Tips To Fight Fatigue When Long Haul Trucking

May 22nd, 2020
Tips To Fight Fatigue When Long Haul Trucking

As with any driving based job, some real dangers lurk if drivers don’t take proper care of themselves when long haul trucking.

Taking a seat behind the wheel on a big rig can be a tempting idea. It can be exciting to see different parts of the country while on your routes, and the best part? You might be able to choose your coworkers! However, as with any driving based job, some real dangers lurk if drivers don’t take proper care of themselves when long haul trucking. Chief among them: fatigue. As an essential part of the workforce, let’s read about how truckers can combat the dangerous driving fatigue problem. Read the rest of this entry »

How Gasoline and Diesel Engines Compare in Commercial Trucks

May 15th, 2020
How Gasoline and Diesel Engines Compare in Commercial Trucks

Commercial trucks have made the shift to diesel technology because fleet owners recognize the long-term value of leveraging this type of engine and fuel.

While more than 97 percent of all U.S. Class 8 trucks — the class including tractor-trailers — run on diesel fuel, it seems strange this day in age for companies to debate whether they should have fleets of commercial trucks with gasoline or diesel engines. Commercial trucks have made the shift to diesel technology because fleet owners recognize the long-term value of leveraging this type of engine and fuel. In truth, cost determination for acquiring and maintaining these vehicles are important to consider, as it is typically in any business. However, when we compare gasoline and diesel engine performance and operation for commercial trucks, one can see why diesel engines amount to the superior choice. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways Telematics Help Trucking Companies

May 8th, 2020
4 Ways Telematics Help Trucking Companies

By using telematics systems with a trucking companies’ fleet of commercial vehicles, managers can leverage this technology to keep an eye on their many trucks and drivers on the road.

Telematics is nothing new to most modern trucking companies. What is telematics, you ask? It refers to a field of study that encompasses telecommunications and vehicle technologies, like GPS and diagnostic systems, to send data about vehicle location, travel speed, and internal vehicle conditions to a central management system. Basically, telemetry’s practical uses are applied to monitor where in the world a vehicle is and where it’s traveling.

Now more than ever, trucking companies and their drivers are under immense pressure to keep the transportation and supply chain moving along efficiently. By using telematics systems with a companies’ fleet of commercial vehicles, managers can leverage this technology to keep an eye on their many trucks and drivers on the road.  Read the rest of this entry »

Truck Drivers: Be Aware of These Critical Health Issues

May 1st, 2020
Truck Drivers: Be Aware of These Critical Health Issues

The nature of truck drivers’ work can contribute to adverse health conditions and issues.

Truck drivers, you know a career composed of trucking, long-hauls, and deliveries isn’t the easiest or safest occupation. Apart from the risk of road-related accidents, the nature of the work can contribute to adverse health conditions and issues. Fulfilling your work duties means long sedentary days driving stretches of highway while eating quick and easy but not the most nutrition-rich foods. Of course, not all truck drivers’ lives are like this, and individual genetics, as well as other factors, can play a huge role in your health. However, these are a few of the common and critical health issues that many truck drivers face today due to the job. Read the rest of this entry »

Impact of the ELD Mandate in the Trucking Industry

April 24th, 2020
Impact of the ELD Mandate in the Trucking Industry

Those within the trucking industry are feeling the effects of the ELD mandate, and it has impacted consumers as well.

ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices, are meant to track truck drivers’ hours of service (HOS) to ensure compliance with regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As of December 16, 2019, all carriers and drivers who apply to the ELD rule must use ELDs. The ELD mandate has been a subject of contention among those within the trucking industry. Carrier companies, law-makers, and truck drivers alike have their own opinions of the mandate. The new rule also impacts the various customers and consumers who rely on the trucking industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

Road Signs to Pay Attention To When Trucking

April 17th, 2020
Road Signs to Pay Attention To When Trucking

When it comes to trucking, road signs can be much more valuable and play a significant role in truck drivers’ journeys.

You’re probably thinking that all drivers on the road, trucks or not, should pay attention to road signs while driving. Of course, staying vigilant of all road signs and following their instructions helps keep all travelers safe. When it comes to trucking, road signs can be much more valuable and play a significant role in truck drivers’ journeys. Trucking takes drivers far and to unfamiliar places, so they must depend on road signs of all sorts to navigate lawfully and safely. The following are some road signs that are especially relevant to those trucking across our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

April 10th, 2020
Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

Jackknifing doesn’t just happen on slippery roads. Semi-trucks can get into this dangerous situation if certain precautions aren’t taken.

Icy or wet roads certainly present dangerous conditions that semi-trucks can likely jackknife on if not careful. However, with the brunt of wintry weather behind us, can semi-trucks still jackknife when poor road conditions are less likely to play a factor? In short, yes. In nearly all cases where bad weather or road conditions don’t play a role in causing a jackknifing incident, drivers of semi-trucks could have prevented the jackknife from happening. Here are a few ways not related to bad weather and slippery roads that can cause a semi-truck to jackknife, as well as some tips for drivers when operating their vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Transportation Services and Employees are Essential

April 3rd, 2020
Why Transportation Services and Employees are Essential

Transportation services and workers can’t slow down as they play a vital role in maintaining critical society infrastructures and supporting other essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Those working in trucking and transportation services are still reporting for work every day as millions of others are staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Transportation services and personnel have always been essential to the delivery of various goods and products, and the importance of this task has only become more pressing as our nation responds to the current public health crisis. Transportation and logistics workers continue to provide critical infrastructure services that keep us safe and comfortable, all the while supporting countless other essential workers at the frontlines battling the spread of COVID-19. Read the rest of this entry »

Realities for First-Year Truck Drivers

March 27th, 2020
Realities for First-Year Truck Drivers

A career in truck driving has its fair share of challenges, especially for first-year truck drivers. These may come as a surprise to some.

First-year truck drivers will encounter several challenges as they begin their careers in trucking. New commercial vehicle drivers can get hit with some harsh realities about life as a trucker on the road, which can really make them question whether this career or lifestyle is the one for them. Know that many of these first-year realities are temporary situations that improve with time and driving experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Proper Truck Tire Maintenance

March 21st, 2020
Tips for Proper Truck Tire Maintenance

Truck tire maintenance should be regular and frequent. Check out the other tips for keeping truck tires in good condition for longer.

Truck tire maintenance is something every trucking company or fleet service should already know. Making sure the vehicle’s tires are taken care of properly makes for safer driving and savings for the carrier company. Trucks travel long distances, sometimes over not-so-great roads, and all the while hauling heavy freight. So while tires inevitably will receive wear and eventually need replacement, following good truck tire maintenance practices can dramatically extend a set of tires’ lifecycle. Here are the tips trucking industry experts follow for a proper truck tire maintenance routine.  Read the rest of this entry »