Terminating Driver Turnover

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: May 20th 2024
It's almost common knowledge that driver turnover rates in the trucking industry tend to hover around or above the 100% mark. However, believe it or not, there are some fleets out there that have figured out a way to reduce their turnover rate. Which has shown to be more beneficial for both driver and company. Here are some suggestions for how to go about providing a better atmosphere for drivers, while lowering turnover. Show Them the Money "Money talks and BS walks," right?...

Tips & Advice for Sprinters

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: May 13th 2024
Being your own boss induces a certain level of excitement, anticipation, and fear. When considering starting a career as a Sprinter van owner operator, it's important to perform your due diligence and research what you could potentially come across or what you should expect. The first thing to keep in mind is that you are the master of your own Sprinter, so you decide what you do and where you go with it. Do you already own your Sprinter and you're simply looking for a place ...

Being Aware of Your Mental Health

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: May 6th 2024
Driving a commercial vehicle can certainly be a lonely job, and it can be all too easy for mental health hurdles and challenges to creep up on a driver as the miles roll by. Extended time away from family and friends and long periods without human interaction can be detrimental to anyone's psyche. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and with renewed emphasis being placed on folks and their mental health these days, here are some ways drivers can help maintain their own ment...

Expedite Your Career

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 29th 2024
A common conversation topic among professional truck drivers is the notion of no longer driving for someone else, but rather following their dream of becoming an independent contractor and thus one's own boss. So, how does one go from career steering wheel jockey to being their own head honcho? Well, let's consider the ways. How It Typically Starts Most folks begin their working lives in a low-level type of job. Maybe it's as a server in a sit-down restaurant, or as an order ...

Let's Go Team!

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Apr 8th 2024
Career truck drivers tend to prefer the solitude of the open road. Who wouldn't? You get to take your work with you and make money wherever you go. No one to answer to (other than perhaps dispatch and the Department of Transportation), and you're touring the countryside while getting paid to do it. What's not to like about that? However, as gratifying as driving solo can be, it's often accompanied by the risk of losing out on extra cash by limiting oneself in earning capabili...

Defining Expedite Freight

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Mar 18th 2024
Expedite freight has seemingly always been unapologetically classified as time sensitive material, which is certainly true from a purely logistical standpoint. However, to think of it in terms a lifelong long hauler might need to have it explained is a little more complicated than that. With this in mind, let's get a grip on what it actually means to be an expediter! From the Driver's Perspective Hurry up and wait. This phrase is perhaps the best way to describe the nature of...

Get Down with Downtime

By: Brandon Baxter - staff Writer
Posted: Mar 11th 2024
Using your downtime effectively is an important key to both managing and maximizing your ability to stay ready when that next load offer comes your way. Like most of us, it's probably very easy to slip into old habits or routines that can be time-killing and counterproductive. So, here are some suggestions of what you can do with your time as you prepare for your next trip. Meal Prep In today's society, especially in a greater health-conscious setting, more and more people ar...

Becoming your Own Boss

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Feb 12th 2024
"I will do today what others won't so I can do tomorrow what others can't." This quote by the all-time great, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice captures the essence of just what it takes to become successful as an expediter. How? Well, just think about it for a moment. Whether you're an owner-operator or a 1099 contract driver, you are a business owner. YOU are the boss. Sure, you may have clear instructions from the carrier, broker, or shipper, on how a loa...

Honesty in the Trucking Industry

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Jan 14th 2024
In transportation, honesty is a door that swings both ways. Not only are drivers seeking employment expecting a straight-up recruiter to give them the scoop on what to anticipate with a potential company. But to be fair, there is a certain level of honesty that recruiters require out of potential driving candidates as well. And as long as we're being honest here, both sides could certainly learn a thing or two from the other. Don't Tell Me What I Want To Hear A recruiter tell...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

By: Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted: Dec 25th 2023
From the team at ExpeditersOnline.com, we'd like to take a few moments to pause and reflect on how the years may seem to endlessly advance but the base formula for expedited gift shopping and giving remains unchanged. During the holidays, many in the truck driving community that we love and hold dear are busy working to help maintain an economy that is largely based on buying and selling. Most folks don't typically consider much beyond the customary exchanging of funds in ord...

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