Top 5 Trucking Industry Shows

shutterstock 127850414 300x200 Top 5 Trucking Industry ShowsTrucking is a huge industry in America. It’s the backbone of the economy, the method by which homes are built and store shelves are filled. If you’re passionate about your place in the business, learn about the top five trucking industry shows so you can decide which ones to attend.

Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)

As the largest annual heavy-duty trucking show in the world, MATS is a must-attend event for anyone in the transportation industry. Guests enjoy face-to-face interactions with industry representatives and truck driving professionals, learn about the latest industry technology and glean information about getting started in the industry.

MATS started back in 1972 with 4,000 visitors. Last year more than 80,000 people attended. The next MATS event is scheduled for March 26-28, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Great American Trucking Show (GATS)

GATS, an all-encompassing convention for trucking professionals, has something for everyone. Heavy-duty truck drivers – including owner operators, company drivers and private fleet owners – can gain valuable insights by attending this trucking show.

More than 500 exhibitors set up booths in the 500,000-square-foot exhibit space in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The convention is held here annually, and the next GATS event is coming right up on August 21-23, 2014.

Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, the world’s largest of its kind, is home to an exciting show called the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. The event celebrates America’s truck drivers and gives attendees the chance to learn something new about big rigs. Expect to see an antique truck display, Super Truck beauty contest, 175 exhibitors, carnival games, live country music, fireworks and much more.

The Truckers Jamboree has taken place annually since its inception in 1979. The next event is right around the corner, scheduled for July 10-12, 2014. Admission and parking for all events is free, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.

Expedite Expo

This is the only trucking tradeshow that focuses exclusively on expedited trucking. The Expedite Expo teaches attendees about today’s newest trucks, career opportunities and products geared specifically toward medium- to heavy-duty truck owners.

The Expedite Expo launched in 2001 and is free to all attendees. The event is held in the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio and is scheduled for July 25-26, 2014.

Overdrive Pride & Polish

This truck beauty show is held in conjunction with MATS along with four other truck shows across the nation (St. George, Utah; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Crossville, Tennessee; and Wildwood, Florida). The Overdrive Pride & Polish truck beauty contest is open to anyone with a full- or part-time working big rig.

Jiggy Jobs is proud to attend MATS and GATS each year. If you’re planning to be at either event, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. For more about the best trucking industry shows, visit the Jiggy Jobs blog. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to learn what ­truck drivers are asking about.

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Expediters, the Other OTR Truck Driving Group

shutterstock 68581444 300x200 Expediters, the Other OTR Truck Driving GroupExpedited trucking is a specific niche of OTR truck driving that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. If you’re thinking about becoming a truck driver but you’re not sure which type of job is the best, consider the differences between regular OTR and expedited trucking.

Lifestyle

  • OTR truck driving: Both types of trucking jobs require you to be away from your home for three weeks or more at a time, but with OTR, drivers almost never spend time sitting around. There may be an occasional long wait as freight is loaded or unloaded, but usually, the OTR driver is either on the road or taking time off according to hours of service (HOS) regulations.
  • Expedited trucking: Once the driver makes an expedited delivery, it may be hours or even days before the next load is ready. When it is, the driver is notified and may be required to drop everything and pick up the load immediately. That’s what expedited trucking is all about – getting time-sensitive deliveries (such as flowers and live lobsters) to their destinations as quickly as possible.

Income

  • OTR truck driving: Most OTR drivers are paid by the mile and almost never have to unload their own freight. Starting rates vary, but the more experience drivers gain, the more money they can earn.
  • Expedited trucking: The exact same route as an OTR delivery pays more per mile if it’s expedited. The load is time-sensitive, and shippers and receivers are willing to pay more to ensure their cargo is top priority. This means expedite drivers earn more per mile than OTR drivers. That’s one reason lobster is so expensive, especially if you buy it inland.

Equipment

  • OTR truck driving: Quality OTR trucking companies offer some of the best equipment available. Company drivers can expect their trucks to be no more than three years old with some of the latest technologies available. After all, OTR drivers live out of the truck for weeks at a time, so carriers are careful to provide excellent accommodations for their drivers. If a truck needs any work, most companies won’t hesitate to get right on it. Of course, owner operators choose the truck they purchase and are responsible for maintenance and upgrades.
  • Expedited trucking: Time-sensitive shipments are often completed in smaller loads, which is one reason they cost the shipper more. The trucks still feature walk-in sleepers, but they have smaller cargo areas. Expedited truck drivers are usually owner operators, so they are responsible for leasing a vehicle with the features they want.

These are just the main differences between OTR truck driving and expedited truckers. To learn more, please visit the Jiggy Jobs blog. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to learn what topics ­truck drivers are asking about.

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More to Trucking than Just the Big Rig Rolling Down the Interstate

shutterstock 116173402 199x300 More to Trucking than Just the Big Rig Rolling Down the InterstateWhen people think about trucking, an image of a big rig rolling down the interstate is probably what first comes to mind. However, over-the-road trucking is just one aspect of the transportation industry. Take a look at this and other jobs that keep freight rolling from coast to coast.

Over-the-Road

This classic trucking job usually entails staying out on the road for three weeks or more at a time. That’s why it’s usually the best type of job for single men and women with no children or older couples whose children have left the nest.

OTR is more than just a job – it’s a lifestyle. You spend most of your time traveling from coast to coast, never quite knowing where your next route could take you. It’s a grand adventure, like being a paid tourist, which appeals to many people in the transportation industry.

Warehousing

This job still involves working behind the wheel of a big rig, but because you only move goods locally, you can typically expect to be home every night. It’s a huge benefit for husbands and wives or mothers and fathers who want to work in the trucking industry.

Like OTR, warehouse truck driving requires a commercial driver’s license. Depending on the type of goods you transport, you may need a special endorsement, such as tanker or HAZMAT.

Intermodal

The driver shortages currently plaguing the trucking industry have prompted shippers to consider intermodal freight shipping as an alternative to OTR. An intermodal truck driver doesn’t drive goods all the way across the country; instead, the truck connects freight delivered on ocean liners to railroad stations.

In intermodal transportation, freight makes the brunt of its journey via train. Then, when it’s within 50 miles of its destination, trucks carry freight the rest of the way. This is a less expensive option for shippers, greener for the environment and better for drivers who don’t want to be away from home.

Expedite

This special trucking-industry niche refers to drivers who make time-critical deliveries. It typically involves driving a smaller truck without a trailer. This allows for better fuel economy, resulting in more income on fewer miles for owner operators.

Drivers in this niche can expect to operate great equipment, work with top-notch carriers, earn a great living and enjoy ample time off. Some of the top expedited fleets are FedEx, Panther, UPS Express and Landstar Express.

To learn more about trucking jobs in these categories that might interest you, please read more on the Jiggy Jobs blog. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to learn what topics ­truck drivers are asking about.

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Top 5 Exercises To Get Your Butt In Gear

shutterstock 152853110 300x200 Top 5 Exercises To Get Your Butt In GearLike many other professionals today, ­truck drivers spend their entire working time sitting down. Unless you make it a priority, exercise is easy to neglect. Start a healthy habit today by adopting these top five exercises for ­truck drivers.

  • Walking: Here’s an exercise that immediately improves your health without making you hot and sweaty. Walk for 20 or 30 minutes at the end of your day,. Use the time to contemplate, call home or listen to your favorite music.
  • Stretching: Your muscles tighten up after hours behind the wheel. Every time you stop for food or a bathroom break, take a few minutes to stretch. This gets the blood flowing and helps you stay limber.
  • Push-offs: These exercises are essentially vertical push-ups for ­truck drivers. Stand a few feet from your truck and lean forward with your arms outstretched until your hands meet the truck. Bend and straighten your elbows as if you’re doing push-ups to work out your back and shoulders. Repeat as many times as you can. To track your progress, keep a record of how many reps you can complete.
  • Bicep curls: Keep a set of dumbbells in the cab to do bicep curls at the end of the day. Lifting a jug of milk works, too. Other arm exercises that require nothing more than hand weights (or milk jugs) include tricep kickbacks, shoulder presses, upward rows and front raises.
  • Bicycling: If you have room to store a bike in your cab, you have the perfect machine to get some exercise and sightseeing in at the end of your day. Be sure to take a GPS with you if you’re in unfamiliar territory so you can make it back to your truck safely.

Talk to your doctor about your personal health and fitness needs before you start a new exercise program. For more useful tips for ­truck drivers, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to learn what topics ­truck drivers are asking about.

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Top 8 Devices Every Truck Driver Must Have

Today’s truck drivershutterstock 190726046 231x300 Top 8 Devices Every Truck Driver Must Have is more tech savvy than ever before. If enjoy having the latest gadgets at your disposal – as well as tried and true truck driving tools – you need to pursue the top eight devices that every truck driver must have.

  1. GPS: There’s no need to waste time with paper maps today thanks to GPS. Special versions made just for the trucking industry have navigation capabilities that deliver as well as you do. According to Atlas Van Lines’ 2013 King of the Road survey, 61 percent of truck drivers already use GPS, so why not join the ranks?
  2. Smartphone: The King of the Road survey also reveals that 66 percent of truck drivers use smartphones. With countless apps for functional and entertainment purposes, a smartphone is the ultimate truck driving companion.
  3. Laptop computer: The larger screen and tactic keyboard of a laptop make it a mainstay for 43 percent of truck drivers, says the King of the Road survey. Whether you want to surf the web, watch a movie, or get in touch with loved ones, a laptop is certainly a worthy device.
  4. Onboard video camera: This tool is useful if you ever get into an accident and need to prove you were not at fault. It’s hard to argue with video evidence.
  5. Mobile reporting solution:  One of the best apps for on-the-go document submission is the TRANSFLO MOBILE SCANNING SOLUTION.  This solution from Pegasus TransTech provides a convenient, on-the-go scanning solution which allows drivers to scan and submit paperwork to carriers, and carriers to send paperwork to brokers.
  6. Qualcomm: Essential for fleets of any size, Qualcomm is a device that sends communications between the central office and the driver. It stores e-logs, tracks miles and offers navigation capabilities. Some devices also have Wi-Fi for on-the-go Internet access.
  7. MP3 player: Not every moment of your day is spent behind the wheel. Unwind before bed or boost your motivation during a workout by listening to music on your MP3 player.
  8. CB radio: This faithful device is the radio standard for professional drivers, an invaluable asset if you are stuck or blow a tire. The ability to instantly communicate with other drivers in your area could save you time and stress in an emergency.

To learn more about what today’s truck driver should keep in the cab, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn for more information.

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I Am Today’s Truck Driver

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Today’s professional truck driver is very different from the image crafted by popular culture a few decades ago. Some truck driver stereotypes, both good and bad, date back to the 1940s. Things didn’t change much for drivers between World War II and the 1990s. However, since the turn of the century, truck drivers have been constructing a new image for themselves, one that makes 50-year old stereotypes sound very silly.

Today’s truck driver is:

Tech savvy: According to Atlas Van Lines’ 2013 King of the Road survey, 66 percent of truck drivers use smartphones. In addition, 61 percent use GPS and 43 percent keep a laptop with them on the road.

Concerned about living a healthy lifestyle: It’s tough to eat healthy and stay active as a truck driver, but the modern-day prominence of keeping drivers healthy is shattering the beer belly stereotype once associated with truck drivers.

A neatly-dressed skilled professional: Fleets treat drivers like the professionals they are, not because they’re better than everyone else, but because they’re held to the high standard that any upstanding company expects of its employees.

Safety-minded: Fleets and drivers today place a heavy emphasis on safety. Not only does this attitude save lives, but also it’s simply good for business. After all, manufacturers only want their freight handled by safe, responsible drivers.

Dedicated to doing a great job: Drivers are passionate about their chosen career. They put their whole soul into making deliveries on time and pleasing the customer.

Honest: The level of integrity shown by today’s truck drivers smashes the stereotypes formulated decades ago. Dishonest drivers do not last long in the industry.

Helpful to others: Things don’t always go right on the highway. That’s why the Truckload Carriers Association honors Highway Angels who perform good deeds to perfect strangers who need their help. Motorists who benefit from the aid of a truck driver who fixed a flat tire, pulled someone from a wrecked vehicle or administered CPR can nominate him or her for a Highway Angel recognition award. These incidents are more common than you might think.

A good provider: Truck drivers earn a great living, which helps them support themselves and their families.

The idea that truck drivers are societal outcasts is clearly disappearing. To learn more about the qualities that apply to today’s truck driver, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn for more information.

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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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Find a New Trucking Job with JiggyJobs.com

trucking job 300x300 Find a New Trucking Job with JiggyJobs.com Where are you conducting your search for a lucrative new ­trucking job? The best resource is JiggyJobs.com. This website has all the tools to find the best trucking job based on your needs and qualifications. Take a look at the various ways to pinpoint the right opportunity and apply for a job without leaving the comfort of your home.

Fill out the Quick App

There’s no faster way to apply for a new ­trucking job! Simply fill out the one-page Quick App with your personal information, driving experience, driving record and work history. Then sit back and relax while JiggyJobs.com automatically distributes your application to the top trucking companies that are currently hiring drivers with your credentials. This is a free service offered to all applicants and the fastest way to get you in the driver’s seat.

Conduct a Top Job Search

If you have specific criteria in mind for the type of ­trucking job you want, visit the Top Job page; modify the search parameters to meet your preferences. Don’t be discouraged if no matches show up the first time – simply broaden your search criteria and try again. You’re bound to find a job opening that’s right for you.

Browse the Classifieds

Want to see exactly which companies are hiring right now? The Classifieds page is the place to see the most recent ­trucking job postings from around the country. These are updated in real time and organized with the most recent jobs listed first. New opportunities are posted daily, so be sure to check back often.

Sift Through Company Profiles

Perhaps you have heard good things about one carrier or another and want to research their job openings and hiring requirements. Head over to the Company Profiles page and take a look around. JiggyJobs.com has teamed up with approximately 80-90 of transportation companies, so you have plenty to check out.

To learn more about ­trucking job opportunities in your area, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information.

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Empty Nesters | Start a New Life as OTR Team Truckers

Trucking Jobs 300x200 Empty Nesters | Start a New Life as OTR Team Truckers Now that your kids have grown up and flown the coop, you’re experiencing a new stage of life you probably thought would never come: the empty nester stage. Where will you go from here? Many retired couples talk about traveling, but that gets expensive. What if there was an opportunity for you and your spouse to get paid to travel? As OTR team truckers, you can do just that. Consider all the aspects of this opportunity:

  • Many trucking jobs today require mature, responsible drivers. Your life experiences make you desirable candidates as OTR team truckers, even if you have no prior professional driving experience.
  • Empty nesters make great teams. You and your spouse are already accustomed to spending a lot of time together and can communicate effectively.
  • As a retiree, you’re older than most entry-level drivers, so you’re likely to receive preferential treatment due to your inherently more mature and dependable nature.
  • You have nothing tying you down; your kids have homes and families of their own. In fact, if they live far away, your route may very well take you near enough to drop in and visit the grandkids.
  • There’s good money in trucking jobs. OTR team truckers often earn $60,000 to $90,000, sometimes even upwards of $100,000 a year. Even if you made that much before becoming an empty nester, did your old job let you travel the country with your partner and get paid to sightsee?

As long as you’re in good health, securing a trucking job with a leading transportation carrier is not difficult. You will need to obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL), and many carriers have programs that lead you straight from driving school to an entry-level driving position. You’ll have your partner by your side the entire time as you move up the experience ladder and increase your pay. To learn more about opportunities for OTR team truckers in your area, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information about trucking jobs.

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Carrier of the Month | LTI

JiggyJobs’ Carrier of the Month for May is LTI Trucking Services, Inc. The full-service logistics company is based in St. Louis, Missouri and provides transportation services across the country.

Truck Driver Jobs with LTI

While LTI offers nationwide services, it operates primarily in the Midwest, South and Southeast. New drivers have several opportunities with this carrier of the month:

  • Run regional routes, most of which are in the Midwest
  • Join the dedicated fleet, which operates in the Midwest and Eastern US
  • Become an owner operator through the lease-purchase program

Minimum Pay Program

LTI understands that unforeseen events may threaten to lower a driver’s weekly paycheck. That’s why the Minimum Pay Program is in place. The program is not based on miles; it simply acts as a safety net to prevent drivers from taking home a low weekly check. Of course, drivers who work more earn more.

  • Regional drivers earn a guaranteed minimum of $800 per week
  • Dedicated drivers earn a guaranteed minimum of $900 per week

For example, if the truck breaks down or another situation occurs beyond a regional driver’s control, a $680 week would actually turn into $800 based on the Minimum Pay Program.

Company Size

It’s difficult to strike the perfect balance in terms of company size to satisfy both drivers and customers. However, LTI does so perfectly. This carrier of the month is large enough to provide quality equipment for everyone with truck driver jobs as well as deliver to established Fortune 500 companies.

LTI is also small enough to know their drivers by name and build personal relationships with them. The company size makes it possible for fleet managers to know each driver’s preferences so they can work according to those personal choices.

Looking to the Future

LTI is never stuck in the past. Instead, this carrier of the month looks to the future with a strategic growth plan paced for a steady increase in freight and new trucks. In fact, LTI is currently in the process of updating every truck in the fleet. The trucks being replaced will become available for owner operators to lease-purchase with attractive zero down payment plans, low weekly payments and short 18-month lease terms.

If this carrier of the month looks like the perfect opportunity you’ve been waiting for, please visit JiggyJobs.com and apply for a job with LTI today. Then, learn more about what’s new in the world of truck driver jobs by finding JiggyJobs on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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