News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World

Sorted By:


Trucking News (22) Trucking Industry Concerns (22) Truckers Technology (17) Advice For New Truck Drivers (12) FMCSA (11) Truck Driver Safety (10) Adverse Conditions (10) Hard Lessons Learned (9) Truck Equipment (9) Driver Responsibilities (9) Driver Solutions (9) Safe Driving Tips (9) Life On The Road (8) Trucking Accidents (8) The Economy And Politics (8) Autonomous Trucks (7) Owner Operator (7) Hours Of Service (7) Self-Driving Vehicles (6) Choosing A Trucking Company (6) Becoming A Truck Driver (5) Trip Planning (5) Changing Careers (5) Truck Driver Salary (5) Truck Maintenance (5) Medical Certification (5) Electric Semi (4) TMC Transportation (4) Truck Stops (4) DOT (4) Understanding The Laws (4) Drug and Alcohol Testing (4) Trailers (4) Truck Driver Training (4) CDL Qualifications (3) First Solo Months On The Road (3) Cell Phone & Wireless (3) Distracted Driving (3) Electronic Logbooks (3) DOT Physical (3) Women In Trucking (3) Getting Your CDL (3) Swift Transport (3) Dry van (2) Dealing With The Weather (2) Split Sleeper Berth Rule (2) Knight Transport (2) Background Checks (2) Time Management (2) Safe Haven (2) CR England (2) Prime Inc (2) CDL Exam (2) PAM Transport (2) Guns In Trucking (2) Health Concerns (2) Truck Driving Lifestyle (2) Pre-trip inspection (PTI) (2) Logbook Questions (2) NYC (2) Return-to-Duty (2) Dispatcher Issues (2) CDL Training (2) Videos (1) Free CDL Training (1) On The Road In Training (1) Firearms (1) Per Diem Pay (1) Truck Drivers Tax Questions (1) Company Sponsored CDL Training (1) Items To Bring On The Road (1) Drivers Past Legal Issues (1) Pre-Employment Screening Program (1) Choosing A Truck Driving School (1) Tips for Parking (1) Company Trainers (1) US Xpress Transport (1) Driving Record Issues (1) Refrigerated (1) Load Securement (1) Food & Eating On The Road (1) Weapons (1) Recruiter Issues (1) Sleep Apnea (1) Crete Carrier (1) CDL Test Preparation (1) CDL Pre-Hire (1) Older truck drivers (1) SAP (1) JB Hunt (1) LTL Driving (1) Maverick Transport (1) Werner Enterprises (1) Doubles and Triples (1) Exercise and Fitness (1) Dealing With The Boss (1) Regional Jobs (1) Roehl Transport (1) Truck Driving Stories (1) Military Veterans In Trucking (1)



ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017

Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018

Brett Aquila on Wed, March 28, 2018


Raymond, right, with Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager

Raymond Burt is from Trempealeau, WI and joined the professional driving team at TMC Transportation in May 2015. He started as a driver trainer after gaining valuable experience over the road. “I held training roles in the past with previous employers and I always enjoyed it,” Raymond says. “It’s rewarding to help new drivers and get them started in their careers.”

In terms of his training style, Raymond keeps things simple. “I’m very laid back and take a quiet approach,” he says. “I make sure everything is done correctly and take things nice and slow.” If one of his drivers makes a mistake, Raymond makes sure it is turned into a learning experience.

“It takes a special person to be a trainer,” Raymond continues. “You have to be patient and remember these trainees are new and they are nervous.”

Along with the teaching aspect of training, Raymond enjoys the camaraderie of having someone else in the truck. He also encourages his trainees to reach out to him anytime with questions. “I’m always there for my guys, even after they start in their own truck,” he says. “Making sure they are safe and doing their job correctly is my number one priority.”

For those who might be interested in training, Raymond encourages them to take their time and reiterates the importance of patience. “Find a routine that works for you and your trainees. Things will fall into place from there.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our February 2018 Trainer of the Month, Raymond Burt!

About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

TMC provides paid CDL training to anyone interested in getting their CDL. You can apply to TMC's training program here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Tagged Under:

Company Trainers TMC Transportation Trucking News

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More