn 1/4 day off for each day on the road)
    • Regional Drivers will be home 2-3 nights per week
    • Local Drivers will be home every night
  • Level of Touch: Varies by position
  • Route: Varies by position

Equipment:

  • Late model 2019 & 2020 Freightliner Cascadias
  • All automatic transmissions with a fridge, APU, inverter, dinette, heated/cooled driver’s seat, tv hook-up, and free SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Governed speed: 65 mph

Owner Operators

midwest refrigerated servicesCompensation

  • No Forced Dispatch!
  • Consistent steady outbound lanes; driver manager coordinates backhaul
  • Paid 85% of your gross line haul revenue when pulling your own 53 foot reefer trailer
  • Paid 75% of your gross line haul revenue when pulling a MRS company trailer
  • Additional Pay:
    • Drop Pay: $100 per drop, after the 1st drop
    • Detention Pay
    • Layover Pay
    • Lumper or driver unloaded – all paid!
  • Bonuses:
    • Recruitment Bonus: $1500, $500 at 30 days, $500 at 60 days, $500 at 90 days.
  • Competitive fuel surcharge schedule: see post for details
  • Fuel tax calculated by MRS and credited or deducted monthly
  • Weekly pay settlement via direct deposit or check

Benefits & Perks

  • Discounted MRT Group insurance offered
  • Perks:
    • Fuel cards with huge fuel discounts; all fuel discounts passed through to Owner Operator
    • Base plates & Permits: IFTA Permit, NY HUT, and other permits supplied
    • Washout and spotting charges are reimbursed
    • Company paid inspections
    • $400 Weekly Comdata card for advances, lumpers

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time: Home weekly
  • Route: Over the road across the lower 48 states
  • Level of Touch: 50% drop and hook, 50% load and unload. Lumper or driver unloaded; Live unload

Job Requirements (All Positions):

  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Must have a valid CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience; minimum of 1 year refrigerated experience is preferred
  • Must be capable of driving extended periods of time, up to the maximum allowable times, safely, under a variety of conditions, including night driving, mountain driving.
  • No DUI/DWIs or reckless driving charges in the last 5 years
  • Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) testing and physical requirements and be knowledgeable of DOT regulations
  • Must be able to pass a required pre-employment drug screen
  • Hiring Radius: Varies by position

Midwest Refrigerated Services

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lease purchase programs

For many drivers, becoming an Owner Operator is the gold standard of the trucking industry. Lease Purchase programs can be a great way to move toward that goal, but they’re not for everyone. If you’re considering a lease purchase program, make sure you read the fine print. Details are everything. Here’s what you need to know.

What and When

First things first: a lease purchase program is a program that allows drivers to buy a truck through an established carrier. Remember, lease purchase programs are not the same as lease operator programs.

Trucker NaeNae & her dog Jake

We spoke to Trucker Nae Nae, a Lease Operator, and she explained, “Lease operator has no money down but you return the truck at the end of the contract. Lease purchase [are] usually 10-14k down, higher payment and [drivers] keep truck at end of contract.”

Lease Purchase programs can be a great stepping stone on the way to becoming an owner operator. Take time to get to know the pros and cons of lease purchase programs. Ultimately, that will help you make the choice that is right for you.

Pros of Lease Purchase Programs

Finances

If you’re looking for a way to end up with a truck of your own, but aren’t ready to buy a rig outright, lease purchase is a good option. You will own your truck at the end and will have smaller down payments compared to buying a truck directly. Trucker Nae Nae notes that drivers can expect down payments of $10,000-14,000. While not small, that’s much more affordable than buying a used truck outright at an average cost of just over $40,000!

Monthly payments for lease purchase programs typically range from $300-$1,200/month.

In addition, drivers don’t need to establish an individual line of credit because the lease purchase agreement is through a carrier.

Choose Your Own Truck

Lease Purchase programs are the first step to completely owning your trucking career! As you consider what tractor to purchase, decide what type of hauls you want. Choose the truck that fits the direction of your career as well as your personal equipment preferences.

As you narrow down your list of potential lease purchase companies, make sure your top choices have enough loads for you. It’s critical that you get enough miles to support yourself, so choose a program that can prove they have sufficient loads for you.

Build A Strong Reputation

As an owner operator, one of your most important assets will be your reputation. Carrying freight for a lease purchase company is a great way to build a reputation as a reliable carrier. Some companies allow drivers to contract for other companies while under the lease purchase agreement. Start building your list of connections while working under the lease purchase agreement. By the time you own your own truck, you can apply for contracts with confidence and a good name.

Permits

Getting your own truck on the road is so much more than buying a rig. For one thing, all trucks have a series of required permits. Lease purchase programs typically provide those permits for anyone in their program. It’s a great way to save yourself from jumping through a few extra hoops. In addition, getting your permits through a company will get you on the road a little faster.

Get the Perks

If your lease purchase program is full service, ask about service and maintenance benefits! Some companies will keep a maintenance account for you. They may fully or partially cover the cost of preventative maintenance, training, or performance reporting. Read the contract on maintenance costs and perks particularly closely. If the leasing company does not offer a full-service program, be very clear on who is responsible for maintenance. If you are responsible, CDL Life recommends setting aside 15-25% of each paycheck to offset the cost.

Cons of Lease Purchase Programs

Making It Add Up

When you start the lease purchase journey, income might feel like a big question mark. First of all, your pay is likely to fluctuate as you adjust to the new position. And, you’re now responsible for making payments on the new lease! A Truth About Trucking survey found that many drivers were promised more miles than they actually received. Make sure your contract clearly states how many miles you can expect, so you can be confident that it meets your needs.

Navigating Contracts

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all contract that companies use for lease purchase agreements. There can be some pretty big differences between carriers, so make sure you read the fine print. When possible, get a second opinion from an attorney or other legal professional. Repairs and maintenance are two of the biggest costs – review these sections with a fine-tooth comb. Before you sign, make sure you understand the contract inside out. If you’re not sure about something, ask questions. Only agree to the contract when you feel confident that you understand the agreement.

Common Red Flags

If the lease purchase contract seems off for any reason, get a second opinion. When you look at the contract, there are a few common red flags to watch for.

  1. Unreasonably high missed payment penalty
  2. The company is pushing you to make a decision quickly or they don’t want you to get a second opinion
  3. You’re not sure whether you’ll be able to get enough miles
  4. There is a balloon payment at the end of the contract that essentially requires you to stay on with the same company even if you can technically pursue other jobs.

If you review a contract with any of these red flags and the company seems unwilling to negotiate, step away. There are many lease purchase companies to choose from, and you are likely saving yourself from trouble down the road.

The Takeaway

Lease Purchase Programs are a great way to make the leap to becoming an owner operator. When you choose a company, get to know the details. Look for carriers that allow you the freedom to run as you see fit (not tied to a central dispatcher). Also, check load boards to make sure they will have ample freight for you.

As you consider lease purchase programs, don’t forget about the business side. Are you ready to run your own company? Make sure you feel confident with your bookkeeping, taxes (don’t forget the 2290 Highway Use Tax), and other necessary paperwork. Similarly, understand how your payment for the lease purchase is made. Have you done your research and talked with drivers who have successfully completed the lease purchase program? Listen for any hesitation they might have as well as positive reviews of the program.

Whether to pursue a lease purchase program is a big decision. Ultimately, it will impact you as well as your family, especially if you are a parent.

Trucker Nae Nae

Trucker Nae Nae

Trucker Nae Nae shares her experience with making the transition, “I wanted to make sure I like my new career choice without having to worry about ownership. Now I am ready. For any lease, you will work to cover your payments with less time at home. Really consider your family life before signing the contract. It will be fine. It could be financially difficult to get home monthly.”

At the end of the day, this is a very personal decision. Remember, if anything seems not quite right, don’t sign the contract yet. You can walk away from a bad deal. Know your priorities going in, and you’ll find a program that is a great fit for you!

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maybach international group

Today’s Job of the Day comes from Maybach International Group

Maybach International Group is a Chicagoland-based logistics company that delivers thousands of goods across the country to local communities. Their goal is to do their best in strategic problem solving to get products moved safely and cost-effectively. Since they were established, they have maintained an open and transparent relationship with their staff and drivers. They want to be fair when it comes to booking loads and getting the best possible rates for our hardworking drivers.

Maybach logo

They provide each employee with training to maximize their skills before they start. At Maybach, they form relationships with brokers and customers to deliver on time, cost-effective services with a smile. Also, they understand that being compliant and following the rules and regulations of the road can bring them a long way.

Maybach International Group is hiring CDL A OTR Dry Van or Team Drivers and Owner Operators Nationwide.

CDL A OTR Dry Van Driver or Team Driver: Hiring Nationwide

  • Great pay – company drivers earn 0.60 c/m for solos, 0.70 c/m teams
  • $7,000 – $8,000 monthly gross profit for solo (3,500 miles/week average)
  • $17,000 – $18,000 monthly gross profit for teams (6,500 miles/week average)
  • Direct Deposit every Friday
  • Safety bonuses between $200 – $700
  • $200 OTR stay late bonus after 5-6 weeks
  • Runs all 48 and can hire from anywhere
  • General freight – Dry Van
  • 1099 contract job – option for W2
  • New company equipment International and Volvo 2020 automatic
  • 70 MPH is max speed
  • 3-4 weeks on the road preferred
  • Pending on distance, Maybach will cover costs to fly or drive employee home once they return with the truck to the Chicago area. Have terminal in Florida as well.

Also support Spanish Speaking Drivers!

  • Estámos contratando conductores para OTR
  • Buen salario: SOLO 0.60 CPM por solos; 0.70 TEAM
  • 3-4 semanas en la carretera!!!
  • International y Volvo 2020 -2015 automático y manual;
  • Depósito directo todos los viernes
  • Dos terminales; Chicago y Miami
  • Apoyo de Seguridad y Trucking 24/7
  • Su traslada a las terminales corre por nuestra cuenta !
  • Corremos los 48 estados
  • Manda un mensaje o llama; Sofi 978-930-8233

Owner Operators

Check out our pay options: Owner Operators keep 88% of gross profit OR 78% with no extra costs.

* Average gross profit is $8,000-10,000 WEEKLY

Keep 78% of gross profit with “The 22” program!

No Added Costs for:

● Trailer ● Cargo ● ELD ● PrePass ● IFTA ●  Escrow ●  Security Deposit

  • Only pay for I-Pass (online)
  • With ”The 22” program, incur no other costs except 22% of the gross! Everything else is included. Also, parking for you to use, and NO NEGATIVE BALANCE EVER!
  • We have our own maintenance shop and yard.
  • This program can save you up to $150/week.

ALSO: option for 25% if you would like to include registration in the package.

OR

Keep 88% of gross profit with our standard program and 12% Operating Costs

● Trailer:$250  ● Cargo:$250/ (NG $350)  ● OCC:$185 ● IFTA : quarterly ● ELD:$50 ● PrePass: $46 ●ACH: $10

  • Option of Physical Damage thru Maybach and price depends on make, model and year of truck.
  • I-Pass your own cost.

Details and Perks:

  • Runs under Maybach authority
  • Direct deposit every Monday
  • Fuel and insurance options available
  • No security deposits
  • No escrow taken out for new owner operators – start earning immediately
  • Absolutely no hidden fees
  • Inspection bonus – every time you pass from $200-$700
  • No forced dispatch so your home time is flexible
  • We rent trailers
  • Have your own truck preferably
  • No truck? No problem! We have options to drive with other Owner Operator trucks as well.

We have an office in Miami, FL as well!

  • Can do all onboarding including orientation
  • We provide Spanish speaking assistance
  • Have our own yard and Repair Shop

Requirements:

  • Valid CDL A
  • 1+ years of experience required
  • No major preventable accidents
  • Clean criminal record
  • Safe driving history
  • Not hiring out of California at this time

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caine transfer

Today’s Job of the Day comes to us from Caine Transfer, Inc. in Lowell, Wisconsin.

Caine Transfer Inc. is a truckload carrier operating in the upper Midwest. Founded by President Chester Caine, they grew from a single straight truck to a fleet of 52 semi tractors and over 185 semi trailers.

In addition, Their driver pool has an average of 15 years of driving experience, and an average length of employment of 8 years. Caine Transfer values family and ensures weekend home time for all drivers.

Also, Caine earned driver awards, including a member of the Around-The-World-Club, awarding drivers for no accidents or tickets.

Currently, Caine seeks regional, CDL A owner-operators out of Wisconsin to haul food, ingredients, and general commodities throughout the upper midwest. This position entails drop-and-hook freight, and weekly pay-per-load pay with earning potential of $150k+. Also, Caine provides drivers with great benefits, including free toll/Ez passes and permits, full cargo, liability, and collision insurance. In addition, other benefits include excellent operating support, delay time and layover pay, and performance bonuses.

Finally, Caine requires applicants to be at least 23 years old with their CDL A, and their own equipment. In addition, Caine Transfer requires one year of minimum driving experience.

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How do drivers celebrate Mother’s Day on the road or at home? Drive My Way surveyed some CDL truck drivers to find out how they’re spending the day.

Mark Ryan says he’ll be thinking about his mother in heaven, while Diane Stahr Hess will be on the road, heading from Salt Lake City to Oklahoma City to start her work week. Diane, who teams with her husband, said the two will say a prayer for their mothers in heaven.

A lot of drivers are contributing to Mother’s Day celebrations everywhere. People are expected to spend $23.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation and truck drivers play an integral role in that spending, transporting and delivering the flowers, jewelry or even the ingredients for a big dinner out.

Susie Dorman-Caper is hoping for calls from two of her daughters.

Wendy Trudeau, founder of the Facebook group Trucking Fur Babies, fittingly replied through her dogs, “We have no plans except to give mommy extra loving that day.”

However you spend the Mother’s Day holiday, we hope you have a great one.

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The federal regulator for the trucking industry says he’s working to better hear owner-operator’s ELD concerns. However, some attendees at the Mid-America Trucking Show remain frustrated and seek ELD info.

Ray Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, spoke at the Mid-American Trucking Show a day after Overdrive published an exclusive interview with him.

In the interview, Martinez noted his commitment toward establishing a better listening strategy for owner-operator’s concerns.

In addition, he acknowledged important ELD issues. These included the search for available parking eating into drive time and the effect of autonomous trucks on future driver jobs. However, these issues have yet to be addressed but remain active concerns.

Also, Martinez claimed in the Overdrive interview that an open-door policy exists at the FMCSA. However, members of the audience at FMCSA’s presentation at the Mid-America Trucking Show did not agree. Some attendees walked out during a presentation on lesser known aspects of ELD compliance. These include the adverse-conditions extension, personal conveyance matters, and a 16-hour maximum duty day for every five 14-hour days for haulers returning to their home terminal.

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women in trucking

On March 24, Women in Trucking gifted a 2014 Volvo VNL670 to Tiffany Hanna, a second-generation female truck driver.

Hanna is a former Navy vet and current instructor at Prime, Inc., a truck driving training school. She has five children. In addition, the giveaway took place at the Mid America Trucking Show.

Arrow Truck Sales donated the truck, worth $55,000. Women in Trucking CEO Ellen Voie awarded the truck to Hanna, noting “We are thrilled to hand over the keys to Tiffany, who has been an advocate for women in the trucking industry by mentoring and supporting the women and men at Prime, Inc. This is truly the chance of a lifetime, thanks to Arrow Truck Sales and their very generous donation.”

Also, the truck rocks new tires, a mattress topper, free gasoline, and other amenities, bring its total value to $75,000. Learn more about this giveaway and the other exciting things that Women and Trucking is doing to encourage young girls and women to enter the transportation industry.

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showerbag-onegirltruckingYou’ve been on the road all day, finally pull into a much-needed rest stop where you plan to shower and clean up before dropping off a load. But the shower is broken or looks like might actually get you dirtier.

Maintaining good hygiene on the road can be difficult. That’s why Bethany from One Girl Trucking offers a few suggestions get rid of the grime. Step one is to be prepared.

“I keep a messenger bag as my go-to shower bag loaded up with all of my essentials in my truck at all times, so that I do not have to remember to throw a bag in the truck each week I go out or repack said bag because I will always forget something.”

As you know, not all rest stops are created equal. Petro and TA Truck Stops often receive high marks for shower quality. At these stops, drivers automatically receive two free towels and a bath mat. In her article, Bethany cautions against Love’s and Pilot/Flying J stations because they have significantly fewer showers available.

What can you do when no showers are available and you’re running short of time?

Bethany recommends:

“Keep facial wipes handy along with action wipes for quick, good smelling, adult-sized body wipes. Also, the best thing about these wipes are that they will not make you smell like a baby and they are perfect for a quick shower without having to use actual water.”

Have your own suggestions? Share them with us here, we’d love to hear from you!

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With long stretches on the road and only short, intense bursts of time at home, maintaining work-life balance comes as a challenge. Veteran trucker Trent McCain took the extra time to connect with his daughter in the cutest way possible.

Shaun Cronin of Irish Examiner tells the story of How McCain’s 9 year old daughter, Joselyn, struggled to find a babysitter for her doll, Abbie, so she called on “Grandpa Trent” for help.

McCain reported on Facebook that “he didn’t want his daughter thinking he’d neglected the doll all day.”

McCain certainly made sure we wouldn’t forget about him or Abbie. According to the Irish examiner, to assure Joselyn that Abbie was in good hands, he posted pictures of his trip throughout the day. Read more here.

McCain isn’t alone in his efforts to balance work and family time. Countless drivers invest in both their jobs and families. Roadmaster Trucking School offers a few fun ideas for CDL truckers working on building and maintaining strong family connections.

  1. Postcards and letters: Handwritten notes are rare. So, taking the time to write a short, meaningful note brighten your child’s day.
  2. Social Media: McCain used Facebook to share pictures and moments from his daily life, with family and friends. Social media is particularly useful if you’re crossing time zones because you don’t need to coordinate meeting times.
  3. Home Time: When you are at home, use the time to do something memorable. In addition, avoid missing important moments in your children’s lives. Helping yourself and your kids savor the moments together make the moments apart easier.

A work-life balance is an important part of being a CDL driver.  Let us help you find yours. Drive My Way lets you select lifestyle preferences to find the best jobs that fit your needs. Register here to get started!