17 years and 10 months. That’s how long Ray Nolin was a driver for TransAm Trucking and boy will he be missed. “A legend” is one term that was commonly floating around on his last day with the company. From Ray’s viewpoint, however, he is no legend; he simply was a good driver who did … Continue reading "Ray Nolin – A Legend"
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Leo Payne? He has been representing TransAm on the road since 1997 and has driven millions of miles since that time. With over 20 years with TransAm and nine years in trucking prior to that, he is very knowledgeable in the ways of the road. During that time … Continue reading "Leo Payne: Still Going Strong"
The environment is an ever-growing concern these days. A lack of regulation and a heavy dose of ignorance to the cause and effect of human actions in years past have left the world in a state of concern about the environment around us. Almost every decision we make in our everyday lives in some way, … Continue reading "TransAm Receives US EPA 2019 SmartWay Excellence Award"
In the trucking industry, drivers are on the front lines and it is no secret that it takes a strong-willed and determined person to be successful within that role. However, long days on the road with many days away from home is what it takes to keep the industry in this country moving along efficiently. … Continue reading "Mary Collins – Dedication and Determination"
With more than 1,000 TransAm Trucks on the road today, it requires a precisely dialed in operation to keep things running smoothly. A key role in the process is the Driver Managers in the Fleet Management department. In this article, we will be taking a deeper look at what a typical day is like in … Continue reading "A Day in the Life of a Driver Manager"
Mentor of the Month – Patrick Haugh Not everyone makes the cut to be a TransAm mentor. It is an honorable title reserved for those who have proven their abilities in their craft. They must also possess the strong traits needed to effectively pass their knowledge along to our new incoming drivers; equipping them … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – May 2019"
Mentor of the Month – James Davison James Davison is truly an asset to TransAm’s mentoring program. Whether it be walking a mentee through the pre-trip checklist or patiently instructing him on OTR safety procedures, you can tell James has a passion for helping others succeed. “James is such a joy to work with. He … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – April 2019"
TransAm is always looking for new opportunities to grow our company and provide resources for our drivers. That is why we are excited to announce the opening of the Tampa Terminal in Florida. The TransAm Tampa Terminal will serve as a full-service facility for company, regional and dedicated trucks as well as offering other helpful … Continue reading "Tampa Team Spotlight"
TransAm’s mentoring program paves the way for not only our future drivers, but also our future mentors. The success of mentoring can be found in the progression of mentees who go on to become mentors themselves. A perfect example of this is John Carson, who contracted his business with TransAm in 2018. After spending … Continue reading "John Carson: Blazing A Path for the Next Generation"
From our drivers to our office personnel, each role plays an important part in the overall success of the company. Marco Leal, TransAm Driver Manager is a part of the backbone that ensures the safety and efficiency of our over the road drivers. With his calm composure and proactive nature, Marco manages a fleet of … Continue reading "Marco Leal – Cornerstone of the Company"
Have you ever seen the sun set over the Tetons of Jackson Hole, Wyoming or marveled at a Disney Cruise ship gilded in gold, setting sail over the waves of Galveston? Kenneth Tilghman, city driver for TransAm, has; among many other breathtaking views he’s witnessed in his career as a veteran truck driver. “Truck … Continue reading "Ken Tilghman: All Paths Lead Back to the Open Road"
Mentor of the Month – Von Clarke TransAm makes it a priority to have dependable and experienced drivers as leaders in our mentor program. That is why we are especially proud to announce our Mentor of the Month: Von Clarke. Von has been an outstanding member of TransAm’s mentoring program. He has not only … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – March 2019"
“Go run for Johnny Jacobson,” was the recommendation that kick started Ralf Jones career at TransAm Trucking. After more than 16 years in the trucking industry, Ralf is an esteemed veteran of the open road. No matter if he is driving through the polar vortex in Minneapolis or navigating the narrow streets of the Bronx, … Continue reading "Ralf Jones – One Load at a Time"
Mentor of the Month – Tony Boone Shout out to Tony Boone for being TransAm’s mentor of the month. His excitement for mentoring is contagious and he is an inspiration to others in the mentoring program. Tony goes out of his way to make sure every mentee is well prepared on the road by checking … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – February 2019"
There are a number of factors that go into making sure TransAm’s fleet runs safely and efficiently. Whether it’s a Kenworth tractor, trailer, Thermo king reefer, or an electronic device, every automotive part needs to work properly to ensure that our driver can get from point A to point B safely and efficiently. Each driver … Continue reading "Michael Smith – Force Behind the Fleet"
Early in the morning, dedicated fleet driver, Ian Kalimanis is doing his pre-trip check in Minnesota where the weather is in the crisp single digits. Although this native Floridian, is used to a more pleasant balmy climate, you will never hear Ian complain. “Even on the days when it’s single digits and your brakes are … Continue reading "Ian Kalimanis – Delivering with a Purpose"
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” is an age-old interview question that can strike fear in any Millennial entering the workforce. “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 months?” seems like a more plausible question to reflect on, right? Think again. The career choices you make in your twenties can … Continue reading "Millennials & Trucking"
Mentor of the Year – Kerlon Epps Kerlon Epps is an outstanding example of what a mentor at TransAm should be. He continuously works hard to supply his mentees with the information that they need to succeed. If a mentee has difficulty with a certain area of training, Kerlon goes out of his way to … Continue reading "Drivers of the Year 2018"
Mentor of the Month – Marc Noonan A big shout out to Marc for guiding the future drivers of TransAm! Thanks to his positive example and patience, he has become a favorite among his mentees. For example, his mentees have great things to say about their over-the-road experience. From teaching proper safety procedures to coaching mentees … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – January 2019"
They’ve seen it all. From every bump in the road to every success. The members of TransAm Trucking’s Million Mile Club have the best stories, experiences and lessons to share. From taking a proactive approach, to encouraging future drivers to reach their goals,the advice from these Million Mile Club members might be the best … Continue reading "Advice from the Million Mile Club"
At the core of every good company is a common purpose that aligns with the integrity and values upon which its foundation stands. Our noble purpose is the core belief of the company: “Trucking is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people.” As we endeavor to create a noble trucking company, we are … Continue reading "Cathy Stockton : Upholding the Noble Purpose"
“Life is a journey, not a destination,” is the motto that Elwin Hines, company driver for TransAm Trucking, lives by. For Elwin, trucking has never been just about getting from point A to point B. With over a decade of driving with TransAm and a million safe miles under his belt with no late loads, … Continue reading "Elwin Hines Sr : A Passion for Purpose"
Mentor of the Month – Christi Azbill Mentors play a crucial role in shaping new driver’s careers. Luckily, our team has Christi Azbill, TransAm mentor, to guide our mentees. Christi has dedicated her time and industry knowledge to ensure that her mentees have a positive experience and are prepared for life on the road. She … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – December 2018"
Randy Davis, an independent contractor at TransAm Trucking, is one in a million. He is one of the noble drivers who has joined the million mile club at TransAm Trucking. Since he started contracting with TransAm in 2011, each mile has represented the hard work and commitment Randy has dedicated to his business. It should … Continue reading "Randy Davis : One in a Million"
Mentor of the Month – Kayla Harris Shout out to Kayla Harris for being an exceptional Mentor to new drivers. She goes above and beyond for each of her mentees, making sure they are prepared and safe over the road. Josh Moore, Manager of Mentee Training, states, “Kayla has done a great job working with … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – November 2018"
Tis the season of giving and with the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to decide what gifts to bestow upon your friends and family. Instead of taking the easy route and gifting a generic gift card, why not give the trucker in your life a personalized item that they can truly enjoy? Or if you … Continue reading "Holiday Gifts for Your Trucker"
Multicolored Kenworth trucks line the lots right beside the TransAm building. Each one boasts top- quality equipment with an automatic transmission and auxiliary power unit. Each TransAm truck is carefully inspected and maintained to provide each driver some of the best equipment on the road. But before these rigs can hit the road, the seal … Continue reading "Mike Smith: Tools for Success"
It’s very rare that people find their calling early on in life. Some of us have to go through years of school or a few jobs to discover a career that aligns with our passion. That was not the case for Chris Kyles, who knew at the young age of 21 years old that he … Continue reading "Chris Kyles : In it for the Long Haul"
Mentor of the Month – Mark Meads Shout out to Mark for his willingness to assist an injured driver. You demonstrated true support to a driver in need and went out of your way to secure his belongings. Thank you for being a great example of a team player and stepping up to help a … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – October 2018"
Mentor of the Month – Chris Kyles Dubbed the “Garmin Guru,” Chris’s patience and guidance is much appreciated by his mentees. He goes out of his way to help all of his mentees learn all aspects of TransAm. He also targets areas they need to improve on so they can reach their full potential. His … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – September 2018"
If every driver stopped in America, where would we be as a nation? It’s a question that most of us rarely ask ourselves and a service that we easily take for granted. Although each individual driver contributes to our society, the strength is found in the community of trucking. Tramell Shelby is one of the … Continue reading "Tramell Shelby – Making America Move"
A long stretch of miles ahead and solitude are the two key things that Leslie Iverson, TransAm company driver, enjoys most about her profession. After working in a variety of different customer service positions, Leslie decided it was time for a career pivot: the trucking industry. Always one for a challenge, Leslie immersed herself in … Continue reading "Leslie Iverson – Strength in Solitude"
In an industry where Time = Miles, it’s an essential to have a point person whose priority is taking care of the drivers who keep the trucking industry going. Sammy Aleman, TransAm HR Generalist, is TA’s “go to” person when it comes to this important role. No day is the same for Sammy, but that … Continue reading "Sammy Aleman – Success Through People"
Mentor of the Month – Doug Martin Doug Martin is a mentor both on and off the truck. He’s a positive influence to his mentees and uses social media to continually offer advice and answer trucking questions within the trucking community. His passion for the trucking industry is infectious. Thank you, Doug, for your dedication … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – August 2018"
When we decide to try something new, having a source of information is crucial if we wish to succeed in whatever we attempt. At TransAm Trucking, we have a mentorship program that combines experienced drivers with recent CDL graduates to help prepare the graduates for their new profession. For Ernest Carter, mentoring new drivers is a challenge … Continue reading "Ernest Carter – From Loading the Trailers to Hauling Them"
In a technology driven world, trucking industry specific apps are on the rise. Companies – such as Pilot Flying J and Cat Scale – are using their mobile apps to produce new and innovative ways to improve the trucking experience and boost customer satisfaction. With features such as mobile fueling and updated weather notifications, mobile … Continue reading "5 Mobile Apps to Make Your Life Easier"
Company Driver of the Month – Barbara Crom Working with Barbara is a pleasure. TransAm Trucking’s Driver Managers have nothing but good things to say about her. “Barbara is a great runner, has a good attitude, and is receptive to suggestions.” Her dedication to the trucking industry is inspiring. Not only does she work hard … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – July 2018"
As the age old saying goes, “Trucking is in the blood”, but what does it mean? Is it because someone feels that trucking is what they love to do, or is it because they have a long line of truckers in their family? As a third generation truck driver and someone with a passion for … Continue reading "Tonya Autrey – Trucking is in the Blood"
Company Driver of the Month – Michael Vincent Michael has a great deal of integrity. You can tell he loves what he does. “He is an amazing driver,” says Erin, his Driver Manager. “He is always very pleasant to work with.” Working with drivers like Michael reminds us why trucking is a noble profession. Thank … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – June 2018"
TransAm Trucking has two terminals: one in Olathe, KS and another in Rockwall, TX. The Rockwall terminal gives additional support to TransAm’s long-haul fleet, and is the hub to the Texas Regional Fleet. This fleet may be different in a few ways, but the core values of giving the best driver experience are still the same. … Continue reading "Penny Lerro – Relationships in Rockwall"
You’re probably well aware that a sedentary lifestyle can take a toll on your personal health and fitness goals. But when you’re driving 10+ hours a day, it’s hard to find the time to exercise much less find a gym or a fitness class when you’re on the road. The good news is that there … Continue reading "Stay Fit on the Road: The 3 Best Exercises to Improve Your Health"
We all have the capability to master any skill we choose, but not all of us decide to act upon it. We run into many obstacles such as fear, hesitation, or frustration. However, those who can bypass their obstacles will find a way to succeed. To some truckers, driving is a job. To others, it … Continue reading "Ivory Maxwell – Mastering Your Craft"
Trucking is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people. Company Driver of the Month – Thomas Greene Thomas is one of the nicest people you will meet over-the-road. Day or night, Thomas is ready to help a fellow driver. “He’s been a really big help with our dedicated fleet out of Ohio,” … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – May 2018"
Building a family and watching your children grow can be one of the most rewarding experiences. For Jonette Owens, her role as a Driver Recruiter has had a similar influence on her life. Her family values run deep and extend into TransAm. Jonette is a Driver Recruiter and joined TransAm 14 years ago. She has … Continue reading "Jonette Owens – Family Values"
The truck driver: a modern nomad. The nomadic lifestyle is one of the oldest types of lifestyles in existence today, and a career as an over-the-road truck driver can be very similar. Robert Schecher embraces what this lifestyle brings. Rob started driving in 1995 for a printing company in New York, helping deliver equipment. … Continue reading "Robert Schecher – Embracing The Trucking Lifestyle"
Company Drivers of the Month – Bobbie Neal & Ernie Welch Bobbie Neal and Ernie Welch are TransAm Trucking’s Kansas City local drivers. Bobbie celebrated his 25th anniversary with TransAm this past October and Ernie isn’t far behind, with 24 years under his TransAm tires. “These two are experts in their craft,” says Jordan Gormley, … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – April 2018"
A brotherhood is defined as “an association, society, or community of people linked by a common interest or trade”. This could be a relationship built out of love or respect for what you do. The unity behind truck drivers allows individuals from different backgrounds and beliefs to share ideas with one another in their noble … Continue reading "Edward Belbin – Trucking Brotherhood"
Company Driver of the Month – Anthony Araujo Anthony Araujo is relatively new to the TransAm Trucking fleet, but he’s been in the trucking industry for years. No matter where he is, Anthony is always willing to help another driver. People like Anthony are what makes trucking a noble profession. We are excited to have … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – March 2018"
Freedom. That is why Alexa Stone drives a truck. “What other job is there where you get up, walk 3 feet to work, listen to music all day while seeing the beauty of nature, take a nap when you feel the need, have near total control over any negativity getting into your world and get … Continue reading "Alexa Stone – Freedom"
Company Driver of the Month – Jim Scott After 24 years as a company driver for TransAm Trucking, Jim Scott is retiring. We are recognizing him as February’s Company Driver of the Month because of his tremendous impact on us and on individuals in the trucking industry. His positive influence touched many people and, as … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – February"
The Lytx Driver of the Year Award recognizes the safest drivers within the DriveCam program. This year’s award in the “For-Hire Trucking” category went to Denise Ponds, a TransAm Trucking Independent Contractor. We are excited to have Lytx recognize Denise’s business and her impeccable driving record – no coachable DriveCam events, no accidents, and … Continue reading "Denise Ponds – Lytx Driver of the Year in For-Hire Trucking"
Planning freight in the trucking industry is like playing chess. If you have ever played a strategy game, you understand that you must plan ahead if you want to beat your opponent. For freight planning, your opponent is time, weather, truck or trailer issues – basically, any factors you may not have control over. … Continue reading "Jordan J. Gormley – “Freight-Grandmaster”"
Company Driver of the Month – Ian Whitney Congratulations, Ian Whitney – TransAm Trucking’s January Company Driver of the Month! Ian takes his job over-the-road very seriously. “Ian has been here for 7 years and has never had a service failure,” says Aaron, his Driver Manager. “Everything he does, he does it well and he … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – January 2018"
Growing up in Costa Rica, Luis Salazar and his family had many animals. Luis studied to become a veterinarian because that was his passion. After moving to the United States, he wanted to continue his dream to become a veterinarian, but due to the different country’s requirements, he would require many more years of schooling. … Continue reading "Luis Salazar – Dedication to Finding Solutions"
Trucking is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people. We are proud to recognize five drivers who exemplified the TransAm Noble Purpose throughout 2017. Company Driver of the Year – Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy has had quite the impressive driving career at TransAm! Not only has he driven over 3 million miles with … Continue reading "Drivers of the Year – 2017"
Every month, we recognize men and women who embody our Noble Purpose. 2017 brought us several inspiring driver stories. Thank you, everyone, for what you do. We look forward to spending 2018 with you! Company Driver of the Month – Robert Whittington Truck driving requires a team and we are thankful to have Robert on … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – December"
TransAm Trucking’s Road Assist department works around the clock to make sure our company drivers are well taken care of, and our independent contractors have a valuable resource for when they need recommendations or help finding solutions for their equipment issues. The general purpose of the department is to assist our drivers when there is … Continue reading "What is Roadside Assistance?"
Sam Fixico, a TransAm company driver, is breaking truck driver stereotypes left and right. Sam is a Millennial trucker with a million miles under his tires. He joined the TransAm Trucking team in 2008, right after finishing truck driving school. “My mom is a truck driver,” Sam said when asked how he got started … Continue reading "The Millennial with One Million Miles"
Company Driver of the Month – Charles Dean In November 2016, Charles earned his Million Mile Jacket with TransAm Trucking. Now we have the honor of recognizing him as November 2017’s Company Driver of the Month. Charles has a great outlook on life and a positivity that just will not quit. No matter the situation, … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – November"
Earlier this year, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of TransAm Trucking. Within its 30 years, TransAm has grown from a small trucking company, to a multi-faceted organization. With the developments of TA Logistics, ONE Leasing, and TAFS, Chris Wiley has seen TransAm take on new challenges in different sectors of the transportation industry. “It’s been … Continue reading "Chris Wiley – A Part of TransAm’s Success"
Angela Bowen was born to be a truck driver. She is charismatic, friendly, and her confidence gives off the impression that she has been trucking for years. In reality, she only acquired her first truck 5 months ago. Angela loves her new career and her enthusiasm for the industry is infectious. “It’s a family,” she … Continue reading "Growth Opportunities in Trucking – Angela Bowen’s Story"
Bobbie Neal is a veteran in more ways than one. After leaving the Air Force in 1978, he started his career in trucking, spending the last 25 of those years with TransAm Trucking. “I’ll probably retire here,” he says. Trucking has allowed Bobbie to live the life he wants. “TransAm gave me a good life. … Continue reading "Bobbie Neal – Safety Equals Success"
A little kindness can go a long way in the trucking industry. This month we recognize four drivers whose small gestures had a huge impact. We thank all of them for being noble drivers. Company Driver of the Month – Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy joined TransAm Trucking shortly after its founding. Now he has … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – October"
What is success to you? Do you find it through love, social interaction, or money? Everyone has his or her own definition, but for Sandi Jones success means helping others reach their goals. Sandi joined TransAm Trucking almost seven years ago and works out of our Rockwall, Texas terminal. As a Human Resources Compliance Processor, … Continue reading "Sandi Jones – Finding Success in Others"
The trucking industry is about people; truck drivers support our communities and each other. This month we are recognizing individuals who helped someone in need. We thank them for their continued service in the trucking industry and for choosing to be a part of TransAm Trucking. Company Driver of the Month – Robert Jolley Robert … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – September"
After 14 years as a truck driver, Jim Hammond is hanging up his keys. Having a business that allowed him to travel was important to Jim. Due to his previous careers in the navy and IBM, Jim has friends all over the United States and wanted a career that allowed him to visit them … Continue reading "Jim Hammond – A Truck Driver’s Guide to the Industry"
Tim Antle recently celebrated driving 2 million miles with TransAm Trucking. What does he plan to do next? “How about another million?” he said during his Jacket Award Ceremony. Tim started with TransAm Trucking 17 years ago and does not plan to stop any time soon. Tim is a trucking veteran, having been in … Continue reading "Tim Antle and TransAm Trucking – The Lasting Choice"
Kurt Roderick used to fix trucks, now he drives them. Kurt spent 19 years working in a shop until the arthritis in his hands forced him to give it up. Now he is behind the wheel of a semi and celebrating his 1st million miles with TransAm Trucking. Equipment Kurt joined TransAm back in … Continue reading "Kurt Roderick – One Million Safe Miles"
According to the FMCSA, there were over 415,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2015. That is a lot of trucks to fix, whether for mechanical work, bodywork, or both. To get a truck back on the road, it takes a lot of hard work and talent. At TransAm Trucking, we have a skilled … Continue reading "Craig Lockett – Patience in Painting"
When John and Trudy Jacobson started TransAm in September 1987, they envisioned a place where each person had the opportunity to be successful, respected, and appreciated. This is the same philosophy we believe in today. John and Trudy started TransAm with 50 trucks in Kansas City, MO in the Hunt Midwest underground caves. Yes, … Continue reading "TransAm Trucking’s History – A Look at the Past 30 Years"
Moses Jones came to TransAm Trucking straight out of trucking school in May of 2013 and later chose to become an independent contractor with TransAm after considering his options. “I’ve never looked back,” Moses said. 6-month leases from ONE Leasing are his specialty. “Freedom,” he replied when asked why he prefers 6-month leases. “I … Continue reading "Moses Jones – Knowing Your Truck is Good Business Sense"
“Trucking is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people.” Each month, we celebrate 4 noble drivers of the TransAm family. Each of these drivers are hardworking, caring individuals who help improve the trucking industry every day. We thank them for choosing TransAm Trucking; they help make us a better trucking company. Company … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – August"
In our Orientation blog, we mentioned that former TransAm Trucking independent contractors and company drivers make up our Training & Development department. Thomas Young, the department’s Director, is no different. He may sit behind a desk, but Thomas will always be a truck driver at heart. “Once you get the diesel in your blood, … Continue reading "Thomas Young – Diesel in the Blood"
The trucking industry is about people. Not just the customers and communities we serve, but the truck drivers as well. Each month we thank individual drivers who are exemplary examples of the industry. We are thankful they choose to be truck drivers and we are grateful they are employed by, or contracting with, TransAm … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – July"
The internet is a powerful tool. It supplies our news, social outlets, and shopping habits. And as more industries go online, fewer brick-and-mortar places are needed. However, this means more opportunities for trucking. Trucking is a steady industry; trucks move most of America’s goods across the country. Starting your own company in an industry … Continue reading "Mark Lain – Million Mile Business"
If you want to work in a steady industry, trucking is the way to go. Food and products are constantly hauled across the United States, even during economic hard times when other jobs are hard to find. David O’Connor was a construction worker before he turned to trucking in 2011. Now we are celebrating … Continue reading "David O’Connor – Trucking Through the Unexpected"
“You can’t drive a million miles by yourself,” Nehru Johnson said during his Million Mile Jacket ceremony. Some people might argue, saying driving over-the-road by yourself means you are alone. But these people do not understand the trucking industry. It is true TransAm Trucking’s company drivers and independent contractors spend a great deal of time … Continue reading "Nehru Johnson – You Can’t Drive a Million Miles by Yourself"
Earlier this year we honored Bruce Bento as February’s Mentor of the Month. Now he is back for his One Million Mile Jacket! Bruce joined TransAm Trucking in December 2009. When the New Year rolled around, Bruce decided to make the switch to Independent Contractor. He’s been moving down the road with TransAm Trucking ever … Continue reading "Bruce Bento – For the Love of Trucking"
“Truck drivers are noble people.” They are the guardians of the motoring public. This month, we are honoring 4 people who went out of their way to assist others. They set an example we all should follow. Company Driver of the Month – Amanda Walls As you well remember, last month there were several … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – June"
The trucking industry is a moving puzzle. Shippers, receivers, and drivers all operate on different schedules and it can be difficult to get them to align. Enter the TransAm Trucking Planning department. Their job is to do exactly that: align the pieces. 1,000 Piece Puzzle The Planning department’s main goal is to balance the … Continue reading "Planning Department – Trucking Industry Puzzle Masters"
The trucking industry is a cooperative community. There is always someone to offer help or advice. This month we honor several drivers who went out of their way to assist someone. These people are a great example of what it means to be a part of TransAm Trucking. It is this attitude of comradery that … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – May"
Being a long haul truck driver is a lifestyle. Drivers spend a great deal of time alone with the truck, traveling the country. Over-the-road drivers know they will not be home every night. Long haul driving takes dedication and commitment. Or, as Michelle Neth says, “It takes stamina.” For the Love of Trucks Michelle is … Continue reading "Michelle Neth – The Stamina to be a Truck Driver"
Joshua Doss and the Night Dispatch… sounds like a rock band. When Paul Jackson briefed me on the multiple hats this team has to wear, I was impressed. No matter what the task, this group performs like rock stars! Nearly five years ago, Joshua traded running his own roofing company for an opportunity with TransAm. … Continue reading "Living and Loving the Night Shift"
When you love your career, it shows in your attitude. It is easy to spot a passionate driver; simply look for the individual who goes out of their way help others in the industry. TransAm is lucky to recognize 4 such individuals this month. Each of these drivers exemplify the Noble Purpose through their positive … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – April"
Rick’s passion for mechanics started when he was a child. Some of his earliest memories are of watching his father drive a tractor, spending hours simply observing the machine move back and forth across the field. He enjoys figuring out how things work, especially if it has an engine. As a child, he started with … Continue reading "Rick Silvers: Everything Has Its Place"
TransAm Trucking hires all sorts of drivers – from experienced drivers to recent graduates straight out of truck driving school. The needs of our drivers depend greatly on the level of their experiences in the trucking industry. At the bare minimum, “orientation” is defined as “a program of introduction for newcomers to a college or … Continue reading "What does it mean to go through orientation with TransAm Trucking?"
What does “noble” mean to you? To TransAm Trucking, it means acting with integrity and going out of your way to help others. We believe the trucking industry is a fraternity focused on serving the American public. March’s Drivers of the Month all went well above the normal call of duty to help someone in … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – March"
“April showers bring May flowers.” They also bring slick roads and soggy ground. When driving during the rainy seasons it is important to remember the following things: Check the weather along your route. Give yourself advance warning of any possible storms crossing your route. Plan possible stops at truck stops or other safe locations in … Continue reading "Tips for Navigating the Rain"
Being a truck driver is like being a professional athlete: both follow strict regulations, need a good support team, and require commitment to succeed. Truck driving is a lifestyle; ask Steven Cohen. He will tell you his dedication to the trucking industry is the reason behind his successful business as an independent contractor. Hard work … Continue reading "The Drive Behind the Driver"
As many of you know, Mr. Elwin Hines, Sr. is the winner of Lytx’s Driver of the Year for 2016 in the For-Hire Trucking category. He earned this award because of his innovative thinking, excellent safety record, and genuine dedication to the trucking industry. Truck driving was not Mr. Hines’s first career choice, but it … Continue reading "Lytx Driver of the Year in For-Hire Trucking"
Debra promised herself if she ever changed careers, her new job would meet one important requirement: it would pay her to travel. “That’s trucking.” Tenacious D Before earning her CDL, Debra never travelled more than 150 miles from her hometown on her own. She was a businesswoman immersed in her community, first running five local … Continue reading "Debra Yarbrough – Exploring New Worlds with Trucking"
Every month TransAm recognizes one driver from each of the following categories: Mentors, Company Drivers, Independent Contractors, and Regional Drivers. Each winner exemplifies TransAm’s values: truck driving is a noble profession and truck drivers are noble people. These individuals possess a strong work ethic and a dedication to the trucking industry. They are constantly going … Continue reading "Drivers of the Month – February"
The TransAm Trucking fleet is as diverse as the country we serve. Our team ranges from experienced drivers to students straight out of school. We run everything from regional to long haul freight. We hail from almost everywhere: New York to Florida and as far west as Colorado. But the one thing we all have … Continue reading "TransAm Trucking’s 2016 Noble Drivers of the Year"
When someone mentions the trucking industry, the image of a lone person driving around in a big rig usually comes to mind. But the trucking industry as a whole is so much more. It is a team industry. It’s a noble industry. This is a message TransAm Trucking takes to heart. Everyone at TransAm Trucking … Continue reading "TransAm Trucking and the 3 Million Mile Man"
There are several reasons a driver will need to uncouple from a trailer. Following the proper steps for uncoupling will protect the trailer and truck from preventable damage and keep you safe. Lower the Landing Gear Before uncoupling ensure trailer is on level ground that will support the weight of the trailer. Look for and avoid … Continue reading "Uncoupling – Detaching the Truck from the Trailer"
At this point, you successfully coupled to the trailer, but it’s not quite time to head down the road. The electrical and air lines need to be connected and the landing gear needs to be raised all the way up. Air and Electrical Lines On the back of the truck, on the driver side, there are 3 … Continue reading "Coupling: Step 2 – Air Lines, Electrical Line, and Landing Gear"
Coupling is when the truck’s 5th wheel locking jaws lock around the trailer’s kingpin. This connection allows the truck to haul the trailer. Proper coupling techniques can prevent unnecessary damage to the equipment. Grease 5th Wheel Before doing anything else, make sure your 5th wheel is properly greased. A properly greased 5th wheel prevents unnecessary … Continue reading "Coupling: Step 1 – Locking the 5th Wheel around the Kingpin"
Sometimes a second chance is all it takes. Lucus Medlin, an independent contractor with TransAm Trucking, is a noble example of this principle. In a video for the Union Rescue Mission in Wichita, KS, Lucus talks about how the Mission and the Trucking Industry helped him turn his life around, saving him from homelessness. The … Continue reading "Lucus Medlin: Trucking and Second Chances"
Winter is right around the corner and with it comes snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Being on the road means drivers deal with these elements more than most. Here are a few things to do to help you prepare for the coming weather. Check the Forecast Before starting your trip each day, check the forecast … Continue reading "Preparing for Winter Driving"
In the last inspection blog we covered looking at lights, leans, and fluids. Now it’s time to look under the hood. Latches The hood is held down by a latch on each side of the truck. They are located between the wheel well and the bottom corner of the door. Place your fingers under the … Continue reading "Pre-/Post-Trip Inspection: Taking a Look Under the Hood"
Randall Inman hit 1 Million Miles with TransAm Trucking and he plans on many more! He started with TransAm Trucking as a regional driver in 2008 and a year later, transitioned into an over-the-road company driver when his regional lanes closed. Randall has driven a large part of the United States, but one thing remains … Continue reading "Randall Inman: Traveling with TransAm"
Gary Kimbro recently joined the ranks of TransAm Trucking’s Million Mile Achievers! Gary has driven for the company as an independent contractor since 2009. In 2013, he purchased his truck. He is a very dedicated driver and TransAm is proud to be a part of his journey as a successful business operator. More than a … Continue reading "Gary Kimbro: Respect Goes a Long Way"
The truck and trailer pre-/post-trip inspections are some of the most important parts of a truck driver’s work day. This might seem like a hassle, especially during inclement weather, but it’s a lifesaving necessity. A thorough inspection is much better alternative to a preventable accident. In a previous blog, we covered the 3-Point Stance and … Continue reading "Inspections: Look for Leans, Lights, and Leaking Fluids"
Charles Dean has joined TransAm’s Million Mile Ranks! He started with the company in 2008 and 8 years later we gathered in the office to celebrate his achievement. Positivity Three words best describe Charles Dean: optimistic, friendly, and genuine. His philosophy is, “If I woke up this morning, it’s a good day.” Nothing is able … Continue reading "Charles Dean: The Million Mile Smile"
Knowing how to properly enter and exit your truck may seem simple but it is the foundation of safety. At TransAm Trucking, we recommend using a 3-Point Stance. This method is meant to give you the most stability when entering and exiting your truck and possibly prevent injuries. Empty Your Hands Before doing anything … Continue reading "Starting with the Basics: Entering/Exiting Your Truck"
John Rainbow joined the ranks of TransAm Trucking’s Million Mile Achievers! John is a company driver who started with TransAm Trucking in June of 2006. Like other Million Mile Jacket winners, his record is accident and late load free. So what makes him stand out above the rest? His sense of humor. Trucking with … Continue reading "John Rainbow: Rolling with Humor"
Being part of the TransAm community means having someone you can rely on. It doesn’t matter if you’ve met once or a hundred times, when you haul for TransAm Trucking either as an employed company driver or as an independent contractor/owner-operator, others recognize you as part of the team. Teamwork Last month, Christian Bustillos … Continue reading "Christian Bustillos: Lending a Helping Hand"
Leo Payne is the type of driver every fleet wants. He’s dedicated, hardworking, but above all else, he’s a team player. Leo joined TransAm Trucking in 1997 as a company driver and he’s still with us today. His safety record is impressive (he is consistently a DriveCam Top Performer) and his miles are even … Continue reading "Leo Payne: Representing TransAm For Over 2 Million Miles"
We are proud to announce that David Johnson joined the ranks of TransAm Trucking’s Million Mile Achievers! What does it take to be a Million Mile Achiever? Each driver shares the same 3 qualities: dedication, safety, and pride in being truck drivers. Dedication It’s no secret that loving what you do makes it easier … Continue reading "David Johnson: What It Takes to Drive a Million Miles"
When we asked our office staff to describe Ralf Jones one statement rang out above all the rest: “He’s an excellent driver.” Well-liked, successful, and ambitious, Ralf does indeed excel at what he does. This week we’re celebrating with him as he hits another milestone in his business. Ralf is purchasing his second truck. … Continue reading "Ralf Jones: A Tale of Two Trucks"
Rex Tyler recently hit an impressive achievement. He’s driven not one million miles with TransAm Trucking, but TWO. Rex started with TransAm Trucking in September 1999 and he’s still trucking along. Thank you Last Friday TransAm held an award ceremony for Rex where he received his leather, Two Million Mile jacket. During the ceremony, … Continue reading "Rex Tyler: Two Million Miles and Counting"
Truck driving is unlike any other industry in the United States. The hours are abnormal and most of a driver’s time is spent over-the-road away from family and friends. It takes a dedicated person to be a trucker and a noble one do the job well. Elwin Hines is both. Thank you We are … Continue reading "Elwin Hines: A Million Miles with TransAm"
Drivers spend most of their time in their trucks. From working to sleeping, the truck is home when drivers are over the road. At TransAm we understand the importance of having a good truck and want to provide the best trucks possible for our drivers. This is why we are a Kenworth fleet. What does … Continue reading "Proud to be a Kenworth Fleet"
TransAm Trucking is pleased to announce that we are installing Garmin units in our fleet! What does that mean for you, our drivers? Not only do these Garmins have GPS components, but you can also use them to message your Driver/Business Manager, track your Hours of Service, and much more. With their sleek design … Continue reading "GARMIN: There’s a New System in Town"
What does it mean to be noble? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “noble” means “having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as generosity, courage, etc.)”. Generosity and courage. That is what it means to be a truck driver. Generosity The trucking industry is the heart of modern America and … Continue reading "Truck Driving: America’s Noble Profession"
Many college students go into debt before they ever see a paycheck, then spend years toiling away to pay back student loans. The same can be said for truck driving graduates. Why isn’t there a system to reward training instead of punishing it? Well, at TransAm Trucking, we DO believe in rewarding our drivers for … Continue reading "Tuition Reimbursement: Paying it Forward"
Truck drivers spend a great deal of time over the road. Driving from one destination to another, it can be easy to cross a few hundred miles, even a few thousand. But have you ever thought of the dedication and hard work it takes to travel 1 million mile? It means driving through all … Continue reading "Million Mile Accomplishment: Congratulations Wayne"