Can an app really improve trucker’s lives?

The mantra among drivers these days seems to harken back to that of Rodney Dangerfield of 1980’s comedy fame: “I don’t get no respect’.

Motivational author Jon Acuff opened the recent 2019 Recruitment and Retention Conference stressing the need for recruiters and industry leaders to understand the challenges truckers face every day.

“You’re going to need to lean into empathy. Being a truck driver is not easy,” Acuff said. “It’s a lonely job. Being a truck driver is challenging. We need empathy to understand that.”

Brad Holthaus, from Conversion Interactive Agency who hosted the conference with Transport Topics,, said the most common complaints drivers air involve compensation, home time and getting treated with respect. Drivers depend on good information from their dispatchers and their warehouse destinations so that they can plan their journeys well and maximize their time when they arrive.

 

What’s causing this lack of truck driver retention?

DeliveRecon is a mobile app designed with driver communication in mind. Truckers talk to each other and look out for each other because in today’s world (and historically to some measure), let’s face it, they often feel disrespected.

Consider the lifestyle of the average over-the-road trucker who lives in his cab 24/7 for weeks at a time. Imagine how many maddeningly aggressive, inattentive or downright dangerous drivers they encounter daily. Think of the clock constantly ticking, the competition for parking, weather, and the myriad of other hazards threatening to put them behind schedule and on everybody’s bad side.

The abuse doesn’t end at the interstate exit. Drivers are often savaged by receiving managers having bad days. They encounter yard foremen tired of explaining procedures to every new driver to the route. Their dispatch receives complaints about them because they were not provided the information or training to set them up for success. And at the end of the day, the driver has suffered the brunt and burden of the industry for being the most forward facing representative of the industry.

This is not at all to say the life of a trucker is a thankless one. Many men and women find their own personal joy behind the wheel of a big rig. Most truckers understand very well, they are moving the goods and products that American lives depend on every day. Truckers are hard working family men and women who take pride in serving their nation, communities and families. So why the attrition? Remember, poor compensation and scheduling? If those can be solved then…

Que Mr. Dangerfield one more time: “I don’t get no respect”.

 

Can an app really improve trucker retention?

 

DeliveRecon gives respect back to the truckers by giving them a voice. DeliveRecon allows drivers to access a list of company customer locations or to “quick” access locations within a specified radius. Selecting a location will pull up all of the data stored in the company’s secure database. Drivers will have access to such info as directions, load info, scale info, required PPE, and more. The data is added and updated by drivers by means of text, audio, photos and video on the scene. And since DeliveRecon offers UNLIMITED scans per month for one flat fee, we take the guesswork out of budgeting data.

No longer does a driver have to deliver blind. They have the knowledge and support of other truckers to know what gate to enter and what PPE to wear and what dangers to watch for and how best to serve the customer and get back on the road quickly and safely.

Truckers talk to each other and they look out for each other. DeliveRecon is looking out for truckers because we are truckers. We are in the business of giving a voice back to the drivers and directing the conversation toward the common goal: safety, the load, the customer and respect for the driver.

We should also mention, since truckers often have a special way of talking to each other, dispatch always gets the last edit. No disrespect…

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Our Employees Can talk to a Doctor by Video or by Phone Remotely

As part of Liquid Trucking’s health care plan, for any employee actively enrolled in medical coverage, we proudly offer our employees a new service that allows you to speak to a licensed physician by web, phone, or mobile app in minutes. Have access to the health care you need when you need it. 

If you are like most American adults, you visit the doctor three times a year for a range of ailments like colds, flu, and infection. If you have children, the average is four times per year. There is no convenient time to be sick, but with life moving so quickly and families working nonstop, healthcare access needs to be simplified to counteract the complications of life. That is where Teladoc comes in.

How will this app change your life?

  1. Anywhere, any time 24/7, you have access to a remote doctor. All you have to do is request a consultation with a doctor through the app, website or phone. Either schedule a convenient time for your call or request a doctor to call ASAP. The Teladoc network will match you with a licensed physician for your state who will contact you by video or phone.
  2. Callback time is roughly 10 minutes. That means you are 10 minutes away from being seen by a doctor from home instead of trying to get your personal physician to squeeze you in for a last-minute appointment usually to no avail. That means your children are 10 minutes from care if they come down with a fever in the middle of the night. That means you are 10 minutes from care when you are a week into a 3 week run and are a 1000 miles from home. You get the idea!
  3. Teladoc doctors can remotely prescribe medications when needed. Fill them where/when you prefer. Their doctors have an average of over 20 years of experience. And with over 1.5 million transactions to date, they have a case resolution rate of 92%.

Enrollment is as simple as downloading the mobile app and filling out a personal info questionnaire. This will give the doctors the proper medical history and allergy information to help them provide treatment and medication to you and your dependents. If you Liquid Trucking employees need any assistance at all in the setup process, please don’t hesitate to schedule about 30 minutes with either Michael Tripp or Jason Eisenmen. They are both available to help you.

Straightforward Pricing

Teladoc is available to all employees participating in the Liquid Trucking health care plan. The cost of the service to you is just $25 per visit, flat.. No matter the day; no matter the time; no matter your location, you pay $25 to visit a doctor usually within 10 minutes. Prescribed medications will be charged additionally, but otherwise, your out of pocket cost per visit with Teladoc is just $25. That simple.

 

Visit Teladoc.com to learn about the service and the doctors Teladoc offers. We are very proud to be able to provide this service to you, our Liquid Trucking families. We truly believe in its benefits and we hope you will find Teladoc a useful and convenient tool in managing a happier and healthier life for your family.

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Midwestern Drivers Should Follow Truckers With These Winter Driving Tips

There is no one set of rules or habits that will prepare us for everything we may encounter on the road, but developing good habits will keep us prepared for 99% of the problems the road has to throw at us. Highways, Interstates, or just those frozen, potholed city streets, we in the Midwest know that winter comes with additional challenges. Remember to follow these better practices out there on any roads in any vehicle, ESPECIALLY if you have 18 wheels and tons of weight behind you :

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast BEFORE you get on the road. Keep communications open on the road by keeping your electronics and spare batteries charged, dusting off that old CB radio, and tuning into your AM local weather radio station to get important updates on conditions ahead.
  • Pull over when conditions become uncomfortable. If you have any doubt about proceeding…don’t. Wait it out!
  • When you have to brake, use your foot brake rather than your Jake brake to avoid tractor jack knifes. Keeping in low gear on downgrades, signaling far in advance, and increasing following speeds should prevent you from sudden breaking in the first place, which causes loss of control.
  • Check your brakes for freezing after any prolonged stops. Do your walk-arounds. Check your hoses, lines, etc. until you are sure your equipment is road and weather ready.
  • Be visible at all times to other drivers. Daytime headlight use has been demonstrated to reduce the number of collisions by 14%. With less daylight in the winter, make sure everyone can see you and you can see everything!
  • Watch your mirror brackets and tires for ice. This is a good sign the road is icy or soon to be. Black ice forms right around 32 degrees F. and has a tendency to form first on bridges and overpasses. *A good way to know when it’s beginning to get icy is to watch for tire spray. If the road looks wet but there is no spray from tires assume there is ice.

 

In case of emergency on the road in winter:

Whether you are stranded, in an accident, or can’t get your truck moving, remember to stay calm. Panic leads to poor decision making. If you can, stay in your truck, as it’s the safest place for you to be and easiest to find. Remember those spare batteries you packed with your fully-charged phone? Now is the time they come in handy. If you are in no immediate danger, call your dispatcher. If you feel in danger or threatened in any way, call 911.

If you have questions on how to proceed under any circumstances, please reach out and ask those questions. As professional drivers, we have a responsibility to lead by example when it comes to road safety and preparedness as well as the proper handling and care of our customers’ product. That includes being prepared for any weather conditions every time out in the winter season in spite of forecasts. Midwesterners know winter weather changes fast. Remember always, our top priority is the lives and safety of ALL. Please be careful this winter and come home safe and well every time out on those winter roads.

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Winter Driving Safety Never Takes a Moment Off!

Great truck drivers understand that there are countless winter drivers on the roads who don’t drive more slowly, don’t increase space between vehicles, and don’t look ahead so they can anticipate potential problems causing them to brake sharply.

 

Remember, while driving in winter, as well as looking out for winter driving conditions, you also need to look for drivers who do not. We are the professionals and we need to lead the way when it comes to road safety especially when others are oblivious to winter conditions. Below are some tips for how to prepare and pack for a winter long haul.

 

Winter prep for the truck and driver

 

Without working equipment, you’re a sitting duck to the winter elements. To avoid breaking down, continually check your equipment in cold weather. That means your fluids, tires, and batteries need to be working and/or getting power in the cold. To avoid a highway tire blowout, you need to check your tires at each stop as extreme changes in temperature can drastically shift tire pressure.

 

After you have working equipment, it all comes down to you, the truck driver, to use your best judgement. Pay attention to the forecast before and during your route and identify potential parking areas before you begin. Plan your stops ahead of time and have a Plan B for snow closures. Know your safety limit ahead of time and stick to it — that means don’t simply plan to plow through whatever weather Mother Nature has in store for you. If you feel you cannot proceed due to weather, find the nearest safe place to stop until conditions improve enough to move on. Your best judgement is key.

 

Avoid slips and falls by wearing appropriate footwear. This rule goes for all seasons, but it is especially important when ice covers your truck. Wear rubberized footwear for more traction, and be scrupulous about the three points of contact rule because everything can be slick in the winter. Check out the Liquid Gear Apparel Store for winter gear and footwear.

 

Winter gear

every trucker

needs in the cab

 

Remember, you will not only need tools and supplies to deal with the weather’s effect on the vehicle, but also the necessities for yourself as the driver to stay safe in any scenario.

 

Here is what your basic packed bag should look like for winter long hauls:

  1. Warm winter clothes including jacket, hats, gloves and extra clothing for layering
  2. Insulated, waterproof boots with a good rubber sole for traction
  3. Ice scraper, windshield de-icer, and a folding shovel
  4. Extra food, water, and blankets. If you get stranded for any reason these are essential
  5. Extra medication in case you are delayed by weather
  6. Bag of ice melt or road salt

Other Handy Winter Items For Truckers:

  1. Hammer
  2. Extension cord
  3. Candle and Matches
  4. Flashlight and spare batteries
  5. Spare cell phone batteries
  6. Tire chains (required in some places)
  7. Strap-on boot traction equipment
  8. Jumper Cables

This is the first in a three-part series on winter driving, so follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the next blog. And while you are on social media, leave us a comment about your winter trucking experiences. Was there an item or preparation that you had that saved you from a catastrophe? Is there something you wished you’d had out on the road one winter? Let us know about it!

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Truck Driver Dan Pijanowski Celebrates 21 Years Of Service With Us

“I’m honored to be a truck driver,” Dan Pijanowski  after celebrating 21 years with the company

Plattsmouth, NE, October 28, 2018 – We are proud to announce that one of our drivers Dan Pijanowski is celebrating 21 years of continuous service with our Bulk Liquid Freight company. This is very unusual within the trucking industry which we all know suffers from a high degree of driver turnover, and demonstrates the special relationship that we at Liquid Trucking Companies have with our drivers.

What keeps a driver with us for 21 years?

Liquid Trucking Companies is a family owned and operated business, and as a result, we view every employee as a member of the family and we continuously reinvest into the company to ensure that we have the best equipment that is reliable and well maintained. All of our equipment, including their food grade tankers, are maintained to the highest possible standards, making our drivers proud to drive for Liquid Trucking Companies.

Drivers generally care about three things, when choosing which company to work for, salary, condition of the equipment and how they are treated as an employee. Dan Pijanowski said “I’ve been driving with OFC Schmidt all these years because they are excellent people to work for. When they say they are going to do something for you, it’s not just lip service. As drivers, we are used to long hauls, but when we need to be home on the weekend, they make sure that it happens. I’m honored to be a truck driver, and like any profession helping others do a better job is one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do.”

A company that cares for its drivers

Our drivers are and always have been the key to our success,. We understand that without our drivers, we would not have a business, so we always ensure that we do everything in our power to make sure they enjoy working for us, but that they also have a good work-life balance. This has meant that we retain our drivers who in turn help to educate any new drivers in the Liquid Trucking way.

“Dan Pijanowski is the epitome of this philosophy,” said Jason Eisenman of Liquid Trucking Companies. “As one of our most senior drivers, Dan has been an incredible resource for the younger drivers. He has developed a network of drivers inside and outside of liquid trucking to help communicate with others when they are on the road and have questions about a specific delivery location. We are proud to call Dan one of our drivers and congratulate him on 21 years of outstanding service.

Founded in 1989, Liquid Trucking a family owned and operated trucking company has grown to become one of the 30 largest tank trucking companies in the United States. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality bulk liquid transport services out of the Midwest, serving the continental US and Canada.

For more information about the company, or request a bulk liquid freight quote, click here.

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HOW TO PACK LIQUIDS FOR MOVING WITHOUT SPILLS AND MESSES

In a study published in 2012, two fluid physicists at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) investigated the science behind spilling—specifically, why it’s so hard to walk with a cup of coffee without spilling it. Apparently, liquid “sloshing” is a highly involved science involving the interplay of torques, forces and accelerations. The solution to coffee sloshing? Walk slowly, accelerate gradually, and watch your cup (not your feet). We can assume some of the same physics explain why liquids spill in transport. Fortunately, like the physicists, we can also offer some advice to lessen the chance your liquids will spill during a move.

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Move as few liquids as possible

Refrain from purchasing liquids as the moving day approaches to prevent moving a large amount of liquids. Use up as many of the liquids as you can, throw them away (particularly if they are expired or there is only a little left), or give them away. You can donate unopened cosmetic or personal care products to homeless or women’s shelters. Most liquids are easily replaced, and it is sometimes less expensive to buy it new than to pay to have the moving company transport it.

Most liquids will have to remain with you in your vehicle for transportation. Moving truck and storage container companies offer a list of itemsyou cannot pack and transport in their truck or container. The bulk of these are liquids. Prohibited liquids include explosives, flammable gases, poisons, corrosive materials, and toxic substances such as these:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Nail polish/remover
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fuels/oils (drain equipment of these fluids about three weeks in advance)
  • Kerosene
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

Potentially harmful chemical liquids are always best disposed of and not shipped or moved, regardless of whether you are moving them yourself or are using a company to move them for you.

Consider what liquids you really need to move. Dispose of or give away anything you don’t absolutely need.

Disposing of liquids

Dispose of unwanted liquids properly, particularly medication, cleaning products, and other chemicals. Do not throw away, flush, or pour them down the drain, onto the ground, or into storm sewers. Contact your city, county, or local waste management department to find out how to dispose of your household liquids properly.

Packing liquids for moving

If you are moving locally, it may be as easy as simply setting the items in a box and moving them yourself. But if you are moving cross country, it is more imperative that you seal and secure your liquids well so that they don’t spill and ruin your other items.

  1. Use a plastic bin to transport chemicals. If they spill in a cardboard box, it will cause a bigger mess, potentially leaking through the box and spilling onto other items around the box.
  2. Line bins with garbage bags or towels. If the containers spill or leak, the towels or bags act as another barrier to prevent messes.
  3. Tighten the lids on each container and apply a piece of tape over the top to seal it. As an extra measure, remove the top from each item, cover the opening with plastic wrap, place the top back on the bottle, and then apply the piece of tape over the top.
  4. Place the container in a re-sealable zipper storage bag. You can place several bottles in each bag, but situate them in the bag so that the bottles can remain upright. Seal the bag shut.
  5. Set the sealed containers upright in the bin, keeping them as close together as possible. Fill open spaces between containers with newspaper or towels.
  6. Close the lid on the bin, and secure it closed with packing tape.
  7. Label the bin as “liquids” with other important identifying information such as “cleaning supplies” or “drinks.”

Unpacking

When you unpack your liquids bin, open the bin carefully and on a protected surface as the items will likely have shifted.

Consider what liquids you really need to move. Dispose of or give away anything you don’t absolutely need. There is a risk anytime you move liquids as boxes can get tipped over, or pressure or temperature changes can cause a spill. But as long as you take the precautions mentioned, your items should remain closed and spill-free.

 

 

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