Truck Driver Receives Bullying From Dispatcher

Stop sign with stop bullying written on itWorkplace bullying is not something to be taken lightly. Men from many different workplace environments have experienced abuse in some way, shape, or form, including the trucking industry.

Truck driver Abe shared his story of mistreatment from his dispatcher when he reported to the company that he was a danger to the road at the level of fatigue he had. Abe’s selflessness led him to share his video of the incident with as many people as possible in order to let other truck drivers, truckers in training, and non truck drivers see what can happen when it comes to being honest. Unfortunately honesty doesn’t always work in a tough situation such as his. “If you’re a non truck driver this definitely affects you… you experience the dangers that are brought to you because truck drivers are pushed beyond their limits,” Abe said.

Abe says that he had completed his 10 hour break to sleep after the allotted 11 hours on the road in a 14 hour window. He was instructed to drive 20 miles down the road to leave his empty trailer and then immediately take another 10 hours break. Abe says that he was wide awake after so much rest and could not take a sleep break that soon after his first break. He then contacted his dispatcher to report the extent of his fatigue, that he was falling asleep behind the wheel, and admitted he was a danger to everyone else on the road in his condition. The dispatcher responded to Abe with disrespect and threatened the state of Abe’s job. “One small mistake could change somebody’s life…I care about the lives of others who are out there on the road and I care about my own life.” Abe said.

Trucker Abe is not the only man to report workplace bullying. A recent project conducted by Sue O’Donnell gives readers an inside look at how negatively the extent of this abuse affects men. O’Donnell conducted interviews with men from various outlets of experience and work environments from men who work in the education field to those who work in construction.

Abuse is an ugly thing no matter how it is given nor does it matter what the setting is. O’Donnell’s project proved that abuse in the workplace results not only in self esteem problems but also health problems. The men that she questioned reported that the bullying they received included behaviors and insults that were offensive and unwarranted. A lot of this behavior was given by those in authority, and the men felt that these authoritative figures abused their position. These men said that the bullying affected more than their personal humiliation. Those in authority withheld resources and the men who were treated unfairly felt that their positions were limited and that they could move up.

Some of the health consequences included headaches, a lack of energy, weight fluctuation and even stomach issues. Negative changes in relationships along with isolation were also reported, along with monetary and reputation difficulties. One of the men from the project said, “I became testy with people including my loved ones.”

Many of these men left their jobs because of the negative work environment and felt as if they were not receiving any help from those they told.Thankfully, truck driver Abe did receive support from his company manager the following day. The manager told Abe he would not be treated disrespectfully and that it should not have happened in the first place.

As Abe said, workplace abuse happens very often but not many people see it nor are they aware of it. If we make it known, the chances of preventing workplace bullying will decrease.

Beacon Transport Unveils New Driver Incentives

Beacon Transport, a Nashville based irregular route truckload carrier, has announced that it has enhanced its driver incentive programs to honor the hard work of its truck drivers.  The trucking company announced a pay scale increase that will go into effect this Saturday, November 1st. This will be a 9 percent increase in pay per mile.

“Our drivers work diligently to provide our customers with exceptional service, and we are pleased to reward their hard work and dedication by providing them with a higher pay scale,” said Stan Pritchett.

The raise makes Beacon Transport’s already competitive pay even higher. Beacon Transport drivers with five or more years of tractor trailer experience will receive 38 cents per mile, while truck drivers with three to five years of tractor trailer experience will receive 37 cents per mile. Drivers with two to three years will earn 36 cents per mile. The rate per mile will cap at 44 cents.

Beacon Transport Truck ParkedIn addition to experienced-based salary increases, Beacon Transport drivers can also earn 0.005 cent performance-based pay raises every six months. Beacon Transport also offers quarterly fuel economy and idle bonus of 2 cents per mile on all miles paid during the quarter.

Beacon Transport hopes that the most recent pay changes will help to show how much they value their drivers. Beacon Transport is committed to providing the best possible work environment to its drivers by offering competitive salaries, vacation pay and other notable benefits. If you would like more information about starting your career with Beacon Transport, visit their website.

Celadon Announces Acquisition of A&S Services Group

Celadon Group LogoCeladon Group announced on Monday the acquisition of A&S Services Group, a regional for-hire and dedicated truckload carrier.

Based in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, A&S provides dry van transportation services to mainly the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. In addition, A&S offers distribution, warehousing and logistic services to the area.

“The various companies of A&S will be a terrific complement to our strategic footprint,” Celadon President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Will, said.

At closing, Celadon paid $55 million and assumed 31.8 million in operating leases that company will capitalize and record on its balance sheet for approximately $74.9 million of tangible net assets.

“I look forward to bringing the vast, leading edge resources of Celadon to our customer base,” President of A&S, Ken Buck, said. “This should help further accelerate our aggressive growth plans in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.”

Celadon anticipates A&S’s present management team will remain in place and operate independently under the same principles and procedures. Little change should be noticed by the A&S drivers, administrative associates and customers.

“Ken Buck has assembled an excellent operating team, focused on providing a high service level to customers,” Will said. “We plan to keep his executive team and administrative organization in place, while providing the necessary resources to expand operations.”

A&S has origins in the trucking industry dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Currently, A&S is roughly a 500 truck, 1,500 trailer asset-based carrier with approximately 500,000 square feet of warehouse space.  A&S is one of the most experienced and qualified fleets of truck driving professionals in the region, making this a big gain for Celadon.

“A&S is an excellent company with exceptional people that will enhance and expand Celadon’s leadership position in the transportation and logistics industry,” Will said.  “We’re pleased to have A&S as part of the Celadon family and look forward to building on the synergies that this new relationship is expected to bring to the customers we serve.”

Celadon is one of North America’s largest logistics and trucking companies, providing service across the United States, Canada and Mexico. For over 28 years, Celadon has continued to grow and flourish within the transportation industry. Through its subsidiaries, today, Celadon is able to provide long-haul, regional, local, dedicated, intermodal, temperature-controlled, flatbed and expedited freight service.

Drivers’ Heroics Earn Them Highway Wings

Two more professional truck drivers have added their names to the ranks of the TCA (Truckload Carriers Association) Highway Angels for their heroic actions in helping others on our nation’s highways. One trucker attributes his selfless acts to instinct, while the other says her rescue efforts came from a commitment to the philosophy of paying it forward.

Driver fights flames

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Jannie Reece, former Transco Lines professional driver

A professional truck driver for 21 years, Jannie Reece of Waynesboro, Tenn. was traveling westbound on I-20 in Leeds, Ala. around 2:15 a.m. on June 25. A small car pulled up beside her and suddenly burst into flames. The blaze was coming out of the front and along both sides of the car. The driver of the car put on his brakes and pulled to the side of the highway. Reece pulled over immediately, grabbed her fire extinguisher, and ran to help.

The young driver and his passenger were standing too near the car. Reece made sure they were alright and checked if anyone else was still in the car. Fortunately, there was not.

Worried about the damage that his car was sustaining, Reece warned him to back away from the car. The flames subsided somewhat, so Reece then began spraying underneath the vehicle. Ignoring Reece’s warnings to not open the hood, the driver did just that. Flames immediately shot out from under the hood. Reece quickly moved to the side to extinguish the new flames, burning her hand slightly in the process. When the fire was completely out, Reece called 911 to report the incident.

The first responders thanked Reece for her quick thinking, expertise and willingness to get involved. Throughout the whole episode, no one else had stopped to help, and the situation would have been much worse had she not done so. The grateful young driver hugged her and thanked her as well.

When asked why she chose to stop and help, Reece, at the time a driver for Transco Lines Inc., of Russellville, Ark., said, “Over the years, I have kept my philosophy that you have to pay it forward if you want good things to come to you. I don’t want anyone to be hurt if I can help it.”

Driver’s assistance is instinct

Jose Nuñez highway angel driver

Jose Nuñez, Taylor Truck Line driver

In another recent incident, Jose Nuñez of Homosassa, Fla. was driving on I-10 westbound near the Okaloosa-Santa Rosa county line in Florida on July 5 about 7:00 p.m. Nuñez has been driving professionally for 26 years and was also a former captain in a volunteer fire department for more than 10 years. He now works for Taylor Truck Line of Northfield, Minn.

As Nuñez pulled over a hill on his way to making a delivery, he came across a van that had just rolled over three to four times and had come to a stop upside down. He quickly pulled off the road, activated his flashers and ran across the highway to help.

Nuñez saw that a passenger in the car was lying on the edge of the van with his face actually buried in the dirt. Nuñez felt that the passenger’s neck was broken and that he probably was dead so he decided he should concentrate on helping the trapped driver who was screaming for help. The van’s doors were jammed and wouldn’t open, so he went back to his truck and got a crowbar. Still the doors would not open.

Nuñez used the crowbar to break one of the windows so that he could crawl in and get to the driver. He saw that the driver had a big gash on his head, cuts on his arms and that he was bleeding badly. Also, his leg was twisted up inside the crushed dashboard and appeared to be broken. The driver was yelling, asking Nuñez to get him out of the van because he didn’t want to die. Nuñez was able to cut the driver’s seatbelt, and the man fell into his arms. At that point, Nuñez was able to hold onto him and partially remove him from the vehicle.

Meanwhile, other motorists had stopped, including a married couple who came to their help. The husband helped Nuñez get the man the rest of the way out of the van amidst the smell of gasoline. Together they moved the victim a safe distance from the van in case it caught fire. The wife had called 911, and first responders soon arrived and took over. Nuñez gave them a statement and returned to his truck to continue on and make his delivery.

Nuñez learned later that he had been correct in assessing that the passenger had died in the accident. The driver, who was suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the accident, was airlifted to a hospital and was recovering from his injuries. A Florida Highway Patrol officer wrote an e-mail to Taylor Truck Line praising Nuñez and thanking him for his assistance.

During his time as a volunteer firefighter, Nuñez gained experience extracting people from dangerous situations. “I’m always aware of my surroundings and everything that’s happening out there on the road,” he said. “It’s instinct, I guess.”

Both Reece and Nuñez have been recognized as Highway Angels by the TCA. They each received a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decal for their heroic deeds. Transco Lines and Taylor Truck Line both received certificates acknowledging that one of their company drivers had been designated as a Highway Angel.

TCA has recognized hundreds of drivers as Highway Angels since the program began in 1997. Drivers are honored for the unusual kindness, courtesy and courage they have shown others while on the job. Drivers can be nominated as Highway Angels on TCA’s website.

Interstate Distributor Offers Maintenance Program

Interstate Distributors TruckInterstate Distributor is a trucking company based in Tacoma, Washington and has just launched its new Maintenance Support program for Owner Operators and Lease Purchase drivers. Interstate Distributor has seen a good year as it continues to expand its operations, divisions, and consumer service that involves many Fortune 500 companies. The company is keeping its focus on partnering with owner operators, Lease Purchase candidates, and small to medium-sized trucking companies. Interstate Distributor maintains terminals and facilities in Western Canada, along the border of Mexico, and across the United States.

This newly launched program is designed to save Operators money on repairs and will create discounts on labor, parts, and tires. Operators will also be able to create a prepaid Maintenance Fund to use for any expenses they have.

There are many benefits to this new plan that include the following: a $1,000 sign on bonus for Owner Operator’s Maintenance Fund, $75 per shop for maintenance facilities, discounted repair and the purchases, and interstate corporate pricing of thousands of vendors. The option to contribute to their Maintenance Fund along with optional tow and breakdown coverage will be made available to the Owners.

“Breakdowns are the single largest contributor to Owner Operator failures,” said Interstate Distributors’ Vice President of Maintenance Martin Singh.“Interstate is committed to leveraging our size and corporate discounts to provide operators competitive services, parts and support. By cutting costs to our operators, they are more successful and can continue to build their own business.”

Owner Operators create their own Maintenance Fund and it involves a transfer of existing funds or deduction of a fixed amount from the Owner’s settlements. The funds are accepted at Interstate’s shops and various external vendors. Operators can receive free annual DOT inspections as well.

Along with this new program support program, Interstate Distributor has recently offered a pay increase for owner operators.

CVSA Celebrates Operation Safe Driver Week

Truck driver putting on seatbeltIt’s Operation Safe Driver Week! For the rest of the week, law enforcement agencies across North America will focus on doing their part to help reduce the number of drivers killed in large truck and bus crashes.

During the week of October 19-25, law enforcement will be stepping up their traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by not only commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers but also car drivers as well.

Every year, close to 4,000 people are killed and more than 100,000 others are injured as a result of large truck and bus crashes. Many of these accidents are caused by unsafe driving habits of the driver – both truck and bus drivers, as well as car drivers. In an effort to cut down on this number, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance created the Operation Safe Driver program in 2007.

Many activities are planned for Operation Safe Driver Week across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Activities will aim to promote the increase of commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections, and driver regulatory compliance.

Operation Safe Driver also emphasizes the need for all truck drivers to cut down on distracted driving. According to the CVSA website, some studies indicate that approximately 20% of crashes are caused by distracted driving.

Education is another important component of Operation Safe Driver Week. In addition to heightened enforcement, law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer education and awareness safety programs to drivers. Additionally, the problem of distracted driving continues to increase. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association 2010 report entitled “Curbing Distracted Driving”, fatalities due to distractions increased over 20% from 2004 to 2008.

Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from other transportation safety organizations.

To get more information on Operation Safe Driver and events for Operation Safe Driver Week, visit the CVSA website.

How will you be practicing safer driver this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Logger of the Year Will Cut Capitol Christmas Tree

Capitol Hill Christmas TreeOne of America’s greatest traditions is the cutting and lighting of the United States Capitol Christmas Tree. For those that don’t know the history of the tree, it has been placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the past 50 years. The tree is transported by the U.S. Forest Service, partnered with Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. These companies carry the tree from Minnesota to Washington. The tree stands as a symbol of one of the most celebrated holidays in the country. The Capitol tree will be welcomed in over 30 communities as people gather to celebrate the season.

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is from the great state of Minnesota. A deeper significance lies behind this specific tree, because it represents different aspects of Minnesota.

“It is truly an honor that the Chippewa National Forest was selected to provide this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and we are extremely proud to share a tree that represents Minnesota’s natural resources,” said U.S. Senator Klobuchar.

The Capitol tree is a white spruce, over 80-feet tall. Once the tree is cut, it will be taken to Bemidji State University for preparation for the 2,000 mile trip across the country to Washington. Kenworth Trucks will move the tree with truck drivers from Wille Transport.

“From Minnesota’s Chippewa Forest all the way to Washington, D.C., the 2014 Capital Christmas Tree will showcase our state’s natural beauty in communities across the country,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. The U.S. Capitol building will also be decorated with 70 other trees. The tree will be decorated with a grand total of 10,000 ornaments created by children from the Minnesota.

Scheff Logging and Trucking was named “Logger of the Year” in April by the Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee (MNSIC). Thanks to the “Logger of the Year” award, Jim Scheff, owner of Scheff Logging and Trucking, has been chosen to cut this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. Scheff will cut the celebrated spruce tree that will light up the West Lawn of the Capitol. The tree cutting will take place Wednesday, October 29 at a public ceremony. After the ceremony, the tree will be loaded on a flatbed truck for the cross country trip.

“As Minnesota’s 2014 ‘Logger of the Year’ and owner of an outstanding family-run business, Jim Scheff is the perfect choice to cut down this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The “Logger of the Year” award honors independent logging contractors who have exemplified excellent company standards. It also honors the excellent loggers of the state of Minnesota.

Scheff and his family established their successful business in September of 1977. Scheff Logging and Trucking consists of various timber harvesting teams, wood hauling trucks, and the proper equipment to build roads and landings. Scheff Trucking and Logging also harvests trees in Minnesota in an environmentally safe way.

“Not only are Jim Scheff’s standards for his operators above the norm, he is a volunteer with several professional programs and associations that meet the challenging demands of the logging profession,” said Tim O’Hara coordinator of the Duluth-based MN SIC.

Scheff is an individual logger and serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association, the Associated Contract Loggers, and the Truckers of Minnesota. He has also received the certification as a Minnesota Master Logger.

Medical Examiners to Appear at Truck Stops

Medical Card Exam pictureTruck Stop (TS) Health Care announced Sept. 23 that it will be setting up FMCSA-approved (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) medical examiners in truck stops throughout the U.S. and Canada. TS Health Care is a new company planning to provide on-site DOT physicals to CDL drivers at truck stops. This plan makes it possible for truck drivers without medical issues to obtain their required medical certificates without needing to take time off from work.

Starting May 21 of this year, the FMCSA implemented the regulation that all interstate truck and bus drivers must have USDOT physicals performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Driver physicals are required every two years, but truck drivers do not have to have their medical certifications renewed until their current certifications have expired. New drivers must have their certification issued by an examiner in the agency’s registry.

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated:

“Safety is our highest priority and it is vital that every commercial truck and bus driver be qualified, alert, and focused when they are behind the wheel. Medical examiners equipped with a thorough understanding of DOT fitness standards will be able to ensure that commercial drivers meet the health requirements necessary to operate on our highways and roads, thereby strengthening safety for every traveler.”

The Road for Truck Stop Health Care

Gunwant and Tejinder Dhaliwal, a husband-wife physician team, started TS Health Care in order to manage a network of FMCSA-certified medical examiners that will lease space from truck stops. With 300 registered medical examiners on board, the company plans to be established in 500 truck stops within six months and 1,500 total trucks stops within 18 to 24 months. Truck drivers and trucking companies will then be able to schedule physicals conveniently along drivers’ routes. The medical certificates will be produced at the site of the examination and then also will be sent to the driver’s licenses locations in states where permitted. The cost of a basic physical will be $99.

TS Health Care plans to subcontract local FMCSA-certified medical examiners to work part-time and full-time at the truck stops. The company is estimating that examiners will be able to do an average of 30 physicals a day. TS Health Care says it is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. After completing this venture successfully, the company hopes to set up urgent care and occupational clinics at these same locations for drivers, travelers, and truck stop employees. It believes this will be important since most of the truck stops are located in remote areas where medical help in an emergency is often not available.

Medical Card Delays

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) had requested a delay to the May 21 effective date of the rule, saying there were not enough examiners in the FMCSA’s registry. In June, the FMCSA announced that 8,000 more health professionals were added to the registry since the new system for USDOT medical examinations was launched with 22,000 providers. It also said that another 22,500 medical professionals had initiated the process for gaining their certification. Medical examiners on the National Registry will be required to maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and re-certification testing. Any examiner who does not maintain federal standards will be removed from the registry.

The actual examination covers a range of conditions designed to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Among those conditions covered are cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision and hearing. The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners can be accessed to locate a physician near you.

In January, the FMCSA announced a one-year extension (until Jan. 30, 2015) of the requirement that interstate CDL holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate. Drivers still need to hold on to those documents for now and have them available for review upon request at the roadside for federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.

The FMCSA had issued a Final Rule at the end of 2008 that required a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. This was done as a means of simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers and carriers as well as state governments. The FMCSA provided support to the states to implement the necessary IT system upgrades in order to merge the records into one online database, which was called the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). The former deadline for this was Jan. 30, 2014. The FMCSA added the extension for drivers to carry paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate in order to protect them from being cited for violations in states that are not yet in full compliance with the new system.

There’s an App for That

Offering easy access to the FMCSA registry of medical examiners, Overdrive magazine has released a new function to help drivers find medical examiners based on their location through its Trucker Tools smartphone app. This is a help to truckers who find the FMCSA system hard to use from a mobile device and on the road, which is exactly the predicament drivers may likely find themselves when a re-certification of their medical certificates is needed. The listings in the Truckers Tools app come straight from the FMCSA and updates are included daily reflecting the most up-to-date information.

In order to find a certified examiner, the driver opens the app, taps the Medical Examiners button, and the app will use the phone’s location services (both cellular network and GPS signal) to display a list of examiners within a 100-mile radius. The listings are in order of proximity and include information including the name of the examiner, the type of examiner (M.D., Nurse Practitioner, etc.), the address, hours of operation, distance from the driver’s current location, and a button to call the facility. That button also displays a map with directions to the facility.

Memphis Tennessee Focuses on the Trucking Industry

Located along the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee was destined to become a transportation-oriented city. First settled by Native Americans, Memphis was built on bluffs, cliff like banks, which supported the city from flooding. Andrew Jackson, future United States President, along with two other entrepreneurs, John Overton and James Winchester, saw the potential in having a city built on the cliff-like bluffs over the Mississippi River for transportation and trade, and Memphis was born.

Wall with Memphis in Tennessee written on itAlthough Memphis was hit hard by the Great Depression in the 1930’s, Frederick Smith, a young entrepreneur, sought to create a transportation system through the city of Memphis that would utilize it’s centralized location, therefore, Memphis became a pivotal player in the transportation and trucking industry.

Recently, Memphis has been focusing on the trucking industry. Carnival Memphis, a celebration that began in 1931 to recognize and promote an industry that has a major economic impact on the Mid-South community as well as promoting the city of Memphis as a sustainable and pleasant place to live.

Carnival Memphis logoThe event is celebrating it’s 83rd anniversary by saluting the trucking industry by celebrating all of the industry’s achievements in the city. Bringing in a crowd of more than 500 people, the event honored the trucking industry and King of the Carnival Jim McCullough of General Truck Sales and Service Inc. sums up Memphis’ appreciation for trucking with, “Simply put, without trucks the economy stops.”

In specific, Carnival Memphis honors Empire Express trucking company. Founded by Ed Gatlin, who was honored with the Chairman’s Award, with 12 trucks, 12 trailers, and another truck driver, Empire Express planted its roots in the heart of Memphis where it is currently headquartered. The trucking company has grown to over 200 trucks, 550 trailers, and employs 235 people. The company has trucks in 49 states and has plans of expanding.

Empire Express LogoAs with most trucking companies nowadays, though, the driver shortage is a struggle felt everyday by the company. In an article written by the Daily News, Gatlin comments on the driver shortage by stating, “A lot of old drivers are retiring, [and] we’re hiring a lot of drivers out of schools, and they’re good drivers, but they realize driving isn’t for them and they want to spend more time with their family. We spend a large amount of money, like most truck lines, recruiting.”

Empire Express isn’t the only trucking company to see the potential in Memphis, however. Companies, such as, Volvo and ABF Freight are expanding into the conveniently located city. With plans for a new 50 million dollar facility, Volvo makes Memphis one of it’s new hubs for transportation. ABF Freight made the decision to move 420 employees from it’s Little Rock, Arkansas location to Memphis in order to leave a footprint in the transportation oriented city. Old Dominion Freight line plans to open a 31.1 million dollar facility on the outskirts of the city as well.

For trucking and transportation, Memphis is a city to keep an eye on for its major plans to become one of the biggest transportation cities in America.

Drivers Clean up with Pilot Flying J’s New Promo

Pilot Flying J is known for treating its customers right. Keeping in line with this idea, Pilot Flying J has announced that it will be offering free daily showers to all drivers who pump more than 500 gallons of fuel in a month. In addition, the company is also extending shower expiration days for all truck drivers.

sign reads welcome professional drivers“We reached out to professional drivers through a series of surveys and focus groups to see how we could make their experience better while they’re visiting our stores,” said Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J. “They overwhelmingly said they would like free showers, and they don’t want to have to worry about an expiration date on a shower credit. We have the best customers in the industry, and we are more than happy to offer these new perks to show our appreciation for their loyalty.”

In order to qualify for the free daily showers, professional truck drivers must purchase a minimum of 500 gallons of fuel in a month at Pilot and Flying J locations. The free showers will be issued once a day to the driver’s MyRewards account each day for the remainder of the month in which the award was earned and for the entire following month.

Drivers will also receive a 10-day expiration period on shower credits earned before reaching 500 gallons of fuel per month, up from the standard five-day credit.

Offering free daily showers and extending the expiration dates on showers are just two of the many steps Pilot Flying J is taking to fulfill their mission of making life better for professional drivers and those in the trucking industry. The company recently launched a $50 million project to remodel restrooms at all 650 locations. Another $50 million project to remodel driver showers is set to  be complete by the end of this year.

For more information on the shower loyalty program, visit