2018 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Monday, February 4, 2019

Check out the recap of last year’s Driver of the Year event!

The annual Driver of the Year banquet and presentation is always a wonderful way to kick off the new year! We love celebrating our drivers, and especially honoring those who have worked hard to obtain the status of the "Black Hat" - a Driver of the Month or Dedicated Driver of the Quarter.

This year's banquet was held at the historic Union Station in Little Rock.

During the evening's festivities, we heard from Executive VP & COO Doug Richey, VP of Operations John Coppens, and Chairman & CEO Steve Williams.

There was also a surprise gift presented to VP of Operations John Coppens, on behalf of all current/former Drivers of the Year.

Here are a few pics of this year's attendees (more on our Facebook page):

Friday is always the day our Black Hats look forward to most! After a long day of meeting with the Driver Advisory Council and spending time in business unit breakout sessions, it was time for the presentation.

This year's Driver of the Year presentation was held in a new venue -- our Training Center. As all of our drivers become Mavericks through our training program, this was a special venue indeed.

2017 Driver of the Year Lou Webber and Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb being presented with their flags

The top 3 Dedicated Drivers of the Quarters are then announced:

Then the announcement of our 2018 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Randy Smith! Congratulations, Randy!

After the new DDY was announced, it was on to the OTR Driver of the Year!

Congratulations to our 2018 Driver of the Year, Scott Schwarzlose!

It takes hard work and dedication to become a Black Hat. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to celebrate all 20 of our Dedicated Drivers of the Quarter and Drivers of the Month. Congratulations to our new Drivers of the Year, we can't wait to see what 2019 holds for you and the Council!

2018 Driver Appreciation Week Schedule

  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Happy Driver Appreciation Week, everyone! Below you’ll find the food schedule for all of our locations across the US. We hope that most of our drivers can get through a terminal to partake in festivities.

Thank you so much for all that you do - we wouldn't be the company we are today without our drivers!

2017 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.

Here at Maverick, we absolutely love our drivers. And we especially love celebrating them! Every year, we honor our 12 Drivers of the Month at our Driver of the Year Banquet in Little Rock, AR. This year we added a few new drivers to the mix - 3 of the finalists from our new Dedicated Driver of the Quarter program, as well as our Rookie of the Quarter Cleo Williams and Trainer of the Quarter Herb Withrow.

Driver of the Quarter Royce Simons and Wife Lee

Driver of the Quarter Darryl Hammond and Wife Nancy

Musicians Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case (pictured left) - Justin Patterson (pictured right), is an Area Logistics Manager at Maverick

The night was filled with good music, good food, and great company. Among our speakers were VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman and CEO Steve Williams and COO John Culp. It was a wonderful evening filled with honoring our drivers, praising their hard work and the steps it takes to become a Driver of the Month/Quarter.

COO John Culp

Chairman & CEO Steve Williams

Driver of the Month Kenny Williams

2015 Driver of the Year Roger Wyble

The next day was full of meetings with drivers and office personnel - specifically, our quarterly Drivers' Advisory Committee meeting. Drivers also broke out into divisional meetings - it was a busy day!

VP of Driver Training & Safety Dean Newell

Driver of the Month Doug Hendry

But nothing brings excitement like the actual presentation event for our Driver of the Year/Dedicated Driver of the Year. The entire office comes out for this special event!

2016 Driver of the Year Raurii Milbrandt

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for! Our 6 Dedicated and OTR Black Hat finalists were eager for the final announcement.

Our winners: Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb and OTR Driver of the Year Lou Webber!

2017 OTR Driver of the Year Lou Webber

2017 Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb

Congratulations again to all of our drivers. You are the heartbeat of this company and we are thankful for each and every one of you!

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCES LARGE PAY INCREASE

  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Maverick Transportation LLC, named one of The National Transportation Institute’s Top Pay Carriers last year, has announced a $.05 per mile pay increase for its Flatbed and Glass OTR divisions. This pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

“At Maverick Transportation, we pride ourselves on setting the industry standard when it comes to driver compensation,” says John Culp, president of Maverick Transportation. “We are constantly looking for ways we can put more money in our drivers’ pockets.”

The pay increase, which goes into effect December 18, 2017, will bring base pay for OTR flatbed drivers to $.51 - $.56 per mile, and regional OTR flatbed drivers to $.49 - $.54 per mile. Glass division drivers will now make $.55 - $.60 per mile base pay, while students will start between $.43 - $.50 per mile base pay, depending on division. Many of Maverick’s dedicated divisions will also receive pay increases. This is the second pay increase for Maverick Transportation drivers in recent months. The Arkansas-based carrier rolled out a $.04 per mile pay increase for its Temperature Control division at the end of last year.

Maverick drivers enjoy competitive pay with the ability to earn increases up to five years, a pay for performance bonus, and a driver referral bonus program. Other driver benefits include: excellent home time, weekend guarantee pay, paid orientation & training, paid weigh station bypass & tolls, 401k plan + match, company-paid life insurance, health and dental insurance options, and paid vacation. Additionally, Maverick is currently offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for drivers with one year of verifiable experience.

To learn more about driving opportunities at Maverick visit our website or call 800-201-7695.

Maverick Driver Ron Kneeland III Named 2017 Hero of the Highway

  Thursday, October 26, 2017

Congratulations to Ron Kneeland III, who was presented with the 2017 Hero of the Highway Award!

The Trucking Industry Defense Association’s (TIDA) Hero of the Highway Award is awarded annually to a commercial driver who is recognized for his or her heroic behavior and extraordinary public service. In May of this year, Ron Kneeland witnessed a highway accident on I-94 WB in Parma, MI. The vehicle was on fire. Ron stopped and ran back using his fire extinguisher, and shortly after another witness stopped and helped Ron pull the injured driver from the burning vehicle.

We are so incredibly proud of Ron and his quick thinking and selflessness in such a critical situation. He is absolutely deserving of this award, and is an excellent example of altruism for the rest of his Maverick family.

Ron was invited to TIDA’s Annual Seminar and was presented with a plaque and monetary gift of $2500 in Las Vegas. He was nominated by Maverick Senior Claims Manager Carole Whitted-Ridgeway.

A link to Ron’s TIDA phone interview is located here.

Congratulations again, Ron!

Aces & Freights - 2017 Q3

  Monday, October 9, 2017

Welcome to our latest edition of Aces & Freights – our newsletter written/edited by Operations Analyst and former driver Ken Moore regarding the trucking lifestyle. This edition also had help from Maverick drivers Brian Foerster and Dalton Smothers.

Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to contact Ken at kmoore@maverickusa.com. We hope you enjoy the content and we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and any stories you may have to share, too!

The Entertainment Edition

Generally, when I sit down to write this newsletter, I mostly talk about healthy activities to do outside and about taking advantage of getting to go all over the country experiencing food, cultures, etc. Well, sometimes we need to have a little bit of quiet, personal, wind-down time in the truck, with no outside distractions or people or anything. Some days are harder than others and the only things you want to do are shower and chill out away from the world watching something on TV. I’m a former driver myself and I needed that time fairly often, so I know how important that is. In this edition of Aces & Freights, I will show you how to apply a lot of what modern technology can offer to living on the road.

The Basic Options

This is a particularly good time in history in terms of entertainment as our ability to be entertained through traditional methods like televisions and books has gone extremely mobile. Your phone, tablet, or smart television (or even the combination working together) allows us to watch/read/play almost whatever we want, when we want to, and no matter where we are.

Since we’re talking about mobile entertainment, we have to talk about data and connectivity first. Do you have to have mobile data to do all that I’m about to suggest? Well, no…but it makes everything a heck of a lot better and expands your access to entertainment to almost anywhere, with the exception of that giant dead spot a little west of Amarillo. I know a lot of you know what I’m talking about. That being said, there are ways around most everything and I’ll get into that as well.

The best option, in my opinion, is to have an unlimited data plan from a mobile provider. Unlimited data plans went out the window for some time but they are back due to economic pressures from competitors. Generally, they cost about the same as a medium use plan, but don’t penalize you monetarily for going over your “allowance” like they did before. Now if you go over a certain amount of data, they generally slow your data speed down depending on when you’re using it (peak versus non-peak hours). That’s why even if you have an unlimited plan, I recommend using free Wi-Fi whenever it’s available. If you don’t have an unlimited plan, free Wi-Fi can save you usage fees. Amazingly, you can find free Wi-Fi all over the place. Many truck stops have them for customers inside the store (or parked very close to the store), most often through a McDonalds or other restaurant on the premises. It’s also possible to use reward card points to pay for internet usage at Pilot, Flying J, and Love’s.

As to hardware, let’s start with television. There are numerous ways for you to watch TV or movies while on the go. Many of us already have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or HBO Now at home, and so you can watch most anything you want to on your devices this way, too, just by having the apps. If you have a cable or satellite TV provider for your house, those companies generally have apps you can download so you can enjoy your subscription anywhere you go, which is perfect for a driver. If you happen to have a subscription to both DirecTV and AT&T, anything from the DirecTV app you watch through your AT&T subscription won’t cost you data (as of when this goes to print anyway…). This is due to AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV a couple years ago. On a relevant side note, AT&T gives a hefty discount to all Maverick employees, so if you have AT&T and are not getting a discount, you should give them a call.

It is also possible to get a satellite for the truck, and Maverick’s shops will attach it. You will just need to make an appointment to do so with Maintenance. This option works for some people because they do not have home subscriptions for cable or satellite television or they do not want to use drain their phone’s data plan (or their phone still flips), but it is a more expensive option than most with a possible startup cost of $400-$600 for the equipment plus $50/month for the subscription. A long term

Smart phones can project their screens onto smart TVs.

contract can reduce or eliminate that startup cost. If the reason you want to have the satellite attached is simply because you want to watch TV on a big screen and not on the small screen of a phone or tablet, you can always put a smart TV in your truck. With a smart TV and a hotspot or free Wi-Fi access, you can use the apps preloaded into the TV itself or download them to watch anything you could on your phone. The other option is screen mirroring. This is where you make what appears on your phone or tablet show up on the TV screen, which means you wouldn’t need to have a hotspot, only a data plan or connection to Wi-FI. Most phones and smart TVs made in the last few years can do this. If you have a TV in the truck that has an HDMI hub, there are HDMI cables that can attach directly to your phone and will allow you to watch that way, too. The only problem here is that it won’t charge your phone at the same time like you could while screen mirroring.

With any of the methods described above, you’ll be able to watch 90% of the general programming available. There are plenty of other apps out there to try and more coming every day, so even more movies, shows, sports, etc. will be able to stream into the cab of your truck. I don’t recommend becoming a mobile couch potato, but it’s definitely a good thing to have a few easy nights when you need them.

Let’s Not Forget Audiobooks!

When I was OTR, I loved audiobooks. I probably “read” (I guess “audited” might be more appropriate) about 100 of them in my last year and a half driving. Unfortunately, most audiobooks out there cost a good bit of money and I’m entirely too…uh…hmmm…we’ll say “frugal”…to want to pay exorbitant new book costs. This made my choices fairly limited and I ended up listening to all of the classics (the Sherlock Holmes series, The Aeneid, the Tarzan series, etc.) since they were free on an app called LibriVox. Some of them weren’t very well done and some of them were performed amazingly, but it could be frustrating to find good versions of stories at times. Fortunately, technology has caught up in this field as well.

Reading through Facebook, I saw a driver’s recommendation for OverDrive, an app that connects with libraries all over the country allowing you to borrow ebooks or download audiobooks. All that’s needed is a library membership. What’s cool is that the more library memberships you have, the bigger the selection you can choose! It’s a great concept, especially with how many libraries happen to be across from some of the places we deliver. Even then, the membership isn’t just usually with one library, it’s with a system of libraries. So, with my present library card, I have access to 18 libraries throughout the county I live in. If I’m waiting at a customer in a city, and there is a library across the street, I could join that library system and double or triple the number of libraries I have access to, meaning I’d have access to a huge number of ebooks and audiobooks on OverDrive. Admittedly, it takes a little bit of time to learn how OverDrive works, but once you do it’s great. It does require a “reader” with it, and it’s easiest if you connect an Amazon Kindle account, which is free. OverDrive will prompt you for that account info when you’re getting ready to borrow a book. One more bonus with this system: no library late fees! Everything is automatically “returned”!

Trainer Spotlight: Trainer of the Quarter, Lou Webber

  • With Maverick since September 2000
  • Trainer since June 2006
  • Drives in RMW Divison
  • What do you like best about Training?
    • I just enjoy teaching people period. The biggest part of my life has been training people. Training is my extension of payback to Maverick for giving me a good way to provide for my family.
  • What’s your approach in helping a student who is having trouble?
    • First thing I do is set back and put myself in their position. This job is not for everybody. It’s a lifestyle, not a job. Some people come in with unrealistic expectations, been told one thing in school and it’s not what it is out here. Part of my job is to help them adjust to the lifestyle. It’s my job to help them overcome those things. Sometimes that doesn’t happen and sometimes I have to come at it from a different angle. Quality not quantity.
  • How does you get to know your students?
    • How does anyone get to know anyone? You ask questions. The first day they don’t drive. I ask them simple questions about their family, what their expectations are…If you have a family and don’t have the family’s support, you won’t make it. My wife is my bedrock. If I didn’t have her support, I wouldn’t have made it. The main thing is I talk to them about their family and personal life…I let them know from day one, as long as they’re willing to try, I will work with them. Communication, it’s what it all amounts to.
  • Why do you drive?
    • Why does anyone drive? I’m here to make a living. Here to provide for my family. I was in the army for 21 years and was a professional soldier, but my primary function is to provide for my family. I am a professional first, and a truck driver second.
  • What do you do in your time off?
    • I like to go fishing, I read, I have my grandkids and family. I’m active in Veteran’s Affairs in the Shelby County area, I work with Wounded Warrior, part of the Veteran’s Advisory Committee with the Memphis VA. I’m always going to be a soldier. Just because I’m out, doesn’t mean I’m not going to take care of my own. I was lucky enough to serve my country, and got hurt, but wasn’t handicapped in anyway. We need to give them [our soldiers coming back badly injured] the best quality of life possible. We owe them that.

Thanks, Lou! We appreciate your hard work and your dedication to put safer drivers on the road! Like you said, it’s about quality and not quantity!

Lou was Maverick’s Q2 Trainer of the Quarter in 2017.

Suggested Apps

OverDrive is an app that has partnered with a lot of libraries all over the country to provide you with the ability to read ebooks and listen to audio books anywhere you can bring a phone or a Kindle. It’s free and the more library memberships you have across the country the bigger the selection you will have to choose from.

It’s impossible to list all the options open to you to watch via apps on your phone, tablet, or smart TV in your truck. Yes, they all cost money, but you probably already subscribe to a few of them at home. If so, they don’t require a second subscription to watch over the road. All you need is a way to stream it, like a smart phone, tablet, or smart TV, and either a data plan or access to Wi-Fi.

Big news here for football fans! Amazon Prime has the rights to Thursday Night Football! You can now watch live streaming football from your trucks. There are rumors that Amazon may be trying to get access to more than just Thursdays, too…An Amazon Prime membership will give you access to a ton of movies and television shows as well as free shipping on a lot of different items in the Amazon.com market place.

Gaming in the Truck

Written by Maverick driver Dalton Smothers and his wife, Heather

For electronic entertainment in my truck, I have a few things such as: a PlayStation 4, laptop, and DVD player. I know a lot of drivers tell me “if you’re watching TV then you’re not making any money.” Although that may be true, what about the hours that you spend at the shippers and receivers waiting to load or unload, or the times that your truck is in the shop for several hours and you must go to a hotel. This is when having these items come in handy. PlayStation 4, laptops, or any kind of gaming machine and DVD’s are a great way to make the time go by faster and to be able to relax some. Though you can be limited because of truck battery life, I usually play when I’m waiting to load or unload, so that I will have some driving to do afterwards to charge the batteries. In doing that I never have to idle my truck at night. You can also take these items to hotels and hook them up to their TVs. Laptops can be handy while waiting at shops since you could bring some DVD’s or watch Netflix. Although, I have books that I read and clean my truck in my down time, gaming is my way of relaxing on the road. There are multiple ways to unwind after a long day, and this is how I use electronic entertainment in my truck and still maintain a 5-6 idle percentage.

Footwear for Work

Great news! Maverick has partnered with Payless Shoe Source to offer you, your family, and your friends a 15% discount on safeTstep resistant footwear and Dexter Boots, which you can purchase at Payless Shoe Stores or online at www.Payless.com. Find the coupon on MMS and write down the code or take a picture of the barcode and bring it to a store.

Safety Awards Quarter 2, 2017

If you have a story about life on the road that you’d like to tell or if you have some tips to help other drivers be more efficient or to enjoy life OTR a little more, please contact kmoore@maverickusa.com.

Aces & Freights - 2017 Q2

  Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Welcome to our latest edition of Aces & Freights – our newsletter written/edited by Operations Analyst and former driver Ken Moore regarding the trucking lifestyle. Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ken at kmoore@maverickusa.com. We hope you enjoy the content and we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and any stories you may have to share, too!

Financially Healthy Life Edition

Most of us drive to earn money to support ourselves and our families. We’re out on the road to make sure there’s a roof over our heads and food in the refrigerator when we get there. I’ve honestly only met two people who drove that did not do so to support themselves, but did it for the sole enjoyment and education of driving and experiencing the wondrous sights this country has to offer. The rest of us get to do that as well, but the paycheck that accompanies it is a big deal, too. This edition of A&F is about making money as a driver and how best to do that at Maverick.

The Basics

It may seem strange, but I’ve learned more about managing a truck and its business since coming off the road than I did while driving. A good bit of it is because I now have the ability to talk to our best drivers to see what they do. Amazingly, even after more than 5 years with Maverick (evenly split between driving and not driving) and three and a half years driving elsewhere, I’m still learning the tricks of the trade on how to make better money as a driver.

The best drivers do three things well. They plan well. They communicate well. They make friends well.

Planning is everything.” How many times have you heard that? Well, it’s not. (I did just list two other things above, right?) I will say, however, that it’s not far off. In training, we teach you the basics of planning out your day. Estimate 50 miles/hour driving, include time for your 30 minute break, 10 hour break, load checks, lunch, add a “cushion” in case something like a traffic jam happens and where you will likely park. We don’t get into much more than that during training time because you have to have the basics down in order to do this job. Also, there’s so much in this early stage to remember and so much going on already it’s overwhelming. I know because I’ve been there.

One of the biggest issues in planning is parking. As many of you already know, parking is becoming more and more of a hassle. It’s said that the average driver spends about 45 minutes looking for parking every day. This is more or less true depending on where in the country you are and what time you’re there. You could save yourself a lot of time by starting your day earlier and finishing earlier, though this doesn’t always work with the ever-changing schedule drivers are subjected to. When you plan for parking, figure out several places along the route you’ll be on where you might be able to park. Find a best case scenario for if you have a clear, easy day of driving, a worst case scenario in case you don’t, and a location or two between. You can check how much parking is at each location using the Trucker Path app and even check the parking history of each location to gauge if there’s likely to be parking at that location at the time you’d probably get there. If your choice will not likely have parking available when you get there, you’ll save time by choosing somewhere else. As a general rule of thumb, however, parking in the Northeast and in cities is harder to come by and fills up earlier. In the West and Midwest there are a lot of really large truck stops and it’s easier to get parking later.

I would do a lot of this planning while waiting to get loaded or unloaded. Even if I don’t know where I’m going after I unload, I would pick two possible directions and then mark different spots on the map where I could park depending on when I might finish loading. For example, say it’s noon and I know my clock runs out at 5pm. If the soonest time I estimate being loaded, tarped, and secured is at 2pm, I have about a 150 mile radius to plan out (3 hours left at 50 miles per hour). Once I figured this for 2 possible routes that I might be on, I would then do the same calculations but estimating only two hours left to drive. This way, with a couple possibilities “preplanned”, I can leave a little sooner, park a little sooner, and start up a little sooner the next day. Every little bit helps. I’ve arrived at the end of a work day on a Friday at a receiver before though the load wasn’t due until Monday due to these techniques. I was then able to get another load that delivered Monday, meaning I made several hundred dollars more than I would have had I not figured out how to save 15 minutes here and there.

Communication is huge. Don’t be afraid to ask your FM if he/she knows where you may be going when you’re done unloading. Even though you may not have a preplan sent to you, it’s possible that there’s a “soft” plan (a work assignment that isn’t set in stone and depends on when you finish) set on you. If there is a soft plan on you then it can make your planning a little easier.

Communication is a big deal! Macro 4’s! Send in your ETA after you plan your trip and then update your FM’s with a new ETA anytime something changes, for good or bad. If you arrive 4 hours earlier than your ETA, you’ve told logistics to expect you there at a different, much later time, so their plan for you revolves around that later time. Updating your arrival time frequently, and I’ve done the math, can improve how much an average driver makes by $3,500 per year. Seriously. That doesn’t even include the uptick you’ll receive in PFP bonuses associated with a higher MPD. As your communication improves, that number will continue to climb.

Make Friends with the customers, especially at the locations you go to frequently. Shippers and receivers will prioritize the people they like. It’s human nature, so unless there’s a strict appointment time, there’s a good chance your friends will get you in and out as fast as they can, which can potentially save you hours almost every time you’re there. Macro 4’s! Send in your ETA after you plan your trip and then update your FM’s with a new ETA anytime something changes, for good or bad. If you arrive 4 hours earlier than your ETA, you’ve told logistics to expect you there at a different, much later time, so their plan for you revolves around that later time. Updating your arrival time frequently, and I’ve done the math, can improve how much an average driver makes by $3,500 per year. Seriously. That doesn’t even include the uptick you’ll receive in PFP bonuses associated with a higher MPD. As your communication improves, that number will continue to climb.

I’ve noticed fairly often that when shippers or receivers don’t speak very much English, that drivers who don’t speak their language have a tough time relating and therefore don’t try to get along with them. Instead, download Duolingo, an easy to use foreign language teaching app, and learn a few phrases. Just the attempt, most times, is enough to get you on their good sides and you’ll be brought in ahead of a driver standing next to you who didn’t try. I’ve done it more times than you’d imagine in both Spanish and French.

Planning, Communicating, and Befriending will all go far into putting more of your available hours behind the wheel. If you’re busy looking for parking, waiting on a load when you may not have needed to, and sitting watching other drivers get loaded and unloaded before you, you’re not earning as much as you could. A little effort in these areas could raise your pay the equivalent of about six paychecks per year!

Rock Your PFP

Maverick’s Pay for Performance program is built to reward drivers for making the extra effort, for being safe, for taking care of the truck, for being available, and for doing things the Maverick Way. Compared to any of the other performance incentive pay systems out there that I’ve seen, Maverick’s PFP pays out the most and is also the most forgiving for drivers who are doing well in most categories but not all. Many companies, for example, give out a fuel bonus. This is something Maverick did as well before going to PFP. The fuel bonus system motivates a small number of people to improve, usually those who are already doing well in that category. Because PFP is based on a concept of rewarding drivers for being the “whole package”, or well-rounded in other words, it encourages drivers to improve in all areas. Improving in all areas allows Maverick to make the pay for PFP greater than just the pay a fuel bonus could offer. This article will show you how to pop your PFP score up off the charts and improve your pay as a result.

The first thing you should realize is that Maverick wants you to succeed. Its business model is based on its drivers’ successes, not their failures. It has to be a win-win for both company and driver for Maverick to thrive. That probably sounds like propaganda, but here’s how I know it’s not a bunch of bologna. First, about 80% of our fleet gets PFP to some degree each quarter. Second, Maverick is constantly working on showing drivers how to improve their fuel mileage and trip planning, two of the biggest categories for PFP. And third, there are bonus points built into the PFP calculations. If you take advantage of them, you can send your score off the charts. Check out the Operations Newsletter with the PFP Ranks for the top drivers. 517 drivers received the highest payout. That’s about 40% of the drivers eligible for PFP, which is about half of the total number of drivers getting PFP, getting top pay. Also, if you notice on the Operations Newsletter, the top driver scored 141 points…out of a 100 point system. What does that tell you? That the PFP model and all of the extra points built into it is made for drivers to succeed.

Now that we know this, how do we take advantage of it? We start by understanding how each category is calculated and move on from there.

MPD—Miles per day takes the average number of miles you run in per week and divides that number by 5 work days. There are bonus points worked into this calculation which rewards drivers who drive for more than 5 days per week. Quite a few Glass and TCD drivers are found toward the very top of the PFP scores because they are out, on average, three weeks at a time. That means that they are getting four extra drive days every three weeks which boosts up their MPD.

MPG—Miles per gallon is calculated by taking the total Hub miles from the truck during the quarter and dividing by the number of gallons of fuel purchased in the quarter. A driver has control of approximately 35% of the fuel efficiency of a truck, or around 2.5-2.8 MPG. Starting a truck slowly every time it accelerates can save upwards of 1 MPG. Using the cruise control can save another .4-.5 MPG. Not pressing down on the accelerator while on cruise control (which many drivers do when the truck’s OnGuard system kicks in as the truck approaches a slower vehicle, or when the truck slows down going up a hill) will save a driver another .4-.5 MPG. The difference between getting 0 points for MPG and getting 15 points for MPG is around .5 miles per gallon. If a driver makes just a few changes, his/her PFP score can jump 3-4 levels, a difference of about $55-90 more per week added onto the average range of paychecks.

Idle %--Generally, drivers with good fuel mileage have low Idle %. Part of the reason for this is idling the truck uses approximately 1 gallon of fuel per hour and doesn’t add to his/her mileage. Maverick is serious about reducing fuel costs and improving its carbon footprint, and to show this Maverick offers points for overall fuel efficiency and a specific aspect of fuel efficiency. This category is a lot like getting free points.

There’s a little more to it than that, but those three categories are where the bulk of the points lie. It’s possible to get the 95 points required for the top PFP payout with just these three areas. The rest of PFP is about the main aspects of the Maverick culture: doing things the right way and being professional. Understanding the system helps to change the game. Use this information to help make PFP work for you.

Living Good on the Road

…written by Maverick Driver Neil Ottavi

Have you ever wished you could have stopped for a shower or already had a shower today but wanted to freshen up before going to bed? If so, here’s a tip for you. For a hot bath you will need a 700 watt microwave, a container (preferably with a lid) that will fit into the microwave, lots of washcloths, water, and “Cleanlife” rinse free body wash, which you can get from Amazon delivered with free shipping for around $36 to $50. It will last you about 8 to 10 months, maybe more.

Fill the container to about 1/3 full of water, add 1 to 2 ounces of body wash and warm it all up in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes. Heating the water is optional in the summer months obviously, but at this point you’re ready to take a bath. Simply dip only clean washcloths into your heated water, wring out excess water, wash up, then bag the used washcloths for laundry. This way you will smell powder fresh when done.

P.S. Works to degrease hair, too…I’ve tried shampoo and it works about the same, although it’s best with short hair.

Trainer Spotlight: Trainer of the Quarter, Shawn McLeod

  • With Maverick since February, 2015
  • Trainer since April 2016
  • Drives in GPT Division
  • What do you like best about Training?
    • I was an instructor in the Marine Corp for a number of years. I like taking students and teaching them new things, and I like being able to put safe drivers out on the road.
  • What’s your approach in helping a student who is having trouble?
    • I believe that when they come to me it’s more on a one on one level. I need to figure out how that student needs to be taught. I have multiple ways to teach different students different things. If they’re more a hands on or book-and-read type person, it’s a matter of just figuring out how that student needs to be taught. If you can figure that out you can help them with anything. And practice, practice, practice!
  • How does you get to know your students?
    • By talking to them. I like to know about their families, where they’re raised. You learn something new from everybody. I just ask them about themselves and tell them about myself to put that out there first. If you can find a commonality, that really breaks the ice and builds that trust with your student. Once you build that trust, the student will learn better. I just try to make myself approachable.
  • Why do you drive?
    • I enjoy it. I’ve been all over the world in the Marine Corp. Originally when I started driving, it was to see the US. It’s also about the freedom. I’m not a clock-puncher, not really a desk person. I just like driving an 18-wheeler. My dad drove an 18-wheeler, too. I just enjoy driving.
  • What hobbies do you enjoy?
    • I hate to be the cliché country boy, but I shoot and fish with my daughters. I like to be outdoors as much as possible. I play golf and try to spend time with my kids on the weekends when I get home.
  • Do you do any of them on the road?
    • When I was over the road, I carried a fishing rod on the truck. When it comes to hobbies on the road, you need to be out of the truck as much as possible. I like to walk a lot and I’ve lost about 40 pounds in the last 6 months. I have a Fitbit and if I don’t have the number of steps by the end of the day I gotta do them at night! We do a lot of sitting so you gotta make it up somehow.

Thanks, Shawn! We appreciate your hard work and your dedication to put safer drivers on the road!

Shawn was Maverick’s Q1 Trainer of the Quarter in 2017.

Suggested Apps

Of course I have to promote our own app! The Drive Maverick app has a lot of great features such as easy access to your PFP scores, the Driver Portal and all of its content (including the new Mav411 News Board), scanning your bills of lading, a direct way to enter your driver referrals, the weather, the Employee Portal (which can give you access to previous Aces & Freights newsletters so you can read them anywhere!), and you can get your work assignments and reply to messages your Fleet Mangers send you! Waiting in your truck for news is a thing of the past. FYI, Drive Maverick is compatible with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear, so you can even get your work assignment sent directly to your wrist! This app will be able to provide more and more as time goes on so join 1,200+ other Mavericks and download it today!

Weigh My Truck by CAT Scale is the best thing for drivers since…Maverick! No longer will you be forced to find parking for your truck, wait in line, and spend more time telling the attendant the truck’s and trailer’s info just to get your weight ticket. This app will allow you to weigh your truck on any CAT Scale, not just the ones where we fuel, and receive your weight ticket in your email. Potentially, you could save better than 90 minutes of time per week! Instructions on how to register and use Weigh My Truck are in MMS.

Tony Russo – Temp Control, OTR

1). When facing a hard back try to walk it through in your mind first.

2. Never blindside back if at all possible.

3). Practice backing whenever you have a chance. Backing is a perishable skill. An amateur practices until they get it and a professional practices until they can’t get it wrong.

4). Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t let other drivers rush you. Take your time!

5.) GET OUT AND LOOK!

Safety Awards Quarter 1, 2017

Messages from Maintenance

Macro 36 vs Macro 39

If you are on the road (not at or close to a Maverick shop) and need assistance, use Macro 36. Macro 36 will get you in touch with Fleetnet Services. Macro 39 is used when you are at or near a Maverick shop to report maintenance needed. Macro 39 should be sent in, then report to the shop upon arrival at location. You may also contact your Maintenance Coordinator for assistance. Please do not send in both a Macro 36 and Macro 39 at the same time. Macro 36 should not be used if you are at or close to a Maverick shop. Sending in a Macro 36 or a Macro 39 is not required for you to report a Macro 63 (Breakdown Pay Request). Any questions, please get with your Fleet Manager or Maintenance Coordinator.

NLR Shop Now Open 24/7!

If you have a story about life on the road that you’d like to tell or if you have some tips to help other drivers be more efficient or to enjoy life OTR a little more, please contact kmoore@maverickusa.com.

New Dedicated Driver of the Quarter/Year Program

  Friday, June 9, 2017

Maverick Transportation is excited to announce a new recognition program for our Dedicated drivers of the fleet – the Dedicated Driver of the Quarter/Dedicated Driver of the Year program!

Similar to our Driver of the Month/Year program, this program will recognize two Dedicated Drivers of the Quarter (DDQ) who have met exceptional safety and professional qualifications that adhere to multiple facets of the Maverick Way.

The submissions process begins with a nomination by Account Managers. Nominations are then forwarded to Operations Managers, and then finally to the DDQ committee. Two DDQs will be elected per quarter.

We are happy to present our first two DDQ’s for the first quarter – John “Mike” Panter from the HTN division out of Columbia, TN, and George Breedlove from WNA out of Natchitoches, LA.

A few words from their fleet managers:

“Mike Panter is an example of what a dedicated driver should be. Since joining the Columbia Home Depot fleet, he has been one of my most professional drivers. His willingness to work hard and help out with anything that Maverick or the Home Depot staff needs with no questions asked makes him a very worthy candidate for DDQ. Mike takes care of our equipment as if it is his own. Mike’s on time percentage, OOR, MPG and Idle time are consistently on the top of the PFP list.” (Account Manager Sean Barnett)

“George is a standup guy every time he gets in the truck. George is always eager to work hard and loves being on the road. George has volunteered to have supplies shipped to his house so that other drivers can get things they may need. He’s such a great example of being a team player and is such a selfless person. (Account Manager Brady Teer)

Both Mike and George (and future DDQs) will be presented with plaques, Black Hats, jacket and bags by a representative from the DDQ recognition team. Be on the lookout on our Facebook page in the upcoming weeks!

The eight Drivers of the Quarter will also be eligible for Dedicated Driver of the Year (DDY). The DDY will be chosen from the DDQ committee and will also be recognized during the OTR Driver of the Year Banquet in January. He or she will also attend the fourth quarter DAC meeting in December.

We look forward to the future of the Dedicated Driver of the Quarter/Year program! The Dedicated fleet has an exceptional pool of qualified drivers and we’re excited to announce upcoming DDQs.

Congratulations again, Mike and George!

DOCUMENTARY FILM “BE PREPARED TO STOP” SHOWS IMPACT OF FAILING U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE ON LIVES OF AMERICANS AND ECONOMY

  Thursday, April 6, 2017

America’s “check engine light” is on and problems with U.S. Interstate Highway System will bring country to a standstill if not addressed quickly, according to film that debuts on Amazon and iTunes

If roads, bridges and other parts of the U.S. infrastructure continue to erode at the current rate and trucks are no longer able to safely pass, within only five days our lives would come to a complete halt. The result would be a crippling depletion of food, drinking water, medicine, fuel and other daily necessities. Airports would close, trash would pile up, industrial production would stop, public transit would end and the country would come to a standstill. The reality of this debilitating scenario is examined in “Be Prepared to Stop,” a documentary film about the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System.

“Be Prepared to Stop” debuts on Amazon April 6 and will be released on iTunes later in the month. More information and a preview are available at BePreparedToStop.org.

“Be Prepared to Stop” is a documentary about our absolute dependence on infrastructure, specifically the Interstate Highway System. We rely on those roads and the big rigs rolling down them to supply us with just about everything we use every day. But this round-the-clock lifeline has become so entrenched in our daily routines we don’t even notice it anymore. Now that neglect is reaching a crisis point. Roads and bridges are failing, safety concerns are mounting, skilled drivers are retiring and government action is at a standstill. “Be Prepared to Stop” raises awareness about the impact of this impending breakdown and how it will obstruct the U.S. economy and adversely affect the daily lives of all Americans.

“My grandfather was a truck driver and taught me to respect the professionals driving the rigs hauling everything we rely upon for our way of life,” said Jennifer Clymer, co-director and executive producer of the film. “I am alarmed about the poor state of our highway system and the lack of understanding about how dependent we are on it. I am hoping this film sheds a light on this problem and is a wake-up call that if action is not taken soon there will be significant consequences.”

Co-director and producer Marijane Miller adds, “Our country’s check-engine light has been lit up for years and if something is not done soon we’ll be stuck. Everyone knows the cost of replacing your transmission is much higher than maintaining the one you have. We need to fix this engine that keeps our country running before it’s too late.”

A few facts:

  • 32 percent of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 25 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. $146 billion in capital investment would be needed on an annual basis over the next 20 years to significantly improve conditions.
  • 42 percent of America’s major urban highways are congested, costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually.
  • The trucking industry hauls 10.49 billion tons of freight every year, or 70.1 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Rail is next, moving 13.8 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage.
  • All goods carried by ship, airplane or train reach their destination by truck. More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
  • One out of every 14 jobs in the United States is created or directly affected by the trucking industry.
  • 54 million tons of freight move across the nation every day. By 2040 that will increase more than 40 percent.

“Be Prepared to Stop” was produced by Los Angeles-based Delaware Park Productions, Inc. More information is available at BePreparedToStop.org, and on social media @bptsdoc (Twitter/Instagram) and /bepreparedtostop (Facebook). Digital assets and full press materials for editorial use can be downloaded at HonigCompany.com/media. Media can request a full copy of the film by emailing press@honigllc.com.

Statement on Automated Vehicle Technologies

  Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Maverick Transportation in conjunction with The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, supports the development of advanced vehicle technologies that enable commercial drivers to utilize highly automated driving systems, enhancing their safety and security. The Trucking Alliance also supports the use of these technologies to achieve safety performance levels that rival commercial airlines and support other initiatives that focus on drivers and their safety, such as the following:

  • supports advanced driver assisted technologies in commercial vehicles rather than commercial vehicles that rely solely on full automation
  • believes that commercial drivers are an indispensable asset to the safe operation of commercial vehicles
  • maintains the principle that commercial drivers are necessary to improve the safety and security of the general public
  • believes that commercial drivers are integral to supply chain accountability, as well as managing unforeseen weather events, emergencies, detours, vehicle conditions, computer software programs, cybersecurity disruptions, cargo security, and in providing efficient customer services