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How Witty are you?

You might often hear the name “WIT” used when talking about Women In Trucking. This acronym often provokes some interesting conversations that take us by surprise.

“Wit” is defined as a noun:

1. Speech or writing showing perception and expression.

2. Understanding, intelligence or astuteness

3. Keep perception, intelligent observation

4. Mental faculties, senses.

With these definitions in mind, this article is intended to make you smile while supporting your intelligent perception and astuteness!

A person once asked our Chairwoman of the Board Leigh Foxall if she could pay her annual dues in two installments. Leigh blurted out that she’d be a “half WIT” if she paid six months at a time!

We’ve had to refrain from calling a lapsed member “WIT-less” more than once, and if you have been a member since the beginning, we think you are very “WIT-ty.” If your membership is lapsed, you are “at WITs end.”

Some of our members are wonderful in spreading the word about the Women In Trucking Association and they often urge other people to join. We call these people our WIT-nesses!

If you are a current member of Women In Trucking Association you should be receiving our weekly electronic newsletter, which we have appropriately named, “WIT e-news.”

If you work in the trucking industry, then you probably live by your wits, which means “to provide for oneself by employing ingenuity or cunning, or to live precariously.” Driving a truck would definitely require someone to live by their wits.

To have one’s wits about one means you remain alert and observant, and prepared for anything. Again, those of usin the trucking industry, but especially the men and women behind the wheel are professionals at “having one’s wits about them.”

If you look in a dictionary for words that begin with WIT, you’ll find some related terms, such as “wittily,” which means something is “in a witty manner.” Witticism is a witty remark made by a witster, or someone who is adept inmaking witticisms.

In an effort to lighten your summer mood, I would like to continue with a quote from Christian Nevell Bovee, a 19th century author who said, “Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.”

William Hazlitti, a British writer, once called wit, “the salt of a conversation, not the food.” Ambrose Gwinett Bierce, an American journalist agreed, and defined wit as a noun, “The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.”

American writer, Mark van Doren called wit, “the only wall between us and the dark.” He viewed the use of wit inconversation as something positive to keep us alert and to enhance the interaction.

If you were taught to “avoid witticisms at the expense of others,” as admonished by Horace Mann, a Massachusetts Congressman, you might not like the label of “Twit” when used to describe someone who is silly or annoying.

Using wit in a conversation might offend others, especially if the comment is directed at the listener personally. English poet, John Dryden remarked that, “Much malice mingles with a little wit.”

This article was meant to bring a smile to your face when you hear the word, wit, and to remind you of the importance of the Women In Trucking Association and our mission to increase the number of women in the truckingindustry, as drivers, CEOs, mechanics, safety directors and more.

In closing remember the words of Joseph Addison, an English writer, who said, “He thought he was a wit, and he was half right.”

Spice up Father’s day with surprises

We are well aware, trucking isn’t an easy task. Hard work and dedication whipped with tight schedules and less sleep just to make sure the load heavy. The service these dedicated truckers provide does not benefit only our families but it is also included as an integral part of our economy.

Father’s day is round the corner, show your father how much you care and appreciate his hard work. A token of appreciation through an amazing gift will do wonders. Truck fathers, sit back and wait, gift will roll your side by the weekend.

XM/Satellite Radio

Being on road all alone is boring indeed. This may also make the trucker fall asleep while driving. It is difficult to keep a track of new frequencies and with time, they keep going on and off which is frustrating. What would be better than a satellite radio meeting your needs and you enjoy your trucking journey. There are stations dealing with trucking, turn on to channel 128 which provides news and info for truckers, or choose your favorite station and enjoy your journey all day and night long.

In-Truck Kitchen Accessories

While being on road all day, you can surely not get all the comforts of home but by putting together amenities like a mini fridge, hot plate, slow cooker and coffee pot to stay healthy and enjoy home-made-food rather than stopping by the truck shops and fast food restaurants. This will let your truck father to stay healthy all day and enjoy his meal.

Smart Gadget

Pretty much with the technology, you can gift your dad a tablet or laptop which provides him the opportunity to surf the web and relax after a long journey. Wi-Fi is available for free everywhere. So this will make your journey enjoyable, eliminate boredom and time can be killed easily. Another advantage of gadgets is to e-file returns online This is the mobile version of through which your father can file taxes online without any hurdles to cross and eliminating the wait.

Sleeper Cab Fan

Trucking is not based on timing, any day and any time truckers have to drive miles and miles, which includes sleeping in the truck which is sometime really awful. A sleeper cab fan can surely help by providing the best sleep and stay fresh on the roads. Even accidents can be controlled when the trucker rest well.

Electric Blanket

With the weather changes, no one can predict what a will it be like in the nights. It might be warm, hot and sometime chilling. In such cases, an electric blanket can keep the trucker’s temperature in check; keep him warm and toasty providing sufficient rest as required.

Plug-in Coffee Mugs

After a peaceful sleep, the first thing in the morning is a cup of tea/ coffee whichever is preferable. Some coffee mugs are plug-in so they can be charge and let the element stay warm for a quite awhile on the first leg of the day.

Pressure Relieving Cushion

T.R.U.C.K.I.N.G sounds simple and interesting but long hours of continuous sitting will make the journey uncomfortable and sometime painful. To get relief from pain, gift the right cushion and make a huge difference.


Satellite radio can be great but books cannot be left behind. If you have tried reading books while you are behind the wheels, stop doing that. It is indeed dangerous and can bring in destructive results. An audio book can provide you with the best of both the worlds. There are many applications which can provide you with the various audio books and kill your time.

Spa Coupons

Truckers’ job lies behind the wheels all day, traveling from one destination to another, moving out from one client to another. Irrespective how many hours and miles are crossed each day, body ache and crave for some rest. There are restricted movements within the seat. So here, kids gift your dad a massage certificate to ease the pain and make him feel relax again.

Bonus! A favor of deed

If you feel all these gifts will not make a difference, you can surely take a call with E-filing for your father. U.S truckers are required to file their return on Heavy Vehicle Used Tax orHVUT every year. As this is pre-paid, you can take a chance. Get the important documents from your dad and choose an authorized service provider like to file your return. Oh yes, you can always rely on our support team in order to get your way clear when you are stuck with anything. We will help you with every important support required. The new 2290 tax year for 2013-14 is round the corner, you can start your 2290 filing from July 1st 2013. E-file your tax return and get your stamped schedule-1 copy in minutes.

Well, this will be the biggest gift for your dad. We can assure you one big task for the year is over…

Sunday- 16th June is not so far. Time to buckle up your shoe and run down the streets to choose the gift you would like to surprise your dad with. Truckers, you may be on road, behind the wheels or at home relaxing, wishes you a safe and prosperous Happy Father’s day.

You serve the country with all dedication; you serve your family with all attention… We are honored to honor you this day. Happy Trucking Fathers!

Size matters!

Remember when you were a kid and the bully on the playground liked to pick on the little ones? He couldn’t have been a bully if he were a skinny little youngster. His bulk gave him more confidence than his brain provided. His size was a factor.

Think about what you would do if you found a penny on the sidewalk? Would you reach down and take the time to pick it up? What if that coin were a silver dollar? Would that make a difference? Does size matter when it comes to money?

Why is a marathon so challenging? Couldn’t we just let runners run a mile and give them ribbons for their success in the race? Does the length (size) of the race make a difference?

Does size really matter when it comes to associations? Would you be as willing to join a group that has four members or one that has four hundred or four thousand members? Why does size matter when it comes to Women In Trucking?

There are many reasons that size is crucial for the success of a nonprofit association such as Women In Trucking.

First, when we approach potential members and ask them to join, they want to know how big the organization is and how many people have already joined. They want to be sure that we are a solid, well-established group before they write a check for their dues.

Another reason size matters in associations relates to how much influence we have in regulatory matters that affect our members. If we want to meet with an agency to address concerns about an issue, the more people we represent, the greater the level of power we have as a group. The bigger the association is, the larger our voice is when it comes to matters that concern our members.

Size is also an issue when it comes to member benefits. In order to offer you a member discount on a product or service, we need to show the vendor that they will have a great deal of exposure to potential consumers. The more things we can offer to our members, the more money you will save through your relationship with us.

Why do large families buy things in bulk and purchase items by the case? It’s because the greater the size the less costly the item, but only when more is better. Doing things on a larger scale decreases the cost per person and is more cost effective. Size matters when it comes to shopping.

Companies who join Women In Trucking Association are interested in obtaining exposure to the greatest number of people who might want to do business with them. The more members we represent, the more corporate members we will attract as well.

You’ve heard about ways to increase your strength, increase your financial situation, and increase your status at work or socially. For associations, the goal is to increase members.

This is why we need you. Whether you are a student, driver, dispatcher, maintenance technician, carrier executive, or other industry employee, we need you to help us increase our size. You can do this by becoming a member, or if you’ve already joined, then invite someone else to be a member of Women In Trucking Association.

The more members we represent, the more we can accommodate your needs as an advocate for women in the trucking industry. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, as we welcome anyone who believes in our mission* to join us. We are focused on representing you, and the more of you who support us, the more we can assist you.

Think about it … size does matter and you are an important part of our growth. Call us at 888-464-9482 or join online at

*Mission: Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.