In order to live up to our mantra as a serious company, serious about our customers and serious about our business, we need a strong fleet of deliberate drivers who are resilient on the road and never take a hazardous shipment lightly.
Shelly Long, a 15-year trucking veteran and 3-year Dillon Logistics professional, is a true exemplar of our driver pedigree. As the first female driver hired out of Michigan City, Shelly is a well-known and respected driver on our team.
In 1988, Shelly first stepped foot into the industry working for an RV manufacturer, setting up dealer shows and drive units for display. She also delivered brand new motor homes to dealerships country-wide.
From there, she gained driving experience behind the wheels of ambulances, shuttle buses and tour buses, delivering them all over United States.
Although Shelly found that she loved the road, she ran into multiple frustrations with compensation and work environment. According to Shelly, when she would deliver a vehicle, she would only get paid one way, having to either fly home or use a car she towed along with her.
“I wanted to get a job where I got paid for all the miles that I drove. So, in 2003, I went to truck driving school and got my class A CDL,” Shelly relays.
Shelly’s first gig as a trucker started at Family Express as a route driver. From there, she went on to drive dry van, refrigerated, liquid tank and even pneumatic tank, hauling frac sand.
Like most truck drivers, Shelly was on a continual hunt for a company that offered the best combination of good home time, good pay and a great working environment. Finding a group of people with which she enjoyed working and who empowered her to take every mile seriously was also important to her.
“The jobs I’ve enjoyed the most all involved great management, and Dillon Logistics is the best so far! We spend so much of our life working, and if you’re not happy you’re not successful. The Dillon Logistics management is like family to me. They enable me to be successful. I just want to say Thank You to my Dillon family for making succeeding possible. I’m very happy to be here.”
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), of which the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is a member, will be conducting a roadside inspection blitz for commercial vehicles from June 4-6 across North America. It’s a 72-hour event involving motor vehicle inspection jurisdictions across the US, Canada and Mexico to promote road safety.
While a multi-day inspection blitz may sound intimidating, the inspections themselves will be the same ones you might receive 365 days a year. Most trucks will receive a North American Standard Level I Inspection (though inspectors might choose to do other inspections based on initial assessment) that usually takes about 45 minutes. You will also be required to show the inspectors the following:
If no critical issues are discovered during the inspection, you will receive a CVSA decal for your truck indicating that the vehicle successfully passed inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector. If an inspector does identify a critical vehicle issue, they can render vehicle out of service. Likewise, a driver can be declared out of service if they show signs of fatigue or impairment or have problems with their paperwork or credentials. Depending on the severity of the infraction, failing inspection can even negatively affect your company’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score.
International Roadcheck has been held every year since 1988 and is the largest commercial motor vehicle compliance operation in the world. During this 72-hour period about 17 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute. As with any day you hit the road, be sure your vehicle, logs and credentials are in good order, and June 4-7 should be like any other days on the road.
Serious drivers. serious hauling.
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