Maverick: At the Forefront of Technology

  Saturday, January 27, 2024

Welcome to the world of Maverick’s trucking technology! With the ongoing availability of new technology, the trucking industry is undergoing a major transformation. Join us as we dive into some of the exciting innovations that are making Maverick’s professional truck driving jobs safer and more connected.

Maverick has always been known for being a leader on all fronts; trucking industry standards, safety, pay and technology. In this blog, we’ll explore how in-truck technology at Maverick is driving the future of efficient and reliable transportation on our highways.

In 2021, Maverick committed to the full adoption of the Stoneridge MirrorEye® system in our entire fleet of trucks. This system enhances our trucks' mirrors with “integrated external digital cameras and digital monitors inside the cab of the truck.” Stoneridge Mirror Eye, 1/12/2024, 8:06 a.m., MirrorEye® Camera Monitor System (CMS) - Stoneridge

There are many advantages offered with the MirrorEye system that aid our drivers - from enhanced vantage points to infrared technology that increases visibility at night.

We sat down with Maverick’s Director of Risk Management, Eric Tompkins, and he had this to say: “This [MirrorEye] technology is an enhancement tool to make our drivers’ jobs better. In addition to automatic emergency braking, roll stability, side radar and adaptive cruise control, this tool really improves our drivers’ visibility. It eliminates almost all of the blind spots. A bonus feature of MirrorEye is that it is a great exoneration tool as far as determining accidents and who is at fault. Often, with footage from MirrorEye, Maverick is eliminated from fault of an accident.”

Here are just a few of the MirrorEye safety features that assist our drivers:

  • External cameras that turn when the trailer turns

  • Infrared Visibility- assists drivers with better visibility when backing into dark locations

  • Larger vantage points around the truck include a blind spot monitor from the steps on the passenger side to in front of the steer tire.

  • If the lights are too bright at night, drivers can change settings to dim

Here at Maverick, we’ve also installed technology in the truck to enhance the driver’s safety while stopped and/or parked for the evening. Installed in the sleeper berth of the truck is a panic button and when pushed, all the lights on the truck flash and the horn goes off. As a driver, if you hear something or feel unsafe, you can turn that on to call attention to your location.

While driving, Maverick’s onboard computer system also offers tablet popups that alert the driver to road and traffic conditions corresponding to their location. For instance, a driver may be heading into an area where there has been a high number of rollover accidents so their computer will show an alert like the below to indicate HIGH ROLLOVER. There are also alerts like, low bridge ahead, unexpected slowdown, work zone, etc.

Maverick also has a visual mapping system that allows our operations team to precisely locate a driver, which is very helpful in severe weather events. With our technology we can communicate with individual drivers, portions of the fleet, or the whole fleet more effectively as weather systems develop. We also use this technology to map drivers home locations to check on them and their families when the most severe events occur.

These are just a few pieces of technology that Maverick has invested in to keep our drivers and the motoring public safer. It’s very clear that technology is shaping our industry for the better. With advancements like Stoneridge MirrorEye® that increase visibility on and off the road, to onboard computer systems that are technological powerhouses, we feel confident about the future and our professional drivers’ ability to navigate it. Our technology not only makes our operations safer and more efficient, but it also contributes to a growth mindset that Maverick doesn’t back down from.

Stories from the Road: A Journey

  Friday, December 29, 2023

Hey there, professional drivers, travelers, and story enthusiasts! Buckle up and come along for the ride in our new series we’re calling: "Stories from the Road."

We wanted to share our drivers’ firsthand experiences and shine a light on the unique life of professional truck driving. Get ready for a journey filled with personal stories, cultural gems, and those unexpected moments that make each driver’s story unique. Ready to hit the road?

Our first story captures the experience from our very own video producer, Jake Pendergist’s, as he rode along for one week with tenured Maverick road trainer, Jeremy Tate. We'll include commentary from the cab of the truck, highlighting Jake’s expectations versus the reality that Jeremy educates us with. And we’ll also include some realities that we typically don’t think about as non-drivers.

Jake (Video Producer/Non-Driver): “The inspiration for this driver ride- along initially came from wanting to highlight our drivers performing their jobs day in and day out. We want to portray how hard they work. I was nervous, knowing that we were going to be in close quarters for long hours, but I had met Jeremy before and knew he was very personable. A positive thing that I noticed was Jeremy’s sense of travel and independence. This job is so good for independent personalities. I loved going to unfamiliar places and meeting new people. We also listened to a historical fiction novel on audio, and I got into it too!

It was a VERY eye-opening experience. I learned that there is so much more to truck driving than driving a truck; it’s mathematics, knowing how to secure and tarp all sorts of loads properly, the difficulties that come with the job, and so much more. I have a whole new level of appreciation for our drivers!”

Jake shared learning about the realities of driving professionally, including the ongoing challenge to find safe and well-lit parking spaces, getting comfortable enough to sleep with the hustle and bustle going on outside the truck, and the challenging work involved in securing, tarping, and driving the load from shipper to consignee.

Jeremy (Professional Maverick Driver): “My expectation our ride along was to be professional and answer his questions to the best of my ability. The first thing I always tell a student and what I told Jake is that I like to have fun. I am serious about work and safety, but it helps the time pass to HAVE FUN. I worked in retail management at Walmart and Staples, and we had to be serious a lot. We were always stressing about something. So now, I like to be calm and enjoy my job. This truck is our office. I love travelling and seeing new things. I wish I could explain to non-drivers how dangerous it can be to cut us off, slam on their brakes or tailgate us. We drivers do all that we can to keep the public safe. We leave a generous amount of road space so if we need to slow down, we can do it safely. My eyes are always watching the road, my mirrors, the load I am hauling and the motoring public. At the end of the day, safety is the most important focus.”

This story from the road is a great reminder to us all - there’s so much challenging work that goes into succeeding as a professional truck driver. Remember to respect them, give them space, and thank them. Drivers keep America running, one mile marker at a time.

A Closer Look at How Maverick Gives Back

  Friday, November 24, 2023

While Maverick is known for our steadfast approach to safety in the transportation industry, another core value that we hold dear is giving to others. No matter what, we prioritize giving to those in need and to those who have served our great country.

We are honored with the opportunity to donate to a myriad of organizations throughout the year including:

• Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary
• St Jude’s Children’s Hospital
• Alzheimer’s Association
• Wounded Warrior
• DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
• Special Olympics of Arkansas
• Arkansas Foodbank
• Angel Tree

Given that this time of year is known as the season of giving, we want to shine a light on The Salvation Army Angel Tree.

“Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year.” [The Salvation Army Angel Tree; accessed November 8, 2023, Angel Tree (saangeltree.org)]

For over two decades, Maverick has partnered with a local non-profit organization, an elementary school and the Salvation Army to provide Christmas gifts to over 50 children each holiday season. In November and December, we have employees who donate their time to either shop, wrap or deliver gifts. Check out these great photos from years past.

We want to create meaningful relationships within our communities. We believe that through connections built with these wonderful organizations, we form a strong foundation upon which positive change is built.

Exploring the Advanced Interior of Maverick’s State-of-the-Art Trucks

  Friday, October 20, 2023

Have you ever wondered what amenities await you in Maverick’s technologically advanced trucks? Well, we’re here to show you!

The Freightliner Cascadia's interior begins with its ergonomically-designed cockpit. The layout is thoughtfully laid out with a driver’s comfort and convenience in mind. The driver's seat is adjustable and comes with features like heating and ventilation, allowing professional drivers to find their most comfortable position. The steering wheel is equipped with easy-to-reach controls for features such as cruise control, audio, and phone functions, minimizing their distractions and maximizing everyone’s safety.

Additionally, Maverick installs an onboard computer system that keeps our drivers in touch with every piece of information that they need: from dispatch details to our info-loaded driver portal.

One of the spotlight features within the Freightliner Cascadia is its spacious cab design. The interior provides ample headroom, legroom, and storage options, making it a comfortable space.

The Cascadia is not just about comfort and convenience; it's also a showcase of advanced safety features. The interior includes driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and collision avoidance technology. Maverick has also taken steps to add industry-leading safety technology to keep our drivers and the driving public safe on our nation’s highways. These systems help enhance safety on the road, reduce driver fatigue, and mitigate the risk of accidents.

We hope that as you research Maverick and all we have to offer, you see the meticulous details that are put into every decision, choice of technology and care of our drivers.

2023 Maverick Driver Appreciation Week

  Friday, September 22, 2023

Last week, we had the opportunity to celebrate and honor our professional drivers during 2023’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. While we hope that our gratitude and appreciation is felt throughout the year, we also truly enjoy the opportunity to throw a larger spotlight on our drivers during this special week.

The American Trucking Association launched National Truck Driver Appreciation Week back in 1998 to honor truck drivers in this industry – 25 years of giving honor where honor is due; our DRIVERS!

From cookouts to catered meals, giveaways on social media, free driver-related gifts with included gift cards – we're celebrating our drivers in more ways than one to show our appreciation! We even produced two videos this year - a beautiful ode the life of a driver, written and narrated by one of our very own, and a fun light-hearted video that’s dedicated to those who keep everyone “Living in America” moving. We sincerely thank our fleet of Maverick drivers and ALL professional drivers for the dedication and work ethic you exhibit day in and day out for our communities, families and friends.

Please look through highlight photos from Maverick’s Driver Appreciation Week 2023 below:

2023 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Food Schedule

  Friday, September 8, 2023

This Sunday, September 10th, kicks of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! We’re so thankful for all of our Maverick drivers that keep our nation moving! Our gratitude is not only for one week, but all year long. We’ll be celebrating in various ways across all of our facilities, as well as at Dedicated customer locations, and there will be random giveaways and prizes on our social media channels. If you haven't ordered your gift, be sure to do so by logging into the Driver Portal and clicking on the "2023 DAW Gift" button.

Please see below for this year's food schedule! Happy Driver Appreciation Week - we're so grateful for all of you!

Get to Know Maverick

  Friday, August 25, 2023

For over 43 years, Maverick Transportation has established a strong foothold and is a leader in the transportation industry.

We’d like to take this opportunity to reintroduce ourselves, our philosophy and our culture to YOU.

Maverick was founded in 1980 after the trucking industry had been deregulated following the signing of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980. Our Chairman and CEO Steve Williams {Steve Williams | Maverick (maverickusa.com)} decided to pursue a dream he’d long had to start a trucking company. From our humble beginnings in a one-room office in Texarkana, AR to our current 8 terminals across the United States, Maverick’s growth and success continues to be due to the incredible work ethic and dedication from our Maverick team.

Our main business philosophy is what we call “The Maverick Way®”

“Do the right thing” with integrity, respect and commitment

Be socially and environmentally responsible

Promote our unwavering emphasis on safety

Value our people

Strive for excellence in all we do

Have fun!

Maverick’s culture is one rarely known in the trucking industry; one of genuine support, a constant drive to be the best and one of respect. Proof of this is in our long-lasting employees. We currently employ over 1600 drivers and approximately 550 non-driving employees. Over 36% of our drivers have been with Maverick for 4+ years and over 61% of our non-driving staff have been with us for over 5+ years!

Over the years, we have created and fostered many career growth opportunities for our employees including driver award programs, leadership training, wellness and other support programs.

Maverick is a special place with special people, and we can’t wait to see where we go from here.

Flatbed Trucking Tips and Tricks

  Thursday, July 20, 2023

Trucking is here to stay. We heard these words as we battled through 2020 and beyond. And they’re true! According to the American Trucking Association, “Trucks move roughly 72.2% of the nation’s freight by weight.” Additionally, 38.9 million trucks are registered and utilized for business purposes. {Economics and Industry Data | American Trucking Associations}

For these millions of trucks, securing the cargo on a flatbed trailer requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure the safety of the load, the driver, and other travelers on our nation’s roads.

Here are a few first-hand flatbed trucking tips and tricks from two of Maverick’s own esteemed drivers; our 2022 Trainer of the Year, TJ Hargis, and our 2022 Driver of the Year, Charlette Cohee.

A few notes from TJ:

1. Stay organized, put all your equipment up in the same place and in the same way every time. This will help you save time and help create a routine focused on securing your load in the proper way and not on trying to do it fast.

2. Your speed will come over time. Always look back at your process and try to make your movements count. If you find yourself walking around the truck or trailer and not doing anything productive, find out how to eliminate that step.

3. When you are done securing always ask yourself, "Would I feel safe with my family riding beside me the entire trip?” If your answer is anything other than YES, then you must reevaluate your securement. If you don't trust it with your family, don't chance it with everyone else's.

4. If you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Maverick has designated people to help and provide useful information 24/7.

Charlette had this to say:

1. Wake up early.

2. Trip plan and get prepared for your day; rushing causes accidents.

3. Stay positive and optimistic.

4. Meal plan. Fast food is your enemy.

5. Keep learning and know your stuff! Confidence is the key to success. Safety first always.

Flatbed trucking is a lasting career that requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and preparation. Thanks to TJ and Charlette for sharing these great guidelines. By implementing these tips and tricks, you can increase your efficiency, safety, and success in the trucking world.

Tips for Staying Hydrated and Safe in the Summer Heat

  Friday, June 30, 2023

With the onset of summer, it’s essential to stay hydrated. Elevated temperatures and humidity can quickly lead to dehydration, which can have serious health consequences. To help you beat the heat and keep your body well-hydrated, we have compiled a list of effective tips that will keep you cool, refreshed, and healthy all summer long.

The obvious #1 choice; Drink plenty of water: It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when summer brings on so many fun outdoor activities, or when you’re focused on the work at hand. A good rule of thumb is to try and drink 8 ounces of water every hour. A helpful hint is to set a reminder on your phone!

Clothing and Accessories: Be sure to wear breathable clothing, when possible, to provide relief from the heat. If you’re working in the heat like securing a load, keep something like a cooling towel Chilly Pad® Cooling Towel (froggtoggs.com) on hand to keep your head and neck cool. These towels are moistened with water and as they evaporate, provide a cooling effect when worn around the neck.

Infuse your water: If plain water becomes too boring, try infusing it with fruits or herbs to add a burst of flavor. Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange, along with cucumber, mint, or berries, can make your water more tasty. Infused water is not only refreshing, but also provides additional nutrients.

Eat hydrating foods: There are many foods you can eat that provide additional hydration including watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and more.

Choose electrolyte-rich beverages: During extensive physical activity or exposure to extreme heat, you could lose electrolytes through sweat. To replenish them, try drinking electrolyte-rich beverages such as coconut water or sports drinks. These beverages provide a good balance of electrolytes, helping your body maintain proper hydration levels.

Stay indoors during peak heat hours: To avoid excessive heat exposure, limit your outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., especially in the south. If you must be outside, seek shade, wear breathable clothing, and apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn, which can contribute to dehydration.

We hope these tips help you stay cool this summer. So, grab that water bottle, infuse it with some refreshing fruits, and enjoy a happy and hydrated summer!

Summer Road Trip Essentials

  Wednesday, May 24, 2023

As summer approaches, now is a great time to make sure you’re prepared for almost anything that is thrown at you during a road trip. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a long cross-country drive, having the right supplies in your vehicle can make all the difference. Here’s a list of items that can provide you with a better sense of safety and preparedness.

  1. First aid kit: Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and a first aid kit is a must-have in any vehicle. Make sure it's well stocked with bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any prescription medication you may need.

  1. Water: Staying hydrated is crucial in the summer heat. Keep a supply of bottled water or a reusable water bottle in your truck to avoid dehydration.

  1. Sunscreen and bug spray: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and pesky bugs with sunscreen and bug spray. Here’s a great list of 2023 sunscreen recommendations from dermatologists, via Men’s Health.

  1. Snacks: Healthy, shelf-stable snacks like fruits, nuts, and granola bars are a great way to keep your energy levels up on long drives. They're also a good backup in case you get stuck in traffic or can't find a place to eat.

  1. Maps or GPS: Even if you have a navigation system in your truck, it's always a good idea to have a map or GPS on hand in case you lose service or your device malfunctions.

  1. Blankets: Summer nights can get chilly, especially if you're camping or sleeping in your truck. Keep a few blankets handy to stay warm.

  1. Flashlight: Whether you're setting up camp or trying to fix a problem with your vehicle, a flashlight can be a lifesaver. Make sure you have spare batteries or a rechargeable flashlight.

  1. Entertainment: Long drives can be boring, so make sure you have something to keep you and your passengers entertained. Audiobooks, podcasts or music are great options to have something to listen to during the drive.

Making sure you have these items in your vehicle can make your summer road trip safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Make sure to pack them before you hit the road and have a GREAT summer!

As always, for our Maverick drivers, if you run into any safety concerns on the road, we have 24/7 phone support to assist you. Call 501-766-9257 for Flatbed and 910-610-3952 for Glass.