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2018 In Review - All the Trucking News You Might Have Missed January 12 2019

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It's been a wonderful year here at K & J.

The holiday season is always busy, but we enjoy it nonetheless. There's an exciting buzz in the air, and we appreciate time spent with family and friends, even if it isn't always on a traditional schedule.  

As the year came to a close, we spent some time reflecting on the major news bulletins of 2018, specific to the trucking industry. 

We've compiled a list of the top news items of the year, both from our blog and other industry sources. Check it out!

It's been a wonderful year here at K & J.

The holiday season is always busy, but we enjoy it nonetheless. There's an exciting buzz in the air, and we appreciate time spent with family and friends, even if it isn't always on a traditional schedule.  

As the year came to a close, we spent some time reflecting on the major news bulletins of 2018, specific to the trucking industry. 

We've compiled a list of the top news items of the year, both from our blog and other industry sources. Check it out!

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7 Things You Need to Know About Your First Year as a New Truck Driver January 10 2019

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Thinking about starting out your career as a driver? We're confident you won't regret your decision! However, that doesn't mean starting out as a first-year driver is a breeze. It's important to know what you're getting into when you join this business, and we want to help you out!

Keep reading to discover a few things we think you should know about your first year in the trucking business. 

Thinking about starting out your career as a driver? We're confident you won't regret your decision! However, that doesn't mean starting out as a first-year driver is a breeze. It's important to know what you're getting into when you join this business, and we want to help you out!

Keep reading to discover a few things we think you should know about your first year in the trucking business. 

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Drivers and Their Pets: Meet Aaron and Molly January 2 2019

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We recently hosted a contest for drivers to submit their cutest furry co-pilot. Our first-place winner, Aaron Hatfield, submitted his sweet dog, Molly. 

Aaron, a K&J professional driver, had been looking for a dog to keep him company in his truck for awhile when his sister, a veterinarian, reached out. 

A young couple had recently dropped off their three-month-old puppy at her office. The puppy was blind and had a broken leg, and the couple was unable to handle the financial burden. 

"It seemed like they'd bit off more than they could chew so they left the puppy with the vet," said Aaron. 

According to Aaron's sister, the puppy was perfect for life in the truck. 

 

We recently hosted a contest for drivers to submit their cutest furry co-pilot. Our first-place winner, Aaron Hatfield, submitted his sweet dog, Molly. 

Aaron, a K&J professional driver, had been looking for a dog to keep him company in his truck for awhile when his sister, a veterinarian, reached out. 

A young couple had recently dropped off their three-month-old puppy at her office. The puppy was blind and had a broken leg, and the couple was unable to handle the financial burden. 

"It seemed like they'd bit off more than they could chew so they left the puppy with the vet," said

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Thinking of Becoming a Trucker? Attend Our Trucking Lunch! December 14 2018

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Have you been thinking about a career in trucking but you just don't know how to get started? Are you in CDL school and looking for opportunities? Are you currently driving truck and looking for a different opportunity? 

We are hosting our quarterly driver meetings next week, December 17th through 21st from 11:30 to 1:30. During this time we invite all of our drivers to come and eat a delicious meal with us and talk shop! This will be a great time for new prospective drivers to meet our staff and drivers and see if K & J is the right fit for you. 

Have you been thinking about a career in trucking but you just don't know how to get started? Are you in CDL school and looking for opportunities? Are you currently driving truck and looking for a different opportunity? 

We are hosting our quarterly driver meetings next week, December 17th through 21st from 11:30 to 1:30. During this time we invite all of our drivers to come and eat a delicious meal with us and talk shop! This will be a great time for new prospective drivers to meet our staff and drivers and see if K & J is the right fit for you. 

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Why the Brakes You Use Matter November 29 2018

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Brakes. Everybody’s got them, and nobody wants to see them go out.

And when you drive for a living, it’s even more vital to keep your brakes in line.

Many drivers understand brake maintenance like the back of their hand, but plenty of others don’t—and that’s okay. At K&J, we’re focused on hiring good people, regardless of their training.

For those of you who aren’t quite as up on brake maintenance (or if you’d just like a refresher course!) we spoke with Kent Klausing of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, to get the lowdown on why the brakes you use matter.

Brakes. Everybody’s got them, and nobody wants to see them go out.

And when you drive for a living, it’s even more vital to keep your brakes in line.

Many drivers understand brake maintenance like the back of their hand, but plenty of others don’t—and that’s okay. At K&J, we’re focused on hiring good people, regardless of their training.

For those of you who aren’t quite as up on brake maintenance (or if you’d just like a refresher course!) we spoke with Kent Klausing of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, to get the lowdown on why the brakes you use matter.

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Why Lane Patterns Matter When You're Looking for a Trucking Job November 24 2018

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As a driver, you probably enjoy being on the road more than the average citizen. However, most of us also value our time at home!
 
An unfortunate pattern that we've noticed is more and more companies hiring outside their lane patterns. We don't do this because we know that getting home regularly, while loaded if possible, is important. 
 
That is why it's vital to thoroughly understand a company's lane patterns before signing on with them.
 
Unfortunately, many companies are willing to promise and never deliver. Before you commit you'll want to be sure to dig deeper. Here are a few tips we've picked up over the years. 
 
As a driver, you probably enjoy being on the road more than the average citizen. However, most of us also value our time at home!
 
An unfortunate pattern that we've noticed is more and more companies hiring outside their lane patterns. We don't do this because we know that getting home regularly, while loaded if possible, is important. 
 
That is why it's vital to thoroughly understand a company's lane patterns before signing on with them.
 
Unfortunately, many companies are willing to promise and never deliver. Before you commit you'll want to be sure to dig deeper.
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Winners of the 2018 Cutest Furry Co-Pilot Contest! November 21 2018

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We had 15 amazing entries into our contest representing 18 adorable pets that spend their life out on the road. Thank you to all of our entrants for sharing your pets with us! After a week of voting, we have a winner!

We had 15 amazing entries into our contest representing 18 adorable pets that spend their life out on the road. Thank you to all of our entrants for sharing your pets with us! After a week of voting, we have a winner!

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5 Tips for Dating When You're on the Road November 15 2018

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Are you a driver looking for love? Someone who's been burned before by the long-distance nature of on-the-road relationships?

Or maybe you're married or already in a relationship, but struggling to connect with your partner thanks to constant days (or even weeks) apart. 

Regardless of your specific status, we understand that relationships can be difficult to maintain as a driver. That's why we rounded up a few tips for dating while on the road. Or for the more sarcastically minded, check out our funny post on how to have a miserable relationship as a truck driver. 

Are you a driver looking for love? Someone who's been burned before by the long-distance nature of on-the-road relationships?

Or maybe you're married or already in a relationship, but struggling to connect with your partner thanks to constant days (or even weeks) apart. 

Regardless of your specific status, we understand that relationships can be difficult to maintain as a driver. That's why we rounded up a few tips for dating while on the road. Or for the more sarcastically minded, check out our funny post on how to have a miserable relationship as a truck driver. 

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Why We Don't Play the "Cents per Mile" Game November 1 2018

Post by: K&J Trucking

In an industry with extremely high turnover, we're proud of our driver retention rates. 

Over the last 20 years, we have consistently seen between 15.5 and 17.5 percent turnover, an incredibly low rate in this business. 

There are plenty of reasons behind our positive numbers, but there's one factor, in particular, that we believe contributes greatly to our success.

We refuse to play the "cents per mIle" game. 

In an industry with extremely high turnover, we're proud of our driver retention rates. 

Over the last 20 years, we have consistently seen between 15.5 and 17.5 percent turnover, an incredibly low rate in this business. 

There are plenty of reasons behind our positive numbers, but there's one factor, in particular, that we believe contributes greatly to our success.

We refuse to play the "cents per mIle" game. 

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Introducing Our New Video Series: Rig Rant - Shelley Koch October 30 2018

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We're starting something new around here, and we think you're going to like it. 

Rig Rant is a K&J-exclusive series where we hop in a truck and interview one of our awesome team members to hear more about life on the road and working with K&J.

We're starting something new around here, and we think you're going to like it. 

Rig Rant is a K&J-exclusive series where we hop in a truck and interview one of our awesome team members to hear more about life on the road and working with K&J.

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