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Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting a Trucking Job

Driving a truck, for many people, is a childhood dream job – what kid doesn’t want to be behind the wheel of a big rig? Cruising down the road and traveling throughout the country.

Truck driving is an excellent career choice in a thriving industry, however, there are at least four things you should know before taking a trucking job.

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What is the Right Class A CDL Truck Driving School for Me?

Congratulations on making the decision to obtain your Class A CDL! The demand for good drivers is always going to exist and trucking affords you the opportunity to earn a great income and a way to provide for you and your family.

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Truck Driving School: What to Expect

You’ve decided to become a Class A CDL Driver. You understand the risks, demands, and benefits of the profession. You received your CLP from your local DMV. Now it’s time to attend a training program and you’re wondering what to expect. Let’s take a look into the week by week breakdown you will experience when you attend Veriha's Apprenticeship Program.

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What Does it Take to Become a Truck Driver: The Mental Side

New Class A CDL Drivers often find themselves in a state of overwhelm. There is a lot more to the job of a Professional Truck Driver than initially meets the eye. Veriha Apprenticeship Student, Shane, reflected that when he began the process of getting his Class A CDL he was shocked and overwhelmed with all the new material, studying, and responsibility that came with the new career - even though he had been driving with a Class B CDL for some time.

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How Do I Get My CLP?

Maybe you grew up knowing you wanted to drive a truck, or perhaps you’ve just decided it’s time for a career change. The problem: You, like many people, don’t know where to start. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think – and it all begins with a CLP, or commercial learner’s permit.

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What are the First Steps to Become a Truck Driver?

If you’re thinking about a career change, trucking might be right for you. But what does it take to become a truck driver? Here’s what you need to know.

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The Untold Story

9 lives each day.

All preventable.

All avoidable.

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Using All The Tools

The final trip planning tool that you receive at Veriha, is Fuel and Route directions with almost every load. These directions include turn by turn directions along with your fuel solution.

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How to Plan Your Day

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” In trucking, the majority of a driver’s day is planned by themselves. They are given an appointment window, and the rest is up to the driver. While given tools such as directions and a fueling location, it is imperative that a driver takes the time to plan and ensure they can make that appointment window on time.

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Should a Truck Driver Use a GPS?

There are a lot of misconceptions on if a truck driver should use a GPS. Many have heard stories of a driver hitting their trailer on a low bridge because they relied on their GPS. Many have heard that there is no issue, and put blind faith into the technology.

Let’s take a minute and look at the pros and cons of utilizing a GPS.

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Can Google Maps Replace Your Atlas?

Using an Atlas may feel antiquated in this day and age of technology. Pulling out a large bulky book to trip plan versus your sleek smart phone might feel awkward, and you might be asking yourself, can Google Maps replace my Atlas?

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How to Use an Atlas

One of the most underutilized tools for a truck driver is an atlas. Yet, when you take the time to become familiar with it, the atlas is one of the best tools for a driver out on the road.

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Myths About Truck Driver Pay

When it comes to the Trucking Industry, transparency is a must between the drivers and those working behind the scenes in the office. Take for example the topic of Revenue. How can drivers maximize their earnings, their miles, and their efficiency with day to day tasks? Let’s break down some commonly held myths to help maximize your success as a professional truck driver.

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WIT Women to Watch in 2020!

It is with great pleasure to announce that Megan C. & Alexis B. are part of Women Trucking’s “Women to Watch 2020!” This list is 51 women strong and to have 2 of our leading females proves how remarkable Alexis & Megan are to not only us but to the transportation industry. Please join me in offering them congratulations on this achievement. They are published in WIT’s magazine Redefining the Road in March.

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Stop, Take a Breath, and Make a Plan

As a truck driver, it isn’t a matter of IF you get lost but when. Whether you miss an exit, can’t find a customer driveway, or take a wrong turn down a skinny road that a truck shouldn’t be on – every driver will or has faced being lost in their careers. The only thing that separates good outcomes and bad ones are your choices and reactions in the situation.

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Veriha Trucking Recognized by the TCA in its 44th Annual Fleet Safety Awards

Veriha Trucking has been recognized as one of 18 companies by The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in its 44th Annual Fleet Safety Awards Competition. Winners are selected by the lowest accident frequency ratios per million miles, annually.

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How to Drive a Semi in Winter Conditions

If you’re interested in a career as a truck driver, your safety record will be incredibly important – and that means you’ll need to know how to drive a commercial truck in winter conditions such as snow and ice. Check out these nine tips to make sure you’re ready for the road.

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Truck Driving Problem Resolution At Veriha Trucking

It’s Murphy’s law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, especially out on the road. At Veriha Trucking, we prepare our drivers to handle difficulties and partner with them to solve any issues they encounter. Do you know what steps to take if you’re experiencing issues out on the road?

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Oh Deer!

November 18, 2019  

Over the next few months, motorists across Wisconsin will need to be especially alert for the potential of deer to dart suddenly across roadways.

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Wade Bumgarner - Driving for Excellence!

October 22, 2019

Standing on the main stage at the Great American Truck Show (GATS), the largest trucking show of the year, Veriha’s Apprenticeship Student Wade Bumgarner anxiously waited to find out if he made Top 3...

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What are the First Steps to Become a Truck Driver?

October 22, 2019

If you’re thinking about a career change, trucking might be right for you. But what does it take to become a truck driver? Here’s what you need to know.

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And YOU Thought Nothing In Life Was Guaranteed!

October 14, 2019

Guaranteed pay, also known as GPAY, is income protection for employees experiencing unanticipated events that are affecting their ability to generate normal earnings.

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Understanding Per Diems

October 11, 2019 

What Per Diem is.  So many drivers don’t understand Per Diem tax options, heck most office don’t either.  This blog is supported by our What is Per Diem video to better explain the options.   

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Veriha Recognition - Pins

October 10, 2019

We are excited to launch our first 3 pins in our Veriha Pin Series!  These pins were created in an effort to recognize YOU, our drivers, in a visual way of things that you should be proud of! Our hope is that you wear these pins with pride so that we can recognize you for your contributions when we see the pins!  Read below about each pin and how you can get your very own! 

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

September 30, 2019

When you're alone and waiting for an answer, 5 minutes can feel like hours. Maybe you have an appointment and need additional information; perhaps your truck is broken down, or it could be that you just need a quick answer.

Drivers and their support infrastructure are part of an integral team that must work seamlessly to ensure truckloads arrive on time and in great shape. So how well we communicate becomes key.
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This Is Scary... But We Have To Talk About It

September 19, 2019

Today’s Veriha Blog is focusing on a major issue in our country…human trafficking. As professional truck drivers, you are the eyes and the ears of the road. You often are in places others just simply aren’t. You may know someone who has been affected or may have been affected yourself. One thing is for certain…something needs to be done. So what can you do to help? What to look for:
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Ways Truck Drivers Can Maximize Earnings

September 6, 2019

Have you ever wondered how activating the Veriha accessorial earning options might add up over time and what the impact could be to your personal income? If so, you're going to love this short article! 
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Veriha's Apprentice Student Honored on National Stage

August 19, 2019 

We are excited to celebrate Wade Bumgarner being selected as a Top 10 Finalist for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award! This award honors veterans, national guard members and reservists for entering the transportation industry. 
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Wait, is that Waldo or an Empty Trailer?

August 06, 2019

Looking for an empty trailer can often feel like playing a game of Where’s Waldo?  Is it on the beach?  Is it taken over by Odlaw?  Wait, why is Santa Clause here?  Below is recap of some trailer enhancements that have been made to make you feel a little bit less lost when looking for a trailer or Waldo.
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Storm & Tornado Safety On The Road

May 08, 2019

Being a Midwest carrier, we’ve seen a number of tornadoes strike across the country causing incredible damage to homes, businesses, schools, farms and roadways.  We have seen devastating injuries and fatalities as a result of these powerful storms.  The Veriha Safety Department have put together a few safety tips to help keep you safe should you encounter a tornado while out on the road.
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Disc Brakes - Faster, Shorter, Safer

Sep 21, 2018

This year we are receiving tractors & trailers that will have disc brakes versus drum brakes. This change not only brings you faster service installs, it will make our units even safer with shorter stopping distances. Below is some general information to get you familiar with disc brakes. 
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Driver Appreciation Week

Sep 14, 2018

Everyone at Veriha appreciates everything that each and every one of you do: the long hours, being away from home, and the dedication to safety. In our continued efforts to ensure that you are not only appreciated for your commitment but also compensated we have updated six areas of our pay package that are effective starting Sunday September 9, 2018.
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