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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June 20, 2019

Hydration Tips for Truck Drivers

Throughout the month of June, the Occupational Health team at Dot Foods has been helping educate drivers on the importance of staying hydrated.

What are the signs of dehydration? How do you know if you are hydrated? How can you stay hydrated? How much water do I need to drink everyday? Our Occupational Health team answers all of your hydration questions here!

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Dot’s Branding Team Wins Award for Honoring Our Veterans Image
April 24, 2019

Dot’s Branding Team Wins Award for Honoring Our Veterans

Inspired by our veterans, Dot wanted to create a commemorative display to show those who have served in all branches of the armed forces that we recognize and appreciate the sacrifices they have made for our country. During the summer of 2018, Dot Foods Senior Graphic Designer Yvette Seal created three new design options, which were put to a public online vote.

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April 22, 2019

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Truck Driver

Many different traits make up a good truck driver, and there are a few key characteristics that can transform a driver from “good” to “great.”

Want to become the best truck driver you can be? See how you can incorporate the following skills and qualities into your life on the road.

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April 11, 2019

Honoring our Veterans: Dot’s Employee Resource Group

Dot Foods founder, Mr. Robert Tracy, is a Veteran himself so he has a heart for being of assistance to Soldiers. Dot Foods created and supports their Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (VERG), VERG is very active within the company and the community… “Dot Foods stands ready to welcome and assist Veterans to successfully transition from military to civilian life; providing opportunities to excel and build upon their military training.”

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April 8, 2019

Community Service When on the Road

How Truck Drivers Can Get Involved in National Service Week

At Dot Foods and Dot Transportation (DTI), we take pride in how much our employees give back to their local communities. Our founders, R.T. and Dorothy Tracy, have been investing in their community since the founding of Dot Foods in 1960. That being said, we also know how tricky it can be for drivers who are only home a few days a week to be involved in community service.

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April 1, 2019

Truck Drivers and Mental Health

Long hours, fatigue, and managing daily stressors can all negatively influence a truck driver’s mental health. And unless they are driving on a team, truck drivers face many days alone. While this solace can be nice, it can also take a toll on a driver’s well-being.

Mental health is a big part of a truck driver’s overall wellness and can greatly affect his or her productivity, life on the road, and relationships with others. Let’s see how anxiety and depression may impact truck drivers and how we can help those who are struggling.

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March 25, 2019

Is Team Truck Driving at Dot Right For Me?

Team driving has become a popular option for many truck drivers.

For transportation companies, team driving can increase productivity as the freight is moved at a more continuous pace than it can with solo drivers. This is because with team driving, one person can be behind the wheel while the other takes a break. The total carrier wage and mileage are then split between the drivers.

Learn more about what makes Dot’s class A CDL team company driver position unique.

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March 18, 2019

How to Pay for Truck Driving School

So you’ve decided you’d like to pursue a career in truck driving—congrats! You’re about to embark on a fulfilling adventure as a driver.

One large factor that goes into many individuals’ decisions to start truck driving school is cost. Take a look at some information on paying for truck driving school.

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March 11, 2019

A Culture of Speed

Our nation, for many years, has been known for our fast-paced society. 

As exhilarating as speed is, it is responsible for approximately one-third of traffic fatalities. It has been established that a 50 percent increase of speed from 40 mph to 60 mph intensifies the energy given off by a vehicle by 125 percent. Vehicles are not manufactured to handle that much force.

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March 8, 2019

Women in Trucking: International Women’s Day

Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter—Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. According to UN Women, the theme this year “puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.”

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March 4, 2019

Truck Driver Pay Increases

Driver pay is something that is continuously evolving and top-of-mind in the trucking industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for truck drivers in 2017 was $42,480, but truck driver salaries have been seen to vary depending on location, type of haul, and experience levels…

At Dot, we care about our employees and their families, and we value their time. Because of this, we pay our drivers not only for each mile they drive but also for a lot of the activity they have to conduct while on the road.

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