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NEW PAY PACKAGE!

NEW PAY PACKAGE!

Attention Drivers! You asked for it and it has arrived. Barber Trucking has a brand new pay package for all new and current drivers. Starting April 3rd, 2016 the new pay package will go into effect!

Mileage Pay Package:

2-3 years commercial experience                $.43 CPM
3+ commercial experience                            $.44 CPM

 

Percentage Pay:

27% 2+ years’ experience

 

Training Pay:

24+ Months OTR (Verifiable) Commercial Experience          $140 a day
24+ Months Flatbed (Verifiable) Commercial Experience    $180 a day

 

Trainer Mileage Pay Package:

Without Student    $.49 CPM
With Student          $.54 CPM

 

Tarp Pay: (Accounts for on and off)

6’ or 8’ tarps                       $45.00
Smoke tarps                       $35.00
Coil bags or brick tarps    $15.00

 

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Jeff Tech Opens Class A CDL Class

Jeff Tech Opens Class A CDL Class

We’re so proud to be partnered with Jeff Tech in their newest Adult Education venture: Offering a Class A CDL Class! Truck driving can be a really rewarding career, and we’re happy to be involved in training newcomers.

More about the Jeff Tech Class A CDL Class

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Truck Driver Healthy Living Tips

Truck Driver Healthy Living Tips

If you’re like a lot of other people, you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be your healthiest year ever. You’re going to eat right, work out, and finally kick those bad habits to the curb. The proverbial bump in the road? You’re always on the road!

Living a healthy lifestyle is even harder for truckers than the average person. After all, it’s hard to fit exercise in when you’re sitting for up to ___ hours a day. It’s also hard to plan a healthy meal when you don’t have a lot of time (not to mention a fridge or a stove to store and cook fresh foods).

But if you want 2016 to be your healthiest year ever, that starts with no excuses. Drivers just need to work harder and stay committed to fitting in exercise and good eating habits. Here are a few quick tips and healthy choices you can make to help you get started.

Truck Driver Healthy Living Tips

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Beverages: Steer clear of soda, energy drinks, and fruit juice that contains excessive sugar and little to no actual fruit juice. When it comes to hydration, of course water is the best option, but water can get a little boring. Try adding some kick by squeezing lemon or lime directly into your water bottle (both fruits boast a variety of health benefits and are known to aid in weight loss). Add in green tea, and know that a cup or two of coffee is okay (although we suggest you hold back on the cream and sugar).

Travel Snacks: Steer clear of chips, snack cakes, and candy. Even in moderation, these items tend to be packed with empty calories. Instead opt for hard boiled eggs (available at many convenience stores), almonds or pistachios (ideally unsalted), dry roasted edamame (which are surprisingly tasty soy beans), string cheese and fruit, small amounts of low sodium jerky, or sunflower seeds.

Eating on the Run: When you decide to eat out at a restaurant (fastfood or not), make smart decisions. Avoid the sugary drinks and instead stick to one of the healthy options mentioned above. Order a grilled option or baked meat option, and try it on a wrap instead of a bun. Also try substituting fries for a baked potato or other healthy side like rice and beans.

Truck Driver Healthy Living Tips - Use your truck to exerciseStop for Exercise: When weather permits and you have to stop for the day, plan to stop at a park
or recreation area where you can take a walk or jog around. You can also use the tips from team runsmart to turn your truck into an exercising accessory. Consider joining a large national gym like Anytime Fitness. Benefits include many locations you can stop at along your route, and 24 hr access so you can fit your workout in when it works for you.

Cab Exercises: Not able to get out of your truck. There are a surprising amount of exercises you can do that don’t require a lot of space such as high knees, squats, torso twists, leg lifts, and crunches. Follow this routine for even more inspiration.

At the end of the day and once the year is over, don’t forget that your wellness is in your hands. Follow us on Facebook and watch for our Truck Driver Healthy Living Tips on Wellness Wednesday. We make it easy for followers by posting even more ideas, tips, and trick on how you can make 2016 your healthiest year ever.

New Rule to Protect Drivers

New Rule to Protect Drivers

A new rule was recently published in the Federal Registry to protect drivers and penalize companies that try to coerce them into violating safety rules and regulations. The rule will
impose penalties on motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation

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Creating a Culture of Safety with Safe Driving Rewards

Creating a Culture of Safety with Safe Driving Rewards

At Barber Trucking, maintaining dependable and timely distribution to our customers is a huge part of our vision to becoming a national leader in the transportation industry. Just as important to us is creating a culture of safety for all of our employees, as well as those we share the road with.

That’s why we’ve developed different ways to acknowledge and reward those within our team who are practicing safety everyday. We recently held a Safety Meeting with all company drivers, owner operators and operations personnel, where we acknowledged those drivers who stood out as being particularly safety conscious. These drivers received a certificate of appreciation, and to be eligible for that, they needed to have a CSA score of 10 or less.

We’re proud to say that out of approximately 88 eligible drivers, 38 met the requirements and received certificates of appreciation (that’s over 40%)! Along with the certificate, they also got to leave the safety meeting early and got a Barber Trucking t-shirt.

We will continue to to give out safe driving rewards and inspire a culture of safety. We would like to thank all of our teammates and fellow travelers who work together to make the road safe for all drivers, ours included!

Employee Appreciation Picnic at Mt. Airy, NC

Employee Appreciation Picnic at Mt. Airy, NC

We just had our second annual employee appreciation picnic at the Shelton Shelter, in North Carolina and it turned out great! The Selton Shelter is part of Surry County Parks & Rec, and it was a beautiful place to get together with all of our family (both the ones from home and the ones from work)!

This year the picnic was catered by Porky’s BBQ, and the food was delicious. We had door prizes, Team Barber employees got tickets to win prizes, and spouses got to take home the centerpieces. The best part for the kids (aside from the fact that there was a park right next to us), was the scavenger hunt. It was great to watch them follow clues while enjoying the outdoors.

Thanks to everyone who helped plan the day and everyone who attended; we’re already looking forward to next year’s employee appreciation picnic!

Pictures from our Family Picnic in North Carolina October 24, 2015.

Posted by Barber Trucking Inc. on Monday, October 26, 2015

Thank you for Moving the Country

Thank you for Moving the Country

September 13-19th was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Truck driving can seem like a thankless job sometimes, because truckers provide a service people often take for granted.

thank-you-truckersNot us at Barber Trucking! We know exactly how important it is for all types of drivers: from dry vans, to refrigerated, and of course flatbed haulers, and more, thank you for moving the country! Without you, we wouldn’t have food in the grocery store, fuel to heat our homes, medicine when we’re sick, and countless other daily necessities and conveniences.

While we may not have been able to show our appreciation to all truck drivers, we definitely could and did show our appreciation to our drivers with a company wide cookout held at all of our locations.

The cookout lasted all day, because we wanted to make sure a hot meal was waiting for everyone who was able to stop. In addition to getting good food, drivers also got a new shirt, and a sincere thanks from leadership.

We’re proud of all of our drivers for the job that they do everyday, and we thank their families for supporting them. We also can’t ignore the rest of Team Barber; the mechanics, dispatchers, and office personnel that work hard keep our truckers safely on the road.

Military Driver to Civilian CDL Prep Course for NCARNG

Military Driver to Civilian CDL Prep Course for NCARNG

What a great experience we had in Fort Bragg, NC last week, where we facilitated a military driver to civilian CDL Prep Course for the North Carolina Army National Guard (NCARNG). Thanks to the 139th National Guard Academy, for allowing us to use their facility to give the training!

This three day course was led by our very own Carl Jackson, and was designed to help prepare NCARNG Soldiers pass the written Class A CDL Test.  Passing this test is important to military drivers, because it means they can use the Military Skills Waiver to transfer their military skills to a civilian CDL (an otherwise lengthy process).

So what did the class consist of? The first day of class welcomed five participants to classroom study.  We read aloud, discussed our reading, and worked in groups to make sure everyone knew the key points. Then we went on range to get some hands on practice before closing out the day with some homework (sorry, but it’s good for you)!

Our second day followed the same basic structure, with classroom time (including a quiz), and hands on basic testing in one of our Barber trucks.  We also went over the homework, which everyone had completed. Since safety is a big focus of ours, we even practiced three points of contact for getting in and out of the trucks. The day again ended in homework (trust us it’s good for the memory)!

The final day of class had a homework discussion, and a pass or fail written test in preparation for the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV’s) written exam.  We’re happy to say everyone passed, and we were able to move on to the fun stuff, truck maneuvering practice.

Now that the training has ended, we’re happy to report that two of our class attendees have already passed all section requirements!

This training gave us a great opportunity to help soldiers who are unemployed/underemployed transfer the skill they learned in the military to their civilian life.

We’re even lucky enough to be welcoming a few of them to Team Barber Trucking, although whether class grads decide to drive with us or not, we’re just glad we got a chance to give back to those who give so much.

Fort Bragg, NC