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Compensation in the Trucking Industry: What’s Fair?

Given that the trucking industry is such a lifestyle-based profession, there are probably as many opinions as to what an attractive compensation package is are there are truckers. The trucking industry can include so many variables in terms of compensation that go beyond a salary and a rate paid per kilometer travelled.

Our friends at Trucking HR Canada, a national partnership-based organization, have written a blog to guide organizations through the compensation development process, and have laid out some great tips to help manage the expectations of employer and employee.

Click here to read the article and here to learn more about Trucking HR Canada.

Two’s Company – Advantages of Team Driving

Whether you drive for a company, or you are an Owner/Operator, you’ve probably met some team drivers out there on the road.

Driver teams are just groups of two (married people, friends, or just doing business together) who shoulder the responsibilities of over-the-road, or long haul, truck driving.
There are some definite advantages to being part of a driver team, but there is also a downside.

Teams can cover more kilometers in the same amount to time than a single driver, because time in the sleeper berth can count as “off time” for a driver.  This means that the truck can be moving a much greater percentage of the time than with a lone driver.

Many of the duties of a single driver (backing up, doing paperwork, etc.) are lightened by having a second pair of hands, ears, and eyes available.

Really, the only disadvantage to team driving is the loss of solitude, which can be relaxing for some drivers.  You’ll be with your partner for hours and hours at a time, and it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing.  Some people drive with their spouses, others with close friends, and some prefer to work with people they don’t know too well, and keep it that way.

Many companies are seeing the logic in hiring teams, as company drivers and owner operators, and some will even offer to help your partner earn their truck-driving license.
In Winnipeg, First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking.  To find out more, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

Fighting Fatigue – Staying Awake (and Healthy) During Night Runs

Driving at night has a lot of advantages for a long-haul truck driver.  There’s a lot less traffic on the road, making it easier to earn money when you’re paid by the kilometer. Fuel costs are reduced, and you’ll use the brakes a lot less frequently.

Unfortunately, the human body isn’t designed to be awake at night.  Our internal clocks are dictated by the circadian rhythm of the sun – and haven’t really gotten the hang of the changes that modern living and electric light have brought about.  As a result, fatigue is often a factor in nighttime driving accidents.  Here are some things you can do to keep fatigue from being a factor for you.

Keep a Regular Sleeping Cycle

If you drive a lot of nights, resist the urge to stay awake too long when the daylight hits.  You’ll naturally wake up a bit when the sun rises.  Fight this by sleeping with blinds on the windows.  On your days off, don’t completely “flip” your sleeping cycle – your body will get confused.

Don’t Rely on Caffeine or Carbohydrates

Coffee and sugary foods are both short-term solutions to fatigue, and both deliver a “crash” after only a short time.  Another dose might be effective, but for an even shorter term.  Stick to healthy foods – your energy level will be more consistent, and your waistline will thank you.

Get Exercise

A fit driver is a more capable driver.  Long haul trucking can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle – you need to go out of your way to ensure that you are in top shape to take on the rigors of the road.  A quick run around the truck when refueling or at a rest stop can get your blood flowing for the next few kilometers, and a good exercise regimen will pay dividends for years to come.

If You’re Too Tired to Drive – Don’t

No matter what your logbook says, fatigue impairs your ability to drive.  Pull over and take a nap – nobody will fault you for putting your safety, and everyone else’s, first.

When you take driver training At First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg, you’ll get the benefit of highly experienced trainers with decades of industry experience.   Call us Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. Info Session for Class 1 Truck Driver Training

Come join us at our next information session, taking place on January 13th, 2014 at 3pm and 7pm.  Open to all Metis, Non-Status & Inuit Clients.

Click here or Contact us for more information.

The Law of Supply and Demand Could Put You in the Driver’s Seat

90% of the goods available for sale in Canada arrived where they are today thanks to the trucking industry.

Canada’s west is growing.  People are moving to the Prairie Provinces in search of economic and lifestyle opportunities.  Opportunities for companies to move in and provide goods and services are at an all-time high.

The Conference Board of Canada has determined that economic growth, the pending retirement of a large group of truck drivers, and reluctance in young people to take on the demands and responsibilities of the job are coming together to form a “perfect storm” for the trucking industry.  The Board predicts that by the year 2020 the trucking industry will be short approximately 25,000 drivers.

These numbers are particularly disturbing, to both companies in the transportation industry and Canada’s Federal and Provincial governments.  Former Transport Minister, Steven Fletcher, said in a speech to the Manitoba Trucking Association: “If not addressed, driver shortages could become acute and a brake not just on your industry but on the wider economy.”

This looming shortage of drivers means that the outlook for younger people considering a career in trucking is better than it has been in decades.  More companies will be hiring drivers, and the law of supply and demand dictates that they will be doing everything in their power to attract and retain new drivers.  If you’re seeking opportunity, a career in the trucking industry could be just what you’re looking for.

Winnipeg’s First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking.  Our instructors will help you learn how to drive a truck, and how to navigate the ins and outs of a job search in the industry.

To find out more about the upcoming driver shortage, and what you can do to turn it to your advantage, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.