Archive for September, 2018

Lease Purchase Q&A 9/24/2018 #MMLIVE

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This #MMLIVE was about our Lease Purchase program. You can watch the replay below and check out our Lease Purchase Qualifications Guide to find out about what Decker Truck line covers and what your expenses as a Lease Purchase drive will be.

Qualifications:

Here’s the qualifications for our lease purchase programs:

Let’s talk about Pay Structures. I’ll break them down between the Flatbed Divisions and the Reefer Divisions.

Flatbed Division:

Reefer Division:

 

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What to Ask Before Doing a Lease Agreement

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BE PREPARED TO RUN YOUR TRUCK LIKE A BUSINESS

Entering into a lease agreement can be a major on-taking. Prepare yourself for unexpected expenses by asking your prospective carrier the RIGHT questions.

Create an income and expense budget to monitor your business’s profit/loss.

Company to Lease Purchase Driver

Certain expenses will be covered by the carrier, that is an immediate savings to you. Find out who pays what by asking the carrier who covers, how much do they cover and what is the approximate expense of each of the following expenses:

 

Get a complete list of possible expenses click here.

 

Written By: Jesse Butler

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

Sept 24th 2018 #MMLIVE Lease Purchase Qualifications

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Lease purchase is NOT for everyone. Being a lease purchase driver requires planning ahead, knowing your numbers and having what it takes to be successful.

Check out our guide to Decker’s Lease Purchase Qualifications here.

Written By: Jesse Butler

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

Sept 17th, 2018 #MMLIVE Brake Inspection Blitz 2018 and Richmond, VA Dedicated Update

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Sept 17th, 2018 #MMLIVE Brake Inspection Blitz 2018 and Richmond, VA Dedicated Update

We dove right into this week’s Monday Minute Live, #MMLIVE, discussing this month’s Brake Inspection Blitz that runs from the 16th to the 22nd of September.

A safety message went out over the Qualcomm on Friday reminding everyone to conduct thorough pre-trip inspections and to be sure and check all brake components.

According to the CVSA, any vehicle with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service. The Inspection Blitz will focus on brake safety, meaning, aside from the level 1 inspection, the focus will be on brake components, “loose or missing parts, air and fluid leaks, defective or worn equipment and components, and required brake-system warning devices”.

Be Prepared For A Roadside Inspection

 

Also addressed during on #MMLIVE, our Richmond Dedicated position pay has been updated. It is now daily pay of $220 with a guarantee of 5 days on even if the customer does not have 5 days of work for you (5 on, 2 off schedule). It is not a Monday through Friday position, but will get you home every other day.

For even more details, you can contact a recruiter at 888-668-0698 or apply directly online at www.DriveDecker.com

 

Written By: Jesse Butler

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

Our Heros Out On The Road

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Last week during our Facebook LIVE, we spoke a lot about going the extra mile. It’s no surprise to me that there are several Decker drivers who have gone over and beyond to not only help someone but it amazes me that many of those in our Decker family have gone on to save lives.

Whether you are coming up on an accident and you pull over to make the initial response call or you are in the trenches pulling people out of vehicles to get them free from the dangers they are in, we are all very thankful for your actions.

I imagine it’s quite overwhelming for those having gone through the devastation, but no doubt they, too, are thankful for you. As news of hurricane Florence and the damage it has created engulfs our news stations, know there are people out there making a difference and helping others.

If you know of someone who deserves a shout out or kudos for an act of kindness, please, share with us so we can recognize them. According to Robert Cialdini’s book Influence, studies show that the more often we hear negative news the more likely it will insite even more negative actions. The reverse is also true; the more positive actions or reactions we have influences others’ behavior, causing them to conduct themselves in an Utopian, encouraging, manner. Let’s create a revolution against negative news and cultivate positivity.  Share with us your act of kindness.

Submit your stories to marketing@deckermail.com

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

Driver Shortage Struggles Across Transportation Industry Affecting Everyone

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Written by Jesse Butler, Driver Recruiter at Decker Truck Line

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for a tractor trailer truck driver was $42,480 in 2017. The demand for drivers does not seem to be going away. In fact, according to BLS, the expected need for tractor trailer truck drivers is increasing at an average of 6%. However, the average age of a T/T truck driver is 55 years old and the number of NEW drivers is slow to make up the difference between those retiring and the increased shipping demands.

Like many hard working, hands on occupations, OTR tractor trailer truck drivers must be at the top of their game all the time. They MUST be alert, aware of their surroundings and not just in control of their own skills, but also cautious of other drivers on the road. They have to play defense  100% of the time. Watching out for pedestrians not paying attention because they are watching someone else or playing on their phone. Watching for animals (deer, dogs, elk etc) running out onto the road, not knowing it could mean their demise. Aware of motorcyclists, 4 wheeled vehicles, other T/T and commercial vehicles using the same roadway but not necessarily following the same driving standards.

OTR T/T truck drivers are expected to do a lot. But yet, in today’s world, some think they can be replaced by robotics. We will see.

For now, we rely HEAVILY (pun intended) on our tractor trailer truck drivers. EVERYTHING you purchase, at one point in its life has been on the back of a T/T. Whether it’s food, clothing, vehicles, computers or that precious phone you are holding in your hand. A truck driver hauled it.

Missoula, Montana Terminal

Do you remember when you were younger, when someone talked about a truck driver, you immediately thought of this unsung hero who would help you change a tire if you were stranded, would give you a lift if your vehicle broke down and you had 10, 15, 50 miles to the next town? Do you remember getting all excited when you saw a T/T coming down the road so you could pump your arm in hopes they would see your ridiculous request to hear them blast their horn and say “hello”?  I remember that! I remember thinking, truck drivers are hard working, happy people.

I can’t say I sing the same tune now. Not because I don’t think they are still hard working guys willing to lend a helping hand to those who need it, like Decker Truck Line’s Bill Nettle who saved a little piglet from an ugly fate along Hwy 20 or Decker’s Michael Massey who helped Marshalltown tornado victims pick themselves and their belongings back up while waiting for his weather related delayed appointment. No, that’s not why I don’t look at truck drivers the same way.

It’s the frustrated and discouraged look I see on their faces instead of the happy carefree demeanor.

After spending over 12 years as a driver recruiting, I’ve seen several changes to the HOS restrictions, medical requirements and other safety regulations (not to say they weren’t needed)…. But very little change in driver pay. These same drivers, power through and continue to do what is asked, required, needed of them to do, but for years, there had not been a significant change in pay throughout the industry. Experienced drivers are being forced out, unable to continue to do the job they did so well for so long. It’s time for them to retire. Those new to the industry have big hopes of making a good living out on the road. They are giving up time with their family, evenings and weekends off…for what? For a grumpy DM? Angry shippers or less motivated receivers? No, they are making sacrifices because they KNOW the world needs them…and they love driving truck. Still, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make a good living at what they love to do.

Trucking companies are realizing that and many have increased wages significantly. Some, like Decker Truck Line, have increased the BASE pay over 23% and implemented additional bonus programs and incentives to the drivers hoping to illustrate their appreciation for all the hard work and sacrifices they do for each and every one of us. This brings up the average median pay to above $65,000 for Decker drivers, plus numerous DTL drivers making significantly more than the median wage AND, because it’s not ALL about the amount of money you bring home, it’s also about quality of life and respect you receive, Decker has been able to provide better home time opportunities and driver friendly policy changes to their hard working team.

Now, allow me to pump my arm and hope for a trucker “heck ya”.

 

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

Driver Appreciation Week #MMLIVE – Why We Are Thankful for Our Drivers

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Driver Appreciation Week #MMLIVE Sept 10th, 2018

Every day our drivers are out on the road making sacrifices for all of us. They are hardworking, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, grandmas or grandpas, aunts and uncles. They are our loved ones, making sure we are being taken care of.

Why I’m Thankful for Truck Drivers

Andrea shared a reminder of what a driver sacrifices on a daily basis to provide for not only their family’s personal needs but all of our needs (and wants). Here is a snip-it:

Imagine not being able to leave your office for 8-10 hours and then being required to sleep in your office at the end of the day. Imagine not being able to shower or do your laundry when you want. Imagine eating your meals alone and only seeing your family once every week or two – if that. Imagine having to miss out on your kids’ games, school programs, and even birthdays and holidays because you’re at work. THAT is the life of a truck driver.”

There are over a dozen reasons on our recent Facebook post “I’m Thankful for Truck Drivers because…”

When you take time, please read it. As a driver, I hope it warms your heart to know that we DO appreciate all you do for us. Others, I hope the post not only reminds you of why you are grateful for a truck driver but encourages you to also share your gratitude.

Our #MMLIVE was a fun one, there was a lot of visiting, story telling, testimonials, encouraging and, of course, opportunities discussed. I didn’t even realize how long we were going. That’ll happen when you get together to catch up. Thank you all you joined it for the fun. You can watch that here:

And…CONGRATS to the winners of the Video Contest we held. I’ll be sharing some of those videos in the next few weeks. So, be on the lookout for them. We decided that there are FOUR winners of the $100 Walmart Gift Cards. Congratulations to:

Berta Barnett 

James Cleveland

Wade Bland

Chad Hazelton

Happy Driver Appreciation Week to ALL the Professional Drivers out on the road. Don’t forget, our Decker drivers can get their driver appreciation gifts at the terminals. Talk to you driver manager or get ahold of Darin or Jason.
Continue to drive safe, drive Decker.

Written By: Jesse Butler

Jesse Butler is a driver recruiter for Decker Truck Line. She has worked within the trucking industry for over a decade. You can contact her at 406.203.4413. 

Apply directly to Decker Truck Line at www.DriveDecker.com

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