Vehicle Transportation

Truck Driver Fitness Program At United Road Drivers Helps Drivers Stay Fit

One of the great benefits of working for United Road is that its forward-thinking, inventive Human Resources specialists are constantly designing excellent programs that assist employees with their productivity. Recently, the company launched a Walk to Wellness campaign whereby all the employees received a pedometer and information on how to improve their health. In addition to  helping employees who are not drivers, this program is great tool in to increase truck driver fitness, since drivers spend such long our sitting still. Human resource studies show that those who are in good physical condition also enjoy increased mental capacity and better on-the-job performance. Fit employees, in fact, have more energy and one of the many benefits of regular exercise is increased and sustained energy throughout the day. This energy allows employees to stay focused, bringing the best of themselves to every task. The Walk to Wellness program invited employees to put their pedometer and

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Different Vehicle Transport Jobs

For anyone who is hardworking, devoted, self-motivated and strong willed, there is a wide range of options when it comes to vehicle transport jobs. This industry offers some great stable career opportunities. Read on to know more. Vehicle Transport Jobs Customer Service The jobs of the customer service representative involve interacting with the customer, giving out quotations and then send the orders to the shipping department. He should have excellent communication skills as he has to answer to any queries the customer has regarding shipping procedure and terms and conditions. Vehicle Shipping Dispatcher The dispatcher is responsible for taking customer shipment orders, planning and dispatching the customer requests. His prime responsibility is to prepare a daily work plan and make sure that things run on schedule. People who have a background in customer service and is good at multitasking are preferred for this job. He must be proficient with computer systems as many modern dis

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Flexible Spending Account Gives Employees More Take-Home Pay

United Road is excited to present its new flexible spending account program.How many times have we heard that it’s good to be flexible? The benefits experts at United Road believe this is a good idea not only in one’s personal life but also at work. "In a nutshell, the Flexible Spending Account program allows employees to take part of their pre-tax payroll and apply it toward a debit card that can be used for medical expenses, doctor visits, over-the-counter medications, daycare tuition, vaccinations, eye exams and more,” explains Eric Madison, United Road’s director of Human Resources. “It’s a tax-relief program that allows employees to use tax-free dollars on various expenses,” he adds. “In the long-run, the program increases your take-home pay by reducing your taxable income.” Sandra Klinkman, United Road’s Human Resources manager, explains that there are two parts to the flexible spending program. The Health Care Account (HCA) allows participants to el

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Successful Quit Smoking Program Now Available to United Road Employees

United Road employees who smoke can participate in a “Quit the Nic!”, United Road's special quit smoking program for its workers. Available to those who signed up for Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical benefits, the program is part of United Road’s Wellness program. It helps smokers gain the tools they need to be freed from tobacco through self-managed behavior and coping skills. The yearlong customized program features a dedicated health coach to keep participants on the path to a tobacco-free life. Participating in a good quit smoking program has multiple benefits By now, you probably know the numerous reasons to quit using tobacco. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Smoking is estimated to cause 443,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke). Not to mention the financial cost of smoking. The CDC reports that smoking costs more than $193

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Driver Referral Program at United Road Helps Drivers Make Extra Money

United Road offers drivers a lucrative way to add to their benefits package — extra cash and prizes through their driver referral program. Just ask David Sirdan of the Detroit Terminal. He earned $6,000 in bonuses for referring three drivers in one month! Congratulations, David! Meanwhile, Harold Gamble of the Greer Terminal in sunny South Carolina won our March Employee Referral Raffle. Way to go, Harold! We hope by now you’ve found time to enjoy your new 42-inch HD, 3-D Big-Screen! While posting this story, two more televisions were soon to be raffled off. Drivers here at United Road can earn extra cash by simply sharing their positive experiences at United Road. When they meet experienced drivers working for other companies, United Road drivers often will encourage them to join United Road’s strong, growing company. And if they do, they can earn a lot of cash. Here’s how it works: When a driver refers someone who completes an online application (unitedroad.com/em

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Military Veterans a Good Fit for Car Hauling Jobs at United Road

Military veterans are extremely successful at car hauling jobs, say United Road recruiting specialists. “Our drivers from the military have a desire to achieve success,” notes Rob Ashman, who works in United Road’s recruiting division and has 18 years of experience in the military. Ashman, who serves in the U.S. Army National Guard in a logistics battalion out of Springfield, Ohio, says, “Folks from the military understand hard work and that often the clock doesn’t stop on, say, a Saturday. They work for the company and for themselves … whatever it takes. In both the military and as a United Road driver, you are essentially running your business, you have control.” Ashman, who worked in recruiting in Jacksonville, Fla., before joining United Road, says transportation and military logistics servicepeople, as well as others, catch on quickly at United Road. “Many have driven similar types of vehicles and hauled a lot of equipment. Most already have a great de

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Truck Financing Options Increase Earnings Potential

A recent partnership with Commercial Credit Group (CCG) provides an excellent source of financing for United Road's existing company drives and OO's looking to purchase their first truck or upgrade and add trucks to United Road's fleet with excellent truck financing options If you are interested in truck-financing opportunities, be sure to check in with United Road’s transport development managers. "This is a great way for drivers to balance their entrepreneurial spirit with the reality of family, mortgage, insurance and other responsibilities," explains John Rista, United Road’s transport development manager. “For a company driver or OO to qualify, he or she must be employed as a company driver for a minimum of six months or be leased on with United Road for a minimum of six months,” Rista says. “Qualifying for this program also involves a credit check, copies of the prior year’s tax returns, copies of bank statements for the prior three months and a minimum o

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Thanks to Handheld Devices, United Road Drivers are More Efficient

United Road company drivers are extremely efficient, thanks to Microsoft Windows Mobile Handheld Devices, built by Motorola, that helps their jobs run smoother. The handheld devices allows drivers to find information on everything from truck-wash facilities and fuel stations to hotels and more. “Drivers can figure out how many miles they are from hotels, rest areas, you name it,” explains project manager Melanie Mangiapane, a 12-year United Road employee based at headquarters in Romulus, MI. “The directories are all uploaded onto the device. It’s especially handy if they’re in an unfamiliar area and not sure how far, say, their closest fuel station is.” Melanie says that even the drivers who were skeptical about using handheld devices and paperless system now love them. “It allows drivers to start the payroll process without going back to the terminal, so no paperwork whatsoever,” she explains.  “It cuts way back on payroll processing time.” Anoth

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United Road Services Offers Great Truck Driver Training

United Road drivers receive some of the best truck driver training in the business when it comes to learning about safety, car hauling, customer service and more. “We gear our training so that drivers know the laws, can be safe and focus on United Road’s mission and core values,” says John Becker, director of education for United Road. “We train hundreds of truck drivers a year on how to haul cars,” he adds. “That includes setting up their truck, securing their vehicles for transport, paying attention to legal height and weight restrictions, and arriving damage-free.” Last year, United Road trained 240 drivers. John’s department includes three trainers, each with car-hauling experience that ranges from 13 to 40 years. “They are total subject-matter experts,” he says. Most of the training occurs in Romulus, MI, at company headquarters. There also is a Newark, NJ, auxiliary program for those located near the East Coast. The class duration varies, explai

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United Road Awards Drivers for Jobs Well Done

At United Road, good work is valued, and that’s why the company developed its special United Road Awards Program. “We respect and value our drivers’ contributions,” says Eric Madison, United Road’s director of Human Resources. “There’s a great sense of achievement here at United Road for work well done. For the past three years, we’ve been recognizing company and owner-operator drivers in two categories: Delivery Professionalism and Safe Driving.” Those drivers who reach certain levels receive additional compensation. Some drivers are recognized for their excellent work at their terminals or at United Road’s annual Christmas Party in Detroit. Drivers receive everything from monetary certificates and recognition pins to special jackets.   United Road Awards For Delivery Professionalism A driver may qualify for either of two levels of Delivery Professionalism, including the Damage Free Delivery Professional and the Gold Delivery Professional. The D

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