Archive for March, 2017

“Five Million Safe Mile” Drivers Recognized as Driver of the Year

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Owner Operators Allen and Sandy Smith have been named Driver of the Year at National Carriers, Inc. Joining the firm in 1987, the Smith team is quickly approaching their 30th anniversary with the “Elite” Fleet. Delivering over 4000 loads during the team’s tenure, they have driven over five million miles without a reportable accident. The award presentation came at the conclusion of the annual NCI Driver of the Year banquet. Among their many gifts was a check for $5,000.

“Not many drivers stay with the same company for 30 years, but, on the other hand, not many companies stay in business that long either. National has been here nearly 50 years. When I interviewed to lease my truck on, I told them I wanted to work for a company that could keep me busy and get me home to West Virginia. National Carriers has done both,” remarked Allen.

President of National Carriers, Jim Franck said Allen and Sandy exemplify the “Elite” Fleet. “They always have a positive, can-do attitude. They go out of their way to be professional in everything they do. They have set a high standard for those who follow in their footsteps. Thank you for all you do. It’s my privilege to work alongside you,” he said.

Director of Operations, Lex Mendenhall shared, “Allen and Sandy are the most unassuming folks you will ever meet. Humble and dedicated, together they form one of the best owner operator businesses in the transportation industry. During a period when freight has seen an economic downturn, the Smiths are experiencing a business uptick. Their business sense is outstanding.”

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Missing sleep can hinder driver jobs

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Missing even one or two hours of sleep can affect driver jobs and raise the risk of crash, according to a recent study.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement, reveals that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.


Leaders of driver jobs in the spotlight

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Some leaders of driver jobs are taking over the spotlight.

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored several industry professionals with a variety of awards for their important service to the council and the industry.

“For more than six decades, TMC has striven to advance the professional standards for commercial vehicle maintenance,” said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics and TMC executive director. “The technicians and executives we honor here are doing that every day – and they all set the bar for excellence in this industry every day.”

Honorees at this year’s TMC annual meeting were:

  • Jeff Spitzner, senior account manager, Eaton, who was honored with the Study Group Secretary Award;
  • Don VanFleet, area service leader, Swift Transportation and Benjamin Steines, service manager, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, who were honored with the Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award;
  • Marty Martinelli, national accounts sales manager, Old World Industries and Jill Gingrich, director of client support, Wheeltime, who were honored as Recognized Associates; and
  • Jim LeClaire, president of Old Bull Inc., who was honored with TMC’s first Uncle Darrell TMC Mentor Award

In addition to these awards, TMC also recognized the winning schools of the 2016 TMCFutureTech Student Technicians Competition, presented by Velociti: Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City; Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, N.C. and Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.

Trucking trends and driver jobs

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

A new report looks at trucking trends from last year and how they impacted driver jobs.

The American trucking industry posted gains in employment, number of truck drivers and truck sales through 2015, according to ATA American Trucking Trends 2016.

Trends is produced by ATA’s Economics Department to provide a profile of the dynamics shaping the trucking industry. The only almanac on U.S. trucking, it also serves as a vital source of information on major trucking and transportation issues.

“In many ways, 2015 was a good year for our industry, and Trends clearly demonstrates that,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Trends provides indispensable information to trucking companies, industry suppliers, logistics providers, analysts, public policy decision makers, investors and many others. Information that is crucial to making sound decisions about the future.”

“According to our data, trucking revenues topped $700 billion for a second straight year, setting an all-time record of $726.4 billion in 2015, while trucks moved more than 10 billion tons of freight,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “While the first half of 2016 has been challenging for the industry, trucking is coming off two very strong years and we are optimistic about the future.”

Among the findings in this year’s edition of Trends:

  • Trucking collected $726.4 billion in gross freight revenues, 81.5% of the nation’s freight bill in 2015.
  • Trucks carried 10.49 tons of freight in 2015, accounting for 70.1% of domestic freight tonnage.
  • In 2015, there were 3.63 million Class 8 trucks in operation.

Trends also includes data on:

  • Amount of taxes the industry paid.
  • The number of miles combination trucks traveled and the amount of fuel they consumed.
  • Key employment data, including the number of persons working in trucking related jobs throughout all industries, number of drivers and how many women are truck drivers.
  • Number of trucking companies by company size.