Why Our Professional Drivers Are At The Forefront

Professional truck drivers combined drive substantially more than 400 billion miles on the road each year, according to American Trucking Association estimates. The trucking industry hauls more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the total freight tonnage transported across the nation.

When it comes to the transportation of a variety of chemicals, propane and petroleum products it’s important to have the peace of mind that the professional drivers responsible for their transport, not only have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure safe transport but also that they are some of the most experienced and safest drivers on the road.

Based in Tallahassee, Florida and operating 14 terminals in 6 states, McKenzie Tank Lines (MTL) is the primary bulk transportation service provider for a host of national and international corporations. Our customer partners entrust us with their products because our professional drivers deliver their products safely and on time in our extensive fleet of trailers.

Many of our customers utilize McKenzie and our professional drivers to handle all their bulk needs which includes the complete complement of liquid, dry and container shipments.

That’s why MTL is committed to remaining at the forefront of our industry in terms of safety.  Safety and customer service are the cornerstones of our business, and why we strive to be the best in the industry for both.

It is through these avenues that MTL creates jobs for more professional drivers, contributes to the growth and strength of our nation, and continues to build shareholder value.

MTL has made significant investments in the development and retention of a strong cadre of professional drivers and staff that function as a team. Professional drivers are the lifeblood of a successful transportation company.  

At MTL we know the essential role support staff in terminals and at our corporate offices play in ensuring the safe arrival of our professional drivers and the materials they are transporting for customers.

High-quality transportation services is built on reliability, safety, performance, and accountability.

All of this relies heavily on training programs and a commitment to excellent communication between professional drivers, support staff in the terminals, and the customers.

A strong commitment to safety, and providing professional drivers with comprehensive training programs designed to ensure success in all aspects of safe driving and product handling can increase driver safety and ensure the successful transport of customer’s materials.  

At MTL all trainees progress through classroom training which includes hazardous materials training, security awareness, hours of service training, defensive driving and other required training in addition to familiarizing the trainee with our policies, procedures and expectations.  

Classroom training is followed by a comprehensive yard training program that familiarizes each trainee with our equipment and provides hands-on loading and unloading experience.  Professional driver trainees are then finally placed with certified Driver Trainers to complete their field training.  

Additionally all trainees are product qualified and participate in a 360 degrees training evaluation session prior to being released from training.

Even existing professional drivers have training opportunities available to them, including product cross-training.  At MTL we believe it is important that professional drivers continue to receive ongoing education on various subjects such as new safety requirements that are developed and are involved in the review of pertinent safety concerns at regular safety meetings.

The safety of our roadways is paved by pro-active partnerships between shippers and carriers. MTL has made a significant commitment to investing in programs and training that ensure our professional drivers can deliver on our company’s promise to deliver and deliver it safely.

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