Low weekly payments, $0 down, and $500 new driver transition pay. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? In our continued efforts to get back to our roots, we’re excited to announce an update to our internal lease purchase program!
Effective immediately, Celadon will offer the following to drivers interested in its Internal Lease Purchase Program –
Solo Lease Purchase
Payments of $350/week on a 4-year term.
Solo lease purchase drivers are paid on a sliding mileage band package. Click here for more details!
Team Lease Purchase
Payments of $600/week on a 2-year term.
Team lease purchase drivers can choose between the sliding mileage band package or 70% gross revenue. Visit our lease purchase page to learn more.
$500 Transition Pay
ALL new Celadon drivers will now receive $500 in transition pay on their first paycheck. We know that starting a new job can stressful, and want to ensure you have a smooth start to a great career at Celadon!
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These low payments are almost unheard of in the transportation industry, and are just a part of our efforts to improve the driver experience here at Celadon as we get back to our roots. For more information, call today or apply below!
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) discovered that commercial driver detention increases crash risks and costs. Completed in January 2018, the report estimates that just a 15-minute increase in average dwell time can increase crash rates by 6%. Detention time, as defined by the DOT, is any dwell time that lasts 2 hours or longer.
How Does Detention Affect Driver Safety?
You may think that sitting around waiting at a shipper or receiver may not directly affect your performance as a driver, but the DOT report found otherwise:
“According to a Transportation Research Board report, detention affects safety because drivers generally cannot use delays for sleep or other restorative rest. As a result, detention uses up drivers’ available waking hours, contributing to fatigue when they drive. In addition, delays cause frustration and reduced income and may contribute to dangerous behaviors such as speeding and violations of HOS requirements.”
What to Do if You Get Detained
If you find yourself at a shipper or carrier being detained, there are little things you can do to speed up the process. However, because of the increased risk of incident, there are also things you can do to ensure your and others’ safety once you hit the road again:
Maintain an Open Line of Communication
Make sure to stay in communication with your driver manager. Many companies offer dock and detention pay (Celadon offers pay after 2 hours), and want to make sure you get compensated for the time you spend not rolling.
Rest if You Need It
If you’re feeling drowsy as you get back, pull over and get some rest. Safety should always be the top priority, and if you feel yourself losing concentration, pull over and communicate with your driver manager immediately with what’s going on.
You may feel the need to drive faster or for a longer amount of time than you should to make up for the time missed while detained. This poses an increased risk for you and other drivers around you. But stay patient, the miles will come.
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Beau: I like how it feels like a family here. Ever since I started, everyone seems to be close-knit. The drivers aren’t just a number here. Their DMs know them by name. We know, we remember drivers we’ve hired from years and years ago that are still with us or even if they left and came back. It is just a really good feeling. A really strong company.
Terri: I like the different types of people I meet on a daily basis, even just over the phone from all walks of life. To hear their story and how they got in the business… it is interesting. I spend more time here than I do with my own family so it is definitely worth it.
Describe the Celadon’s ideal driver candidate.
Terri: Tall, dark, and handsome…. Just kidding.
Beau: I think it is somebody that really enjoys what they are doing. Enjoys being behind the wheel. Is a flexible type of individual that understands the industry. But more importantly someone with a good safety record.
Terri: My ideal candidate… I like a good attitude. Like Beau said, somebody who understands that this is a lifestyle. Definitely a good safety record. Good longevity with a company. I always ask somebody that’s been somewhere for quite a while what is going on to make them go, and usually something drastic has had to happen to make them go… I like personality too.
Commitment. Commitment to their career because that is what it is. It is a huge commitment. The more committed they are and willing to bend a little bit… They have to deal with DOT inspections, mother nature on the road, so it is a big commitment.
What are Celadon’s hiring requirements?
Terri: I’ll answer that one first! Here is one thing a lot of applicants do not consider… that any incident, stuck needing towed, bumping a mirror at a dock or a gas station, those are considered an event with Celadon. We look at every single one of those events. If a company is going to report that and it was something that could have been prevented it will go against you on our point system for what we can hire. Be very cautious.
When we ask you about an accident or incident I know the first thing that comes to mind is when you were out there on the highway that you crashed and someone was hurt but that’s not always the only accident. We look at those incidents and warnings on the CSAs.
Beau: If there is every any question in your mind should I disclose this or not, always disclose it. It is better to ask upfront than something to come up later and cause an issue.
What do you tell someone considering a career as a truck driver?
Beau: I always recommend… when you’re getting into trucking your spending a tremendous amount of money into getting your CDL. Do your research on exactly what a profession truck driver is. There is a lot more to it. It is appealing to go out and see the country, but there is a lot of hard work and dedication needed to be successful.
Do you research. Know that it is a full-time job. You are going to be away from home, it is a part of the industry.
Terri: Talk to other drivers out there on the road. Get their opinions on how their life has been. I think a lot of times people go into CDL school thinking I’ll get my Class-A, work Monday through Friday and be home every night. There are a lot of drivers out there who have been driving for 30 years who can’t find jobs like that. It is a lot of paying your dues, it is a sacrifice and it is a lifestyle. It is a tough job… majority need to do their research and study up on what a real OTR driver is all about.
Beau: Celadon is a company that, if you’re interested in getting into trucking, we have schools we partner with. You can always call in and ask for a school recruiter who can let you know what is available in your area. Also, if you got your CDL within the last 90-days we have a program to help you get on the road and into a successful career.
What questions should potential drivers expect when talking with a recruiter?
Terri: Probably the first thing I ask… do you have your Class-A CDL? And if they don’t know what that is, I know they need to talk to one of our student recruiters. I typically ask them, tell me about yourself, how long have you been in the industry, and what are you looking for? How can we be a good match for you?
Beau: Knowing what you’re looking for helps guide us to find out what we have in the company that best fits your lifestyle. It is a big commitment for you being out on the road and we want to make sure you get a good match in a fleet or a lane so you are able to get home to your family.
What challenges do you face when looking for qualified candidates?
Beau: We are reaching a new age of truck drivers… trucking is changing. We’re told there is a driver shortage but I think it is drivers looking for more local, dedicated positions that get you home more often. That is a challenge for us when we are a national long-haul carrier trying to move freight across the country. We get so many qualified candidates but we don’t always have the local or dedicated opportunities they are looking for.
Terri: I think another problem might be all the changes in technology. It is a lot to learn. It is the electronic age… But I think it is something we a working on. We a working on a lot of good things for the future.
What positions are you looking to fill?
Beau: I think right now, obviously, we are in a large hunt for over the road drivers. Also, teams, we’d love for some more qualified good teams approach us. We have excellent expedited freight to keep them busy. The miles are there.
Terri: Teams, definitely! And we will take solo people looking to team up. We have a great program to match you with someone. That is another option. But Over the Road drivers are what we are really searching for
What’s your opinion on the driver shortage and where you see the industry going?
Terri: The driver shortage has always been an issue. There are a lot of companies out there throwing our different gimmicks to get drivers over there… we have never. We pride ourselves on not throwing the gimmicks out and it is gonna be face value what we do.
There are many times I say, ”Why do you think these companies are throwing out these big amounts of money to get you in the door?” There is a reason for that because once they get you in there you are not going to be successful. Here we are up-front, we tell you exactly what to expect, and we know you can be successful. So it is take it or leave it.
Beau: You’ve got a lot of schools out there enticing you to get your CDL but there isn’t a lot of guidance after. Every company has their own hiring criteria and if they don’t have a training program they will ask you for a year of experience before you come aboard… Be careful where you go if you’re new. Be sure they are partnered with companies that will give you an opportunity.
We have so many applicants but it is an issue of fitting our criteria. We’ve tightened our hiring criteria… a lot of companies have. They have to with the new regulations.
What does Celadon’s company driver vacation package look like?
Beau: We do it in 30k mile increments. Your first 30k milestone we bonus you $700.
Terri: And I call that like a probationary period. You stick it out with us for that 30k, which will take you 2 -3 1/2 months, boom! Here is $700 on that week’s pay. Now you’ve proven you’re gonna stick it out with us, so now every 30k miles after, you get the option to take the week off and get that $700 while you’re home on vacation. Now if you’re like, I don’t need the time… just give me the money. You get the $700 and can keep on driving.
A lot of people don’t understand that. They think they don’t get the money while they are home but they do. I had a driver ask me if they had to wait a year. It starts immediately upon hire.
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On February 7, 2018, Celadon honored employees who embodied the mission, vision, and values of Celadon’s founder Steve Russell. Among the five drivers recognized was Eric Axe, a company driver for the local intermodal fleet.
Axe began driving with Celadon almost seven years ago as an OTR driver. He then moved to a position as a local driver to stay close to home and be with his family.
What made you become a truck driver?
“ The excitement of it actually. The ability to travel and see new places across the country. Did OTR for a little bit and then I came to Celadon and went regional to be closer to my family ‘cause they had that opp. After about six months of being with Celadon, they asked if I wanted to be local and I said absolutely, and I’ve been there ever since.”
Favorite place you’ve been on the road?
“ Most favorite place I’ve been… yeah, there’s too many. Driving through Arizona and New Mexico, driving through the lava fields. That is pretty cool, but driving up in Washington and Oregon, seeing the redwoods, you don’t see that anywhere else. It’s just beautiful out there. Just driving anywhere through the mountains, it’s God’s country, it’s awesome.”
Benefits of driving local?
“ The ability to go home every day. Spend time with my family. It provides for my family. It’s nice watching my kids grow up in person instead of in pictures. For them, I gave up being an over-the-road driver, as exciting as that was, and Celadon had that opportunity for me. Called me and asked me if I’d do it…love it.”
What does receiving the Steve Russell Award mean to you?
“ It means a lot. I don’t feel that I’ve deserved it. Don’t think I’ve earned it. I come in every day, I do my job, I do what they asked me to do. After I’m done with what they’ve given me to do, I find out what else I can do, because I believe in Celadon. I believe in everything that, you know, Steve Russell (when I started) talked about. The guys in my local fleet all work together as a team. This is more for all of us then it is just for me. They all helped make it happen.”
The best part about driving for Celadon?
“ The flexibility. The fact that they put family first. There have been a few occasions in my time here at Celadon that I needed some time off or assistance in one form or another. Celadon was always there. They always went to bat and never let me down. They were always there for me, helped me, and supported me any way they could. If it meant taking a few extra days off, then they helped me get those few extra days off, which really helped.”
Tips for someone considering a truck driving career?
“ Be a little bit insane. Be adventurous.
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It is what you make it. If you want to make it difficult, it will be difficult. If you want to have fun with it, you’re gonna have fun with it. Always look at the positives. Negatives are gonna happen. Look past the negatives because that’s just a short ride through a rough patch of road. Once you get past it, it is smooth sailing, you’re not gonna have any problems.”
Describe the relationships you’ve created at Celadon.
“ My DMs are what made me stay here. Especially on the local side.
One of my first DMs, JD, he made it fun. If I had a problem with my loads or how my load assignments were given to me I was able to call him on that and say I don’t want to do them like that. It is better to do it this way. He’d say ‘Okay, let’s give it a try.’ Either it worked or it didn’t. If it worked, we continued to do it that way. If it didn’t work, we found another way that worked better.
As long as you’re doing your job, you’re not going to have any problems, and that’s what I like about this. There is no favoritism. It is family-oriented. You need to get off work early to be with your family? Go do what you gotta do. That’s what keeps me here. ‘Take care of your family, we have other drivers and you’re not the only one.”
Favorite trucking stories?
“ I think some of my favorite trucking stories is helping out other drivers.
We have a gentleman on our fleet, everyone loves him, he is a grandpa to us. When you see him, you can’t help but to say ‘Hi’ to him. I don’t know a driver in our fleet, they don’t hesitate to help him out. There have been times in the yards it gets kinda tight and you get kinda frustrated. But you know, for me I drive around with a skeleton in my truck. I get a lot of attention, and when people see the skeleton in the truck they know it is me. It’s kinda fun that way. ”
Axe gets a lot of attention on the road, thanks to his infamous driving partner Dr. Slim Bones (see photo below). What started as a Halloween decoration quickly turned into an on-the-road companion, and today Dr. Slim Bones has his own Celadon attire (and even an ID badge). Axe’s sense of humor is one of the many things that makes him loved and respected here at Celadon.
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Backing is one of the most difficult skills to learn in the trucking industry. Each loading dock, shipper, and receiver you come to will present a unique challenge. It can give even the most experienced drivers trouble, and the most skilled drivers rely on the basics to back safely and efficiently no matter the situation they face.
Safety is one of Celadon’s top priorities, so we thought we’d provide a few simple tips on how to back properly. Check them out below!
Tips for Backing Your Semi
Observe – Watching fellow drivers can be beneficial in showing you how the trailer moves, and can help you understand how quickly the trailer pivots and reacts.
Listen – Don’t be ashamed to ask other drivers for tips. You’ll be able to learn how others set up, and may even pick up some new approaches and techniques.
Plan – Plan out the maneuver before you start moving. This aspect of backing is just as important, if not more important, than the movement itself.
G.O.A.L. – When in doubt, get out and look! Take your time and get out as many times as you need.
Help – Backing can be intimidating to perform in front of a crowd or in a tight space. Spotting for others and having your peers do the same for you can help everyone involved perfect their backing.
See what job opportunities are currently available, and join a company committed to safety by applying with Celadon today!
The trucking lifestyle can be tough on relationships. Separation is hard and often driving careers require long hours away from home, unlike typical nine-to-five jobs.
Alisa and Bobby Martinez have been married for 5 ½ years. For the first four years of marriage, Bobby drove solo for various trucking companies while Alisa worked as a licensed vocational nurse. Alisa was no stranger to the trucking lifestyle because her father was a truck driver, but that didn’t make their time apart any easier.
“It does get lonely, especially by yourself when your other half is at home,” Bobby said. “I looked forward to going home – especially when you have a family and kids – but we managed.”
Bobby and Alisa sought a solution to their frequent separation. Choosing to drive teams with Celadon was the perfect fit for them financially, allowing them to prepare for their retirement but also giving them more time together on the road.
TEAM TRUCK DRIVING
Team truck driving was a no-brainer for Alisa and Bobby. They’ve even begun encouraging their friends to consider team driving with their spouses.
“I highly recommend, especially for couples, to team like this,” Alisa said. “It is a test to your relationship, but most couples have the “yin” and “yang” to the couple. You know, he’s the quiet one and I’m the talkative one. I think that’s what makes us successful.”
Confident they worked well together, Alisa decided to ditch the life of a “permanent passenger” and change up her career. After spending 20 years in nursing, she got herCDL with Celadon in August 2017.
“We’re much happier driving together then being separated,” Alisa said. “We get the miles and we’re definitely making more money than when he was out there by himself.”
Years of driving together have taken the couple to almost all 48 states. Bobby said New Hampshire and Vermont are the only two states he still hasn’t been to. Some of their favorite places to drive through are Montana and Colorado because of the beautiful scenery. For their next trip, they hope to stop in Montana to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
“With the new vacation package, you’ll never know where we will end up.” Alisa said.
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CELADON’S PAID VACATION PACKAGE
Celadon’s paidvacation package, in short, is one that even our administrative employees are jealous of! Drivers earn a week of paid vacation every 30k miles, up to 4 weeks, and get paid out whether they take the week off or continue driving. To learn more about the new Celadon pay package and vacation package, click here. If you’d rather speak to one of our recruiters about it directly, give us a call at 800-729-9770 or apply online below!
Cold weather, snow, and slick or icy conditions can cause breakdowns and create hazardous conditions that call for drivers to add extra caution while driving in the winter. However, expecting the unexpected and knowing a few tricks of the trade can make life a lot easier for you throughout those cold months. Below are just a few winter driving tips to help you stay safe while out on the road this winter!
Avoid Hard Braking
Even in ideal conditions, hard braking can cause you to skid out or even lose control of your truck. Add in snow or ice, and the risk of losing control greatly increases.
Leave Extra Room
One way to help you avoid hard braking is to leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Doing so will give you more time to react to any incident or event that may occur in front of you. You can never have too much space in front of you, especially when wintry conditions can have such an adverse effect on road conditions and visibility.
Chain Your Tires
Chaining tires onto your truck will help you maintain or even improve traction on roads when conditions are slippery, muddy or snowy. In some areas of the country, such as mountainous regions, it can even be required by law that your truck’s tires are chained.
Have an Emergency Kit at the Ready
Be prepared in case an emergency or if a breakdown occurs. Below are just some suggested items to have readily available in your cab just in case the unexpected happens:
Pair of gloves
Case of bottled water
Non-perishable food items
Suggestions? We’d Love to Hear from You!
Have any winter driving tips for truck drivers out there? Comment below with what you do to stay safe on the road throughout the winter!
One of the biggest safety risks that professional drivers face while out on the road is vehicle rollover. There are a lot of common misconceptions about what can cause rollover – things such as driving at high speeds, careless driving, lack of experience, and more. But did you know that most rollover incidents could have been prevented?
Below, we take a look at and debunk some of the common misconceptions about truck rollover!
Rollover Myth #1 Poor Driving Conditions Lead to Most Rollovers
Drivers might think most rollovers happen at night, in the rain, on entrance or exit ramps, or on a curvy road. The truth is, less than 4% of single vehicle rollovers are caused by roadway and environment-related reasons.
Rollover Facts – More than half (56%) happen on straight roads – not on curves or ramps.
– Approximately 2/3 of rollovers occur in daylight rather than in the dark.
– 93% of rollovers occur on dry roads.
Rollover Myth #2
Most Rollovers Occur when a Driver Speeds or Drives Carelessly
Another common misconception is that most rollovers are caused when a driver speeds or drives carelessly.
Rollover Facts – Excessive speed is a contributing factor in less than half of all rollovers.
– Evasive maneuvers are a factor in only a small percentage (5-10%) of rollovers.
Rollover Myth #3Rollovers Only Happen to Inexperienced Drivers
Some might also think having years of experience helps them prevent rollovers because they’ve been doing it for years. But that may not be true, either.
Rollover Facts – Approximately 38% of rollovers involve drivers with more than 10+ years of driving experience.
– Most rollovers occur among drivers between the ages of 25 and 55.
The Truth? Driver Error Causes Most Rollovers
Driver Error – Rollovers can happen to anyone at any time, so drivers can never be too careful behind the wheel. Some 78% of rollovers involve driver error, and more than 90% of the time, the rollover is not the “first” event. In other words, some other dangerous event occurs before the rollover. It might be drowsiness or inattention, which together contribute to 1 in 5 rollovers, with running off the road due to inattention being the leading cause of serious crashes. The event might be a driver drifting over onto a soft shoulder, riding up over a curb, or incorrectly making a turn at an intersection. Attentive driving can help prevent most rollovers.
Join a Company Committed to Driver Safety
If you’re looking to join a company that’s committed to your success and safety out on the road, apply below!
Refrigerated loads are one of the most common types of freight to haul in the transportation industry. Carrying refrigerated freight gives drivers the chance to shake up hauling their typical dry van freight, and have the unique opportunity to diversify their skill set. Whether you’re a rookie driver or a veteran of the industry, it’s never too late to learn something new and start hauling refrigerated freight.
Below are a few basic tips and tricks of the trade to get you started on the road as a refrigerated driver!
Wash Your Trailer and Clean Carefully
Be sure to wash your trailer as often as you can (after every load if possible). Not doing so can cause contamination and can ruin other loads. Additionally, be sure to clean your trailer carefully. Sometimes things like nails or pieces of wood get stuck or left behind from pallets and freight, and you should be careful to remove them safely.
Check the Temperature
Make sure the trailer is set at the correct temperature for each load you haul. Even if the temperature is monitored remotely, it’s good practice to ensure the unit is operating correctly and displaying the correct information.
Stay Fueled Up
Always check the cooling unit’s fuel level as soon as you pick it up. If it’s below half, fill up before you depart on your trip.
Don’t Rely Solely on the Trailer’s Temperature Reading
Top professionals in refrigerated hauling will also check the temperature of the freight with another tool other than the trailer’s gauge (such as a pulp temperature thermometer) as it’s getting loaded onto the trailer. Be sure to record it on the bill of lading as well for your records.
While this is just a start to some of the processes and best practices you need to be aware of, many transportation companies offer training to help you learn everything you need to know to haul refrigerated freight successfully and efficiently.
Become a Celadon Refrigerated Driver Today
Celadon has career opportunities currently available for professional truck drivers! To learn more, apply below or check out our refrigerated page!