Truck Drivers Exhibit on Instagram

The old saying a picture is worth a thousand words proves itself true time and time again, especially for social media sites like Instagram. Founded in 2010 and later purchased by Facebook originator Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram is an application that allows mobile phone and tablet users to edit and share pictures and videos. Networking platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr are just a few places Instagram photos are distributed.

Through the use of hashtags such as #truckdriver (which already has more than 153,000 posts) drivers can share their photos and connect with like-minded folks around the world. It’s also a platform where drivers can engage in political debate and discussions on industry topics. For instance, hashtag #truckdriverproblems showcases more than 2,100 posts that feature a variety of pertinent topics relating to the trucking industry and the number of posts are continually increasing.

Hashtag #truckdriverlife features a lot of the trucking industry’s upside. With more than 5,000 posts from drivers, there’s a long list of smiling faces, beautiful photographs of trucks, and a ton of “real life trucking moments” available for public viewing.

Why are all these truckers embracing Instagram? The answer is pretty simple. The connection between truck driving and Instagram is a natural one. Professional drivers today are much more technologically advanced. They have to be considering that the inside of most trucks are usually more technologically advanced than many aircrafts. With all said and done, there is a natural carryover from working in that kind of environment to social media sites like Instagram.

One of the more interesting and controversial features of Instagram is that you can start your own hashtag at anytime and you can usually find a hashtag on just about any type of brand. Millis Transfer is even on Instagram. Check out #MillisTransfer and you will find more than 400 random posts. One in particular is a wonderful post from “christruckermusic” who offers a personal invite to be a paid tourist with us!

On his Instagram post, Chris says he is excited to carry on the Millis Transfer family tradition. He also loves being a 4th generation trucker. His Instagram has been shared with some of the following hashtags: #paidtourist, #millistransfer, #truckernation, #truckingoutlaw, #fourthgenerationtrucker, #countryboy, and #countrymusician. The potential exposure is enormous.

Other posts on the #MillisTransfer hashtag include one from #Truckingwithdogs, who recently shared a Millis Transfer Facebook photo that highlights someone’s pet sitting in the window of a Millis Transfer truck. There are also pictures of sunsets, stadiums, and even a shot of the “Drive Friendly” Texas Welcome Sign.

Because over-the-road truck drivers usually do capture the most breathtaking views, a platform like Instagram enables them to share some of those with the world. It would not be surprising to find that a lucky truck driver or two will someday rise to international fame via the sharing of photographs from the places they visit. A look at some of the hashtags like #truckersjourney and #truckersview is a strong testament to the amount of talent out there.

Overall, there’s a lot of advice on the internet for Instagram users on how to build their individual platforms. Sites like Gramlike.Com also offer fun and creative ideas to help illustrate favorite photos. These are just a few listed on their website suggested for Instagram use.

• I’m way up, I feel blessed.
• I cannot see heaven being much better than this.
• Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not strong enough.
• Be who and what you want, period.
• Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.
• I wasn’t lucky, I deserved it.
• Whatever you do in life, make sure it makes you happy.
• The question isn’t can you, it’s will you?
• What do you think of the view?
• We all start as strangers.

With captions like that, it is easy to see why so many engage in sharing. While social media platforms are fun and innovative, it is a good idea to use them wisely and never while actually driving. With that said, enjoy the view of all the wonderful places out on the road. We look forward to seeing you at #MillisTransfer.

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.

Set a Record With Us

Truck drivers accomplish some amazing tasks. For instance, one driver logged 3,001,276 miles in a commercial truck between February 12, 1986 and March 14, 2009 without one single accident. Because of that, he earned the Guinness Book of World Records Title. To this day, no one has been able to surpass his record achievement. Do you think you have what it takes to surpass the most miles title? If so, the Guinness Book of World Records is interested in hearing from you.

Believe it or not, setting your own record has never been easier. To help you win that elusive title, the Guinness Book of World Records now offers an easy to navigate website with a free online application for drivers who can do amazing or uncommon feats. Those interested will also find a long list of fun and amazing titles that they can challenge. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there are some truly awesome people in trucking. Thanks to the Guinness Book of World Records even more of them are now being acknowledged. If you’re interested in competing, simply visit the following links (Most Miles) or (Other Records). When you do, fill out the application. You never know, you could be the next title holder for something like “tightest parallel parking” or the “shortest driver” in trucking. You can even make up your own category. The possibilities are endless.

At Millis Transfer, you don’t have to hold a world record to get our attention. We think drivers who try their hardest and put safety first are record holders in their own right. That’s why we always go out of our way to recognize the many amazing accomplishments of dedicated drivers like Tom Atkinson or Jennifer Sterritt-Smith. They are just a couple of our own million milers who help to remind us all of the great things we can accomplish when we put forth our best efforts.

If you’re a dedicated driver, who would like to join a family that puts your best interests first and recognizes the hard work that you do, then give us a call. With great benefits, top dollar pay, and some of the best equipment in the market, 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.

Nine Millis Transfer Drivers Achieve Two Million Safe Miles

Millis Transfer is pleased to announce that nine of our drivers recently achieved the career milestone of safely driving two million miles. An amazing accomplishment, these fleet members have not only made highways safer for travelers, they have set a safety standard that only the best drivers in the industry achieve. “We’d like to extend our congratulations to each of them,” Dan Millis, Safety Director of Millis Transfer, said. “Everyone at the company is so proud to have these individuals as part of our team. Please join with us in recognizing their hard work and dedication.”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported a total of 437,000 crash related incidents for the year of 2014, representing some of the latest research available. “It means a lot that our drivers are not only taking extra precautions, they are helping to reduce the number of incidents that occur. When you have drivers that maintain incident free records, it helps everyone,” Millis said. “Two million safe miles is a significant accomplishment and we are thankful to all of our fleet members for their diligence in achieving this goal. It makes a tremendous difference.” The following drivers are the new members of the Millis Transfer fleet to successfully reach this important achievement:

Truck 46005 – Frank Arpino
Truck 5818 – Tom Atkinson
Truck 7011 – Terry Caldwell, graduate of Millis Training School
Truck 5823 – Trevor Davies
Truck 6010 – Mark Ruffner, graduate of Millis Training School
Truck 5108 – Jennifer Sterritt-Smith, graduate of Millis Training School
Truck 5027 – Russell Thompson, graduate of Millis Training School
Truck 7066 – Eddie Vandergriff
Truck 46068 – Jeff Vanstechelman

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 Holiday Season Is Underway

The 2016 holiday season has arrived. According to a recent poll, 34 million consumers started their Christmas shopping in September and one million had it done by October 2016. Early birds might have it wrapped up, but most will be traveling to retail outlets in the next few weeks for Black Friday and pre-Christmas sales. In fact, survey respondents indicate, 58% of holiday shoppers want to do their shopping in-person at stores.

An interesting fact published online by the National Center for Business Journalism says that males spent the most money on Black Friday in 2015. All in all, we hear a lot about “Black Friday,” but most of us are not familiar with how the event got its name. According to History.Com, the phrase is related to the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. The most common reference, however, is about the retailers who go from red to “black,” earning the first profit of the year, the day after Thanksgiving.

History.Com says the term “Black Friday” originated in Philly in the 1950s. According to their sources, it was used to describe the chaos that happened in stores the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of shoppers and tourists flooded the city to attend a big Army-Navy football game that was held every year. Stores in Philadelphia wanted to change the name to “Big Friday,” but the phrase never stuck. Retailers did, however, reinvent the term “Black Friday” in the late 80s and that is how we came to know it as a shopping holiday.

With all the sales and excitement, this can be a fun time of the year for drivers, with plenty of food to be found along favorite routes. As one publication reports, truck drivers traveling through Idaho can get a free meal on Thanksgiving Day at the Boise Stage Stop. There will be other locations that offer free meals as well. For those that do not eat out, utilizing a portable crock pot is becoming more and more of a popular trend, especially for health-conscious truckers.

Thanksgiving, regardless of where you travel, is historically a busy time, not only in stores, but on the roads, too. PRNewswire reports, “One in four U.S. adults plan to make all of their holiday purchases by the end of November.” That means last minute shoppers are also likely to be out in full force as Christmas Day draws near. Driving this time of year can be a wonderful, festive adventure, but it is good to be extra cautious as well.

Even in the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush, there’s still plenty of time for those interested in trucking to make the dream of driving a big rig a reality. We know there are a lot of choices, but we think you’ll find, no matter where you look, the best opportunities are here with us. At Millis Transfer, you’ll never be just another driver. You’re an integral part of a team, representing one of best companies in the business.

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.

Smart Planning Key To Improved Profits, Happier Holidays

Each year brick and mortar stores try diligently to predict what they will need for the holiday season. It is part of an equation for success. The onset of online shopping has expanded that equation to include an entire new dimension to the holiday shopping experience. Knowing how much of a particular item to order, according to retail managers, is the key factor to the complex calculation that motivates profit and keeps loads in transit. Smart planning, it is said, is really what enables managers to order the right amount of stock for Pre-Black Friday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other significant shopping events.

Smart Planning is not only important for success in retail, it is crucial for the transportation sector. When the holiday season approaches, having all of your ducks in a row makes a big difference. Research shows those who are organized usually enjoy better holiday experiences, safer travels, and accomplish more. With that in mind, here are a few items to remember when preparing and organizing for your own holiday season:

Preventative Maintenance
Make sure all of your preventative maintenance is up-to-date. Unexpected winter weather is a lot easier to drive through when you’re prepared. Regardless of how often preventative maintenance is preformed, remember to check your truck at different points in transit, especially in winter weather.

Know Where To Find Shelter
Plan out your routes. Make reservations in advance when possible, when needed. Have places where you can take shelter. Monitor the weather and stay alert.

Personal Accessories
Make sure you pack clothing for varying weather conditions. If you do not already, get a pair of gloves, a scarf, and extra clothing should temperatures or weather conditions take an unexpected turn.

Decide Where You Want To Be During The Holidays
Whether it is on the road or sitting at the in-laws for Christmas dinner, early planning will help to make your holidays a lot more enjoyable. Pre-planning and sharing your plans will go a long way into ensuring everything goes smoothly.

Be Smart About Holiday Shopping
Holiday Shopping usually means more congested highways, even with increased incentive to shop online. The article “5 Safe Online Shopping Tips for This Holiday Season” says “Above all, to stay healthy and wealthy, you’ve got to be wise. Just as you would exercise caution with your wallet and belongings in a crowded store, remember to be as vigilant in the World Wide Mall.” To read more about safe shopping, click here:
http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/resources/articles/online-shopping-banking/shopping-5-safe-online-tips-for-this-holiday-season

The holidays are always an adventure, especially for truck drivers. With a little pre-planning, however, the roads are sure to be a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Take a little time to make this year one of your best. Do the necessary pre-planning.

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.

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.

A Interesting, Fun Place Along The Highway

If you haven’t been there already, here’s one place you want to visit: The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. Filled with an amazing assortment of vintage trucks and trailers, it showcases the progression of trucking throughout the years. At this tourist attraction, visitors are allowed free rein to explore. So, you’ll enjoy having no barriers or rigid directional signs. Admittance is also free, but donations are always appreciated.

The museum currently has 60 trucks and trailers on display. These span from the early 1900s to the 1970s. Expect to see a little bit of everything when it comes to exhibits—from Mack, FWD, GMC, Studebaker to Diamond T and others. A neat thing about this place is that all the trucks featured in it are actually operational.

If you have time, the museum also shows a short film that features real life drivers and their passion for the trucking industry. They do something else that is cool—they allow photographs. With that said, be sure to bring the camera and don’t hesitate to post some vintage pictures to your Facebook pages.

At the moment, the Iowa 80 museum is wrapping up a 100th Birthday party for the 1910 Avery Farm Truck. “The 1910 Avery is the oldest truck we have on display and a rare piece of trucking history, so we thought it very fitting to throw a party,” says Dave Meier, museum curator. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Avery was a large farm equipment manufacturer in Peoria, Illinois, that built farm tractors into the 1920s.

According to manufacturers, the 1910 model was advertised to do the work of six to eight horses at a top speed of 15 MPH. The truck was so versatile, it could haul up to 100 bushels of wheat, pull a 3-bottom plow, or even run a threshing machine through an additional belt pulley. It didn’t come cheap though; the truck boasted a $2,500 price tag.

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum purchased this particular Avery from collector Lloyd VanHorn in 1995, who had purchased it from the Pioneer Auto Museum, Murdo, South Dakota, 10 years earlier. It is one of only six Avery trucks known to still exist. For those who would like to visit, the museum is located in Walcott, Iowa.

At Millis Transfer, our drivers are easily identified by the glossy, maroon colored trucks that bare the Millis Transfer brand. With the latest amenities, Millis Transfer trucks are built with more features for safety and convenience today than ever before in history. When you drive a Millis Transfer truck and when you take a look at how trucks have evolved at the Iowa 80 museum, you’ll definitely appreciate all the thought the company has put into making the ride so easy and smooth. With all the fun gadgets and accessories that are now available, it’s definitely a great time to be a truck driver.

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.

Learning To Drive: Safer & Easier Than Ever

Learning to drive a truck is a lot easier than it was in the old days, when people had to hand crank one to get it started–a tough endeavor that required numerous precautions to avoid getting kicked by the engine. Braking systems also needed a strong right foot for stopping. To be a driver back in the day, online sources say one had to attend a “brute force school of transportation.” While it was tough and dangerous, drivers somehow learned how to operate one well enough to get to where they needed to be.

In the early 1900s, most people used a horse and cart. There was no such thing as a “highway.” There were merely roads. Seeing a truck on any of those roads was a rare sight. Sources say there were only about 10,000 trucks in the entire country during that time. Described as cantankerous, they were equipped with solid rubber tires, making drive time rough and sometimes dangerous. Although evolving innovations got people talking about the idea of using more trucks for transport, it was actually the Army that more or less got the evolution of truck manufacturing underway.

During the war effort of World War I, a reported 227,000 new trucks were produced. The first convoy, led by the four wheel drive truck with a newly fitted cargo box, headed out on Feb. 8, 1912. It departed Washington, D.C. and arrived at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana roughly six weeks and 1,500 miles later on March 28. This was one of the first road tests to see if trucks could haul more efficiently than the horse and cart. Testing revealed numerous challenges. While the journey was rough, it was evident that in the right circumstances, with good equipment and drivable roads, trucking could be a viable solution.

Throughout the years, innovations continued as manufacturing orders increased. Soon the semi-trailer arrived, making a huge impact on the way freight and cargo were transported. According to online sources, there were less than 15,000 miles of paved roads throughout the country in 1914. During the next decade, the federal government spent $75 million on new road construction. By 1930, an estimated 329,000 long haul trucks were in operation bringing about the 1935 Motor Carrier Act, which presented a set group of regulations for all trucks operating within the country.

As the truck industry evolved, learning to drive became more of an entrepreneurial endeavor, bringing opportunity and excitement to those who ventured into the field. It was 1936 when brothers Jake & Ray Millis began to follow their own entrepreneurial dream. Driven by the will to succeed, they founded what is known today as Millis Transfer, Inc. Starting as a small distributor, the Millis family grew the company by expanding its territory and focusing on what the company does best: ‘getting it there’.

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer 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.

Exercising Along The Highway

Exercising does not have to be difficult for truck drivers. Statistics show that almost 90% of truck drivers exercise only sometimes or never. Reports indicated that most are deterred by one of the following factors: no place to exercise, parking restrictions and safety concerns at areas such as truck stops, rest areas, warehouses, and scarce resources when it comes to fitness options.

While these are viable excuses, that does not mean there are no solutions at all. Sometimes all that you need to get a decent workout is a little motivation and your imagination.

According to Ehow’s Marie Mulrooney, “…you should keep your attention focused on the road while driving — but while safely parked, sitting at a stoplight or stuck in gridlock, you can take advantage of being auto-bound by doing a quick, never-leave-your-seat workout.”

Driver’s seat exercises
From the driver’s seat, it’s easy to work on posture, core, and isometric exercises. A few recommendations are listed here, just make sure you are safely parked. Keep in mind the majority of these exercises involve muscular contractions against resistance without movement, holding for a few seconds and releasing.

Glute Squeezes: Once seated, squeeze your buttocks! Be sure to squeeze and hold until you feel the burn. This will help to condition and tone your muscles.

Toe Lifts: Keep your heels on the floor as you raise and lower your toes.

Heel Lifts: Sit up. Point feet straight ahead and align feet, knees, and hips. Place a non-elastic strap around lower thighs. Lean forward creating an arch in the back. Pull legs slightly apart from each other, putting minimal but continuous pressure on the strap. You can also lift and lower heels by lifting mainly from the upper thigh muscles. Use your calves and keep the arch in your back.

Abdominal Exercises:
The “seated cat” is a core exercise recommended by the American Council on Exercise. It is modified for the vehicle. As instructions indicate, sit in the standard driving position, both arms extended to the wheel, with wrists level at shoulders. Tighten core and abdominal muscles by imagining a corset is around the waist. Push shoulder blades forward as if you’re making a letter “C” with the upper part of your body. Slowly exhale, but maintain the tight muscles as you push your back into the seat. Hold position for 10 to 15 seconds. Release and resume. Perform six to 10 repetitions for two to three sets, resting 45 to 60 seconds between each set.

While standing up
If you have room to stand up in your truck, marching in place is an option for you. So are stretches or routines with dumbbells.

Outside the truck
Lunges and squats. Here is a great video detailing a routine that could be done outside the truck.

Walking: Among the cheapest of all exercises is good old fashioned walking. It has been said that 32 trips around a conventional tractor and 53 foot trailer is equivalent to one mile.

These are just a few ideas. When it comes to exercising in and around the cab, there are more options than you might imagine. With that said, let’s start planning a little more exercise in our daily runs and see how quickly we all go from flabby to fit.

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.

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