Every year, CarriersEdge in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association publishes their list of the 20 best Fleets to Drive for in North America. This list identifies for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their truck drivers.
For the second year in a row, TLD Logistics has won the coveted award and recognition of being one of the 20 Best Fleets. This takes into account our driver satisfaction, our excellent CDL driving schools, our state of the art fleet of trucks, our retention rate, competitive pay, and many other benefits enjoyed by TLD truck drivers.
If you are interested in becoming a truck driver or attending truck driving school, TLD is always hiring, and we offer our own CDL school with locations in Knoxville, TN and Crossville, TN.
We offer fantastic perks including driver safety bonuses, a referral program, fuel bonuses, and pay incentives for hauling over-sized loads. TLD Logistics offers all drivers paid vacation, 8 paid holidays per year, group medical insurance for the employee and family, a vision plan, dental coverage, cancer insurance, and sick pay. Come find out why our competitive benefits and driver satisfaction rating have led to us being one of the top 20 fleets to drive for two years running!
If you are interested in truck driving jobs or employment in the trucking industry, you should make yourself familiar with the option of team driving. When most think of truck driving, they think of one man, one truck and lots of road; however, that is not always the case.
Team driving is a term for two people who alternate driving and managing hauls on the road. Team driving allows truck drivers to make longer routes without exceeding their hours of service carefully monitored by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).
FMCSA does require team drivers to limit their off-duty hours to only 2 hours in the passenger seat. This guideline ensures drivers spend the remaining 8 of their 10 off-duty hours in the sleeper berth. While one driver is off-duty and catches some shut eye, the other can log more mileage.
In addition to being more efficient, many trucking industries also provide incentives for team drivers. Incentives have been known to include increased pay-per-mile rates and/or priority dispatch. In addition to company incentives, team drivers also have the benefit of having regular schedules and consistent pay checks.
Last but not least, four hands is simply better than two. Pre-trip inspections become less of a hassle while the company ensures a less isolating experience.
If you are interested in becoming a truck driver, knowing how technology has improved the truck driver’s experience is something you should make note of.
Mobile technology is a huge part of the world we live in today. Being a truck driver in the twentieth century, like most things, is a lot different than it used to be before technology began playing such a necessary role in our lives. There are three specific ways technology has improved the truck driving experience:
Navigation: Although getting lost is always a probability as a truck driver, it is more of a rarity than it used to be. Thanks to GPS technology, truck drivers now have access to satellite navigation. Providing everything from alerts on upcoming road construction and detours to alternate traffic routes, weather conditions, calculated ETA and miles driven.
Entertainment: The convenience of easily portable laptops, iPads and smartphones allow for an easily accessible entertainment outlet for truck drivers. Everything from Netflix to Podcasts, audio books and online gaming is now available at your fingertips. Long nights on the road are inevitable when truck driving, but mobile technology has made it much more bearable.
Communication: Technology has come a long way from the CB radio that used to be the only form of communication for truck drivers which was pretty antiquated and limited. Truck driving will always boil down to a trucker and his truck, but mobile technology has allowed being on the road to be a lot less lonely. No other technology has benefited truck driving more than the simple accessibility of being able to communicate with their friends and family.
Although mobile and portable technology provides many assets to the world of truck driving, it also comes with its responsibilities. Although navigation, entertainment and communication are now more accessible, it does not counteract the fact that truck drivers should always deter from operating any devices other than their vehicle while on the road.
The most efficient way to boost fuel economy is to improve driver behavior. In order to do this, trucking companies can incentivize specific trucker behavior. In some instances, trucking companies opt to physically limit what goes on behind the wheel; thus, on-board technology was born.
One way to save on the cost of fuel on the road is the use of road-speed “governors.” These governors are standard equipment when it comes to modern 18-wheelers and act as electronic engine controls that limit driving speed. Most large fleet operators electronically limit their drivers to an average of 60-65mph. In addition to the economic incentives to save money by improving fuel efficiency, the U.S. government recently announced their very first fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles. These new standards require big tractor-trailers to improve their efficiency by 20% by 2018. The best way to improve these fuel economy standards is through truck aerodynamics, reduction of mass, and improved rolling resistance.
The most widely recognized change that can save fuel is curbing driver speed. A low 60-65 mph range is considered the most desired speed of 18 wheelers on the road today. An average of 27% improvement in fuel consumption can be made if truck drivers travel at 65mph rather than 75mph on their routes. Although truck drivers may feel that governors limit their flexibility, it is though these limits that this equipment and any data analysis that it enables that we can boost fuel efficiency.
When applying for truck driving jobs, you should always consider how your potential fleet considers fuel efficiency!
Truck drivers know when applying for truck driving jobs that they are signing up for a life of erratic sleeping schedules. Most truck driving companies pay by how much work is accomplished (whether by mile, hour or percentage of the load payment); thus, staying awake and alert for extensive periods of time is an essential part of being a productive and safe truck driver. To help you keep your eyes and mind on the road, here are some tips to help keep you awake.
Naps: Never discount the effectiveness of a quick power nap. It helped you survive Kindergarten, and it will continue to help you survive being a truck driver as well.
Cab Tips: Turn your radio on and off. Keep switching between listening to tunes or your favorite talk show, but don’t hesitate to switch the radio back off to allow your brain a switch-up. Starting to feel warm and comfortable? Turn down the temperature in the cab to be cool and borderline chilly to allow you to stay more alert.
Coffee: No, we could never forget the go-to favorite resort of grabbing a hot cup of coffee. Although this is no sleep substitute, coffee is sure to act as a quick pick-me-up. Make sure to not mix coffee with energy drinks and various other stimulants. Mixing these energy boosters is hard on your health and is sure to follow with a caffeine crash.
Get Moving: Take a five-minute walk at your closest truck stop or rest area. Get your body moving and allow your activeness to wake up your mind. Even if it’s just stopping for a snack or a bottle of water at a gas station, it will help.
Grab Some Grub: Enjoy a snack or small meal and allow it to work as an energy booster. Be sure to not overdo it or you’ll be napping at the next rest area instead of making it a few extra miles to your destination.
Although these tips are helpful when you are trying to stay awake and alert on the road, these options are by no means substitutes to getting a full night’s sleep. Being an attentive truck driver saves lives, both yours and others. Read these tips, but know your limits.