- Sniffed out a scam
- Delivered us value
- Gave great advise
- Called them out
- Kept us informed
- Knew how to get attention
Read his Obituary here
Had a guy send me an email about his power only service today, thought I would share his info. If anyone has ever used him before?..... leave a comment and let us know how he did. Jim
Sometimes you really have to feel sorry for truckers; while we may have our screw ups at work, the poor truck driver makes his on the open road. Large or amusing mistakes get shown on the evening news.
Whether it's the driver's fault, a mechanical malfunction, or just Karma, some screw ups just make us laugh. We present ten of the biggest semi truck screw ups of all time.
10. BEER; AN OVERVIEW
It seems that beer trucks are among the most screw-up prone vehicles of all time. We're not making any kind of value judgment here, we're just saying. All of these oopses occurred in 2009, four in the month of June alone.
Trucks carrying loads of Miller (twice), Miller Lite, Coors, Bud Lite, one lime-flavored beer, and three generics, catch fire, run off the road, overturn, crash into bridges, ditches, swamps, flip over, hit power lines, and give cops, EMTs, and road crews a lot of overtime; after which they go home, put their feet up, and reach for...a beer???
9. HAMBURGER PATTIES
Just before dawn, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a barrier, flipped over, and spilled thousands of pounds of hamburger patties all over the northbound I15. Traffic had to wait for a couple of hours, a situation not unlike getting hamburgers at the drive-through.
3,000 chickens were being hauled down the A80, one of Scotland's busiest highways. The lorry (UK word for semi truck) jack knifed and sent chickens flying everywhere. Police not only spent over five hours rounding up the birds, they issued twenty citations to motorists who took cell phone pictures of the scene while driving.
7. LOTTERY TICKETS
3.5 million lottery tickets were damaged with fire, water, and flame retardant when the rear axle of the truck transporting them caught fire. The messed-up tickets were all over the road after the mishap. Then the Florida Lottery officials canceled all the tickets, in case someone found one intact. Typical.
Two trucks collided on Canada's Highway 401. One, carrying 250 kilos of condoms, lost its load, snarling traffic for hours. The other, presumably hauling better condoms, kept it.
5. DECOMPOSING ENTRAILS
Is anyone aware that trucks hauling decomposing animal parts and outdated meat aren't required by law to cover their loads? Well, there aren't. A trucker had to slam on the brakes and 500 pounds of animal products shifted up and over his cab, and onto the freeway.
4. GRAHAM CRACKERS
This story really isn't really about the eighteen-wheeler that dumped its load of graham crackers all over a Dallas freeway. It's about the people who crossed open traffic lanes to make off with arm loads of said crackers. One grandmother reported that she got enough for herself and all her grandkids.
3. SEX TOYS
An English lorry filled with compressed paper and sex toys burst into flames when it's brakes overheated. One blow-up doll was rescued, but most of the other cargo, that included whips and plastic breasts, wasn't.
A truck hauling 7,000 hives containing seventeen million bees was involved in a collision. Many of the angry bees escaped, stinging emergency workers. Fire hoses were used to encourage the bees to fly away.
A truck carrying thirty five tons of explosives rolled over on a Utah highway. The driver and passenger were lucky to escape before the truck exploded. The blast crater was thirty feet deep and seventy feet wide. Concrete barriers were hurled hundreds of feet in the air, and railroad ties were twisted by the impact. Amazingly, there were no fatalities.
When you begin to look for a class 6 or class 7 commercial vehicle to add to your business, you should strongly consider buying a Hino truck. Hino is a part of the Toyota Group and has a proven record for quality, fuel-efficiency, and good resale value. Let's take a look at a few Hino truck buying tips that will help you to get the best deal possible.
Start with the Internet
Shopping for a new commercial vehicle has gotten easier over the last several years due to the Internet. Several truck buying and selling websites have popped up that make it easy to find trucks that are available in your region at great prices. By speaking directly with the seller you are able to negotiate a lower price because no one has to be concerned about the amount of money that a dealership takes during a typical transaction. In addition, by being able to search over a large area from the comfort of your own home or office, you have a better chance of finding a Hino truck for sale for a low price.
Don't Wait To Speak With a Truck Lender
If you wait until you are at the dealership to discuss financing you are putting yourself in a situation where you will spend more money than you need to. One of the first things you do when you decide you're going to expand your business and buy a new truck is to speak with a lender who specializes in small business loans, especially those who are knowledgeable about the trucking industry. Don't hesitate to contact more than one person because you will benefit by having multiple quotes and having lenders compete against each other. Speaking with the lender early will help you know exactly how much money that you can spend on your next commercial vehicle as well as what the payments are that you can expect. Additionally, it will be time to clean up any credit issues that may make financing the truck more expensive.
Talk To Your Insurance Agent
Something that is often overlooked when investing in a new commercial vehicle is the need to speak with your insurance agent. A new truck or specific upgrades can lead to a lower premium on your insurance each month. By knowing this early you can adjust your monthly expense estimates and have more to spend on the commercial vehicle purchase. In addition if you have several years of proven safe driving, then that might qualify you for additional discounts on your truck insurance policy. It's always a good idea to double check your policy once a year and a speak with outside insurance agents to see if someone is offering you a better policy. The money you save by doing this is money that is freed up to be invested in the new truck purchase, or add to the bottom line of your trucking business.
These simple Hino truck buying tips will help you to cut down on your monthly payments, so that you can better invest in your vehicle and your business. Mckenna Truck Center is a Hino Truck Dealer in Des Moines Iowa.
Capital Solutions for Credit Problems
TruckerToTrucker.com makes it easy to find great deals on the equipment you're looking for, whether it's a semi truck, dump truck, trailer, or other vehicle. The problem is that finding great commercial trucks doesn't mean you can pay for them.
Even the biggest bargain is worthless if you can't secure funding, and too many things out there can affect your credit and ruin your finances. The good news is that Capital Solutions, Inc., knows all about it and can help truckers with bad credit or who have difficulties getting traditional financing. Their website lets you start your application process online and get funding in about a week, although it may take them a little longer depending on your circumstances, especially if you are putting up real estate equity as your collateral.
Bad credit doesn't make you a bad person, but good luck telling that to the banks. Luckily, Capital Solutions has been around for over a decade (twelve years and counting), and they know that a lot of credit problems are due to circumstances beyond your control. They work with people who have bankruptcies, repossessions, and tax liens in their credit history, and they understand that problems like medical bills, expensive repair work, or even divorce can spring up unexpectedly. On their website, they explain how they have seen all kinds of situations, and their Frequently Asked Questions page spells out how they are willing to work with you.
Capital Solutions can find you the financing if you or a co-signer put up collateral for the loan, whether it is a vehicle, trailer, or real estate. Because they work with private-sector sources of funding, they have more control over the commercial truck financing process and more flexibility than you can get with a bank line of credit.
The Capital Solutions website is the first step in the approval process. After you complete their online form, you can apply over the phone and have the loan documents sent to you overnight. Once approved, you can choose your dealer or work with a private party to buy the truck you have your eye on.
You can also get pre-approved to buy your truck at an auction, but if you're on TruckerToTrucker.com, you’ve probably already found the trucks for sale you're looking for at the price that is right for you. When it's this simple to find and finance a truck online, why waste time with anything else?
On Monday April 5, 2010 Bruckner Truck Sales launched a new way for truckers to access our information and assets.
Welcome to our new interactive website where our customers have access to our new and used inventory including trucks and trailers, finance and insurance options, parts, service, leasing and rental as well as employment information. “This has been a long time coming; we are excited to give our customers what they have been asking for!” said Brian Murphy, Corporate Marketing Manager.
Bruckner’s Truck Sales launched their original website in 2001 and it has done its job communicating the product and services Bruckner’s offers but this is not enough. Technology, our industry, market and customer’s needs are continuously changing. People searching for new or used trucks are using the internet first to see what is available and a comprehensive interactive website is essential for any business to keep up with the demands. We are a well established company that has a lot to offer seasoned truckers as well as those who are looking for their first truck.
We are recognized as the leading dealership serving the Southwestern U.S. and through our new website we will be able to communicate with potential customers from all around the country who are looking for the best deal in a Mack, Volvo or Mitsubishi truck as well as the many different types of trailers we offer or hard to find parts. Visitors to the site will be able to find answers to their questions about leasing policies and the pros and cons of leasing or buying, the recommended lubricants for each type of engine and what kind or services we offer.
Visit www.brucknertruck.com and click the email button, and tell us what you think. The aim of this website is for you to get answers to questions about what we offer and tell us what we can do to fulfill your automotive needs. We are committed to service; for our customers and our community. Now, that service includes online help and advice. We also want feedback from you to tell us how we can improve our service. Our locations are listed online too so, if you want, you can call the dealer nearest you.
Bruckner Truck Sales, the largest geographic Mack and Volvo dealer in the U.S. is now at your service online no matter where you are in the country.
Did Feds overstep bounds with New Rule?
The federal goverment announced today a new law that bans truck drivers from texting and emailing while driving.
While the drivers association Owner Operators United Inc. does indeed agree this ban should be in effect, we feel it should ban all drivers of cars and trucks. Not just commerical Trucks.
The action taken today by Ray Lahood raises into question, what happened to the regulatory process for new laws.
It also raises another question, Is this action against truck drivers being taken at this time to allow fmcsa 2010 enforcement. officers another excuse to do roadside stops and inspections?
FMCSA records show Truck Drivers are among the safest drivers in the world and are currently under more regularions than air line pilots.
Owner Operators United Inc supports and promotes safe driving in every sense of the term, but we also feel the federal goverment should follow guidelines for making and enforcing laws as was laid out by our forefathers.
News Media nationwide are reporting, any violation of this new law will be punishable by a fine of $2700.oo
Owner Operators United Inc. invites everyone to comment on this Goverment action directly to our office at