In celebration of National Ag Day on March 20th, let’s give a nod of appreciation to the Ag Transporters who do the hard work within the industry. If you are curious about the job and considering joining the ranks, you should definitely ask these three important questions…
What is Ag Transportation?
Ag Transportation is the community of men and women who drive the country’s farm-fresh food from where it’s grown to wherever it needs to go. Advanced Career Institute’s training will give you all the skills needed to learn the basics of truck driving. Students will also learn how to transport the important agricultural products grown in California.
What is the importance of Ag Transportation?
Truck drivers transport around 500 million tons of grain produced in the US every single year. California’s farms and ranches produce over one-third of those vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts for this country. The most efficient system for transporting these fresh and healthy goods are the highways and truck drivers of the state. Goods often need to be transported more than once before they reach their final destination. Those that do these important jobs of ensuring the quality and safe delivery of these products are Ag Transporters.
What are the benefits of being an Ag Transporter?
The benefits of being an Ag Transporter are vast. Ag Transporters are the first point of contact for receiving and transporting the agricultural products and livestock vital to the food industry. All you need to qualify is a high school diploma and the CDL Certification we provided with our 20-week Ag Transportation training. It’s also important to consider that the current future outlook for work as a truck driver is extremely promising. As a Ag Transporter, you will have several job opportunities with competitive pay and great benefits.
Are you interested in joining the Ag Transportation field? Advanced Career Institute can help you get started! Contact us today to learn more about our training options and the opportunities available for you.
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Advanced Career Institute would like to acknowledge the hard work and pioneering spirit of some of the trucking industry’s most notable women. These bold and determined ladies paved the way for those to come, transforming the entire industry in the process. Women still only make up around 5% of the trucking workforce, but that number is steadily climbing as more women rise to the challenge and earn their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Luella Bates was the pioneer who first showed the world what women could do behind the wheel. During WWII, women had to step into traditionally male jobs to fill the vacancies left by the war. Luella was such an excellent truck driver that she stayed on after the war ended, often outperforming her male counterparts.
Next came Lillie Drennan. With her 10-gallon hat and loaded revolver, she was quite an intimidating figure. She became the first licensed female truck driver, and the first woman to own her own fleet. Lillie was also a staunch advocate for gender and racial equality. She personally hired and trained her diverse and exceptionally safe workforce.
Adriesue “Bitsy” Gomez followed in their footsteps. Bitsy formed the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers to combat the pervasive sexism in trucking culture. Through victories in the courts and successful public relations campaigns, Bitsy helped break-down the barriers that were keeping women out of trucking.
Why Women Should Obtain a CDL
Thanks to women like Luella, Lillie, and Bitsy, the trucking industry now welcomes female drivers. Young women just entering the workforce, or those who find themselves job-searching after a lifestyle change (such as divorce, empty nest, or job loss), may consider trucking as a possibility.
Forward-thinking companies recognize this trend and are doing more to recruit and retain female truckers. Truck manufacturers are redesigning cabs and other equipment to accommodate the typically smaller frames of women, leading to greater comfort and less risk of injury. Women in trucking also have a strong support network, meaning they no longer have to face obstacles and hardships alone.
Now is the perfect time for women to take charge and get behind the wheel. It takes a lot of grit and toughness to succeed as a commercial truck driver, but thanks to the bold female drivers of the past, we know women can do it just as well as men can. Are you ready to earn your CDL? Advanced Career Institute is ready to help make that happen!
In most parts of the country, winter brings with it snow, ice, slush, and sleet. All of which makes for hazardous driving conditions. Unfortunately, life just can’t stop everytime mother nature spits out another inch (or more) of snow. So, you’ll need a car that can handle the cold and all that comes with it. Your tires are your first line of defense for tackling the coldest of seasons; therefore, you’ll want to maintain them to the best of your ability to avoid any dangerous or expensive situations. Here are 5 things you can do to keep your tires from spinning out of control this winter season.
Make sure you have winter tires.
If you know you’ll be hit with ice and snow relentlessly and frequently, you’ll be better off with tires made specifically for these conditions. These tires are equipped with tread patterns and rubber compounds that make them better suited for snowy conditions. They also make a good investment because solid winter tires should be able to serve you for several years. There is also a reduced risk of an accident, which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Check and maintain tire pressure.
Did you know tires can actually lose pressure when temperatures begin to drop? For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tires lose about 1 pound per square inch (or psi) of air pressure. For example, a tire at 32 psi in 70-degree weather will go down to 28 psi at 30 degrees. Deflated tires reduce fuel mileage, can wear your tires out, offer less traction, and can lead to irreversible damage. Most gas stations have air stations, and you can buy a gauge anywhere they sell vehicle parts. When in doubt, seek an expert.
Check your tread depth for optimal performance.
Aside from pressure, you must also make sure your tread depth is adequate, especially for the winter. Usually, when your tires reach 2/32″ (4/32″ for steer tires), the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends (and some states legally require) you change your tires. But, in the winter, you may want to change them when you hit 5/32″. Tires with more tread depth give you more traction and help reduce your chances of hydroplaning. You can measure your tread depth with the penny method, but make sure to use a quarter for winter conditions.
Watch how you drive.
Your tires can only do so much to prevent sliding and hydroplaning; you have to do the rest. Leave a good distance between you and the car in front of you to give yourself good reaction. When in slick conditions, accelerate, brake, and steer as though you had a cup of hot coffee on the dashboard. Driving this way can help you against losing control of your vehicle when dealing with ice and snow.
Get your tires checked by a mechanic you trust.
If you want to have extra confidence in your tires, ask your mechanic to take a look at them. He can check their pressure, tread depth, traction, etc. For a simple check, they usually shouldn’t charge you anything, but if you don’t have someone you trust, get a second and/or third opinion before you shell out hundreds of dollars on tires. Better safe than sorry.
Looking to learn more about automotive care and/or a career in trucking? Advanced Career Institute would love to help. We are proud to serve California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. Check out our programs page to learn about our offerings!
There are so many industries that fuel our economy. It’s hard to track the outlook and trends for all of them. One industry that stands out as noteworthy for 2018 is the transportation sector, specifically the trucking industry. 2017 was a phenomenal year for heavy-duty trucks. All indications seem to point that the Trucking Industry Outlook for 2018 will be just as stellar.
The current conditions for the trucking industry sure do seem to send an optimistic message that the transportation sector and trucking will continue to be robust and dynamic. The trucking industry has been and always will be the backbone of our nation’s freight hauling and shipping. Without truckers hauling things from point A to point B, who would ensure goods, materials and commodities were moved out of warehouses and into homes, farms, and businesses? It’s an invaluable area of our economy that everyone depends upon!
What Will 2018 Offer?
Today’s truckers though are being looked at as far more than just bodies to get things moved. More and more companies today are really starting to focus on trucker comfort. They know that in order to keep good drivers happy and wanting to drive, they need to design trucks with enhancements that help induce contentment in one’s work environment. It’s not just comfort either, the rapid pace of new technology coming to play means better safety and automated diagnostic capabilities designed to keep existing drivers and attract new ones to the fold. Perhaps the efforts at all this modernization will indeed be a welcoming charm to the younger demographic. This group may not have considered pursuing a career in trucking until now.
The contribution truckers make to our country is without a doubt one we cannot live without. But not everyone can just get behind a truck and take to the open road. It takes more than just your basic driver’s license to be among the nation’s finest and most in-demand professions today. Not everybody has the privilege of getting behind the wheel of a big rig. You need special training and a Commerical Driver’s License which proves you have worked hard to learn what it takes to handle yourself and your truck on America’s roads.
How Can I Start?
So, ask yourself, where are you heading and where are you going? Maybe it’s time to consider what a career as a CDL driver could do for you and your future earnings. Contact us today for more information about pursuing a vocation in this well paid and respected industry. All of us at Advanced Career Insitute are ready to help get you started! We look forward to hearing from you!
There are over 325 million people currently living in the United States, and each and every one of us requires safe and healthy food sources to lead a healthy life. Since we can’t all live on farms to raise and grow our own sustenance, we rely on agriculture. America’s farmers and ranchers are tasked with providing the reliable and safe foods that grace our supermarket aisles. Do you ever wonder how fresh vegetables appear at your local grocer in the midwest in winter? How meat is always stocked? Or how you can always manage to find strawberries in the northeast when temps are below zero? The answer? Agricultural Transport Drivers. Living in California, you’re in luck! A large percentage of produce in the US comes from California due to the climate and lengthy growing seasons.
So, we know where most of our food comes from, but how does it get from farm to store (and eventually your table)? For that, we can thank our Ag Transport Drivers. These drivers are the individuals who safely and efficiently transport agriculture products all over the country to make sure that we all have access to safe and healthy foods. Motorists see truck drivers all over America’s highways, but may not be aware of the special training involved in the transport of agricultural products.
Advanced Career Institute provides Ag Transportation CDL Training to students in California. Not only do students in this 20-week program receive education on all aspects of truck driving, they also receive instruction on the agriculture industry. Students will learn how to safely and properly transport agricultural products such as dairy, produce, equipment, and other agricultural commodities. Graduates of this program hold a Class A CDL and Agricultural Transportation Certification. They will also become an integral part of food security and the overall health and wellness of citizens across the country.
Managing finances can seem overwhelming when you are away from home. Staying organized does not have to be a source of additional stress. There are several ways to manage your money better while still on the move. Here are a few tips to start the New Year off strong by staying organized with your finances.
Make a List
In order to manage money well, you have to know how much is coming in versus how much is going out. Take the time to create a list that includes the date each bill is due, the date deposits are made, and any expenses for food, clothing, or other necessities.
Not all banks are created equal, and for that reason, it is important to do research and choose one that meets your individual needs. Choose a bank or a credit union that offers free checking services, low ATM fees, and mobile banking options so you can track and manage your account from anywhere. A good bank should also have no minimum balance requirements or limit the number of transactions you can make. Since you will likely be away from home, banks with a great Mobile App will be especially beneficial.
If you have multiple checking, savings, or credit card accounts, now is the time to consider consolidating. Having multiple accounts only makes it harder to keep track of what you owe, when it was paid, and through which account. As a bonus, this can also save you money. You can choose to keep the accounts with the lowest fees and interest rates.
Take Advantage of Technology
Free apps, like Mint and Prism, are available and make staying organized a breeze. You can keep all of your financial information in one place and can access it from your mobile device. Not only can you pay bills through these apps, but also get notifications and reminders for any bill that is not set up on auto-pay.
Taking the time to manage your money better is a great resolution. Knowing you are organized will give you that peace of mind while on the road. It might just save you some money as well!
At Advanced Career Institute, we are proud to offer training in the transportation and welding industry. If you’re ready to make 2018 a great year, contact us for more more information.
Advanced Career Institute, Central Valley’s largest and only nationally accredited truck driver training program, will be doing a special Class A CDL training program for some lucky residents of Merced County in California. There are 12 initial Scholarships available for a 4-week program to qualified residents.
“Here in the Merced area, there are a lot of people looking for a better paying and long-term career. So, we thought it would be a great idea to introduce the folks at Werner Enterprises to Worknet. Werner has great paying jobs. And Worknet has people that are looking for a new and different opportunity”, said Everett Yockey, ACI Merced Campus Director.
WHAT CAN YOU EARN?
New truck drivers with their Class A CDL at Werner Enterprises can earn up to $48,000 the first year. In your 2nd year, you can expect to earn $55,000 – $65,000 as an experienced driver! So, Advanced Career Institute in Merced created an accelerated, local CDL truck driver training program for individuals to help make this happen. ACI gets you trained and ready to start work for Werner in just 4 weeks. “This is a really a great program! We are helping people get the training they need to be successful in the trucking industry. Worknet and Werner Enterprises are teaming up to offer an incredible scholarship program to help cover the costs for the student”, said ACI President, David Bither. You will leave ACI prepared to take your DMV Permit Test because you will be receiving 160 hours of truck driver training.
This new program is currently being taught at the ACI Merced Campus and spots are going fast. Learn more about this CDL Training Scholarship program by contacting our Merced campus today at 1 (209) 437-3767. The Admissions Staff will help get you started and review all the details with you.
Commercial truck driving is a historically male-dominated industry, with women comprising only 5.1% of today’s truck-driving workforce. It’s a tough job, requiring extensive CDL training, finely-honed skills, and physical strength. But as history shows, women who are determined to succeed in this industry are unstoppable.
Truck-driving Women Who Made History
Luella Bates (1897-1985) – During a time when women were expected to be homemakers, Luella refused to be restrained by tradition. She joined the labor force during WWI, driving trucks for Four Wheel Drive Auto Company in Wisconsin. After the war most women were fired, but Luella was so good at her job that she remained employed as a driver. She was also charismatic, using spectacle to promote Four Wheel Drive’s line of commercial and fire trucks. This bold pioneer paved the way for other women by achieving mastery in a field previously thought to be the exclusive domain of men.
Lillie Elizabeth McGee Drennan (1897-1974) – Known for her signature ten-gallon hat, loaded revolver, and tendency to curse, Lillie was truly a force to be reckoned with. She owned and ran the Drennan Truck Line, and in 1929 she became the first woman to be granted a CDL after successfully suing the Railroad Commission for “sex bias.” This lawsuit set the legal precedent against sexual discrimination in the trucking industry.
Adriesue “Bitsy” Gomez (1943-2015) – Described as a “gear-jamming gal with white-line fever,” Bitsy founded the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers. Using their influence and the courts, they challenged the sexist practices and attitudes pervasive in the truck driving industry at the time, and encouraged more women to take on CDL training.
Recruiting more women – Thanks to pioneers like Luella, Lillie, and Bitsy, modern trucking companies are making big changes to attract female drivers. Carriers are offering more practice time in truck driving simulators, female driver liasons, internal support groups, and classes on sexual harassment awareness and self-defense.
Female-friendly trucks – Ryder System Inc. has redesigned their cabs to be more ergonomic or women, with adjusted seat height and more accessible placement of handles and gauges.
The trucking industry still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality, but thanks to bold, capable women past and present, the future looks bright. For every woman who obtains her Class A CDL, another will be inspired to enroll in truck driver training.
If you have a professional truck driver in your life, finding the perfect gift is easy. Truck drivers have a specific set of needs and always appreciate presents that make their time on the road roll a little smoother. Here are some holiday gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on a truck drivers face.
In today’s technology-packed world, drivers rely on their smartphones for communication, entertainment, and GPS apps. A quality power inverter in the cab ensures that phones, laptops, and tablets stay charged and ready to go.
Putting together a full shower kit for your favorite trucker is a very thoughtful gift. Make rest stop showering a lot more comfortable and include:
shampoo and conditioner
Audiobooks are a welcome gift for professional truck drivers. They keep boredom at bay with captivating stories, biographies, and histories. Audiobooks are an affordable option and a fantastic choice for drivers.
Truck Route GPS
Not all GPS apps were created equal. For your trucker, be sure to buy one that has a truck atlas. This will help them stay on track and provide information like truck prohibited routes and height clearance restrictions.
Sometimes truck drivers have no choice but to sleep in their cabs. An electric blanket can make that a better experience on cold nights. Choose an electric blanket with a long cord so they can easily plug it in.
If you’re looking for a new career as a Class A CDL truck driver, get professional truck driver training at Advanced Career Institute. Contact us today to find out how to enroll. Veterans assistance and other financial assistance are available to those who qualify.
When winter weather arrives, it presents a big challenge for professional truck drivers. Here are some winter driving tips that will help keep drivers safe and warm.
1. Carry proper supplies
Truck drivers should make sure they have cold weather essentials on hand. These include:
extra clothing layers
bag of sand or salt
snow scrapers and brushes
2. Slow Down
The slower you drive, the more time you have to react. Hydroplaning is also caused by going to fast. Avoid winter accidents by watching your speed.
3. Keep A Firm Grip On The Wheel
Grip the steering wheel firmly to maintain control. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times to guide the vehicle through snow and ice.
4. Allow Safe Space
In the winter, truck drivers should increase their following distance. Be sure you have more than enough space to stop and maneuver in unexpected traffic situations.
5. Watch Out For Bridges
Bridges, highway overpasses, and other elevated surfaces freeze faster than the regular road. They also may not be salted. Use caution when approaching bridges to avoid spinning out of control on black ice.
6. Avoid Black Ice
Black Ice is not just found on bridges. It is a layer of transparent ice that makes the road look wet. Drivers can spot black ice when the spray from other vehicles stops. You can also watch for frost on your truck antennae and mirrors.
7. Brake Slowly
In winter, accelerate and brake slowly. If the truck is not equipped with an ABS braking system, lightly pump the brakes when you need to slow down.
Always remember, a good truck driver shuts down when there is too much ice, snow, or driving winds.
If you’re looking for a new career as a Class A CDL truck driver, get professional truck driver training at Advanced Career Institute. Contact us today to get details about Veterans assistance and other financial assistance that are available to those who qualify.