At Oakley we are all about safety and making sure our drivers are happy. As a result, we are very excited about the new Hours of Service beginning September 29th. This is going to give our drivers more flexibility on the road and is going to expand the available options for drivers to split their off-duty 10-hour break. There will also be a 7-hour and 3-hour split option in addition to the 8- and 2-hour split option currently available. Director of Safety, Kelly McDowell said, “Safe and efficient productivity is the name of the game in trucking. With the updated HOS, comes an ability for motor carriers a greater degree of flexibility that will in turn, give driving professionals the opportunity to be safer at what they do in keeping America moving”.
Make sure and check out CCJ’s article for more, official information!
While the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance may have postponed the International Roadcheck this year due to COVID-19, it is still very important to make sure you are staying safe on the roads and that your rig is always ready to pass inspection. An inspection may seem like a nuisance, but they are crucial for your overall well-being as a truck driver as well as those around you. With new technology, inspections can happen practically anywhere, so make sure you are always prepared with these tips:
Make sure documents are up-to-date
Keep your documents together in a way that is easy to inspect. A “typical” Level I inspection takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. You will be expected to have your driver’s license, medical examiner’s certificate, driver’s record of duty status (log), documentation of annual inspection, hazardous materials paperwork and permit credentials. Some truckers like to keep everything in a binder or folder so the inspector can quickly go through everything at once. This will make you look organized and might help your inspection go by faster, which means you’ll be back on the road sooner.
Be professional and kind
Your attitude is important. You’re at the discretion of the inspector and they choose who they inspect. If you are being rude, you will probably increase your chances of being chosen for an inspection. Inspectors don’t have quotas for handing out citations but they need to inspect a certain number of vehicles a day. Smile and be polite. No one wants to be around a grump.
Keep a clean and organized truck
Cleanliness counts. We’re not saying your cab needs to be immaculate, but it should be clean. Make sure there is no loose debris on the floor. Also, keep the outside of your truck looking good, too. Inspectors look at things such as brakes, tires, windshield wipers and more.
Out-of-service violations are serious and must be addressed immediately. Do not leave before an out-of-service situation has been resolved because you could face disqualification and large fines. Know and understand out-of-service criteria and be checking for those before you leave for your trip. This includes things such as brake system, coupling devices, frame, fuel system, tires and other items.
For more information, please visit the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's website
We are truckin’ on through a hot summer and just like you would be prepared for harsh weather in the winter, it’s good to be prepared for the heat. Days out on the road can be long and hot during the summer. Check out these tips and tricks we’ve put together to help keep you and your rig cool.
As many of our Oakley family starts the transition back to the office, our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible. When you return, you’ll notice your work environment will feel a little different than before. That’s because we’ve taken extra measures to make sure our workplace is clean and safe.
An example of one of the changes we’ve made are plastic extensions that we’ve installed into cubicles to enhance distancing and protection. Along with that, we’ve also stocked up on PPE Equipment such as gloves, masks and hand sanitizer for employee use.
While prioritizing safety and health for our return to the office is necessary, let’s make sure to also remember to be kind, courteous and patient with one another during a time where stress and worry can be elevated. To make things easy, we put together a list of helpful tips to remember when you make it back to the office. See you soon!
If you have a concern about the company policies and procedures relating to the company’s transition plan and implementation, please submit those concerns in writing to the Human Resources Department. Your concern will be addressed and a response will be communicated in writing back to you.
There’s no doubt that things aren’t the way they used to be. We are living in unprecedented times and are especially feeling the effects its had on the job-force. Whatever the status of your career (on hold or on the hunt), we are here to help.
Maybe you’re a college graduate who had hopes of securing a corporate job that is now no longer hiring. Or maybe you worked a comfortable career that was suddenly dismissed because of the economic effects of the pandemic.
If you are looking for a job, whatever your circumstances may be, there are opportunities in places you may not have thought to look. If it’s not already obvious, trucking is one of the nation’s most valuable industries, not just during this pandemic, but always. And it’s ripe with opportunity.
Why should you consider such a detour in your career route? If you have an itch to travel, a career behind the wheel could be the perfect avenue to kick-start (or re kick-start) your professional life. Becoming a truck driver allows you to see the country’s marvels and get paid while doing it! Plus, by being a warrior behind the wheel, you become part of a cause greater than your own — helping keep America running.
As a driver, you are at the helm of our country’s support system. From food to pharmaceuticals and every transported good in-between, our nation heavily relies on the shipment of these goods to keep families fed and healthy, both during a pandemic and normal times. Hello job security!
Earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is relatively simple, too. There are multiple driver training schools available, and some offer programs that can be completed in as little as four weeks, but the average time is about seven weeks.
During training, you will undergo a combination of classroom testing and hands on practice to ensure safety and competency on the road. Within a short period of time, you will be headed down a path toward your new career. What better place to start that than with Oakley Transport?
Pave a new way towards your career. We’d love to talk to you about our opportunities. Give our recruiters a call at
888-813-1799 and be sure to check out our website for more information about the Oakley family.
Since the very beginning, Oakley Transport has been pursuing the highest safety standard in the trucking industry one mile at a time. Hundreds of thousands of miles later, we’re adding the National Tank Truck Carriers’ highly-esteemed “2019 North American Safety Contest Grand Award Winner” to our list of accolades. This award recognizes tank truck operations in North America with the best safety program and safety record for the year.
We entered NTTC’s 2019 North American Safety Contest and won for the respective Accidents per Million Mile (APPM) frequency class 40-90 million - that’s a ton of miles staying safe!
What’s next? We’ll move on to the next round of the contest and one step closer to the North American Champion title.
“Our driving professionals are the ones that have won this award,” said Oakley Transport Director of Safety Kelly McDowell. “We are not only proud of what they do day in and day out, but also of the standard of safety they take with them on the road daily."
The winners of the North American Safety Contest's Sutherland and Harvison Divisions will be announced during NTTC’s 75th Anniversary Annual Conference on May 3-5, 2020 at the The Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Division winners will claim the prestigious North American Safety Champion Trophy, sponsored by Heil Trailer International.
Stay safe out there, Oakley family!
During such a time as this, our drives are more important than ever. At Oakley Transport, we are proud to have a family of professionals who know how to come together in a time of need so that America's families can get fed.
One such dedicated driving hero is Gary Marr. Gary isn’t new to the transportation sector and has been with the Oakley family for more than four years.
Let’s get to know local driver Gary Marr with a Q&A:
Q: How and when did your trucking career begin?
A: I started driving trucks while in the Michigan Army National Guard. I started out driving a dump truck and finally moved up to semi-hauling heavy equipment.
Q: What drew you to this industry?
A: I got into this career because I was looking for work, and my older brother recommended I try it.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a truck driver?
A: My favorite part of this career is the daily challenges - you never know what is coming next - and the freedom of not being stuck in an office.
Q: Why did you choose Oakley Transport as your home?
A: I used to go to Miami and would drive past them. I thought, “if I ever moved to Florida, I would want to work there.” Plus, I noticed the shiny equipment.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is interested, but unsure, about joining the trucking industry?
A: This isn’t a job. It’s a life style. If you’re willing to put in the effort, the rewards can be very gratifying.
Do you want to start a rewarding career with the Oakley family? Check out our job listings and find right fit for you: https://oakleytransport.plansource.com/jobsearch/.
Getting heart healthy can be an intimidating commitment, especially if you aren’t really sure where to start. While it does require discipline, taking care of your heart and your body can be simple if you are willing to make a few changes. Not only will it improve your quality of life, but it will also make your job easier and more sustainable. Stay tuned to learn what steps you can take to make better choices.
Be Smoke Free:
The Heart Foundation published an article about how to best nurture your heart, saying that one of the best ways to maintain it is to be smoke free. “Smoking affects the vessels that supply blood to your heart and other parts of your body. It reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and damages blood vessels walls.” It's easy to smoke to fill the time between customer loads. Try munching on carrots, chewing sugar free gum or sucking on some peppermints instead to keep your hands and mouth busy.
Manage Your Blood Cholesterol
While your body needs cholesterol to function properly, too much of it is harmful to your heart. Heavy amounts of cholesterol build up in your arteries, restricting blood flow. While high cholesterol can be caused by a variety of factors, food is a common contributor. Thankfully, you can take control over it today! According to the Mayo Clinic, foods packed with trans fat and saturated fat will spike cholesterol. Think fried foods, margarine, baked goods, processed snacks and meat (most things you find at a gas station).
One way you can keep these delicious foods in your life, minus the bad stuff, is to invest in an air fryer! When the need for yummy fried food hits, pop a chicken thigh in the air fryer with some seasoning and let the magic of the technology work! Less calories, less cholesterol and the same great, fried taste!
Eat A Variety Of Nutritious Food
Along with eating less trans and saturated fat, try to keep salt to a minimum (think pizza, burgers, boxed breakfast food, most things at fast food restaurants.) Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of healthy foods into one sitting. Get a Magic Bullet Blender for the truck, freeze your favorite fruits and pulse them into a treat that resembles more of a sorbet than a smoothie. Nutritious and delicious and super heart healthy. For other healthy options, check our other food blog below.
Be Physically Active
“Regular activity makes you less likely to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. It also helps control other heart disease risk factors, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being overweight,” the Heart Foundation article states. Getting in some exercise while you are on the road isn’t hard. Take a brisk walk in the morning before you head out on the road or get some resistance bands to keep up muscle strength without having to leave the comfort of your cab. Here are three easy band exercises.
If you want more ideas for various exercises you can do while you are on the road, check out one of our previous articles about trucker fitness
For more information about how to stay heart healthy, make sure to check out the Heart Foundation's website for more tips and tricks. A healthy heart is a happy heart!
It’s a new year and what better way to kick off this season than with the Oakley family? If you’re thinking about joining the team, or have already signed up, we want to make every step easy and smooth, from the time you download and sign the application to when you get behind the wheel.
Here are some tips and tricks for packing and a run-down of what you can expect when you arrive at our HQ terminal in Lake Wales, FL for orientation.
Firstly, we know travel isn’t cheap. We offer a $300 incentive for all drivers attending orientation as well as $150 per orientation day after you have accepted your first dispatch for payment. Additionally, we provide travel compensation/reimbursement and handle scheduling and arrangements — so make sure to keep your receipts. Below is a list of covered items.
When you pack for the big week, please double check that the below essentials make it with you on your travels.
As far as your suitcase is concerned, pack clothing that makes you feel comfortable. We only ask that you follow these rules.
Now comes time for the part you’ve all been waiting for— Orientation! Orientation always takes place on a Monday and will last between four to five days. For Dry Van/Reefer drivers, on-boarding will last till either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Tanker drivers should plan to finish either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
Despite your position, below are a few action items everyone can expect:
While the information above covers the framework of orientation week activities and information you need to know prior, we understand you may still have some questions. We’re happy to answer any of them. Click the button below to learn more and find contact information for our team members.
This Christmas, we feel there is no better way to spread holiday cheer than giving to others. We’ve participated in Baby DJ’s radio station since 2014 and we are in full swing for it again in 2019.
Working in collaboration with local companies, sponsors and nonprofits, XL 106.7 Baby DJ’s Toy Drive seeks to provide underprivileged families with an unforgettable holiday experience for their children. Already, we have had numerous Oakley family members generously give, organize and deliver gifts.
Among those who contributed their resources and time, four Oakley family members shine in particular.
Along with these four outstanding employees, numerous other Oakley staff also donated toys and volunteered their time to load up the gifts and shuttle them to Baby Dj’s radio station to be dispersed to children and families in need of assistance.
If you’re an Oakley employee and haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late. Plus, there’s perks.
In exchange for ONE present, our employees will be allowed to wear jeans the week prior to Christmas (12/16/19-12/20/19). A donation of FIVE presents or more and you can wear jeans the following week AS WELL (12/23/19-12/27/19).
We will have bins located in HR for your convenience. Please feel free to drop off any time during the day! Let’s be sure to make this year the best year yet!
All donations are due to HR by Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
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