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Cypress Truck Lines is looking for a CDL A Yard Jockey in Georgetown, SC to join its growing family. Want to work for a better driving company? Or maybe interested in a career change? Then we’re the company for you. Better pay, benefits and guaranteed weekends home mean you’ll still have the lifestyle you deserve through a career you love.

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  • Paid Orientation
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Qualifications:
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DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK! September 14th through September 20th

Opinion: One Week Isn’t Enough to Honor Drivers | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News

 In thinking about what I wanted to say to mark National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, I kept coming back to one thought: One week is not enough. One week is not enough to recognize all that these hardworking professionals do for our industry and our country. They truly are moving America forward by delivering the things that make our quality of life possible. One week is not enough to thank and appreciate the 3.4 million men and women who get behind the wheel every day with safety first and foremost on their minds. Safety is an important part of what it means to be a professional truck driver — and millions of drivers hold that responsibility sacred, and their efforts are paying off. Today, trucking is much safer than it was a decade ago — and is virtually unrecognizable compared with the image of the outlaw, renegade industry portrayed in the media in the 1970s and ’80s. One week is not enough to talk about the advances in technology and training and professionalism that have led to an approximately 30% drop in truck-involved crashes over the past 10 years — and it is not enough to talk about safety improvements to come. Today’s driver slips behind the wheel of a true engineering marvel — replete with all manner of devices and design elements intended to keep the truck, its driver and its cargo moving safely and efficiently. However, the most important piece of technology in the cab is — and will be for some time — the driver. These professionals have to deal with an ever more challenging work environment: highways that are increasingly clogged with traffic and that no longer are adequate for a 21st-century economy. These professionals also are increasingly sharing the road with aggressive and distracted drivers — who in our current, fast-paced world are putting safety in the back seat to get to their destinations faster while trying to multitask on their cellphones.
Professional truck drivers see these dangerous behaviors every day, yet they continue to improve their safety record even as they move more and more of the nation’s goods. So, truly, one week is not enough to highlight their importance. Yet, we should at least take this week, Sept. 13-19, to appreciate just what these men and women sacrifice for our industry and our economy. They give up time with their families, nights of sleep in their own beds and the trappings of home to deliver the medicine to our hospitals, the food to our restaurants and the clothes to our stores. The cost of our quality of life is often missed ballgames and recitals and a family who misses their mom or dad. So, we should remember and thank those families as well for their sacrifice. I’m often asked about the shortage of drivers in our industry, and I reply that driving a truck isn’t for everybody. And while this is true, for many millions of Americans it isn’t just a job, it is a career and a gateway to a middle-class lifestyle for themselves and their families. Driving a truck pays more than the national median wage, according to a report by the departments of Education, Labor and Transportation. That same report highlights why we need to appreciate our drivers, not just this week but all the time. More than half of the current pool of drivers are older than 45, and it is believed there will be nearly 1.2 million job openings for truck drivers between 2012 and 2022. We need to show our appreciation to these tremendous professionals, not only to keep those already in our industry behind the wheel but to attract new and enthusiastic drivers to trucking. How do we show our appreciation? This week, carriers and shippers and service providers alike will be taking time out to thank their drivers, holding cookouts and other celebrations of their efforts. But we all can do our part. A friendly wave, giving that truck on the road a wide berth as you share the highway and even pausing a moment to think about how the back-to-school items you’ve recently purchased got from where they were made to the shelf of your local store. These are gestures that should be appreciated, not just this week but every week. One week is not enough to recognize all that these men and women do, but it’s what we have this week. So please, take a few moments to thank your drivers — and all drivers. American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade federation for the trucking industry, has headquarters in Arlington, Va., and affiliated associations in every state. ATA owns Transport Topics.

Read more at: http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=39428&page=2


Safety Spotlight : Autonomous Trucks - Safer drivers?

Commentary: The Reality of Autonomous Trucks

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

by Deborah Lockridge, Editor-in-Chief - Also by this author

Dear mainstream journalists, repeat after me: Autonomous trucks are not “driverless trucks.”

Ever since Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its Inspiration Truck last month in a big, splashy Las Vegas premiere with the general media invited, reporters have breathlessly and inaccurately thrown around the word “driverless trucks.” That despite the company’s emphasis that they are no such thing.

While the sci-fi fan in me is excited by these future-technology demonstrations, some of these writers need to take a deep breath and step away from the keyboard.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines four levels of autonomous vehicle, ranging from 0 (no automation) to 4 (a truly driverless vehicle). The Inspiration Truck (and another autonomous concept truck Peterbilt showed reporters the day we went to press) are considered a Level 3 autonomous vehicle. There are multiple systems that allow the driver to cede control under the right conditions, but he or she must be ready to take back control at any time. (In fact, the Nevada regulations allowing for the license of the truck call for TWO drivers, just in case, but that’s likely temporary until the systems are more proven.)

I like to think of it more as cruise control on steroids.

Daimler Trucks North America officials stressed repeatedly that their Inspiration Truck is not “driverless,” and in fact they have no interest in a Level 4, totally autonomous vehicle. Peterbilt doesn’t like to call its truck autonomous; engineers there call it “advanced driver assist systems.” (And after all, if it’s assisting the driver, obviously the driver is still there.)

So if these trucks aren’t driverless, what, then, are the potential benefits?

Both Daimler and Peterbilt talked about the potential to reduce driver fatigue. Daimler said it already has done test-track research that appears to confirm this. If that’s the case, autonomous technology could lead to safer highways.

Safety was the takeaway of Brent Nussbaum, whose Illinois-based fleet Nussbaum Transportation works closely with Freightliner as a test fleet. I spoke with him after the Inspiration Truck unveiling to find out what the return on investment might be for such a system. Right now, he told me, lane departure warning systems can only warn drivers, beep at them or simulate the rumble strip feel in the seat. Sometimes, the driver is already over in the other lane before he can react. But Daimler’s automated technology keeps the truck in the lane for the driver.

We perhaps even could have more efficiency, Daimler said, if we could convince the government to give drivers of autonomous vehicles a little more legal time on the road. (Considering the fact that our current hours of service regulations are still locked in unending cycles of litigation, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.)

A much more likely development would be using this technology for platooning. By allowing two or more trucks to link up and follow each other more closely than would be safe without the near-instantaneous reaction of the technology, all the trucks in the platoon would burn less fuel.

A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5% improvement while the trailing truck got up to a 10% improvement.

Frost & Sullivan forecasts platooning will be introduced in North America around 2018 or 2019. Meanwhile, ABI Research predicts that 7.7 million truck platoon systems will ship by 2025.

So it’s exciting technology, no doubt. It will be interesting to watch over the next decade. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for flying cars.


Safety Spotlight - Driver training: a new era begins with video, custom content

Driver training: a new era begins with video, custom content | Commercial Carrier Journal 

With the average turnover rate in excess of 90 percent, the transportation industry — and especially the for-hire truckload sector — is looking to expand the pool of drivers while reducing overall risk.

That may be a tall order, but technology is creating new options to increase the effectiveness and speed of training drivers with all levels of experience.

Like a lot of companies, J&R Schugel uses video to train drivers, though its footage is not filmed in studios with narrators, actors and props. Rather, it comes directly from the scene of accidents, risky events and errant behaviors that involve its own driving force.

The New Ulm, Minn.-based truckload business has recording devices installed in all 450 company-owned tractors and 150 trucks powered by its lease operators and independent contractors.

Just as coaches and professional athletes study game film to improve skills and decision-making, driver managers use the video to help drivers learn how to operate more safely.

J&R Schugel focuses on using the DriveCam safety program from Lytx to make drivers aware of what events trigger video recordings and to show them how their performance compares to the rest of the fleet, says Clay Merches, vice president of safety and human resources.

“The internal drive that we naturally have comes out when speaking with (drivers) and showing them where they stand,” Merches explains.

With coaching and competition, drivers are getting better at what they do. “Overall it has a very good impact,” he says.

As one measure of success, the company has seen a decrease in speeding events by 35 percent with plans to reduce them by another 50 percent.

Video-based driver risk management systems are one of several technologies fleets use to create customized training programs for drivers while improving the speed and effectiveness of the process. Here are three areas where technology can be used to achieve results.

Behavior training

Studies show that drivers at the highest risk for accidents are those in the first three to six months of a new job. Soon after J&R Schugel hires drivers, fleet managers can identify those who stand in need of additional training, regardless of their past work experiences.

“We see their behaviors and work on those,” he says. When driver managers coach on behaviors, they show a current clip of the event as well as a previously recorded accident that resulted from the type of behavior being discussed, such as speeding.

The message is clear: “Unless you change that behavior, this will happen. This is your peers you are looking at. They’ve been in the same boat,” he says.

Video-based safety systems give fleets “new, immediate and ongoing” training material, says Steve Mitgang, chief executive officer of SmartDrive Systems.

SmartDrive uses the video captured from vehicles together with a scoring method to deliver an objective, consistent and ongoing measurement of drivers’ skills, he says.

“Video gives a real-time ride along. It makes classroom training better because you have a real assessment,” Mitgang says. Fleets are experiencing the most success by meeting with drivers regularly to give positive feedback, he adds.

For fleets that operate CDL or driver finishing schools, video systems can improve the effectiveness of on-the-road training, says Del Lisk, vice president of safety services for Lytx. The DriveCam program automatically captures video of risky events, like sudden braking. It also has a manual button. When pressed, the system captures a 12-second clip of that moment in time.

Trainers are using the manual record button to capture events for later review, such as when a driver does not properly set up a turn. It is difficult to train drives in a stressful environment and to help them visualize all the details of the situation after the fact, he says. Showing drivers a video in the classroom of what happened on the road creates a more conducive learning environment, he says.

For videos that are triggered automatically, Lytx has behavior analysts review the event to note what drivers should have done differently — such as looking at the correct mirror. Fleet managers can use this information when coaching drivers in person or over the phone. They can also have the information sent directly to drivers in an email for review.

“There are a variety of ways to approach training with the use of video,” he says.

Custom content

Last March, Bison Transport, based in Winnepeg, Canada, was recognized at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual convention as the safest truckload carrier in its division for its industry leading safety and driver programs. Bison also received first place in the National Fleet Safety Awards for the 9th consecutive time.

The company has developed an extensive training program for drivers that is also fast and efficient. Drivers complete a 2.5-day orientation training and then five additional instructor-led courses and 17 online courses during the first year. The instructor-led courses include time in a full-scale simulator.

The online courses are available through its intranet site and at computer labs in its facilities, 24/7, with swipe-card access.

During the second year and thereafter, drivers get one instructor-led and four online course per year. Drivers also talk to safety counselors three times per year, on average, for issues that arise, says Garth Pitzel, director of safety and driver development.

The company collects data on driver performance and ranks them on a scale of low to high risk. Bison is planning to use video recorders to better understand the behaviors of at-risk drivers. The cameras might also help shorten its entry-level driver training program, he says.

Currently, the company plans to use video recording devices in trucks with drivers that are medium risk and above. This segment is currently about 8.5 percent of its fleet, he says. The technology is portable, so as a driver becomes low risk, the cameras can be taken out.

Bison also has a custom Driver Information Management System (DIMS) that is integrated with its operations software. If the safety department decides to ground a driver due to training expirations or for other reasons, the driver cannot be dispatched, he says.

Learning management

Another way fleets can further streamline their driver orientation and ongoing training is with a learning management system (LMS). This technology helps manage the progress of drivers through each stage of the training process.

EBE Technologies offers an LMS that gives carriers a framework for building a custom training program with in-house and third-party content. Users can embed training videos, PowerPoint presentations, randomized tests and more into the program.

Maverick Transportation is using the technology from EBE — a system it calls Computer Driver Training (CDT) — to streamline the training process from start to finish. Maverick has a CDL finishing program for new drivers. Before drivers arrive, managers build classes from the queue in CDT. Information feeds into CDT directly from Maverick’s paperless driver recruiting and hiring system, also from EBE.

Drivers go through an array of computerized training modules for safety, compliance and other topics tailored to the company’s diverse operations that include flatbed, temperature control, glass hauling, pneumatic tanker and dry van truckload.

EBE’s most recent LMS version is mobile friendly. Drivers can access training content from their personal devices, says Cindy Nelson, vice president of marketing and business development.

Experts agree that using technology to customize the training to meet the specific needs of each driver, and to do that more effectively and efficiently than ever before, is where success lies.


Truck Driving Jobs: No CDL required, we help you get your CDL - Jacksonville, FL

NO CDL? NO PROBLEM!!!

So, you're looking for to change your career? Look no further. Cypress Truck Lines, founded in 1972, has a NEW program that will help you obtain your CDL and guarantee you a job with one of the largest flatbed carriers in the US!!

Just four weeks of CDL classroom and 7-8 weeks of paid behind-the-wheel training can provide a lifetime of security for you and your family.

Our trainers are licensed by the Florida CDL Driver Services. We not only want you to pass the Florida CDL exam, but also to be successful, safe, and confident behind the wheel while working for Cypress.

 

Why Drive for Cypress Truck Lines?

Truck Driving Jobs no CDL required We are the front-runner in the trucking industry due in part to our commitment to drivers and providing you with safe, quality equipment and a stable career.

Cypress Truck Lines currently owns and operates five terminals across the Southeastern United States. Strategically located, these terminals provide unique support for Cypress Truck Lines. At our corporate headquarters and central dispatch we supervise an extensive fleet of modern equipment serving shippers and receivers throughout the country.

With more than twelve hundred flatbed trailers in our fleet we are able to spot trailers at numerous sites throughout the country to be pre-loaded to allow most of our loads to be drop and hook.

Home Time

Don’t miss time at home! Our Southeast regional drivers are home every weekend, guaranteed!

Great Pay & Benefits

Cypress Truck Lines offers the best pay in the industry! They also include an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays, 401k that matches 50 cents on the dollar up to 6% of your gross!

Work Year Round

Cypress is the largest gypsum carrier in the United States.

Room to Grow

Cypress Truck Lines promotes from within the company, which allows you the opportunity to grow and work your way up to positions; such as Fleet or Driver Manager, Safety supervisor, or other maintenance or operations positions. Many of their current directors and managers were once drivers too, so they would never ask a driver anything they haven’t done themselves.

The Best Equipment

Our driver’s safety has played a large role in who we are and how we maintain the highest safety standards with our drivers and equipment.

Cypress has always been known in the industry for the best looking equipment around. Check out our Photo Gallery.

Don’t Let this opportunity pass you by, Apply Today!

To get started you must be 23 yrs of age, live within 50 miles of Jacksonville FL and ready to start your career with us

Please call (800) 545-1351 or Apply Online.  If you don't have time to complete our application, please fill out our quick application.


Now Offering Local Class A CDL Truck Driving Jobs in Georgia

Cypress Truck Lines is looking to fill several Truck Driving Jobs in Georgia

Whether you are just out of schooling and starting your truck driving career or are an experienced truck driver looking for new opportunity, excellent pay and more home time in Georgia, look no further!

No matter what level experience you have as a CDL driver, Cypress Truck Lines offers a paid training program ($500) for you to help improve your skills. You will be a CDL driver for one of the most recognized carriers in the trucking industry with the highest rating available from the Department of Transportation.

Cypress Truck Lines offers the best pay in the industry! They also include an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays, long term and short term disability as well as performance, safety, and driver referral BONUSES. There is plenty of room to grow with Cypress Truck Lines into Fleet Management or Driver Management roles. Many of their managers and directors started as truck drivers.

To Apply for one of our Truck Driving Jobs you must meet the following requirements:

If you have a Class A CDL license and at least 6 months of experience or are a graduate of driving school, then Cypress Truck Lines wants to hear from you All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual's race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 


Now Hiring: Local CDL Trucking Jobs in Florida

Local CDL Trucking Jobs in Florida

More Time at Home – As a local driver, you will be able to spend every night and weekend home while regional drivers will be home every weekend…100% guaranteed!

Driver PAY and Benefits – Cypress Truck Lines offers the best pay in the industry! They also include an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays, 401k that matches 50 cents on the dollar up to 6% of your gross!, long term and short term disability as well as performance, safety, and driver referral BONUSES.

Company Reputation – Cypress Truck Lines has experienced consistent growth since opening their doors in 1972. They are one of the most recognized carriers in the industry and have received the highest rating available from the Department of Transportation.

Room to Grow – Cypress Truck Lines promotes from within the company, which allows you the opportunity to grow and work your way up to positions; such as Fleet or Driver Manager, Safety supervisor, or other maintenance or operations positions. Many of their current directors and managers were once drivers too, so they would never ask a driver anything they haven’t done themselves.

To be considered for on of our exceptional trucking jobs, you must have at least the following:

  • Class A CDL License
  • At least 6 months driving experience OR graduate of tractor trailer driving school

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The New Petes are here!

The new Pete's are here!   Metalic Purple, Jason loves the new Cypress colors...

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CYPRESS TRUCK LINES DEPLOYS CAMERAS TO HELP PROTECT THEIR DRIVERS

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COMPANY:

Cypress Truck Lines

Jacksonville, FL

 

OPERATION:

Time-sensitive flatbed hauler, primarily of building materials and steel product, that prides itself on advancing driver safety

 

Problem:

“Safety is our top priority,” says Thad Penland, Cypress Truck Lines vice president. “We tell our employees that everything else will take care of itself as long as you are safe.  For that to really be part of the culture, everyone needs to buy into it— which starts at the top.”

Indeed, the family-owned company publicly states that its drivers are its “most important asset” in helping keep Cypress running at the top of its game.

The time-sensitive carrier moves flatbed freight primarily within a territory roughly stretching from east of the Rockies south to the Texas border and east to the eastern seaboard. Its largest concentration of equipment runs in the Southeast.

Penland points out that with over 600 drivers, Cypress is “large enough to command a market presence to secure year-round freight, yet small enough to make sure that each and every driver is taken care of.”

He advises that Cypress is willing to invest in technology that will help provide its drivers with “a sense of stability, security and safety” to make sure each of its company drivers  “can work with peace of mind.”

Ensuring that sort of working environment is perhaps especially crucial for Cypress as it prides itself on offering excellent customer service predicated on fielding the “best drivers in the industry” and keeping “an acute focus on delivering freight on-time.”

With all that in mind, Cypress determined it could further improve its impressive safety performance with a video-based system.  Toward that end, says Penland, the carrier “extensively evaluated” systems offered by various providers.

 

Solution:

Ultimately, the fleet opted to purchase SmartDrive’s video based-safety program to gain “a deeper view of overall safety performance” and cut its collision-related costs by reducing claims and exonerating drivers when not at fault.

Payback came very fast. Penland reports that within weeks of implementation, Cypress saw its safety score improve by 57% and recorded drop-offs in speeding and distracted-driving incidents of 58% and 48%, respectively.

The video-based safety program identifies unsafe driving by capturing video and audio input as well as vehicle and driving data. It automatically offloads video footage for review and analysis of what happened out on the road.

As Cypress views it, the SmartDrive system correctly measures individual driving performance so that good drivers can be identified and additional training can be directed toward those whose driving poses a significant risk to the business.

“SmartDrive has brought a tangible perspective to our culture of safety by providing insight to the challenges our drivers face daily on the road,” says Penland. “The program is in place to protect our drivers and we are already seeing it positively impact our fleet operations— exonerating two drivers who were not at fault in addition to significantly reducing collision costs.

“The system has become a key part of our on-boarding and training programs,” he adds. “We rest easy knowing that we can quickly identify new drivers that need further training, lowering our risk while improving overall performance.”

Penland is also pleased that Cypress drivers are themselves acknowledging the “peace of mind” that the SmartDrive video platform is bringing to all the time they spend hard at work at the wheel.

“When the SmartDrive camera was first installed in my truck, I viewed it as a burden,” relates Cypress driver Larry Robinson. “However, after experiencing the benefits of this technology first-hand, I am now confident that, should an incident occur while I'm on the road, and it's not my fault, I will have the proof I need to be exonerated. That's peace of mind.”