When you were a kid, your grandma may have sent you to bed with the old saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” A common household pest in the U.S. before World War II, these blood-sucking parasites were all but wiped out in the 1940s. Now, they’re back and causing panic in New York subways, Chicago skyscrapers, Cincinnati hotels and highway motels and trucker hostels across the U.S. and Canada.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. Like mosquitoes, they feed on human blood; but, unlike fleas and lice, do not live on the body. Bed bugs scurry away after feeding to hide in tiny cracks and crevices in furniture near their victims’ beds. Nocturnal creatures, bed bugs creep out of their hiding places at night, crawling into beds and under the covers to feed on their sleeping victims (us!).
How They Spread
Brought back to the U.S. hidden in the luggage of international travelers, bed bugs have spread to all 50 states. These tiny insects are only attracted by human blood, not filth or food. Their presence is not a sign of poor maintenance or hygiene; merely bad luck. If you are unlucky enough to sleep in a motel bed where someone with bed bugs has slept, you could carry them with you to your next stop on your clothing or suitcase. (Trucking tips: Don’t unpack until after checking your bed for bed bugs.)
Are Truckers at Risk?
Anyone who sleeps in a motel room runs a risk of running into bed bugs. Moving van drivers and truckers that carry storage trailers full of used furniture, clothing or mattresses are also at risk because bed bugs are more frequently found in used household goods.
Trucking tips: Click for photos and info on identifying bed bugs. Our best trucking tips: Avoid bed bugs; sleep in your cab!
Hey Truckers, It’s Trucker Appreciation Week!
As a thank you for all you do, Trucker to Trucker is offering all truckers a free hat and chance to win $250 in our drawing this week as a celebration. Just visit our page to register and we’ll send you your free hat. Have fun and drive safe this week and thanks for all you do!
Sharing the road with car drivers is a necessary but frustrating evil of being a professional truck driver. Car drivers often seem to be clueless about the vast differences between zipping through traffic on four wheels and maneuvering a heavy-haul 18-wheeler down the highway.
Here are a few of the things we wish car drivers wouldn’t do:
Trucking Tips #1: Don’t cut in front of a truck without plenty of clearance.
Heavy tractor trailers can’t stop on a dime. It takes a truck considerably more time and distance to slow down than a car. If you cut in front of a big rig too sharply, you run the risk of the truck’s grill plowing into your read end. When you’re passing a truck or changing lanes, don’t pull over until you see the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
Trucking Tips #2: Don’t pass a truck on the right.
Even with big side mirrors, the blind spots on a commercial truck are huge. Generally, if you can’t see the truck driver’s head in the side mirror, he can’t see you. A trucker’s right-side visibility is virtually zero so try to pass on the truck’s left where the driver’s visibility is greatest. If you must pass on the right, make sure the truck’s turn signal isn’t on or you could find yourself forced onto the berm.
Trucking Tips #3: Don’t crowd a truck that’s pulled to the side of the road.
If you see a truck pulled over on the side of the road, move over a lane to leave plenty of clearance as you pass. When a commercial driver pulls his truck off the road, it’s usually to deal with an urgent safety or maintenance problem. Be safe and courteous and give the driver plenty of room to exit his cab and check over his rig safely.
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Don’t fall into the traffic traps of the busiest highways without being warned first. Here are the worst highways for truckers in terms of frequent traffic problems—keep these in mind when a job calls you to new territory.
Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-78 and I-80)
Even when you’re in-between cities, the pike makes you contend with sluggish, stop-and-go traffic. Cars tend to enter the short on-ramps at a snail’s pace, and highway construction seems to affect travel times throughout much of the year while barely improving conditions.
I-95 through New York City
Unless you spend an hour or more to avoid New York, I-95 takes you through the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, to the George Washington Bridge toward New Jersey. The bridge has two levels, but don’t be surprised if one level or some lanes are closed. Drivers can’t or won’t let you merge when necessary, and gridlock can easily add hours to your day.
I-15 in California
Not only does I-15 consist of more hills than you can count, but you also have Las Vegas-related traffic to deal with. If you must take this route, make it early on weekdays heading toward Nevada or late in the day heading west.
I-405 in San Diego
In both directions, the San Diego Freeway constantly features some of the heaviest traffic in the nation. If you’re heading up toward Orange County, expect more traffic there, too.
Capital Beltway (I-495)
Avoiding this loop around Washington, D.C. can be near impossible for some routes, but do yourself a favor and look for alternatives. Virtually every day of the year, some major event, political demonstration, or construction project threatens to bring traffic to a halt.
I-55 in Chicago
Particularly when heading south from Chicago, I-55 has the tendency to create terrible bottlenecking several times throughout the day, with early evening rush hours being the worst. You may have several other options, such as taking I-57 down to I-80.
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Good news for commercial truckers! Trucking itself is the hottest trend in U.S. transportation. In the American Trucking Association’s annual analysis of the transportation industry, trucking was again shown to be the primary transporter of freight in the U.S., beating all competitors. Moving nearly 70% of all domestic freight tonnage and collecting more than 80% of all freight revenue, “trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States,” concluded ATA’s American Trucking Trends 2014.
Constant industry innovation has allowed American truckers to dominate the country’s transportation industry, but a new truck trend could lead to some surprising double takes when it makes it onto U.S. highways. Self-driving trucks could be cruising down American highways by 2025!
If you’ve been impressed by videos of Google’s self-driving cars, prepare to be amazed. Daimler Trucks recently demonstrated the first self-driving truck. Daimler is calling the Mercedes-Benz prototype the truck of the future.
Daimler’s autonomous Highway Pilot driving system combines state-of-the-art GPS, radar and proximity technology to direct the commercial semi-trailer’s movements. The rig still needs an experienced driver’s hands-on guidance for passing and other complicated driving maneuvers, but the truck appears to handle the more boring aspects of truck driving with ease.
On a closed section of the German autobahn, Future Truck 2025 demonstrated its ability to maneuver in stop-and-go traffic, cruise at highway speeds, and respond to disabled and emergency vehicles.
Daimler says the goal of its self-driving trucks is not to replace drivers but to make trucking safer and driving more comfortable. “Autonomous driving will make the driver’s working time more varied and less stressful, and help to make long-distance driving more attractive as a profession,” Dr. Ing Klaus Russ told TruckNews.com.