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When to transition to an owner-operator

When to transition to an owner-operator

Considering a career as an owner-operator/independent contractor? With the ever increasing demand for truck drivers, there has never been a better time to start your own business as an independent contractor. Do you want: To own your own truck, Flexibility and freedom, Increased earning potential... ...

Posted Jul 20 2022

Flatbed Trucking Jobs – A Guide for Truckers

Flatbed Trucking Jobs – A Guide for Truckers

With the national truck driver shortage, the demand for truck drivers is at an all time high. The American Trucking Association estimated that in 2021, the shortage hit a historic high of over 80,000 drivers. There are more job opportunities than ever before, and one of the most lucrative careers in the transportation industry is that of a flatbed truck driver. ...

Posted Jul 01 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 8 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 8 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #8 With more than 40 years of experience, PGT Trucking knows that our drivers are the greatest asset to our success. While PGT has always been committed to supporting our Proud Professionals, the rest of the transportation industry didn’t always hold the same beliefs, but that old school ideology is changing. We are enhancing our driver experience and providing a safer, more reliable service through technology advancements and new age thinking. PGT will continue to transform our industry and improve the lifestyle for  ...

Posted Jun 17 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 7 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 7 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #7 PGT Trucking was founded in 1981 with a focus on building lasting relationships and providing quality service, and today, over forty years later, it’s still about the people. PGT is family, and no role at PGT is more important than that of our drivers. Our drivers are treated with respect, and we give them customized support to meet each driver’s individual needs. You’re not just at a number in a truck – you’re a human being and a valued member of our team. “Our greatest strength at PGT ...

Posted Jun 13 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 6 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 6 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #6 Drivers are the foundation of PGT Trucking. Our drivers are true Proud Professionals, and we treat our drivers with respect. They’re not just a number on a truck; our drivers are valued members of our team and part of the PGT family. We believe in providing our drivers with great pay, more home/family time, late model equipment, respect and ongoing support/training. We give our drivers the tools and resources they need to be successful, and with our commitment to safety, our drivers know they will make it home to  ...

Posted Jun 07 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 5 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 5 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #5 With the current outlook in the trucking industry, there is no better time to join PGT Trucking, especially as an Owner Operator. With freight rates at an all-time high, drivers are making more money than ever before, and the high demand for transportation services means there are plenty of opportunities for drivers to find the right job that meets their needs. Our Independent Contractors have the flexibility to set their own schedules and get away from the typical 9-5 desk job. By partnering with a reliable carrier like ...

Posted Jun 02 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 4 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 4 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #4 At PGT Trucking, safety is the driving force behind everything we do. “Safety is Everyone’s Job – All the Time,” and for our drivers, it’s what gets them home to their families each week. We support our drivers by providing them with the resources, tools and knowledge to be safe and reliable flatbed truckers. Every driver candidate goes through a thorough training and orientation program, and based on their skill level, they may drive with a Certified PRO Trainer before driving by themselves ...

Posted May 31 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 3 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 3 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #3 In 2015, PGT Trucking established the Premier Professional Fleet to honor our most elite drivers. These drivers meet our highest performance and safety standards and always maintain an exemplary record. Drivers in our Premier Professional Fleet receive a new truck with the Premier Professional logo, specialized apparel, a recognition plaque and a new pay package. In order to maintain their Premier Professional status, drivers must uphold superior performance levels in safety, revenue, miles per gallon, idle time and compliance ...

Posted May 27 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 2 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 2 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight #2 At PGT Trucking, we know the value of having good people and good drivers on our team. Our drivers are not just a number on a truck – they’re Proud Professionals who dedicate their lives to keep our economy growing and ensure we have access to the goods we need every day. PGT treats our drivers with respect, and we focus on delivering five core values to our drivers: Pay, Family/Home Time, Equipment, Respect and Support/Training. Our next Million Mile Driver spotlight is on Mark Amezcua, a veteran driver who ...

Posted May 24 2022

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 1 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight Series 1 of 8

Million Mile Driver Spotlight One of the top honors for a truck driver is that of Million Mile and Safe Driver. At PGT Trucking, we recognize these drivers every year during a special celebration event in May. Million Mile Drivers have driven over a million miles without a safety incident, and Safe Drivers have over five years of service and less than a million miles driven without a safety incident. These drivers are the safest in the PGT fleet, and this year, we are proud to welcome eight new drivers to the million mile club! These new drivers will join ...

Posted May 16 2022

Load Securement: Our Top Five Tips to Avoid Injury from Unsecured Loads

Load Securement: Our Top Five Tips to Avoid Injury from Unsecured Loads

Load Securement: Our Top Five Tips to Avoid Injury Flatbed truck driving is a lucrative career, and in 2021, PGT Trucking’s top earning company driver made over $127,000. There are numerous opportunities for drivers, but like with any transportation job, there are risks involved. One of the greatest challenges a flatbed truck driver faces is load securement. Drivers are expected to properly secure their commodity to ensure the load remains undamaged and doesn’t shift during transport, but it’s just as important for our drivers to avoid . ...

Posted May 09 2022

Celebrate Our 41st Anniversary

Celebrate Our 41st Anniversary

41 Things about PGT Trucking as We Celebrate Our 41st Anniversary On April 16, 2022, PGT Trucking will celebrate our 41st anniversary. To help recognize such a momentous occasion, here are 41 facts to know about PGT ... ...

Posted Apr 11 2022

8 Apps for Truck Drivers

8 Apps for Truck Drivers

Top Eight Apps for Truck Drivers These days, there’s an app for everything! Most people are familiar with driving applications like Google Maps and Waze, but there are plenty of other resources available that can be useful for the flatbed truck driver. From trip planning and fuel assistance to lifestyle tips and reward points, here is our list of eight applications that will be the most beneficial for our drivers. Note that these applications are only meant to be additional tools to assist you. They do not replace the knowledge and resources available ...

Posted Apr 04 2022

The National Truck Driver Shortage

The National Truck Driver Shortage

Now is a Great Time to Start Your Professional Driving Career Trucking Industry by the Numbers (U.S.) There is a shortage of roughly 80,000 truck drivers.[1] The number of unfilled trucking jobs is expected to double by 2030.[1] The average commercial truck driver in the U.S. is 48 years old.[2] Approximately 72.5% of all freight in the U.S. is moved via truck.[3] Reasons for the Truck Driver Shortage Aging Workforce: Many current drivers are approaching retirement age, and companies aren’t able to replenish their workforce fast enough. Supply Chain ...

Posted Mar 30 2022

The Top Five Things to Consider when Looking for a New Flatbed Company Driver Job

The Top Five Things to Consider when Looking for a New Flatbed Company Driver Job

Advantages of PGT Trucking 1 - Pay There is no better time to start your career as a CDL-A flatbed truck driver. Trucking Industry pay has been consistently increasing year after year, and we don’t expect that to stop. At PGT Trucking, our fleet averages 27% of the line haul revenue. We know that percentage pay beats out mileage pay, which is one of the reasons that PGT leads the industry in driver compensation. Drivers paid by percentage can make 50% more than the same jobs using mileage pay. In addition to having one of the best pay packages in ...

Posted Mar 09 2022

Healthy Eating Guide For Truck Drivers

Healthy Eating Guide For Truck Drivers

Eating Healthy on the Road: A Guide for Truck Drivers It is a huge challenge for truck drivers to stick to a healthy diet while on the road and away from home. You don’t have access to a full kitchen and it can be difficult to find healthy options and dining locations that can accomodate truck parking. It is both tempting and convenient to eat fast food for all three meals throughout your day. Reality is, obesity is a national crisis, and these numbers double within the trucking industry. According to the CDC truckers are twice as likely to be obese ...

Posted Feb 21 2022

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Safety Tips for Truck Drivers PGT Trucking’s commitment to safety is part of our corporate culture and allows us to remain one of the safest flatbed carriers in the industry. PGT provides driver orientation and training to new hires and supports its drivers as they safely transport their payloads. All drivers are assigned a Safe Operations Manager who can provide them assistance and guidance throughout their day. Additionally, drivers can reach out to their Fleet Manager for any questions or concerns. Winter driving brings special  ...

Posted Feb 01 2022

Avoid Truck Stop Damage

Avoid Truck Stop Damage

Our Top 8 Tips To Keep Your Truck Safe At Truck Stops To most truck drivers out on the road, seeing a truck stop is like a breath of fresh air after a long day. Truck stops give drivers a chance to relax, refuel, get some rest, stretch their legs, clean up, and get some food. A truck stop is also a place one could incur damage to their vehicle if you don’t take proactive measures. 8 Tips for flatbed truck drivers to keep your truck safe 1. Pick long-term neighbors The easiest way for truck drivers to avoid damage to their trucks is to pick good neighbors ...

Posted Dec 29 2021

10 Must-Have Truck Driving Tools

10 Must-Have Truck Driving Tools

10 tools for the flatbed truck driver As a flatbed truck driver, you aren’t expected to be a mechanic; however, having some tools on hand in an emergency situation can save you from a lot of headaches. There are many easy repairs that you can make to save critical time you would otherwise spend waiting for emergency maintenance. Whether you're a brand-new driver or an experienced professional, knowing what tools to have can make the difference. We’ve put together our top 10 must-have truck driving tools to keep in your vehicle ...

Posted Dec 08 2021

Women in Trucking

Women in Trucking

The Transportation Industry - an Opportunity for Women Many jobs are available in the trucking industry. With the demand for moving freight continuing to rise, tenured drivers retiring, and a decrease in job applications, this is the perfect time to consider a job at PGT Trucking. Opportunities are available for both flatbed truck drivers and supporting positions. Why Become a Truck Driver? Regardless of the state of the U.S. economy, we will always be relied on to deliver goods to their destination. Truck driving is an essential service and that ensures ...

Posted Nov 29 2021

First Year Truck Driver Tips

First Year Truck Driver Tips

Your First Year as a New Truck Driver (What to Expect) There has never been a better time to get your CDL-A license and start a lucrative career in truck driving. The need for truck drivers is at an all time high, due in part to the explosive growth of e-commerce, and this demand has accelerated during the pandemic. See: “Wanted: 80,000 truck drivers to help fix the supply chain” There is no doubt about it: Truck drivers are highly sought-after! How much can I expect to make as a company flatbed driver? PGT Trucking pays a percentage of every  ...

Posted Nov 01 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

PGT Trucking Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Every year, from September 15 to October 15, the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. As we wrap up the month, take some time to focus on the Hispanic community and the growing diversity within the trucking industry. We are a nation that was established on multiculturalism and diversity, and these remain core parts of the American ideal. The trucking industry has seen a massive spike in demand for their ...

Posted Oct 15 2021

Percentage Pay Guide for Truck Drivers

Percentage Pay Guide for Truck Drivers

Percentage Pay Guide for Truck Drivers Your guide for percentage pay truck driving jobs Here at PGT Trucking, we feel strongly that the percentage pay model is the most beneficial way to pay drivers. The majority of PGT Trucking company fleet averages 27% of the line haul revenue! We pride ourselves on a transparent, fair pay system, and PGT drivers know what their pay will be for each load, every time one is assigned. Percentage Pay vs Mileage Pay Percentage Pay lets you make MORE money when freight rates are up With Percentage Pay, drivers make a consistent  ...

Posted Oct 04 2021

PGT Trucking Appreciates Our Drivers!

PGT Trucking Appreciates Our Drivers!

PGT Trucking Appreciates Our Drivers! This year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 12-18, 2021. It is more important than ever to show respect for professional truck drivers, who have always played a critical role in our economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, professional truck drivers stepped up to the plate. They have helped keep the economy moving, despite facing unprecedented obstacles. Truck...

Posted Sep 13 2021

Top 3 Benefits of Percentage Pay

Top 3 Benefits of Percentage Pay

How would you prefer to be paid? Higher of course; but that question was rhetorical. For typical over-the-road drivers or owner/operators, the two most common methods are either mileage pay, or percentage pay. So what’s the difference? Consider this example: A customer needs a commodity hauled 1,236 miles and will pay $2,900 for the load to be moved. Mileage Pay is simply what it implies. You are paid a certain dollar amount per mile that you drive. For example, if you are paid 56 cents per mile and you drive 1,236 miles, your pay would look like ...

Posted Feb 01 2021