Archive for November, 2016

6 Things Every New Truck Driver Should Consider

Friday, November 18th, 2016
career in truck driving

Are you ready to start a career in truck driving?

Trucking offers many terrific benefits and opportunities, but it’s also important for up and coming truck drivers to take the time to learn more about the industry and determine if it’s right for them. Here are a few insights that every new truck driver should consider before starting their trucking career. (more…)

How Will a President Trump Impact the Trucking Industry?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Will a President Trump come through on improving the nation’s infrastructure?

Donald Trump is America’s President-elect, and he has promised to make America’s infrastructure great again. How he’ll put his vision into action, however, remains unsettled. Most involved in the trucking industry are hopeful that he will deliver on his campaign pledge due to his extensive experience in construction.

In a statement, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said, “During the campaign, he [Trump] highlighted the need to create jobs, and recognized that improving our nation’s infrastructure is critical to strengthening the economy […] We look forward to working with President-elect Trump on a host of issues, including long-term sustainable infrastructure funding, tax reform and fair and free trade.” (more…)

How to Prevent a Jackknife In Your Semi

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Being alert is key to preventing and correcting a jackknife accident.

Jackknifing is a type of truck accident in which the two separate parts of the truck (cab and trailer) fold in on themselves at the point of separation. The term “jackknife” refers to the acute angle at which this happens, and how it resembles the action of a pocketknife blade folding into its handle while closing. Many truck drivers dread this happening, and understandably so. A driver that find him or herself in this position can cause serious injury. Imagine 80,000 pounds and 28 feet of piercing metal swinging towards your vehicle. Scary, isn’t it? (more…)