PAM Transport recently recognized a special group of 5 drivers at its Mission MPG event in Tonitown, Arkansas. The Mission MPG initiative is intended to reward PAM Transport's most fuel efficient drivers through bonuses and other prizes. A group of about 2,000 drivers have a friendly competition throughout the year with quarterly and yearly bonuses/prizes awarded to those with a performance in the top 10 percent. At the end of the year, the top 5 drivers are recognized at an awards ceremony....Read More » »
Driver Solutions partner USA Truck recently announced a new technology for some of their trucks -- an onboard diagnostics program. This satellite based safety system is supposed to make maintenance and repairs more efficient for USA Truck and their drivers.
The Detroit Virtual Technician system alerts USA Truck drivers to any potential vehicle malfunctions or maintenance issues that might require the driver to pull off the road. The system is supposed to help drivers determine whether they need...Read More » »
When you first researched the prospect of becoming a professional truck driver, you might have heard things like, "Your first year will be the hardest," and "Entry level truck driver jobs are all about paying your dues" This is true of any career path, but it especially holds weight in the truck driving industry.
The truth is -- everyone must start somewhere. You think the CEO of that mega corporation got that job at the ripe age of 22, fresh out of school, all bright eyed and bushy tailed? Nope....Read More » »
When driving around semis, it's very important that you give them the space they need to drive safely. You should never linger around the truck or hang out back by the trailer, as several accidents can happen in these areas. Tire blowouts, roll overs, and underrides can all occur when cars are driving along next to the truck.
Semi truck tires can blow for any number of reasons. Many use re-treaded tires and it's possible that the re-tread can come unglued. Other possible causes for...Read More » »
Over the last year or so, we've been talking with truck drivers and doing research online to find the top recommended items that new drivers should bring with them out on the road. Our goal is to have the most complete and helpful list of things that will make life easier for truck drivers. We're doing the research and asking the questions so you can save a ton of time and know you're getting a list of recommended items put together by truckers for trucker. This is a list that we will...Read More » »
As of late, USA Truck has really been focused on making improvements to its operations in order to improve financial results. Toward the end of 2012, the company started to see some movement in a positive direction in terms of financials. Much of this movement was attributed to focusing on the unmaned tractor rate. On Monday, USA Truck continued to make steps in a new direction by announcing that John Simone, 51, will be the company’s new president and CEO, with former CEO Cliff Beckham, 41,...Read More » »
Ask any truck driver and he/she will tell you that a GPS is a must-have. But how do you find the best GPS for truck drivers? You know, the one that won't take you under a bridge that you can't clear in your semi.
Well, lucky for you we've done our homework. Driver Solutions has asked thousands of truck drivers (both newbies and experienced drivers as well) to recommend the best GPS for truck drivers to invest in. Notice we said "invest." That's because a good GPS might be a little...Read More » »
Cooking a healthy, tasty meal out on the road can seem like a difficult task..but it doesn't have to be! If you can find the best slow cooker for truck drivers, you'll be well on your way to some good eatin' in no time. We've talked with thousands of truck drivers and our friends over at TheHealthyTrucker.net to come up with a list of 3 things to look for when searching to find the best slow cooker for truckers. So, get ready to learn the key things you need to know to get your first slow...Read More » »
Justin Reynolds from Driver Solutions Facebook page asks: I have a question I was thinking about driving and was wondering is Driver Solutions a good program and is USA truck a good company to drive for and how long are you usually on the road fo? because I have a wife and 2 children I want to drive so bad but would not like to leave my family for a month at a time.
Thank you for this question... I'm glad you asked it. Driver Solutions was great in getting me all set...Read More » »
Jenn Marie from Driver Solutions Facebook page asks: Any advice for the air brake test? That is what I am having the most trouble with the Pre Test (pre-trip inspection)
Thank you for your question. You know, I was struggling with the air brakes part of the pre-trip test as well. I was getting things mixed up and out of order. I had the best advice from one of the instructors at trucking school (Dan) who told me to do the pre-trip inspection the same way, every single...Read More » »