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Trucker Left Dangling from Bridge for An Hour

Aging Bridges

Bridge Incident

You’re out on the open road and out of the blue, you’re in a situation that you know from experience isn’t going to end well. Whether it’s due to other drivers being distracted, a tire blows out on the car in front of you, rain creating slick patches, or the fella in front of you slams on his brakes, all can lead to truck driving accidents.

Recently, a Michigan driver was faced with such a situation when the driver in a car in front of the truck slammed on the brakes causing the trucker to respond instantly. Unfortunately, the action resulted in the truck skidding into the left lane of a 4-lane highway.

In an effort to correct the situation to avoid hitting other drivers, he turned to the right putting him in direct contact with a retaining wall and he ended up going over the bridge where he hung suspended for over an hour. A bad situation that fortunately had a happy ending.

Trucking accidents are, unfortunately, a reality and can occur for reasons that are out of the driver’s control.

To provide truckers with everything needed while making the long haul, many truck stops are now offering onsite medical and dental services. Check this phone app for information. Along with food and fuel, stops are full service with medical staff and dentists ready to take care of problems.

This is great news whenever you’re not feeling up-to-par, whenever your stomach is upset, you’re running a fever, blood-pressure is running too high, or you’ve lost a filling and you have a toothache. Staying healthy keeps your reflexes fine-tuned supporting safety on the highway.

If you want to stay up-to-date on news, events, tips, and just about anything else you need as a trucker, visit us at TruckertoTrucker.com for the latest news. If you have a question, contact us using our convenient online form.


Long Haul Driver Turnover Plummets to New Four Year Low

Long Haul Truckers

Long Haul Truckers

Truckers certainly enjoy “free agency,” as ATA economist Bob Costello calls it. Signing bonuses and competitive rates per mile spur many truckers to jump from one employer to another frequently. Early in 2015, however, we saw the lowest turnover rate since 2009.

First quarter job numbers showed an 84% turnover rate according to the Wall Street Journal. In the last quarter of 2014, that number was 96%. The rate had been over 90% for several years. We’ll have to see if the trend continues and more drivers choose to stay with their current employer.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Only some of the turnover comes from retirements and career changes. Truckers jumping ship for a different employer account for the majority of all turnover.

Many factors affect the driver job market, but it all comes down to money. A hot market spurs companies to offer incentives to new drivers. Companies can offer raises to keep drivers, but ultimately we tend to see a lot of movement as drivers scout the best job offers available.

Perhaps turnover has slowed down a bit simply because the shipping industry has been a little stagnant this year. Panama Canal delays that affected West Coast shipments and other market factors have led to less growth. Trucking continues to see strong numbers overall, but a slower market means more drivers stick with their current employer.

Of course, 84% means a lot of drivers continue to change jobs. Drivers looking for a fresh change of scenery can sell a truck, by a new one, and find new opportunities for better routes and higher pay.

Have you left one employer for another in 2015 — or are you considering filing for “free agency” and testing the waters? Let us know your thoughts on the trucker job market in the comments, and check out our new and used semi truck listings to find your next set of wheels.


Tired, Need Rest But No Parking Spots – What to Do?

The Need For Sleep!

The Need For Sleep!

As truckers, we’ve all been here. You’re driving down the road, and the need to sleep comes over you. Coffee is no longer helping, and the only way to beat your tired eyes is to go to sleep.

Now, if you are near a truck stop, that’s not a problem. Pull off the road, find a place to park and get some shut-eye. But if you are in unfamiliar territory, or there just isn’t a truck stop to be found, then what can you do?

Alternatives You Can Use

  • Wally World, and many other large department stores, allow truckers to park their rigs to get some sleep, day or night. If you are near a town, this is a good place to stay.
  • Many weigh stations have designated areas for truckers to pull over and rest.
  • State funded interstate waysides generally have large parking areas for truckers.
  • Police stations and court houses. You may have to ask permission, but as long as it is just overnight parking, you’ll be allowed to rest there until morning.

Truck Apps

Many truck stop apps will give you directions to rest areas in your neck of the woods. These may be truck stops, dedicated trucking rest areas, or places that allow truckers to park. You may have to drive a little to get there, but finding some place that is safe and secure where you can put up for a few hours of sleep, will be well worth the effort.

Of course, if you know the route you’ll be driving, take a little time to map out rest areas ahead of time. That way, you’ll know exactly where it is and how far up the road you’ll need to travel for a little nitey-nite down time.

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Are You Ready to Trust Your Big Rig to a Teen Driver?

Trusting Your Big Rig To A Teen

Trusting Your Big Rig To A Teen

What is more frightening than self-driving trucks maneuvering 80,000 pounds of rig and cargo down the highway? For many people it is the thought of their teenage son or daughter getting licensed to drive. But citing driver shortages, many in Congress are pushing to lower the minimum age for truck drivers to 18.

Safety concerns

The total number of crash deaths for teens have been steadily declining since 2002. But according to 2013 numbers, drivers under 21 had a 66 percent higher rate of fatal vehicle crashes than people over 21. These disheartening numbers come from the Transportation Department’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Jackie Gillan is president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. She said allowing inexperienced drivers to work up to 82 hours a week and drive trucks weighing 80,000 pounds is high-risk and could result in “unbelievable devastation”.

Trucking association views

Dave Osiecki, who is chief of advocacy for trucking associations, points out that teens are currently allowed to operate commercial trucks within the borders of their own states without any limitations on mileage.

Osiecki goes on to say that it is senseless to let these young drivers haul loads all across the highways of their state, yet prevent them from crossing the state’s border.

He emphasizes that the trucking industry is in full support of lowering the minimum driving age. Osiecki says, “It would be good for our industry, it would be good for commerce, it would be good for the economy.”

Other views

In 2005, the Bush administration planned to lower the age for commercial truck drivers to 18. The plan was scuttled due to overwhelming opposition for the change from the general public. Labor unions have weighed in on the issue by saying the current driver shortage should be addressed with higher pay for truckers and improved working conditions.

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Desperate for a Cool One? Beer Truck Driver Robbed at Noon Stop

Beer

Beer

We here at Trucker to Trucker, always want the safety of truck drivers, or any driver for that matter, to come first. A little story about a delivery driver in Houston, makes the point about a few precautions you should take at every stop.

No Money for You

A trucker, Rudy Ramirez, was robbed at gunpoint during a beer delivery at a Houston, Texas market. Smartly, Ramirez kept all of the money from transactions in the locked on-board safe. Although the crooks pressed him for money, he didn’t have any to give them, and they left without so much as getting a red cent. This proves, once and for all, that having an on-board safe, foiled the bad guys — who were caught by police about a mile up the road — possibly saved Rudy from harm, since he had absolutely nothing to offer, and saved the delivery company a full days worth of profits. All in all, it could have been much worse.

No Beer for You

Now, I’m sure that every trucker who reads this is wondering about the crooks intelligence. The thieves not only didn’t get any money, they also didn’t take any beer! Let’s face it, after a long day on the road, what do most truckers look forward too? A tall cold one! What were those crooks thinking?

Making Light of a Serious Subject

We can joke about the little bit of heaven that a beer is after a long dusty day behind the wheel, but the main thing here is to always be careful in your surroundings. If you have an on-board safe, use it, keep your doors locked when you aren’t in the truck, and put 911 on your speed dial, just to be on the safe side.

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