Social Media in Trucking

The power of social media excites me!  I’ve long been an advocate for the use of social media and have, in fact, encouraged several companies and individuals to embrace it.  While the platforms may change from time to time there is little doubt Web 2.0 is a powerful communication tool that is here to stay.

You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TruckingPoliticsMore and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TruckingDC

My latest feature in Woodward Publishing’s Western Trucking News (also published in Ontario Trucking News and Eastern Trucking News, all Canadian publications) highlights just a couple of ways the trucking industry is using social media.  Obviously there is much more, from driver recruitment to safety messages to more.

Read the Social Media in Trucking Feature by clicking here.

Also enjoy my other feature in the same Western Trucking News about Social Media Success Stories in Trucking.

Special thanks to my friends at the Manitoba Trucking Association, Shell Rotella, and Allen Smith of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention for their help with the article.

Success With Social Media

There’s little doubt that social media has had a significant impact on the way we communicate.  In another aspect of what I do I have given presentations to and trained small and large groups on the basic use of social media, so I know the value.  But, it’s more than just a basic means of keeping in touch – it is an effective advocacy tool as well.

My latest feature in Woodward Publishing’s Western Trucking News (and also published in the June 2013 editions of Ontario Trucking News and Eastern Trucking News – all Canadian publications) highlights two social media successes in the trucking industry.

While the brevity of the feature does not do these efforts the justice they deserve it is my hope that my readers will take the opportunity to learn more on their own.  I have sincere respect and admiration for both Hope Rivenburg and Kylla Leeburg!

Read the feature by clicking here.

Learn more about Jason’s Law and Truckers Against Trafficking.

Special thanks to Allen Smith, AskTheTrucker.com and Trucking Social Media Convention, for his contributions to the article.

HOS – Guest OpEd

The Revised Hours-Of Service is coming!!  By Chett Winchell 

How have times changed! Used to be we all knew that dispatch was going to ask you two questions, how long were you on today and how many hours do you have for tomorrow? Times changed and the 34-hour reset came into being and changed that thought process. It was almost like a circus…Step right up folks, get your time off and get a new 70! What a deal, what a deal! The driver actually trying to stay legit just went out the window. So much for home time, seeing the family or friends…reset on the road – another two + weeks out…

If drivers keep their logs correct, the 34-hour reset is not a blank necessity. When I drove, I knew the hours available all the time. If companies would go back to requiring a recap, and notification to dispatch about hours available, there would (Oh No) be communication between dispatch and driver and none of the “I can’t do that talk.”

Sometimes change is good, but I believe that some of the old school mentality is a great baseline in understanding how to correctly log, knowing the hours available and where you stand in general as far as HOS goes.

Unfortunately, I believe that this new legislation coming 1 July is going to absolutely put the hurt on team drivers. The truck is going to sit about four hours a day. Old school of 5 on, 5 off, you could run forever!

We are going to have continual depletion in the HOS arena and it is past time to wise up and get the proverbial act together. What I would like to see is actual input from lawmakers and groups that really have knowledge in the HOS area, instead of micro-management from groups that really don’t have a clue in the real world of trucking about what is going on, their demands and the long term effects of enacted legislation.

Guess I need a drug test…

 

 

 

This article was originally published on the CW Enterprise Facebook page on May 29, 2013.  Learn more about Chett Winchell and CW Enterprises at www.YourComplianceCenter.com

CW Enterprises, LLC is here to serve your needs. They are current in the HOS arena and can train your drivers to the new rules effective 1 July, 2013!