September 10, 20182 Comments

HAZMAT Securement Strategies for Freight Carriers

6 HAZMAT Securement Strategies for Freight Carriers

It’s crucial that HAZMAT drivers are taking the necessary precautions to transport freight safely. To prevent falling cargo all frieght must be properly secured. Also, to ensure the safety of the driver and load. Read more

September 3, 2018No Comments

How to Become a Hazmat Certified Truck Driver

How to Become a Hazmat Certified Truck Driver

 Are you considering becoming a HAZMAT certified truck driver? It’s important to educate yourself on the components involved in the certification process.  Read more

September 1, 20183 Comments

The Top 5 Best Safety Practices for HAZMAT Carriers

The Top 5 Best Safety Practices for HAZMAT Carriers

From batteries and antifreeze to paint and cleaning agents, various materials fall under the category of hazardous materials. More specifically, DOT defines a hazardous material as any item or chemical, when being transported in commerce, that’s a risk to public safety or the environment. Read more

August 29, 20184 Comments

AOBRD vs. ELD

AOBRD vs. ELD: What's the Difference?

An automatic on-boarding recording device is a piece of hardware that connects to the vehicle's engine to record driver's hours-of-service (HOS). It functions  like an electronic logging device (ELD) except it records and displays less data. Similar to AOBRD, an ELD is a piece of hardware that connects to the vehicle's ECM to accurately record the driver's HOS.

However, AOBRD vs. ELD differs regarding how much data they record and how much you can edit.  Read more

July 10, 20181 Comment

Quarterly Bonuses for Our Drivers

Driving a truck is a challenging job. Many drivers feel that they are not paid what they are worth considering the amount of work that they put it on a daily basis. Insufficient pay is a significant reason why many truck drivers leave their companies or abandon the industry entirely. This has been a source of frustration for many carriers, shippers, and customers, as the lack of truck drivers has led to capacity shortages, significant delays in transportation, and increased rates across the country. These problems could all be alleviated if more drivers were earning what they believe they deserve, and there are things that carriers can do to help attract more drivers to their fleet.

At the end of the article, you can see our drivers that reached the milestones for their bonuses for Q2 of 2018

Bonuses

 

While many carriers claim that they cannot raise wages or the rates that they pay their drivers, they can indeed offer attainable and tangible bonuses that can significantly increase the pay of the truckers. If a driver performs exceptionally, he is bringing in more money to the company, and he should be treated as such. A driver should be rewarded for his dedication and his contribution to the increased profits of the carrier.

 

Unfortunately, many carriers don’t offer bonuses at all, or they offer packages that are unattainable or just not worth the extra effort. Driver bonuses should be based on clear guidelines and achievements, setting realistic expectations and giving the drivers a fair share of what they earned. If a driver has to push himself exceptionally hard for a small one-time bonus, he will become burnt out and may lose motivation to strive towards the bonus.

 

Our company, however, looks at bonuses in a different way than most other carriers. Last quarter, we came up with a new program. It has been well received by our drivers and has resulted in big payouts for them. Our drivers start with a base salary of 50 cents. With our new bonus structure, we promised our hard-working drivers that they could make 60 cents per mile. However, they went over 33,000 miles. This is a retroactive bonus that includes all the miles they already drove plus any additional miles after the 33k. This means that if a driver hit 34,000 miles, he gets 60 cents per mile on all those miles, or an additional 10 cents, which comes out to $3400 for the quarter. That is undoubtedly a significant bonus!

 

We have a large fleet of drivers, and many of them hit this milestone, so we are paying over $50,000 in bonuses for the last quarter. We are happy to keep our promise because it means that our drivers are making more money and will be happier in the long run. This will help us retain a strong employee base and create a culture that focuses on teamwork and success.

 

We have found that this is a far more effective strategy than that employed by many other carriers. They often promise only certain benefits as a reward for working more extended hours and spending more time away from their family. This is not enough incentive for a driver to continue working harder, and we believe it is why many truckers leave their carriers. While many people enjoy the lifestyle of a truck driver, money speaks volumes, and they will pursue opportunities where they can make more money if they feel like they are being underpaid.

 

Truck Driver Bonus

Signing Bonuses

 

Some carriers offer signing bonuses to entice new drivers to begin working with them. These signing bonuses, however, are often spread out over the first year or two of driving, and usually only amount to around $3,000. With our new bonus program, our drivers can earn this or more in every quarter. This is a far more attractive option for drivers who are willing to put in the hours to make the miles happen.

 

A signing bonus is nice, but as we mentioned, it is a small, one-time bonus that you may not even see to completion if you don’t stay with the company or if they go under. Continual, goal-based bonuses are a superior reward system that will help motivate drivers to reach new goals and heights in their careers continually. If a driver can earn an extra $12,000 or more throughout the year, he will want to work for the company and continue to strive for excellence.

 

Driver Retention

 

We believe that our company benefits from keeping a loyal, dedicated fleet of drivers rather than cycling through a large group of temporary drivers and suffering from high turnover. It is our strategy to provide a proper and profitable atmosphere for every one of our drivers, and that starts with paying them what we believe that they deserve. A well-paid driver is a happy driver that is far less likely to pursue a position at another company.

 

We make this possible by offering a very fair base pay but also giving the incentive to reach milestones to procure large, sustainable bonuses. As mentioned, we had many drivers reached their milestones last quarter, and we are proudly paying them the extra money that we promised. This is because we value every one of our employees and we know that each of these drivers worked hard every single day to drive the number of miles needed to earn these bonuses.

 

Hard work always pays off in the long run, and it is up to carriers to reward their drivers in a fair and lucrative manner. A driver bonus should feel like a significant amount of money that can significantly raise their annual income rather than the small perks and benefits that many carriers offer. Drivers who are not fairly compensated will ultimately end up looking elsewhere for their income. Many even look for new careers entirely, and that is harmful to the industry as a whole. It is up to us as carriers to provide fair wages, healthy bonuses, and profitable life for our truck drivers.

Q2 2018 Logiflex Drivers that got their bonus

Edgard Alvarez - 41022 miles

Roscoe Battle - 35549 miles

Robert Belcher - 38048 miles

Gilberto Enriquez - 35358 miles

Larry Ford - 39375 miles

Fabian Garcia - 34553 miles

Richard Marschall - 42167 miles

Alan Meyer - 34679 miles

Hristo Mihaylov - 44937 miles

Hristo Moysev - 34030 miles

Gloria Null - 34930 miles

Adrian Padilla - 33668 miles

Vladimir Petkov - 39372 miles

Robert Pinkelton - 38972 miles

Elmer Rodriguez - 33484 miles

Lorenzo Steer - 33730 miles

Randy Trichel - 36947 miles

Christopher Valenzuela - 36543 miles

Robert Wess - 37327 miles

Tim Wagner - 33252 miles (Tim joined Logiflex in May, but still made the bonus in just two months!)

 

If you want to join our team send us an email to info@logiflexinc.com or Join Logiflex's Driver Team

July 6, 20183 Comments

How the ELD Mandate Helps Drivers

 

The ELD mandate has been a controversial subject among truckers, shippers, and manufacturers alike. Many drivers have complained that it places unfair restrictions on them and results in lost revenue. Shippers and manufacturers have fought against the mandate because it increases their transport time, forcing them to put more work into supply chain planning. These are all valid concerns, but many people believe that the ELD mandate is a blessing in disguise. Bringing in higher levels of safety and fairness into the industry, and making it more profitable for everyone involved. Lets take a look at some of the benefits.

 

Reduced Abuse of Paper Logs

 

Paper logs have been abused in the industry for many years. It allows the driver to work far beyond his legal limits by making a few simple tweaks in the logbook.

 

Before the ELD mandate was put into place, it was common practice for many shippers to expect team service out of solo drivers. They wouldn’t explicitly tell drivers to manipulate their logs, but the implication was clear that the carrier would only win the shipment if they were willing to run illegally. Despite how many honorable carriers would reject the load due to being unable to meet the requirements, shippers knew that there was always going to be a driver that would accept the task.

 

This was harmful to the industry for several reasons. First, it set a precedent for these abusive shippers that they could get away with promoting illegal runs while not suffering the consequences. The driver would be the only one held responsible. This then made expectations across the industry unrealistic, and even worse, extremely unsafe. A single driver running cross-country in two days with little to no sleep is a hazard to anyone in his path.

 

Drivers that were taking these kinds of shipments were doing a disservice to the honest, hard-working drivers across the country. They were undercutting reliable companies to make a quick buck. Thanks to the ELD mandate, shippers have more realistic expectations and can’t as easily skirt the law by hiring drivers who will run illegally.

 

Increased Safety & Health

 

Safety should always be first. While there is room for debate over  how many hours a driver can work before he should be required to shut down, it is commonly accepted that there needs to be some regulation on continuous hours driven. The ELD mandate helps to make the roads safer for the drivers and everyone else in their vicinity.

 

It isn’t fair for shippers to hold drivers to more demanding standards than warehouse workers, factory hands, or office employees. A long day of driving can be stressful and exhausting, taking a significant toll on the driver’s body. In the past, drivers were often told by dispatchers to keep moving past their legal hours to meet a deadline. This was not only illegal but extremely dangerous. Driving while sick or tired is a hazard that puts everyone’s well-being on the line.

 

If a driver continues to burn himself out by driving too many hours, he is putting his overall health at risk as well. Every person needs to get the right amount of sleep to function healthily regularly. Running overtime and neglecting rest periods has been proven to be detrimental to your health. It is essential for a driver to pay attention to these. By shutting down for the required hours, a driver is helping both himself and his company by staying healthy. The ELD mandate helps with this and may even curb the illegal use of amphetamines that many drivers abused to stay awake.

 

Higher Pay

 

One of the most common complaints about the ELD mandate is that it hinders the driver’s ability to make money. Many drivers claim that because they can’t drive as far in a short amount of time, they are missing out on the loads that provide them with the money they need to survive. They used to be able to knock out two or three loads in the time it took to haul one.

The ELD mandate offers plenty of opportunities to make more money while working fewer hours. Capacity has tightened, and shippers have been forced to pay more, with some lanes almost doubling in price over the past year. However, it may still take some time to get used to the new structure.

 

Many carriers have increased their rate per mile pay because of this, but that isn’t necessarily the only way to guarantee more money. Owner-operators can work on a percentage basis, which often turns out to be more lucrative than mileage pay. If a driver is working for a carrier that refuses to increase his wage, there are plenty of other companies out there that are rewarding their drivers. The country is experiencing a shortage of drivers due to the increase in manufacturing.

 

By taking advantage of a thriving market, drivers can use the ELD mandate to become more profitable while driving fewer miles. Not only will their wallets benefit, but they will become healthier and more well-rested. While there have undoubtedly been some growing pains in adjusting to the mandate, opportunities abound throughout the industry thanks to many of its positive attributes.

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2018No Comments

Don’t Haul Without a 401(k)

Don't Haul Without a 401(k)

Not all employers offer the same benefits to their drivers; if you are looking for a comfortable retirement, then you want to ensure that your prospective company offers a 401(k). What exactly is a 401k and why does it hold the key to your future?

401k might not seem like a need right now, but later on in life it will be.

What is a 401(k) Retirement Plan?

Simply put a 401(k) is a retirement plan that allows you to store money for your later years. A percentage is taken out of your paychecks and helps replace your typical employment income when needed after retirement.

Depending on your employer, they may also opt to match a percentage of your monetary contributions. As 401(k) offerings differ between companies, it is essential to understand precisely what the company you are prospecting is offering.

Employers are not required to match 401(k) contributions, but it has become a common practice within most larger companies. An example of a basic policy would be one that mirrors 50% of your contributions.

Saving a certain amount from your paycheck and your employer also making a contribution will result in a total contribution. It is important to take advantage of this benefit when offered its like free money for retirement!

 

Why Should I Consider a 401(k)?

A 401(k) is a vital company offering and should be carefully considered when seeking a company for employment. It might be better to opt for a lower paying position with a 401(k) than a higher paying position without.

Once you pick the company you wish to work for that offers a 401(k), do more research.

For starters, it is critical to discover when you can begin contributing to a company’s 401(k) offering. You may have to work a certain amount of time before being eligible for a 401k plan.

Some employers require a more extended amount of time like a year before you can participate in the 401k program. The sooner you decide on a 401k the better, you're money will grow allowing you to live comfortably during retirement.

 

What Should I Look Out For With a 401(k)?

401k Savings Plan

Many companies require you to stay with the company for a specific amount of time before you can keep their contributions. Don’t be afraid to ask the company for details about their 401(k) offerings. While some companies will help to maintain your plan for no cost, many will request fees for maintenance.

Remember to keep an eye on the policy that shares what percentage of your contribution a company is will match. Some companies do not match a percentage. However, while a 401(k) plan is better than nothing an employer that offers a higher match percentage is ideal.

At this point, you should see the incredible advantage of working with a company that offers a 401(k) for retirement. While you might be comfortable with your current income, what happens when you retire and your active income drops to nothing? The answer to not only comfortably in your older age but also essential security, comes thanks to your 401(k) contributions.

 

When Can I Take Advantage of a 401(k)?

Now that you know your company selection and current financial contributions can shape the latter half of your life, you might ask when you can begin to access that money. When does retirement start for a hard working individual such as yourself?

Generally, you need to be 59.5 years of age to obtain your contributions without incurring a 10% withdrawal penalty, but if you decide that you need money from your 401k sooner you may do so paying tax on what you withdraw.

If the 401(k) game isn’t new to you, or if you remembered that one of your past companies offered a plan you can opt to move the assets into your new employer’s plan. If your new company has a human resources or finances department, it may be best to speak with them to determine the best course of action for your future.

 

Why Should I Work Towards my Future?

When we work hard at our jobs, many of us keep our eyes on the present to ensure that ourselves, and our families, can live comfortable lives. Still, working with your employer goes beyond merely considering the present day. Every day we work, we need to be conscious of what we will do one day when we are no longer able to drive long hauls or provide the services we have previously.

Finding an employer that offers a 401(k) retirement plan helps to shape your future, allowing you to enjoy your elder years. If you are currently seeking driver opportunities with a company that is keen to look after your future, be sure to checkout Logiflex.

Not only does Logiflex offer drivers disability insurance, life insurance, and pet-friendly vehicles, but also that critical 401(k) retirement plan that we have been discussing. If you are ready for the next step of your life, apply at Logiflex’s website today.

 

© 2018 Logiflex Inc

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HAZMAT Securement Strategies for Freight Carriers

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How to Become a Hazmat Certified Truck Driver

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Quarterly Bonuses for Our Drivers

Driving a truck is a challenging job. Many drivers feel that they are not paid what they are worth considering the amount of work...

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