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Truck driving is a dangerous profession. Getting behind the wheel of a 15-ton semi always presents risks, especially when the roads are crowded or there’s inclement weather. But, there are other parts of the on the road lifestyle that can present dangers as well.  

Stopping at truck stops and rest stops, especially at night, can lead to situations where drivers don’t feel safe. Almost every experienced driver has a story of when something went wrong or almost went wrong at one of these stops.  

For many of these drivers, taking precautions to protect themselves is what got them out of these situations safe and sound. Here are a few different ways to practice truck driver safety while stopping on the road. 

Limit Night Stops if Possible

While this isn’t always possible for OTR and regional drivers, limiting rest area stops at night is the best way to protect yourself on the road. When you do have to stop at a rest stop, avoid stopping at the nearest truck stop. Instead, do some research on the best ones on your route. 

Apps like Trucker Path can show you reviews of truck stops left by truckers before you. Before you hit the road, plan out where you’ll stop so you can avoid sketchy or poorly reviewed stops.  

If you do have to stop at a rest area, avoid leaving your cab unless you really need to. 

Watch for Dangerous Spots

The same rules that apply to parking garage and parking lot safety also apply to truck stops. If you need to get out of your cab at night, there’s a few different things you can do to be as safe as possible.  

The first is to avoid walking directly next to a trailer or between two trailers. These areas are the perfect spot for someone to lay in wait if they wanted to. Also, try and avoid walking directly next to corners if you can help it.  

Having a flashlight or even better, wearing a reflective piece of clothing while getting out of your truck could be the thing to dissuade would-be attackers. If something were to happen, you’d be much easier for a passerby to spot if you’re wearing something neon yellow as opposed to black or brown. 

Arm Yourself (Legally)

When people talk about protecting themselves, one thing usually comes to mind; firearms. While many drivers do prefer to carry while in their vehicle, there are some things you should be aware of if you plan on doing the same.  

To have a firearm in your cab, you’ll first need to obtain a concealed carry permit. This isn’t too hard for local drivers since they’re usually only driving intrastate, but for OTR or regional drivers, this is where carrying a firearm can be legally dicey.  

The issue is that since you’ll be crossing state lines, you need to make sure your concealed carry permit is valid from state to state. There isn’t nation-wide reciprocity, so the CC permit that you have in Missouri may not be valid the second you cross into Illinois. You can view this map to see which states a concealed carry permit is valid in.  

Aside from guns, there are any number of other things a truck driver could use to defend themselves if they needed. Think of things you probably have in your truck right now; wrenches, padlocks, hammers, tire iron, etc.  

Any one of these items could be used to defend yourself in a pinch. If you don’t have anything like those, doing something as simple as carrying your keys or some other sharp object between your fingers in a fist could be the difference between being a victim or not.  

Crime will always be a part of life, but that doesn’t mean that truck drivers have to be on the receiving end of it. Avoiding possibly dangerous situations, being aware of your surroundings, and staying prepared are your three best defenses as a truck driver on the road.

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truck driver workoutWorking out on the road is much easier said than done. Trucking isn’t a 9-5 job where you can find ample time to exercise during the evenings and on weekends. Truckers are out on the road for days, sometimes weeks at a time, which can make finding the time or ability to exercise very difficult.

That’s not to say that exercising while on the road is impossible. Just check Instagram or Tik Tok and you’ll see dozens of truck drivers sharing their workout tips. So how are these OTR and regional drivers able to work out while on the road? There are a few different options for truck driver workouts you can do.

Bodyweight Exercises

Becoming a master of your own body weight is one of the best feelings out there. These exercises center around using either no equipment or the equipment around you (or on your truck) for support.  

1. Pushups

Pushups are the most well-known bodyweight exercise and for good reason. They’ve been used for centuries to help people build up the muscles in their chest, shoulders, and arms.  

Pushups can easily be done in a parking lot or even in your sleeper berth. If you do plan on doing them in a parking lot, a rubber exercise or yoga mat is a good investment, so you’re not digging your hands into the asphalt.  

2. Bench Dip

Bench dips are great exercises for working out your triceps. This exercise involves placing a bench or stationary bar that can support your weight behind your back and holding on to it with your arms fully extended at shoulder width. Keep your legs extended forward as well and bent at the waist, so you’re in an “L” shape. Then, slowly lower your body by bending your elbow until your arms are close to 90 degrees. Using that same motion, bring yourself up again and repeat.  

In a gym setting, these can easily be done on a workout bench. For a truck driver on the road, bench dips can be done on the steps leading up to your cab or at a bench you find at a rest stop.

3. Planks

Planking is more than a short-lived internet fad from the late 2000’s. It’s a great exercise for burning fat and stabilizing your core and ab muscles.

You start by lying face down on the ground. Next, put your forearms and toes on the ground, while keeping your legs and torso in the air. Your body should be straight (like a plank). Now, you hold this position for a designated amount of time. You can start off by doing it for 15-20 seconds, and then work yourself up to a minute plus once you get the hang of it.  

Just like pushups, planks can easily be done in your sleeper berth or in a parking lot. You can even do a modified version called a “side plank” that works out your external obliques.

4. Shoulder Shrugs

Probably the easiest exercise on this list, shoulder shrugs are great for strengthening your neck and shoulder muscles while releasing tension. Lift your shoulders up to your ears as if you’re saying, “I don’t know.” Hold the position for a few seconds then release. Perform 10 to 15 reps and repeat for however many sets you want to do.  

Try this exercise while stopped at a red light, waiting on a shipper, or just taking a break.

5. Running/Jogging

If your goal is to burn calories, there’s no substitute for a good run or jog. The bad news is that this isn’t always an option while on the road, since most parking lots aren’t ideal for running in. But there are ways to get around this. Check your maps app to see if there’s a nearby park or trail that’s within walking distance of the stop you’re going to.  

While running is great for you, it’s not the easiest exercise to get into. If this is the case for you, practice high intensity interval training (HIIT) running. This is just a fancy way of saying that you run for a certain amount of time, maybe a minute or two, then you walk for a designated amount of time. You do this repeatedly until you’ve reached your time or distance goal.

As you get more comfortable, you can up the amount of time spent running and decrease the time spent walking. It’s a much easier way to start off than trying to run non-stop. 

Light Exercise Equipment

While bodyweight exercises are great, keeping a bit of spare room in your cab for some light exercise equipment will give you a whole new range of workouts to do.  

6. Grip Strength Trainer

Grip strength trainers are great for working out your forearms and increasing your hand dexterity. The awesome thing about grip strength trainers is that you can use them while you’re watching tv, looking at your phone, or just relaxing before bed.  

7. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are the Swiss army knives of working out. They can be used in any number of exercises that work out your arms, legs, chest, abs and shoulders. Resistance bands come in a few different types that are usually color-coded, with red or black usually having the hardest resistance.  

While there’s dozens of exercises you can use resistance bands for, some of the most common are squats, triceps extensions and chest press.  

8. Dumbbells

While you probably won’t want to put an entire set of dumbbells from 5 to 100 pounds in your cab, just having one or two can be great for drivers looking to do some light strength training while on the road.  

Even better, consider getting a pair of adjustable dumbbells. These lock into a base, and you can move a notch to select your desired weight. You can find more information on these here.  

Bicep curls, triceps extensions, lawnmower pulls, and shoulder presses are just a few of the exercises you can do with a pair of dumbbells.  

9. Find a Gym

While most of the exercises you’ll see for truck drivers center around things you can do with your own bodyweight or equipment that can fit in your cab, it’s easier than you think to find a gym if you really want it.  

Take Planet Fitness for example. There are thousands of locations across the country, and with their black card membership, you can access any one of them. The great thing about these gyms is being able to use all the fancy exercise equipment like treadmills, circuit machines, and free weights.  

Now, the caveat with going to a gym is of course finding parking. If you’re going late at night, the staff may let you park in the lot, but that’s a very big maybe. Aside from that, you could keep a bike in your cab and bike from the nearest truck stop to the gym.  

As you can see, going to a gym as an OTR or Regional trucker isn’t the easiest thing to plan out. That’s why this option is usually better for local drivers, or drivers who have a dedicated route and have learned all the do’s and don’ts of their local gym.  

This doesn’t mean that OTR or regional drivers have to give up on the idea of going to a gym. There are some truck stops and rest stations that offer gyms specifically for truck drivers. Pilot Flying J and Travel Centers of America are two such companies. 

10. Bonus Tip – Healthy Eating

If you’re really looking to change your lifestyle and get in better shape, you can’t overstate the role healthy eating plays. You can have the best workout regimen around, but if you’re still eating poorly, getting fit is going to be an even bigger uphill battle.  

Simple changes like packing your own healthy lunches before hitting the road, and limiting the amount of sugar you take in will work hand in hand with exercising to help you see results quicker

While exercising as a truck driver isn’t the easiest thing to do, it’s by no means impossible. Whether you’re looking to get in better physical shape, lower your risk of disease, or just feel better about yourself, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it while on the road.

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ltl truckingIn past blogs, we’ve discussed the differences between OTR, Regional, and Local jobs as well as different types of hauls. One thing we haven’t talked about is LTL trucking. Here are the facts around it, so you can decide for yourself if an LTL trucking position is the right move for you.  

What Does LTL Mean?

LTL means “less-than-truckload”. This is a type of shipping service for businesses that need to move small quantities of product that wouldn’t fill up an entire 53” trailer. This differs from traditional TL (truckload) shipping where one customer fills up the entire trailer and the cargo goes to one destination. 

Why do companies do less-than-truckload?

LTL shipping is a huge industry, with the market being worth a whopping $86 million.

Why? Think about it this way. Not every company needs to ship an entire truckload worth of products, but they still need to get what they have from point A to point B. From the carrier’s perspective, it’s not viable to fill up a truck a quarter of the way for one customer. What’s the solution? 

This is where LTL carriers come in. These specialized carriers fill up trucks with product from multiple customers, with each only paying for the portion of the trailer that they use. The logistics of an operation like this are more complicated, but if done right, it’s a great for both the carrier and customer. 

LTL services are not to be confused with parcel services. Parcel services will usually carry items that are less than 150 pounds, while LTL carriers handle shipments between 151 and 15,000 pounds, though these numbers can vary based on each carrier.  

What are the Benefits to LTL Trucking Jobs?

Most LTL trucking jobs are regional or local, which means more home time for drivers. In a time where being with friends and family is becoming more and more important to drivers, LTL jobs shouldn’t be overlooked.  

Many LTL companies also have dedicated customers, so there’s a good chance you’ll have consistency in your route and schedule. 

What are the Cons?

Since LTL trucking involves multiple customers sharing trailer space, it also means multiple drop offs. If you’re working in a big city or congested town, this could mean hours of waiting in traffic, or waiting at different receiver each day. One delay early in the day could mean missing all your other appointments and possibly losing money.  

This is why it’s good for drivers to either look for carriers that pay by the hour or offer generous detention pay. This way, you’re not losing money while waiting at a receiver.

How to Find an LTL Job?

A quick online search will show you companies hiring LTL drivers. But a lot of companies don’t advertise their jobs as “LTL trucking jobs” so you may not be getting a big picture of all the jobs in your area. You may have to look at the job description carefully or reach out to the recruiter or HR person that you’re talking to see if it’s LTL or TL (truckload).  

How Much do LTL Trucking Jobs Pay?

On average, LTL trucking jobs pay around $66,000 per year. This is less than what a traditional OTR driver makes, but on par with local and regional drivers. 

But, like all trucking jobs, the devil is in the details. Pay can be confusing, so make sure to read job descriptions carefully and ask the company representative any and all questions so you can have an accurate picture of what your pay will look like before signing on.  

Do You Need a CDL for LTL Trucking Jobs?

Yes. Since the majority of LTL truckers drive a standard 53” trailer, you’ll need your CDL A. LTL jobs aren’t to be confused with delivery positions that usually only require a CDL B.  

LTL trucking jobs have their pros and cons just like any position in trucking. It all comes down to your individual needs relating to pay, home time, and benefits. If you’re looking for an LTL position, Drive My Way has you covered. Create a free profile and join the thousands of drivers finding their next CDL job.  

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trucking routesWhat many OTR and Regional drivers love most about their job is the freedom they’re given. A big part of that freedom is hitting the open road and seeing the sights our country has to offer. We talked with a few drivers who’ve been all over the country and asked what their favorite trucking routes are and why. Here’s what they had to say. 

West

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For a lot of drivers, out west, specifically Montana and the surrounding states, is their favorite region to drive in. The open air, mountains, forests, and rivers make for a beautiful and refreshing drive. The lack of congestion on these highways is another reason why so many drivers enjoy these trucking routes.

CDL driver, Jimmy had this to say about driving out west.  

“I enjoy I-90 through western Montana and into Idaho. There’s not a lot out there, but God’s handwork is amazing. The landscapes are unlike any other and really have to be seen in person. I’ve always told people that a lot of this country can’t be seen on tv or in pictures. You truly have to experience it. There’s not much traffic out there either, which is always nice, especially pulling oversize through the mountain passes.” 

CDL driver Matthew echoes the same sentiment,  

“Highway 200 across Montana is absolutely beautiful. Especially between Great Falls and Missoula. You go from plains and plateaus to mountains within minutes.”

Southwest

When most people hear the phrase, “road trip”, their mind probably goes to empty two lane roads dotted with mom-and-pop diners and motels, large rock structures, and huge sprawling deserts. There’s really no other place like it on earth. For many truck drivers, this is what makes the southwest their favorite region to drive through.   

CDL Driver Nick had this to say,  

“I’d definitely have to say, anything out in the southwest is my favorite. Every road out there is different, the views are never the same.”

CDL driver Christy is also a fan of the southwest.  

“New Mexico and Arizona are great. The scenery is beautiful️. Highway 15 through Nevada and Arizona too, really anywhere in the southwest.”

 

Here are a few photos that these CDL drivers sent in of their favorite routes. 

 

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a huge mountain range that span throughout North Carolina and Tennessee. The Smokies get their name from the natural fog that hangs over much of the mountains. From a distance, this fog resembles smoke.  

The mountain range is home to lush forests, unique wildlife, and breathtaking sights. This makes it a popular tourist destination for hiking and camping, but truckers love driving through the Smokies as well for the same reason.  

OTR driver Shawn told us,  

“The Smoky mountains are my favorite! It’s beautiful and you can hear the sound of jake brakes echo in the air.” 

Aside from the great sights on these routes, there’s an economic reason for drivers liking these trucking routes as well. Most truckers are paid using a “per mile” model, so the more miles, the more money.  

Another reason these routes are loved is because you’re likely to see less congestion. A study back in 2014 found that for most truckers, their least favorite routes are around the rust belt and the major cities in the east, like New York and Chicago. There’s a higher population density in these areas so you’re more likely to see more traffic, which slows truckers down and eats up their fuel. 

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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

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US Cargo TruckingToday’s job of the day comes from US Cargo Trucking

US Cargo Trucking is hiring CDL A Dry Van Regional and OTR Drivers and Conestoga Flatbed Drivers in various locations.

US Cargo TruckingUS Cargo Trucking, LLC is seeking 1099 Company Drivers to haul freight to customers in various locations. Drivers will be pulling 53 foot dry-van trailers or Conestoga flatbed trailers with no touch freight primarily on out and back lanes and will be home regularly!

CDL A Dry Van Driver

  • OTR Locations:  Northeast | Southeast | Midwest
  • Regional Locations: Northeast | Southeast | Midwest
  • Average gross weekly pay: $1,500
  • Base up to $ .55 CPM practical miles with an average of 3,000 – 3,300 miles weekly
  • Drivers are paid based on years of experience and safety record
    • 2+ years experience with a good record – $.55 CPM
    • <6 months experience – $300 per week for 3 weeks of training, followed by $.45 CPM
    • 6 months – 2 years experience with a good record – $.50 – $.52 CPM
  • Additional Pay: Layover pay ($100 per day), Extra Stop Pay
  • All miles paid, loaded and unloaded

CDL A Conestoga Flatbed Driver

  • Hiring Nationwide
  • Average gross weekly pay: $1,700
  • Paid via direct deposit weekly
  • Base up to $ .55 CPM practical miles with an average of 3,000 – 3,300 miles weekly
  • Drivers are paid based on years of experience and safety record
    • 2+ years experience with a good record – $.55 CPM
      Additional $150 stop for each additional load after the first load in the same day
    • <6 months experience – $300 per week for 3 weeks of training, followed by $.45 CPM
    • 6 months – 2 years experience with a good record – $.50 – $.52 CPM
  • Additional Pay: Layover pay ($100 per day), Extra Stop Pay
  • All miles paid, loaded and unloaded

All Positions

  • Safety Bonus
    • Driver Referral Bonus – $300
    • Clean Inspection Bonus – $100 per inspection
    • No violations in 6 months – $300
    • No violations in 12 months – $1,000

Benefits & Perks

  • Paid training for drivers with less that 6 months experience
  • Cargo and Liability insurance coverage, driver deductible is $1,000
  • Take your truck home program

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time:
    • Home every weekend for Regional drivers
    • Home every 2-3 weeks for OTR drivers
  • No slip seating
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday schedule – no weekends!
  • Dispatch: 8 am  – 5 pm daily
  • Route: up 600-730 miles per day
  • Level of Touch: No Touch Freight; bumping docks only

Equipment

  • 2019 – 2020 Freightliner Cascadias and Volvos
  • Entire fleet has all automatic transmissions
  • Governed speed: 70 mph
  • No cameras

Experience & Qualifications

  • Must be at least 22 years of age
  • Must have CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience
  • No DUI/DWIs or reckless driving charges in last 3 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 and a new DOT physical
  • Hiring radius varies by location. See job postings for details.

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Dennis Bradley trucking

Today’s Job of the Day is from Dennis Bradley Trucking

Dennis Bradley Trucking is seeking CDL A Regional Tanker Drivers in Jacksonville, FL or Savanah, GA.

Dennis Bradley Trucking is looking for CDL A Regional Tanker Drivers. Come join our team and start enjoying competitive pay and great benefits.

Compensation

  • Average weekly pay: $1,100 – $1,400
    • Base $0.50 CPM with an average of 3,000 miles weekly
    • All miles paid
    • Additional Pay
    • Detention pay $25 an hour
    • $50 a night if there is an overnight
    • Paid via direct deposit every Friday
  • Bonuses include:
    • Sign on bonus of $1,000 after 90 days
    • $500 referral bonus

Benefits & Perks

  • Great company benefits starting after 90 days:
    • Fully Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance for driver, 50% for dependents
    • Life Insurance
    • 7 days paid time Off after one year
  • Will pay for TWIC and Tanker endorsements
  • Paid orientation
  • Perks: fuel card and any job related uniforms
  • Pet Rider program
  • Take your truck home options available

Home Time, Routes & Schedule

  • Regional runs mainly in the Southeast
  • Home Time: Typically, home daily with some overnights. Home Every Weekend!
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday (some weekend options available if desired)
  • Level of Touch: No Touch Freight

Equipment

  • 2011 and newer Freightliner’s with sleepers
  • Manual
  • Governed speed: 70 mph

Qualifications for Company Drivers and Owner Operators

  • Must be at least 25 years years of age
  • Requires a CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years verifiable driving experience
  • No DUI/DWI in the last 10 years
  • Tanker and TWIC endorsements required, Hazmat preferred. Will accept drivers willing to get Tanker and TWIC endorsements and will reimburse.
  • 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
  • Based out of Jacksonville, FL and prefer drivers within 100 mile radius. Also have a terminal in Savanah, GA and will consider drivers within 100 miles of Savanah.

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Dennis Bradley Trucking is seeking CDL A Regional Tanker Drivers in Jacksonville, FL and Savanah, GA. Drivers enjoy competitive pay and great benefits! Join their team!

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Cold World Storage trucks

Today’s Job of the Day is from Cold World Storage

Cold World Storage is hiring CDL A OTR Refrigerated/Dry Van Company Drivers and Owner Operators in Greensboro, NC.

Are you looking for a driving position that pays well, provides reliable equipment, and offers a friendly work environment? Look no further than Cold World Storage!

We are currently hiring company drivers to haul refrigerated loads from our Greensboro, NC terminal. We offer the perfect balance of steady work, great pay, and plenty of home time. Drivers earn competitive mileage pay, benefits, paid time off, and most weekends home.

This is a great opportunity for drivers with a solid work ethic who want to work with a successful and established trucking company – Cold World Storage is celebrating our 20th year in business.

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Compensation

  • Average weekly pay range: $1,000 – $1,600
    • Base range $0.48 – $0.52 CPM with an average of 2,500 miles weekly
    • Additional Pay: stop, layover, detention
    • All miles paid
    • $300 Referral Bonus
    • Up to $200 per month in Safety/Performance Bonuses
  • Paid via direct deposit on the 6th and 21st of each month

Benefits & Perks

  • Great company benefits with Blue Cross Blue Shield starting after 90 days:
    • Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • $25,000 Life Insurance Policy (paid for by company with additional coverage available for purchase by employee)
    • Disability Insurance (LTD paid for by company; STD available for purchase by employee)
    • Paid Company Holidays
    • Paid Time Off
  • Perks: fuel cards provided
  • Companion rider policy
  • Take your truck home program
  • No Slip Seating

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time: Mostly every weekend with some exceptions
  • Route: East of Colorado and into the Northeast
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday. Weekend work optional
  • Level of Touch: No Touch Freight, bumping docks only.

Equipment

  • Various model trucks are available (some pre gliders) – 2005 and later
  • Automatic or manual with amenities (fridge, mattress, etc.)
  • Governed speed: 72 mph
  • Forward-facing cameras

Owner Operators

Compensation

  • 75% of Gross Revenue
    • Average weekly pay range: $5,500 – $7,500 Gross
  • Paid via direct deposit every Friday

Perks

  • Fuel Card with discounts
  • National Tire Account with 35% discount
  • Road service
  • Mechanics available
  • We are a Direct Freight Customer

Home Time, Routes & Schedule

  • Home Time: Mostly every weekend with some exceptions
  • Route: East of Colorado and into the Northeast
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday. Weekend work optional
  • Level of Touch: No Touch Freight, bumping docks only.

Equipment Required

  • Any year make/model truck
  • Must pass annual inspection

Qualifications for Company Drivers and Owner Operators

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Drivers must have CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience with a clean driving record (no points).
  • No DUI/DWIs in 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
  • Company drivers must live within NC, SC, VA, TN, or OH
  • Owner Operators must live in the following states: NC, SC, VA, TN, OH, WV, and FL

Join the Cold World Storage Team!

Cold World Storage is hiring CDL A OTR Refrigerated/Dry Van Company Drivers and Owner Operators in Greensboro, NC. Drivers enjoy competitive pay and great benefits!

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sunrise transportToday’s Job of the Day is from Sunrise Transport

Sunrise Transport Inc., the private fleet of Four Seasons Produce Inc. is hiring CDL A Local and Regional Refrigerated Drivers in Ephrata, PA. Sunrise Transport drivers make next-day deliveries of refrigerated freight, including produce, natural meats, dairy products, and more to grocery store chains, independent grocery stores, health food stores, warehouses, and more across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Serving hundreds of customers from street deliveries in major cities to dock deliveries at a warehouse, our drivers get it done, safely, on time, and with exceptional service! Our drivers understand the complexities and expectations of delivering perishable products and go above and beyond to provide personalized service to our customers.

sunrise transport four seasonsFor three consecutive years, Sunrise Transport is named one of the Women In Trucking Association’s Top Companies to Work. Sunrise Transport was built on core values that define our culture and illustrate our commitment to our customers, associates, and suppliers. If you are motivated by hard work, passionate about delivering exceptional service, and want to be part of a team doing meaningful work – you will thrive and grow with a career at Sunrise Transport. Apply today and experience the difference!

Sunrise Transport is hiring CDL A Local and Regional Refrigerated Drivers in Ephrata, PA.

Local Drivers

Compensation

    • 80% Class A drivers made over $70,000 annually  60% Class A drivers made over $80,000 annually – 25% Class A drivers made over $100,000 annually
    • Hourly pay based on experience with Overtime after 40 hours
    • Incentive Pay:
      • NYC = $35 per day
      • On Call = $50 per day
      • Saturday = $40 per day
      • Sunday = $50 per day
    • *1.5x incentive rate if working over 40 hours
    • Bonuses
      • Safety:
        • $300 each quarter no preventable accidents, no citations (parking excluded), or violations of any STI safety policy or established workplace safety rule.
        • Year-end $800 award after completing a full safety calendar year
      • Scorecard:
        • Up to $2,000 annually meeting the requirements of MPG, Idle, Over Speed, Sudden Stop and Hours of Service. See job description for details.

Home Time, Routes & Schedule

  • Home Time: Home every night
  • Schedule:
    • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday OR Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Shifts typically begin between 1:00 am and 5:00 am lasting an average of 10 – 14 hours and generally makes 5 stops per day
  • Route: up to 150 miles radius from Ephrata, PA
  • Level of Touch: Loading and unloading is required
    • The palletized, refrigerated product is unloaded by the driver, wherever possible, with electric pallet jacks and lift gates to assist
    • At each customer location, the driver will perform inventory counts to verify correct deliveries and accept any product returns

Regional Drivers

Compensation

  • Average annual gross pay: $70,000 – $85,000
  • $0.45 – $0.49 per mile
  • Additional Pay:
    • Unloading pay, Stop pay, Meals, NYC, On Call, Detention Pay, Per diem, Weekend Premium, and more
    • See job description for complete details
  • Bonuses
    • Safety: $300 each quarter no preventable accidents, no citations (parking excluded), or violations of any STI safety policy or established workplace safety rule.
      • Year-end $800 award after completing a full safety calendar year
    • Scorecard:
      • Up to $2,000 annually meeting the requirements of MPG, Idle, Over Speed, Sudden Stop and Hours of Service
  • Paid via direct deposit biweekly

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time: Home every other day. Will complete overnight deliveries with scheduled home time after each route. 3 routes per week.
  • Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Shifts typically begin between 8:00 pm and 12:00 am; drivers will typically drive 5 hours and make deliveries for 4-5 hours and return the following day with a back-haul load.
  • Route: up to 300 – 400 miles radius from the hiring location
  • Level of Touch: combination of touch and no touch freight; jobs require loading and unloading
    • The palletized, refrigerated product is unloaded by the driver, wherever possible, with electric pallet jacks and lift gates to assist
    • At each customer location, the driver will perform inventory counts to verify correct deliveries and accept any product returns
    • After the final delivery, drivers contact dispatch to verify if a backhaul needs to be picked up before returning to Four Seasons

Local and Regional Benefits & Perks

  • Great company benefits, eligible after 90 days
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short Term Disability Coverage
    • 401(k) with up to 4% company match; eligible to enroll after 90 days eligible for company match after 1 year
    • 6 Paid Company Holidays; effective immediately
    • 40-80 hours PTO; eligible after 90 days. Allocation based on start date
  • On-site maintenance shop with wash bay and fuel island
  • Live dispatchers available 24/7/365
  • Tuition/education reimbursement
  • Paid training and paid orientation: $15/hour, Overtime after 40 hours
  • Perks: wellness, uniform, company sponsored events, etc.
  • Slip Seating: No
  • Rider Program: Spouse or companion: 21 years or older, only with prior approval & verification of age

Local & Regional Equipment

  • Well maintained late model Freightliner
  • Local: Day cab or straight truck
  • Regional: Sleeper
  • All automatic transmissions
  • Electronic logs with built-in GPS
  • Governed speed: 68 on cruise, 65 on pedal
  • No cameras

Qualifications for Local & Regional Drivers

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a valid Pennsylvania Class A license
  • Prefer 1 or more years of verifiable CDL driving experience, experience with perishable goods is a plus
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Minimum requirements on driving record
    • No more than any combination of 2 preventable accidents and/or moving citations in the last 3 years
    • No reckless or careless driving convictions within the last year on the MVR
    • Drivers may not have failed or refused any drug testing within the past three years
    • No DUI convictions in the past 15 years. Must provide a complete employment history for a minimum of three years, plus an additional seven years of driver employment history
  • Must provide all accident and traffic violation history for a minimum of three years on the employment application (previous employers will be contacted as required by 49 CFR 391.23(d) and (e))
  • Drivers must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) testing and physical requirements and be knowledgeable of DOT regulations
  • Must pass a post-offer DOT physical examination, lift test, and drug screen from a company-approved provider
  • Hiring Radius: Drivers can live up to 40 miles of Ephrata, PA or be willing to relocate for this position

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Sunrise Transport is hiring CDL A Local and Regional Refrigerated Drivers in Ephrata, PA. Join their team!

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US TransportToday’s Job of the Day comes from US Transport

Are you a Truck Driver who wants to sleep in your own bed?

Are you an early morning Truck Driver?

Join a growing company that’s reinventing the trucking business. You’ll work with the latest technology, our extensive customer base, and have the demand to keep you busy. We will provide you the tools, training, and support to be successful in a job hauling dry bulk products in a pneumatic tanker (no endorsement necessary).

These are the BEST opportunities for Regional and Local Truck Drivers!

US Transport is hiring qualified CDL A Regional Dry Bulk Drivers in Albuquerque, NM and Farmington, NM and CDL A Local Dry Bulk Drivers in Front Range, CO.

Compensation

  • Regional Jobs: Average weekly pay: $1,100 to $1,300
  • Local Job: Average weekly pay: $1,100 to $1,200
  • Minimum Base Pay (safety net for the weather, truck breakdowns, customer issues)
  • Layover $22/hr
  • Referral Bonus: $1,250
  • Paid Orientation and Training ($22/hr)
  • Monthly KPI Bonus (up to $300-$400)
  • Monthly Safety Bonus ($100)
  • Paid via direct deposit every Friday

Benefits & Perks

Great company benefits starting after 45 days:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • $25,000 in company paid Life Insurance
  • 401K with up to 6% company match
  • HSA or FSA
  • 7 Paid Company Holidays
  • Paid Time Off starting at 1 week in the first year

Home Time, Route, & Schedule

  • Home Time
    • Albuquerque, NM: Home 3-4 days a week (utilize a sleeper 3-4 nights per week)
    • Farmington, NM: Home 2-3 days a week (utilize a sleeper 4-5 nights per week)
    • Front Range, CO: Home every night
  • Regional Schedule & Routes:
    • Monday-Friday with rotating Saturday schedule (Day Shift).
    • Shifts start between 1AM and 5AM; 10-13 hours a day. Get home early!
    • Albuquerque, MN: Mostly out and back all over New Mexico and to El Paso, Amarillo, and other Texas destinations averaging 300 – 500 miles per week
    • Farmington, NM: Hauls to Pueblo, Colorado and back 5 x per week averaging 500-600 miles
  • Local Schedule & Routes:
    • Monday-Friday with rotating Saturday schedule (Day Shift).
    • Shifts start between 2AM and 5AM
    • Around Denver Metro Area averaging 250 miles per week, Terminals are in Penrose, Colorado Springs and Denver
  • Level of Touch: Unload (connecting houses)

Equipment

  • 2014 and newer Kenworth T680s or Freightliner Cascadias with:
  • Cummins ISX engines
  • Automatic and manual
  • Bendix disc brakes, and roll stability systems

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Drivers must have CDL A license
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable tractor-trailer driving experience with a clean driving record
  • Regional Routes: Doubles endorsement is helpful, but tanker endorsement is NOT necessary
  • No DUI/DWIs in last 5 years
  • Drivers should have no more than 1 preventable accident in the last 3 years
  • No more than 3 moving violations in the last 3 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 and physical
  • Albuquerque, NM Hiring Radius: Drivers must live within 40 miles of any of Albuquerque, NM or be willing to relocate for this position
  • Farmington, NM Hiring Radius: Drivers must live within 40 miles of Farmington, NM or be willing to relocate for this position
  • Front Range, CO Hiring Radius: Drivers must live within 30 miles of any of our 3 terminals in: Penrose, Colorado Springs and Denver

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US Transport is hiring qualified CDL A Regional Dry Bulk Drivers in Albuquerque, NM and Farmington, NM and CDL A Local Dry Bulk Drivers in Front Range, CO.​ Start your next job with US Transport!

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