President’s Safe Driver Club Award Winners

Four Xtreme Trucking drivers were recently recognized by the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and granted membership to its prestigious President’s Safe Driver Club. Clifford Madosh III, Dale Lau, Charlie O’Laughlin and Jerome Levash (not pictured) received the honor at a banquet held in March.

Established in 1996 by the Wisconsin Council of Safety Supervisors, the President’s Safe Driver Club honors professional truck drivers who demonstrate a commitment to operating at the highest level of safety. Membership is considered one of the greatest achievements of a Wisconsin truck driving career. Once a driver is nominated by a company in the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, the subsequent review process is exhaustive, and their selection is far from guaranteed. Membership to the President’s Safe Driver Club is awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Three or more consecutive years of service with the same carrier
  • No accidents during this period (on or off duty)
  • A clean Motor Vehicle Record with no citations (on or off duty)
  • Must be dispatched out of a Wisconsin terminal and drive at least 10,000 miles per year

Once a driver earns initial membership, they accrue additional credits for each consecutive year by maintaining a safe driving record.

Xtreme Trucking’s Safety Director, Wendy Santkuyl, and Driver Success Manager, Jonas Lundberg, attended the membership banquet to help support and celebrate the achievements of the company’s extraordinary drivers. Xtreme Trucking also gifted Clifford, Dale, Charlie and Jerome each a swag bag and apparel as a small token of appreciation for their tremendous ongoing accomplishments.

“Our Safe Drivers set the standard for excellence at Xtreme Trucking and throughout the transportation industry,” said Craig Waters, Xtreme Trucking’s Recruiting and Marketing Manager. “Earning their membership required constant hard work, focus, and integrity. It’s an honor to have these four men exemplify the Xtreme Trucking brand wherever they go.”

About Xtreme Trucking

Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2010 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY refrigerated freight a customer needs shipped. Both long and short haul are within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.

How Xtreme Trucking Is Helping Customers Navigate Supply-Chain Challenges Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a massive shock to the United States’ supply chain, likely the largest since World War II.  Many predict its lingering impact could be worse than the Great Recession.

The disruption to freight volumes and demand is nothing short of tumultuous. With factories temporarily closing and economic activity grinding to a halt in many industries, inventory production has been greatly reduced, and the commerce process has been interrupted. A recent survey of 600 supply chain managers found that approximately 75 percent of respondents are experiencing transportation issues within their supply chains.

As companies navigate this volatility, they will be leaning heavily on a dedicated trucking partner as they alter their supply chains and chart a “new normal.”


Here’s how Xtreme Trucking can help:

A Commitment to Driver Health and Safety

During uncertain times, it’s important to partner with a trucking company that’s committed to remaining fully operational.

We understand the importance of keeping America moving and take the need for precautions very seriously. We’ve instituted a number of safety measures and given our drivers and staff the flexibility and tools needed to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This includes suspending travel for office employees, fully sanitizing the office every week, and providing all employees with hand sanitizer and masks. More than 50 percent of the office staff also worked remotely for approximately six weeks.



In the refrigerated trucking industry, a diversified customer base lessens disruptions. This has never been more apparent than in the midst of a pandemic. The ability to flex up or down and quickly pivot is key to being a reliable transportation partner.

At Xtreme Trucking, we’ve always looked to have a diversified customer portfolio to allow us to ebb and flow with seasonal trends and other volume increases.

Over the past few months, when some of our “essential” business partners saw a rush of demand, we were able to easily shift some resources from partners that required less capacity due to the pandemic.

Our dedicated refrigerated trucking services also help ensure stability amidst volatile market conditions.



To serve as a valuable partner, a refrigerated trucking company must have the ability to provide flexible solutions amid the rapidly-shifting landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adjusting to the dynamic needs of customers has always been standard operating procedure for Xtreme Trucking. In fact, one of our core values is “Adapt and Overcome.” We’ve never approached prospective customers with a rigid list of services, because client needs can often vary. A supermarket’s shipping requirements, for example, are far different from that of a small business. By accommodating the needs of our partners and offering customized solutions, we look to lay a strong foundation for a long-term business relationship.


Advanced Logistics Technology

Technology stragglers in the refrigerated trucking industry are having a tough time in the era of the coronavirus. Those that were tracking and managing via spreadsheets and manual systems were not prepared for a disruption so far-reaching.

Xtreme Trucking finds itself in a much more resilient position, having previously reviewed technology solutions and implemented new digital shipment-tracking tools.

From our central hub, Xtreme Logistics can source, route and manage your freight throughout all 48 contiguous states, Alaska and even Canada.  Xtreme Logistics has access to thousands of assets and provides constant tracking via GPS, making deliveries with maximum communication every step of the way.


Driver Retention

Truck driving positions are among the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, and during a pandemic, drivers are in higher demand than ever.

Xtreme Trucking’s leadership understands that happy drivers are the engine to happy customers. To keep our trucks moving, we’ve remained focused on keeping our drivers safe and productive. We’re committed to supporting our team with the latest technology, 24/7 assistance, and schedules that suit each driver’s needs. Xtreme Trucking also supports frontline workers, including both drivers and mechanics, through a COVID-19 hazard pay bonus program.  Xtreme expects to pay out approximately $8,000 in hazard pay through the end of the program.

As a veteran trucker with more than a decade of experience on the road, Xtreme Trucking owner Travis Nelson “gets it.” His unwavering respect for his drivers has built a culture that drives satisfaction for the “long haul.” This translates to under 30 percent driver turnover.


Transparency and Reliability

The pandemic has shown how important it is to have a refrigerated trucking partner that places high value on communication.

A common complaint made against larger trucking companies is the lack of personal service. Xtreme Trucking strives to build transparent relationships with customers. Honest, updated data and information has never been more important, and we aim to communicate proactively and maintain 24/7 availability whenever questions arise.


Final thoughts

This is the first time in more than 100 years the United States has faced a pandemic, and without its dedicated truckers, the country would grind to a halt. Our team has worked around the clock to deliver the supplies needed to restock America’s shelves. We are incredibly proud of the hard work and sacrifices the Xtreme team and other truckers have made to hold our country’s supply chain together.

To learn more about how Xtreme Trucking can help your business navigate supply-chain and COVID-19 challenges, contact us online or at 920-367-2068 today.

COVID-19: What Do I Do If I Feel Sick on the Road?

With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the U.S., it’s important to know how to care for yourself while out on the road. Here are some step-by-step recommendations about what to do if symptoms develop along your route and away from home.


Watch for symptoms

Having a cough or fever might feel like a cause for panic right now, but in most cases, experts say there is no reason to worry.

“The vast majority of [COVID-19] cases are going to be mild, and people are going to recover just like they do from a cold or flu-like illness,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in an interview with NBC News.

According the World Health Organization (WHO), the main symptoms of COVID-19 usually include:

  • A dry cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath (in more severe cases)

Some patients may have “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea,” the WHO adds.


What to do if you’re experiencing symptoms

All COVID-19 symptoms should be taken seriously and closely monitored. If you are worried you might be infected, contact a health care provider by phone or through a telehealth appointment. Seeking guidance is especially important if you’ve traveled to areas with widespread transmission or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.  If your symptoms are mild, health officials may advise treatment while self-isolating on the road or at home without visiting a clinic or hospital.

Recommended telehealth resources for truckers:

  • National Association of Independent Truckers – Members receive no-cost consultations through the mobile app’s telemedicine service.
  • TelaDoc – Request a consult via 800-835-2362,, or the organization’s mobile app.
  • UrgentCare Travel – Find a list of the organization’s consult phone numbers here.

If there are factors that make you high risk for COVID-19, you should connect with your primary care provider as soon as symptoms begin. A doctor with knowledge of your medical history can best help you develop a treatment plan. High risk individuals include those over the age of 65 as well as anyone with underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or a compromised immune system due to illness or drug therapy.

If in-person medical treatment or testing is needed, urgent care facilities and hospitals are asking patients for advance notice of their arrival. They may have a special entrance they’d prefer you use and will likely present you with a face mask to wear, Dr. Adalja explained in an interview.

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ANYONE experiencing the following severe symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure on chest
  • Confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Also, consult with a medical provider if you are experiencing any other severe or concerning symptoms.


What to do if you’re on the road and infected with COVID-19

If you’re on the road, and a medical provider agrees you may have COVID-19, head home if symptoms are mild and you can manage the trip. If, however, an immediate family member is more susceptible to the virus due to a pre-existing condition, you should get advice from a medical provider before returning home.

If you are too far away from home to make the drive safely or symptoms are too severe, use a telehealth service to locate the nearest health care provider. There are safe, long-term reserved parking options that can be found in a variety of locations through TruckPark.



Shortages are limiting the amount of COVID-19 tests being administered in the U.S. Laboratory tests are mainly reserved for those experiencing severe symptoms or those who’ve been linked to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. As the supply of tests slowly increases, some doctors are being given more discretion to order them, but this is not happening uniformly across the country.

Even if you have mild to moderate symptoms of the coronavirus, it’s still important to isolate at home, in your truck or in a hotel room and seek the guidance of a health care professional to determine if you’ll be tested.


Isolation and recovery

According to the CDC, the majority of people who contract COVID-19 will not stay in a hospital and will be asked to isolate themselves.

Most mild COVID-19 symptoms resolve on their own (similar to the flu), but it’s important to take care of your health. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have tested positive for the virus, get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and alert your doctor if symptoms worsen or do not improve within a week.

If you are isolating at home with family, be sure to keep your distance. Stay in a separate room away from other people and pets as much as you can. Also, use a separate bathroom, if at all possible.

If you are isolating alone on the road, ask a friend, family member or fellow trucker to periodically call and check in on your welfare. Tell them to contact local law enforcement to check on you if their calls go unanswered. Make sure they know the exact location of where you are self-isolating. The “Truckers Helping Truckers COVID19 Resources and Buddy Watch” Facebook group is a great resource that helps match drivers in need of welfare checks with other drivers.

If you are parking at a truck stop, inform the business’ management. Some truck stops are supplying self-isolating drivers with envelopes to provide their staff with personal contacts and a key to access the truck in the case of an emergency.


When can you leave isolation?

According to the CDC, those with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 can leave isolation once these three milestones have been achieved:

– At least one week has passed since symptoms first appeared

– No fever for at least three days without the use of medicine that reduces fevers

– Other symptoms have also improved


Don’t panic

The possibility of contracting COVID-19 can be daunting, but researchers and doctors are learning more about how to treat the disease and prevent its spread every day.

Also, remember, it’s important to take extra precautions to protect not only your health and safety, but also the health and safety of friends, family, coworkers and community members. We’re all in this together!


Sources: Coronavirus – World Health Organization, Overdrive, NBC News: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC




What to Look for in a Refrigerated Transport Company

The search for a reliable refrigerated transport company is often fraught with overwhelming options, and those seeking the service tend to make the task more difficult by their approach.  Companies err when only considering the quotes presented, instead of weighing everything included in the price. It’s vital to note not all refrigerated carriers provide the same safety standards, level of service and dependability; three factors key to ensuring your valuable freight arrives intact and on time.

So how does one dig deeper than the price point when finding a refrigerated trucking partner?  The following five attributes should all be taken into consideration:


Specialized Expertise and Services

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains tight restrictions on how several types of cargo can be transported. An example is dairy and other perishable products that must be kept at specific temperatures. Their limited shelf-life requires they be shipped in specific vehicles and under tight schedules.

The transportation of food requires specific expertise that not all companies are equipped to handle. Beyond the extra logistics required for moving from point A to point B, the trucking company must also be versed in the nuances and legal issues inherent in delivering food.

As an experienced refrigerated transport company, Xtreme Trucking offers specialized services specific to food grade transport.


A Commitment to Cleanliness and Safety

The importance of health and cleanliness has never been more prominent in society than right now. This is even more true in the food industry, which demands that goods be handled with impeccable sanitary standards during transport.

A potential partner in the transportation industry should meet all necessary health and safety regulations for both your location and the type of freight you need to move. Furthermore, a quality refrigerated transport company will be fully transparent about its food safety standards and protocols with any potential customer.


Exemplary Equipment

It’s important to consider the equipment a refrigerated transport company will use to transport your goods. If possible, a visit to the company’s headquarters can help you determine if the operation meets the standards you require.

A fleet lacking proper maintenance is bound to end up sustaining costly delays. The issue’s importance is even more heightened when the shipment is perishable food. Faulty refrigeration equipment, for example, could spoil an entire shipment. And even if insurance reimburses the loss, the delay encountered does harm to your reputation and to your customer’s supply.

Also consider how your freight needs to be loaded before departure. If contained on pallets, a fork lift (or similar equipment) will be needed to fill the truck. If your company ships loose freight, your carrier of choice will need more manpower to accommodate your needs. Without the right staff in place, you could be on the hook to pay more to compensate for the additional time it takes to load your goods.

Ask about load requirements, too, as some refrigerated transport companies only allow full-size loads.


A Focus on the Customer Experience

As is the case in many industries, trucking places high value on communication and efficiency. Those attributes are often lost if a transport partner lacks superior service standards. You must consider if your freight can be tracked during delivery and if the company’s customer service and dispatch teams are available whenever questions arise.

Consider what the experience of the partnership would be like, and have any concerns addressed before taking the plunge. If you encounter staff or drivers that act in an unprofessional manner, it’s safe to assume their actions will be similar upon delivering your goods. This, due to no fault of your own, could put your own reputation at risk.


A Record of Reliability

The importance of your freight demands that the refrigerated transport company you choose has a reputation of reliability.

Do your due diligence:

  • Read through online reviews (Google, Facebook, etc.)
  • Seek out testimonials and case histories
  • Compare food grade carriers’ websites and social media pages

Several types of publicly-available records can also add to your informed decision. A company’s Department of Transportation record will include its compliance, safety and accountability (CSA) score. These records will indicate any unsafe driving, vehicle maintenance, or driver fitness violations. Any such incident encountered while your delivery is on the road could lead to a costly delay. It’s also important to know how a company’s CSA score is calculated because minor issues should not necessarily rule out a potential refrigerated trucking partner.


The Takeaway

Choosing a reliable trucking company will ultimately make your job easier. When your freight is in the right hands, you can focus on running and growing your business without having to worry about your goods getting to their destination safely. Take the time to make the right decision!

If your current refrigerated transportation partner is stuck revving in neutral, contact Xtreme Trucking today!


About Xtreme Trucking

Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2007 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY load a customer needs shipped.  Long haul, dry van or refrigerated transportation are all within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.


Company Memo: COVID-19

Employees, Vendors and Customers,

Xtreme Trucking LLC is committed in remaining fully operational during these troubling times.  We understand the importance of keeping America moving by delivering everyday essential products that Americans rely on to live.

We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and will be putting safety measures in place to slow the rapid spread of the virus. We understand we must remain healthy here to continue to be fully operational.  We also understand that our drivers who are essential to the supply chain will be traveling domestically into many other states.   They have an increased risk in attracting the COVID-19 virus.


As a company we are implementing the following:

  • All travel for office employees, including all safety meetings, is canceled until further notice.
  • We ask all employees to please follow the Federal and State guidelines in regard to activities.
  • We are prohibiting external visits to Xtreme’s office. All communication can be done via phone or email.
  • We are asking that drivers only enter our offices for absolute necessity. We are not trying to segment anyone out, but if one infected person came into the office, our whole office would need to be quarantined for 14 days making day-to-day activities tough.  Please use drop boxes located outside the offices in Maribel and New Holstein (driver room).
  • We are going to fully sanitize the office weekly vs bi-weekly.
  • We are asking that anyone who chooses to travel for vacation to self-quarantine before returning to the office
  • Please continue using best judgements, washing hands for 20 seconds, sanitizing your desk and trucks, and be aware of who you are in contact with.

In the event our office would become infected, we are prepared to work remotely while in quarantine. We do understand, however, our drivers cannot work remotely and will address these situations as they arise. Everyone’s health is our first priority, delivering America is our next! We will continue to update everyone as the news changes quickly.


What most people aren’t talking about is how to protect yourself through your body’s immune system.  Our bodies are designed to fight off viral infections.  The most important thing everyone can do is build their immune systems.


Some Things to Do:

  • Take your vitamins: multivitamin, vitamin C, echinacea, vitamin D3.
  • Drink lots of water, stay hydrated.
  • Reduce stress: stress weakens the immune system, allowing viruses to take over.
  • Eat healthy. Cut out fast foods. Eat nutritious meals that add value to your immune system.
  • Eat less sugars. Sugars deplete immune systems, allowing viruses to take over.
  • Drink less soda and other carbonated drinks, even DIET.
  • Perfect time to manage weight. Extra weight taxes the immune system.


I want to remind everyone to please think long term.  We are resilient people and will get through these tough times!   This is a great reminder of just how quickly our freedom can change. Be thankful for what we have in America because it can vanish in a moments notice.  Stay positive, use common sense, compassion, creativity and don’t live off the news.

We appreciate everyone for their patience while we endure this unprecedented time together.


Travis Nelson



Xtreme Trucking Adjusts Focus to Strictly Temperature-Controlled Freight

As of February 26, 2020,  Xtreme Trucking LLC has sold its open-deck division to Quick Transport of Kaukauna, WI.  The sale of the flatbed division will allow Xtreme to focus solely on Refrigerated Freight, which has been its dominating division throughout the years.


“It’s no secret that our Refrigerated Fleet has been our major growth division over the years and is planned to continue to grow year after year. I feel this is best for the long-term growth of the fleet.  By having owners who have complete focus on their business niche, it allows for 100% dedication to the company as a whole.”

– Travis Nelson, President, Xtreme Trucking


Refrigerated staff and drivers will continue business as usual, while the Flatbed drivers and staff will transition to Quick Transport immediately after the sale.


 “I’m excited to have the Xtreme flatbed division join our Quick Transport family. This transition allows both of our companies to focus on our clients and niche markets. ”

– Quinn Kalies, Quick Transport


“I’m truly going to miss everyone; you all have become part of our team which feels like family, but sometimes tough decisions need to be made for the betterment of the team.  When a decision makes sense for the long-term future of everyone, emotions need to be put aside and logic in place.  I am proud we have been able to make a transition, in such a way that no jobs were lost in the process.”

– Travis Nelson, President, Xtreme Trucking


About Xtreme Trucking

Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2007 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY load a customer needs shipped.  Long haul, hazmat, dry van or refrigerated transportation are all within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.

6 Reasons to Become a Professional Truck Driver

The United States depends every day on truckers making on-time deliveries. Carrying food, fuel, livestock, vehicles and many other things Americans use and depend on, truck drivers are ‘the wheels’ driving the U.S. economy forward. In fact, trucks deliver nearly 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the U.S., and the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates the trucking industry provides one out of every 16 American jobs.

There are many reasons one might consider a career in trucking. For some, it’s a chance to get out of a dead-end job, underemployment or unemployment. For others, it’s a way to escape the office setting and see the country while earning good money.  Imagine trading in the suit and tie or uniform for a job with a casual dress code that allows you to bring your own music, audiobooks and podcasts along for the ride!

The U.S. trucking industry has demonstrated lasting staying power that is not subject to the ups and downs of the economy.  And as it continues to grow and thrive, high demand means companies are offering substantial incentives to drivers of all experience levels. If all this hasn’t convinced you that trucking is the right career path, check out what many truckers say are the job’s biggest perks:


Job Security

If you’re planning to invest long-term in a career, make sure you train in a stable industry.

Over the next decade, the ATA estimates the trucking industry will need to hire roughly 898,000 new drivers to keep pace with growth and replace older drivers as they retire.  Demand like THAT puts job-seekers in the driver’s seat.

On top of industry growth, U.S. trucking jobs cannot be outsourced! Transporting goods from coast to coast has always been needed, and trucking remains the only viable way to move many products quickly and affordably.

Truckers with a safe driving record and on-time performance are rewarded with the peace of mind of a secure career.


High Pay

High demand for drivers is raising wages in one of the few industries that doesn’t require a college degree to earn a good living. While some friends are racking up debilitating debt to complete their higher education, you could be out in the workforce already earning a competitive income.

A trucker’s income is determined by several factors, including:

The route: Long-haul drivers often make more than local drivers who are generally paid by the hour.

The load: If you’re hauling oversized loads or hazardous chemicals, you’ll be paid more because driving these types of vehicles requires more experience and skill.

At Xtreme Trucking, pay rates are based on truckers’ experience and safe driving records, with drivers consistently earning $65,000+ per year.


Job Flexibility

Truckers cannot work more than 70 hours in any 8-day period or drive more than 11 hours in a 24-hour period without taking a break. Through this protection, truckers often enjoy flexible scheduling. Most can choose the type of hauls they drive and whether they’ll be assigned to local, cross-region or long-distance runs.

Xtreme Trucking knows time spent with family and on hobbies is vital to a well-balanced life. Plus, when drivers are overworked or get burned out, their health and safety are at risk.

Xtreme’s drivers are home as often as every night, with most drivers staying out only six to seven days at a time.

If a driver’s life requires flexibility, Xtreme will work with them to make sure they can be there for the important things in life.


More Benefits

While many industries are cutting benefits, trucking companies are focused on driver retention and offering benefits that make a difference in the lives of drivers and their families.

In addition to higher-than-average salaries, Xtreme Trucking’s employees have access to a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Excellent options for health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid short-term disability
  • 401K with a company match


Opportunity to Travel

A truck driver’s “office” always comes with a view!

In a way, long-haul truckers are paid to travel across the country. Truckers who get to regularly cross states’ lines are treated to views of the landscape most people never get to see. On long trips, truckers can experience different cultures and foods as well as views of the country’s most breathtaking vistas. Every day can be a new adventure out on the open road!


Pay Bonuses

High-performing truckers are often rewarded through bonuses.

Xtreme Trucking, for example, offers its team:

  • Safety and Performance Bonuses
  • Fuel Mileage and Idle Bonuses
  • Driver Referral Bonuses


Xtreme Trucking’s leadership understands that happy drivers are the engine to happy customers. If that sounds like a road worth taking, find your place on the Xtreme Team, and shift your career into high gear. Click here to learn more.

DOT Inspections: What All Truckers Need to Know

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires every commercial motor vehicle to be assessed once every 12 months by a qualified inspector. They ensure trucks are in good working condition and improve the safety of truckers and those with whom they share the road.

These inspections must be treated as a fact of life for anyone who drives commercially for a living. Current technology allows the DOT to conduct them anywhere along your route: on the side of the road, at rest areas, truck stops, or other roadside sites. Much like air travelers who must pass security at the airport, planning ahead and attention to detail can make these temporary detours from your final destination less of a nuisance. Preparing for the possibility of an inspection before you hit the road will keep the process brief and have you clocking miles again in no time.

Take a look at our list of tips and actionable advice to help you pass your DOT inspection, save time and get your rig rolling again!


Perform a pre-trip inspection to check for problems.

Lights, tires and brakes often present the most common equipment problems that lead to citations and out-of-service orders during Level 1 roadside inspections. To prevent delays, expensive repairs and inspection violations, practice the habit of checking these parts of your rig before leaving the yard or truck stop:

  • Windshield – Is it obstructed, dirty or chipped?
  • Lights – Notice any damage?
  • Tires – Are they under/overinflated? Any signs of tread baldness or sidewall damage?
  • Load – Is it secure? Has anything shifted?
  • Leaks – Any signs of oil or exhaust leaks?
  • Turn signals – Do they work properly when tested?
  • Brakes – Are they out of adjustment or presenting other problems?


Keep your cab organized and tidy.

Keep your cab as clean as possible, with all applicable documentation organized and easy to reach. It will be easier for your inspector to assume you care poorly for your truck if the cab is disorganized. Messy drivers are much more likely to be flagged for a major vehicle inspection.


Make sure your hours of service (HOS) are in compliance.

Non-compliance with HOS rules or improperly using the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) can prompt your inspector to order a more thorough vehicle inspection and land you citations and violations.

ELDs may record HOS data automatically, but it’s still important you remain familiar with HOS rules, responsibilities, proper recording methods, important deadlines, and exemptions for which you may qualify.


Treat inspectors with respect.

Your attitude toward a DOT inspector can significantly impact the outcome of your encounter.  They have the liberty to inspect whomever they like, and being condescending or argumentative will not earn you any favors.

The side of the road is NOT the place to contest a violation.  There are two ways to appeal a roadside inspection violation: Contact the State Motor Carrier Safety Office in the state where the inspection took place, or contact the DataQs system operated by the FMCSA. Before making the effort to file an appeal, make sure you can support your claims with proof you were cited in error.


Drive safely and legally.

The easiest way to avoid inspection is to not get pulled over in the first place! Stay inconspicuous to law enforcement by driving safely and obeying all traffic laws. Officers are quick to notice illegal driving that puts everyone on the road at risk.

Decrease your chance of being pulled over by:

  • Wearing your seatbelt
  • Paying close attention to road signs and traffic signals
  • Driving the speed limit and maintaining a safe following distance
  • Staying off the phone
    • Use a hands-free system or earpiece instead.
  • Using proper technique when changing lanes


Xtreme Trucking is Here to Help!

If you’re looking for additional tips on how to prepare for DOT roadside inspections or need help getting your truck back in service after a failed inspection, contact Xtreme Trucking at 920-367-2068.

4 Industry Benefits Driving More Women to Trucking Careers

In preparation for retiring Baby Boomers and the overall increased demand for goods amid future growth, trucking industry recruitment efforts are venturing into underrepresented demographics – namely women.

And the effort to get more women behind the wheel of a big rig is paying dividends.  According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry saw a 69 percent increase in the number of female drivers between 2010 and 2018.

Women are excelling in these roles and are “good for business”; not only are they 20 percent less likely than men to be involved in an accident, carriers report that women take better care of their equipment, are quicker to train and offer superior paperwork and customer service skills.

So, what’s motivating so many women to trade an office desk for a spot on the open road?


Higher, Equal Pay

Studies indicate working women in the U.S. lose out on $500 billion a year because of a persistent gender pay gap. In fact, to this day, women earn $0.79 for every dollar earned by men.

There is no gender pay gap in the trucking industry. And according to The Wall Street Journal, many women say the reason they are getting behind the wheel is to get paid the same as men while doing the same work.

“There are many different types of driver pay in the industry, including by the mile, per load, hourly, and even salary in some cases,” ATA economist Bob Costello explained in an interview with the Journal. “In all cases, there is no distinction between male or female. If you go to a fleet and ask how much drivers are paid, it is by experience level, routes, etc., not gender-specific.”

At Xtreme Trucking, pay rates are based on truckers’ experience and safe driving records, with drivers consistently earning $65,000+ per year.


Benefits & Advancement Opportunities

No bachelor’s degree? No problem.

Careers in trucking offer better benefits and greater stability than positions in the retail, food service and in-home care industries. The jobs also often include a variety of different opportunities for advancement into management or office roles. The trucking industry’s employees are eight percent female, but women currently make up 23 percent of its executives, according to a Women in Trucking study.

At Xtreme Trucking, the work is steady and reliable. There are never concerns about lack of freight!

Xtreme wants its drivers to have a long career with the company and does whatever it takes to keep them engaged and earning.

Xtreme’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Excellent options for insurance, including health, dental, vision, and life
  • Paid short term disability
  • 401K with company match


Modernized Technology & Equipment

Decades ago, truck drivers needed some amount of muscle to get the job done.  Today’s trucks, though, are much more sophisticated.

Advancements in technology and changes in the industry make truck driving more accommodating to drivers of all body types.

Many trucks are now equipped with:

  • Improved visibility
  • Automatic transmissions allowing for a less grueling ride
  • Automatic loading and unloading equipment
  • Hydraulic hood releases and dollies
  • Ergonomic design to help women feel as comfortable as men

Truck stops, too, have upgraded their facilities with fitness rooms, healthier dining options, hair dryers and private shower rooms, per USA Today. Improving safety has also been a priority, with many truck stops adding more lighting and security guards.


Freedom & Adventure

Many women are drawn to the freedom driving a truck can provide—nothing but open road ahead and no managers looking over your shoulder!

A career in trucking also presents the opportunity to get paid to travel to new destinations throughout the country. Daily routes can include views of the ocean or mountains as well as unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. Every day can be a new adventure!

Xtreme trusts its truckers and their driving skills and relies on their instincts to make every delivery on time. Instead of being micromanaged, Xtreme’s drivers have a team supporting them, including:

  • Dedicated Backhaul Specialists specifically trained to plan drivers’ backhaul before they leave
  • Driver Managers acting as a liaison to take care of issues so drivers can keep their eyes and mind on the road
  • A Safety Permit Officer clearing every route of red tape to ensure drivers aren’t stuck on the road because someone didn’t file the correct paperwork
  • 24/7 Driver Assistance committed to getting drivers back on the road at all costs


The Future for Women in Trucking

It’s a transformative time for the trucking industry. Taking aggressive steps in recruiting female drivers helps ensure its future as an integral part of the nation’s economy. Many companies are presently developing and testing autonomous and remotely-operated commercial trucks—technology that would revolutionize the profession and open new opportunities for women and trucking professionals everywhere.

About Xtreme Trucking

Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2007 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY load a customer needs shipped.  Long haul, hazmat, dry van, or refrigerated transportation are all within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.

FMCSA Publishes Proposed HOS Rule Changes

Revisions would help prevent driving fatigue and save truckers money



The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has officially proposed changes to relax truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The possible revisions follow months of discussions with truck drivers, driver and carrier groups and other industry stake holders as well as a series of listening sessions at various industry events around the country. The ultimate goal of the changes is to improve truck drivers’ productivity and safety.

“We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted,” the FMCSA administrator, Raymond Martinez, said in a statement.


Here’s what’s set to change


  • Thirty-minute break rule flexibility: Truckers could use their 30-minute break every eight hours when they are not driving but still technically on-duty. Examples would be while fueling a rig or waiting for cargo to be loaded. The change would essentially allow drivers to “work during their break.” Previously, truckers would have to go formally “off duty.” The FMCSA also proposes only counting drive time in the eight-hour limit before the required break.


  • Split sleeper berth: Truck drivers could split up their 10 hours of off-duty time into two breaks: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and a period of at least two consecutive hours whenever they choose (either off-duty or in the sleeper berth). Current law requires one 10-hour break after a day of driving.


  • A 14-hour clock pause: Drivers could “pause” their 14-hour on-duty clock once, between 30 minutes and three hours, as long as they take 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of their shift.
    • Drivers could strategize and use the “pause” to avoid rush hour traffic or accommodate longer load times without sacrificing drive time.
    • The change could also allow for up to a 17-hour day instead of 14.


  • More on-duty time during poor weather: Truck drivers would be able to extend their 14-hour maximum driving window by two hours when encountering adverse conditions.


  • Increased time and distance for short-haulers: The maximum on-duty period could be increased for short-haul CDL drivers from 12 hours to 14, and the distance limit could be extended from 100 to 150 miles.


“The flexibilities in this proposal are intended to allow drivers to shift their drive and work time to mitigate the impacts of certain variables (e.g., weather, traffic, detention times),” the FMCSA noted.

The government estimates these proposed HOS changes will create $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers.

The FMCSA has indicated these proposals are a top priority. However, it is likely to take several months before a final rule is issued. The FMCSA has been seeking additional feedback since the organization published the proposed HOS revisions in August. Truckers can expect to see implementation between April and July of 2020.

Xtreme Trucking will continue to bring its employees, partners and followers the latest news regarding the proposed HOS changes. Stay in the know by connecting with us on Facebook and YouTube.