GATS: What You Need To Know

The Great American Trucking Show is approaching quickly! The event kicks off Thursday, August 23rd and promises to be a weekend filled with music, knowledge, and fun. Located at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, this year’s show presents amazing opportunities for Truckers to better themselves as individuals and professionals. Here’s a breakdown of some of this year’s offerings:

Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion

At the Landstar Health & Wellness Pavilion, Truckers can see a wide variety of vendors offering various health and wellness products and services. These services include free health screenings. The treatment is offered in part of GATS’ mission to improve the lives of trucks across the nation. Included among these health evaluations are:

  • DOT Physicals, Mammograms, Cholesterol & HDL
  • Spinal Assessments, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Sleep Apnea
  • Kidney Function, Eye Acuity & Color Blindness, Skin Cancer Screenings
  • Medical Consultation, Blood Pressure, Blood Drive

In addition to the screenings mentioned above, there will also be information sessions. Topics for the presentations include: healthy-cooking, exercises to stay fit, and healthcare education to best prepare you for the roads ahead.

Recruiting Pavilion

Looking to jumpstart your career in the trucking industry? Or, maybe you’ve already established yourself and you’re curious what else is out there for you. Either way, the recruiting Pavilion should definitely be a place for you to take a pit stop. Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, there will be networking possibilities for any CDL Class, Freight Type, or Haul length. With over 100 fleets being represented, it’s a great chance to meet face-to-face with representatives to learn about the potential benefits of being an employee.

If you would like more information, or to narrow down your job to a select few companies, you can visit the GATS website, here.

Entertainment & Information Sessions

If you’re all about having a good time, the stages are set! With three different stages each boasting their own unique sessions you’re guaranteed to have a great time and learn something along the way. The topics for this year’s show includes panels from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and ATBS Tax Solutions. The two organizations will each provide counsel to better yourself financially and professionally. And if you read my last blog post, you know the importance of maximizing cost-efficiencies!

However, all work and no play made Johnny a dull boy. Don’t be dull. Be sure to supplement your learning with some top-tier fun! The Grand American Trucking Show is presenting Overdrive’s Trucker Talent Search Finalist, James Nelson, Mandi Jo Pinheiro, and B.J. Williams. The three artist will accompany Jesse Raub Jr. and concert headliner, Tony Justice. Thanks to Uber Freight, the food and concert will all be free–what more could you ask for?! Well, you could ask for competition showcasing the greatest, cleanest, shiniest spectacles of chromed-out Big Rigs. A Raney’s personal favorite, the Pride & Polish show will present the most badass Big Rigs on the planet. At the end of the show, one Rig will be awarded the title of being the best-in-show.

Come Visit Raney’s

If you’re going to be at GATS, be sure to head over to our booth at #6023o to hang out with the crew. We want to see you! Are you showing a truck at the show and are in need of chrome? Give us a call at 888-888-7990 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales staff, or visit us at Raney’s.