At Oakley Transport, we are serious about safety. Since our beginnings in 1986, we have been pursuing the highest safety standard in the trucking industry one mile at a time. Millions of miles later, we have once again won the highly-esteemed National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) 2022 North American Safety Contest Grand Award, making this the third time we have earned this prestigious award in the most recent four years. The annual North American Safety Contest award recognizes tank truck operations, both carriers and private fleets, in North America who have the best safety programs and safety records for the year.
The Competitive Safety Contest portion is conducted in two rounds to determine the safest tank truck for-hire carrier or tank truck private fleet. In round one, three awards, Grand, Honor, and Merit recognize each for-hire carrier and private fleet in their respective mileage class.
After winning the Grand award in our class, Oakley Transport now moves on to the second round of the contest, bringing us one step closer to the North American Champion title. Round two determines the North American Champion in two divisions; the Harvison Division (over 15 million miles), and the Sutherland Division (under 15 million miles). This year's competition features rule changes including a third, separate Safety Award for private fleets.
“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 every day."
The winners of the North American Safety Contest's Sutherland and Harvison Divisions will be announced during the NTTC Annual Conference in May. Division winners will claim the prestigious North American Safety Champion Trophy, sponsored by Heil Trailer International.
We couldn’t do what we do without our entire team. Thank you to each and every member of our Oakley Family for helping us win this award.
In honor of it being American Heart Month, here’s a curated list of five road-friendly snacks for a satisfied stomach and healthy heart.
Nuts and Seeds Trail Mix
We recommend you start by creating a customized mix of heart-healthy nuts. Some of our favorites include almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts. And while they’re technically a legume, peanuts are also great for heart health. Gather a solid variety—fresh and unsalted are best. Try throwing in some roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds while you’re at it. Unsweetened dried fruits like apricots, raisins, dates, or even bananas are another great addition for some sweetness. And if you’re wanting something even sweeter, you can’t go wrong with a few antioxidant-filled dark chocolate chips or chunks.
Veggies and Hummus
Baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber all go great with hummus and heart health. If you’re not a hummus fan, then maybe swap it out for just roasted chickpeas. They’re quick and easy to make at home or grab on the go. Add olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, and a pinch of sea salt before throwing some in the oven, or give brands like Biena or Saffron Road a try (just keep an eye on the sugar and sodium per serving). If you’re feeling crazy, you could even sprinkle some on top of your hummus for bonus benefits.
There are numerous ways to incorporate nut butter into a delicious, trucker-friendly snack. Peanut and almond butter both go great with apples and whole-grain bread or crackers. You could also try making some energy balls filled with your choice of nut butter, oats, seeds, or dark chocolate before hitting the road for the perfect bite-sized pick-me-up.
Canned Fish and Crackers
While this sometimes fragrant snack may be one you choose to enjoy outside of your cab, it’s an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon and tuna are popular picks. Give them a shot on top of whole-grain crackers or rice cakes.
Greek Yogurt and Berries
When it comes to dairy, it’s recommended you stick to low-fat or fat-free options when possible to limit saturated fat. So, the same goes for protein-packed greek yogurt. Plain is also best to skip out on any added sugar. However, you can still spice things up by adding berries or honey on top.
Lastly, some honorable mentions include multigrain bean or sweet potato chips, edamame, avocado toast, popcorn (as long as you keep the salt and butter light), and fruit canned in natural juice or light syrup.
Becoming an Oakley Transport Driver
Trucking companies across the United States are all vying for new drivers, offering competitive pay packages, bonuses, health benefits, vacation, 401k, and more. Family-owned and operated since 1986, Oakley Transport offers a family-centric company culture in addition to excellent pay, bonuses, and flexibility. But what does it take to become a driver for Oakley Transport?
Our base requirements for drivers are a valid CDL-A with at least one year of tractor-trailer experience and a clean record for the prior two years. Additionally, having tanker and hazmat endorsements for tanker positions or dry bulk experience for dry bulk positions will put drivers with the basic requirements at the head of the pack.
Of course, Oakley wants experienced safe drivers, but only if everything is a good fit all around. We want to make sure the driver is a good fit for us, but we also want to make sure we’re the right fit for a driver.
Oakley is hiring with intention, seeking experienced drivers who love their job, take pride in their career, and embrace the connection and camaraderie of the Oakley Family culture. Oakley’s core values directly impact our recruiting philosophy. We are hiring for growth and longevity, not to simply fill a vacancy.
Oakley Transport has established itself as a company drivers want to work for and continue working for in the years to come. Happy drivers equal happy customers and as customer satisfaction grows, so does the need for more drivers. Our list of qualified drivers waiting to onboard continues to grow. There has recently been a slowdown in incoming trucks for many carriers, Oakley was not spared, but our vendors are now back on track and inventory is flowing in at a consistent rate. As our new trucks arrive, we are reaching out to our ever-growing list of experienced driver applicants to get them into the best driving position of their career.
If you are an experienced driver with a safe record and you’d like to join our family and drive for Oakley Transport, call 1-888-813-1799 to get connected with a recruiter today.
5 Tips for Safe Winter Hauling
Slick roads, harsh storms and extra traffic are inevitable during the holiday season and can challenge even the most seasoned drivers. While we are proud to have some of the best driving professionals out there, it never hurts to freshen up on some critical safety practices to help face the freezing temperatures over the next few months. Safety is top priority for Oakley Transport and there’s no better time than now to put your best safety methods into practice.
Driving a tractor-trailer in adverse weather conditions demands more than just good maneuvering and safe speeds, it requires forethought and preparation. Seasoned drivers implement preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions, they keep a safe zone, and they have the foresight to know when it’s time to take a break and get off the road. Follow these 5 quick tips this winter to help keep yourself and the drivers around you safe.
Because winter weather causes increased unpredictability on the road, it’s best that you and your rig are ready for anything. It is always important to check your truck before leaving the terminal, but this time of year make sure to set aside a little extra time to be extremely thorough to ensure that the defroster, heater and wipers are working properly. If need be, dislodge snow from your windshield and windows, hood, roof, and lights. Ensure your truck, APU, trailers or tankers are in pristine condition to handle the weather.
Slow Down and Keep a Safe Zone
Driving at the speed limit may be legal, but is often too fast for snow-covered or icy road conditions. Take as much time as necessary. Don’t hurry and make sure to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of and beside your truck when possible. Find a safe way to get away from the pack and travel alone, with the goal being to maximize the distance around your vehicle.
If the weather is so severe that you need to get off the road, find a place to get off the road safely and wait until conditions are safe. Make sure not to stop on the shoulder of the road, especially in low visibility situations, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may slam into the back of your rig.
Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely ‘straight’. When the entire unit isn’t straight the trailer can slide, causing you to spin.
Extra weight over the drive tires will aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving. Another tip is to always carry a bag of kitty litter as an environmentally friendly and effective method for gaining traction if you park on a patch of ice and get stuck.
With autumn in full swing, we thought it might be time for a little light hearted fall fun. Being a professional driver is not for the feint of heart. There are a few things that only a truck driver would understand. Here are just a few of the things that only truck drivers can relate to.
You know all state license plates.
Not just the basic ones. All of them. Does Florida have another fish plate? Yep. Wait, there’s a Georgia University of Alabama license plate? Of course, there is. You know them all and you can point one out from three car lengths away. If they had a category for it on Jeopardy, you would win big.
You’re a snob for your favorite podcast and radio hosts.
Nobody better bother you during your favorite podcast! Maybe it’s local radio for you, whoever it is, they’re part of your routine and family. Every day you are spending more time with your favorite radio or podcast host than your family. You get notifications when they post a new one and you get irritated if they skip a week. And sometimes, just sometimes, you talk at them through the radio as if they can hear you.
You know every chain restaurant menu by heart.
You have the app on your phone, and you’re racking up rewards points one bite at a time. From McDonald's to Olive Garden takeout. You know what you like and how you like it. Whether it’s dressing on the side or an 8-count, every chain restaurant menu is locked and loaded at the back of your mind at all times.
You are an expert meteorologist.
You have all the weather apps on your phone and sometimes think you may have missed your calling as a meteorologist. Knowing what weather conditions are going to be like on the road is important for safety and you want to be prepared at all times. You know the exact minute the rain will hit.
You have clothes for every season with you.
Sure, it might be the springtime, but you never know when a freak snowstorm is going to hit New Jersey. You have a wardrobe fit for all weather conditions and you’re always prepared for sweltering humidity or frosty mornings.
You’re the “MacGyver” of cooking.
Not feeling truck stop food? No worries at all, you already know how to make great meals with a few basic ingredients. You are a master chef in a cab. You probably even bring your trusty air fryer with you these days. Ask a fellow hauler what they have cookin’ up. You might just find a new recipe to add to your arsenal.
Brake Safety Week 2022 is upon us. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced August 21 – 27 as the dates for this year's Brake Safety Week. Commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors prioritize vehicle and driver safety by conducting inspections every day. Checking brake systems is always part of the roadside inspection process, but during Brake Safety Week especially, enforcement officials will be paying extra attention. They will be looking closely at brake systems and system warning devices.
Properly functioning brakes are crucial to safe commercial vehicle operation. "Poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of large trucks and motorcoaches, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety," said the CVSA president, Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. "In those split-second emergency situations, the proper functionality of the brake systems on large commercial motor vehicles is crucial."
Drivers should always be inspecting their brake systems. The month of August is Brake Safety Awareness month, and throughout the month, the CVSA will be educating drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, and others about brake maintenance and operation. They need drivers to understand how important those parts are to your truck's mechanical fitness and safety.
According to CSVA, some of the top things inspectors will be looking at are:
For more information on Brake Safety Week, visit the CVSA website here https://www.cvsa.org/news/2022-bsw-dates/.
At Oakley, we are all about safety and making sure our drivers are happy. Each team member in our Oakley Family plays an essential role in keeping our equipment in tip-top shape, so we can safely keep moving America's food supply down the road.
It has been an exciting couple of weeks here at Oakley Transport with some of our drivers training for, competing in, and bringing home trophies from the Florida Trucking Association (FTA) 2022 Florida Truck Driver Championships, hosted in Daytona Beach June 9 - 11. Each year, top drivers are selected by their respective companies to compete in this safety focused event. This year Oakley Transport drivers competed against drivers who work for companies such as FedEx, UPS, Landstar, Publix, and Florida Rock & Tank, just to name a few.
The competition, which occurs annually, attracted 230 of the top professional commercial CDL drivers in the state of Florida to showcase their safe driving skills, their knowledge of the industry, and compete for awards in multiple different categories. The event consists of a written test that is made up of 40 questions regarding FMCSA rules and regulations, a pre-trip inspection and a driving skills portion where the drivers have to maneuver through an obstacle course with a trailer in tow.
For the driving portion, there are numerous categories in which drivers can compete, including 3-axle, 4 axle, 5 axle, flatbed, sleeper, straight, tanker, twins, step van and auto transport. Our Oakley professionals competed in the Sleeper and Tanker Division this year and they did not disappoint!
Oakley Transport professional drivers walked away from the 2022 Florida Truck Driver Championships with four prestigious awards.
Oakley professional driver Andy Barford received the award for FTA’s August 2022 Driver of the Month based on his safe professional driving record throughout his career. With Oakley since 2015, Andy has not only been an OTR driver, regional driver, mentor, and trainer, but he has been integral in helping start up some very important lanes of business for the company.
Professional driver Jose Ramos was selected as both the FTA February 2022 Driver of the Month as well as receiving the 2022 Driver of the Year Award. Jose has been with Oakley since 2009 and has driven OTR, regional, local and teams. He helps in the training of new driving professionals, using his natural sense of humor to relate to and calm the nerves of his trainees. Jose has a safe driving record spanning four decades and more than 4.5 miles!
Meanwhile, one of the invaluable members of Oakley’s Safety & Compliance Team, Frank Silo was inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame. Frank has worked with the FTA in various roles and as a committee member since 2007. He joined the ranks of the Oakley Safety department three years ago and has made a very positive impact on the driving and non-driving staff. When asked about the criteria for FTA Hall of Fame induction, Frank responded simply, “It’s the passion you convey. It’s not about me, it’s about the driver.”
The roles of these transportation professionals with our family have cultivated incredible customer relationships because of their proven track record for safe, on time deliveries. There is no question about how much they are valued here at Oakley Transport.
The Florida Truck Driver Championship reminds us of how just lucky we are to have these incredible drivers as part of our Oakley family! We can’t wait to see what the 2023 Florida Truck Driver Championships have in store for us!
5 Quick Safe Driving Tips
Oakley Transport is serious about safety. Whether it’s making non-distracted driving a priority or just sharing the road with smaller vehicles, we want you to feel as prepared as possible. In this article, we will go over 5 easy tips to help you stay safe out there on the open road.
#1 STAY ALERT
To make sure you keep safety a priority, it is important not to let your attention to slip. Always keep an eye out for motorcycles, blind spots, merging lanes, and hazards such as construction zones, tailgaters and other vehicles weaving in and out of traffic. The combination of noticing trouble and knowing how to prevent hazards is a surefire way to keep you and your truck out of harm’s way.
#2 STAY WELL RESTED
When it comes to staying alert, it all boils down to sleep. Minimize drowsiness and driver fatigue. Maintain a regular meal schedule, eat healthy foods, and take a good break mid-shift to stretch and get out of your truck. And, of course, getting the proper amount of shut eye will help your body and mind stay active. Your eating, exercise and sleep habits while navigating your route are crucial for safety.
#3 STAY HYDRATED
As we approach the summer months drinking that extra bit of water can save you from headaches, fatigue and many other unpleasant symptoms that could knock you off your time schedule. Plain water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. You can help your body by eating fruits that are high in water like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and peaches. Steer clear from drinks and food that are high in sugar, like soda and sugary coffee drinks. Your body will thank you later!
#4 LIMIT DISTRACTIONS
While cell phones are vitally important for everyday life, they can be deadly when used on the road. Make sure you invest in a handsfree set before leaving the terminal so you can keep your eyes on the road. Limiting distractions during your drive is the surest way to make sure you stay safe this summer.
#5 ALWAYS BE PREPARED
Unfortunately, no matter how alert or free of distractions you might be there is always a chance that something could not go as planned. Try your best to be as prepared as possible by planning out your day - from the time you leave the terminal to when you make it to your destination. Make sure to leave on time and to have everything with you that you will need for a trip. Another important tip, and one we encourage, is to ask questions! Don’t be afraid to not know the answer to something. It’s better to ask and receive the correct information than to be delayed or stuck because you are unsure.
These tips might be simple, but that makes them no less serious. When you’re heading out on the road, try and keep these things in mind.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck is just around the corner. The 72-hour enforcement event is set to take place Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 19.
At Oakley, we are all about safety and making sure our drivers are happy. Each team member in our Oakley Family plays an important role in keeping our equipment in tip-top shape so we can keep moving and stay on the road. Oakley Transport Director of Safety, Kelly McDowell says, “Safe and efficient productivity is the name of the game in trucking.”, which is why we take the annual CVSA International Roadcheck very seriously.
This year, inspectors will pay close attention to wheel-end compliance, which includes the wheels, hubs and tires on a commercial motor vehicle. According to the CVSA, these violations historically account for one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck.
In addition to wheel-end compliance, inspectors will be looking for any critical vehicle inspection item violations, such as coupling devices, tires, wheels, windshield wipers, and brake systems. Non-compliant vehicles will be placed out of service and those trucks will not be able to be legally be operated until the issues are corrected.
Inspectors will also be on the lookout for proper seat belt usage and visual signs of fatigue or drug/alcohol abuse or impairment. Drivers should make sure to get plenty of rest and to follow all of the rules of the road.
Some of the top things inspectors will be looking at during inspection of wheel-end compliance are:
For a complete list of 2022 Roadcheck Focus Area items, visit the CVSA website here https://www.cvsa.org/programs/international-roadcheck/focus-area/.
With this year’s Roadcheck just a month away, now is the time to prepare and ensure that we are all operating as compliantly as possible.
Keeping your cab clean and organized is always helpful, but limited space organization can be tough. With busy schedules, finite cabin space, and all the equipment a truck has, your truck can go from squeaky clean to a scattered mess in 0-60. We have six simple tips to help you keep your rig organized while you’re on the road.
1. Set up a Mobile Office
Accurate record-keeping means you need a space for a laptop or tablet and organized file folders. Oakley Transport’s fleet of Volvo VNL trucks offer working and living spaces optimized for comfortability and productivity. Our VNL trucks include a designated workspace in your bunk area. Utilize the built-in office space as a desk for your laptop or tablet and an accordion folder to keep all of your important papers in one space instead of scattered about the cab.
2. Keep your paperwork organized
A well-organized accordion folder in your truck is the perfect compact filing system for receipts, and other important documents that won’t send paperwork spilling out if it gets knocked over. Having all of your documents organized in one place not only keeps your cab tidy, but it can be helpful during roadside inspections, allowing you to have essential documents all in one convenient place to get you back on the road smoother and faster.
3. Extra Storage / Organization
Stackable mini crates or a collapsible car trunk organizer with multiple compartments are great ways to keep items from being shuffled around during a drive and will help you keep everything organized. Using crates that are less than a square foot, stackable, and securable will create a vertical storage option for your cab, while a soft collapsible car trunk organizer with separation barriers that create compartments for your storage needs can be collapsed and easily tucked away when not in use. You can store food, CDs, DVDs, clothing, books and anything else that needs a home inside your cab.
4. Wipe Everything Down
When you stop to fuel up or to take a break, take a minute to quickly wipe down the inside of your truck with a wet wipe. Keep wet wipes and other handy cleaning supplies in a seat back organizer. They hang from the back of your seat and do a great job of organizing items such as cleaning supplies, flashlights, gloves and tools. Seat-back organizers take up very little space in your cab.
5. No Trash Left Behind
Don’t wait for every few days to clean out your trash. Every time you stop to fuel up, take a few more minutes to collect and get rid of any trash after you wipe down the inside of your truck. Make emptying your wastebasket a priority. We also recommend shaking out your floor mats to get rid of any dirt tracked in. You’ll never have to worry about your trash bin getting full or a stale cab with littered, dirty floors.
6. Toolbox/Bag Organization
Nothing is more frustrating when you can’t find the tool you need. Don’t leave your tools scattered around your cab, keep your toolbox/bag fully stocked and put all tools back in their correct place. This will save you time and frustration when you need something. Depending on the size of the toolbox, you can keep it in one of your side storage compartment.
Implementing these six simple tips will save you time, get you organized, and keep your cab sparkling clean, helping you to really get your #OakleyShineOn!