Archive for August, 2016

Tips for Staying Awake During Long Trips

Friday, August 26th, 2016
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Staying awake on the job is a critical park of being a safe driver.

Truck driving can be a long, arduous job with very long days and an erratic sleep schedule. For drivers, it’s critical that they stay awake and alert in order to be a safe, productive driver. Here are a few tips for staying awake for long periods of time. (more…)

NTSB Confirms Tesla Speeding in Trailer Truck Accident

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
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A bright sky supposedly made the white truck invisible to Tesla’s autopilot system.

You may have heard about the fatal Tesla accident that happened in Florida last May. The high profile case drew the attention of many as people began to question the safety of “self-driving” vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a preliminary report on the incident that sheds light on some new details. (more…)

The History of the Semi Truck

Friday, August 12th, 2016
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The semi truck has evolved incredibly since its inception.

Alexander Winton invented the semi truck in Cleveland Ohio in 1898, and he sold the first manufactured semi truck in 1899. The concept of the semi truck actually came about as a way to handle the delivery of Winton’s manufactured vehicles, as cars that were driven to their customers would experience wear and tear and the delivery would be quite expensive. Winton created the automobile hauler as a way to address this, and in 1899 he started manufacturing the hauler for his own and other car manufacturer’s use. Over a hundred years, the concept that Winton pioneered evolved from a two wheel semi trailer to the eighteen wheeled, three axles semi-trucks that we have today. (more…)

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency with Your Semi Truck

Friday, August 5th, 2016
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Better fuel efficiency practices can save you big time at the pump.

Whether you’re a semi-truck driver or managing a fleet of trucks, minimizing your fuel costs can save you a ton of money. Gasoline and diesel costs add up quickly in an industry that relies on pickups, deliveries, and travel time. And since semi-trucks are so heavy, their fuel efficiency isn’t great to begin with. Semi-trucks only get about 6.5 miles per gallon on average. Here are a few tips that can save you at the pump. (more…)