Truck Driving in Kentucky

With its prominent location in the Great Lakes Region of the U.S., you’re bound to do some truck driving through the great state of Kentucky. This state is associated with shutterstock 93764620 300x200 Truck Driving in Kentuckyhorses, corvettes, bourbon and college basketball. I-65, I-71 and I-64 all converge in Louisville, Kentucky, making it a hub of activity for truck drivers and tourists alike.

The next time you travel through this state and have some down time, be sure to stop by some of the following sites:

  • Churchill Downs: Churchill Downs is the most famous horse racetrack in the world and hosts the Kentucky Derby annually. Its central location in south Louisville makes it an easy place to visit between truck driving jobs.
  • Mammoth Caves: This is the longest cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of underground caverns to explore.
  • Corvette Factory: Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this assembly plant is where the ever-popular Chevrolet Corvette is built.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky was Lincoln’s home during his early years. History buffs can tour his boyhood home at Knob Creek.
  • Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley: Located in western Kentucky, this is the largest manmade lake system in the world.
  • Barbecue Joints: Just about any barbecue restaurant in Kentucky will have some of the best grub you’ve ever had. From ribs that fall off the bone to seasoned pulled pork, it’s hard to find better barbecue anywhere (though Texans may disagree).
  • Home of Bill Monroe: The father of bluegrass music was born in Rosine, Kentucky, and you can tour his home while in the area. Then, if you haven’t gotten your fill, tune in to some local radio stations to enjoy bluegrass music from its place of origin.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail: This is a prime place to enjoy some of the world’s best bourbon distilleries, including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey. Stock up on your favorites, but remember, no drinking and driving!
  • Kentucky Truck Stops: Because of the state’s central location, you can find dozens of truck stops located right along your truck driving route. Stop in for everything you need!

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Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive drivers are a problem any time of year, but they seem to be more prevalent during the holiday season. Everyone is a little more stressed and hurried than usual. Combined with poor visibility and slick roads, aggressive driving is sometimes a recipe for  shutterstock 200510045 300x200 Dealing with Aggressive Driversdisaster. Here are some steps to make truck driving a safer experience when you encounter aggressive drivers on the road.

  • Stay calm: All that really matters is for you to make it to your destination safely. Remind yourself that the other driver’s behavior can’t control the way you respond. Their aggression simply isn’t worth getting worked up over.
  • Let the driver pass: In a two-lane highway situation, get into the right lane so the driver can get ahead of you. Sometimes aggression reveals itself simply because the driver is in a rush and your truck is blocking them.
  • Avoid eye contact: Looking the aggressive driver in the eye is likely to only exacerbate the problem. By keeping your eyes straight ahead, you can more easily resist the temptation to make an inappropriate hand gesture or facial expression. These responses only egg the other driver on.
  • Give them space: Never challenge the driver by speeding up to match their vehicle. Instead, steer clear and give the driver plenty of room. When it comes to irritating an aggressive driver, tailgating or flashing your lights is just as bad as flipping the bird. Your best bet is to simply get out of the driver’s way.
  • Assess your safety: If the aggressive driver is really getting out of hand, you might be tempted to lay on the horn. However, use your horn sparingly to prevent annoying the driver. Instead, call 911 to report the situation. Remember to use your hands-free device to make the call.

In the end, safe truck driving is about being an assertive, attentive driver; not an aggressive one. For more useful truck driving tips, please visit our website. Then, learn more about what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Winter Weather Tracking for Truck Drivers

As the weather turns persistently colder, it’s time for ­truck drivers to make preparations shutterstock 161902310 300x223 Winter Weather Tracking for Truck Driversfor winter driving conditions. Whether it’s stocking your truck with survival gear or setting yourself up for success with a pre-trip inspection, here’s how to prepare for winter weather as a ­truck driver.

Build an Emergency Kit

Cold weather breakdowns are no laughing matter. Sub-freezing temperatures and lack of food and water could spell disaster. Fill your truck with the following gear to help you survive bitterly cold roadside conditions:

  • Emergency food supply including high-calorie energy bars and other nonperishable food
  • Pack of water bottles
  • Flares and reflectors
  • Fleece blanket and sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing such as a heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, wool socks, etc.
  • Battery-operated transistor radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger and spare battery

Conduct Pre-Trip Inspections

Never skip this important safety measure. Pre-trip inspections should include the following:

  • Checking your fluid levels and tire pressure
  • Testing the windshield wipers and defroster
  • Adjusting the mirrors and steering wheel
  • Testing the turn signals and all external lights
  • Making sure the fifth wheel, tow bar, safety chains and locking devices are all secure
  • Checking the instrument panel for telltale lights or buzzers

Stay Connected

Even though ­truck drivers are alone in the cab, they remain connected to the outside world thanks to technology. Do the following to stay connected on your route:

  • Set weather alerts on your phone.
  • Tune in to weather radio stations along your route for more details.
  • Keep in touch with your dispatcher if conditions become too dangerous to see if you need to pull over.

Practice Safe Driving Techniques

Winter weather driving requires your undivided attention and quick reaction time. To help prevent an accident, do the following:

  • Stay well rested. Pull over and take a break if you feel yourself becoming fatigued.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to help keep traction and avoid slipping on ice.
  • Drive under the speed limit.
  • Keep your distance from vehicles in front of you.
  • Remain aware of other cars entering your blind spot.
  • Put your phone away. If you must make a call, use a hands-free device, though it’s much safer if you pull over first.

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Carrier of the Month – Roehl Transport

Each month, Jiggy Jobs proudly introduces a different Carrier of the Month to keep you informed about today’s best trucking companies. Whether you’re interested in switching to a new carrier or you’re entering the truck driving industry for the first time, you should consider Roehl Transport as a possibility.roehl horizontal embossed color 300x109 Carrier of the Month   Roehl Transport

About Roehl Transport

This Carrier of the Month has more than 2,500 employees and is proud to be one of the safest and largest truckload and logistics companies in the U.S. Roehl Transport is based in Wisconsin with locations across the country. Drivers are proud to work for Roehl because of the company’s leading approaches to safety, impressive pay, excellent benefits and flexible home time.

Recent Pay Increases and Performance-Based Pay

This past summer, Roehl implemented a wide-ranging pay increase to its 2,200-truck fleet. Drivers in flatbed, van, refrigerated, dedicated, heavy haul and specialized fleets all benefited from raises as high as 16 percent.

The pay increase comes on top of Roehl’s already highly-praised Your Choice Pay Plan, which empowers drivers to earn higher pay based on their individual performance instead of merely waiting for anniversary-based raises. Greg Koepel, Vice President of Workforce Development and Administration at Roehl, explains, “You don’t have to wait a decade to get to the top rates with Roehl. If you’re a top performer, you’re going to get top pay!”

Koepel states that the reason behind performance-based pay is to recognize the hard work and superior performance of the company’s top drivers today rather than at some arbitrary date in the distant future. Your Choice Pay Plan is based on safety, productivity, customer service, cost management and fuel efficiency.

The powerful combination of the recent pay increase and Your Choice Pay Plan makes this Carrier of the Month an industry leader. In fact, the National Transportation Institute has certified Roehl Transport as a Top Pay Carrier.

If you’re looking to start a new trucking driving career with this Carrier of the Month, please check out Roehl Transport’s profile on the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn more about what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Truck Driving in Florida

If your truck driving route takes you through the Sunshine State, you have plenty of options for sightseeing on your days off. From the Panhandle’s beaches to theme parks to Key West, there’s no shortage of warm-weather attractions in the US’s southern-most shutterstock 57015881 300x211 Truck Driving in Floridastate. It’s easy to reach many of these attractions thanks to their close proximity to the many truck stops in Florida. Here’s what you should check out:

Walt Disney World

Orlando is home to the famous Walt Disney World Resort. Located just off I-4, Disney World is the place where dreams come true. Families come for thrilling rides, live entertainment, character experiences, Animal Kingdom, the water park and much more. Even if you’re alone on your truck driving route, Disney World is a blast. You can enjoy adult-centered activities, such as spas, Cirque du Soleil, the EPSN Wide World of Sports and more.

South Beach Miami

Called SoBe by the locals, South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach. If you love soaking up the sun, you can’t miss this hot spot! Still, there’s much more than fine white sands and colorful buildings to enjoy when you visit South Beach. Make sure you visit the galleries, shop at stores and boutiques, and dine at your favorite kind of restaurant, whether that’s casual beachside grub or gourmet cuisine.

Florida Keys and Key West

If you don’t have too much time to get away from your truck driving route, you might not make it all the way to Key West, a tiny two-by-four-mile island south of Florida. It’s a nearly three-hour drive from Florida City at Florida’s most southern tip to Key West when you travel by way of the Overseas Highway. If that’s too far, you can certainly make it to other Florida Keys; for instance, Key Largo is only 30 minutes from Florida City. There’s no shortage of tropical scenery, white sands and entertainment, no matter which of the Florida Keys you’re able to visit.

St. Augustine

Located on Florida’s east coast, St. Augustine is touted as the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the city’s rich heritage makes it one of a kind. During your visit, stroll down the narrow streets, visit a few museums and stop by landmarks such as Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth” or the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. The city has plenty to offer for history buffs – and everyone else, for that matter.

Kennedy Space Center

Looking for an adventurous day trip while you’re taking a break from truck driving? Visit the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. There, you’ll get to feel what it’s like to be launched into space, view the Atlantis shuttle and even eat lunch with an astronaut. If you’re a NASA fan, you can’t turn this opportunity down.

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Keeping Healthy with Common Sense

No one wants to get sick, especially when being ill means you can’t work and earn the money you need to support your family. With colder weather comes cold and flu season,shutterstock 41868745 300x252 Keeping Healthy with Common Sense which increases your chance of catching a bug. Fortunately, you can take precautions to stay healthy both while truck driving and enjoying time at home with your family. Here’s what you need to do:

Get a Flu Shot

A vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent catching the flu while truck driving. October to early November is the best time to receive your shot because it gives you protection over the entire flu season. Be aware that flu vaccines contain dead viruses that give your immune system a chance to build antibodies against those particular strains. The vaccine can’t make you sick, but it takes about two weeks to become fully effective.

Guard Against Germs

To prevent coming in contact with the flu or another illness while truck driving, follow these hygiene tips:

  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water after shaking hands, touching potentially contaminated surfaces and before eating.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you for when a sink isn’t available.
  • Carry disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces you’re about to touch.
  • Don’t share cutlery with a sick person.
  • Color code hand towels to prevent spreading germs between family members.
  • Wash towels and sheets more often during the flu season.

Jump Start Your Immune System

You have a better chance of fighting off infection or getting over an illness faster if your immune system is in good shape. Give it a boost with these tips:

  • Exercise at least four days a week.
  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals.
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
  • Take multivitamins.
  • Quit smoking.

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Thank You to Our Veterans

shutterstock 125204504 300x200 Thank You to Our VeteransIt takes a special person to join the US Armed Forces. You joined, fit the criteria and served your country with honor and dignity. You made your family and friends proud and learned more about yourself as you sacrificed so much when your country needed you most.

Now you’re home and looking for a job to help you transition back into civilian life. The country will thank you on this Veterans Day for all you have done for us. This important holiday has a unique and rich history you may not know about.

The holiday was originally created in 1938 to honor Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The legislation at that time honored the veterans from this war alone.

However, in 1954, once World War II and the Korean War had both ended, Congress amended the Act of 1938 based on a recommendation from veterans’ service organizations: the word “Armistice” would be replaced with “Veterans” to honor all US servicemen and women from every war ever fought. The legislation passed that year and from then on, November 11 became known as Veterans Day.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill went into effect. This changed the date of certain holidays to ensure federal employees received a three-day weekend. Holidays such as Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day were all moved to Mondays. Under this bill, Veterans Day changed to the last Monday in October. However, many states did not agree with this change and continued to celebrate the holiday on November 11 while others observed the first Veterans Day under the Uniforms Holiday Bill on October 25, 1971.

After the confusion, President Gerald Ford signed a law in 1975 that returned Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, effective in 1978. Since this final legislation was passed, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11 each year.

Despite all the changes, the spirit of Veterans Day remains the same: celebrate the service of veterans from all eras and all wars. With all your sacrifices, you deserve the chance to transition back into civilian life without jumping through hoops. That’s why truck driving jobs could be the perfect answer for you. Many of the qualities and skills that helped you succeed in the Armed Forces are the same ones that could make you perfect for today’s trucking driving jobs.

If you’re looking for a smooth transition to civilian life, look no further than Jiggy Jobs. For more information about how veterans can secure truck driving jobs, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Carrier of the Month – Mesilla Valley Transportation

Each month, Jiggy Jobs proudly features a different Carrier of the Month to introduce you to some of the best trucking companies out there. Whether you’re interested in changing the company you drive for or want to enter the truck driving industry for the first time, you should consider Mesilla Valley Transportation as a possibility.

About Mesilla Valley Transportation

This Carrier of the Month is one of the largest locally-owned transportation providers in New Mexico and western Texas. In 1981, the company began hauling primarily refrigerated goods for clients in the Southwest. Its growth over the past three decades now allows Mesilla Valley Transportation to provide time-sensitive transportation services between major manufacturing areas across the U.S. and Canada.

Benefits of Driving for Mesilla Valley Transportation

If you’re looking for a new or first-time truck driving opportunity, Mesilla Valley Transportation could offer exactly what you’re looking for. The top benefits of driving for this Carrier of the Month include:

  • Access to late model equipment and driving lanes.
  • First-class bonus programs, including a chance for the drivers with the best fuel mileage to win a new car once a quarter.
  • The chance to receive a $25,000 bonus as Driver of the Year.
  • Continual changes based on driver feedback to ensure the best possible benefits for drivers.

Life at Mesilla Valley Transportation

Drivers at Mesilla Valley Transportation take pride in their company. Their high level of loyalty and enthusiasm is clear in everything they do. The tightly knit, family-oriented atmosphere of this Carrier of the Month makes it easy for truck drivers to love the company and their jobs. This video conveys what life is like at Mesilla Valley Transportation very well.

Mesilla Valley Transportation Receives U.S. EPA 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award

Mesilla Valley Transportation was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Carrier of the Month – Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transportation was one of 44 carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 3000 Partners.  The carrier Excellence Awardees were honored at American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition held in San Diego, California on October 7, 2014.

For a new truck driving career with a company that really cares, check out Mesilla Valley Transportation’s current driver opportunities. You can also take a look at their company profile on the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, to learn more about what truck drivers are saying, find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Trucking in New Mexico

One of the biggest benefits of truck driving is traveling all over the country. You have the chance to see sites during an average workweek that most employees have to take time off to visit. New Mexico is one of these scenic destinations.

Nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, the state has something for everyone: mountains in the north and west, high plains in the east and white sands in the south. The next time your truck driving route takes you through New Mexico, be sure to stop at a few of the state’s top tourist attractions.

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The world-famous white sand dunes are located in White Sands National Monument, just west of Holloman Air Force Base along I-70 in southern New Mexico. The entire area is breathtaking, with its natural beauty stretching across the largest gypsum sand dune fields in the world. Take off your shoes and explore the dunes up close and personal. Stick around long enough to see the wonder of white sands reflecting the moonlight. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Carlsbad Caverns

Situated in the heart of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, these limestone caves are some of the deepest in the United States. The national park is southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico off of I-180. A tour through the fourth-largest cave system in the country is an unforgettable experience. A visit here is definitely worth your time if you’re truck driving in the area.

Roswell

Located 80 miles north of Carlsbad Caverns is the city of Roswell, New Mexico. With a paranormal history that includes UFO crash landings and alien sightings, Roswell has been a popular tourist spot since a UFO supposedly crashed here in 1947. It’s definitely worth dropping in to the popular Alien Zone Area 51 to take some alien selfies.

Bandelier National Monument

This beautiful historic area is a short drive from Los Alamos in north-central New Mexico. The site features fascinating tribal cliff dwellings and one of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. You’ll marvel at the lush Ponderosa pine forest, wide range of plant and animal life, breathtaking mountains and canyons that surround the location as far as the eye can see.

Billy the Kid Museum

This Fort Sumner-based museum details the fascinating life of Billy the Kid. Around 60,000 pieces relating to the infamous Old West outlaw are on display here, including his chaps, rifle and even locks of his hair. Gun and classic car enthusiasts will appreciate the section devoted to showcasing more than 150 firearms and cars ranging from 1940s fire trucks to 1950s muscle cars.

With many New Mexico truck stops in the vicinity of these sites, it’s easy to stop at your favorite location for half a day of sightseeing before you get back on your route. For more useful ­truck driving information, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Winter Driving Safety

As the weather turns nasty, road conditions deteriorate. However, just because the roads get bad doesn’t mean ­truck driving stops. Store shelves still need to be stocked, and goods still need to reach their destinations on time.shutterstock 166586726 300x200 Winter Driving Safety

To ensure you’ll stay safe while out making deliveries, prepare your truck for winter weather now, so you’ll be ready when the first big storm of the season hits. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Keep Up with Weather Forecasts

If possible, avoid routes where bad weather is in the forecast. Keep your fleet up-to-date with deteriorating weather conditions at your location, and alert your dispatcher if you decide that ­truck driving is too dangerous. Tell him or her if you need to pull over and wait out the storm. Also, communicate bad weather to the drivers around you, so they remain alert of changing conditions as well.

Check your Chains

It’s been a while since you’ve used them – are they still in good working order? Practice installing the chains on your tires this fall so you’ll be ready when you actually need them.

Keep a Winter Breakdown Survival Kit in Your Truck

The best tip for making it through a blizzard is to stop ­truck driving and pull over. Stock your truck with these items that you’ll need to wait out the storm:

  • Heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, blankets and a sleeping bag to help you stay warm without idling the engine
  • Battery-operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries for both
  • Non-perishable food such as energy bars, granola, nuts and beef jerky
  • Lots of water bottles
  • Cell phone charger and an extra battery
  • Shovel, road salt and sand for dislodging a stuck truck
  • First aid kit and basic medicines
  • Flares, reflectors, a whistle and fluorescent distress flag to signal for help
  • Booster cables, ice scraper and pocket knife
  • A good book to help pass the time

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