Author: Scott Loftis

First Annual Expediter of the Year

The Expedite Expo has always been a driver-friendly event but never more so than this year’s event, which will include the presentation of the first annual Expediter of the Year award. The finalists for this year’s award have been announced, and they certainly represent the very best of an industry filled with outstanding drivers. The winner will be announced at the end of Expedite Expo, which will be held Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky. The winner will receive $500 cash for travel, two nights’ hotel accommodations provided by ExpeditersOnline.com, and an Expediter...

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Meet 'The Crafty Trucker'

Heather Hutchens got into trucking after following her husband Jason into the industry. Jason had been working for a courier service while Heather was an optician for over twenty years. Wanting to be together more, they thought of trucking in some fashion. Three years ago after doing research, the pair sold their home and entered expediting as drivers. They live in their truck but take their home time in Waco, Texas, where they keep up their small-house living with their two small dogs. They live in an RV they purchased after selling their home. “We come home, take the...

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Expedite Expo 2016: Come Early, Stay Late!

The Expedite Expo is a great reason to visit downtown Lexington, Ky., this July, but there are plenty of other things to see and do in Lexington as well. Mark your calendar for July 15 and 16, and plan to come early and stay late in Lexington. Lexington has been called the “city in the park,” according to the website visitlex.com, because of its location at the center of hundreds of beautiful, parklike horse farms. But the website notes that “the nickname also seems an apt description of the cosmopolitan yet casual atmosphere of the downtown area.” Indeed, Lexington...

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Expedite Expo Features New Exhibitors in 2012

The Expedite Expo returns for its 12th year in 2012, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The Expedite Expo returns for its 12th year in 2012, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The Expo is scheduled for July 27 and 28 at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio. Click Here to Register Now! The Expo will once again feature something for everyone, from live entertainment to an antique truck show to a smorgasbord of trucking products and information presented by exhibitors from every facet of the industry. This year’s Expo will also feature several first-time exhibitors, including: Delco Remy, a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters, alternators and electric motor technology and Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems. Detroit Radiator, which engineers and manufactures some of the best aftermarket heavy duty radiators, charge air coolers and A/C condensers on the market, with a focus on heavy-duty trucks. Eclipse Expediting, a Michigan-based carrier that launched in March 2011 as an offshoot of America Expedited. RAM Nationwide, a Cincinnati-based carrier and parent company of RAM Motor Freight and RAM Transportation Services. T.E. Smith Transport and Logistics, a family-operated, Ontario-based carrier licensed for the continental United States and all Canadian provinces. The Expo also will feature two appearances by Jungle Jack Hannah’s troupe from the Columbus Zoo. The...

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Say Goodbye to the Joys of Shifting

Once scorned by truckers, automatic transmissions have steadily gained popularity… Professional truck drivers deal with plenty of occupational stress, from delivery deadlines to fuel costs to watching out for dangers on the road. Automatic and automated transmissions won’t eliminate all of those concerns, but they do give the driver one less thing to worry about. Once scorned by truckers, automatic transmissions have steadily gained popularity as technology improved and more and more drivers learned about the advantages that can be gained by giving up manual shifting. “We have 70-plus expediter trucks on order, and every one of those trucks has an Allison automatic transmission,” said John Lalonde of Fyda Freightliner in Columbus, Ohio. Lalonde continues, “Fifteen years ago, maybe an automatic transmission might have left you on the side of the road, but that’s not the case anymore. They’ve come a long way.” Linda Caffee, a Missouri-based expediter who drives as part of a team with her husband, Bob, says she wouldn’t dream of trading the couple’s automated transmission for a manual version. “When we bought our first truck, due to stress of driving in traffic, I wanted an automatic transmission,” said Caffee, who operates a 40-foot straight truck. Caffee cited several advantages to operating an automatic or automated transmission. “One of the great pluses is when you’re stuck in a traffic jam,” she said. “You don’t have to...

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Involved in an accident? Make the best of a bad situation

Accidents happen, even to the most safety-conscious professional driver. When they do, keeping your head and knowing what steps to take can help you make the best of a difficult situation. Accidents happen, even to the most safety-conscious professional driver. When they do, keeping your head and knowing what steps to take can help you make the best of a difficult situation. Chuck Johnston, claims director for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, offered some tips for truckers who’ve been involved in an accident. The first step, Johnston said, is to secure the scene in order to avoid any further injuries or damage. “Make sure to put out flares and markers and contact the police and ambulance, if you need one,” Johnston said. “And contact your insurance carrier and your motor carrier as soon as possible so they can help you.” When exchanging information with the other drivers involved in an accident, Johnston said it’s important to be thorough. “Look at the documents,” he said. “Don’t just take their word for it, because people will lie. Make sure that you check the names and get the policy numbers.” It’s also important, Johnston said, to get as much information as possible about witnesses. “Get witnesses’ names if you can, or if you can’t get the names, try to get their plate numbers or ID numbers if they’re a trucker.” If you...

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Expedite Expo: The Place to Be

The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio, is the place to be July 22 and 23 for the 11th annual Expedite Expo. The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio , is the place to be July 22 and 23 for the 11th annual Expedite Expo. The event is America’s largest expedited trucking show , and this year’s edition promises even more fun. With more than 100 exhibits and a wide range of events and entertainment, the show offers something for everyone. “We will have a broad range of exhibits and information services,” said Expo Manager Lawrence McCord. “There will be a lot of things to see and do.” Several lucky visitors to the Expo will go home with a little extra spending money in their pockets as well. There will be a total of eight $100 cash giveaways — four on each day of the show. At 4 p.m. each day, a $1,000 cash prize will be given away to a lucky winner. A $1,200 Espar Heater also will be given away at the show. New for 2011 is the TruckPro Seminar Series, a hands-on seminar for truck maintenance and safety issues. Presenters will be working live with attendees on a truck parked right on the trade show floor. Workshops A total of 11 driver workshops are planned for the two-day expo, covering a range of topics — from...

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