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.

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.

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.

More Than Great Pay: A Healthy Work Life Balance

Home time packages vary within the trucking industry. As an OTR dry van driver for Millis Transfer, you will enjoy something many carriers only hope to achieve: a healthy work life balance. That’s our commitment to you.

Medical sources confer that good health involves maintaining a “healthy lifestyle, healthy mental attitude, and healthy ways of relating” to the world around us. We also know that part of achieving overall health is achieving a healthy work life balance. That’s one reason why Millis not only ensures home time, but also provides one of the most generous vacation packages in the industry.

Our reputation as a driver friendly, family oriented company stands tall and we deliver on our promise. With Millis Transfer, you’ll enjoy three weeks of paid vacation after one continuous year of service.

Our home time policy is one of the best in the business:
A driver who accumulates 7 days out without a 36 hr at home period will receive a minimum of 36 hours of uninterrupted home time. A driver who accumulates 14 days out without a 36 hr home period will receive a minimum of 72 hrs of uninterrupted home time. A driver who accumulates 21 days or more out without a 36 hr home period will receive a minimum of 108 hrs or 4 ½ days of uninterrupted home time.

Very few companies can match the home time and vacation commitment that Millis Transfer offers. Knowing that, why would anyone choose to work anywhere else? The choice is easy. Offering great pay, excellent benefits, and options that help to ensure a wonderful quality of life, Millis Transfer is where you want to be.

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.

Top 6 Reasons a Trucking Career Might be Better than College

Can a trucking career really be better than attending college? Anybody that’s seen Over the Top already knows that life beyond the classroom can be exciting and action-packed, but they may not know that lifestyle is more attainable than one might think. Everyone needs a good education, but for some that education is to be found on the road rather than in a classroom. Let’s face it, four years of books and scantron test forms isn’t for everyone.

The Cost

One of the biggest problems with college is the cost. Not everybody can afford to spend four or more years going in debt for the chance at applying for jobs that may or may not be available. Ask the barista at your local café; they’ll tell you that paying off the debt they incurred earning their English degree is long, hard work, then they’ll say “Here’s your coffee.” Pursuing a trucking career costs a fraction of what a college education does, and there are always jobs to be found.

The Time

Millis Training Institute prepares you to pass your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and begin your trucking career in four weeks at one of their four locations. 4 weeks preparing for a paycheck is nothing compared to 4 years of digging into student loans and debt at a college. You could be on the road (earning money) in the amount of time it’d take to write a dissertation over Kerouac’s “On The Road.”

The Opportunity

No college, not even Harvard, can guarantee you’ll get a job. There are too many factors. The corporate landscape is changing daily, just look at that movie Wallstreet. By the time you graduate, the jobs that college prepares you for may not be there anymore. Ask your barista.

Freight, on the other hand, has to move, and in a trucking career you will move it. With a CDL, you know jobs are waiting. With an undergrad degree, you might as well practice saying “Here’s your coffee.”

The Usefulness

Are you willing spend the time and money it takes to slog through the college core classes, like algebra or state history, just so you can get a degree in a field that has nothing to do with any of those subjects, or would you rather spend a month learning to drive a rig and know a job offer is waiting when you’re done? Do you know what the capital of Michigan is? You will after you’ve been there! Otherwise, who cares?  The choice is yours.

The Freedom

A trucking career comes with the wide-open roads of America. Some people don’t mind spending almost half a decade of training so they can sit in a cubicle, and that’s fine, but a cubicle doesn’t come with a window you can roll down, or the fresh air, or rolling hills or any of the other perks that come with having an office on the highway. Not many people get to grab a Philly Cheesesteak in Philly for lunch and a Chicago deep-dish pizza in Chicago for dinner.

Not having to wear a tie every day.

To some folks wearing a tie every day is not a fun experience and with a trucking career you won’t have to!

If any of the above points speak to you, then you may give some serious thought to a trucking career. Start earning real money rather than spending four or more years in college for a chance at the employment lines.

Plus, office jobs don’t allow arm wrestling.

Contact Millis Training Institute at (800) 937-0880 or APPLY NOW at www.mtidriving.com.

 

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