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Myths About Truck Driver Jobs

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It can be hard to separate the myths and facts from each other when it comes to truck driving. Unfortunately because of these myths, potential drivers rethink applying for trucking jobs. Whether you are an owner operator or you work with a company already, V&S Midwest wants to debunk the rumors.

Myth – There are very few female truck drivers.

Truth – Although truck driving has been a male-dominated field for many years, more and more women are earning their CDLs and getting behind the wheel. Recent statistics show that there are nearly 200,000 women across the U.S. that have a career in truck driving.

Myth – Truck drivers don’t make a lot of money.

Truth – The national salary average for truck drivers in the U.S. is $41,110 for company drivers, but when you drive for V&S Midwest, you will earn an average salary of $62,000 annually.

Myth – The company you drive for is in control of your pay-per-mile.

Truth –The marketplace sets rates, which means your company doesn’t have much influence on the rates they can charge shippers. Even raising the rates a few cents can mean your company will lose a lot of money to the competition. Companies need to make the sure the gross revenue stays healthy while keeping rates competitive.

Myth – Truck drivers are dangerous drivers and cause most accidents.

Truth – Semi-trucks are three times less likely to be in an accident than a regular vehicle. Only 2.4% of commercial drivers are involved in car accidents. Semi-trucks are also 4 times more likely to pass safety inspection than passenger vehicles .

Myth – Men are better truck drivers than women.

Truth – Female truck drivers are 5 times less likely to violate safety regulations and 3 times less likely to get in an accident than male truck drivers. They are also 4 times more likely to pass the CDL exam on the first attempt than men.

Myth – Running more miles means more profit.

Truth – When drivers feel like they are working hard, but still not making money, it’s often because their costs are higher than their income. Revenue is only half of the equation. Costs should be managed carefully to ensure your success.

Myth – Truck drivers often don’t receive many benefits.

Truth – Benefits change depending on the company, but most companies have excellent benefits and care. Learn more about V&S Midwest’s remarkable benefits at our employee center and apply for truck driving jobs today.

Myth – Truck drivers can only have one specialty (long haul trucking, flatbed trucking).

Truth – As long as you have a CDL-A, you can choose whichever trucking you’d like to do whether it’s long haul trucking, flatbed trucking, reefer trucking, or HAZMAT trucking. It all depends on the company you choose. If you need additional truck driver training, the company you work for usually will provide it for you.

When you’re looking at careers in truck driving, find what’s right for you. There are local truck driving positions everywhere you are, including Wisconsin. Here at V&S Midwest, we pride ourselves at being one of the best trucking companies in Wisconsin. Join our team today and get your career in gear.

Drowsy Driving

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Drowsy driving is on the rise and it can be fatal. Before you drive, make sure you have enough rest no matter where you’re headed. Here at V & S Midwest, we want you to be as safe as possible for every drive.

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Real-Time Tracking

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One of the major benefits to real-time tracking for your fleet is that you will be able to see the location, speeds, direction and much more. GPS tracking gives you updates while putting your business in direct control of the vehicles on route. This allows companies to make better decisions and improve their customer service.

What are the Benefits of Real-Time Tracking?
Real-time is a GPS tracking option for businesses that want vehicle travel information on an immediate basis. When it is sent to an online software application, companies can use the vehicle travel information 24 hours a day. Dispatchers can monitor vehicles on the ground, spot real-time traffic jams, and observe how weather might affect a route.

How Does Real-Time Tracking Work?
Real-time tracking is used depending on how frequently a tracking device reports. If updates happen as often as 30-60 seconds apart, a dispatcher or fleet manager will be able to get an accurate sense of where the vehicle is and when it will arrive at it’s destination. This feature is available on devices that use cellular and satellite tracking.

How to Track my Trucking Business with Real-Time GPS
One of the main purposes for tracking company vehicles is to keep drivers honest. Often times, businesses try to be discrete about the placement of GPS tracking devices so they can keep an eye on how drivers behave while they’re operating vehicles on company time. By using discrete tracking, businesses can ensure that employees are not misusing vehicles and that they are not idle for extended periods of time.

Tracking is also used for monitoring vehicle progress while drivers are en route and to communicate with customers. If a fleet is delivering goods, a company can give a better estimated time for arrival. It is perfect for coordination and planning.

Alternatives to Real-Time Tracking
The alternative to real-time tracking is passive tracking. This is when the same information is recorded as real-time tracking, but it’s not transmitted regularly. A device will still record logs for the vehicles, but it can’t be retrieved until later.

The benefit of passive tracking is that it requires less energy to maintain because it is not in constant contact. It also has a single battery or set of batteries that can last for years. Devices can be programmed to record data less often than real-time devices. Passive tracking does have its limitations. Real-time tracking is available at any time whereas passive trucking must me manually offloaded from a device.

Tracking your vehicles is a wise decision for trucking businesses, however it might not be right for everyone. For more information about how we run our trucking company, please visit us at V&S Midwest.

Truckload vs Less than Truckload

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Truckload vs. Less Than Truckload
When you’re shipping freight, you will have the option of shipping Less than Truckload (LTL) or Truckload (TL). The way you choose the appropriate transportation for your freight, you will need to look at the size of your shipment, the delicacy of the shipment, your budget and the time in which you need it delivered.

What is LTL?
LTL (less than truckload) is the most cost-effective way to transport your freight. This is often used by small businesses. A truck will pick up your freight and combine it with other customers who are looking to share the cost of transportation. You must keep in mind that because you’re sharing the shipment with other customers, your product has a high risk of being damaged. Your freight may also be loaded and unloaded multiple times before arriving at its destination.

What is Truckload?
TL (truckload) is the best way to transport your freight if you have a large shipment. It’s also best to use TL when you don’t want to share a truckload because the shipment is delicate. TL is also a considerably faster way to transport your freight. It will save you time by not having to stop for multiple pickups or having to load and unload freight throughout the trip.

Choosing TL or LTL

  • Timing – Sharing space with other customers when shipping LTL means unloading and loading in multiple locations. That can increase the time it takes to reach the destination.
  • Costs – While TL does get your shipment there faster; LTL is a lower cost because you share the shipment with other customers. LTL can also travel further because more shipments are being added and removed.
  • Handling – LTL transportation companies need to maximize loads the carry to reduce their costs and increase revenue. However, to accommodate additional loads, they may transfer cargoes from one vehicle to another; which may damage your shipment.

TL shippers have different logistics than LTL shipments. This includes preparation, scheduling and tracking. When looking into shipment options, look for companies that specialize in both TL and LTL. For more information about shipping, please visit V&S Midwest.

V&S Midwest Carriers Corp. Awarded Truckload Carrier of the Year

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Kaukauna, WI and Stockton, CA – April, 24th 2013 – Cost Plus World Market, a domestic leader in specialty and retail sales,  awarded V&S Midwest Carriers Corp. as their Truckload Carrier of the year for the eastern half of the United States for the 2012 year at their annual carrier conference in Stockton, CA.

V&S Midwest Carriers took home the award for the third consecutive year with an on time percentage of 98.5% and over 1,200 deliveries from their distribution center in Windsor, VA to store locations throughout the Midwest.

“We are very proud of this award and the relationship we have forged with World market over the years.  Steve Ming, Jarrod Black and the rest of the transportation team at World Market truly remarkable to work for.”

ATDynamics and V&S Midwest Partner Up in Large Scale Trailer Tail Deployment

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Kaukauna, WI and Hayward, CA – April, 4th  2013 – V&S Midwest Carriers Corp., an award winning truckload fleet,  and ATDynamics, Inc., the leading global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag reducing aerodynamics technology announced today that V&S Midwest will follow up a successful testing period with Trailer Tails this past winter  with a large scale deployment starting today.

V&S Midwest will retro-fit almost 70% of it’s current fleet of trailers and plan to be in full 100% deployment in the next 2.5 – 3 years.

“Our testing was focused on not only fuel savings, but reliability as well.  After operating the tails through harsh winter conditions, we were pleased with their durability. The fuel savings met our expectations,  the ROI was very quick and very obvious.” said Eric Van Handel, Vice President of V&S Midwest Carriers Corp.”