What Truck Drivers Can Expect in 2017

Posted: February 1, 2017

There is a general consensus that 2016 was a rough year for a number of reasons. Whether your favorite celebrity died, the political environment stressed you out, or you’re tired of hearing about all the chaos in the world, 2016 seemed to have a lot going wrong. But, it is a new year filled with new possibilities! So, what could 2017 hold for the world of trucking?

Congratulations 4th Quarter Harley Winner

Posted: January 19, 2017

  Congratulations Charlie Hopkins! Charlie has been with Carter Express since April of 1994 and was our 2008 Driver of The Year.  His son, Collin, also started working for Carter Express in December of 2015 so their family has two generations of Carter Express Drivers! To be eligible for the Harley drawing, you must have four consecutive quarters in a row with no safety violations.  After that, your name is entered into the drawing every quarter that you qualify.  Charlie has over 2.5 million safe miles with the company.  He is currently running the new Stant shuttles every day. Thank you Charlie for your commitment to safe driving.  For the benefit of … Continue reading

Carter Express Driver Receives Master Truck Driver Award

Posted: January 10, 2017

  Muriel Summerville strolled into our Corporate Office today thinking he had an appointment with our Safety Department. Unbeknownst to him, he was being honored with a pretigious award that less than 2% of the nation’s truck drivers are qualified to receive … The Master Truck Driver Award. The Master Truck Driver program recognizes our industry’s top drivers who have compiled a career record of excellence through professionalism and service. To be certified, a nominated driver must have either one million accident-free miles or ten years of accident-free driving, be violation free for the past three years, and have a record of educational or community service activities.  Muriel, a 41 … Continue reading

A Trucker’s Perspective: Life in the Slow Lane

Posted: January 3, 2017

Truckers often debate the mythical 5 to 10 MPH buffer police give when they clock you, but is it true and does it even matter? Sure, when you’re looking at a 500+ mile journey, that extra 10 MPH sounds like a lot of time savings, but what’s the cost? Safety, fuel, tickets, bonus opportunities, etc.? More often than not, the biggest cost is your stress level and sanity. Faster-paced, aggressive driving can lead to a tremendous amount of stress to what is already a stressful job. Between dealing with the 4-wheelers, construction zones, and deadlines, drivers find themselves under constant pressure, and the increased anxiety of speeding will only lead … Continue reading

Toy Drive & Contest at Anderson Location

Posted: December 9, 2016

  Carter Express is having our 4th Annual Toy Drive for the Toys for Tots program. They help to collect and distribute toys for less fortunate children in our local communities. This year we are holding our 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater contest and our 1st ever company-wide Chili Cook Off to benefit Toys for Tots. So wear your ugly sweaters, work on your best chili recipes, and of course bring those donations: either monetary or new toys!  We are so excited to be able to give back and help make this a Merry Christmas for everyone.     To be able to enter the “Ugly Sweater” contest and wear your “Ugly Sweater” to work, you must donate … Continue reading

Safety is Our Differentiator

Posted: December 1, 2016

Here at Carter Express, we’ve been moving freight since 1983—needless to say, we’ve learned a few things along the way. One of our biggest focuses lies within driver safety, because its importance is multi-faceted. We take a proactive approach when it comes to safety, and here’s how: Our employee focus Of course, the importance of safety as it pertains to preserving life in general is of utmost importance, and it reaches further than that as well. From a company perspective, it makes sense in terms of efficiency and overall cost to bring on quality drivers and train them in proper safety to avoid costs related to accidents and driver turn … Continue reading

4 Tips for Truckers During the Holidays

Posted: November 2, 2016

  It’s time for the holidays again, and with our experience in the industry Carter knows that this time of year can be challenging for truck drivers in a variety of ways—from the stress and anxiety of aligning schedules to the seasonal affective disorder, loneliness, and other negative emotions that some people inevitably feel during this time of year.  Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your holiday season this year: Enjoy the busy season and the extra lining of your pockets, but don’t overextend yourself. The holiday season is different for everyone—some people simply have to be home for the holidays, while others see … Continue reading

Ever Considered Driving as a Team?

Posted: October 1, 2016

A fast growing trend in the trucking industry is helping drivers make more money, spend less time on the road, and more time with the people they care about. What is this trend? Driving as a team! Here’s the logical breakdown on why it is in your best interest to develop a great driving team to help you do more in less time. Driving as a team means having more than one person in the cab that is capable of handling your rig on the road. When you drive as a team you benefit because: 1. Your truck can keep moving as you take a break—just switch who’s driving and … Continue reading

Congratulations 3rd Quarter Harley Winner!

Posted: September 13, 2016

  Please joins us in congratulating Jeff, our 2016 3rd Quarter Harley Davidson Winner! Jeff joined Carter Express in November of 2004 and since the 3rd quarter of 2006, Jeff has made 100% on his bonus and his name was in the drawing 37 times for this raffle. Jeff received his 1 million mile award in 2012 and has 1,412,100 miles with Carter to date. He ran a Paragould route for several years and ran the board for a while afterwards. Jeff is currently doing the Seward relay. Whatever route Jeff is on, he clearly takes safety and commitment seriously and we are very happy to have him on the … Continue reading

Women in Trucking

Posted: September 7, 2016

There is a shortage in drivers within the trucking industry and according to conservative estimates, this shortage is nearing 50,000 drivers nationwide. One way that companies are attempting to fill this gap is through the capable, but largely untapped segment of the workforce: professional female drivers. Historically, women haven’t driven trucks professionally.  Today, women make up about 6% of the truck driving industry—but this isn’t because women can’t do it.  While time away from home may be a common deterrent, sometimes women simply don’t “feel welcome” in the field of professional truck driving. Surveys and interviews reveal that women haven’t considered a career in trucking due to the perception that … Continue reading

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