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.

Surviving Ice and Snow

Snow and ice can happen unexpectedly in the most unusual places. Driving in wintery conditions requires good judgment as traction is poor, visibility is usually low, and the roads can be unpredictable, requiring extreme caution. Safety should always be the guiding factor in decisions on when to drive and how fast to drive during severe weather.

To help minimize potential risks, the following recommendations are suggested for those facing icy or snowy travel routes:

1.)    Avoid excessive speed.

2.)    Travel alone, not as part of a pack.

3.)    Keep a safe distance from other cars and trucks.

4.)    Stop when conditions are questionable. Find a safe place to wait it out.

5.)    Try not to stop on the shoulder, especially in blinding snow or low visibility.  

6.)    Brake lightly and avoid overusing foot brake.

7.)    When possible, make certain all systems are working properly before driving.

8.)    Keep fuel tanks full. Extra weight helps to aid traction.

9.)    Make sure the essentials are packed.

10.)  Keep a bag of sand, jumper cables, and tire chains handy.

11.)  Watch for black ice.

12.)  Use caution when approaching bridges.

13.)  Be prepared for changing conditions when driving through the mountains.

14.)  Use common sense and good judgment. That’s the best defense you have.

 

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.

A Few Highlights from 2016

This year has brought some interesting advancements. From encouraging ATA industry reports to innovative new apps designed to help truckers locate parking, it has been exciting to learn about developments. There is good news for quite a few things. For instance, most areas, such as the number of miles truck drivers are traveling, have seen healthy increases.

According to the ATA American Trucking Trends 2016 report, there were gains in employment, the number of truck drivers in the industry, and in truck sales. Trucking revenues also set a record high of $726.4 billion as trucks moved more than 10 billion tons of freight. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello states, “We are optimistic about the future.”

Issues such as the lack of adequate parking, while still being addressed, are also getting some relief. As noted in an article by Trucking.Com, more than $18 billion dollars is being allocated to address parking shortages across the country. With that, new parking lots will be constructed and existing parking lots are set to be expanded, all to provide a safer place for truckers to park and rest.

While problems associated with truck parking used to be limited to congested metropolitan areas, newer studies suggest issues have expanded. Freeways said to have the most parking shortages are listed as: I-95, I-40, I-80, I-10, and I-81. Other locations where inadequate parking has been identified can be found in states such as New Jersey, Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, Tennessee and Oregon.

Overdrive Magazine conducted a poll of truck drivers earlier in the year. 83 percent of those interviewed say “it’s bad all over” when it comes finding a place to park. To help assist, new technology arrived to help truckers navigate available resources. For instance, the Park My Truck app enables any parking provider, public or private, to report parking availability. That makes it easier for truckers to find parking spaces. Anyone interested in reviewing the app, can access it for free by visiting this website: http://www.natso.com/parkmytruck..

Some locations, such as Washington State, are wrapping up their own independent surveys that they will utilize to help address the issues of parking in their areas. While it may take some patience, assurances are there that solutions to the problems are being addressed. Truckers will just have to remain vigil in regard to changes in lots and try to utilize available resources to keep issues at bay until construction projects are completed.

According to Forbes.Com and the 2016 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, large trucks (single unit and tractor-trailers) traveled nearly 279,131 million miles in 2014, a three percent increase from the previous year. While certain challenges are still being addressed, there’s been a lot of progress toward providing better parking, improving profitability, increasing overall tonnage transported throughout the year, and making it easier for new recruits, especially those in the military, to utilize their previous experiences to help transition into the trucking industry. Now more than ever, it’s a great time to join the family at Millis Transfer. Make your dreams of traveling those scenic highways and byways a reality and give us a call today.

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.

Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Efforts

The North Carolina Department of Transportation estimates that 6,000 to 12,000 trucks drive along the I-95 corridor on any given day. When a hurricane closes part of this major logistics route, as it did in October 2016, truck drivers get halted for an indefinite amount of time. Loads are rerouted and the need for supplies becomes even greater.

According to Geology.Com, “The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was the deadliest hurricane to ever hit the United States and caused between 8000 and 12000 deaths. The storm reached the Texas coast south of Galveston on September 8 as a Category 4 hurricane with a storm surge of 8 to 15 feet. The lack of warning and the high storm surge caused this storm to have the highest death toll of any United States hurricane.”

In the last two decades, the United States has seen a continual surge in hurricane activity. Some of those include Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ivan. According to Accuweather.Com, hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30. The Eastern Pacific basin’s hurricane season is from May 15-November 30. In the Western Pacific, hurricane season is July 1 through November 30. In the South Pacific, it is October 15 to May 15 and in the Indian Ocean hurricane season extends April 1 to December 31.

The National Hurricane Center lists five major types of hurricanes. They run from a category 1 to a category 5, with categories 4 and 5 considered major storms. A category five can have winds of 157 miles per hour or higher. It is a common misconception, however, that a lower category hurricane is not as dangerous as a higher category hurricane. As reported online, a category three can cause as much damage or more than a hurricane five. Geology.Com states, “Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in United States history, and it was only a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall.”

Online safety brochures offer a variety of advice including this tip: If a hurricane watch is issued, know that hurricane conditions exist for the next 48 hours. Other helpful notations include the following:

1.) More residents are likely to be on the roads in an evacuation. Be careful and patient while traveling.
2.) Be alert to crosswinds that can make a light load tip and try to avoid hydroplaning.
3.) Texting is also a great way to communicate instead of phone calls, as they use less bandwidth and are less likely to overload a cellular system.
4.) As noted in online resources, loss of life from a hurricane is usually caused by storm surge and flooding instead of high winds. Never underestimate a lower category hurricane, as none of the top deadliest hurricanes in the United States were ever a Category 5 at landfall.

Online sources estimate $1.5 billion dollars in damage was done by the October 2016 hurricanes across North Carolina, where many major logistics routes will continue to be under repair in the months ahead. As truck drivers, it is important to be prepared. Having an evacuation route, a disaster kit, and being alert can make all the difference.

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.

A Message from MillerCoors on this Veterans Day 2015

We received the following message today from one of our valued customers, MillerCoors. Their sentiments echo our own on this Veterans Day, and every day. Freedom is never free.

“To our MillerCoors freight carriers,

Veterans Day is a time to reflect on how privileged we are to live in this great country and to honor those who have made our freedom possible – America’s brave men and women who have served, and who continue to serve, in the United States Armed Services. While we can never truly repay the sacrifices made by our Veterans, their tireless dedication to defend our freedom merits our sincerest respect and gratitude. Freedom comes at a price, and our Veterans have paid that price by enduring the dangers and effects of war while being away from their families. They are our true heroes, and we are grateful to them for their courage and strength.

To all of our carrier members of the United States Armed Services, past and present, on behalf of the MillerCoors Logistics and Transportation organization, you are an inspiration, and we thank you for your service.”

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

What the best Truck Driving School Offers

What does the best truck driving school offer? There are hundreds of such schools from which to choose, but if you want to get your career in the trucking industry off to the right start, you need to attend the best. So what do you need to look for to get the wheels rolling?

One way to know you have found one of the best truck driving schools is by reputation in the trucking industry. If the word of mouth from the people who have been there and done that and are doing it every day, day in and day out says the school you are considering has what it takes, you know you are on the right track.

But unless you hang out in truck stops, how do you know what people are saying? Check out social media. Does the school have a Facebook page? What about other pages devoted to the trucking industry? In this age of communication, learning about the reputation of a school is easier than ever.

Of course, the best school is one you can get to. Many of the best truck driving schools have more than one location. For example, Millis Training Institute has four campuses: Hamilton, Ohio; Burleson, Texas; Richfield, Wis.; and Carterville, Ga. You can find the one closest to you.

The best truck driving school also makes financing and financial aid available. They have the resources and the reputation to help you succeed. A few extraordinary schools, like Millis Training Institute, might even have programs that pay you while you train.

The best truck driving school keeps classes small. They know you can’t learn without time behind the wheel and one-on-one with instructors. Millis Training Institute limits class size to a maximum of six students.

Get your new career off on the right road by choosing one of the best truck driving schools in nation. Now you know what to look for, you can find it all at the Millis Training Institute and the excellent driving opportunities from Millis Transfer, where military veterans and others looking for a fresh start can begin an exceptional career in the trucking industry. Millis Transfer wants you to have a long, successful and healthy career. To learn more, visit the Millis Transfer website or call 800-937-0880.

New Year’s Resolutions for Truck Drivers

New Year's Resolution

Forming healthy living routines on the road can be a challenge – we know! However, it’s far from impossibe when putting some careful planning and effort behind it. In 2013, we hope no matter what your personal New Year’s Resolutions may be, you consider adding the following to your list:

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What are truckers favorite parts of driving for Millis Transfer?

A few weeks ago, we asked Millis Transfer Drivers, “What’s your favorite part of truck driving for Millis Transfer?” Want to know what they said?

 

#1 – Open road/travel/country-side/meeting new people

#2 – Self-management/less stress

#3 - Money

#4 – Pride in truck/vehicle

#5 – Working for a great company/being treated like a professional

What’s your favorite part of truck driving for Millis Transfer?

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Getting You There: Millis Transfer Driver Spotlight: Eddie Vandergriff

Stories about the Millis Transfer team and drivers who are very passionate about what they do.

Millis Transfer Driver, Eddie Vandergriff

How long have you been trucking? 32 years.

Where are you based? I live in Whitwell TN, drive out of Black River Falls WI.

What is a unique quality you have as a trucker? I try to be friendly and helpful to all drivers on the road (cars and trucks) and be as safe as I can possibly be.

Why do you love trucking? I always love traveling. Trucking lets me travel and get paid while doing it. Trucking lets me somewhat be my own boss.

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