Friday Short Haul - Millennials And Trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar Settlement

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DaveW's Comment
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In this Friday Short Haul simulator training should encourage millennial recruitment, Truckers Christmas Group ramps up, four fleets unhappy with Navistar settlement.

Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement

MC1371's Comment
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Obviously Kearney, is an out of touch imbicile. Someone sold him the bill of goods on the simulator and he thinks it's a game changer.

Wrong! Simulators are nice toys, and a safe way to throw some scenarios at drivers as a training aid. But they definitely should not be even considered in a recruiting pitch.

1. Money. 2. Lifestyle and how it can put more money in your pocket. 3. Company culture. *Not a number, dispatch/DM knows your name. Not left out in the cold "waiting on the word". 4. Options. Local, LTL , Regional , OTR in the house. 5. Realistic home time for new drivers.

Tell the truth. If recruiting new drivers, have a plan, show them the plan.

*Not picking on any specific carrier! Ads that say earn up to $98k per yr. $10k hiring bonus are usually fantasy numbers.

Actually have a driver development plan, show it to new potential hires. If you do XY and Z, you should be able to make minimum of $xx.xx.

A millenial much less an Gen X, is not going to be impressed with a truck simulator that looks like its running on a PS2.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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