- 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.
- Great Trucking Apps to Check Out
As a trucker, you often have tight schedules with strict deadlines to meet, longing to get home to see your family or catch a good night's rest. Any tip or trick to save you time and energy is sure to be useful in your busy trip. With mobile phone usage passing laptops and apps for just about everything imaginable, it is easy to see why many truckers have switched to using their mobile phones for daily business. With that increase, there are a number of great trucking apps to check out that will make your day a little easier.
- 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.
- 'Big Brother' On Board?
Black boxes, electronic logging devices (ELDs), electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), whatever you choose to call them, have long been a controversial issue in the trucking industry with most drivers considering having one the equivalent of having Big Brother onboard.
- Welcome River Roads Sales & Leasing
The inventory at River Roads Sales & Leasing includes a great selection of used and new semi trailers as well as storage containers, intermodal container chassis and office trailers. Every trailer on their lot is available for sale or lease immediately.
- 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).
- Welcome JP Rivard
They have built a reputation for great customer service. The stock at J.P. Rivard includes new and used trailers, wheels, used trucks and other related equipment.
- Commercial Truck Fleets Continue to Add Green Vehicles
A number of commercial truck fleet operators have been adding more environment-friendly vehicles to their existing fleets. Trucking companies are giving a higher priority to sustainability goals than ever before. Alternative energy vehicles that include gas-hybrids, autogas, propane, CNG, and all-electric vehicles can be seen more often in many truck fleets.
- Welcome SelecTrucks of Birmingham
The sales staff at SelecTrucks of Birmingham is ready to help you find the trucks you need to take your business to the next level. The tractors are listed for sale individually, but you can also buy them in a package so that every truck in your fleet matches. Every truck in the fleet has been handpicked.
- The Nature of Day Cab Trucks
Sources that deal in day cab trucks are usually specialized in this category, but it is important to choose a reliable and reputed dealer to buy this truck.
- 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.
- TNT Sales For All Your Semi Trailer Needs
TNT Sales has recently joined Trucker-to-Trucker's exclusive team of online advertisers. They offer customers a huge selection of high-quality trailers at reasonable prices. Their staff makes an effort to communicate with customers as much as possible so that the sales process runs smoothly.
- Problems With New Trucks Enhance The Value of Used Ones
This statement reflects the opinion of many people who are involved with tnew-used-truckshe trucking industry. Although there are increasing requirements to make trucks more environmentally friendly these are not all working in the new truck engine manufacturing.
- Peterbilt Delivers Best of Show In Rotella SuperRigs Competition
The May 2012 Sheel Rotella SuperRigs competition held in Joplin, MO demonstrated once again why Peterbilt is such a beloved truck. Driver John O'Keefe won the competition, hands down, in his 2007 Peterbilt 379 EXHD Legacy. He calls the truck "Low Life" but, actually, it was the highlight of the day.
- Proposed Legislation To Add New Demands To Big Rig Upgrades
As if the new fuel efficiency and lower emission requirements due this year weren't enough, now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a safety standard that requires all commercial trucks and buses be upgraded with electronic stability control (ESC).
- Looking at Lawsuits Regarding Mexican Trucks on U.S. Highways
On July 7, 2011, a North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, with little public notice, to allow Mexican trucking companies to haul products on U.S. soil. This agreement is for a period of three years and is related to a proposal presented in 2009.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Should a Trucker Use Broker Services?
Many truck owner-operators have found the use of a freight broker as a good way to connect with companies that need shipping services. A broker assists in helping the movement of cargo flow easily.
- Organizations That Help Owner Operators
Many truckers new to the business are unaware of organizations that represent their interests. Some charge a fee for services or membership while others simply work in the interest of their members. One of the best known of these is the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Inc, also known as OOIDA.
- Trucker to Trucker Welcomes TMC Truck Sales
Trucker to Trucker would like to extend a warm welcome to TMC Truck Sales as they join our ever expanding dealer network. TMC Truck Sales is one of the finest used truck dealerships in the Midwest.
- 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.
- 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.
- Welcome Windy City Jay Truck Sales
Looking for a dealer involved with Chicago truck sales? Trucker to Trucker is pleased to welcome Windy City Jay Truck Sales to our growing Dealer Network. Windy City Jay Truck Sales serves the Chicago area from two locations; Burr Ridge and their new location in Alsip.
- Live Life Over the Road and Buy Your Own Rig
Today, we're putting the spotlight on buying and financing your own rig Maybe you sit and look at trucks for sale, dreaming of a new career. Finding a rig of your own and purchasing it is not as hard as you think. Unless you have a lot of cash on hand (and who does in this economy?) you will probably have to look into financing a commercial truck. Where to start? Who should you talk to? What things should you consider? What if you have bad credit? All these questions and more probably race through your mind as you think about the big picture.
- Schneider Increases Mileage Rates
Today, we look at Schneider's decision to increase owner-operator van rates: Schneider National is a name known to all truckers and operators and has been in business for over three-quarters of a century. Schneider offers a wide range of driving opportunities for both employed drivers and owner-operators and also provides an excellent series of driver programs from basic CDL training through to specialized driver instruction, such as HazMat certification and tanker-driver training programs.
- State Trucking Associations
State Trucking Associations serve a vital role in protecting the interests of the trucking industry, drivers, and employers alike. Similarly minded people come together to represent their interests from a knowledgeable stand point to the various environmental and governmental regulatory committees that enact and pass legislation.
- How to Arrange Semi Trailer Insurance
Insuring your tractor trailer unit is not going to be cheap, and more than that, the time to find out whether or not you have quality insurance coverage is not when you need to make a claim on it. The time to deal with these issues is when you are arranging semi truck insurance coverage and not afterwards - if you suffer from an uninsured event you could lose your entire business and livelihood so pay attention!
- Focus on St Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund
St Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and by order of the Vatican, the designated patron saint of truckers. The Relief Fund is a non-profit corporation (501(c)(3)) which delivers financial aid to professional drivers with medical issues and who cannot afford the treatment or to carry the cost of insurance. In addition the St Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund also carries out medical and healthcare research which will help truckers in direct need and drivers generally.
- Truck for Sale Spotlight: TEC Equipment, Inc.
California truck dealer, TEC Equipment Inc is the major supplier of new and used trucks on the West Coast. First started back in 1976 at the height of the oil crisis, TEC has enjoyed strong growth until it now justly claims the top spot amongst dealers on the I-5 corridor. Based in Portland OR, TEC also has locations in Portland, Eugene, Wilsonville and Medford, all in Oregon and also in Reno-Sparks in Nevada. California dealerships include locations at Oakland, La Mirada and Fontana.
- Making the Move from Truck Driver to Owner Operator
Becoming a truck driver is a huge step with CDL school, finding a company to work with (and hopefully pay for CDL school too), working over the road and making the commitment to a career, which takes drivers away from home and loved ones for a great deal of time.
- The Best Way to Score Insurance
Rig Quote is a super simple way to purchase commercial truck insurance, fill out the application online, the best rates will be listed for you!
- Truck Cost Per Mile
Truck cost per mile is easily figured using Scott Elgin's book Cost Per Mile
- Farm Subsidies and Trucking
Is there a connection between farm subsidies and the owner-operator trucking community? At first glance one would think that was ridiculous, but let's examine it for a minute.