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.

Distracted Driving: No Call, No Text, No Ticket

There’s a growing list of penalties when it comes to distracted driving. Drivers should take note. According to new research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the risks of being in a crash increases 23.2 times when commercial drivers engage in texting and/or distracted driving on the road. To combat risks, the FMCSA is getting tougher on when and how drivers utilize their mobile devices.

When you first read through the rules listed on the FMCSA website, it sounds much like what you would expect. Rules stipulate that drivers may not engage in texting and/or using a handheld mobile device while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Motor carriers are also prohibited from requiring or allowing their drivers to engage in texting while driving. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations have also been amended with texting or distracted driving citations now listed as a disqualifying offense.

All to often, the devil‘s in the details. That would be particularly true for mobile phone rules. It’s not just a matter of not texting. A driver could also be cited for simply holding their phone at a stop light. Since violations of any of the rules could result in fines, disqualification, being prohibited from driving and more…it’s important to know there’s a lot more than just not texting when it comes to the use of your phone.

According to FMCSA, drivers may not do any of the following:

Use at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to make a call;
Dial a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button; or
Reach for a mobile phone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt.

CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity. Rules governing mobile phone use apply to “drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle on a roadway, including moving forward or temporarily stationary because of traffic, traffic control devices, or other momentary delays.”

And for anyone unclear as to what constitutes texting… new regulations specify: “manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.”

According to FMCSA, it is very easy to comply with the new rules. Simply put: There’s no reaching for the phone. No holding of the phone. No dialing of the phone and certainly no reading or texting when the driver is in transit or stationary in traffic. While some drivers might be able to text without being caught, remember that call logs are always available via your phone carrier.

To learn more, please visit:
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Mobile_Phone_Rule_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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.

American Red Cross Issues New Tornado Guidelines For Truckers, Provides Free App

Although they can happen at any time of the year, Tornado season usually runs from March through August. Most occur in the afternoon or evening. According to research from The Trucker’s Report, the United States, on average, experiences roughly 100,000 thunderstorms each year. Of these, about 1,000 develop into tornadoes. A look at this Youtube Video of a truck flying in the air is a good reminder of what a tornado can do to a tractor-trailer. Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFjTYsAc53E

Taking Cover: Red Cross Issues New Guidelines

Part of being safe is being prepared and knowing how to take precautions. The following are the updated American Red Cross guidelines for tornado alerts and warnings.

1.) Identify how wide the Tornado is and where it’s going.

2.) If it’s coming AT YOU (looks like it’s sitting still) or touches down ON TOP OF YOU: STOP! Then, while staying in your vehicle, duck BELOW the dashboard and put (or leave) your seat belt on. This especially holds true for drivers who have newer trucks with driver’s side SRS/air bag systems… the air bag will help protect you.

3.) If it’s crossing the road IN FRONT OF YOU, stop your vehicle and get into a ditch BEHIND where you park.

4.) If it’s chasing your trailer, treat it like a steer tire blowout: Step ON the accelerator, Steer as necessary and get yourself out of it’s path.

Keep in mind that the safest place is always a building, such as a sturdy house or office building with a basement or tornado cellar. If that is not an option, you may be able to find shelter at a truck stop inside a deep freezer, shower room, rest room or under a counter. Make sure to run for the main building if a tornado approaches a truck stop.

Types of Tornadoes

It’s safe to say that most have heard the category listings for tornadoes. For each category, however, a certain amount of damage can be predicted. Here is a listing from The Trucker’s Report that highlights the type of damage usually associated with grade.

  • F-0 has wind speeds of up to 40-72 miles per hour. Frequently causes broken tree branches and roof damage.
  • F-1 has wind speeds of 73-112 mph. Will overturn mobile homes.
  • F-2 has wind speeds of 113-157 mph. Expect mobile homes to be demolished and trees to be uprooted.
  • F-3 has wind speeds of 158-205 mph. Trains and cars will be overturned.
  • F-4 reaches wind speeds of 207-260 mph. Buildings and walls will be leveled.
  • F-5 reaches wind speeds of 261-318 mph. Usually catastrophic damage. Homes and trucks can be carried considerable distances.
  • Help When You Need It

    Should you experience inclement weather, such as a tornado, Millis Transfer will be there to help. Your safety is always a priority with us. It’s also why we offer modernized equipment and the kind of driver support that helps you through the most challenging conditions.

    Along with a dedicated staff at Millis Transfer, there are also a number of apps for your cell phones, such as the one offered through the American Red Cross. It provides early warning alerts and helpful information like step-by-step instructions on what to do if cell towers or TVs are down.

    Get The Free App

    With the American Red Cross app, an alert will be sent to the driver, even if the app is closed, helping to reduce the chance of sleeping through a tornado. Anyone can download the free Red Cross tornado app by texting “GETNADO” to 90999 or by searching for “Red Cross Tornado” in the Apple App Store or Google Play. There’s also apps for hurricane, flood, earthquakes, and more.

    The app from the American Red Cross is just one of many options, growing in scale and popularity. There’s a long list of weather apps, some free of charge and some with a subscription fee, available online, that originate from places like NOAA and the Weather Channel. Most offer alerts and are full of information on how and when to take cover.

    When a tornado is coming, you have only a short amount of time to make important decisions. Advance planning and quick responses are often key to surviving. At Millis Transfer, we work diligently to help provide assistance you need. With some of the best equipment and driver support you can count on, Millis Transfer drivers are safer and more secure in times of crisis. And with apps like the one from the American Red Cross, drivers and their families have even more access to information that will help keep them safe in inclement weather conditions.

    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.

    Best In-Cab Slow-Cooker Recipes for Truck Drivers

    As an over-the-road truck driver, it’s tempting to eat every meal at a fast food restaurant. Slow-cooker meals are a great way to enjoy home cooking while saving money and trimming your waistline. It also ensures you have something warm to eat if you get snowed in during cold weather. Here are five perfect recipes truck drivers can make right in the cab.

    BBQ Pulled Pork

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound pork loin, trimmed of fat
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
    • 4 hamburger buns or hard rolls

    Directions

    1. Place pork loin in slow cooker. Top with onion and barbeque sauce.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, or until meat is tender.
    3. Shred pork with a fork and coat with sauce.
    4. Serve pulled pork on hamburger buns or hard rolls. Makes 4 servings.

    Cheesy Ham and Potatoes

    Ingredients

    • 14 ounces frozen diced potatoes with peppers and onions, thawed
    • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of celery soup
    • 4 oz sour cream
    • 1 1/2 lbs boneless fully cooked ham

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients except the ham in slow cooker. Place ham on top of the mixture.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Stir well and serve. Makes 5 servings.

    Chicken Tomatillo

    Ingredients

    • 2 chicken breasts
    • 1/2 onion, sliced
    • 1 cup tomatillo salsa
    • Sour cream
    • 4 large flour tortillas

    Directions

    1. Combine first three ingredients in slow cooker.
    2. Cover and cook on low 5 hours or on high for 2.5 to 3 hours.
    3. Shred chicken with a fork and coat with sauce.
    4. Place desired amount in a tortilla and top with sour cream. Makes 4 servings.

    Chili Beef Sandwiches

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed of fat
    • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
    • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    • 4 Kaiser rolls

    Directions

    1. Place chuck roast in slow cooker, sprinkle with taco seasoning and pour BBQ sauce over the meat.
    2. Cover and cook on low 6 hours. Shred the beef and coat with sauce. Serve on rolls. Makes 4 servings.

    Honey BBQ Pork and Carrots

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork roast
    • 8 oz. baby carrots
    • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Dash of pepper
    • Rice

    Directions

    1. Place pork roast and carrots in slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients.
    2. Cover and cook on low 5 hours or until pork is thoroughly cooked.
    3. Serve over rice cooked in a rice cooker. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

    If you have what it takes to live the exciting life of a truck driver, Millis Transfer is here to help you have a long, healthy and successful career. To learn more about how to become a paid tourist, call (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.

    Have you thought about being a professional truck driver?

    Have you considered becoming a truck driver? You often hear about the tight job market and the number of people who have given up on the job search or people too afraid to leave their current job – even though they don’t like it – for fear they won’t be able to find another one. You have to believe these people never considered truck driver jobs.

    Are you one of them? You must not have heard there is an estimated truck shortage of 25,000 truck drivers in the USA. Some estimates go as high as 40,000. That’s a lot of vacancies to fill in a supposedly tight job market.

    Why aren’t people flocking to these jobs? It can’t be because of the pay. Truck drivers make up to $50,000 per year, which is right around the median household income. That’s more than double what you can make working full time at minimum wage and above average for many parts of the country.

    Maybe the shortage is because not everyone knows how to drive a truck. However, there’s an easy fix to that. Companies like Millis Transfer offer training programs to help you get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and start a new career as a truck driver.

    Millis Training Institute has locations in Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Wisconsin. In as little as three to four weeks, you can have your CDL and start earning real money. You know the training is first rate, because Millis only wants top-notch drivers.

    Truck driving isn’t for everyone. You need a clean driving record and you should be in good health so you can pass the required physical exam. You also need a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. But, the rewards are more than just money. You get to see the country while the view out of your “office” window changes daily.

    If you have what it takes, Millis transfer would like to help you have a long, healthy and successful career as a truck driver. To learn more about how to become a paid tourist call (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.

    Are You Prepared for Hot Weather Truck Driving?

    Truck driving is pretty much an all-weather profession, which means you and your rig need to be ready for anything. Extreme temperatures challenge you and your truck. With the summer season comes hot weather, and you need to be prepared.

    Pre-trip inspections are always important, but they become doubly important with extremely hot weather. When the mercury is hovering around triple digits, you don’t want to be guessing about the condition of you or your truck. Truck driving is a profession, not an act of faith.

    With extreme heat, here are some items to double check every time you hit the road:

    • tire air pressure and mounting pressure
    • the condition of all hoses
    • engine oil is at the proper level
    • gauges are all operating properly
    • belts for breaks or cracks and tightness
    • coolant level is topped off and you have extra in reserve

    Truck driving is hard work, and hot weather can be hard on you as well. A truck can’t run without a driver, and it’s only as safe as the person behind the wheel. Keep yourself running cool with these suggestions:

    • stay hydrated and keep plenty of drinking water handy
    • keep tuned in to the weather along your route
    • keep your left side arm and face protected from UV
    • have sun protection if you are outside even for a short time
    • wear a hat to shade your head

    If you don’t have air conditioning, keep air circulating in the cab. Use a damp neck wrap to keep cool. Remember, a window does not provide much protection from UV sunlight. There is a reason skin cancer in the US is most common on the left side.

    Millis Transfer wants you to have a long, safe and healthy truck driving career. For more information call (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.

    How Truck Drivers Impact Your Holidays

    Truck drivers are the unsung heroes of the holiday season. If you travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you might think you see a lot more trucks on the road, and you would be right. More goods are moving during the holiday season than any other time of the year.

    Retailers want to stock their shelves with plenty of gift ideas for shoppers, and truck drivers bring the goods to fill those shelves. During the four or five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, some retailers do almost half their sales for the year. Those deliveries are essential to the success of many small businesses.

    Meanwhile, manufacturers try to get every last item they can to store shelves. Some have additional inventory just for this time of year. Others encounter unexpected sales and are rushing to meet those demands. Truck drivers not only deliver the finished goods, they also bring in the parts and materials to make those finished products.

    In addition to trying to meet the demands of their job, drivers also try to make sure they get home for the holidays. No one wants to be on the road away from family during the holidays if it can be helped. Having a loaded trailer on the trip home might make the difference between a profitable year and a not-so-profitable year for some truck drivers.

    So while traveling this holiday season, rather than being annoyed by the increased truck traffic you encounter, you might want to thank those drivers for delivering all those presents you received and gave, and for delivering supplies and materials that keep factories running. You might also want to say a little prayer for their safe journey home as well.

    Millis Transfer is a leader in the trucking industry. Rooted in a family business, they consider each of their truck drivers to members of the Millis family. To learn more, visit the Millis Transfer website or call 800-937-0880.

    Christmas Gift Ideas for Truck Drivers

    Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road. Finding a gift they can use while they drive might seem a bit challenging, but you may be surprised at what might just be on a driver’s wish list. Whether you look for items for the average working man (or woman), the traveler, or something specifically for those who make a living driving, you’re likely to find the perfect item for the truck driver in your life.

    Working Ideas

    • How about a good pair of work boots, perhaps even steel-toed boots for safety? Truck drivers often want to wear a comfortable pair of shoes when driving long distances; depending on the locations and materials, a good pair of work boots might be essential.
    • Sunglasses cut the glare on sunny days in the winter as well as during the summer. Sunlight reflected off of snow could be more blinding than the beach. Anyone working outdoors would appreciate a good pair of sunglasses; for truck drivers, they are essential safety equipment.

    Traveling Gifts

    • Satellite radio lets drivers listen to their favorite selections no matter where they travel. No need for the inconvenience—and potential danger—associated with switching stations every few miles. A good satellite radio makes for good company on the road.
    • A smartphone or other device capable of storing and playing music could also help relieve the boredom often encountered on long stretches of highway. Listening to a selection of favorite tunes selected by a loved one also helps alleviate the loneliness of the road.
    • A Bluetooth headset makes listening safer and more convenient. Bluetooth means no wires tangling up in the cab and no connections to plug in.

    Drivers Only

    • A GPS seems indispensable for truck drivers these days, especially those not driving a familiar route. Did you know there are GPS systems made especially for professional drivers? The ability to plan a route rather than just find the shortest path between two points requires something more sophisticated than your average GPS.
    • While most drivers would never need or use a wooden tire thumper, professional drivers need a good one to check for low air pressure or road damage. A quick test of the tires before hitting the road helps ensure a safe journey. As a gift, it shows not only how much you care, but also how much you understand what truck drivers do.

    To learn more about the life of truck drivers and their families—including the Millis Transfer family—visit their website or call at 800-937-0880.

    5 Most Helpful Things Truck Drivers Should Have on the Road

    Even the largest sleeper cab has only so much space for things truck drivers need to have while on the road. Just what things are most helpful to bring along on the road? If you will be driving long distances, here are a few of the essentials.

    1. Survival Kit

    No driver should be without a first aid kit, but a survival kit contains a lot more. You should have plenty of non-perishable food and water, in case you get stranded for a day or more. You need signals to alert others and a flashlight for when it gets dark. Some sort of basic shelter is a good idea as well, even if it’s just a tarp and some rope.

    2. Basic Toolkit

    If you’re on the road and experience mechanical trouble, a basic toolkit and a little know-how can go a long way toward avoiding expensive tows. Experienced truck drivers keep different size hoses and hose clamps in their toolkit too.

    3. CB Radio and Cellphone

    These two very different devices complement each other quite nicely and serve the same purpose in helping you maintain lines of communication. The cellphone can be effective, as long as a tower is nearby. Be sure to bring a charger along. The CB radio will let you contact any other CB in range. You can’t beat it for staying updated on traffic or getting help from other truck drivers in emergency situations.

    4. GPS Navigation

    GPS navigation helps you get to your destination. If you need to reroute because of construction, traffic, or a closed road, a GPS system beats looking through maps. The newer systems will identify the quickest or shortest route to meet your needs.

    5. Laptop or Tablet Computer

    These days, completing paperwork can be done quickest if you don’t use paper. A laptop or tablet lets you keep logs and other necessary information in one place. With Wi-Fi or other wireless Internet connection you can upload to and download from dispatch. Truck drivers also find that a laptop or tablet is a good companion. It can help you stay in touch with loved ones and keep you amused during lonely runs.

    One more helpful thing to have on the road is a carrier who treats you like family. Millis Transfer wants to work with you to make your truck driving career a success. To learn more about how we help truck drivers, visit our website or give us a call.

    Tips for Truck Drivers: Healthy Ways to Stay Awake on Long Hauls

    Long hauls equate to long workdays for truck drivers. While Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules limit the total number of hours you can drive over a given time without rest, you might still pull a long driving shift. Rather than rely on stimulants, try these healthy ways to stay awake on long hauls.

    • Before you begin a long haul, take a nap. A short power nap before you begin can deliver the rest your body needs to make it through the long hours. Don’t hesitate to pull over and take a 15- to 20-minute power nap if you start feeling tired.
    • Take a hike. Make it a short one, but getting out and stretching your legs gets blood flowing and gives you an energy burst that will help keep your body and mind alert. Truck drivers find getting out of the cab and stretching their legs is a welcome break from sitting behind the wheel.
    • Eat for the long haul. A high-energy meal filled with complex carbohydrates and protein gives you long-lasting energy to make it through the long hours of driving. Brown rice and chicken, whole-wheat pasta and eggs, or even spaghetti and meatballs before a long drive could make the difference.
    • Take your vitamins. Vitamins B6, B12 and C, along with a high-energy meal, helps your body run more efficiently and makes the best use of the fuel you’ve ingested. Truck drivers should avoid unhealthy caffeine and sweets to power up. Your body burns through sugary substances quickly, and then leaves you suddenly low on energy.
    • Keep it cool. Make it a little colder in the cab than comfortable, especially in the winter. If it gets too warm you can start to get drowsy. Better to be a chilly and alert than warm and sleepy.

    Millis Transfer considers our truck drivers like family. We would like to help you in your truck-driving career. Give us a call or visit our website today.

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