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How Runaway Truck Ramps Work

Friday, January 6th, 2023
How Runaway Truck Ramps Work

Runaway truck ramps are there for peace of mind, and emergencies!

In mountainous areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, you might pass off-ramps that soar up a steep incline, eventually reaching a dead end. They have the label “Runaway Truck Ramp.” Other names for them include truck escape ramps and escape bays. What are they, exactly? We’ll learn below how runaway truck ramps work and how vital they could be for your Evan Transportation trucker.


What Are Runaway Truck Ramps For?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022
What Are Runaway Truck Ramps For?

Runaway truck ramps help keep highways safe; here’s more about them.

There is no denying that the life of a truck driver is not for the faint of heart. Just navigating the various obstacles that might appear on the road can prove challenging for many truck drivers — particularly those new to the industry. If you have traveled on U.S. highways, you might have noticed multiple runaway truck ramps along the way. The reality is that truck escape ramps tend to be useful as a traffic tool to better help curtail high speeds along sustained, steep grades. Ultimately, the specific ramps usually work to halt debris like gravel and sand on an incline and thereby bring large trucks to a halt even on a steep hill. There are some effective and efficient uses associated with runaway truck ramps — and here is exactly what they are used for and how beneficial they can be for so many different reasons.


Tips for Truck Driving in the Rain

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Tips for Truck Driving in the Rain

Truck drivers stay in control in the rain when practicing this advice.

Driving in any condition other than clear and sunny skies can be riskier than not. Any driver will need to use extra caution on the road to have a safe journey. Truck drivers especially have to use caution; in fact, the rules are slightly different for truck drivers as opposed to four-wheel drivers. These tips for truck driving in the rain will keep your driving professional.


How Truckers Can Stay Safe on Roundabouts

Thursday, May 27th, 2021
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Roundabouts may be stressful for some truckers, but it’s not the end of the world!

Although they’ve been used for decades in other countries such as England, Australia, and France, roundabouts are a relatively new introduction to American highways. Many years ago, there were a few roundabouts scattered here and there across the landscape, but you could probably count how many you’d encounter as cross-country truckers. Now, due to their more ergonomic approach to traffic control as opposed to traditional stoplight systems, more and more truckers are having to deal with roundabouts all over the place. While a roundabout may not seem like a big deal to someone in a small car, many truck drivers know that it can be much more difficult to navigate when driving a semi-truck with a large trailer. Being safe at a roundabout isn’t impossible for trucking. However, it just takes a bit of effort from the trucker’s side. Here’s how truckers can remain safe and use roundabouts with ease across America.  (more…)

Why Do Jackknife Accidents Occur and How are They Avoided?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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Jackknife accidents are among the scariest and most lethal.

Jackknife accidents are among the most hazardous, most frightening and most damaging accidents a truck driver can get into. Most jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s drive wheels lock as the truck approaches a slick spot. The trailer continues to roll forward, causing the driver to lose control and the trailer to swing out to one side. During an emergency situation, a truck driver has three braking options. (more…)

Truck Driving Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Holiday Road Travel

Being extra careful on New Year’s Eve can save lives

It should come as absolutely no surprise to learn that the holidays – and New Year’s Eve, in particular – transform the already-dangerous job of being a truck driver into one fraught with peril at every turn. There’s a reason New Year’s Eve is often referred to as “amateur night” – there are far too many people who aren’t familiar with driving in high-volume traffic, and this combines with drivers who don’t know their drinking limits to create the perfect storm. (more…)

Potential Toll Reduction for Maryland

Friday, May 8th, 2015

maryland-toll-reductionDrivers of Maryland received good news about toll reduction this week. Governor Larry Hogan announced that there would be a toll reduction that would reach across the state. The toll reduction is estimated to save Maryland drivers about $54 million a year. Drivers who use cash to pay the tolls will experience a thirty percent saving while E-ZPass drivers will see at least a fifty percent savings. Maryland drivers haven’t seen tolls this low since 1975.The toll reduction is assumed to benefit at least 2 million drivers each year. It is estimated currently that residents of Maryland spend about $4,600 on tolls each year.


The Road Check Inspection Update

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Inspection The annual road check inspection is scheduled this year for June 2nd to the 4th, and will be performed in a joint effort by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. During these 72 hours, about 10,000 officials at 1,500 stations throughout North America will perform over 70,000 inspections.


Congestion and Construction for I-95

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Trucking companies that rely on I-95 to reach their destinations will need to consider alternative routes for the larger portion of this year. Beginning this Sunday, March 29th, construction will resume on a 4.4 mile area of I-95 to complete a two year project.The I-95 project of $60 million is expected to bring large traffic jams and numerous headaches for local commuters during high activity hours.


Safe Night Travel Tips

Friday, February 27th, 2015


While traveling during evening hours is never ideal for truck drivers, it is sometimes unavoidable. When you have no choice but to travel at night, it is important to keep these safe night travel tips in mind. Night travel can become dangerous for a number of reasons, so protecting yourself with nigh travel tips is essential.