- 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.
- In the Future You May be Sitting In Your Easy Chair Watching the Road
If sitting behind the wheel of your truck and staring at the highway gets a bit boring at times, you might be interested in one of the newest trucking trends. Mercedes-Benz is working on a truck that will be able to drive itself, letting you relax and enjoy the ride from one destination to the next.
- 5 Tips to Fight Road Fatigue
Do you make it a priority to get a good night's sleep? Even if you do, there's a good chance that you will experience road fatigue at some point. Long hours combined with long stretches of highway can lull you into drowsiness before you know it.
- 5 Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine
Over-the-road truckers spend long hours traversing and crisscrossing the highways and the byways of America. After endless hours of negotiating through city traffic or seeing the same stretch of pavement, drivers get weary. Add to the fatigue unexpected issues that mean driving longer to meet schedules and it's a situation where driving safety comes into play.
- Truckers Battle Over Work Hours
Despite setbacks in the struggle, truckers continue to fight for better safety regulations. The changes to trucking laws have negatively impacted productivity by at least 3 to 5 percent, according to the American Trucking Association—without promising any real solution for driver fatigue.
- Could That Cuppa Joe Save Your Life?
While truckers have long known the benefits of chugging down a cuppa joe to prevent drowsiness at the wheel, researchers in Australia recently released a study that they say proves that imbibing in caffeinated beverages can significantly reduce a long-distance truck driver's accident risk.
- New Trailer Skirt Improves Appearance of Big Rigs
One of the newest strategies to comply with new legislative mandates requiring better fuel mileage on big rigs is to add trailer skirts. One example is the new Air Slipper Side Skirts that are not only aerodynamically designed, but sleek and very affordable as well.
- Driver Fatigue Case and Fourth Amendment Trucker Rights Decided by Fed Judge
US District Judge Donovan Frank sitting in federal court in Minnesota ruled in favor of a trucker who had been pulled over and classified as "fatigued" by MN State Police. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) announced in a press release that he ruling was "historic" and a "major victory" for truckers and their rights.
- FMCSA and Sleep Apnea
We're staying with the sleep issue for two days on the run here - yesterday we dealt with the FMCSA's proposed HOS rule changes and the listening session coming up on February 17th in Arlington, Virginia. Today, we'll deal with a lesser known, but troubling issue of the FMCSA's sleep apnea study.