July 10, 2018No Comments

Quarterly Bonuses for Our Drivers

Driving a truck is a challenging job, and unfortunately many truck 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 major 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 certainly 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 simply 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 that has been well received by our drivers and has resulted in big payouts for them. Our drivers start with base salary of 50 cents. With our new bonus structure, we promised our hard-working drivers that they could make 60 cents per mile if 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 would be paid 60 cents per mile on all those miles, or an additional 10 cents, which comes out to $3400 for the quarter. That is certainly 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. This is what we promised to them, and 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 longer 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 are able to 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 options 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 continually reach new goals and heights in their careers. 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 respectable 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 through offering a very fair base pay but also giving incentive to reach milestones in order to procure large, sustainable bonuses. As mentioned, we had many drivers reach 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 in order 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 greatly 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, strong bonuses, and a 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 2 months!)

 

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

July 6, 2018No Comments

Why People Become Truck Drivers

 

People don’t always think of glamor and glory when they think about trucking. It’s a job that requires hard work, long hours, and the ability to drive long distances. In many cases, truck drivers are underappreciated members of the US workforce. They perform their job every day and often don’t receive the respect that they deserve for all of the hours that they put in. Truck driving may seem like a grueling profession, and many may wonder what exactly motivates somebody to commit their life to the road. While there are certainly some challenges that come along with being a truck driver, there are many great reasons that people decide to take up the occupation.

 

They Enjoy Traveling

 

Travel is an important part of many people’s lives, and truck drivers are no different. For the free spirits that enjoy seeing everything that the country has to offer, driving a truck can be the perfect vocation. Not only do they get to experience the different cities and changing scenery across America, they get to be paid for doing it! Anybody who is interested in seeing different cultures and trying new, unique regional cuisines could greatly benefit from getting behind the wheel of a truck and embarking on their cross-country journey.

 

With the traveling comes a job that must be done, but drivers can often choose the shipments they want to take them to the places they’ve always dreamt of seeing. During long stretches of highway, drivers can enjoy the views and the sense of adventure that comes with hauling a big rig to new, exciting places. When a load is delivered, drivers can make the decision to stay in the area or pick up a new shipment and head somewhere new. Driving a truck truly gives a jetsetter experience without needing to deal with the hassle of airports or buying plane tickets.

 

They Prefer the Open Road to an Office

 

Most people don’t enjoy coming into the same office every single day and performing the same routine tasks over and over again. Drivers benefit from the luxury of never having to worry about sitting at a desk for hours on end while staring at a computer screen. Instead, they can fire up their truck and head to a new location every single day. There’s always something new to be found on the road, and truckers are ready and willing to accept that adventure.

 

For those who don’t want to fill out spreadsheets or send emails all day long, the open road provides a different kind of job. Drivers may have to battle against thunderstorms, blizzards, or low visibility, but these are challenges that they truly enjoy. There is a certain sense of victory that comes with successfully completing a shipment despite the literal and figurative roadblocks that may make things more difficult.

 

People that make good drivers are the top that are always looking for a challenge, and the road is ready to provide them with plenty of these. They can put their problem-solving skills to the test in an exciting environment rather than sitting in an office all day. In this sense, drivers can sometimes be thrill-seekers who have a strong desire to succeed.

 

They are Looking for Success

 

In many regards, drivers are ultimately responsible for how successful they can become in this profession. They can make the decisions that will determine how profitable they will be on their runs. It is up to the driver alone to work as hard and as often as he or she sees fit in order to fit with their financial needs or lifestyle desires.

 

There is no single way to be successful when it comes to driving a truck, but the freedom afforded by making your own decisions is a major selling point for truckers. They can seek out the shipments that they believe will help them advance both financially and personally. In a sense, a driver is running his own business while moving that truck across the country, and he must make sound decisions and remain motivated in order to do well.

 

It is this drive to succeed that keeps so many drivers on the road. They know that they can make a life for themselves by choosing wisely and working diligently. They may not be dressed in a suit and tie, but they are often just as business-savvy as some of the sharpest-dressed financial gurus and executives. It’s just that they prefer to practice their business skills from inside a cab rather than behind a desk.

 

They Seek Out Adventure

 

From the aforementioned weather problems to potentially treacherous terrain, there is always adventure to be had when driving a truck across the country. Imagine hauling a heavy shipment into the high-altitude ski towns in the Rocky Mountains. This is not an easy task, but those towns need to get their goods somehow, and somebody needs to be willing to answer the call. Truck drivers are the ones that keep these places in business thanks to their ability to and willingness to take on these difficult loads.

 

We might think these shipments would ruin our day, but the adventurous drivers out there enjoy being assigned with these tasks and proving that they have the skills and dedication to carry them out. There is a major sense of satisfaction when these jobs are finished successfully. The truck driver can be seen as somewhat of a hero when he delivers these important goods to the towns that need them.

 

Work-Life Balance

 

For those that enjoy all of the above things – adventuring, the open road, independence, and travel – driving a truck can be an excellent way to be financially successful while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When you enjoy your career, you are far more likely to find happiness and satisfaction in life. Drivers who enjoy venturing out and delivering goods are keeping themselves in better health and doing a great job to provide for their needs and the needs of their families. Trucking can be a highly lucrative career for any person who believes in hard work and adventure.

July 5, 2018No Comments

The Benefits of Pursuing a Career as OTR Driver

 

Truck in beautiful place

Being a professional truck driver can be hard work.  You may have to travel long distances, fight through inclement weather, and be on the road for weeks at a time. However, this hard work is extremely rewarding, and the freedom provided by the job is perfect for the millions who pursue the career every year. Driving a truck isn’t for everyone, but many people are seizing the opportunity to work on their own schedule and explore the country. Truck drivers are often unique, motivated individuals, and there are many benefits that come with pursuing the profession. Here are some of the truck driver benefits when they get in the industry.

Freedom

 

As already mentioned, driving a truck allows you a certain amount of freedom that many other careers cannot provide. Your tractor is your office, and you take it with you everywhere that you go. You don’t have to sit down at a desk every day staring at a computer screen for 10 hours straight. Instead, you get to face the open road and drive across the country at your own accord. Sure, you have deadlines to meet and shipments to deliver, but you get to decide how you are going to succeed and what loads work the best for you.

 

Driver having barbecue on a rest area

Driver cooking during his break

Once a truck driver gets behind the wheel, they are in charge of their day. They may  communicate with dispatchers, shippers, and manufacturers throughout the day, but they are ultimately responsible for the route that they take. It can be a liberating feeling to fire up that engine and embark on a cross-country journey. You can choose the music you want to listen to, the food you want to eat, and the route that you want to take.

 

As with any job, truck drivers have expectations that they have to meet. They must do their best to deliver on time and drive safely, keeping the freight intact and looking out for those with whom they share the road. This, however, isn’t a problem for most drivers. They enjoy the challenge of meeting these deadlines, and the better they are at it, the more they will get paid. In this respect, drivers are free to decide their own fate and choose how and when they want to work. Successful truck drivers use this freedom to make profitable decisions while maintaining a steady flow of work.

 

Individuality

 

Driving a truck allows someone to express themselves in ways that many other jobs do not. Owner-operators can pick their tractors and customize their “office” to their liking. Whether this is done through personalized graphics or paint jobs is completely up to the owner of the truck. As they travel across the country, they can make the decisions to change the truck as little or as often as they see fit.

 

Driving a truck allows a person to operate individually without needing to conform to certain standards. Yes, drivers must comply with the laws of the road and the HOS regulations of the industry, (you can read about Personal Conveyance or 14 hour rule extension) but they aren’t necessarily required to dress or act in a certain way as part of their job. They are allowed to maintain their identity and work as individuals with their own personality and ideas. Truck drivers provide a vital service for the economy, but they are able to do so by being themselves rather than latching onto some sort of corporate character.

 

Endless Opportunities

 

Truck driving is a lucrative and smart career choice because it will always be a needed service. No matter what advances are made in technology, there will always be a need for products to be delivered. Even when the economy slows down, people need to eat. As long as this remains constant, there will always be jobs for truck drivers. Manufacturers will always be producing, and they will need trucks to deliver their goods.

 

This ties in with individuality as well, as drivers can choose the opportunities they want to pursue.  If somebody doesn’t want to venture too far from home, they can take on local delivery jobs. On the other hand, if they want to take shipments that send them from one end of the country to the other, there will always be plenty of loads available. As long as Americans keep producing goods, there are going to be opportunities for truckers.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

 

People may not regularly think of truck drivers as savvy businessmen, but the most productive drivers are making sound business decisions on a daily basis. They need to have an understanding of the current economy and the rates that they will receive on certain lanes and by offering specialty services. In this way, every individual truck driver is an entrepreneur. There is a lot at stake when taking on a shipment, and the driver must manage his or her risk and evaluate what loads are worth taking and which should be left to someone else.

 

Truck drivers can use their business skills to be highly successful, and they get to do so while living the life that they please. Driving can be a humbling experience, but it can also be extremely educational, with drivers learning how to market themselves on the job. They are involved in every step of the decision, and anybody with an entrepreneurial spirit can succeed in the industry.

 

Constant Travel

 

Driving a truck provides an excellent opportunity to travel across the country and enjoy a constant change of scenery. For those free spirits who just can’t be satisfied by sitting around in one place, trucking is the perfect job. Whether they want to see every major city or simply enjoy cruising the open road through the vast geographical expanses of America, drivers can truly travel to their heart’s desire. On top of this, they are getting paid to be a tourist on their own time! In a world where many people are stuck inside on their computers, truck drivers can experience the picturesque landscapes that millions of people only ever dream of seeing!

June 1, 20188 Comments

DOT hours of service extended by recapturing your hours

Commercial drivers often times refer to DOT hours of service regulations as their 3 clocks. The eleven, fourteen and seventeen hour “clocks” have to do with with the amount of driving and on duty hours allowed daily and over the course of a week.

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May 30, 20183 Comments

14 hour rule extension

 

Drivers and dispatchers alike find the 14 hour rule extension a bit confusing, so it is often times neglected. The sleeper berth provision is one of the most complex hours of service regulations. Using it correctly however, offers some major benefits. We wrote this article, hoping it will help explain the flexibility afforded by the so called “8 and 2 split”.

Duty clock extension

The DOT's sleeper berth provision is in essence a 14 hour rule extension. As long as a driver spends 8 consecutive hours inside the sleeper berth, this time does not count toward their 14 hours of on-duty time. This effectively extends the time during which drivers can use their 11 hours of driving time.

8 and 2 split

In order to take advantage of the sleeper berth provision, drivers have to “split” their 10 hour break. They can do that by spending 8 consecutive hours inside the sleeper berth and later taking a shorter 2 hour brake. This 2 hour period can be spent inside the sleeper, off-duty or in a combination of both.

On duty clock re-calculation

Remember, the 8 hours inside the sleeper do not count toward on duty time. The second break however, does counts against your 14 hours. After a driver completes their second rest period, their new 14 hour clock starts from the end of the first break.

Here’s an example of the rule in action

  • Driver starts his day with a pre trip inspection and fueling at 6am. It takes him 45 minutes to fill up. Adding a 15 minute pre-trip inspection he logs 1 hour of on-duty time.
  • Starting at 7am, driver logs 5 hours of driving.
  • He goes inside the sleeper at noon and logs the next 8 hours there
  • Because the 8 hours he spent in his sleeper berth don’t count towards his 14 on-duty hours, the driver has only used 6 of his 14 hours so far. He still has 8 hours to use, meaning his on-duty time will extend to 4:00 am.
  • His driving limit is 11 hours, and he has only used 5 hours so far. This means that he can log 6 more driving hours during the next 8 hours.
  • So, at 8pm,he starts driving again and logs 5 more hours of driving.
  • He arrives at customer at 1am and unloads in 2 hours, logging the time as on-duty.
  • At 3am, driver logs 1 final hour of driving which takes him to the closest rest area.
  • At 4am, driver takes his second break of 2 hours, which takes him to 6am.

Undoubtedly, this makes for one hell of a day. Continuous use of the sleeper berth provision is certainly impractical. That being said, it affords drivers a great level of flexibility when servicing customers with specific needs, such as the night receiver we used as an example above.

You can read more about the new FMCSA personal conveyance rule.

You can read more about DOT rules about ELD malfunctions here. 

May 23, 20188 Comments

Hours of service rules explained

 

ELDs are all the hype these days. Even if you are not part of the industry you have no doubt heard the chatter. DOT mandated the use of electronic logging devices late last year and caused quite a controversy. To help clear the confusion we decided to write down a short explanation of the hours of service rules.

Duty status

On-Duty time describes the performance of any and all work related tasks. Those include driving, fueling, loading and unloading, as well as freight and vehicle related pre and post trip inspections. Off-duty time means resting inside the sleeper berth or alternatively outside of the truck (at home or in a motel).

 

14 hour limit

Truckers get a maximum of 14 working hours per shift. The clock starts as soon as the driver goes on duty after his last 10 hour break. Logging rest time in between on-duty periods does not extend the 14 hour rule. In other words, if a driver starts his day at 6am, his shift needs to end no later than 8pm, even if he took off a couple of hours for lunch and a nap. Every 14 hour shift must be followed by 10 consecutive hours of rest.

 

11 hour driving limit

DOT limits the number of driving hours to 11 per shift. This means even though drivers are allowed 14 working (on-duty) hours per shift, they can only spend 11 of them behind the wheel.

 

30 minute rest break

Drivers can only hit the road if it has been less than 8 hours since their last break (sleeper berth or off-duty) of 30 minutes or more.

 

60/70 hour limit

Whenever you hear talk of a 34 hour restart, it means a driver has accumulated 60 or 70 on duty hours in the last 7 or 8 consecutive days. To reset that clock and get fresh hours drivers need to go off-duty for a minimum of 34 consecutive hours.

 

Recognizing the complex challenges of transportation logistics, the DOT provides for ways to circumvent the limitations that hours of service rules sometimes pose. In our next articles, we will discuss the “8/2 hour split” as well as “running on re-cap hours” and how using these techniques can improve productivity for both company drivers and owner operators.

Personal Conveyance

FMCSA Personal Conveyance  is a time that a driver can use to move the truck. It is used when a driver can use the CMV to do something personal. Such thing can be going to a movie theater, or buying groceries.
If you want to read about the new rule you can read here.

ELD Malfunction Rules

There are occasions when the ELD device could malfunction. For more information what to do about it read here.

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Quarterly Bonuses for Our Drivers

Driving a truck is a challenging job, and unfortunately many truck drivers feel that they are not paid what they are worth considering the...

→ Read More

Why People Become Truck Drivers

  People don’t always think of glamor and glory when they think about trucking. It’s a job that requires hard work, long hours, and...

→ Read More

The Benefits of Pursuing a Career as OTR Driver

  Being a professional truck driver can be hard work.  You may have to travel long distances, fight through inclement weather, and be on the road...

→ Read More

DOT hours of service extended by recapturing your hours

Commercial drivers often times refer to DOT hours of service regulations as their 3 clocks. The eleven, fourteen and seventeen hour “clocks” have to...

→ Read More

New FMCSA Personal Conveyance Rule

→ Read More

14 hour rule extension

  Drivers and dispatchers alike find the 14 hour rule extension a bit confusing, so it is often times neglected. The sleeper berth provision...

→ Read More

Hours of service rules explained

  ELDs are all the hype these days. Even if you are not part of the industry you have no doubt heard the chatter....

→ Read More