The recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in the United States has been met with plenty of pushback from professional drivers, who are worried the new regulation will increase driver harassment.
Does the New Year have you resolving to spend more time with your family and doing the things that you love, while still earning a regular income?
When I was asked to write an article for National Trucking Week (NTW) 2016, I decided to poll various people in and around Bison Transport to tell me what NTW meant to them. It was interesting to see how individuals across all regions perceive NTW. Bison’s Drivers were mentioned for their achievements over the years, as well as peoples’ family members and friends in the industry and their contributions to transportation. During NTW, Bison Transport would like to take the time to appreciate, recognize and celebrate all of the hard work professional truck Drivers do day-in and day-out.
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Many people spend just as much or more time interacting with their coworkers as they do their family and close friends. For many, a sense of camaraderie and friendship is a make-or-break situation in how much they enjoy their jobs. At Bison, we take it one step further and strive to offer a family environment to all of our staff and professional Drivers. We have an open-door policy, hold family days, weekly barbecues in the summertime, random acts of wellness (fun activities and games fitting a wellness theme) and teambuilding exercises like our Macro 14 Locked Room. For some, this is their favourite part of the job.
Many people still believe professional Drivers are gone for weeks and weeks at a time (think Smokey and the Bandit) but this isn’t the case anymore, at least at Bison. We offer a wide variety of lifestyle options to our Drivers, and work closely to help them find a run and schedule that best fits their needs. Recently, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul fleet has been experiencing strong growth and the reason is simple: our Drivers are able to make more money while working less so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.
Jocelynn and Viktor Vas enjoy spending time together on the road as Bison Team Drivers.
Remember the last road trip you took across the country with your best friend? The endless playlists of old-school sing-alongs, the time to chat and the wonder of seeing the country pass by through the window. Wouldn’t you love it if you could make this experience your day job?
Husband and wife Jocelynn and Viktor Vas have done just that. They enjoy travelling the country and spending time with one another as part of their career as a Company Team with Bison.
Viktor began a team driving job with his father and, after his dad decided to cut back on his driving hours, Jocelynn, who had spent seven years working at a law firm, shifted careers to begin driving team with her husband.
With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time with family and friends at home.
In the first installment of our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul series, we talked to Nick “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, about making the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Short Haul Northeast fleet and the increased earning potential and dispelled some of the myths that surround driving along the Eastern seaboard.
In this second installment, Tiny discusses the advantages of joining the Bison family and the strong relationships he's been able to build with his customers.
"At Bison they like to keep us moving so we keep our wheels turning and the income coming into our pockets," Tiny said. "We have a steady base of large clientele that keep us busy so there are plenty miles and lots of work."
With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.
Nicolo “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, recently made the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and is really enjoying his new lifestyle.
“Before I switched I was running a 70-hour cycle and out for roughly two weeks at a time, so there were never really any set days off to be at home with the family,” Tiny said. “Now I have a steady start date and steady home time, so I get the weekend off and I can still have a social life and a family life.”
In addition to getting time off each week, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Drivers, who can be based out of Mississauga, Ottawa or Dorval, run round trips into the Northeast United States, meaning they are able to get home between runs every two or three nights.
Making the decision to become an Owner Operator truck driver can be a complicated one, but Bison is providing you with several resources to keep you as informed as possible as you determine whether being an Owner Operator is the right choice for you.
We recently shared an infographic showing the pros and cons of being a Company Driver and an Owner Operator, and have also released a video series featuring one of our Owner Operators:
Meet Muhammad. He is a professional Driver and has been an Owner Operator with Bison since 2015 and has over 350,000 safe driving miles. In this series, Muhammad talks about: preparing meals on the road, the misconceptions of Owner Operator earnings, the perks of being an Owner Operator and what it's like to be your own boss.
Professional truck drivers are often unsung heroes. We rarely stop to thank a driver for safely bringing our groceries, clothing and all the other items that support us to market. At Bison, we like to think that trucking is the backbone of the Canadian economy. Being a professional Driver is an honourable and very important profession, and it also provides a great career for thousands of Canadians.
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