There is no greater and more respectable job than serving your country. It is a truly admirable devotion when people join the military. It is more than just a career – it is a lifestyle.
It’s a fact of life that people going to and from the United States by road, water or air could experience delays at the border. There is no avoiding it. It could mean minutes or even hours of a driver waiting to continue through to the final destination.
Assuming you are in the trucking industry since you are reading this blog post, you likely have seen tons of articles and commentary on truck platooning, self-driving trucks and autonomous trucks. It often seems like these terms are used interchangeably, but there are quite big differences.
To clarify the different terms and describe their potential impact on Bison Transport and our industry as a whole, I dove into these topics with Trevor Fridfinnson, Bison's Chief Operating Officer.
We cover a lot of information, but we focus on these questions:
- What is truck platooning?
- What is the difference between truck platooning and autonomous trucks?
- What are the 5 levels of autonomous trucks?
- How will truck platooning and autonomous trucks impact professional drivers?
There was a day when prospective drivers would call us and hang-up once they found out that we were 100% on ELDs, and had been since 2014. Those days are long behind us. Despite last minute attempts to thwart the ELD mandate, most people have accepted that ELDs are moving forward. Even ELDs are delayed, which is unlikely, many people agree that their implementation is inevitable.
Tagged with: ELD Mandate
Do you know the faces of trucking?
For National Trucking Week 2017, we wanted to recognize and show our appreciation for all of the amazing people that work in the trucking industry. The trucking industry is a bit of an unsung hero in the sense that many people don’t think about all of the parts involved in getting goods to their destination.
These are just a few of the many people who make sure the supply chain doesn’t break, who keep our economy strong, and make sure the things you need arrive on time and safely. Happy National Trucking Week to all professional Drivers and all of the support staff!
There are many people to thank for the success of today's trucking industry. If you know someone that is behind the wheel, turns a wrench, or works behind the scenes, thank them today for their dedication!
Tagged with: #HappyNationalTruckingWeek
Calling all Technicians! We know that technicians can be particular about how they arrange their toolboxes to make things functional, but also fun and personalized. Some of our Technician’s toolboxes sport photos of their family, some house a radio, and some are meticulously organized.
To enter the contest, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Whether you are a professional truck driver or just part of the general motoring public, distracted driving is probably something we've all done, likely even without thinking about it.
Some common examples of distracted driving are when you’re heading down the highway and your phone buzzes: it’s your spouse, texting to see when you’ll be home. So, you mindlessly type a quick reply back. Or, your stomach starts to growl an hour into your trip to the cabin, and you remember you’ve got a bag of chips in the back seat – so you reach around and grab it, thinking nothing of it. But, both of these are examples of distracted driving, and it’s not safe.
It’s easy to think “it won’t happen to me”, or, “this is just a quick text”. But, collisions can happen very quickly, even to safe drivers. So, that's why we set out to debunk the myth that you can drive while distracted and still drive safely.
I was at an industry event representing Bison Transport a few months ago, and I was surprised to hear so many senior leaders talking about Millennials and how they were flighty and didn’t want to work.
In fairness, that is a common stereotype. There are many videos, blogs, and memes showing how Millennials are lazy, privileged, and need to be coddled. One of the most popular shots at Millennials is this video. Be warned, the song is extremely catchy!
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As the transportation industry adjusts to new technologies, like electronic logging devices and automated tractors, capacity and price pressures mean that keeping satisfied customers is more important now than ever before. At Bison, an important focus of our business is continuous improvement, our ability to deliver the best customer services to our customers, but also to our Drivers and staff.
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