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truck driver tax returnsIf you work as a truck driver or plan to enter the industry, you’ll want to consider how to file your taxes. Tax obligations depend on your current employment status. Owner Operators will have to file differently than company truck drivers. Staying on top of your tax requirements will help you manage your income and expenses better. Remember to keep all expense receipts to make the tax filing process go smoothly.

Company driver tax deductions

Drivers, including those who work for trucking companies, will receive a W-2 form from their employers. In years past, truck drivers could make deductions on their tax returns for certain expenses despite being employed by a private company. Write-offs included mileage and travel expenses. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated travel expenses claimed by truck drivers who receive W-2s from their employers. Once you become an independent Owner Operator as a driver, you will report income through Form 1099 and can claim deductions to reduce tax payments.

The transition from employee to owner operator

Many truck drivers may start as private employees. With taxes automatically deducted from their paychecks, the drivers may not realize filing requirements have changed. Keep in mind that if you switch from an employee to a self-employed employee mid-year, you must file a W-2 and 1099. The tax return will need to show your self-employment income as well as your earnings from an employer.

Another part of transitioning from an employee to an Owner Operator is establishing your tax status. A frequent mistake is incorporating too quickly. Instead, accountants recommend working as an independent contractor for at least a year before changing tax status to a sole proprietorship or establishing an LLC. As an Owner Operator, you will make tax payments every quarter. An individual, sole proprietor, or partner, will use Form 1040-ES to estimate tax payments. Corporations rely on Form 1040-W to calculate taxes owed.

As a new Owner Operator, you’ll want to set aside approximately 20 to 30 percent of your income to pay taxes, according to Keeper Tax. After operating independently for at least a year, you could also use the safe harbor method to estimate tax obligations. Drivers can look at the year prior’s tax liability and divide the amount by four to figure out quarterly payments. Any driver anticipating owing more than $1,000 to the IRS must make quarterly payments to avoid penalties.

As of 2022, the self-employment tax rate set by the Internal Revenue Service is 15.3 percent. The rate includes 12.4 percent for social security and 2.9 percent for Medicare. Higher Medicare taxes may apply to Owner Operators who earn more than $125,000. Tax deductions and tax credits reduce a driver’s liability. 

Truck driver tax deductions

Owner Operators and contract drivers can claim tax deductions on their income tax returns. If you get one or more 1099s, you can submit itemized deductions. Any write-off would need proof of payment, meaning you must save all receipts. The following are the top deductions that relate to owning and operating a truck business:

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  • Truck payments. Truck drivers can write off vehicle depreciation and loan interest accumulated. Additional vehicle costs qualify as tax deductions, including registration payments, fuel, and truck maintenance.
  • Mileage. The IRS permits either a standard mileage rate deduction or a vehicle expense deduction. Tolls and parking fees may also qualify as a write-off.
  • Insurance payments. Any insurance premiums related to your business can act as a write-off. Types of insurance related to a trucking company include commercial liability, cargo insurance, and property liability.  
  • Education. You can claim CDL programs as a tax deduction on your taxes. The IRS also accepts write-offs for licenses and permits.
  • Travel. For non-local drivers, you may list a certain amount of travel expenses on your taxes. Included travel expenses are lodging, meals, and laundry.
  • Association dues. Remember to list any union or association dues as a deduction for truck drivers. If you subscribe to any trade publications, you can include them in your tax return.
  • Office supplies. Claim any electronics costs and office supplies related to your business on your tax return. Examples include GPS units, mobile phones, computers, CB radios, and stationery.
  • Personal products and Trade-related tools or equipment. Many truckers need personal care products, including bedding, coolers, cleaning supplies, tool sets, and flashlights. An accountant can often include these items as well as itemized deductions.

Truck driving tax credits depend on your eligibility. Tax deductions reduce your taxable income, while tax credits lower your tax liability dollar for dollar. Examples of tax credits include Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and American Opportunity Tax Credit.

Non-taxable truck driver expenses

Remember, you can’t write off non-business expenses on your taxes. You can’t deduct any clothing or gear purchased for personal use. Any mileage between your home and office isn’t a write-off either. Meals or travel expenses on vacation also don’t count toward your deductions. If you’re a contracted driver reimbursed by your client for any costs, they also won’t be included.

You should hire an accountant familiar with the industry to reduce the chance of filing in error or getting audited by the IRS. You'll be subject to penalties and fines if you’re audited and can’t provide supporting documentation. Keep all truck driving expense records for a minimum of three years before purging any records in case of an audit.

CDLjobs.com does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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Thursday, 15 December 2022 15:22

Is the Trucking Industry Recession Proof?

is trucking recession proofTrucking companies have seen some challenges in the last year, but the industry has proven resilient. Despite increases in fuel prices and supply-chain disruptions, staffing needs have risen. According to the American Trucking Associations, as of 2022, more than 800,000 long-haul trucking jobs are currently available. Trucking opportunities will only surge, with the e-commerce industry expected to grow continuously.

Trucking industry during a recession

Despite the growing concerns about a recession starting in early 2023, trucking companies have already taken measures to protect their assets. Inflationary pricing models have helped offset high operating costs, including the cost of diesel gas. According to Freight Waves, trucking companies with long-standing contracts will have the capacity to survive a recession. Contract rates may dip, but the effect would only be temporary.

Public trucking company earnings have not seen a negative effect from the economic downturn. The Dow U.S. Trucking Index reported a 3 percent increase in first-quarter earnings from 2022 compared to 2021. Moreover, small carrier earnings have remained neutral compared to larger companies. The companies have combated the potential of a recession by keeping rate hikes at a minimum. Trucking businesses have also saved by owning vehicles instead of leasing fleet vehicles. Lease payments have gone up due to rising truck costs. Over the past two years, used truck prices have appreciated at an average rate of 30 percent. Owning and following a strict fleet maintenance schedule will save a company in the long run.    

Benefits of trucking jobs during a recession

The majority of the country’s freight is moved by trucks. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, trucks move more than two-thirds of all freight volume. Trucks are involved in the transportation of all of the top ten commodities in the United States, including:

  • Electronics
  • Vehicles
  • Mixed freight
  • Machinery
  • Plastics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Gasoline
  • Food items
  • Other types of fossil fuels

Individuals turn to fleet jobs as a way to protect their incomes. The overwhelming majority of truckers get paid by mileage instead of salary, meaning there’s more equality regarding earnings. With a mileage-based earnings model, ethnicity and gender wage gaps don’t exist.

The need for trucks to transport goods is a given. Even during a recession, trucks must still transport major goods throughout the country. Product demand may wane, but routes will always remain open. Truck drivers experience job stability, especially during challenging economic times. Many factors will create more trucker jobs, especially in the near future. By the end of 2022, e-commerce growth rates will increase by 9.7 percent, according to industry forecasters. With more goods ordered online each year, there will be a need to move these goods to their destinations.

To help with the shortage of drivers, new truck driving schools are being opened or expanded. Expanding the availability of CDL programs will help get newly trained drivers on the road faster than ever. Truck driving programs can take as little as four weeks.

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Job outlook rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics also support how truck driving is a stable profession. Between 2021 to 2031, heavy-duty and freight-driving jobs will increase at an average rate of 4 percent. Each year, an estimated 260,000 new trucking jobs will open up. The new jobs will come from a growing number of truck drivers nearing retirement age. The states with the highest number of trucking jobs include:

  • Texas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio     

The states with the highest average wage for truck drivers are:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington DC
  • Washington State
  • Alaska

How to combat a trucking recession

Transport Topics reports that industry experts have advised companies on keeping operations going in the event of a recession, including maintaining liquidity. Additional advice was for companies to have complete financial transparency as a way for employees to stay abreast of any expected downturns. Panelists for Transport Topics also anticipate an economic recovery by late 2023.

Making job cuts isn’t recommended to stay afloat during a recession. Creating a plan can help companies avoid layoffs, and wage cuts should only be considered as a last resort. Executive pay is often lowered instead of driver rates if salary reductions need to occur.

A mistake that companies make during a recession is reducing retention efforts. Businesses that keep up with employee recruitment and retention programs will fare better in changing economic conditions. Finding new drivers, properly training them, and ensuring retention, are vital steps for any fleet. Fleets with new hires can breathe life into a stagnant workforce. Engaged drivers achieve company goals and build brand trust. Companies can attract better employees by offering benefits such as guaranteed pay packages and paid traffic time.

Although a recession can seem terrifying, especially as a prospective or new driver, don’t worry. As soon as recovery starts, demand for drivers will always surge. Trucking is a stable industry with positive growth projects despite a predicted recession. A commercial license is an investment that will pay for itself almost immediately.      

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Darin and Matt visit with the Senior Director of Student Recruiting & School Partnerships at Covenant Transport, Doug Smith.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 09:35

Sadie Church Has Seen All Sides of Trucking

Darin and Matt sit down with the Vice President of Driver Relations at Artur Express, Sadie Church. Sadie shares her experiences in trucking from working inside driver recruiting and several years working on the other side with a lead-generation website.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 11:03

Tim Norlin Stays Active in Trucking

Tim Norlin talks with Darin and Matt about what is happening at Roehl Transport. Tim shares his thoughts on the future of driver recruiting, why you should never stop your recruitment advertising efforts, and what he feels could be the next big hurdle for driver recruiting departments to overcome in 2023.

National Carriers, Inc. has named Mindy Parson as May Driver of the Month and Derius Jordan as June Driver of the Month. 

Irving, TX, For Immediate Release - National Carriers, Inc. has named Mindy Parson as May Driver of the Month and Derius Jordan as June Driver of the Month. Both have received a one thousand dollar bonus and are now eligible to be named 2022 Driver of the Year. The Driver of the Year will receive an additional ten thousand dollar bonus.

NCI Mindy ParsonsDirector of Media, Ed Kentner expounded, “Both Mindy and Derius perform their job at a high level. Putting the motoring public’s safety first, each has achieved our highest rating in customer service. It is work ethic such as this that allows our company to live up to the name the ‘Elite’ fleet.”

After eleven years as an administrative assistant in an auto part manufacturing plant, Parson was a victim of corporate downsizing. As a single parent of grown children, she felt the call to do something completely different in the workforce. The state of Tennessee offered grants for displaced workers, one of which provided for Class A CDL training. With the desire to explore the country combined with the thought of solitude without a boss looking over her shoulder, she eagerly enrolled. Once she completed her schooling, she combed through online advertising to find the right trucking company for her.

“I chose National Carriers, because they offered paid training and it felt like they had a family-oriented workplace. Once I was trained, I got my own truck and traveled the country. Over time a dedicated route near my home became available and I signed up for it. I drive six to seven days a week regionally. I am very happy with my work situation,” shared Parson.

NCI Derius JordanDerius Jordan also joined National Carriers as a trainee. A friend had recommended that he call National Carriers and apply.

“NCI was the first company I called. Recruiter Dena Moore immediately made me feel comfortable. My trainer taught me the ins and outs of the business during our time together. After operating a company truck for several months my driver manager helped me get into the truck leasing program. The lease is great. I stay out four to six weeks at a time. While working here I have found that everyone talks to everyone and you can speak to the management if you have a problem. No one bothers me if I don’t bother them,” he explained.

About National Carriers, Inc.

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is "to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class." 

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation's oldest, most respected, and successful carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

2021 year in reviewThe freight hauling industry was a hot national topic in 2021 as companies competed to fill truck driving jobs and government officials wrestled with supply chain issues.

Through it all, the women and men who deliver a reported 72 percent of all goods and materials to communities overcame adversity. While some challenges persist into 2022, truckers are enjoying higher salaries and greater job security than ever before.

These rank among the major issues that impacted truckers in 2021.

California’s AB5 Heads to U.S. Supreme Court

The Golden State adopted California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) law in 2019 that erodes the ability of truckers to work as independent contractors. Owner-operators who haul loads for select freight carriers have been cast as employees under the law. The California Trucking Association (CTA) fought tooth-and-nail in the courts to carve out an exemption for independent drivers.

After mixed results in state and federal courts, the fate of California’s Owner-operators appears to be in the hands of the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. In November, 2021, the high court requested the Solicitor General of the United States to weigh in on the issue before moving forward. The CTA indicated the request supports its rank-and-file contention truck drivers cannot be stripped of the independent contractor status.

“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to call for the view of the solicitor general validates the critical nature of reviewing AB5’s disruptive impact in the midst of a historic, global supply chain crisis,” CTA CEO Shawn Yadon reportedly stated. “Since the introduction of AB5, the California Trucking Association has worked to protect the more than 70,000 owner-operators in California who choose to work independently because of the freedom, flexibility, and business grown potential that this model has afforded them for decades. These small-business truckers face irreparable damage should AB5 be enforced.”

The case and fate of West Coast drivers remain in limbo as the high court had not indicated whether it would uphold an unfavorable ruling by the Ninth Circuit or support independent truckers at year’s end.

Truck Driver Shortage Creates Opportunity & Stability

The debate over workforce shortages appears to have been settled in 2021. Supply chain bottlenecks and transportation delays point to a need for more CDL holders. Industry leaders, news media sources, and government officials have largely adopted shortfall estimates of 80,000 by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The organization also predicts that driver shortage could exceed 160,000 by 2030 unless determined measures are taken to attract new hires. The ATA issued a 2021 report highlighting the following challenges.  

  • High average age of current drivers, which leads to a high number of retirements.
  • Women making up only 7 percent of all drivers, well below their representation in the total workforce.
  • Inability of some would-be and current drivers to pass a drug test, a problem exacerbated by an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana (a substance still banned federally).
  • The federally mandated minimum age of 21 to drive commercially across state lines poses a significant challenge to recruiting new drivers.
  • The pandemic caused some drivers to leave the industry, plus truck driver training schools trained far fewer drivers than normal in 2020.
  • Lifestyle issues, notably time away from home, especially in the longer-haul market.
  • Other barriers to entry, such as an inability of potential candidates to meet carriers’ hiring standards for driving record or criminal histories.

These and other issues negatively impact the freight hauling industry’s ability to enlist enough truck drivers to make on-time deliveries. The substantial shortage has benefits for qualified CDL holders as companies offer higher salaries to attract and maintain their staff. A persistent year-over-year driver shortage also makes trucking one of the most secure jobs, bar none.  

Truckers Did Good Works in 2021

Hard-working truckers invested their valuable time and energy into giving back to people and communities in need during 2021. British Columbia flood victims benefited from efforts by Trucks for Change, who worked diligently with the Canadian Red Cross to provide relief.

“Trucks for Change has a longstanding and cooperative relationship with the Canadian Red Cross that typically involves moving shipments of emergency supplies throughout Canada to support their emergency efforts,” Trucks for Change chairman Scott Smith reportedly said. “The flooding in B.C. is typically the type of disaster for which Trucks for Change’s trucking services would have been requested.”

Upwards of $50,000 in donations were reportedly raised to help communities impacted by the natural disaster.

When Montana ranchers suffered drought and grass fires, they struggled to find affordable hay. Many ranchers thinned their herds early but still faced a bleak winter. Truckers such as Jaxon Allen, who owns Wild Wild West trucking, and Heavy D Sparks from the Discovery Channel television show “Diesel Brothers,” took action. Promoting a movement dubbed “Hay it Forward,” they hauled in truckloads of Sudangrass round bales from out of state. The good Samaritan truckers agreed to charge only for their expenses. However, they donated their time, expenses, and even hay loads when all was said and done. Other truckers reportedly caught wind of their good works and followed suit.

Safe Parking Movement Put On Back Burner

semi truck parkingWide-reaching trucking leaders implored Congress and the White House to allocate funds to increase secure parking spaces along the country’s supply chain. Despite the movement gaining traction during the run-up to the infrastructure legislation, it appears federal funds will be used elsewhere. Leaders at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) took members of Congress to task in 2021 over their failure to improve truck driver conditions.

“Despite the long history of broad, bipartisan support, numerous government studies, and repeated pleas from truck drivers, Democrats on the T&I Committee opposed efforts to address trucking’s number one safety concern: the lack of safe parking,” OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer reportedly said. “Truckers likely face another five years of a worsening crisis that jeopardizes their safety on a daily basis.”

Although some driver safety advocates have reportedly lobbied DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg to use discretionary money, federal dollars do not appear to be on the table. But the good news for people entering the sector is that private companies that own and operate truck stops are answering the call. Many increased safe parking lots and amenities. More have improvements in the pipeline.

DRIVE-Safe Act Signed Into Law

The federal government took another baby step toward allowing adults 18-20 to haul loads over state lines. As part of the $1.2 infrastructure spending package signed into law in 2021, pilot programs were expected to advance. A similar pilot program was launched by the previous administration that allowed military personnel in the same age bracket to participate in interstate transportation. However, the DRIVE-Safe Act includes rigorous standards that may not necessarily fast-track young CDL holders.

“The program requires candidates to utilize industry-leading technology including: active braking collision mitigation systems, forward-facing event recording cameras, speed limiters set at 65 mph or less and (automated manual) transmissions,” Maine Sen. Angus King reportedly said. “Candidates are required to successfully progress through two probationary driver periods – alongside an experienced driver – and demonstrate competency and proficiency behind-the-wheel across 12 performance benchmarks.”

Young drivers are also reportedly tasked with completing 240 supervised hours and 400 total hours of experience overall. That’s a high bar, and the Department of Transportation did not significantly move the program forward by year’s end.

To say 2021 was filled with trucking perks and challenges would be something of an understatement. There are an abundance of truck driving opportunities available going forward. For more information or to review trucking companies hiring, visit CDLjobs.

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EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1ST, 2021, A FLEETWIDE INCREASE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. COMPANY NOW EXPECTS ITS AVERAGE DRIVER TO EARN $70,000 ANNUALLY.

Pride Transport, one of the nation's leaders in refrigerated transportation, has announced a third increase to its fleet of drivers, marking the third such pay increase within the last twelve months.

The most recent pay increase which takes place October 1st, joins the previous two pay increases from July 2021 and December of 2020. A total of .10 cents per mile pay increase for the year.

The company says its average professional truck driver will now be expected to make $70,000 in earnings annually, an increase of over 20% from pre-pandemic levels.

Director of Recruiting Steve Schelin said, “We truly value our drivers and are thrilled to announce this pay increase. We take pride in knowing that our drivers can count on us for a long, stable career with great pay. This new pay increase combined with our existing $10,000 sign on bonus, 20% 401k match, and most importantly, a driver-centric culture, will ensure that our drivers share in the success of the company.”

The new pay rate range for a solo over-the-road driver at Pride is now between .51 cents per mile up to .75 cents per mile. The $10,000 sign-on bonus is paid out at a rate of $100 per week during the first two years of employment.

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ABOUT PRIDE TRANSPORT

Founded in 1979, Pride Transport has been a leading innovator in the transportation industry for over 40 years. The company has a modern fleet of late model tractors and has been recognized as an environmentally "green fleet." Pride has also been recognized as one of 20 "Best Fleets to Drive For" in 2011. Pride Transport was founded by Jeff England, who still hits the open road, and owned by his son, Jay England. Pride Transport offers OTR, Dedicated and Region jobs for both solo and team truck drivers.

For more information visit www.PrideTransport.com

trucking tips for boredomThe average commercial driver spends nearly 12 hours on the road every day. After endless miles on the highway, and countless gas stations, rest areas and convenience stores, all those hours and miles start to blend together. Boredom just doesn't impact your job satisfaction, but it also affects your job safety. Whether you're new to trucking or a seasoned veteran, these 7 trucking tips and tricks can help you to pass the time, banish boredom and improve your road safety.

What are some Truck Driver Strategies?

1. Rethink Your Music and Try Podcasts Instead

An estimated 85 percent of commercial drivers say that they listen to music while working, and for right reasons. According to John Hopkins University, listening to music doesn't just make you more alert as a driver, but it also makes you more creative, reduces boredom, improves your memory and energizes you.

But music isn't your only option. 

If you want to feel inspired, build your career, and uncover new insights and advice, tune in to a podcast or audiobook for truck drivers. Think of it as an audible life class, turning those hours of driving into valuable lessons on relationships, success, mindset and more. 

2. Take the Road Less Travelled

Just because the interstate is what you're used to driving doesn't mean it's the best route for you. When you're choosing your route, remember that the quickest, fastest road isn't necessarily the best.

Even if you have a delivery deadline, try and find routes and roads that allow you to explore the area a bit. From scenic vistas to eye-opening landmarks, all of those sights and sounds can help to add a spark to your drive, while you avoid boredom and potentially road construction, keeping you alert and energized. 

On a similar note, switching up your habits can also expose you to new experiences and scenes that keep your drive engaging. For instance, visit a coffee shop you don't normally stop at, or grab dinner at a different truck stop or restaurant. Anything to get you out of your rut and break up your subconscious routine can help to make your daily drive more entertaining. 

3. Eat a Healthy Diet and Pack Fun Snacks

Unfortunately, many commercial drivers and truckers struggle with eating a healthy diet. It's not likely you'll always find a salad bar or nutritious snacks at your average truck stop.

But the food you eat can not only entertain you through a variety of textures and flavors, but the food you eat is directly correlated to your energy levels, alertness and attentiveness as a driver.

While every driver is different, a few nutritional tips can get you started:

  • Begin each day with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast to lay a nutritional foundation for your day
  • Be cautious of your over-reliance on caffeine and other stimulants
  • Stay hydrated, which affects your energy levels and all other marks of health
  • Avoid overly processed foods that are common at truck stops, such as candy bars, high-sodium chips and snacks, and foods with a lot of refined, processed ingredients

You may also want to stock your truck with healthy snacks that provide entertainment and something to do while on a long-haul drive:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Granola bars
  • Pre-cut veggies, such as carrot sticks and sliced bell peppers
  • Healthy dips, such as hummus

4. Bring a Stimulating Book

Tap into the wisdom of books (or audiobooks) the next time you're pulled over for a nap, or catching some shut-eye at a hotel or AirBnB. 

Having a book gives you something to look forward to when on a long-haul drive, and also provides entertainment and food for thought as you drive and ruminate on what you just read. 

5. Stretch Your Legs

Whenever you get a chance, and whenever your driving schedule allows, pull over and stretch your legs. Regular exercise and physical activity is a proven energy-booster and boredom-banisher. 

And while truckers may struggle with staying active on a long drive, there are many exercise options for drivers:

  • Pack dumbbells, exercise bands and other portable equipment in your carb for use at rest stops
  • Go for a walk whenever you have the opportunity to do so, even if it means simply parking at the end of the lot and walking up to the store or facility you're visiting
  • Using bodyweight exercises, such as burpees or squats, when delivering your load

Even something as simple as bodyweight exercises in your truck cab when you are paused at a red light can help to keep you mentally and physically strong 

6. Use Mental Games

Keep your mind alert, and boredom at bay, with mental games that anchor you in the present moment and help you to stay engaged on your drive.

For example, you might:

  • Look for specific makes and models of other cars while you drive
  • Watch for other commercial drivers, and maybe even chat with them on your CB radio
  • Keep an eye out for landmarks or symbols

7. Try a New Job

Right now, there's a massive shortage of commercial drivers and truckers in North America. If you've been driving for the same company for a while, and keeping to the same routes, switching things up by signing up with a new employer or taking on a new route can make your daily tasks more entertaining and less boring.

CDLjobs.com has hundreds of job opportunities posted right now. From coast to coast, trucking companies are looking for drivers like you to get their cargo to its destination. Switch up your daily routine, add some excitement to your job, and search hundreds of trucking employers and trucking jobs. 

Whatever your route, and no matter your schedule, staying entertained and engaged as a commercial truck driver helps to improve your safety and your job performance.

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Friday, 18 June 2021 09:10

The “Elite” Fleet Names Top Driver

NCI driver of month May2021“Consistent miles equal consistent income,” shared Kenny Hume, National Carriers, Inc. May Driver of the Month. For the past six years, Hume has been a company driver at the “Elite” fleet. As a firstgeneration Class A CLD holder, he left a twenty-year career in retail to pursue life on the road.

“In 2005, I began driving trucks after leaving a career in retail sales. A few years later in 2011, I left the industry due to low income. I returned to retail for four years, however I wanted to come back into trucking. I did an online search looking for a quality company with good pay. I sought a situation that would provide higher income for my family. National Carriers came up in my search. I called recruiting and they made applying easy and smooth,” Hume explained.

Hume continued, “I enjoy this lifestyle – the freedom and challenges associated with being on time with my loads, plus the opportunity to see great scenery along the way. National Carriers provides their drivers with a scorecard to track our rating among other company drivers. These ratings determine recipients of quarterly bonuses in fuel economy, utilization, and safety. Drivers who are in the top 25% in these three areas earn an additional bonus and are named to the President’s Award of Excellence. I take pride in achieving this accomplishment and stay focused in attaining this recognition.”

National Carriers spokesman Ed Kentner stated, “Kenny is an outstanding representative of what our firm is focused on: safety, service, and citizenship. He does his job at the highest level, not for recognition, but as a challenge to himself to strive for perfection. Whether delivering into the heart of New York City or a rural setting, he is prompt and professional. As Driver of the Month, he received a $1000 bonus and now is a finalist for 2021 Driver of the Year, which awards the winner a $10,000 bonus.”

About National Carriers

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is "to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class." Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation's oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers. If you are interested in leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

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