Welcome to Driven by Dot Transportation, Inc. We created the Driven blog to bring you the latest news and information from Dot Transportation, Inc. and the trucking industry. We are passionate about trucks and drivers, and connecting you to the rewarding careers transportation offers. We know truck drivers drive America forward and we hope to inspire and educate you along your way. After all, we are folks from all walks of life, from California to Illinois to New York and everywhere in-between. We see every 18-wheeler on the road and love to stop at Flying J’s. Our kids have toy tractor-trailers and so do we.


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Avoid the Slips, Trips and Falls of Winter Image
January 14, 2019

Avoid the Slips, Trips and Falls of Winter

As I sit in my office during the winter months and look at the parking lot, I witness daily instances of near misses from people slipping on ice and snow. And it just so happens that slips, trips, and falls are one of our most frequent types of injury.  

Now that we are in Winter and the weather has gotten colder, our exposure to these risks have increased. Ice and snow are a given, but even a thin layer of frost can create an unexpected slippery surface. Injuries from these accidents range from bruised tailbones to sprained body parts and broken bones.  

Everyone can avoid a trip to the doctor or emergency room (and subsequent medical bills) by using a marvelous invention called Spare Spikes 

This traction footwear is a piece of rubber embedded with spikes that slip over shoes and boots. It takes only seconds to put on or remove—and are invaluable to all who wear them. So far I have not witnessed anyone slip or fall while wearing Spare Spikes.  

This safety addition to your wardrobe can be found online for about $25 per pair. You can order your Spare Spikes through your DTI management team, though, for only $5 for the first pair and $15 for the second pair. I encourage you to protect yourself (and your wallet) this winter by making a low-cost investment in your safety.  

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Avoid the Slips, Trips and Falls of Winter Image
January 14, 2019

Avoid the Slips, Trips and Falls of Winter

As I sit in my office during the winter months and look at the parking lot, I witness daily instances of near misses from people slipping on ice and snow. And it just so happens that slips, trips, and falls are one of our most frequent types of injury.  

Now that we are in Winter and the weather has gotten colder, our exposure to these risks have increased. Ice and snow are a given, but even a thin layer of frost can create an unexpected slippery surface. Injuries from these accidents range from bruised tailbones to sprained body parts and broken bones.  

Everyone can avoid a trip to the doctor or emergency room (and subsequent medical bills) by using a marvelous invention called Spare Spikes 

This traction footwear is a piece of rubber embedded with spikes that slip over shoes and boots. It takes only seconds to put on or remove—and are invaluable to all who wear them. So far I have not witnessed anyone slip or fall while wearing Spare Spikes.  

This safety addition to your wardrobe can be found online for about $25 per pair. You can order your Spare Spikes through your DTI management team, though, for only $5 for the first pair and $15 for the second pair. I encourage you to protect yourself (and your wallet) this winter by making a low-cost investment in your safety.  

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Top 10 Priorities for the Distribution Industry Image
January 7, 2019

Top 10 Priorities for the Distribution Industry

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published its paper on critical issues in the trucking industry.

It listed the following priorities:

1) Driver Shortage

Improving U.S. economic growth has many in the industry concerned that the demand for truck drivers will further outpace the supply of qualified drivers. The American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates a shortfall of 48,000 drivers.

2) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate

It’s clear that many in the industry remain concerned about the costs associated with deploying ELDs, what deployment will mean for industry productivity, and how the data collected will be used beyond HOS compliance.

3) Hours of Service (HOS)

HOS remains in the top three industry issues for the seventh consecutive year, which may be underscored once all drivers are on electronic logs.

4) Truck Parking

The lack of truck parking creates a dangerous, costly situation for truck drivers who are often forced to drive beyond HOS rules or park in undesignated and, sometimes, unsafe locations. ELD’s will have an impact as well. ATRI cites one driver, “ELD leaves no room for dealing with full truck stops making it nearly impossible to preplan.”

5) Driver Retention

Driver retention remains a top priority for the trucking industry. Driver turnover surged through the first half of 2017 after falling in 2016, indicating that the driver market has tightened considerably over the year.

6) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

After falling out of the top five issues in 2016, CSA held steady as the sixth-ranked issue facing the trucking industry in 2017.

7) Cumulative Economic Impacts of Trucking Regulations on the Industry

This dropped in rank from third and is likely attributable to the industry’s sense that a change in administrations holds hope for reduced regulatory activity, including the White House Executive Order requiring federal agencies to remove two regulations for each new regulation proposed.

8) Driver Distraction

Distracted driving and its impact on highway safety remained a key priority for the trucking industry in 2017. 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016, and distracted driving remains a significant safety issue.

9) Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding

The trucking industry hauls 66% of the nation’s freight tonnage and 73% of freight value, so the state of the nation’s roadways is critical. Poorly maintained roads and traffic congestion cause wear on vehicles, waste fuel, and create additional stress for drivers.

10) Driver Health and Wellness

Driver health and wellness moved back into the top 10 in 2017, as roughly 20 percent of drivers who leave their jobs cite health problems as a factor in their decision. In addition to lifestyle benefits, an improvement in driver health may also have positive implications for industry safety as research has identified a positive correlation between driver health and driver safety.

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Life on the Road with Dot Transportation Image
December 12, 2018

Life on the Road with Dot Transportation

Ever wondered what it’s like to drive for Dot? Let a couple of our drivers tell you themselves! Susan and Jonathon are Dot drivers with very different job types and schedules. Let’s hear what they have to say about life on the road driving for Dot!

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2018 Fall Photo Contest Winner Announced! Image
December 10, 2018

2018 Fall Photo Contest Winner Announced!

The votes are in! Congratulations to Brenda Danner, our 2018 Dot Transportation Fall Photo Contest winner!

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December 3, 2018

Vote for the 2018 Fall Photo Contest Finalists!

Cast your vote for the 2018 Fall Photo Contest winner! Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos. Check out the finalists and cast your vote for the winner. Voting is now live and closes on December 9th with the winner announced on the 10th.

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Veteran Spotlight: Jim Penton Image
November 28, 2018

Veteran Spotlight: Jim Penton

Mt. Sterling, Illinois Driver Jim Penton voluntarily joined the military in a time when it wasn’t very popular to do so, but for Jim it was the right thing to do. Jim followed in his brother’s footsteps, quit high school, and swore into the U.S. Marine Corps at the very young age of 17 and was shipped off to the Troop Depot in San Diego, California for Basic Training.

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November 26, 2018

2018 Top Five Tech Gadgets

I’m excited to give you my list of top tech items this year. I’ve written this guide to help you find some new tech items that you might not know about—unique items that might be new to 2018 or gadgets that have not made it to mainstream yet. Before I jump into that list, I’d like to give you my top three new items in old categories.

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Veteran Spotlight: Glenn Bristow Image
November 19, 2018

Veteran Spotlight: Glenn Bristow

Mt Sterling, Illinois driver Glenn Bristow voluntarily joined the military in a time when it wasn’t very popular to do so, and without the blessings of his family, as he was the only son. But for Glenn, it was the right thing to do. In August of 1966, just a couple of months out of high school his adventure began and Glenn was sworn into the U. S. Army and sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training.

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Dot Transportation Honors Veterans Image
November 12, 2018

Dot Transportation Honors Veterans

“It reminds us that Dot knows what we’ve sacrificed and what we’ve done. And I appreciate that.”

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October 30, 2018

Fall Photo Contest

Hey y’all!
It’s finally fall.

Send us your pics,
We’ll track the clicks.
It’s not hard,
and the winner gets a $50 gift card.

Coffee, leaves, football…
We’ll take them all.
Just include the Dot truck.
Best of luck!

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