Why All Truck Drivers Should Get A Dash Cam

October 19th, 2017
A dash cam is important for all truck drivers to have to provide evidence for accidents.

A dash cam is important for all truck drivers to have to provide evidence for accidents.

A dashboard camera, or “dash cam,” is gaining popularity for drivers, especially truck drivers. The camera is fixed to the front of a car or truck’s dashboard to record the road as they drive. The camera provides peace of mind as it records everything that the driver sees, and the footage is crucial in the case of an accident. Read the rest of this entry »

The Biggest Misconceptions About A Career In Trucking

October 12th, 2017
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Let’s learn about the biggest misconceptions about the trucking industry and what it’s really like being a truck driver.

Trucking is one of the most misunderstood industries, as people really have no idea what a career as a truck driver entails or how truck driver training is done. The job is often underestimated and ends up being much more difficult and complex than people once thought. These misconceptions lead people astray early in the career, once they realize that the job isn’t easy and training isn’t done the way they expected it to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Drive Safely Through Extreme Weather

October 4th, 2017
Truckers should always be prepared to navigate through extreme weather and know important safety tips that can save their lives while on the road.

Truckers should always be prepared to navigate through extreme weather, and know important safety tips that can save their lives while on the road.

Extreme weather can happen at any place at any time and can be a hazard for even the most skilled truck drivers. Drivers should always be prepared to navigate through the worst weather and know important safety tips that can save their lives while on the road. Whether you face high winds, fog, torrential downpours or a snowstorm with icy roads, here are a few crucial tips all truckers should know when facing extreme weather conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

High Blood Pressure And Its Effect On Your Driving Career

September 28th, 2017
Keeping your blood pressure low is extremely important for trucker's safety on the road.

Keeping your blood pressure low is extremely important for trucker’s safety on the road.

High blood pressure is a major factor affecting commercial truck drivers and is taken very seriously in the trucking industry. There are strict rules for truckers getting their DOT medical certification for blood pressure, and drivers with high blood pressure may not be qualified to drive. If the blood pressure is high yet manageable, drivers will need to be frequently recertified to make sure their blood pressure doesn’t go over the maximum. The rules are so strict because high blood pressure can cause serious injuries, especially for truck drivers who present a serious risk for not only themselves but others on the road around them. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Make Your Truck Feel More Comfortable On Long Hauls

September 22nd, 2017
Make your truck feel like a home away from home on long hauls.

Make your truck feel like a home away from home on long hauls.

Truck drivers often have to drive long hauls that can take multiple hours, days or even weeks spent behind the wheel. When spending so much time in their truck, a truck driver’s vehicle really can feel like a home away from home. To make your truck feel as comfortable as possible, it’s important to put a personal touch and bring in your own items to make long hauls more comfortable and enjoyable. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Plan A Long Haul Drive

September 13th, 2017
Taking the time to plan your long haul trip before leaving is crucial for all truck drivers.

Taking the time to plan your long haul trip before leaving is crucial for all truck drivers.

Professional truckers must know the importance of planning a long haul road trip, as it’s not only profitable but also essential for the health and stress levels of the driver. Before leaving on a trip, truckers must first do a lot of planning for their long journey. They have to plan around the electronic logbook, hours of service regulations, the trucking company and of course, the demands of the customer. Read the rest of this entry »

Uber For Trucking Is Changing The Industry

September 6th, 2017
Uber recently launched Uber Freight, an app for long-haul trucking jobs.

Uber recently launched Uber Freight, an app for long-haul trucking jobs.

Uber has completely changed the modern transportation industry since it began in 2009. People went from fending for themselves and hailing taxis to using ride-sharing services from their cell phones. With the success of Uber– currently valued at $69 billion- it is no wonder that other industries, including the shipping freight industry, want to start including the ride-share model. That is where “Uber for trucking” comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Get in Great Shape for Your DOT Physical

September 1st, 2017
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Your blood pressure will be checked during your DOT physical. Working out 30 minutes a day a few times a week can help lower your blood pressure.

Federal law requires drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to receive regular physical examinations under the Department of Transportation. DOT physicals are highly regulated for the drivers’ safety and are designed to detect physical, mental, and emotional issues that can affect a driver’s ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle. Employers cannot have drivers out on the road without a valid DOT card. That means that you can’t legally do business unless your CMV driver is cleared for the road. Because of this, DOT physicals are a must-have if you’re a commercial driver or employ commercial drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare for Your Trucking Training

August 25th, 2017
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Preparing for your first trucking test can be intimidating, but there are many great tips to help you out!

The ability to travel on a regular basis while making money doing something you love is a privilege and an attractive prospect for most. One of the few employment positions that have this privilege are truck drivers. Truckers are a necessary part of the business model for almost every industry including, retail, manufacturing, automotive, and food and dining. First time truck drivers have the opportunity to see the country, but will also be developing their driving skills. There are both positive and negative aspects to driving a truck and in the first year of driving, each trucker is sure to become acclimated with these different situations. This being said, it is a long road to become a trucker so here is some useful advice in preparation for your training. Read the rest of this entry »

Crucial Tips for New Truckers

August 4th, 2017
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The trucking lifestyle for newbies, but the right tips can go a long way towards success!

Many people are attracted to the idea of being a trucker as a profession. Not only does it provide a great salary, but it also allows for a sense of freedom and an opportunity to see large parts of the country. Though, it is more than just sitting behind a wheel and can prove difficult for seasoned truckers, let alone rookies. Before a truck driver starts on his or her route, they must inspect the truck and trailer. If the driver notices anything out of the ordinary, he or she will have to resolve the issue before setting out for the day. Many drivers also check the weather, road conditions and construction news before leaving. They also need to plan for fuel stops and weigh stations. Knowing what to expect before leaving makes for a smoother travel experience. Here, we’ve curated some more useful tips for new truckers. Read the rest of this entry »