Turning Over a New Leaf, Finding New Roads

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) recently published survey results that analyzed people who wanted to pursue a new field later in their careers. According to the findings, 82% of survey participants made a successful transition after the age of 45.

“The study offers valuable lessons for older workers, employers and higher education leaders,” AIER reports. “Whether the decision is voluntary or forced on them, older workers can and do shift their career paths.” When they do, findings show it usually helps them to achieve their financial and personal goals. To read more, you can see the article here: https://www.aier.org/CCwebform-OWS

Changing jobs doesn’t have to be scary or risky, especially when you make the decision to join the trucking industry. If you’re an individual that enjoys the freedom of the open road, is inspired by the countryside, likes being your own boss, and wants to work with a company that treats you like a member of the family, then Millis Transfer has the financial and personal rewards you’re seeking. Our on-site schooling and paid training make it easier than ever to do what you’ve always wanted and to see the world from a whole new perspective.

As reported in one online article, “The American Trucking Association (ATA) has initiated a billboard, print and TV campaign to convince older couples to drive together. The reason: The 1.3 million drivers of long-haul, heavy trucks are approximately 20,000 fewer than needed. Putting two drivers in one cab doubles the miles driven, substantially cutting delivery times.”

“The Complete Guide to a Career Change after 50” also points out that the average age of retirement is rising. “Many people over 50 may have 15, 20, or even 30 years of working life left in them, and some choose to spend the remainder of their working years in a new career.”

With that said, why not spend it with the one you love, out on the open road. Older couples can benefit tremendously by entering the trucking industry. They get the advantage of being together, while traveling to all the places they have always wanted to see. And while they get to see all the places they have always wanted to, they are getting paid to be there.

Financial rewards. Sight-seeing. Good times together. When you are ready to start driving, we’ll be here.

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

The Dry Van Carrier of Choice

If you are searching for the best dry van carrier opportunities, then you have come to the right place. Not only is Millis Transfer one of the most trusted carriers, we are a preferred employer for the dry van industry.

At Millis Transfer, the opportunities are diverse and the benefits are many. Are you an honorably discharged veteran in search of a new career in trucking? If so, we offer incentives and benefits custom designed to make your transition from the military seamless, rewarding and hassle-free.

Are you a long time driver searching for a company that offers better equipment? Then Millis Transfer has the kind of fleet options you want. At Millis Transfer, we update yearly. That means you’ll enjoy upgrades and features such as ABS braking with traction control, aluminum wheels, refrigerators, VIP interiors, double bunks, Summit driver comfort seats, 10 speeds and more.

Along with some of the most up-to-date equipment, our customers make products that the world loves. As a driver for Millis, you will be hauling a variety of items that range from glass containers, food items, paper products, as well as beer! What could be better? These represent some of the strongest industries in the market place.

If that were not enough, you’ll be pleased to find that drivers for Millis Transfer receive generous pay and a great home time guarantee. It’s all these incentives and more that make Millis Transfer a well respected, dry van carrier of choice. With flexibility, strong driver retention, and the kind of loads you want, we’ve got the opportunities you’ve been hoping to find. Give us a call and see what we can offer you. We think you’ll be glad you did.

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Courtesy: What It Means to be a Better Driver

Little things make a big difference, especially in trucking. It is important to remember the essentials. After the initial training phase, driving can feel like a pair of shoes. The more time spent on the road, the more comfortable things feel. Things can get so comfortable, however, that drivers forget basic courtesies. While it has been said before, we will say it again. What drivers Do Not Do all to often distinguishes the mediocre from the best.

There are plenty of examples to prove that. For instance, when a driver is attentive, others on the highway are inclined to feel more at ease. We also know that when a driver forgets to utilize a turn signal, it may cause unnecessary concern. At Millis Transfer, we work hard to ensure our drivers never forget the difference the details can make.

A classic example of a common courtesy that drivers should always follow (when possible) is moving over to the middle lane when trucks or vehicles are merging onto the freeway. When a driver doesn’t do this and stops being courteous, people draw a world of conclusions about the driver and the trucking company. Every decision a driver makes, therefore, reflects on the individual driver as much as the company brand.

Safe driving evolves from good choices. Good choices save lives. While eating well and exercising are an important part of the good choices we make to be better drivers, we must also know how to avoid common ailments such as “trucker’s shoulder” or repetitive strain injury. We know it is as important to get the necessary rest as it is to eat the right foods. Overall, there must be at least 101 basic rules drivers should practice for a number of different reasons. For instance, flashing your lights to motion to another driver that they can get in front of you is not only courteous, it helps prevent accidents.

At Millis Transfer, we take pride in knowing we work with some of the most courteous and attentive drivers in the business, drivers who never take the little things forgranted. Drivers who understand little things sometimes make all the difference. Whether it is the simple use of a turn signal or any number of common sense decisions, we’re a family of drivers you can count on to help make the highways a safer, more courteous place to be.

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Why Trucking Is A Better Career Choice

Benjamin Snyder wrote an article earlier this year that was published in Fortune Magazine, entitled, “These are the top 10 in-demand jobs of 2015.” His article states, “If you’re a nurse and looking for a job, it’s pretty easy to get a new gig. The same is true for truck drivers. In fact, they’re the most in-demand jobs, according to a report released earlier this month by the job bulletin board Indeed.com.”

On August 6th of this year, BBC News published an article by Rachel Nuwer, entitled, “Will Machines Eventually Take On Every Job?” It also says that trucking is one of the most in-demand fields in the market. The article begins with the message: “It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is currently the most popular job in 29 states.” Nuwer reports, “It’s not that truck driving is a particularly sought after career path, however. Rather, it is simply one that is available and pays decently. Unlike a plethora of other jobs that have declined in recent years, truck driving has remained immune to the forces that have elbowed out different lines of work.”

As market trends shift, reasons to be a truck driver seem to be growing, even with the onset of automation. While some fear automation will dampen the future potential for drivers, that may not be the case. Nuwer says what the future holds for trucking depends much on industry leaders. Her research suggests there’s a strong possibility automation may prove to only enhance the role of the driver, making the work easier and safer.

“In the past decades, computers, cash machines and self-serve pumps have largely replaced secretaries, bank tellers and gas station attendants, respectively. Door-to-door deliveries, on the other hand, cannot be outsourced to another country, while long haul driving has yet to be automated.” Nuwer adds that there are a number of industries where people prefer and pay for services just because they are not automated. Industry experts, also, despite growing talk of automation, continue to assert truck driver jobs will only grow in demand. So far, that seems to be true.

While there is no crystal ball to the path of security, there are solid reasons to enter the field of trucking. Not only is it an industry that is currently in top demand, it does not require an investment in a four year degree. If a person has the desire to be a driver, they can make that happen in as little as a few weeks. Cost is minimal and rewards are better than many receive after four year degree training. If you want to be a truck driver, take a look at the job boards. There is plenty of opportunity for those who can step up to the challenge.

If you think trucking is the right decision for you, Millis Transfer is here to help. Along with some of the best training, Millis Transfer can get your trucking career initiated and on track. There’s a lot to gain. So, don’t delay. Give Millis Transfer a call and see how easy it is to begin your career in trucking today.

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Speed Limits: Some Trucks Can’t Go Faster

A recent article by the Associated Press says that “Big Rigs Often Go Faster Than Tires Can Handle.” According to Tire Review, the average speed a tire can operate without a blow-out varies on the brand. 75mph is considered to be the average speed a tire can go before it becomes a hazard. Depending on tire, actual speed could vary from 55-82 mph.

Speed limiting devices have been a point of debate due to the number of incidents involving high speeds, such as tire blow-outs and accidents.

“Setting speed limits has traditionally been the responsibility of states, except for the period of 1973-1994. During that time, the federal government enacted mandatory speed limit ceilings on interstate highways and similar limited access roads through a National Maximum Speed Limit.” According to the 2015 Governors Highway Safety Association, “Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit in 1995. Since then, 34 states have raised speed limits to 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadway systems.”

Not all speed limits are set by states. Rhode Island speed limits are set by the State Traffic Commission and West Virginia speed limits are set by the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

Regardless of who establishes the speed limit, it is common to see variations on the highway. There’s usually one speed for cars. Another speed for tractor trailers. Speed limits can also vary according to the type of roadway, traveling conditions and whether or not it is day or night.

Speed limiters are mechanical instruments that operate through a series of electronic sensors that calibrate the vehicle’s speed and transmit that information to the engine’s computer. Once information is received, sensors determine whether or not a truck is moving too fast for conditions. If so, fuel and air are restricted and the engine cannot accelerate.

By 2017, according to Overdrive Magazine, speed limiting devices are expected to be mandatory for truck manufacturers. While that is limiting for some, a survey conducted in 2007 shows that 69% of trucking companies already have those kind of devices on at least some of their rigs, with an average limit of 69 mph.

Even with a growing number of speed limiting devices in place, the Associated Press cites increased speed limits in 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, that now have speed limits of 75, 80 and 85 mph. For those who can accelerate to this speed, wrecks and blowouts remain a concern. It’s “a scientific fact that kinetic energy increases twice as fast as speed…” According to the website FairTrafficLaws.Com, “When motorists double their speed, they have four times as much energy to deal with and crashes are four times more severe.”

However fast you approach your deliveries, please be safe and cautious. “To assure safety on our highways, vehicle speed must be carefully considered by highway designers and traffic managers and wisely controlled by motorists.”

To view a chart of speed limits in various sectors, please visit this page: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/speedlimit_laws.html

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

Women Behind the Wheel

Women have been driving trucks a long time. Take a look at Lillie Drennan. According to historical archives, in 1929, she was the first woman to climb up in a cab and take to the road with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). She later became the first female owner of a truck line.

There are some funny stories about Drennan, like how she would carry a revolver everywhere she went. She was a pioneer. While other women would eventually follow, it would literally take decades. As noted by Truckers Report online, in the 1960s, unions and working conditions made it tough for women to find viable work. It was “a male-dominated” field.

The “Women in Trucking Association” is a nonprofit organization that encourages the employment of women in the trucking industry, promotes their accomplishments, and minimizes obstacles faced by women who want to drive trucks.

“Some say it’s because of the national driver shortage, and others say it’s because of rising wages, but the fact remains that there are more women in the driver’s seats of big rigs now than ever before. In fact, the percentage of women in trucking (versus men) has more than doubled since 1990. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up only about 2.1 percent of truckers in 1990, but in 2012, they were up to about 5.4 percent,” as published by Women In Trucking. “These numbers may not seem drastic, but considering we’re talking about thousands of truck drivers, that’s pretty significant.”

Desiree Wood, President of REAL Women in Trucking, says it used to be that only one in six women who took the CDL test passed. “The number of women in the trucking industry is going up, but they could be even higher if women got the support they need to make it through CDL training as well as their first year of commercial driving.”

And that support is arriving by the truckload. More and more organizations and employers, like Millis Transfer, are stepping up to help support and encourage women in the field. “There’s no reason women can’t do the job. Technology is making it more driver-friendly for everyone so it’s not as physically demanding,” Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women in Trucking Association said.

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.

What to Expect at a Driving School for CDL Licenses

You might think attending driving school for CDL training to become a professional truck driver is like taking driver’s ed. You would be wrong. That’s like comparing little league practice to spring training.

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First, you will be attending driving school all day for three or four weeks. You will be expected to put in 40-hour weeks, and at least one of those weeks you will spend mostly behind the wheel in control of a rig. Attending driving school for CDL license preparation is not for wimps. If you want to know what it takes to have a successful truck driving career, you need to put in the time.

Why do you need so much time? You need to know how to maneuver an 18-wheeler. You need to know how to maneuver an 18-wheeler in traffic. You need to know how to maneuver an 18-wheeler on narrow streets. You need to know how to maneuver an 18-wheeler in the dark. You need you know how to maneuver an 18-wheeler down a steep grade so the breaks don’t overheat. You need to know how to park an 18-wheeler.

But that’s not all. You need to learn to do basic repairs on a truck. You need to learn how to keep a load from shifting on a curve, how the weight is dispersed, how heavy the load can be, and how much room it takes to stop a loaded truck. You need to learn how to hook and unhook the trailer from the truck.

What else do you need to learn at a driving school for CDL license preparation? How about how to keep a log book and meet other DOT regulations? How about planning ahead to make sure you get your load to its destination on time and safely?

Some training will be in the classroom; some will involve watching videos. You might spend some time in a simulator or observing others. Find the best truck driving school you can and they will keep you busy, guaranteed.

Millis Transfer provides a driving school for CDL preparation in four locations throughout the eastern United States, and offer a job upon successful completion. We maintain small classes and start every week. Give us a call to start your truck driving career.

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