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  1. Make the Transition to a Night Driving Position

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    Most truck drivers put in hours of night-time driving at some point throughout their careers, whether at the end of their day shift or early in the morning; however, it takes a specific type of individual to be responsible for driving and delivering throughout the night. Although it is a tough job, trucking under the streetlights and low-traffic roads gives you the upper hand on a less stressful ride.

    A Day in the Life of a Night Driver

    Night driving with The Erb Group has many benefits, like less traffic, more terminal-to-terminal runs, and the opportunity to be home daily (depending on your position type). “A typical day in a local night driving position could be a mix of pick-ups and deliveries or terminal-to-terminal freight moves,” says Scott Misener, our Baden Driver Services Manager. Another perk of night driving is that the night shift typically begins at a specific start time, unlike the day shift, which can vary from day to day. 

    In contrast, daytime drivers are more likely to drive a straight truck and deliver loads requiring hand-bombing. The night shift doesn’t require as much lifting and moving, which could make this shift ideal for some. Additionally, working the night shift can make booking time off for personal appointments or caregiving easier, with time flexibility during the day.

    When it comes to the position’s challenges, the biggest obstacle as a night driver is managing your sleep schedule. It’s harder to sleep during the day because the likelihood of distractions is higher and increases the potential of you coming into work tired. There are many ways to help improve your sleep quality; you just need to be aware and set yourself up with the right tools.

    The Ideal Candidate

    Our Corporate Driver Recruiter, Krystal Satchell, explained, “With a night driving position, you either love it or you don’t.” According to Krystal, adapting to a night shift is much easier if you have previously worked swing shifts or nights in the past. In addition, driving at night requires more independence and critical problem-solving skills. Have your friends ever called you a night owl? An introverted personality and the preference to be more active at night will also set you up for success.

    Ultimately, making the switch to night shifts relies on you and your preferences as a driver. We have many different shift types and accommodations for individuals to suit their lifestyles , needs and preferences. If we have a driver struggling with a lack of sleep, we take this very seriously. Driving while sleep deprived is equivalent to driving impaired. We suggest sleeping tools and techniques to drivers when needed. 

    A strong and communicative relationship with our Driver Services team will also help you succeed! Scott shares these tips for anyone thinking of making the transition into a night driving position.

    • Keep your shift routine over the weekends. Don’t flip to days on the weekend to keep the consistency of sleep.
    • Ensure you are getting your sleep. Sleep deprivation is equivalent to being impaired. Manage your time and take breaks when needed.

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our updated job postings here. Please note that we request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 11–12-month mark, we encourage you to contact our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Email us at recruiting@erbgroup.com when you are ready to make some cool moves!

    To read this blog in French, please click here. 

  2. Three Things a Trucker Should Know During Their First Year

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    You may have heard a trucker say that the first year of trucking is the toughest; however, it is also an exciting time for new drivers to prepare for learning the ropes of the road and the obstacles that come with it. As a new driver, the first year is all about observing and absorbing everything you can so that you feel fully prepared when the time comes to take on the long haul on your own.

    The first year in your truck is a transitional phase; learning the ins and outs of a new job can be nerve-wracking. Utilizing this time is the first step in gaining the skills required to be a safe and professional driver. Whether you’re just starting your career on the road or considering a career in trucking, follow these three tips to start your first year in a truck off on the right foot!

    The Basics

    Truck driving is a big adjustment mentally and physically for individuals entering their first year on the road. “It’s the true test of finding out whether a career in driving is for you,” said Sheldon Wheeler, our Corporate Driver Service and Fleet Safety Manager. Depending on the position you’re interested in, you could be sitting for extended periods of time on an over the road position compared to a more local position, where you are actively jumping in and out of the truck often. Adapting to extended times away from home and new experiences are also critical in overcoming the first few weeks in the driver’s seat.

    It is important to know what you like and what you are comfortable with. There is always an opportunity at The Erb Group to grow and move into new positions and passions that suit your needs and lifestyle. Your happiness is significant in enjoying the day-to-day responsibilities of being a driver; be extra mindful of your intuition!

    Key Connections 

    Driver Services is the number one contact you should stay connected with within year one. From the first day, as an entry level driver, a driver gets partnered up with a driver trainer for eight weeks at Erb. “During training, we attempt to prepare you and create a minimal place of anxiety for when you are ready to go out and establish your own rhythm of the road.” Said Sheldon. 

    Maintaining a good connection with driver services early on allows you to find yourself and your surroundings as a new driver. Without an established routine, driver services can advocate and help you to build connections with peers and other important people in the delivery/pickup process when you need help with a specific situation. Additionally, our driver services team hosts mandatory safety training meetings annually for all drivers with a different theme for each session to ensure our drivers stay educated, engaged and safe! Once you are familiar with the business and processes, the key communication primarily lies between peers, dispatchers, and your coach.


    As a driver, good communication skills are an asset. Being on the road alone often means that you need to maintain many lines of communication. “Don’t make yourself feel isolated – there is a network around you that wants to see you succeed. Your success is our success,” said Sheldon. Developing your own voice and advocating for yourself is important. Especially if you’re struggling with work relationships, your truck or just a tough day. At The Erb Group, we value our drivers’ mental health and well-being and understand how investing in our employees’ health helps them excel in their jobs.

    Reflecting on his time at Erb, Sheldon explains, “It’s exciting and great, I’ve been in the industry for 38 years, and I love it more every day.” The first year in a truck can be tough, but it’s a great way to travel, develop and experience new things. If you are passionate about driving, you can quickly move up and gain skills that lead to bigger and better opportunities. Throughout your 365 days of new driving experiences, remember to give yourself ease and use these three tips to help you truck through the new adventures that lie ahead.

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our updated job board postings here. Please note that we request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 10 -12-month mark, we encourage you to contact our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Email us at recruiting@erbgroup.com when you are ready to make some cool moves!

    To read this blog in French, please click here.

  3. Five reasons why you should consider a career in trucking


    Want to jump into a second career? Are you deciding what driving school to attend? Are you debating on following in a family members’ footsteps to become a professional truck driver? No one’s path to trucking, or any career is linear. Everyone has their own story of why they chose a career in the transportation industry.

    At The Erb Group of Companies, we have drivers from all walks of life. A large portion of our driver workforce are in their 50s. However, we are seeing a new generation of drivers coming into the industry. Our workforce has seen several female drivers emerging, and millennials applying to job roles.

    Are you still on the fence and wondering if a career in trucking is right for you? We’ve outlined five reasons why you may want to consider a career in trucking.

    Job Security

    As a specialist in temperature-controlled transportation and logistics, we are in a unique position to always have shipment demands. There is always a need for perishable food items. They are and will always be in demand; meaning you are never without job security. Even during the pandemic, our drivers remained busy, still on the roads, delivering items throughout North America. Trucking also plays a vital role in the Canadian and U.S. economy. According to Transport Canada, roughly 30,000 trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border every day, carrying an estimated $1 billion in goods. In 2021, there were 324,200 truck drivers in Canada, an increase from 300,000 drivers in 2020.

    Career Pathways

    For most truck drivers, this is a second career. However, you can still move through the ranks or find roles that suit your preferences and lifestyle. As a current employee, you have access to job postings before they are listed externally. This allows you to have the first pick at applying for your next cool move.


    Community and family-based values are embedded into our foundation. We don’t always shout about our community involvement, but you won’t go a week or month without hearing about The Erb Group of Companies pitching in to help. Our latest involvement includes driving mattresses donated by a local company to a community youth shelter. Food drives, sponsoring local playgrounds or celebrating females in the industry are few a few initiatives you can get involved with.

    Freedom and Independence

    Not a fan of the office cubicle? Truck driving is a great way to see our North American landscape. Our drivers like the independent lifestyle they get while on the road. If you want a real treat, our long-haul cross-border drivers get the amazing experience to see some pretty wicked sunsets.

    Flexible Schedule

    Want to still be able to come home at night? You can become a Local Driver. Want to live a life on the road? You can find roles as a long-haul driver within Canada or cross-border. Let’s drop a myth buster fact right now. Not all truck drivers are away from home for 2-3 weeks at a time. You have the flexibility to find a job opportunity and get the hours that suit your lifestyle. Speak with our recruiters or managers to learn about how you can push your career forward.

    Learn more about how the trucking industry is evolving by visiting Canadian Trucking Alliance’s “Choose to Truck” campaign. Know someone that may benefit from reading this? Share the link with a friend.

  4. Is trucking a good career choice?

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    Amrit Nijjar, is a 25-year-old Punjabi Canadian who recently passed his three-month probation at The Erb Group of Companies to become a full-time AZ US Local Driver. Initially, he went to trade school to be an auto mechanic. He worked in the field for a short period but didn’t feel that he was progressing or making the salary at the rate he hoped.

    Amrit explained, “I’m part of a multi-generational trucking family. My grandfather, dad, and uncles all drive trucks. I saw them work as owner-operators and start their own trucking company. Since I wasn’t making the money I needed as a mechanic, I started to work for a company that had no family ties.”

    Bumping into other drivers on the road, Amrit began to hear more and more about The Erb Group of Companies from fellow drivers. “I was the first in my family to make the leap to a mainstream trucking company outside of the Indian community. Although I loved working with my community, I needed to make my next career step. The support system and training I have experienced in the short time at Erb feels like night and day difference. While on the road, I noticed Erb trucks were always well-maintained. As they say, happy drivers, happy company.”

    Typical Day

    Amrit mainly does local runs in Mississauga and every so often crosses the border into Buffalo. He adds, “I like to sleep at home every night. I’m engaged and ready to get married soon. I’m able to stay local but still do cross-border, which allows me to keep that balance. It’s the best of both worlds.”

    A typical day starts early, between 4-7 AM. He liaises with dispatch to get all his paperwork, followed by a pre-trip inspection and filling out the paperwork. Later he checks his satellite messages before heading out to do pick-ups and deliveries.

    Career Aspirations

    “I have two mentors at Erb that I really value. Driver Supervisor, Tracy Quinn, has always believed in me and continues to guide me. Fred is guy who started off as a driver and now works in the office within the Driver Services department. I think it’s valuable to have mentors when you’re new to the industry.”

    Amrit hopes to become an in-cab trainer in the future. “From the very first day, Tracy has believed in me and has seen my good work ethic when it comes to paperwork. After my probation, I hope to become an in-cab trainer. I feel like I can help more drivers do their jobs efficiently and accurately. It’s very fulfilling.” In just a short period, Amrit describes himself as becoming a more safety-conscious driver through patience and sharing of tips between colleagues.

    He continues to be an advocate for the industry and is always trying to convince friends to come into trucking. Amrit adds, “It’s a fun and challenging career to get into. Every day is different. The change of pace is what I really value, and money comes second.”

    Interested in driving for The Erb Group of Companies? Check out our job postings here. We do request one year of driving experience; however, once you have reached the 10–12-month mark, we encourage you to reach out to our recruiting team to start learning about the application process. Please email us at recruiting@erbgroup.com when you are ready to make cool moves!


  5. How this Erb driver went from construction to driving trucks


    Edwin Lopez didn’t always aspire to be a driver. He originally started his career at a car dealership in Kitchener after graduating high school. Thereafter, he heard the news that he had a son on the way! He wanted to move forward into a new career opportunity, which led him to construction. Edwin worked in construction for three seasons, but it didn’t offer him a consistent income year-round. A family member encouraged him to apply for a job at The Erb Group of Companies in 2019.

    We sat down with Edwin to hear more about his role at Erb. Edwin said, “When I started at Erb, I got a letter from Wendell and his dad, Vernon. The letter said, although our company is large, our door is always open for you. On my first day, they introduced me to Wendell, and he offered his appreciation for me coming on board. This really meant a lot to me as I really value family and how Erb is a Canadian owned company.”

    A day in the life

    Edwin began his role at Erb as a Straight Local Driver based at the Baden terminal. In January 2022, he will reach his two-year milestone with the company. A typical day for him starts off with some paperwork at the office and saying hi to the team. He explains, “Saying hi to the dock guys is really important. We work so closely with them, and it’s good practice to be friendly to co-workers.” Afterwards, he moves to a safety inspection on his truck, logging into the satellite and a bit more paperwork. Of course, before hitting the road, he stops by Tim Horton’s for his typical order. Edwin continues to share, “Being a Straight Local Driver means I always get to come home every night, so I never have to sleep in the truck. The furthest I travel to is Windsor.”

    Proud to be on board

    After completing his first year of service at Erb, Edwin was presented a plaque to highlight his hard work and dedication to the company. He tips his hat to a senior driver named Stu, a veteran driver at Erb. “He’s always happy, and you never see him frustrated. Everyone shows him nothing but respect.”

    Career development and personal growth are held to a high regard at Erb. In the nearly two years as a driver, he gained a better understanding of the trucking world. “This job made me a better person through responsibilities and hard work. At the end of the day, it feels good. I have this one bid run to a bakery, where I go every Wednesday, and store owner always shares a coffee and lunch with me. It truly makes my day, and I’m always happy to see her.”

    But the job does come with its challenges. Truck drivers’ patience can be tested quite frequently. A characteristic Edwin highlighted that he is learning to work on more. “I’m still facing it now. I aim to get all the freight taken off but sometimes things don’t always go to plan. Lineups at the pickups or grocery stores and sometimes you can’t work around it. So, I’ve learned to be patient more.”

    Using Erb benefits

    “I’ve also been using massage and physio benefits frequently. Feels good to say we have access to 20 massages a year!”

    Edwin has continued to utilize the employee benefits package by using his work boot allowance and contributing to a TFSA and RRSP. Edwin is also a walking Erb ambassador. He is always decked out in Erb clothing.

    Next cool move

    If you are looking into the trucking industry, Edwin says “It’s ideal for someone who is mature, outgoing, respectful, family- orientated, hardworking, and always looking at the bright side. At the end of the day, we are doing this for our family. The money is good, but it can equally be very hard at times. This job helps you move forward in life and opens you to new opportunities. I have been able to save and start house hunting in 2022. Erb helped me make this a reality.”

    Want to drive for Erb? Check out our active job listings here.