Friday, 27 February 2015

Trucking Nation Podcast: 12. Minimum Age for Drivers, CMCA, and Conway Truckload

Trucking Nation, spring is almost here! Just that thought puts me in a good mood. I'm not even worried about allergies; I just want some warmer weather. Hopefully the roads haven't been too bad in your neck of the woods. I do have a great show to help you laugh the stress away. Mainly due to a new sound boards, but I don't get carried away with random noises - I promise. Jason Snow is back this week with your sports update and we have a brand new association and company of the week, so let's get started by clicking that Play button!







Here's The Rundown
ATA's 2015 Agenda 
The ATA has published their 2015 agenda and one topic peaked my interest - Minimum age for drivers. I never really gave the minimum age for drivers to obtain their CDL a second thought until I saw it on the ATA's agenda. They make a good point for lowering the minimum age and a lot of people are talking about this topic. Some are completely against it, and others are all for it. I'm interested to see where this particular agenda goes and the arguments that will come up from it. I'll keep you posted.

Trucking Nation Association of the Week
Colorado Motor Carriers Association is the Trucking Nation Association of the Week. I was blown away by their history page and truly admire whoever wrote it. It was dramatic and honestly a joy to read, but that's not why they are the association of the week. They provide amazing benefits for their members and even have a separate Western Slope Chapter to focus on Colorado's oil and gas industry. Their Safety Management Council (SMC) is really unique in how they sponsor valuable programs and activities. Congratulations Colorado Motor Carriers Association!

Trucking Nation Company of the Week
The Company of the Week goes to.....Con-way Truckload! They say, "When Con-way Truckload finds good drivers, we want to keep them". Con-way Truckload has a special focus on their drivers and how to benefit them in every way possible. They pride themselves in the relationship they establish with their drivers by listening to them and finding out what they need that will make their jobs as easy as possible. It's refreshing to see a company that treats their drivers as their top customer and not only focus on shipping and receiving. You're one of kind Con-way Truckload, congratulations!

A Bit of Health & Fitness Talk
Satisfying that sweet tooth can put you between a rock and a hard place if you are trying to eat healthier. I researched for what seemed like ages to find some good healthy ways to curb that sweet craving and I couldn't really find anything that would work for a trucker; seriously nothing. I don't know why I was searching so hard, I just thought there would be something I could link you to or reference. But I decided to keep it simple with some suggestions; fruits, yogurts, and dark chocolate. Fruits are perfect when you get the sweet craving, especially if they are dipped in some dark chocolate - yum! Yogurts are great too because they come in every sweet flavor imaginable. You just want to check the label and make sure they are not chock-full of sugar and preservatives. If you are like me and can't eat dairy, there are some great coconut and almond milk yogurts.

Thank you so much for listening! There is a whole lot of great stuff going on in the trucking industry so be sure to come back next week, because you never know what we will talk about. Stay safe out there and if you feeling a little down, just know warmer weather is on its way. Remember you get what you give in this world, so try to be kind and enjoy the ride. I'll talk to you soon - Misty Noel.

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