- 10 Brave Semi Truck Drivers Saved My Life!
A heart-warming story of a traumatic road accident and the truckers that saved a woman from her crushed vehicle.
- Driverless Trucks May End the Driver Shortage Quickly
It may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but entire fleets of trucks that can drive themselves are not far in the future. Self-driving trucks are being tested in the United States, as well as Germany and other parts of the world.
- Medical Providers for Trucker's 2 Year Physicals to Set Up Shop at Truckstops
With a trucker's schedule, finding time for your DOT physical can be tricky. You need to find a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration–approved medical examiner every two years to maintain your CDL, and sometimes the two-year-deadline approaches when you're out on the road.
- Iowa 80 - the World's Largest Truckstop Stacks on the Amenities
If you are an over-the-road trucker, then I'm sure you've stayed in your share of motels, hotels and rooms along the way. It goes with the lifestyle, and that's part of why you do what you do. But if you ever get into Iowa and are driving down I-80, make sure to stop by the largest truck stop on the face of the planet.
- Stay Cool in Summer Heat with Our Summer Trucking Tips
As truck drivers, whether you drive a big rig, a bowser, an RV, an MPV, a four wheeler or anything in between, you'll always want to stay cool in the heat of the summer. And yes, we know about air conditioning in vehicles that essentially allow you to keep the cab temp comfortable and healthy, but there are still times when you'll have to be outside or face mother nature and the suns rays. So here are some of the best tips on keeping your cool all season long.
- Trucker Jim Tips: Save Your Skin! You Can Get Sunburned Even Through Glass
Trucker's tan — it's no joke. At some point, you've probably experienced a tanned left forearm after driving in short sleeves. Although we work with a roof over our heads, we receive countless hours of sun exposure through our windows and windshield. The sun's UV rays are doing their work whether we notice it or not.
- The Healthy Trucker - Exercise Gurus for Busy Truckers on the Go
When you're on the road, being healthy can sometimes take a back seat. You're sitting in the truck for hours at a time, unable to get much exercise and a lot of that time is spent snacking or eating fast food because it's quick and convenient. But, if you want to be a healthier, happier truck driver, TheHealthyTrucker, net is helpful resource for you and your family. Their team includes industry experts to offer you advice in different area, calling themselves your co-driver for the fitness of mind, body & wallet.
- Trucker to Trucker Tips: Trucker Tire Safety Reminders
Commission, approximately 95,000 people suffered injuries and 3,964 were killed from accidents involving large trucks in 2013. Although some accidents were linked to bad drivers on suspended licenses, mental impairment and other drivers, some of these accidents involved trucks that did not have safe tires.
- Trucker to Trucker Tips: Five Summer Truck Driving Tips - Keepin' Cool!
Yes, we know that truckers are already cool, and that can't be disputed. But keepin' cool is an entirely different matter in and of itself. Long hours on hot summer asphalt does not make for cool and comfort, which also cannot be disputed, but there are certain things you can do to keep your cool while remaining cool, every time you drive.
- Trucking and Veterans: Tips for Finding the Right Job Fit
When you serve in the military, you have a very disciplined, scheduled life for the number of years you serve. This is true whether you are stationed at a local base go overseas and fight in a war. You are trained not only to do the job of defending your country, but you are also trained to do some kind of specialty job, too. What happens when your service ends? You are expected to find a job and that structure is gone.
- Multi-Tool for Truckers Is A Crowd-funding Success
If you haven't heard about the Lil' Trucker Multi-Tool, perk up your ears. This nifty little gadget has just made it successfully through crowd-funding and is entering production. What is Crowd-funding? In short, crowd-funding is where an idea or a product is listed on a specified funding website from a private person or a manufacturer.
- 74-Year-Old Lady Trucker Keeps on Truckin'!
And just when you think you've been on the road a long time, I've got news for you. Back in 1968, a trucker was featured on the program What's My Line, a popular game show of the time. After several questions, answers and guesses, none of the celebrity panelists were able to guess the occupation of Linda Cottrill. Yes, a lady trucker from Massillon, Ohio, stumped the panel. No one could believe that this diminutive young woman would be piloting a truck.
- Highlighting the Most Beautiful Trucker Finalist Amy McGrath
Forget everything you thought you knew about truckers. The reality is that lady truckers are invading the industry, carrying on family traditions and becoming the new faces of trucking. Amy McGrath, one of finalists for the Most Beautiful Trucker of 2015, which is sponsored by Overdrive Magazine is just one such example.
- New Trucking Regulations Brewing in Congress - What It Means for You
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill for fiscal year ending in 2016 could have a big impact on truckers. As we have previously pointed out at Trucker To Trucker, it is extremely important to always keep up-to-date with new federal trucking legislation whether you have a single truck or a large fleet.
- New Age Truckers - How Meditation Reduces Stress and Improves Health
As you already know, trucking is a vital industry that keeps the country running. It also happens to be an extremely stressful line of work that can wreak havoc on your health. Based on your own experiences, it shouldn't come as a surprise that truckers suffer from obesity, hypertension and other chronic illnesses at rates far above the rest of the population. This all begs the question of how truckers can enjoy a better quality of life.
- Tennessee Trucking: Watch Out for Those GPS Directions to Back Roads!
You are an over-the-road trucker and you rely on your GPS to get you where you need to go. They have been one of the most welcome additions to trucking since the CB radio, they have saved many miles and many hours of drive time, but sometimes the best way to go is not always the GPS way to go.
- How Low Diesel Fuel Prices Are Impacting the Business of Trucking
Now that diesel fuel prices are beginning to slide downwards, consumers with diesel powered autos couldn't be happier. But the biggest consumers of diesel fuel are truck drivers who depend on it to get the job done. The truth of the matter is that, fuel prices are the single greatest expense when it comes to the trucking industry, and lower diesel fuel is always a welcome sign.
- Look for Tepid but Steady Growth in Trucking Sectors in 2015
Any increase in business is good news in the trucking industry. Also, if the trends are correct, the industry will have a slow, gradual increase in business throughout the year, which is excellent news for freight shippers, carriers and brokers.
- China is Funding Truck Monitoring Software
In the trucking industry, we're always looking for new tricks and trends to move business forward. So what's the new trend in trucking? Partnering with China. That's right. A company across the world wants to help the American trucking industry find and keep customers and improve business in American trucking.
- Fitness Guru Monitors Truckers Fitness for Prime Inc's Drivers
Most semi truck driver news involving health focuses on sleep issues, but truck driving can also take a toll on drivers' physical fitness as well. Drivers spend a good part of their workdays sitting behind the wheel, keeping irregular hours and relying on convenient fast food places for meals.
- Truck Driver Shortage Worsens With a 90% Turnover Rate
Although unemployment rates in the US have been slowly recovering since the economic downturn in 2008, the trucking industry continues to face a steep and steadily worsening shortage of truck drivers. As freight volumes keep increasing, this shortage is becoming an even bigger problem for the trucking industry.
- Old Pros Should Be Mentoring Young Drivers
In this world, everything seems to be a competition. Who is the biggest, the best and the fastest wins. We forget the value of qualities like wisdom and experience. And we certainly let too many opportunities for guidance and compliments go by. This is something that can change in our industry.
- Is "Uber" for Trucking Coming Because of the Driver Shortage?
It may be well known that there is a driver shortage in the trucking industry. As a truck driver, you know that not having enough drivers to deliver freight puts stress on you while you're trying to get as much done as possible. Sometimes you're even doing the work of multiple drivers in the same amount of time as one. On the Move Solutions (OMVS), a company who focuses on developing cutting-edge technology in a variety of fields of business, might possibly have a solution for this dilemma.
- New App From BF Goodrich Makes It Easy for Truckers
When a tire blowout ruins your day on the road, wouldn't it be nice if you could just press a button and fix everything? That's the idea behind the truck tire locator app from BFGoodrich. The app does plenty more than just find commercial truck tires, too. You can search for towing, tire inspections, oil & lube, and other kinds of service centers nearby.
- Truck Drive Newbie? Here's Our Top Tips from Trucking Pros
Before you hit the road, try learning from experienced truckers. There will still be plenty to learn after you buy a new truck and start your first job, but the more you know the better. Here's what veteran truckers want newbies to know:
- Boot the Home - How to Live Full-Time in Your Truck and Love It
If some of the most enjoyable times of your life have been on the road as a professional truck driver, you are not alone. Truckers are not truly happy with any other vocation. For a small number of truck drivers, the road and their tractor really do become home. They fully transition from having a residence in one particular state to having their truck as headquarters, work space, and dwelling. If you feel that is the right life for you, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Why I Love Being a Truck Driver - Is This Your Story Too?
What is it about being a truck driver that is so alluring? Is it the open spaces, freedom of the road, opportunity to see new places and meet interesting people along the way, working for yourself, or do you just yearn for an adventure every time you turn on the ignition and take to the highways and byways?
- DOT Says Truckers Don't Need to Do Daily Paperwork as of Mid December 2014
Tired of filling out paperwork when you have no changes to report on your DVIR (Daily Vehicle Inspection Report)? Well, apparently the U.S. D.O.T. is also tired of reading them – so as of December 2014, if you have no mechanical or safety issues to report, fuh-get about it.
- LA Port Truckers Highlight Problems in Shift to Independent Contractor Status
As Shakespeare once asked, What's in a name? For truckers working the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and by extension others across the country, their continued livelihood depends on the answer. Drivers and trucking companies have been locked in a bitter labor dispute, causing the truckers to strike last November in an effort to obtain more equitable working conditions. At issue is the loss of employee status as companies now list them as independent contractors.
- More Fuel Efficient Trucks on the Way, But Can You Afford One?
Everybody loves saving money on gasoline, especially independent truckers. More miles per gallon might just make or break your profit, but the long-term savings come at the cost of the initial investment. Are you ready to buy a new truck just yet? New EPA rules already mandated higher MPG for pickups and semis a few years ago. By the spring of 2015, we'll hear about the next round of standards that will apply to model year 2018 and later.
- Government Funding Bill Adds a Rollback of Key Trucker Legislation
Last year, legislation supported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association that required truckers to take two full consecutive nights of rest following 70 hours of time spent driving passed. While people on both sides of the aisle with concerns about truckers' safety supported the bill, a December 2014 spending bill in Congress includes a provision that would reverse the law.
- Turbine-Powered Wave Semi Truck - Is This the Future?
Walmart is known for low prices and savings its customers money on everything from eggplants to electronics. Now, the mega-corporation believes it can lead the way in fuel savings for its fleet of semi trucks that is used to transport all of those products along the highways.
- We'll Bet You Didn't Know These Trucker Facts
Truckers have their own lingo, lifestyle, and laws. Many of your family member's and non-trucker friend's eyes glaze over when you start discussing work because they don't have much knowledge about your chosen vocation. While you can't make someone take an interest in what you love, you can forward these interesting quick facts about trucking to them. They may gain a renewed appreciation for your job with these insights.
- 8 Facts About 18 Wheelers Do You Know Them All?
It's not hard to figure out where 18 wheelers get that name from, but do you know why we also call them semi-trailer trucks? Here are some interesting bits of trivia and trucker tips that you might not have known.
- Are Tougher Rules on the Way for Truck Driver Training?
A recent lawsuit may change training requirements for those seeking to embark on a career in the trucking industry. Though auto fatalities have dropped in recent years, fatalities involving large trucks are on the rise, increasing by 4 percent in 2012. Injuries have also increased 18 percent, racking up an astounding 4,000 deaths and over 70,000 injuries.
- Trailer Tails and Moose Bumpers, What's Next?
The moment of inertia for a fully-loaded tractor-trailer is nothing compared to the difficulty encountered when trying to pass much needed changes to trucking industry regulations. Senseless regulatory differences between the United States and Canada further complicate the lives of truckers and interfere with their ability to make a decent living.
- Laws Slow Self-Driving Truck Development
Innovation frequently move faster than government. Whether it is the Federal Aviation Administration blocking commercial use of drones or the Federal Communications Commission's sluggish action on net neutrality, technology is moving at a blistering pace while the government spends more money studying and debating regulations. Regardless of how self-driving trucks may impact jobs and the economy, we can be sure the jobs of lobbyist and politicians are secure.
- One Mom's Battle to Make Trucking Safer
The Georgia mom of two teenage girls is doing everything she can to make sure other parents never have to live through the tragedy she is currently facing. In May of 2013, Marianne Karth was driving on the highway with her daughters, seventeen-year-old AnnaLeah and thirteen-year-old Mary. Suddenly, her car was slammed from behind by a tractor trailer, which cause the car to spin around and get pinned under another truck's trailer.
- MPG - What's In Store for 2018 and Beyond for Trucks?
With heavy-duty trucks and buses producing an estimated 20 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States each year, it is understandable that any regulations to reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels and lower the resulting emissions are going to target the efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers.
- Tips For Truckers - The Best Hours For Trucking
Anytime a new driver ask experienced drivers about the best time to drive, they get the same response: Drive when you have to, sleep when you can. The road and customers can wreck havoc on your nerves, making restful sleep difficult and sporadic. Even when you do get seven or so hours of sleep, you can still spend your waking hours feeling run down and fatigued if you are on an inconsistent schedule.
- Trucker's Truths – Things We Wish Car Drivers Wouldn't Do
Sharing the road with car drivers is a necessary but frustrating evil of being a professional truck driver. Car drivers often seem to be clueless about the vast differences between zipping through traffic on four wheels and maneuvering a heavy-haul 18-wheeler down the highway. Here are a few of the things we wish car drivers wouldn't do:
- Poorly Maintained Bridges Endanger Truckers
One in 10 of America's bridges is an accident waiting to happen. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 63,000 interstate highway bridges urgently need critical structural repairs to protect the safety of the millions of drivers that travel across them every day. For professional truck drivers, who spend more time crossing these unsafe bridges than most drivers, the risk of being caught on a collapsing bridge is both frightening and potentially fatal.
- Tips to Keep from Becoming an Aggressive Driver - Drive Stress-Free
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving is a major safety concern for all motorists. Are you contributing to the problem? What constitutes "aggressive"? Any unsafe driving behavior performed without regard for safety such as tailgating, illegal passing, or erratic lane changes, which contribute to up to 56 percent of fatal crashes.
- How Much Caffeine is Too Much for Your Health?
Most of us consume caffeine in some way, shape, or form. As truckers, it is fairly common to partake of caffeinated beverages as a means of alleviating fatigue and staying alert and focused through many a long, rough haul. But how much is too much?
- Flatten Your Belly While You're Driving
One task the body never adapted to, though, is spending the better part of your day or night driving a big rig. The angle of the seat, the amount of time you spend slouching, leaning or perching behind the wheel; and the overall lack of regular movement during those endless hours while you're driving across the country – all these factors add up to back complaints, stiff necks, sciatica nerve pain and other conditions.
- Trucker's Top Tips to Finding the Cheapest Fuel
These days there's no such thing as cheap fuel, especially diesel, Only prices a few pennies shy of stroke-inducing. How can you find the best prices to stretch your fuel budget and ensure profitability? Understand the laws of supply and demand. Gas is typically cheaper at in areas with multiple gas stations, as competition keeps prices lower.
- Taking Your Pet on the Road - Should You?
More than 60 percent of truckers report having pets, with more than 40 percent traveling with them in their trucks. While not all companies allow drivers to travel with pets, there are currently 41 trucking companies that do allow drivers to take pets on the road. Does your best friend ride shotgun in your trucking travels?
- Trucker's Top Tips to Healthy Eating on the Road
The life of a long haul trucker doesn't lend itself to a healthy lifestyle. Long hours sitting behind the wheel of your big rig drinking coffee and munching on convenience store snacks and too many high calorie, salt laden fast food meals contribute to the weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure that plaque many truck drivers.
- Truckers Helping NJ Fight Human Trafficking before Super Bowl
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is calling on America's truckers to be on the lookout for signs of human trafficking as the Super Bowl approaches. While you won't hear sports announcers discussing the issue during pregame festivities, sex trafficking has emerged as a serious problem in the lead up to the Super Bowl.
- Will Sleep Apnea Screening Become Mandatory for Truckers?
Sleep disorders in commercial truck drivers has been an issue of interest by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for many years, and it's becoming increasingly apparent that FMCSA will make some move to require truck drivers to be screened for sleep apnea in the not too distant future.
- The Driver Shortage Debate
Many feel increasing stringent federal regulations impacting drivers, especially new driver hours of service regulations and mandatory electronic onboard recorders, will have a dramatic impact on the driver pool.
- How CSA Is Impacting the Driver Pool, Driver Pay
Truck drivers were surveyed by ATRI in the spring of 2011 and then again in the Spring of 2012 to gain perspective on how commercial drivers view CSA in terms of employability issues and carrier operations.
- Are You a 'Thumper'?
Despite the fact that tire inflation is one of the most important factors determining the life of a tire and ensuring optimum fuel economy, many drivers neglect their duty when it comes to regular checks of tire air pressure.
- Charity Helps Ailing Truck Drivers
Studies have shown that more than 70% of the 3.2 million professional drivers in the U.S. have one or more serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Truck drivers also lack the same access to health care that most Americans enjoy.
- What Drivers Still Need to Know About CSA
Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance Safety and Accountability Program known throughout the industry as CSA was launched on December 12, 2010 there is still confusion among many drivers about their role under the new system and how it impacts their careers.
- Real Data on Safety Hazards of Navigation System Use in Trucks
While there has been much media attention focused on the potential safety hazards of using inappropriate navigation systems in big rigs, up until now most of the information available was purely anecdotal.
- Busted By a Hair
Since mandatory random drug testing of all commercial driver license holders became the law the problem of impaired truckers has dramatically diminished.
- Enlisting the Aid of Professional Drivers to Improve Trucking's Public Image
America's Road Team is a national public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway.
- A Truck Safety Program that Really Works
Improving truck safety is a priority for everyone. And efforts to reduce truck crashes have been highly successful. Truck accident statistics have shown dramatic improvements over the years and truck crash rates continue to go down even as truck miles increase.
- Study Finds Top Distracted Truckers are REALLY Distracted
Driver distraction is a big issue that is getting increased attention from safety experts, the government and the media. But until now, no one has defined the distracted driving rate among commercial truck drivers.
- What is Jason's Law and What Can Truckers Do to Help?
The lack of adequate, safe truck parking is a growing problem. States have been closing public rest areas to save money and truck stop parking is limited, leaving truckers to pull over on entrance and exit ramps and seek other alternatives when parking isn't available. According to research by the American Trucking Assns.
- Don't Catch a Case of White Line Fever
Most truckers have experienced it. Traveling down the Interstate, you awake to the reality that you have no recollection of how you got from where you were a hundred miles or so ago to where you are now.
- HOS: Zero Hour Is Almost Upon Us
If you're still hanging on the hope the feds will delay implementing new truck driver hours of service regulations or have just procrastinated preparing for the change, it may be time to get a move on. As it stands now, drivers will need to be ready to comply in just a few short weeks.
- Truck Bashers: Who Are These Guys
With truck driver hours of service rules back in the courts you've most likely noticed an uptick in negative news reports about trucking in the general media stories warning of the dangers of killer truckers sharing the highways with hapless four-wheelers and putting everyone's lives at risk.
- The Unbuckled Trucker Dilemma
Men driving trucks big rigs and pickups are the biggest offenders when it comes to breaking passenger restraint laws, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Staying fit on the road made easier with first-ever OEM in-cab driver exercise system
Drivers will now be able to get a full-body workout in the comfort of their cabs with the introduction by Freightliner of the first-ever OEM designed and integrated in-cab exercise and flexibility system.
- Deadly Game of Chicken Targets Trucks
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning truckers, especially those traveling in the Las Vegas area, to be on the lookout for criminals targeting trucks in a deliberate attempt to cause an accident for the purpose of collecting a hefty insurance payout.
- GPS: Leading truckers down the wrong road?
While navigation systems are becoming increasingly commonplace in the nation's commercial vehicles, the impact that these devices have on driver behavior, decision-making and safety is not fully understood, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
- Preliminary Legal Steps for a Commercial Truck Driver Following an Accident
Commercial truck drivers should be trained to take a few initial steps to support their legal case following an accident. These steps are possible only if the driver is not injured, or not involved in helping other injured individuals at the scene of the accident.
- Truck Sleepers: An Excellent Innovation for Truck Drivers
When a "sleeper" compartment is attached to a truck's cabin to help create extra space for the driver to rest or sleep, it is called a Truck Sleeper. The Office of Motor Carriers and the NHTSA have set new limits for truck drivers for the maximum number of hours they can work at a stretch. According to these limits, a driver is allowed to work for up to 11 hours, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- Indiana Carriers Adopting Creative Hiring Solutions
About 14,000 registered trucking companies of Indiana face a serious recruiting challenge due to a nationwide shortage of qualified drivers. To meet the demand for drivers, these companies are now finding creative ways to hire good people. They are looking at the option to hire veterans, moving nearer to their workforce, and offering perks such as opening training facilities and more days off.
- A Rising TCI Gives New Hope to the Trucking Industry
The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) of FTR rose to 5.8 in August, compared to 4.4 in July. Since the beginning of 2011, despite a weakening economy, the TCI continued to hover in a mildly positive zone.
- Last Call for Truck Driver Appreciation Week
At Rudolph Foods, we're just bursting with appreciation for the truck drivers that work each day to fill our pantries and grocery shelves nationwide with the things we need! Where would we be without these drivers?
- What's Up At Old Dominion Freight
History of this company reveals the following: Old Dominion is a freight hauling company that was founded in 1934 by Earl and Lillian Congdon in the state of Virginia. They started out with one truck and through the years acquired other truck lines, continuing to expand.
- Truckers Help Teachers in the Classroom
Many times people, especially children, do not realize the significance of the trucking industry in their everyday lives. Recently information regarding truckers and trucking was brought into the Del Prado Elementary School in South Florida. It began with an invitation from Frank Silio, a driver/trainer, for truckers Jill and David Studney to introduce trucking to the elementary classes.
- The Effect of Higher Pay for Truckers and the Safety Programs
One of the most important issues in the trucking industry is safety. From roadside truck checks to patrolling the highway, the state patrol is always on the alert for any truck that may be having safety problems. The trucking companies continually have safety classes and ways of checking vehicles to make sure they are in tip-top condition.
- Using a Camera Adds Safety to Big Rig Driving
Something that truckers are finding very convenient for their big rigs are back-up cameras. Once a complicated arrangement that was not very practical, there is now a wide range of types that work very well.
- Understanding the Trucking Industry
Sometimes people who first enter, or considering entering the trucking profession do not understand the many positions involved in the industry. Below is a breakdown that perhaps will help clarify some of the positions and terminology that is involved.
- Big G Express Inc – A Unique Trucking Company Owned by the Drivers
It was in January of 2009 that they changed to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, which allows the partnership and its employees to equally share in the operation and ownership.
- Trucking Company Roundup - DOT Foods
A Quick look at DOT Foods story of success. Robert Tracy started out in his home, delivering goods via station wagon. He then advanced to a pickup and finally was able to purchase a truck. He and his wife, Dorothy founded their company in 1960 and named it Associated Dairy Products.
- How Business Can Be Impacted By National Motor Freight Classification
Although many truck drivers know about National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC), few know about how it can impact a business. These are industry standards that are created and maintained by the National Classification Committee.
- Atlas Van Lines Releases Driver Preferences
For the eighth year in a row, Atlas Van Lines has released results from its King of the Road survey. Although the results reflect the preferences of Atlas drivers, it can be concluded that many long-haul drivers have similar feelings when it comes to favored brands, ways to stay healthy, use of technology, and many other findings.
- Current Trucking Trends That Can Help You Prepare For The Future
This can be seen in the fact that, of the 6.8 million people employed in the trucking industry, more than 3 million are drivers. Although in the past female and minority inclusion in this job market was rare, there are an ever-growing number of drivers making up these groups.
- A Gift To Sleepy Truck Drivers From Aviisha For Sleep Better Month
Van Nuys, California (May 2, 2012) – Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC, an industry leader in portable home diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, will be taking $100 off the cost of its home sleep test for commercial drivers throughout May in honor of Better Sleep Month.
- Bill Introduced to Place More Tax on Diesel Fuel
As if the price of diesel, repairs, taxes, insurance, and other things a trucker must pay is not high enough, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to increase the diesel fuel tax rate 6.3 cents per gallon.
- Swift Company Offers Trucking Tuitions for Veterans
There is good news for veterans who wish to become truck drivers. Swift Transportation Co. Inc., in a March 30 press release announced that the company is offering 1,000 full Swift Driving Academy scholarships to veterans, with a l-year commitment.
- New - Volvo's Hybrid 'Mean Green' Truck
Truckers have long known the value of Volvo trucks and their reliability on the road. With the company's headquarters in Sweden, they have manufacturing plants throughout the world.
- Are There Too Many Distraction in Today's Big Rigs?
Many of the new and used big Semi-tractors now have devices available that can be distracting to the driver. There has been some talk of limiting what gadgets are allowed.
- So You Want To Be A Trucker
So you want to be a truck driver. Seeing these big rigs flying down the road is a striking sight and visions of visiting various areas of the country, while driving through the states is attractive.
- Automatic Transmissions and Class 8 Trucks: Are We Better with Them or Without?
Semi trucks with automatic transmissions generally have more electrical problems than those with manual transmissions. They are also known to wear out trucks at a much faster rate than good drivers who drive manual transmissions.
- Hours of Service Regulations Final Rule Effective February 27
Hours of service regulations affect everyone involved in the trucking industry, including drivers, shippers and company owners. The U.S. Department of Transportation is constantly looking for ways to increase the safety of highways in the United States, so the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised the hours of service requirements to reflect the latest research findings in regards to public safety.
- Truckers Are Using Jiggy Jobs For the Win!
Job hunting can be an utter nightmare; each career website has thousands of jobs to sort through. However, if you are in the trucking industry, you need a website dedicated to this particular career niche.
- New Hours of Service Final Rule Offers New Challenges for Drivers
Currently, a driver may choose to reset his workweek clock to 70 hours simply by taking a voluntary 34-hour break, with no limit to how many such breaks a driver may take during a week.
- Save Fuel, Save Money
The cost of fuel affects every driver's bottom line in the end, company driver and owner-operator alike. While this is obvious for the owner-operator, company drivers receive fuel bonuses that are tied to the fuel used during a set period, generally a quarter.
- CMV Drivers Don't' Touch That Cell Phone Before Reading This
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's, FMCSA, "Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of [Handheld] Cellular Phones" ruling will be put into effect starting January 3, 2012.
- The Growing Problem of Cargo Theft
In the good old days truck drivers might have to worry about weigh stations, speed traps, other drivers not paying attention. Now, truck drivers have to worry about thieves stealing their cargo.
- The American Trucker - Top 4 Trucker Myths Debunked
Often, the public accepts opinions about truckers that are myths supported by four common falsehoods. False beliefs are stated or hinted at by media reporters.
- Welcome Mid- State Truck Service
Ladies and gentlemen, readers of the Trucker to Trucker Blog, it is that time again to welcome a new dealer to our continuously growing network! Mid-State Truck Service, Inc. began in 1965 to help bring Wisconsin semi trucks and associated services of the highest caliber.
- 3 Safety Tips For Dump Trailer Drivers
Hauling a dump trailer can be a rather arduous process for even an experienced operator. The varying center of gravity that you run into while dumping can cause problems if it is not correctly accounted for in a safe fashion. The following tips are culled from industry resources and experienced dump trailer operators to keep you safe and on the road.
- Keeping Your Rig RoadWorthy
Just what does RoadWorthy mean? It probably means many different things to many different people. Here is what it means to me.