Paul Irvin

Paul has been in the trucking industry for twelve years. He worked as an over-the-road driver, a local driver and acted as a CDL instructor. He started at ATS as a flatbed specialized driver before moving into a driver consultant role.

By: Paul Irvin
December 16th, 2021

Have you ever leased a semi-truck before? Getting into a lease purchase agreement with a trucking carrier can be an overwhelming process.  Unlike with a company driver position, you are responsible for your truck payments, maintenance costs, insurance costs and sometimes other fees the carrier doesn’t take care of like permits and trailer rentals.  On the other side of the coin, you may be unhappy with your current carrier’s lease program, or your lease is almost up and you’re ready for a switch. 

By: Paul Irvin
November 12th, 2021

What’s your 20? If you’re new to trucking, that means, “Where you at?!” There’s a lot more to trucking than just hopping in the cab and going for a leisurely drive. There are government regulations, certifications, different styles of truck driving, parts of a truck and more that you will need to remember to keep up in the trucking world. You can get lost in all the industry jargon used by carriers and drivers.

By: Paul Irvin
November 8th, 2021

Picture this: you’ve been driving for a new trucking carrier for just under one month. Your fleet manager sends you a load that requires you to take a route on unfamiliar roads and to drop off at a location you’ve never been to before.  You’re a few hours from your destination when you come across road construction. You have to find an alternate route.  It’s frustrating, but it’s okay. You have time.  You end up at the customer’s construction site an hour later than you’d hoped. But there’s a problem now: no one is there. No one met you at the gate and you can’t see anyone nearby. If you’re any later dropping this load off, you’re going to be really late picking up your next load.  Yikes. Has this ever happened to you? 

By: Paul Irvin
November 5th, 2021

So you’ve decided it’s time to move on to another trucking carrier — now what?  Perhaps you were unhappy about pay, you didn’t get to go home as often as you would’ve liked or you didn’t feel valued as a driver.  Once you’ve accepted a position with another trucking company, you don’t just drive or fly on down to orientation to get started somewhere else. There are a few things you’ll need to take care of before you go.