Truck Driving in Tennessee

As a truck driver, your career likely takes you through many states, including Tennessee. As you already know, truck driving provides a unique chance to sightsee during your time iStock 000035886076 Small 300x199 Truck Driving in Tennesseeoff. The next time you have a day to spare in the Volunteer State, you should make time to tour some of the area’s most iconic sites.

Places to See While Truck Driving in Tennessee

  • Graceland Mansion: The home of Elvis Presley is open to the public with many exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The 14-acre estate has something for everyone, die-hard Elvis fans or not.
  • Ryman Auditorium: This historic auditorium constructed in 1892 is the place to see concerts, comedy shows, sing-offs and more. Buy tickets in advance for your favorite show when you know you’ll be in town.
  • Reelfoot Lake: If you love fishing, boating or just seeing wildlife up close, you’ll love the flooded forest area of Reelfoot Lake, located in northwest Tennessee.
  • Jack Daniels Distillery: Daily tours in this Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery unveil the complete story behind Jack Daniels’ whiskey.
  • Beale Street Memphis: Beale Street’s biggest claim to fame is that blues and rock and roll were born here. Big events take place here year round, but even if your time is limited, just soak up the atmosphere and grab a bite to eat at one of the street’s iconic restaurants.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame: Country music fans can’t miss a visit to the Hall of Fame. Learn all about Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap and other favorites at exhibits throughout the venue.
  • Smoky Mountain National Park: The Smoky Mountains boast wondrous wildlife diversity for you to explore on your visit to this renowned national park.
  • The Hermitage: Home of the People’s President, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is a great place to soak up a little US history. The newest exhibit, Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, brings the president’s rich story to life.
  • Lookout Mountain: Located minutes away from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lookout Mountain offers adventurous activities to enjoy between truck driving routes. Ruby Falls, Rock City and Incline Railway are three great attractions to check out.
  • Gaylord Opryland Hotel: Even with a sleeper at your disposal, it’s worth staying a night at this iconic hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The signature glass atriums create the perfect setting for dining, shopping and recreation all under one roof.

Truck Driving Resources for Traveling through Tennessee

Check out which truck stops have the amenities you need as you travel through Tennessee. Then, stay up-to-date with the state’s latest travel alerts and road conditions by visiting the Tennessee Department of Transportation website.

To learn more about truck driving through Tennessee, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Be sure to find us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information about the trucking industry.

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Team Truck Driving | Perfect For Empty Nesters

Have all your children grown up and moved out? If so, you’re entering a stage of life you probably thought would never come, but there’s no denying it now: you’re an empty iStock 000003090837 Small 300x202 Team Truck Driving | Perfect For Empty Nestersnester.

You and your spouse now have some big decisions to make. Will you continue with life as usual? Will you spend all your retirement savings traveling the world? Or will you enter the truck driving industry and use this time to build assets before you officially retire?

Maybe you never thought of it before, but truck driving provides one of the best opportunities for empty nesters to make good money while soaking in the sites around the country. Rest assured, you can get in all the traveling you ever wanted while still building a nest egg for retirement.

A typical week for empty nester team truck drivers might include driving from California to New Jersey then to Texas and back to California, using layover periods to visit world-renowned restaurants in Chicago, ride a ferry down the Mississippi River and take scenic pictures at the Grand Canyon.

Over-the-road truck driving offers the retired lifestyle every empty nester wants with the added benefit of getting paid good money! Team drivers often rake in $60,000 to $90,000 or more after just a few years of experience. Even if you make this much now, does your job let you travel the country and sightsee with your spouse by your side?

Getting started is easy. In an industry where driver shortage is a serious problem for many carriers, your intent to begin team driving with your spouse makes you an in-demand employee. All you need to do is earn your commercial driver’s license (CDL), and you’ll be all set to apply for an entry-level team driving position. Many driving schools seamlessly transition you from the classroom to behind-the-wheel training to a good-paying job in just a few weeks.

If you’re still questioning whether truck driving is the right choice for you and your spouse, consider the reasons empty nesters make the perfect team drivers:

  • Your life experiences make you a perfect candidate, even if you have no prior professional driving experience.
  • You and your spouse have already proven you make a great team.
  • You have nothing tying you down at home.
  • If your kids and their families live hundreds of miles away, truck driving gives you an excuse to drop in and visit the grandkids.
  • Traveling as a couple is a fun, rewarding and lucrative way to continue saving for retirement.

To learn more about over-the-road team truck driving opportunities in your area, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then find us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information about what being a truck driver is like.

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Tax Time is Coming | Deductions for Truck Drivers

If you have yet to file your taxes, make sure you first understand all the deductions iStock 000041607846 Small 300x239 Tax Time is Coming | Deductions for Truck Driversavailable for truck drivers. Claiming everything you’re entitled to lowers your tax liability and helps you recoup some of the expenses associated with traveling for a living. Both company truck drivers and owner-operators have a number of deductions available to them. Use these tips to maximize your deductions and get through an audit unscathed.

Keep Your Receipts for Itemized Deductions

An itemized deduction involves adding up your specific truck driving costs throughout the year. Itemizing is more tedious than taking a standard deduction, but you should opt for whichever type gives you the biggest tax break.

Without proof of purchase, you miss out on many potential deductions. If you plan to itemize, keep a pocket organizer with all your receipts regarding everything you purchased for use in your truck the previous year. You can deduct items in the following categories:

  • Daily meal allowances ($36 per day on the road for a standard deduction if you don’t want to add up every meal receipt)
  • Mileage
  • Truck maintenance costs
  • Overnight hotel expenses
  • Union dues
  • Truck cleaning supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Electronics for the cab (GPS, CB radio, cell phone)
  • Load expenses (bungee cords, locks, wide load flags)
  • Tools (flashlights, tire iron, wrenches, duct tape)
  • Protective clothing (boots, hard hat, gloves, safety goggles)
  • Fees (tolls, ATM fees, DOT physical, parking fees, Hazmat clearance)

The IRS knows some expenses don’t come with a receipt, so they accept handwritten receipts as long as they are not excessive. Examples include laundry costs, truck washes and pay phone calls for business purposes.

Log Your Hours

Diligently update your logbook each day with your hours and mileage. This proves to the taxman how many days you were on the road, which is an important part of claiming tax deductions.

Understand Restrictions

In order to claim travel expenses, truck drivers must have a place to live while not on the road. This is known as a tax home; a PO Box doesn’t count. If you live in your truck, you can’t claim any travel expenses.

Consult a Tax Professional

Because it’s easy to overlook many of the deductions available for truck drivers, and every person’s situation is different, it’s recommended that you hire a tax professional who is familiar with the trucking industry’s special tax rules to help you get the biggest return possible.

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Jiggy Jobs at the Mid America Trucking Show

As the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world, the Mid America Trucking Show has plenty for you to do and see. MATS is March 26-28 at the Kentucky MATS 300x279 Jiggy Jobs at the Mid America Trucking ShowExpo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

If you’re attending the Mid America Trucking Show this year, be sure to stop by the Jiggy Jobs booth. You can find us at Booth #69004 in the Recruiting Hall. We’re here to help in your search for a trucking job. Plus, we hand out free donuts and cookies to visitors just for checking us out.

Big Events at the Mid America Trucking Show

One of the most notable events at MATS every year is the PKY Truck Beauty Championship. This is the largest gathering of decked out trucks in the nation, and everyone vies for honors in the beauty contest. Stop by Lot J behind the West Wing for a look. Trucks are on display all three days.

The MATS Concert is the evening of March 27 and will feature The Marshall Tucker Band, rocking Freedom Hall with jazz, country, rock, gospel and blues music. All attendees have access to the concert for free. Just make sure you pick up your tickets from the event’s sponsor, Mobil Delvac, the morning of March 26 or 27 at booth #18160 or #90400.

The event also has informative seminars. These trucking-oriented sessions provide invaluable information for fleet owners, companies and truck drivers. All seminars are located in South Wing Conference Center, Room B-104. Entrance is included with your Mid America Trucking Show ticket and no advanced registration is required.

Other Things to do Around Louisville

You’ve made the trip all the way out to Louisville, Kentucky; why not enjoy the sites a little longer before you head back home? A great site to see is the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. This museum is a must see if you’re a baseball fan!

Fourth Street Live!, located between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Liberty Street in downtown Louisville, is the right place to be if you want to dine, shop and enjoy live entertainment.

If you want a tour of the Ohio River while you’re in town, hop aboard the Belle of Louisville. This steamboat is the oldest operating vessel of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Frazier History Museum is a great place to visit if you love history. Exhibits here take you back as far as 1,000 years to people and events that changed the course of the world.

If you’re planning to attend the Mid America Trucking Show this year, we’re excited to see you there! Remember to stop by the Jiggy Jobs booth during the event. To learn more about us, please visit our website. We post new trucking jobs daily. Then, find us on Twitter, LinkedInFacebook and YouTube for even more information.

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CPAP – Helping Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea to Get Rested and Refreshed

Does your partner claim you snore loudly? Do you wake up gasping in the middle of the iStock 000014873639 Medium 300x200 CPAP – Helping Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea to Get Rested and Refreshednight? Are you exhausted every day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before? If you answered yes to any of these, you could be a truck driver with sleep apnea.

The primary risk factors for sleep apnea are similar to the demographics that make up the brunt of the commercial driver population: male, overweight and over age 40. According to the Protecting Professional Drivers (PPD) website, up to 28 percent of truck drivers have sleep apnea. Fortunately, the condition is diagnosable and treatable.

Sleep apnea develops when breathing is interrupted during sleep. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when tissues in the throat collapse, producing loud snoring and a completely blocked airway. Those with the condition can attest to how exhausting it is to have their sleep cycle interrupted as frequently as every 30 seconds all night long.

PPD offers an effective treatment option for patients with OSA called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. This is when you wear a mask over your nose that gently blows heated, humidified air into the throat while you sleep. The airflow is set to your individual needs and acts as a “splint” to keep the airway open.

A growing number of truck drivers are volunteering for the screening process and CPAP treatment. Here’s a look at one truck driver’s life-changing experience overcoming sleep apnea with CPAP:

“I was always exhausted throughout the day. I nodded off all the time and would even doze off in the middle of a conversation. Not only was it embarrassing, it was dangerous. I finally agreed to a sleep study after talking with a doctor. The sleep study confirmed I had severe sleep apnea. The test showed I never achieved REM sleep during a four-hour period. I stopped breathing an average of nine times an hour, and I tossed and turned throughout the sleep study. I was amazed when I saw the video of me sleeping.

“I was fitted for a CPAP machine. Yes, it did take a couple nights to get used to it, but it has been a life changer. I sleep straight through the night and wake up refreshed. My wife is glad because I don’t snore or gasp when I sleep. I use what is called a nasal pillow, which is very small and does not smother me. I don’t even take a nap without my CPAP on.”

If you are interested in participating in a sleep study to learn whether you have sleep apnea, visit the PPD website for more information. Then, learn about opportunities for truck drivers by visiting the Jiggy Jobs website and finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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How Have Lower Fuel Prices Impacted the Trucking Industry?

From pizza delivery to public transit, everyone is breathing a sigh of relief as gas prices approach a national average of $2.00 per gallon. Diesel fuel, a staple in tjobs for truckers 300x148 How Have Lower Fuel Prices Impacted the Trucking Industry?he trucking industry, also saw a substantial price drop of $0.44 per gallon in December, according to the Auburn Citizen, and is expected to see another $0.35 to $0.50 drop by the end of January.

Trucks, trains and ships relying on diesel have been greatly impacted by dropping fuel prices. Here’s how:

Higher Earning Power for Trucking Companies

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the American Trucking Association estimates that for every 1-cent drop in diesel costs, the trucking industry as a whole saves $350 million per year. A 70-cent drop in the past 12 months resulted in a whopping $24 billion in savings, and while 85 percent of the savings goes to shippers, trucking companies have the opportunity to boost their bottom line as well.

Better Pricing for Customers

When costs are down for transportation providers in the trucking industry, they can pass the savings on to customers. In 2008 when national fuel prices averaged $4.76 per gallon, many transportation companies charged a fuel surcharge to their customers. Lower prices mean the surcharge is decreased or completely eliminated.

Greater Optimism Among Truck Drivers

Increased savings at the pump increases morale among truck drivers and boosts spirits. More freight becomes available when companies offer lower prices, which in turn gives drivers more miles and increases their income.

Less Interest in Alternative Fuels

This negative impact comes as no surprise in an industry where the bottom line must be a top priority. Cleaner vehicles powered by biodiesel, natural gas and electricity are in lower demand as diesel fuel and gasoline prices continue to drop. Shippers are delaying purchases of natural gas-powered trucks, waiting to see if gas prices continue to fluctuate. While natural gas is still cheaper than diesel fuel – at least for now – the slim price differential means it takes longer to recoup the $50,000 additional investment Reuters says it takes to purchase a natural gas truck.

The forecast made by GasBuddy, a fuel pricing and forecasting website, calls for prices to remain mostly steady throughout 2015. While this means transportation companies might not get to enjoy another dollar drop like we saw in 2014, it means the savings in the trucking industry and beyond could continue. Keep on top of AAA national gas price averages by visiting fuelgaugereport.com.

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Carrier of the Month – Maverick Transportation

Jiggy Jobs’ Carrier of the Month is Maverick Transportation, an over-the-road and dedicated service provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1980, Maverick mavericktranslogo Carrier of the Month   Maverick Transportationoperates over 1,400 units capable of serving the flatbed, glass and temperature-controlled transportation markets across North America. If you’re interested in driving for a company that offers industry-leading pay, Maverick could be the company for you.

As of January 4, drivers in all of Maverick’s divisions began receiving significantly higher pay for their efforts. Drivers of all backgrounds and experience levels benefit from their new Pay for Experience program.

Under the program, drivers with at least one year of professional driving experience are ranked in a higher pay slot. Each successive year of experience results in continually higher pay for each driver. The increase has brought the average Maverick truck driver’s salary to between $60,800 and $66,500.

Even drivers without experience can complete this carrier of the month’s industry-leading student program and receive mileage increases. Student drivers and those who join Maverick with less than six months of experience can now expect to earn $53,000 in their first year. Drivers with six to 12 months of experience earn closer to $57,500.

The Pay for Experience program is a huge benefit for Maverick drivers across the board. In addition to great starting pay and extra benefits for experienced drivers, this carrier of the month also offers late-model equipment and unmatched training at its newly expanded driver training center in Arkansas. The $4 million expansion now facilitates the training of 210 new drivers at a time, about double the old facility’s capabilities.

Other incentives to drive for Maverick include an exceptional recruiting package and a new introductory pay rate in the company’s Pay for Performance program, allowing new recruits to start earning an extra $0.02 to $0.04 cents per mile immediately after going solo.

For more information about this carrier of the month, please visit the Maverick Transportation profile page. You can also apply to drive for Maverick directly on the Jiggy Jobs website. To conduct more research on different trucking companies, find us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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Truck Driving in Washington State

The great northwestern state of Washington is home to mountains, islands and even a iStock 000036249554 Small 300x199 Truck Driving in Washington Staterainforest. The majestic state boasts one of the most amazing coastlines in the US. It’s the place where Starbucks and grunge music were born, and it’s the perfect place to travel for whale watching and experiencing the great outdoors. If truck driving takes you to this great state, be sure to soak up some of its best attractions.

Sites to See in Washington State

  • Olympic National Park: A unique wilderness preserve, Olympic National Park offers a diverse experience with ecosystems that include temperate rainforests, alpine mountains and sandy beaches. Hurricane Ridge is the best place to spend a long day trip to the park.
  • North Cascades Scenic Highway: Following Highway 20 through Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park, truck driving along this scenic highway opens up breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, clear blue lakes and historic dams. Stretch your legs at picturesque viewpoints or take a hike on the marked trail.
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Enjoy a fascinating experience seeing an active volcano up close and soak up the lasting destruction and amazing plant and animal life recovering from the most recent 1980 eruption. Drive through the monument or stop at a few visitor centers to learn more about Mount St. Helens.
  • Riverfront Park: Spokane has many wonderful community spaces to enjoy between truck driving jobs. Along with fascinating architecture and lovely green spaces, enjoy some attractions at Riverfront Park, including the Spokane Falls SkyRide, seasonal ice skating rink, Looff Carrousel and even an amusement park.
  • Pike Place Market: Located in Seattle, this marketplace is home to more shops, vendors and restaurants than you could hope to explore in a single visit. It’s a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
  • Seattle Center: While in the city, be sure to stop by Seattle Center. Choose from a number of sites to visit, including the Space Needle, SciFi Museum, Key Arena, Pacific Science Center and many other attractions.
  • Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway: Running from Omak to Othello, the Coulee Corridor offers breathtaking vistas from both natural and manmade sources. Major highlights include the Grand Coulee Dam, along with Potholes State Park, Lake Lenore Caves, Banks Lake and many other worthwhile stops along the corridor.

Truck Driving Resources for Traveling through Washington State

Check out which truck stops have the amenities you need as you travel through Washington. Then, stay up-to-date with the state’s latest travel alerts and road conditions by visiting the Department of Transportation website.

To learn more about truck driving jobs available in Washington State and elsewhere, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn about other trucking industry topics by finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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Truck Driving Jobs for Military Veterans

The United States Marine Corps is not the only organization “looking for a few good men.” From coast to coast, trucking companies are also looking for a few good men – and iStock 000014499517 Small 300x200 Truck Driving Jobs for Military Veteranswomen! – to fill thousands of vacant truck driving jobs. While there may be an overall job shortage in this country, the trucking industry has plenty of work to go around.

Trucking companies place military veterans high on the list of potential candidates to fill truck driving jobs because of the life skills they developed while serving their country. Military veterans are disciplined self-starters, work well with team members and have a high level of pride and professionalism. These qualities make veterans very appealing to over-the-road transportation companies looking to fill truck driving jobs.

Truck driving is not for everyone, and being a truck driver is nothing like working in an office environment. Then again, that’s exactly why this type of work appeals to a lot of veterans. Being on the road provides a sense of freedom, something that many veterans long for.

A career as a professional truck driver can be very rewarding for someone with the right personality. Whether you were in the military for a single term or 20 years, nothing should stop you from getting into the driver’s seat of a big rig; after all, some of the largest trucking companies in the country are just waiting for someone just like you to apply for a job!

Even if you still need to obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL), most trucking companies with veteran programs offer in-house training facilities to make your future in trucking a viable pursuit. Use your GI bill to secure your CDL quickly and get on the road in no time. As long as you were honorably discharged, you can be certain a spot is waiting for you with one carrier or another.

So if you’re pondering life after the military, consider seeking truck driving jobs in your area. You won’t regret it.

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Trucking in 2015 | Truck Drivers Needed Now

The New Year is here. For ­truck drivers, there’s no better time than 2015 to find the perfect Regional Trucking Jobs 300x206 Trucking in 2015 | Truck Drivers Needed Nowtrucking job. Demand is high for qualified ­truck drivers, so you’ll get your pick of carriers. From great pay, to unbelievable benefits and a good work environment, now is the time to find exactly what you’re looking for.

How do you go about discovering and narrowing down your options? Jiggy Jobs has everything you need to turn your dream job into a reality. With an easy-to-navigate mobile website, you can even conduct your job search on the go from any web-connected mobile device.

Start by browsing the Classifieds to find out who is hiring right now. Jobs are added in real time so you can be the first to apply for the positions that sound the most appealing to you.

Unfamiliar with the carriers listed there? Learn more about them in the Company Profiles section. There, you can either browse specific companies by name or you can filter the companies listed to meet your needs and desires as a ­truck driver.

If you already know exactly the type of job you want and qualify for, narrow down your selection with Jiggy Jobs’ Top Job Search function. This allows you to define your hiring state, preferred job and trailer type, route preferences, home time requirements and fleet size. It’s the fastest and easiest way to get paired up with your dream truck driving job.

Then again, you may be totally flexible in the type of job you want. In that case, save yourself some time and fill out the Jiggy Jobs Quick App. This incredibly useful and time-saving tool lets you fill out one application for all the top carriers you’re interested in. Jiggy Jobs sends your application to all carriers hiring ­truck drivers with your qualifications. This saves you valuable time, gets your name and information in front of carriers and expedites the hiring process.

Services provided by Jiggy Jobs are free for all ­truck drivers, so get busy browsing, searching and applying for a new truck driving job in 2015! To learn more, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn about other truck driving topics by finding us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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