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    Packing List for Truck Drivers

    What truck driver essentials do you need when you are on the road? Packing can be one of the most important steps for truck drivers when going on a long trip. You want to make sure you do not forget anything from your packing list at home so you can have a successful trip.  Do you have your personal products ready to go? Is your commercial driver’s license packed? Do you have any emergency tools packed? These are all important questions to ask before you head out on the road. A little planning goes a long way. Before you start your next trip, look through this packing list for truck drivers to make sure you have these essential items. 

    Personal Products for Truckers

    Personal products are necessary for truck drivers to have with them while on the road. These are items that you would always bring on a vacation such as clothes, medications, and toiletries.  It is crucial to pack a variety of clothes, especially for drivers traveling across different terrains. Be sure to pack a rain jacket and a heavy coat. Weather conditions can vary and affect your truck, the docks and interiors at your pick-up and delivery locations, and even elements of roadside stops. It is also important to pack high-visibility clothing for any unexpected roadside stops that truck drivers might have to make. This will help protect you from oncoming traffic.  If you take any medication regularly, be sure to pack your regular dosage along with a few extra doses. Trips could be extended by bad weather or a load taking longer than anticipated. If you do take any medications, always ensure they are approved under the Department of Transportation and reviewed by a medical professional certified under the DOT.   Toiletries are other essential items for truck drivers. You will save money by packing your own toiletries. Buy a small shower bag or shower caddy and fill it with all of your necessary items such as body wash, shampoo, and toothpaste.

    Emergency Supplies Truck Drivers Should Have

    Emergency supplies are another must-have packing list addition for truck drivers. Between winter blizzards and summer storms, you never know what types of road conditions you will face. That is why it is so crucial to pack emergency supplies like a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, and basic tools.  If you find yourself needing to make a stop to fix something in the dark, your flashlight will come in handy. They can also act as a signaling option if you need help from another driver on the road. Truckers should remember to pack some extra batteries in case you need to switch them out of the flashlight or other devices that you decide to bring. Another item to pack is a first aid kit. You never know when you or another driver could need help. Items such as bandages, sterile gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and disposable gloves are just some of the essentials truck drivers need to pack. A basic toolkit is another must-have for truck drivers to pack before going on a trip. Truck drivers are not expected to be mechanics, but having a few tools on hand can save a lot of time for easy repairs instead of having to wait for an emergency maintenance team. Consider packing include a screwdriver, sledgehammer, and wrench.  

    Important Truck Driver Documents

    Before you head out on the road, be sure to double-check that you have all of the essential driving documents. Whether you call it a permit book, paperwork binder, or document folder, double-check that you have your necessary documents packed. Some documents to consider double-checking include your Class A CDL, insurance, and registration. Other documents might be required depending on which trucking company you work for and what goods you are transporting. Without these documents, you can run into some serious consequences. Make sure you have a list and make certain everything is packed before you head out on the road. We know that these must-have essentials for truck drivers can be easy to forget when you start packing. We hope this list helps you next time you are about to begin your journey. 
    If you are ready to get your CDL and begin your career as a truck driver, call Napier at 513-756-2280 or contact us today!
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    Learn what makes regional trucking so appealing

    Many people know about OTR (Over the Road) and local truck driving. Still, one job that is often overlooked is regional trucking. Regional truck drivers are tasked with the responsibility to haul freight in specific regions of the United States. Regional driving allows drivers to have more dedicated routes as they may have deliveries to the same businesses. Region sizes tend to be dictated by the population of the states per region. Most regions tend to have between 4-5 states within them or around a 1000-mile radius that drivers will deliver to.

    Why choose regional trucking

    For many, the benefits of the job are one of the first things they look at when deciding if it is the right fit for them. That should be the same for truck drivers when choosing between OTR, regional, or local driving. The thing that makes regional trucking so appealing to many is that it combines the worlds of OTR and local.

    Pros

      • More time at home: Since regional drivers mainly have deliveries during the week, they then have time off on the weekends, which allows them to be home more often than OTR drivers.
      • Better relationships: Regional drivers can have dedicated routes that allow them to get to know the area they drive in and build a relationship with the people they are serving.
      • Travel: Many drivers enjoy the open road and the travel that comes with it. For regional drivers still get to experience that thrill of travel as they are moving between states.

    Cons

      • Sleeping on the road: Due to regional drivers having to travel in-between states, they will have to spend nights either in hotels or in the cab of their truck.
      • Quick turnaround: Most jobs that regional drivers take cross state lines which means that deadlines can be tight due to the distance, which leaves little time for drivers to have out of the truck.
    The pay drivers receive for being a regional truck driver can be seen as either a pro or con, as most drivers are paid by the mile. Regional drivers are paid more than local drivers as they drive more miles; however, OTR is still the best-paid driver. The benefits that companies offer tend to be similar for all three types of drivers; however, they still differ in some ways. Regional driving may be exactly what certain people are looking for as it combines OTR and local driving. Napier trains our students to be career-ready upon graduating. Our Job Placement program aims to help graduates find a trucking career that fits them, and their family needs best.
    If you are ready to get your CDL and begin your career as a Regional Truck driver. Contact Napier at 888-368-2495 or contact us today!
  • The Importance of Truck Driver's Role in the Supply Chain Proven.

    With every passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the lives of people all over the world. Stores, businesses, hospitals, and more struggle to get essential supplies and keep up with demand. Keeping the supply chain from collapse has proved challenging, especially in the United States where a well-documented truck driver shortage has plagued the trucking industry for the last several years. Currently, the US employs 2 million truckers, but actually needs and additional 50,000 truck drivers to meet shipping demands across the country. As many people were instructed to follow government shelter-in-place guidelines during the pandemic, panic buying and stockpiling groceries increased. Keeping store shelves stocked put even more strain on a trucking industry already suffering from a truck driver shortage. Without truck drivers, the economy would be at a standstill. During unprecedented times, truck drivers became true heroes, braving a world filled with uncertainty to help Americans get the essential supplies they need. Aimee Napier, President of Napier Truck Driver Training, praises truck drivers amid the COVID-19 health crisis, "In light of the coronavirus panic, I wanted to pay tribute to all of the truck drivers who are working 24/7 to attempt to keep our stores stocked. We have A LOT of students who work for US Xpress on their Kroger-dedicated routes here in Cincinnati as well as Meijer-dedicated routes in Tipp City.  One posted yesterday that they had 200 loads for the day and 20 drivers!  Wow, that's a lot of hustling!" During an April 16 White House event, even President Donald Trump praised truck drivers saying, “Thank God for truckers... American truckers are the foot soldiers who are really carrying us to victory… They’ve done an incredible job. We’ve had no problems. It’s been just — it’s been just great.” As the world struggles to overcome a time of crisis, truck drivers are making a huge difference in the world by staying dedicated to their careers. We cannot do it without them. Consider training with Napier Truck Driver Training. We have comprehensive commercial driving programs that can give you the skills necessary to start your truck driving career. If you are interested in becoming a truck driving hero, contact Napier today to learn more about truck driver training. 1-888-368-2495
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    Do you know how important truckers are to your everyday life?

    Trucking in the United States alone moves an estimated 71% of the total freight in the country, including medical supplies, food supplies, and many more. Sadly, if the trucking operations were to stop suddenly, the effects on the economy would be more devastating than anyone might expect. This explains the significant role truckers play in mitigating the adverse impact and ensuring the well-being of all Americans. So, what would happen if truckers were to cease working for just three days?

    THE FIRST DAY -

    Healthcare Industry Healthcare providers, together with the consumers, depend on regular delivery of medication and healthcare supplies to hospitals and pharmacies. The first day without trucking would mean a huge risk of running out of essential medical supplies, such as catheters and syringes, which are usually needed within hours after ordering. This would jeopardize health care services for cancer patients as their medication uses radiopharmaceuticals, which can only last for a few hours before expiring. Transportation and Retail Sector Beyond the effects on the healthcare industry, delivery of packages and mails would immediately come to a halt. Within a few hours of truck stoppage, busy gas stations would run out of fuel supplies as an average service station needs a delivery every two days. Grocery stores could start to run out of supplies due to panic buying by the consumers. There would also be more rampant delays in the manufacturing industry for the lack of components and materials. As a result, companies would incur substantial losses.

    NEXT TWO TO THREE DAYS

    Retail, Banking and Waste Removal The truck stoppage would, in the next two days, spur hoarding and immense increases in consumer purchases of essential goods such as powdered milk, bottled water, and canned foods. Eventually, this could end up in food shortages nationwide. ATMs and bank branches would be cashless. Shortages would materialize drastically, which could result in civil unrest. Without fuel, the pile-up of uncollected garbage would increase in urban and suburban zones.

    BOTTOM LINE

    As demonstrated, stopping all truck operations will have a swift and devastating impact on the American economy. With the current shortage of truck drivers in the US, there's a greater need for trained truckers to meet the massive demand. Need professional training in trucking? Contact us today to kick-start your new trucking career.
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    Students Trust Napier with their Job Placement

    Napier Truck Driver Training is proud to announce that we offer job placement services to every single person who goes through our training program and successfully obtains their CDL license. We are deeply committed to helping both our current students and our future graduates find work in the trucking industry. You have trusted Napier with your education and training. It is now time to trust us with your future!

    Napier Graduates Get Hired:

    Our connections help our graduates get hired quickly. As a part of our job placement services, we work with over 30 reputable trucking carriers that hire our graduates regularly. They offer positions with local, regional, and over-the-road truck carriers. Our students can all find a career option that they are prepared for and meets their needs.

    We Take Job Placement Seriously:

    When you enroll at Napier Truck Driver Training, we understand that you are entrusting us with more than just getting you your CDL. You are entrusting us with your future, your career, your life, and your family's well-being. You are ready to move into the future and take on the next job in your career. Therefore, we not only take your training seriously to ensure that you get your CDL, but we also make sure that you can find work you love after you finish.

    Our Staff is Here For You:

    We have specifically dedicated staff to help you find job placements when you complete your training. They are willing to work with you one on one to help find a path that is right for you. We understand not all of our students are the same, and therefore, trucking jobs are not one size fits all. We can help place you with regional or national carriers that will provide you with great benefits and long-term employment. We also regularly host job events and fairs to ensure that trucking carriers who are looking for workers can come to our school and speak to students. Our main goal is to help you get working as soon as possible after you pass you're complete your training and receive your CDL. At Napier Truck Driver Training, we are here to support our students. If you need further assistance with job placement or wish to enroll in classes, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance!
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    How to maintain your humbleness during truck driving school.

    Napier Truck Driver Training has some of the best CDL training in the country. We utilize experienced drivers to assist students in reaching their goals. If you want to get the most out of your time spent at Napier, it's important to not let your ego get in the way of your learning. Check out our tips for staying humble and getting the most out of your CDL training.

    Who Helped You Get Here?

    We all know that when you start your CDL training it will truly be on you to complete your training and study hard in the classroom. However, never take for granted all the people who helped you get to CDL training in the first place.  Your family, friends, and your teachers helped you gain all the skills you feel proud of. Taking that into consideration, remember to allow others to help you during your training as well. Everyone who loves you wants to see you succeed. Stay humble and don't let your ego get in the way of the process that has brought you this far in life.

    Truck Driving Is A Lifestyle

    Beyond the techniques, rules, and regulations; OTR Truck driving is a lifestyle change. If you have never worked as a trucker before, it's a safe bet that you haven't experienced anything like it. As excited as you are to get your trucking career started, there is still a lot you need to learn. You will need to adjust your lifestyle completely. As you get to work earning your CDL, remember to be humble and take the advice of your instructors. Chances are they have been through the exact same training and life transition you are going through now.

    Don't Burn Bridges

    The instructors you will meet will be a valuable resource to you in more ways than one. Each of them has been where you're trying to go, and their experience and connections can help you. Carriers are familiar with Napier, and want to work with drivers they know have had good training. The veteran drivers who will guide you have experience in the industry, and they can help you. Don't drive them away by being unteachable. Stay humble. For more information on how Napier's instructors can help you find success in the transportation industry, contact us today.
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