Looking Ahead to the Possibilities

2017 holds a lot of promise. The trucking business in particular is expected to have budding opportunity. As published by the American Trucking Association, the driver shortage continues and the demand for truck drivers is expected to grow throughout the year 2020. An online financial blog reports that the main factor in the trucking shortage is the disparity between those retiring in comparison to the number of drivers taking to the road.

Analysts also believe that 2017 will bring us closer to automation and self driving vehicles in positive ways. For instance, Uber has bought a company in San Francisco that produces self-driving trucks named “Otto” and the company has made their first delivery with them, transporting over 50,000 beers to Colorado. While self-driving trucks are not slated to take over the trucking industry, they will begin to make a notable presence in the years to come. Along with self driving trucks, Uber is also promising flying cars. According to a white paper they published, Uber has already launched a fleet of them in Pittsburgh.

In a December 2016 report from the President of the United States, it was stated that the trucking industry may lose nearly 1.7 million jobs, but it will also gain new ones. Predicting which jobs will be lost by automation is challenging, as automation is not a single technology, but rather a collection of technologies applied to specific tasks. Some will be more easily automated than others and many positions will be altered in the years to come as a result of new advances in technology. To learn more, the report can be accessed here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/Artificial-Intelligence-Automation-Economy.PDF

Automation is not the end of the driver, but the beginning of a new role and process of delivery for drivers. As the Executive Report states, “Some jobs may be automated away, while for others, AI-driven automation will make many workers more productive and increase demand for certain skills. Finally, new jobs are likely to be directly created in areas such as the development and supervision of AI as well as indirectly created in a range of areas throughout the economy as higher incomes lead to expanded demand.”

As 2017 gets underway, those currently working in and those entering the field, will have exciting adventures ahead in the way advances in automation and transportation technology impact the industry. Discussion of deregulation may also take greater form and lead to new opportunity. The benefits of the field are not yet even fully defined in the wake of this exciting, emerging semi-automated transformation. One thing is for certain, however, the possibilities are endless.

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.

Be Prepared: Summer 2016 Will Most Likely Be Warmer Than Most

This is nothing better than sitting behind the wheel, enjoying a warm breeze along miles and miles of beautiful, rolling highway. This year, however, things are expected to be a little warmer than most.

According to the June-August outlook from the Weather Channel, “Well-above average temperatures are expected this summer for the northern tier of states, from the Pacific Northwest into the northern Plains, Great Lakes and Northeast. Warmer than average temperatures will also extend from southern California into the central and southern Plains and Southeast. The only area where cooler than average temperatures are currently expected this summer is for portions of central and south Texas.”

While the warm weather can be relaxing and wonderful, heat can bring adverse effects. Warmer than average summers impact drivers and the reliability of transportation. On a 90-degree day, surface temperatures can easily exceed 150 degrees. Think about what that does to a tire. According to Consumer Reports, tire blowouts are on the rise, creating a number of potential dangers. Believe it or not, just having your tires properly inflated will go a long way toward avoiding such failures.

With higher than average forecasts, tires are not the only concern. Drivers must also exercise caution. It is important, for a number of reasons, to be aware of the temperature readings. Keep in mind that the temperature on a thermometer is not necessarily the temperature for which you should be concerned. The relative humidity in an environment can significantly affect what is known as the “apparent temperature,” or the temperature you actually feel. According to Healthline.Com, “If the air temperature reads 85 F, but there’s zero humidity, it will actually feel like it’s 78 F, whereas the same air temperature in an environment with 80 percent humidity will feel like 97 F.”

Because high environmental temperatures can be dangerous to the human body, it is important to gauge temperatures accurately. “In the range of 90 to 105 F, heat cramps and exhaustion may occur. Between 105 and 130 F, heat exhaustion is almost certain, and activities should be significantly limited.” According to Healthline.Com, “An environmental temperature over 130 degrees F is likely to lead to heatstroke.”

Have fun traveling, but stay aware of the temperature and humidity. Being cautious and alert are some of the most important keys to a safer, more secure driving experience this summer.

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.

Truck Driving Jobs: Start the New Year with Millis Transfer

What’s your New Year’s resolution? If you’re looking for a new and exciting career, think about starting fresh with a truck driving job from Millis Transfer. Consider the benefits of becoming a truck driver and the different employment avenues available for Millis truck drivers.

Reasons to Become a Truck Driver in 2015

  • Revel in the freedom of the open road: ­Truck driving jobs are perfect for an adventurous spirit. If you’re the kind of person who goes on spontaneous car drives, truck driving could be the perfect job for you! The scenery constantly changes and you’re not confined to a cubicle with your boss breathing down your neck.
  • Feel a sense of pride: If your current job doesn’t provide the fulfillment you need, you’ll love the sense of pride that comes from being a truck driver. It’s a job that literally keeps the economy moving forward, which is something you can really feel proud of.
  • Take responsibility for your future: ­Truck driving jobs pay well, and it doesn’t take a four-year college degree to get started. If you’re tired of making minimum wage, this is a great opportunity to earn more.
  • Enjoy job security: With many experienced drivers reaching retirement age, there has never been such a driver shortage as there is today. You get your pick of which carrier to drive for and can expect top dollar for your work.

Employment Opportunities with Millis

  • CDL training: You can get started with Millis even if you currently work in a completely unrelated field. Millis Training Institute (MTI) provides everything you need to get your foot in the door, including an offer of employment upon completion of the four-week program.
  • Opportunities for veterans: As a transitioning military veteran, Millis offers the chance to get started for even less. MTI offers special discounts for honorably discharged veterans who want to become truck drivers.
  • Regional truck driving jobs: If you have some prior experience, you can get started right away with one of Millis Transfer’s regional trucking jobs. Positions are currently available in Texas, Georgia and the Midwest.

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.

Regional Truck Driving Jobs with Millis Transfer

Do you enjoy the freedom of the open road? Do you want the support of having a family-oriented company by your side? If so, you would definitely thrive with a regional truck driving job, and Mills Transfer is hiring right now!

When you take on a regional route with Millis Transfer, you can expect to stay within a four- to five-state area. Regional ­truck driving jobs ensure excellent miles and great pay with more flexibility than over-the-road jobs when it comes to home time. It’s the perfect balance you’ve been looking for in your next trucking job.

Millis is Hiring!

You can apply for jobs right now in the following regions:

  • Texas Regional: Drivers make runs from Waco to Fort Worth. Deliveries also encompass a 350-mile radius around Fort Worth.
  • Midwest Regional: Drivers make deliveries between Milwaukee and Cincinnati, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
  • Georgia Regional: Deliveries take place in Georgia and across the Southeast US including Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Benefits of Regional Truck Driving Jobs

When you choose to work with Millis Transfer, you can expect some of the best benefits in the transportation industry. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits new drivers who take on regional ­truck driving jobs:

  • Outstanding equipment from Kenworth and Freightliner. Many trucks in the fleet are brand new.
  • Excellent benefits, vacation packages and home time promises.
  • Generous pay starting at $0.40 per mile for drivers with at least four years of experience when joining Millis Transfer.
  • Pay up to $0.45 per mile with a $0.05 per mile performance bonus and $0.01 per mile safety bonus.
  • The chance to boost your earnings $0.07 to $0.10 per mile while training student drivers.
  • Drop & hook freight that eliminates wasted hours waiting.

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 the reasons to work with us, please call (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.

A Week in the Life of a Millis Transfer Truck Driver

Being an over-the-road (OTR) truck driver is more a lifestyle than a job. It often demands a week at a time or more away from home, traveling the countryside and making deliveries. But just what is an average week like for a Millis Transfer truck driver? Let’s take a look.

  • Driving schedule: Days typically begin early, but this depends on the truck driver. Some prefer to travel when the sun is out, while others enjoy the emptier roads at night. Truck drivers make their own hours, as long as they abide by Hours of Services (HOS) rules – such as driving no more than 70 hours in an eight-day period and taking a 34-hour restart every week – they can drive whenever they want.
  • Driving distance: A typical week may include driving 2,600 to 3,200 miles. For example, a Wisconsin-based driver travels to Georgia to make a delivery. The driver swings up to North Carolina, then on to Pennsylvania. At the end of the week, the driver makes his or her way back to Wisconsin to finish the loop and enjoy some well-deserved home time.
  • Guaranteed home time: Millis Transfer takes quality home time very seriously. All drivers are guaranteed 36 hours of uninterrupted home time for every week spent on the road. Sometimes this equates to 72 hours of home time after two weeks on the road or 108 hours home after three weeks out. Millis Transfer also offers the unique opportunity for drivers to enjoy one week of paid home time after only six months of employment and another two weeks after one year of driving for Millis.
  • Pay: Millis Transfer drivers are paid by the mile. The more experience they have, the more they earn. Depending on how many miles they drive, the type of freight they haul, and their experience level, truck drivers typically make between $800 and $1,300 per week.
  • Lifestyle: Truck drivers enjoy flexibility, independence and quality alone time. They follow a different routine from the general population and often experience 20-hour stretches of solitude each day. Furthermore, anytime they’re not behind the wheel, truck drivers are often inclined to call home or enjoy face-to-face chats with family and friends thanks to mobile technology.

Millis Transfer wants you to have a long, successful and healthy career as a truck driver. Now that you know what to expect, you can start your education at the Millis Training Institute, where military veterans and others looking for a fresh start can begin an exceptional career in the trucking industry. To learn more about attending truck driver school at the Millis Training Institute, visit the Millis Transfer website or call 800-937-0880.

All You Need To Know About National Truck Driving Jobs

Those recognizable, maroon-colored Millis Transfer trucks have been traveling across America since 1936. The company provides national truck driving jobs to anyone who is qualified and wants a job as a paid tourist. After all, driving a truck across the 48 contiguous United States is just one long road trip where you get paid along the way.

But just what does a coast-to-coast truck driver experience? Take a look at some of the benefits national truck driving jobs offer.

  • Freedom of the open road: Anyone who loves taking spontaneous drives can make a living driving from coast to coast. There’s no boss breathing down the driver’s neck, no confining cubicles, and the scenery is literally always changing. While office workers are stuck staring at a computer screen all day, truck drivers enjoy the inspiring beauty of the countryside.
  • Sense of pride: Truck drivers are the unsung heroes of nearly all other industries. Truck drivers play a vital role in delivering goods from manufacturers to retailers and consumers. The dedicated men and women with ­national truck driving jobs understand this and take pride in their work.
  • Responsibility for the future: Truck driving is a reliable way to earn excellent pay. It doesn’t take a four-year college degree to start taking responsibility for the future as a national truck driver.
  • Job security: As experienced truck drivers reach retirement age, an astounding number of positions are opening up for new drivers to fill. Plus, with excellent incentives from various carriers, driving school graduates can take their pick from among a number of first-rate opportunities.
  • Extension of the family: At Millis Transfer, drivers are considered members of the Millis family. The company epitomizes the concept of the American Dream and extends the opportunity to make an excellent living to the hard-working drivers on their team.

Millis Transfer would like you to have a long, successful, and healthy career as a truck driver. To learn more about the national truck driving jobs you might qualify for, visit our website or call us at 800-937-0880.

Truck Driving Jobs: Thanksgiving on the Road

Truck driving jobs often require you to be on the road during those important family get-togethers. Because of the need to get goods delivered during the holiday retail season, missing out on Thanksgiving with the family can pose a particular problem. How do truckers handle Thanksgiving on the road?

Keep in Touch

While it can be hard on families to be apart during significant holidays, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity of a good job. Carriers often provide bonuses for drivers on the road for Thanksgiving, and those bonuses can go a long way toward bolstering family finances.

Fortunately, modern technology makes it easy to check in with loved ones when you can’t be there in person. Phone calls let you hear each other’s voices, but pictures and videos are now possible as well. Truck driving jobs no longer need be as lonely as they once were.

Food

Of course, while being with family is important; it’s the food that takes center stage on Thanksgiving. How can you get a home-cooked meal when you can’t be at home? You might be surprised.

Several restaurants understand the hardships of truck driving jobs, and offer working drivers a free meal or special discount on Thanksgiving. Several of the truck stop chains and local truck stops provide special meals to satisfy the urge for Thanksgiving turkey.

While churches are known for feeding the homeless, they also provide for those with other needs. You might find a local ministry offering home-cooked meals to those traveling.

One often overlooked advantage to truck driving jobs taking you on the road during Thanksgiving: you can sample some of the regional specialties offered across the country. Different parts of the U.S. have different dishes that complement the Thanksgiving feast. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

In the South, expect to find pecan pie and sweet potatoes. New England will have side dishes featuring cranberries, apples, and maybe a touch of maple. And while you’re sure to find turkey, whether you find it dressed or stuffed will depend on where you look.

Other Concerns

Remember, the holidays bring an increase in traffic on the roadways. Allow yourself more time and more space so you can arrive at your destination safe and sound and on time. You also need to monitor weather and road conditions. Be prepared for icy roads, as the air turns colder. Don’t forget, a lot of shoppers will be on the road early on Black Friday looking for bargains. That’s the reason some of us have truck driving jobs this Thanksgiving in the first place.

To learn more about a truck driving career and how Millis Transfer treats our drivers like family, visit our website or give us a call. Don’t forget to join our online communities on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, where you can share your ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving on the road.

Winter Survival Checklist for Your Truck Driving Job

A truck driving job with Millis Transfer is an all-weather career. Working in the outdoors in different regions of the country, you can experience the hottest summers and the coldest winters. Even if you start on a warm, sunny coast in the morning, you might find yourself in snowy mountains by evening. What do you need to be prepared?

Basics

There are a few things you should pack with you on every truck driving job. These everyday essentials should include a first aid kit, toolkit, emergency flares, flashlight, jumper cables, a charged cellphone and a cellphone charger.

Cold Weather Basics

If you expect cold weather, you will find these items helpful even if you don’t have an emergency. In fact, having them might just keep an inconvenience from becoming a survival situation.

  • Warm socks, a hat, and waterproof gloves. You lose most of your body heat through your head and feet. Keeping them covered can help prevent hypothermia. Wet hands in cold weather freeze, and become numb and unusable.
  • Windshield deicer and a scraper.  If you can’t see where you’re going, pull over and clear the windshield.

Cold Weather Survival

If you do find yourself in a survival situation in cold weather, having a few extra items might make all the difference. If you are trapped in your truck during a cold weather truck driving job, having a few simple items might save your life or someone else’s.

  • Non-perishable foods. Dried fruit, nuts and granola work well. Peanut butter and crackers are a good choice as well.
  • Bottled water. In a survival situation, water is generally more important than food, but in cold weather make sure you have both.
  • Extra medication. When you are stuck or stranded, the last thing you want to do is run out of blood pressure or other necessary prescription medication.
  • Sleeping bags or blankets. If you can’t stay warm, you won’t be able to sleep.

Millis Transfer considers our drivers family and aims to keep them safe. If you’re interested in a truck driving job, visit our website or give us a call.

Semi Fuel Economy for Truck Driving Jobs: 5 Tips

Fuel economy is one of the top priorities in truck driving jobs, if not at the top of the list. The more you fill up the less time you’re driving, which means the longer it takes you to get your miles in, and time is money. Ultimately, any way you can improve fuel economy delivers more money back in your pocket. Here are a few tips.

truck-driving1. Cut down drag

Driving the flat face of a rig through the air is like a diver doing a belly flop. Put an air deflector on the roof with an air dam front bumper and side skirts and you will slide through the air like an Olympic champion diver who slides into the water without making a splash. That’s why boats, planes, fast cars and bullets don’t have blunt front ends. A little aerodynamics goes a long way toward reducing the amount of energy it takes to move through the air, and it applies to truck driving as much as jet flying.

2. Lose the weight

It’s not truck drivers who need to shed the pounds here; it’s your rig. When you are truck driving with a little bling it feels good. Chrome accessories and extra lights might let everyone know you’ve arrived, but extra weight means fewer miles per gallon. Extra tricks for your truck take money from your pocket at the pump. If you want to spend money on your truck, spend it on ways to make money, not cost you more money.

3. Check your tire pressure

Check the air pressure in your tires at least once a week. Underinflated tires create more friction with the road. You need some friction, but too much friction from underinflated tires means it will require more energy to move your truck. That uses more fuel and costs money.

4. Get a fuel economy gauge

If you want to spend money on truck accessories, this is a good way to do it. By monitoring fuel usage, you can develop truck driving habits that could save you money in the long run. Rapid acceleration and frequent shifting reduce fuel mileage; learning to drive efficiently will make you a better driver.

5. Track your route

Finding the shortest and quickest route to your destination, and reducing off-route miles, makes some form of GPS a must-have accessory.  If it tracks delays from traffic or construction and can suggest alternative routes to avoid them, even better. You don’t get paid for sitting idle, but you’re still burning fuel. Just make sure the device or app you use is geared toward truck driving and doesn’t direct you to routes your truck can’t traverse.

Millis Transfer would like to help you have a rewarding truck driving career. To learn more, visit our website.

Truck Driving Jobs with Millis Transfer

Ever notice how truck driving jobs always seem to be available? The work is hard, but at Millis Transfer, we look at truck driving as the opportunity to get PAID while traveling across this great nation. As a dry-van truckload carrier servicing customers throughout the United States, we offer some great opportunities for those looking to start a new career or change directions in their current one.Truck-Driving-Jobs

Millis Transfer has been a family-run business since inception in the 1930s, and we treat you like a member of our family. We support the goals, dreams and lifestyles of our employees with flexible schedules and generous pay. We even started Millis Training Institute to provide the very best training to those wanting to enter the industry and fill the demand for drivers.

We provide cross-country (OTR) truck driving jobs as well as short haul. We have dedicated routes and provide regional carrier service. In short, at Millis Transfer we can get you driving in way to fit your lifestyle and family needs.

The reason our truck driving jobs are so varied is because we specialize in assisting customers by offering dedicated full service or partial service for their transportation needs. Because we have a large number of customers, each with unique needs, Millis Transfer can provide a wide variety of driving opportunities.

So whether it’s short haul, long haul, regional, cross country, dedicated routes or on demand you can find the type of truck driving job to fit your needs. If your current job isn’t meeting expectations visit the Millis Transfer website and learn more about getting yourself in the driver’s seat to your future.

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