Be Prepared to Stop

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We have been involved in a documentary with Delaware Park Productions for about a year now. Be Prepared to Stop is about our love of and absolute dependence on the great American highway. We rely on those roads and the countless trucks rolling down them to supply us with just about everything we use every day. But this round-the-clock lifeline has become so entrenched in our daily routines, we don’t even notice it any more. That neglect is reaching a crisis point. Roads and bridges are failing; safety concerns are mounting; skilled drivers are retiring; government is at a standstill. In order to raise awareness about the impact the impending breakdown will have on all our lives, Be Prepared to Stop aims to not only explain the issues but also to energize stakeholders to push for solutions that will improve the current situation and build towards a secure future. 

Obviously this is near and dear to our hearts given what we do, but this is relevant to each and every one of us as citizens of this country.  We had a small private screening last night in Little Rock which kicked off the dissemination of the film.  After these screenings in select cities (Los Angeles, DC, San Jose, etc) the hope is that it will be picked up by CNN, HBO or the Discovery Channel.  Until it is mainstreamed, we want to share the extended trailer with you:

You might recognize someone in it.:-)

We encourage you to spread the word and raise awareness!

Advice for the Rookie Maverick Driver – Pt. II

We’re back at it again, folks! For those of you who missed our previous post, we asked a few of our veteran drivers about some of the things they wish they had known before they went out on the road solo. Our first installment came from former driver, driver trainer and now fleet manager TJ Hargis.

Now it’s time for our second installment – this round of advice from former and current drivers Ken Moore and Tom Hachiya.

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It’s actually not what a rookie driver does, that’s his/her mistake. It’s what’s not done.  Before we start driving, we’re generally used to three square meals at relatively specific times of the day. This can change in a truck. We might not be able to stop for meals at the times we want to due to traffic, appointment times, etc. Now, in order to be our best, to think most clearly, to be safest, and to make our most rational decisions, we need to eat properly and consistently. I’m not talking just eating healthy. When someone first starts driving, there’s so much on his/her plate that food often doesn’t end up on the plate. I’ve spoken with drivers who’ve only eaten fast food and I’ve spoken with drivers who filled their trucks full with cans of beans. We need to eat a variety of food, snack during the day, and pay attention to getting enough non-fast food calories in our system. If we can do this, we are safer, less likely to be irritated by annoying things we have to deal with, and our families will like us more when we get home.

One of the biggest mistakes a rookie driver makes is not finding a way to wind down at the end of the day. When you first start driving, you have a ton to think about: driving safely, appointment times, eating properly in a strange environment, FMCSA regulations, hours of service, and on and on. It’s all pretty daunting in the beginning, and it’s honestly really stressful. If you play guitar, bring your guitar. If you hike, now you can hike everywhere.  Personally, I like to find and collect fossils while I’m out. Whatever you choose, you need to have something at the end of the day (and sometimes in the middle) that you can do to help release that stress and feel better. Otherwise, the stress builds day after day and your time on the road isn’t what you want it to be.

From Tom Hachiya:

Time management: Consider your options before you head out on the road. Take some time to think about your 8 hour and 10 hour clock before taking off. The same thing pertains to your 30 minute break. Make sure you have a clear plan and direction, but also keep in mind your options and for hiccups that may come up along the way.

Backing: Make sure you do a good job of surveying your surroundings when you come into a customer’s area. Know where your safety threats and obstacles are at all times. Before you start backing, just stop. Look around and take an inventory of all of those things you might run into or that could hit you: a pedestrian walking along, a car that’s driving, a truck starting up. And as you’re backing up, keep track of them.

Rookies often lose track of the front of their truck. When backing, don’t be so focused that you lose track of the front. Every 10 seconds, look around as you’re backing up so you can keep track of all 4 corners of the truck.

Enjoy being a rookie: When you’re new, people expect you to make mistakes. People don’t expect you to be at 125 PFP points (Pay for Performance). Ask the extra questions, take the extra minutes. When it’s your first time at a customer, let them know. Ask them where they want you to check in, where to park. Don’t worry about the fact that you’re brand new. “Hey I’ve never been here before – where do you want me to go?” You’ll keep yourself out of trouble. Most people are happy to help you – they don’t want to see you fail!

 

Aces and Freights

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Welcome to our latest edition of Aces & Freights – our newsletter, written by Operations Analyst and former driver Ken Moore, regarding the trucking lifestyle.

Questions or comments?  We’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ken at

kmoore@maverickusa.com.  We hope you enjoy the content and we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and all the stories you may have to share, too!

 

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I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a huge vegetable guy.  Now, I don’t dislike them (except for brussel sprouts), but I don’t generally go out of my way for them either.  Mostly, I consider greens to be the stuff that food eats.  I did realize when I was on the road, however, that I needed to get some in if I wanted to stay healthy.  They have lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that meats don’t have, and they keep you from eating more calories than you should.  So what I’ll focus on in this quarter’s article is how to get properly green while in the truck.

If you do not have a refrigerator, George Foreman grill, or microwave, the easiest thing to do is order a small salad to go with whatever else you’re eating.  There’s no shame in ordering a salad from a fast food restaurant.  No one will look at you strangely for doing it.  I did it once and it was a nonevent, so go for it.

If you have a refrigerator and no way to cook in your truck, salads and things like carrots and broccoli are good to keep for a little while and are okay to eat raw.  I recommend using an oil and vinegar dressing as the oil is olive oil and is a good fat.  It’s generally much better for you than ranch, but if ranch is your thing, it’s better to get some green in than none so use some ranch.

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If you have a way to cook the veg, worlds open up to you.  One of my favorites is grilling asparagus in a strawberry vinaigrette dressing.  Put some tinfoil on your grill, put the asparagus on the tinfoil, put some strawberry vinaigrette on the asparagus, flip when you see them start to brown, then wait a couple minutes and eat.  Maybe turning asparagus into candy is cheating, but I’ll get over it.

With a microwave in your truck, you can get packages of frozen veg that will steam cook right in the bag.  I did these fairly often and they were pretty good.  They weren’t candied asparagus, but they ate.

If you have a way to make a vegetable edible, send it to me, Ken Moore, at kmoore@maverickusa.com.  I’m always looking for better (tasting) ways to eat healthier and I know that a lot of other drivers are, too.

 

Up Close and Personal with our First Trainer of the Quarter, Randall Harmon

Ken:  Hey, Randall.  I’d like to start off by saying Congratulations!  You’re Maverick’s first Trainer of the Quarter!

Randall:  Thank you!

Ken:  So, for this interview, I’m going to start off with some really tough questions, you ready?

Randall:  Go for it.

Ken:  What do you like best about being a trainer?

Randall:  I think the best thing about it is when the person succeeds.  There’s a lot of joy that I get from watching them succeed.

Ken:  How do you approach a student who’s struggling with part of the training?

Randall:  That depends on the student and how they receive information.  You have to learn how to adapt.  As a trainer, I had to school myself on how to disperse information, so I adapt to them.

Ken:  When you first get to meet your student, how do you get to know them?

Randall:  Conversation.  Communication.  Talking.  Them telling me about them, family, history, work history, hobbies.  Just communication all around.  That gives me a key on how they receive information as well.

Ken:  Do you typically stay in touch with your student?

Randall:  A lot of times we stay in touch for several month and then things tend to fall off, then just the 180 days or the anniversary.  Every once in a while I run across them.

Ken:  Why do you drive?

Randall:  I started driving in 1969 for my father and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I love it.  I could have done lots of different things.  I went to electronic school, mechanical school, but just kept coming back to this.  I’ve worked for a lot of different companies.  I have to admit that Maverick is best of the companies I worked for.

Ken:  What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen on the road?

Randall:  I was driving around Washington dc when that great big old space shuttle was flying around on top of the 747.  I was at a location and got to see it.

Ken:  What’s really cool is that I got to see the same thing when I was driving in California!  The Endeavor shuttle being piggy-backed on top of a jet landing at Edwards Air Force base.  I’ve got that ranked as my number one, too.

Ken:  All right, last one.  You got any hobbies?

Randall:  Fishing, carpenter – making furniture, own woodworking shop, fly fishing.

Ken:  Awesome!  Thanks, Randall.  Again, congratulations!

Randall:  All right.  Thank you!

 

Clean King Pin Lockup: A Quick Tip for Aces & Freights

by Tom Hachiya

Follow Maverick Policy Without the Mess

Personal Conveyance when out on the road is a major convenience and Maverick policy dictates the use an ”Approved” Kingpin Lock when dropping trailers in unsecured areas. (e.g. Truck Stops)  If you want to keep that shiny new kingpin lock clean and grease free, a simple trick is to stuff a Walmart bag through the lock before sliding it onto the kingpin.

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After taking the lock off, the grease stays with the bag that can be tossed in the trash.  Your kingpin lock stays clean and so does the storage area under the bunk.

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If you have a tip that will help other drivers deal with some of the everyday hassles we meet on the road, send them to kmoore@maverickusa.com.

 

 

Suggested Apps

Weather Underground App Pic      I’ve tested a lot of weather apps and this is one of my two favorites, and it is, in my opinion, the best for driving purposes.  It follows your location and it will send you weather alerts for severe weather, giving you a heads up.  It shows major highways on the map and you can move the map to look ahead on your trip.  Also, it has “Layers” to add whatever weather-related details you want to your map, like satellite images, fronts, heat, etc.  It’s also pretty user friendly and easy to experiment with.  And like most weather apps, it’s free.

Camcard App Pic  Camcard is especially great for those drivers just starting off with us.  What this app is made for is keeping track of all the business cards you’re given.  I remember going into my truck with a pile of business cards that were given to me during my time in training.  What’s great about this app is that you take a picture of the card, it translates the words and names on the card into text, and fills out all the contact info for your phone.  So, in other words, all you have to do is take a picture of the person’s card and now that person’s information is in your phone’s contacts.  Easy is good.  There’s both a free (called “CamCard Free”) and paid version of this app and the free version works just fine.

 

Safety Awards 1st Quarter, 2016

               Driver                  Years Safe Driving     Date Awarded              Milestone Achieved    

Michael Pate

5 1/4/2016  5 Year Safety Award

Harold Pickett

5 1/6/2016  5 Year Safety Award

Marty Long

5 2/1/2016

 5 Year Safety Award

Tom Wise

5 2/2/2016

 5 Year Safety Award

Mike Stegall

5 2/11/2016

 5 Year Safety Award

Kevin Reagle

5 3/15/2016

 5 Year Safety Award

Chris Cooper

8 1/19/2016  1 Million Mile
Earl McLaughlin 8 2/3/2016

 1 Million Mile

Lonnie Bynum

8 2/5/2016  1 Million Mile

John Tripp

8 2/24/2016  1 Million Mile

Hugh Rodriguez

8 3/13/2016  1 Million Mile

John Berg

8 3/20/2016

 1 Million Mile

Anthony Edwards 8 3/21/2016

 1 Million Mile

Scott Flowers 8 3/25/2016

 1 Million Mile

John Adame 8 3/30/2016

 1 Million Mile

Jerry Bass

10 1/30/2016  10 Year Safety Award

Paul Patterson

10 2/28/2016  10 Year Safety Award
Charles Baber 10 3/15/2016

 10 Year Safety Award

Mike Cobin 16 1/5/2016

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Vernon Rookstool 16 2/24/2016

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If you have an article on how to improve life on the road or have any ideas on apps I can check out to suggest in future editions of Aces and Freights, please email me, Ken Moore, at kmoore@maverickusa.com.

Advice for the Rookie Maverick Driver – Pt. I

We spoke with a few of our Maverick drivers (and former drivers) here recently who are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the ins and outs of driving OTR. For those of you just starting out as a Maverick, those first few months out on the road going solo can be pretty intimidating. It’s a huge responsibility to be navigating 80,000 pounds of machinery on the roads, highways, and between traffic.

And so begins our short three-part series on some of the most common rookie mistakes and pieces of advice to make those first few months a little easier.

Our first contribution comes from former driver, driver trainer and external recruiter TJ Hargis. TJ is now a fleet manager  for Maverick and helps new drivers transition out of their trainer truck and into going solo OTR.

Thanks so much for your time, TJ!

Back in TJ's former driver trainer days in 2012

TJ as a driver trainer (2012)

Time management is very important. This covers everything from leaving home too late, just in time to make a delivery, and all the way to taking too long on breaks.

As a new driver, there are many obstacles that we have not seen or experienced, so the best advice that I can give is to plan your day and all your trips with a cushion to allow for road types that you haven’t seen or become comfortable with yet. Then there are other things that might crop up — traffic, time zone differences, even medical issues like when you don’t feel well. These things happen, but if we don’t allow time in our trip planning for them it could result in not loading/unloading for an additional day (which affects our pay check!).

Although it’s tough being away from our families, sometimes it’s actually better to leave a few hours early just to make sure our time is used correctly and we prepare for the obstacles that are in our everyday travels. Make sure to communicate any issues or concerns about your load or even the times and always pay attention to your H.O.S. Call your fleet manager with these questions and ask for their opinion. Remember, we’ve all been in this industry, most of us as drivers, long enough that we can help you find the right plans and path of execution.

Slow down and take your time to ensure that you do your job to the best of your ability and that you do it safely; speed with loading/unloading and trip planning will only get better in time. But find a system that works for you and stick with it. Do everything the same way every time and you create a pattern, a system. Then you can make movements without thinking of them because it becomes second nature. This is when your speed improves. Find a place for all your equipment or instruments that you use on a daily basis and return them to the same place after each use. Being organized is crucial in becoming more efficient.

Don’t ever rely solely on GPS. Always double check your atlas with all routes and restrictions, also use your local directions to get to your shippers and consignees. These are put in by our drivers that have been there before you. You obtain these by sending in Macro 1. Read these directions carefully and write them down. So here is the key to these directions, find out where you will tie in with them because the driver that entered them may have been traveling north (which should be stated) and you may be traveling south, so that means you need to compensate for that. If you have a smart phone, Google Maps works great for seeing your roads on satellite view.

And please, ALWAYS REMEMBER: Communication is the absolute key!

 

2015 Driver of the Year Event Recap

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.

 

This year’s Driver of the Year banquet was a very special one indeed! It was a wonderful evening honoring our 12 Drivers of the Month and their spouses in attendance.

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After a meet and greet and fellowship between the Drivers of the Month and Maverick’s office employees, we heard moving speeches given by Maverick CEO Steve Williams, President John Culp, and VP of Operations John Coppens.

Our Black Hats were also recognized with a short video created to honor them and their role within the Black Hat program and at Maverick.

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Left to right: DOM Roger Wyble and wife Fay, DOM Bill Williams and wife Patricia, DOM Allen McCutchen and wife Constance, DOM Joe Looney and wife Brenda

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2015 December Driver of the Month Chris Davis and wife Mallory

As a special surprise, June 2015 Driver of the Month Troy Fegley and 2014 Driver of the Year Jimmy Fitzwater presented a very special gift to Kay Hendrix (lovingly known as “Momma Kay”) at the end of the banquet. She was given a plaque and a beautiful locket in recognition of her time at Maverick. Her legacy will never be forgotten, and she was moved to tears, as were the rest of us!

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Left to right: June 2015 Driver of the Month Troy Fegley, Momma Kay, 2014 Driver of the Year Jimmy Fitzwater

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Former Drivers of the Year Dale Dunn (far left) and Tom Douglas (far right) flank Momma Kay as former President & COO Stephen Selig photo bombs!

On Friday, the Summit conference was packed to the brim with office employees and drivers alike for the Driver of the Year presentation!

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Look at those sharp former Drivers of the Year!

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Wives of Drivers of the Month being recognized

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Maverick CEO Steve Williams presenting 2014 DOY Jimmy Fitzwater with the Maverick flag

And then it was the moment we were all waiting for! Who was going to be named our 2015 Driver of the Year?

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Roger Wyble! (Being congratulated by September DOM Joe Looney)

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Our new 2015 Driver of the Year, folks! Here’s Roger pictured with Maverick’s President John Culp

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Roger was congratulated by the entire office!

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Roger’s wife Fay in his 15 year safety jacket and Roger in his new DOY jacket!

431A0175Congratulations, Roger! We’re confident you’ll represent the fleet well as our 2015 Driver of the Year! We’re so proud of you!

Aces and Freights

Q1 2016, Vol. 4

Welcome to our latest edition of Aces & Freights – our newsletter, written by Operations Analyst and former driver Ken Moore, regarding the trucking lifestyle.

Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ken at kmoore@maverickusa.com. We hope you enjoy the content and we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and all the stories you may have to share, too!maverick header

 

Maverick Health

Being in shape is all about numbers.  Calories taken in, calories burned, minutes of activity, heart rate, BMI, weight, reps, sets, time of day, etc.  There are a thousand things I can list that are all about your health and how it’s gauged by numbers.  Personally, I have no interest in writing about health-related numbers, getting you to calculate anything, or telling you that you have to eat the healthiest foods on the road if you want to maintain or lose weight.  What I can do, and without using any numbers (well, maybe just a couple…), is to tell you how I managed to stay the same weight over the course of a few years over the road without putting a great deal of effort into it.

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When I first started driving solo with Maverick, I had not driven OTR before.  I’d driven for a few years, but always locally in a 36’ straight truck and I was home every night.  So, going out on my own was a new experience and a little overwhelming.  I give a lot of credit to my wife for getting me prepared.  She bought me multiple pieces of cooking equipment so that I could make my own food, and, honestly, this is the secret!  Make your own food because it will be better for you (and it’ll be more affordable) than eating out.

“But,” you might say, “I’m so hungry at the end of my day that I can’t spend the extra time making something.  I need food now!”  I knew that feeling all too well…until I started snacking properly.  By properly, all I mean is frequently.  Get something that you enjoy that’s not high in sodium and not fried.  I ate a lot of lightly salted sunflower seeds throughout the day between meals and an occasional cereal bar, but you should find what works for you.  If you snack well, you’ll find that you’re not unbearably hungry at the end of your day.  You’ll still be hungry, but not the kind of hungry that makes you go into the fast food restaurants and consume 1600 calories and a TCD trailer worth of salt in a small meal.  Admittedly, on a rare occasion, I would still be unbearably hungry after snacking all day.  When this happened I would snack while cooking and that generally solved that issue.  One more thing, drink more water.  Soda was hardly ever found in my truck.  I drank a bottle of it maybe twice a month.  There’s so much processed sugar in soft drinks that some people drink more calories than they eat in a day.  I promised not to get into numbers too deeply, but the large cup size at a Pilot supplies better than a quarter of your day’s calories…all in sugar!

As to physical activity, Glass and Flatbed are both pretty physically intensive during loading and unloading times, but we need a little extra here and there for proper upkeep.  Since there’s no tarping in Temperature Control, those drivers may need to do a little more upkeep.  Personally, I always enjoyed hiking and often planned my day around it.  I’ve hiked all over the US and Canada and in some of the nicest places to hike on the continent.  (FYI, there is parking at a few national parks, such as the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Dakota badlands off I-94, exit 32—just check out your chosen location before you decide to go!)  Usually, because I know I’d be tired at the end of the day, I would plan my physical activity during a lunch break and eat a sandwich while doing it.  I never skipped meals because I know that I’d feel better throughout the day and that I’d be a safer driver if I ate well.  Many of you already realize that if you trip plan well, you can do most anything you want to do and do it where you want to do it.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota—a great place to hike!

That’s it really.  I kept it simple.  We have enough on our minds as drivers to have to worry about anything else.  If you don’t eat fast food but do eat smartly and you stay active that’s just about all it takes for a lot of people.  Of course, if you need a more structured approach, and some of us do, there are a lot of apps out there to help you keep track of everything.  “S Health” for example, which comes preloaded on Samsung phones, keeps a step count for you every day, tells you how much of your time has been more active, allows you to create a food and water diary, and as long as you have a relatively new phone it can take your pulse and record the number, measure the amount of oxygen saturation in your blood, and also record your stress level.  We also have resistance bands listed on the Company Store site that you can get to through your Omnitracs unit, should you want another option to stick into your physical fitness arsenal.  They’re a good alternative for cold, rainy days or to add a muscle toning aspect (in addition to tarping) into your plans.

 

Through the Eyes of a Trucker’s Wife…by Amy Ramsey

When you think of the terms “trucker’s wife” or “trucker’s family “, what do you think of?  What role does it play? What does it mean to be a trucker’s family?  Are we a breed of our own?  Many things come into play with being a trucker’s family.

When Matt and I met, he was just starting out in trucking. I thought being a trucker’s gal would be easy. I was already a trucker’s sister and daughter. I knew a little bit of what it takes with dealing with a trucker.  I thought I could handle it. I was wrong, very wrong!  Going without seeing your brother for three months is different from not seeing your boyfriend. It drove me crazy!

I started watching the weather more and I knew every route Matt was taking. I started picking at him to see what he wanted for his truck. After a year of dating, Matt moved to another company where he was home every 2 weeks. That was so much better on us.  I can’t lie the stress got to us, but we stuck with each other.

We had our special songs, movies, special things, and Skype when we can. He gave me a teddy bear that I have one of his shirts on and he has one of my blankets on his truck.  There are a lot of things I buy Matt to make his truck feel like he is home with us.

Our world is based on trucking. Matt asked me to marry him, while I was in his truck. I was putting clean sheets on his bed, and when I turned around there he was with the ring.  For our wedding I had a white freightliner take me down to where our wedding was. We rode off on that same white freightliner.

As we were headed for our honey moon, Matt stopped and bought me a trucker’s wife shirt! He was happy to have me as his wife.

As I was pregnant with our youngest child, the nights that I could not sleep I would listen to trucker’s songs or look up different things about trucking.  When she was born I would exercise her legs and sing her a song about chasing her daddy around the truck stop. She sings that song all the time now to her daddy.  I am teaching her about why daddy is not home. Every truck she sees, she calls out dad’s truck!

One of the down falls of having a trucker as a husband is the 100 questions game. Will he be home this weekend? Will he make it home for the holidays? How you do it? How can you be mommy and daddy while he is gone? I hate all these questions. Everyone has to make a living and I support my trucker. Maybe we have to celebrate something late or early but as at least we are together.

I send pictures every day to Matt, so he can see the things that we are doing. I know he misses out on a lot but he can be there in pictures. We have CB handles for all of us. When we have him on the phone we act like we are calling on the CB. Our youngest loves calling her daddy on the CB telling him bear!

Being a trucker’s family is not a pie job. We love and support our trucker as we can.  We have learned many things too!  When planning anything always have plan A through E worked out, learn the phrase “that’s trucking”, and prayer works. Every day, Matt calls and we do a prayer. Knowing God will look out for him helps me a lot.  Thank you truckers for everything you do for us!

 

Thank you, Amy, for writing about your experience as a driver’s spouse.  It’s a great reminder of who we’re working for and why we do what we do!  If you would like to offer your insight to what life at home is like when your spouse is a driver and how you support him or her, or if you would like to talk about your experience as a driver and how your family supports you, we’d like to hear from you.  If you can offer your experiences, then new drivers and their families can get a leg up on the learning curve and adjust to the life more easily.  Please send your stories to kmoore@maverickusa.com.

 

Suggested Apps

   sky map appSky Map—When I was on the road, sometimes I parked in some pretty dark places at night, which I loved because I could see the stars better.  This app is great because it turns your phone into an identification device.  It identifies stars, constellations, comets, planets and more.  Basically, face the backside of your phone into the sky and wherever you turn your phone will change the view of the map to match your view of the sky.

 

   wifi analyzerWifi Analyzer—This app can help you find free Wifi wherever you go.  Technically, it shows you all of the Wifi signals and how strong they are, but it adds a little asterisk next to the free signals.  This way, if there is more than one signal around, you don’t have to mess around and waste time with attempting to connect to them first to see if they’re private signals, or you can use Wifi Analyzer to compare free signals so you can use the strongest one.

 

 

Up Close and Personal with Driver Trainer Rick Louallen

Truck #: 158007

I went to MIT class in December with Rick and thought I’d see how he was doing.  Rick’s a good guy with some good stories if you get a chance to hang out with him.  He had his first student with him and all was going well.

Ken:  Hey, Rick!  Where are you right now?

Rick: We’re around Chicago heading out to Michigan.

Ken: How long have you been with Maverick?

Rick: I was here in 04’ and 05’ and came back 9/11 of 14’.

Ken: So why did you come back?

Rick: Well, I knew about how good Maverick is and I wanted to come back due to the economy.  I wasn’t making enough money and I knew I could do it with Maverick because I did it before.  Economics, I guess you would call it.

Ken: Why did you become a trainer?

Rick: I was a trainer at another company.  I enjoy it.  I enjoy teaching other people how to make money driving a truck safely, be on time, be a professional.  I enjoy the education part of it, you know what I’m saying?  And of me teaching someone.

Ken: I know you just started training with us recently, but how are you liking it so far?

Rick: Hey, it’s a blast!  We have a lot of fun in this truck.  Seriously, I’m all about joking around and playing around, but when it comes down to business, it’s all about professionalism, you know?

Ken: How was MIT class?  What did you get from it?

Rick: It was different.  Very informative once you realize what you’re there for.  The first day, I was like what are we here for!?  But by the second day I realized we’re in a psychology class.

Ken: How’s your student doing?

Rick: He’s great!  I can’t give him enough complements.  I drove the first day and he’s been running the truck since like a pro!

Ken: Awesome!  That’s great to hear!  All right, Rick, last one.  What would you tell other drivers who are thinking about going into training?

Rick: You don’t know if you like it until you try it.  It’s really self-rewarding to help somebody to achieve what you can achieve, to do the job that we do.

Ken: Cool, Rick.  Thanks for the interview!

 

 

Safety Awards 4th Quarter, 2015

Name                                                Award                               Award date               

 

Henry Pasquet                              5 Year                              October 22, 2015     

Darrell Sherbert                           5 Year                              November 5, 2015  

Matthew Jess                                5 Year                              November 5, 2015  

Carl Dunlap                                   5 Year                              November 18, 2015

Allen McCutchen                         5 Year                               November 28, 2015

Earl Myers                                     5 Year                              December 9, 2015   

Greg Carr                                       5 Year                              December 5, 2015   

Terry McMIllian                           5 Year                              December 6, 2015   

Mark Weigant                               5 Year                              December 15, 2015

Samuel Sykes                                1 Million Miles               October 21, 2015     

John Callands                                1 Million Miles               November 25, 2015

Colin Jumper                                 1 Million Miles               November 29, 2015

Dave Bennett                                10 Years                            October 14, 2015     

Ken Parham                                  10 Years                           December 15, 2015

 

Congratulations, Drivers!  Thank you for making our highways a safer place to drive!