Husband and Wife Make Perfect Combination in Team Trucking Jobs

Team trucking jobs are particularly rewarding when married couples can make the transition from home to truck cab and journey across the country together making money while they to it. That’s exactly what husband and wife team Scott and Kathi Alberg are doing—working together and finding success on the roadways. They make the most of their team trucking jobs by taking turns behind the wheel, keeping the truck moving toward its destination, and putting money in their pockets at the same time.

Scott and Kathi already had the groundwork laid for success in team trucking jobs because they have been successful in their marriage. Scott notes that teams must be aligned in their expectations and outcomes if they want to reach their goals, which is one of the reasons he and Kathi work together so well in their trucking jobs. “We can each drive 11 hours a day and work 14,” Kathi points out, “and we make sure we use all of our allowable time effectively. To keep from interrupting our normal sleep habits, Scott drives at night and I drive in the daytime.”  The system works well for the couple.

The Albergs signed on for their team trucking jobs with Transport America. They are very happy with the company, its family atmosphere, helpful staff, and consistent freight assignments. “Transport America treats us with respect. They’re honest, and back up what they tell you. They definitely go above and beyond for their drivers,” Scott offers. Kathi adds, “Transport America is unique because they make sure we get the miles we want for our trucking jobs while keeping safety first. We’ve been around the industry long enough to know a great company when we see it.”

The couple says that Transport America exceeds expectations time after time with their team trucking jobs. The company follows through on the promises it makes to drivers, and does so consistently. Transport America also provides its drivers with modern equipment and amenities, excellent pay and benefits, and a solid customer base.

Betsy Waldrop, Recruiting Director Transport America at Transport America, says Transport America strives to put safety above everything else. She also observes that, at the end of the day, “We want drivers in our team trucking jobs to be successful, so it’s important to us to get the right type of freight and the right customers. That way, our drivers get the miles they want and can deliver the goods safely in the process.”

Transport America has been a transportation industry leader since 1984, offering excellent service and great trucking jobs. The company is committed to providing only the highest of quality in transportation and logistics services, while at the same time creating a work atmosphere that exceeds the needs of their drivers and families.

Transport America is always looking for qualified team truck drivers. If you’re interested in joining the Transport America team, visit www.transportamericajobs.com.

 

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There’s No Room for Error in Trucking Jobs

Distracted driving is dangerous at any time on the road, but it creates even more hazards in trucking jobs. When drivers are fumbling with the radio, digging for something in the console, or messing around with an electronic device like a tablet or cellphone, it takes away from their focus on the job—maintaining control of an 80,000 pound rig. Looking away, even for a second, costs drivers in trucking jobs valuable time they need to assess a situation and avoid an accident. According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine people are killed and another 1,060 others are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day because of distracted drivers. The NTSB is taking these statistics seriously, and has placed the problem on its “Top 10 Most Wanted” list of transportation improvements for 2014.

Transport America 300x159 There’s No Room for Error in Trucking Jobs The CDC points out that driving distractions come in three main forms: drivers taking their eyes off the road, taking their hands off the wheel, and taking their minds off the task at hand. Individually, each of these is bad enough, but when two or all three are combined, which occurs with activities like texting or emailing, particularly in trucking jobs, they become very dangerous. The average text message distracts a driver for 4.6 seconds, and a truck going 65 mph travels 370 feet in that time. That same truck however, takes 525 feet to come to a complete stop, even in perfect conditions, which is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) notes that drivers with trucking jobs who text are over 23 times more likely to be involved in a safety-critical event (crash, near-crash, or inadvertent lane change) than those who don’t.

The FMCSA takes distracted driving in trucking jobs so seriously that it published rules prohibiting texting, holding a cellphone while talking, reaching for a mobile phone if it requires loosening the seat belt, or using any other electronic device that requires more than a single push of a single button to use. The violation carries a severity multiplier of 10 in CSA/SMS scoring, and can result in drivers being fined up to $2750 and losing their CDL for up to 120 days if caught. Trucking companies who allow such activities by their drivers in trucking jobs face even stiffer penalties.

Distracted driving is dangerous and potentially deadly. On top of that, for those in trucking jobs, it can be very expensive financially and personally. The number of people who fall victim to distracted drivers every day is staggering, and the likelihood of drivers getting into an accident while driving distracted is overwhelming, and just a matter of time for those lucky enough to have avoided one so far. Using hands-free devices and speed dial is helpful, but the best advice is to put all electronics in the sleeper while driving, and use them only when the truck is parked. It’s the right thing to do for drivers, their families, their employers, and the innocent people who might otherwise be injured by a distracted driver causing an accident.

Transport America believes safety is the first and most important priority for its drivers. If you feel the same way, join the Transport America team by visiting their website.

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Fuel for Thought | Things your family should know about your career at TA

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Recently, someone asked me, “What would you want my spouse to know about your company?” A great question, as I realize the importance family plays in supporting your career.  My answer to the question would be several things.  Here are a few things I would tell them:

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  • Safety – I would want your spouse to know, first and foremost, we are safe.  We have new equipment, maintained largely at our facilities.  We spec items like collision avoidance and anti-rollover technologies to make the equipment as safe as possible.  We provide world class training to keep you sharp and most importantly; we walk the walk on safety.  We dispatch safely and legally and give our drivers the final say on what is safe, especially as it relates to weather and fatigue.  We are 100 percent e-log, we will not compromise your safety or your CSA scores by asking you to do anything unsafe or illegal.
  • Respect – I would want your spouse to know that we are committed to lead you with excellence.  We train our fleet management team to be strong leaders, not just dispatchers.  Throughout the organization, we will treat you with the respect you deserve for the difficult jobs you do.
  • Pay – We are in the top 10 percent in the industry; we believe our drivers deserve to make industry leading pay.
  • Time at Home – We understand the importance of honoring commitments and our commitment to you is to get you home when you need to.
  • Career Choice – We have driving jobs in teams, solo, regional, dedicated.  You can make a career here. We have jobs that match your needs as they change throughout your career.
  • Culture – We believe the most important jobs in our company are our drivers.  You are not just a number here; you are the most important associates in our company.
  • Wellness – We offer wellness programs and a variety of tools to keep our drivers safe and health while on the road.

We strive to provide everyone with a “Great Driver Experience” at Transport America.  We know your families are important and you, the driver, are important to your families.  If you would like more information or need any other questions answered, talk to a Transport America driver or their spouse.  And don’t forget our recruiters are always available too!

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Transport America | Theft Prevention

Knowledgeable truck drivers are the best theft prevention tools available. While there are physical ways to protect a trailer or cargo from getting stolen—such as king pin locks, gland hand locks, and sturdy padlocks—having drivers that understand the mindset of the criminal and avoid putting themselves and their equipment in situations where theft is most likely to occur is the absolute best way to avoid becoming a victim.

Theft Prevention 300x150 Transport America | Theft PreventionTheft prevention means not making the equipment and cargo easy targets. Thieves like to find trailers sitting in unsecured lots. Trailers should stay attached to the tractor, or dropped only in a secure and well-lighted yard. Thieves also look for unattended tractor-trailers left idling at truck stops or rest areas. They wait until the truck driver leaves to go inside, then drive off with the entire rig. Some organized crime groups will even go so far as to stake out a distribution center or warehouse, waiting for valuable freight to be loaded onto a truck. They will then follow that truck, sometimes for hundreds of miles, and look for an opportunity to highjack it.

Obviously, theft prevention requires more diligence the more valuable the cargo. Products like electronics, alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals are considered high-value targets, and criminals are on the lookout for these types of commodities. An integral part of the cargo security team, truck drivers should not discuss details of their cargo, their route or destination in truck stops, over the radio, or on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. Drivers should also routinely use air cuff locks and check the seals on their trailer doors every time they stop. If truck drivers feel like they are being followed or targeted, they should communicate with the home office or law enforcement immediately, and if necessary, keep moving until they reach a safe, secure, heavily occupied location. Communication is vital a vital part of theft prevention.

Trucking companies have a big role in theft prevention, since they have the ultimate responsibility to the shipper and receiver. Educating employees and having an overall Anti-Theft Strategy that is well documented and well communicated is a great way to start. Truck drivers aren’t the only ones who need to understand the policy. It applies equally to every member of the company team, from office workers to managers to mechanics and drivers. Knowing what measures should be taken to avoid cargo theft, what to do if confronted with a theft situation, the preventive steps to take to avoid it, and the proper procedures for what to do if a theft occurs, are all part of a well-managed plan.

As good as truck drivers and trucking companies get at theft prevention and cargo security on the road, criminals will always find new and inventive ways to circumvent the security processes and get what they want. Drivers need to be diligent at all times and be suspicious of anything that looks even remotely out of the ordinary. Open communication between drivers, trucking companies, and law enforcement are key to minimizing the likelihood of cargo theft. As representatives of the trucking company, drivers have the right, the authority, and the obligation to keep cargo safe within the confines of the law. Knowing what criminals are looking for and avoiding those behaviors is a huge part of that responsibility.

 

For more information visit the Transport America website

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Women and Trucking Jobs

trucking jobs 225x300 Women and Trucking JobsFor decades, trucking jobs were careers that only men pursued. According to the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, women currently hold 5 percent of all trucking jobs. That number is continuing to slowly rise, however, thanks in part to women truck drivers like Carol Baier, who has been driving an 18-wheeler for almost 16 years. She says it hasn’t been easy having trucking jobs in a male-dominated profession, but she’s battled through, shrugged off the naysayers, and has made a wonderful living doing what she loves to do.

Carol didn’t start out in life with the dream of becoming a truck driver, although many others in her family were. She tried her hand at a number of different careers, but says she got bored with them all, so she figured she’d give trucking jobs a try. She instantly got hooked, and fell in love with the lifestyle and freedom. She hasn’t looked back since.

Being a female truck driver hasn’t been easy, Carol says. It’s not the work; she doesn’t mind that at all. But in a profession where men are seen as the dominant players, she has had to endure the jeers and sneers of some male drivers who see her as an intruder in their world. She just lets it go in one ear and out the other, though. “They talk. I don’t. I let my driving speak for me,” she says. She has a good story to tell, too. Sixteen years in the industry says she’s doing everything right.

Carol has had a number of different trucking jobs since starting out, but for the past four years she’s been a company driver with Transport America—and couldn’t be happier. “I love Transport America,” Carol shares, “because they don’t discriminate. The company’s easy to work with, and my dispatcher and I have a great working relationship.  I got home when I need to, time, and they’re fair with pay. Some companies go strictly by seniority for pay raises and truck upgrades, but not Transport America. They pay for performance, and as long as I come out here and do my job, I’m treated the same as everyone else.

Carol doesn’t plan on quitting trucking jobs anytime soon. She has the perfect set-up for her situation and lifestyle. She stays on the road three to four weeks at a time, then comes home and gets four to five days to relax and recuperate. During her off time, she likes to watch cable TV, tend to her spread of land in Kentucky, and fish. When she’s on the road, she carries her Pilates mat along so she can get some exercise in each day, and loves to read for relaxation when she’s not driving. Carol Baier is a role model for women with trucking jobs, and she’s giving her male counterparts a run for their money.

If you’re a female truck driver and have been looking for the perfect company to work for, join the Transport America team by visiting their website.

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Fuel for Thought | Finding the Right Truck Driving Job

A Note from the Desk of Transport America CEO Scott Arves:

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Dear Drivers,

Scott Arves 213x300 Fuel for Thought | Finding the Right Truck Driving JobWe all remember the childhood story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears, the bed was too soft, too hard, ahhhh, just right, you remember.  What does this have to do with selecting a trucking company?  I am sure most of you have looked at all sizes of carriers and many of you have worked for large and small carriers.  They both have advantages, the small carrier has more of a family feel, you are not just a number, and the larger carriers have a better support infrastructure, usually more freight to keep you busy and are more focused on keeping you safe. They both have disadvantages, the small carrier may not have made the investments to keep them competitive and may not have a great quality of customer, while the large carrier lacks the family feel and may not treat you with the respect you deserve.

Increasingly, we hear from our drivers that we are just right.  Strong maintenance and safety support, choice of many types of driving jobs, pay in the upper 10 percent of the industry, people who care and treat them with respect, great quality and consistency of freight, commitment to being a great trucking company first.  Try us on for size, we hope as you look at Transport America you will come to the “ ahh, just right” conclusion too.

To find out if Transport America is a comfortable fit for you, go to Transportamericajobs.com or call one of our recruiters at (877) 838-2320.

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TA Exec Shares Insight Into Team Truck Driving Careers

team truck driving 300x289 TA Exec Shares Insight Into Team Truck Driving CareersBrad Robinson knows a lot about team truck driving. And why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, the Vice President and General Manager of Teams at Transport America. Aside from his usual daily tasks—which include talking with drivers on the phone and in person, working with new and existing customers, and managing a fleet of over 200 tractor-trailers—he spends a lot of time developing new and different ways to enhance the experience for his team drivers both on and off the road. He understands that team truck driving at Transport America is all about making a great living, and he takes that very seriously.

Brad recently sat down to talk about team truck driving careers at Transport America. Here’s what he had to say:

Q:  Tell us about your fleet of team drivers.

A: Transport America has about 150 over-the-road teams and 60 dedicated teams. Some are owner-operators, but most drive company-owned equipment. Last year, our over-the-road team drivers typically ran  5500-6500 miles per week and as a whole improved 9% in utilization over 2012..

Q:   How does Transport America benefit from having team drivers?

A:  Having team  drivers at Transport America gives us the opportunityto approach customers and offer them multiple solutions for moving their freight.. Customers today are needing scheduled expedited service, .JIT shipments, and dedicated team capacity to keep inventories low and help control their  costs. Transport America is able to provide these solutions to our customers by having Team Drivers in our portfolio.

Q:  What types of products do team truck drivers haul that makes them different than solo drivers?

A:  Anything that needs to ship expedited must go by a team. Many businesses today are requiring just-in-time delivery, and we need team  drivers to deliver those goods. We see a lot of LTL and retail customers consolidating their freight and asking us to ship it DC to DC via team drivers.

Q:   What makes team truck driving jobs better than solo truck driver jobs?

A:   It’s simple. Teams drive more miles and earn more money.

Q:   What characteristics make for a good fit between truck drivers and team truck driving jobs?

A:   There are several important characteristics. First, drivers must love making money and have a desire to see the country. Second, they must have a passion for truck driving. Finally, both drivers must have similar goals. Teaming isn’t a good fit if one driver wants to be home every other weekend and the other wants to stay on the road 24/7/365. Having a common goal is critical to their success.

Q:  What makes team truck driving for Transport America better than team truck driver jobs with other companies?

A:  At Transport America, we “walk the walk.” We treat all of our drivers as the professionals they are and maintain a friendly atmosphere within the entire organization. We want every one of our drivers to be successful, and we do everything within our power to make that happen.

Q:  What are some of the benefits and perks that team truck drivers get with Transport America?

A:  Our team truck drivers get quarterly productivity bonuses, and we also offer sign-on and driver referral bonuses. Team drivers can have a small dog with them in the truck when they travel, and all of our team trucks come equipped with a refrigerator, scanner, navigation equipment, and talk-to-text MCP.

Q: Compared to other similar-sized carriers that have team truck driving positions, how does Transport America stack up?

A:  Transport America is in the top 5 percent of pay scale; 93 percent of our assignments are drop-and-hook, and 99 percent are no-touch. We cycle through our team tractors around every 18 months and are always bringing in new equipment.We offer an affordable package of benefits, and we’re constantly introducing new incentive programs to keep drivers excited about working here.

Q:  Can you summarize team truck driving careers at Transport America in one sentence?

A:  At Transport America, Team truck drivers earn a respectable living with top pay,  modern equipment, and work with a team of employees that care about our driver’s success.

If you’ve been considering a career as a team truck driver, join the Transport America team by visiting their website

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Owner Operator – Dedicated Trucking Jobs

Feb 2 Ray Covington 225x300 Owner Operator – Dedicated Trucking JobsBeing an owner operator with a quality carrier definitely has its advantages. Ray “Big Daddy” Covington knows that well. He has been in trucking jobs for 18 years, been an owner operator for about half that time, and spent almost all of it driving for Transport America. He left Transport America for a couple of years thinking the grass might be greener elsewhere, but quickly came right back to the company that gave him his start in the business because of its consistency, family atmosphere, pay, and incentive programs, among other things. In fact, Ray is so fond of the company he drives for as an owner operator that he represents TA as a recruiter at all of the major trucking shows around the country.

Big Daddy has been around trucking jobs his whole life. He became interested in the profession by hanging around with his uncles, who hauled pulpwood locally when he was growing up. When he started his first professional job with Transport America, he was driving a company truck. He left the company in 1997 to drive with a friend of his who owned his own truck. He did that for a couple of years, and eventually decided to come back to Transport America, but not before discovering the benefits of being an owner operator. It wasn’t long after that he was in a rig of his own.

Ray says he likes owning his own business for a number of reasons. He likes being in control of his own destiny. He says as an owner operator, “I get to write my own story, one chapter at a time.” He likes being his own boss and having a chance to call the shots. “No one else can do it for you,” Ray explains. “If you don’t do it—if you’re not out there making the money—it doesn’t get done. It’s just that simple. I like that feeling.” He likes that owner operator trucking jobs have taught him how to run a business and manage money while being independent.

As for Transport America, Ray loves the company he works for because they’re flexible and reliable, rely heavily on owner operators to deliver the important loads, and treat everyone equally and fairly. Their open door policy is refreshing—he says he can talk with anyone at any time, even the president of the company. He also likes the fact that Transport America won’t leave him stranded if his truck breaks down on the road, even though he’s not driving a company truck. “If I need a starter, or belt, or some other part to get me back up and running, they’ll bring it to me. They don’t leave me hanging on my own,” he states. He sums up his trucking jobs for Transport America this way:  “What I like about them is that they’re big enough to be known nationally, yet small enough to be like a family. It’s nice.”

Ray plans on being an owner operator for a long time to come, and plans on putting in the miles while driving for Transport America. “There’s no forced dispatch, they have excellent pay, benefits, and incentive programs, and they back me up 100 percent of the way. It’s a great company to work for.”

If you’re looking for a new career as an owner operator or want to become a part of a winning team, visit the Transport America website

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Looking for Truck Driver Jobs? Top 10 Reasons to Join the TA Family

truck driver jobs 300x159 Looking for Truck Driver Jobs? Top 10 Reasons to Join the TA Family If you’re tired of feeling stuck in a dead-end job, or you simply want a change of pace, ­truck driver jobs could fit the bill perfectly. After all, truck driving is one of the few professions that offer the opportunity for you to get paid as you travel.

Have you considered which motor carrier to apply with? Here are the top 10 reasons to join the family here are Transport America.

  1. We offer choices: Which division sounds most appealing to you? We offer Over-the-Road solo and team ­truck driver jobs, along with dedicated and regional routes to suit your needs.
  2. We pay well: We proudly offer our truck drivers excellent pay within the top 10 percent of the industry.
  3. We offer new equipment: The truck you drive makes a huge difference in the type of experience you have as a truck driver. We regularly invest in new equipment and keep up with necessary maintenance to ensure our drivers are proud to drive our tractors.
  4. We emphasize safety: Transport America and our drivers are known throughout the transportation industry as having some of the best CSA scores. It’s thanks to our emphasis on safety and our drivers’ impressive professionalism that we maintain this reputation.
  5. We offer frequent home time: We understand how important it is for you to spend time with your family, so we make frequent home time a top priority for all our ­truck driver jobs.
  6. We provide sophisticated technology: Back-office functions from safety and truck maintenance to billing and accounting are handled through an integrated computer information system. This improves communication, enhances customer service, and makes ­truck driver jobs easier. We continue to expand our use of advanced technology and the Internet as needed.
  7. We stress driver health and wellness: With health programs and equipment such as the FIT System, TA helps keep our drivers healthy and happy on the road.
  8. We treat drivers professionally: Expect to be treated respectfully and with professionalism, no matter whom you speak with at Transport America. Providing excellent support for our drivers is one of the most important things we do each day.
  9. We have an open-door policy: If you have concerns or suggestions, we’re here to listen. Our open-door policy ensures everyone at TA will be heard.
  10. We possess a friendly culture: Our drivers are our greatest assets. When we’re all working hard together, the culture at TA feels like a family.

It’s hard to beat a new job with all of these qualities, but you can find it here at Transport America! To apply for ­truck driver jobs with TA, please visit our website.

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Where are the best Truck Drivers? Why Settle for Less Than Transport America?

A Note from the Desk of Transport America CEO Scott Arves:

Dear Drivers,

Scott Arves 213x300 Where are the best Truck Drivers? Why Settle for Less Than Transport America?It has been a real pleasure to write to you through Fuel for Thought, sharing my passion for Transport America and my respect for driving professionals like you! I thank you for reading this column, where we’ve discussed everything from respect to safety to career growth. As we now live in a digital world, I write this online blog for you, it is available for you to access whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. I hope you stay in touch!

This month, I would like to remind you (or tell you for the first time!) of some points about Transport America that I think are so important. At Transport America, we respect our drivers. I know carriers say that, but when there’s real respect, you can tell in the way you’re treated. Our management team takes pride in the care and attention we show our truck drivers. A staff that genuinely cares about our drivers is evidence of our number one core value: safety. Our safety culture comes with hiring the only best truck drivers and maintaining high standards for hiring. We’re committed to topnotch training, thorough orientations and well-maintained equipment. Not to mention, we genuinely care about keeping your CSA score low.

At Transport America, we strive to be the carrier that meets your needs…a place where you can continue your career and stop the endless orientations most truck drivers go through. When you kick our tires, you’ll find: consistent freight, state-of-the-art technology, and spotless CSA scores. And because we value your skills and dedication, Transport America makes sure we’re a Certified Top Pay Carrier by the National Survey of Driver’s Wages. That means we pay in the top 10% of the industry. We pay our truck drivers well because we know the only way to have a successful business is to attract and retain the best drivers in the industry.

Think about the company you drive for now. What do they stand for? What does their brand mean to you? And will it make a difference in your career? If your current company doesn’t stand for excellence, please consider Transport America. We’re confident you’ll like what you find.

Contact me and tell me what’s on your mind at TellScottWhatYouThink@transportamerica.com

 

Scott

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