Friday, December 1, 2017

Schilli NTLS Business Admin Manager Drives a Tractor with an Allison Transmission


Recently, Allison Transmission came to Schilli with a tractor that had an automatic transmission.  They wanted to show us that anyone without any experience behind the wheel of a semi and no CDL could drive it, even the Schilli NTLS Business Admin Manager, Jennifer Toomer. 

She had a total of 5 minutes of verbal training in the truck and took off.  Allison Transmission wanted to show us how easy it was to drive it. 

Jennifer was a little concerned when she was asked to drive the tractor and trailer, as she hadn’t driven a semi before.  But after the 5 minutes of training, off she went.  The gentleman from Allison asked her several times if she was sure she hadn’t driven a semi before because she did extremely well.  The truck was mostly push button, for driving and reverse, and she did not feel intimated after she began, as it was very easy to operate. 

She had a great first experience with the automatic transmission. 

I would like to put a disclaimer here – she wasn’t allowed on any state or county roads.  She drove in our company lot.

Wonder if we have to start looking for a new Business Admin Manager?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Live Blog on Facebook

On Wednesday, November, 1st we did a live blog on our Facebook page featuring Lee Michaud, President of the Schilli Companies.  He went over some changes we are going through here at Schilli and took questions from users watching. 

Our goal is to make this a weekly event, every Wednesday at 11 am Eastern.  We will be covering current events, hot topics in the industry, and answering questions from you.

You can submit questions by:

  • Emailing them to schillidrivers@schilli.com
  • Going to schilli.com and clicking on Contact at the upper right hand corner of the page and filling out the form
  • Posting on our Facebook page "Schilli Recruiting & Retention." 

Our company is undergoing many changes and we want to involve the drivers so they are aware of what is going on, give them a voice and a connection to management. 

If you would like to watch a recording of the first live blog, click here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

On the Road with Alternative Transportation

Kyle from the American Association of Owner Operators saw one of our trucks on the road recently and emailed us a picture he took. 

Kyle wrote us to let us know he was thrilled that the driver had alternative transportation with him and was taking the initiative to stay healthy.

The American Association of Owner Operators has a YouTube channel that has "tons of videos on exercises" and recipes you can make that are easy and healthy.  Best of all, it's all free!  Check it out by clicking here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Message from a Former Driver

We received a contact form from the Schilli website that a former driver filled out.  Here's what he had to say:

I retired from Schilli Specialized a few years ago. Worked for them for about 4 years. In 38 years I have drove for many trucking companies. I honestly can say Schilli was the best.

When I needed to be home, I got home. If you treated them right, they treated you right. If you had a complaint, you could talk to the Terminal Mgr. and work to resolve the problem. You didn't have to stay in your truck if it was in for service at the shop, you could go on your break and they put you up in a motel. If you want to run and get miles they would accommodate you, no problem.
Drivers always have something to complain about but with my experience they were the best of all that I ever worked for. Did I ever complain? Yes, my dispatcher and I didn't see eye to eye. I asked for a different one and I got one. Did I always get home on Friday for my week end? Not always but they do try.
Remember there are things that aren't always going to go your way but that's the trucking business period. Many things that go wrong are usually not your company's fault.
So that's my story and you have my permission to publish this without my last name.

Thanks

Charles "Jerry"

Monday, August 28, 2017

4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks



Semitrailer trucks aren’t nearly as maneuverable as passenger vehicles, and they take a lot longer to stop. The Arkansas State Police advises motorists to avoid making these four common — and dangerous — mistakes near big trucks:
  
  1. Cutting off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach an exit or turn, or cutting into the open space in front of a truck. This removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety. Trying to beat a truck to a single-lane construction zone, for instance, represents a particularly dangerous situation. Take a moment to slow down and exit behind the truck. It will only take a few extra seconds.
  2. Lingering alongside a truck when passing. Always pass a tractor-trailer completely and on the left side. If you linger when passing a truck, your position makes it impossible for the truck driver to take evasive action if an obstacle appears in the road ahead.
  3. Following closely behind a truck when you can’t see the truck driver’s rear-view mirrors. In this situation, there is no way the truck driver can see you. Tailgating a truck or car is also dangerous because you take away your own cushion of safety if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. Additionally, if the vehicle you’re following hits something in the road, you have no time to react before it hits the front of your car.
  4. Underestimating the size and speed of an approaching tractor-trailer. Because of its size, a tractor-trailer often appears to be traveling at a slower speed than it is. A large number of car-truck collisions take place at intersections because the driver of the car doesn’t realize how close the truck is or how quickly it’s approaching.
  Article from truckinginfo.com.Click here for the original article.