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Group Encourages Women Truck Drivers

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River Falls Journal

Wisconsin News - A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career.

A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career. Ellen Voie of the Women in Trucking Association says females make up less than 5% of what she calls a very male-dominated environment on the road.

She says men also dominate other parts of the industry, including leadership and office roles. Voie’s group is based in Plover.

It works with manufacturers on ways that trucks could better accommodate women. And the group works with travel centers to understand the needs of female truck drivers.

Voie said the industry is becoming more female friendly, but it’s got a long way... Continue to read more on River Falls Journal...

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U.S. Xpress Enterprises Expands Footprint into Northeast with Opening of Shippensburg, PA Terminal

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10/30/2010

Up to 100 jobs to be created between maintenance and office personnel.

CHATTANOOGA, TN. – October 28, 2010 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has opened its newest full-service terminal facility at 1069 Seibert Avenue in Shippensburg, PA.

The property is situated on over 50 acres and spans nearly 70,000 square feet. Features of the full-service facility include: drivers’ lounge with shower facilities and Internet access, convenience store, fuel islands, maintenance shop, ample parking for trailers and driver vehicles, administrative office space, orientation/training rooms, and 37,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

“Expanding into the Northeast with a major hub is a strategic move that we have been looking forward to taking for some time now as our customer base and volumes have grown in the region,” states Max Fuller, Co-Chairman and CEO. “Having a greater presence in this region enables us to continue to enhance our commitment to providing superior customer service.”

The new location for U.S. Xpress brings several jobs to the area, including 50 immediate full-time employees and up to 50 additional positions in the near future for maintenance and office personnel.

“We think Shippensburg is a great area, and the terminal location is perfectly positioned to fit our growth strategies within this region,” states Patrick Quinn, Co-Chairman and President. “One benefit of growth is creating employment opportunities within communities where we have a local presence. Participating in our local communities is a core value to U.S. Xpress, and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with everyone in the Shippensburg area.”

U.S. Xpress purchased the facility, which is located conveniently off Interstate 81, from Cressler Trucking, Inc. A complete energy-efficient lighting upgrade has been made throughout the facility, with plans for more sustainable initiatives, like materials recycling, in the near future.

U.S. Xpress recently launched a new website to better serve its customers, drivers and employees. For those looking for employment with U.S. Xpress, they may visit the site to sign up for job alerts. Please visit www.usxpress.com for more details. Current job listings can be found within the Careers section of the company’s new corporate website.

About U.S. Xpress Enterprises:

Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s third largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was honored with a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Xpress Enterprises’ affiliates include Arnold Transportation Services, Smith Transport, Total Transportation of Mississippi, and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit www.usxpress.com.


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Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

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Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

Ask your truck driving students if they’d like to double their income potential, and you can guess the answer.  But, if you asked them how to do it, they probably wouldn’t realize how easy it can be.

A quick look at industry-wide salaries indicates that simply teaming up with another driver could fill their wallets about twice as fast!  On average, new solo drivers make $30,000 - $35,000 per year.  But, that figure jumps to up to $58,000 for HAZMAT endorsed team drivers at U.S. Xpress. Plus, U.S. Xpress is also currently offering HME team drivers a $2,500 bonus each, which brings that total over $60,000 each!  When you add in benefits, such as U.S. Xpress’ low-cost insurance plus a 401k program, entry level drivers quickly begin to realize just how much team driving pays off.

Industry experts point out that one of the best places to find a teammate is in driving school.

Russ Moore, Vice-President of Recruiting at U.S. Xpress says, “We encourage students to team up while in school , because it positions them to earn more almost immediately after they graduate.  Plus, it lets them choose a partner that they’ve already spent time with, so they know they’ll enjoy traveling together.”

If a new driver feels more comfortable sharing a cab with a more experienced teammate, U.S. Xpress will make the process easy by providing a unique driver matching program.

Mr. Moore says, “We ask a lot of questions to get a feel for who they are, what they like, and what they don’t like.  It goes a lot deeper than simply not matching up smokers and non-smokers.  We want to create teams that enjoy driving a lot of miles together and, hopefully, will stay together for a lot of years.”

Another benefit of team driving is the comfort and security of having a driver companion to help with unforeseen situations that you may be confronted with.

Jackie Riddly, a U.S. Xpress team driver agrees.  “At U.S. Xpress, I have a side-tracker camera to cover my blind spot and truck-specific GPS directions, so I already feel confident.  But when you add a partner to help keep an eye on things, I don’t think I could feel more safe.”

So if students are eager to make more money, feel more confident, and even have more fun on the road, they should consider team driving.
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The Terrorism Threat to America Is Real - First Observer CVTA

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Why is it important for CVTA member schools to train their students to become a First Observer™'?  The terrorism threat to America is real. Here is an example of terrorist activity over the last 45 days:


September 24, 2010 - Lebanese man in Chicago man was arrested and charged with an unusual terrorism plot; Sami Samir Hassoun was recorded by the FBI discussing plans to; poison Lake Michigan, bomb the Sears Tower building, and assassinate Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.


September 28, 2010 - US and European officials detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States similar to what happened in Mumbai India in 2008.

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Instructor Certification Program Back Online! - Sept. 16, 2010

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It's a GREAT day in the CVTA!

We are pleased to announce that the CVTA Instructor Certification Program has been successfully updated, and is now available on the web. The changes that were made should greatly improve the ease with which instructors can access the testing site, and the accuracy of our record keeping.

USING THE NEW ICP WEBSITE
  • User Name: first and last name without anything between them, i.e. JohnDoe, JaneDoe, etc.
  • Password: 123456 -- We strongly suggest you change this password after you log in.
  • My Profile: The button shows at the top-right corner after you log-in. Please provide with your information. This is where you change your password. We will also ask your email during the user information change. Other fields are optional.

HOW TO TAKE THE TEST

  • Log-in.
  • Click "My Learning Path" to see "My Courses."
  • Click the course you want to take.
  • Click Grade Exam when you are done. Exit Exam will cancel your exam.

All of your previously taken tests have been moved from the old system to the new system.

  • Click My Transcript to see the test you have taken previously.
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Our Fingers Have Been Flying!

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Here at Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc., we've been pounding the keyboard these last few months.

We just finished writing an app for the iPhone. "CDL Review" recaps all the topics that applicants must study to pass the Commercial Driver's License Test and offers over 400 practice multiple-choice test questions. The answers to the test questions are included in the app as are explanations as to why those answers are correct.

The app is currently going through a review and approval process and will then be available in the iPhone App store. We're anticipating a December launch.

We are also now writing short "how to" and "about" pieces for publication on various Web sites. Our first piece, "How to Climb into a Truck Cab" was just posted on www.ehow.com and you can follow this link to check it out: http://www.ehow.com/how_7451115_climb-truck-cab.html ... We'll be doing more stories like this in the future.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above, don't hesitate to call us at 361-749-4007 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Check our Web site www.bumper2bumpertruckbook.com, or our blog at www.cdlbookblog.com. Just go to the Free Stuff page and click on the orange-and-white RSS Feed logo to subscribe. You can leave comments or suggestions there, too. And, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/redwritertx for updates.