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ATA Releases Trucking Trends for 2015

Trucking Trends

Trucking Trends

Trucking soared to new heights in 2014, and American Trucking Associations has the scoop on all the numbers. Here are some highlights from the latest release of “American Trucking Trends.”

State of the Industry

The ATA reports that trucking grossed a whopping $700.4 billion in 2014. A grand total of about 3.4 million truckers employed across 1.3 million carriers.

How many miles did you drive last year? The average truck logs almost 70,000 miles per year these days. Last year, all that driving moved about 10 billion tons of freight — about 70% of all commercial freight.

Slowing Down: Safety and Fuel Efficiency

Trucking can be dangerous, but the driver is in control. Speeding is often a major factor in fatal trucking accidents. The ATA report reminds all of us to slow down. Lower speeds also improve fuel efficiency. Your truck will use 27% less fuel at 65 mph compared to 75 mph.

Speed Limits: In addition to watching your own speedometer, truckers should be aware of roadways with extremely high speed limits — especially in Texas, South Dakota, Utah, and Idaho.

Speed limiters: The ATA also urges the federal government to take action on the issue of speed limiters. ATA research finds that adding limiters to large trucks would increase safety for everyone on the road.

Fun Facts

What’s the most interested load you have ever hauled? Along with covering trucking trends, the ATA brings up some fun facts:

  • 888 basketballs are delivered by truck for the college basketball championship
  • 40 million Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes get delivered by truck
  • About $16.5 billion in highway tolls are paid by truckers each year

Truckers, is 2015 going the way you expected? How do you feel about the future of the industry? Follow the TruckerToTrucker.com blog for the latest trends — and if you need to buy or sell a truck for the next stage of your trucking career, head over to our listings.

Preventing Summer Heat Tire Blowouts on the Road

Truck Tires

Prevent Tire Blowouts

Hot weather can sometimes be harder on your truck that cold weather and we need to know the tips for keeping our trucks safe for us and other drivers. With temperatures rising, the heat can be bad for our tires. If you add high temperatures to increased friction, high speeds, and turning corners on hot asphalt, this can cause your tire to heat beyond the recommended temperature, potentially causing a blowout. A tire blowout not only affects us, but can affect those around us, too.

What are the best ways to prevent a tire blowout during the summer heat? 

  • Check air pressure regularly- Manufacturer’s specifications for air pressure are found in the owner’s manual for your truck. Under-inflated tires can cause a blowout quicker. They often run hotter than properly inflated tires. Properly inflated tires will make them last longer, too
  • Nitrogen Inflation- Available at Dunn’s Stores, Nitrogen helps tire temperatures run cooler than standard air.
  • Examine your tires- check for cracks, holes, worn tread- anything that might indicate it’s time to replace them. And make sure they are not old- they are more impacted by the hot temperatures
  • Inspect valve caps- replace metal valve caps with plastic. Metals caps could possibly weld into the tire valve making refilling the tire difficult. All valve caps should be secure.
  • Reduce your speed and take curves gently
  • Check the rating on your tires- this is the temperature rating. Each tire gets a grade, either A, B or C, A being the highest. C isn’t bad, but an A grade will have the best performance.
  • Have your tires professionally inspected- If you have any question about your tires, take them to a pro to see if they can handle the heat

Knowing these tips can possibly help you prevent a tire blowout and keep you going on your trip and keep others safe.

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Stay Cool in Summer Heat with Our Summer Trucking Tips


Stay Cool in the Summer Sun

As truck drivers, whether you drive a big rig, a bowser, an RV, an MPV, a four wheeler or anything in between, you’ll always want to stay cool in the heat of the summer. And yes, we know about air conditioning in vehicles that essentially allow you to keep the cab temp comfortable and healthy, but there are still times when you’ll have to be outside or face mother nature and the suns rays. So here are some of the best tips on keeping your cool all season long.

  • Use sunscreen — Although you should use it whenever you are outside in the summer, remember to always put some on the left side of your face and your left arm when driving. You’ll prevent sunburn, and both truckers arm and truckers face by this one simple tip.
  • Clothing — Hats, long sleeves and sunglasses are essential for driving down the road. This keeps the sun at bay from your skin and eyes, and keeps you cooler every mile that you drive. As a side note, cotton clothing breathes the best, so if you have a choice, always wear cotton clothing.
  • Stay hydrated — This is probably the best way to keep cool, Whether your choice is soft drinks, water, sports drinks or what have you, always try to take in about half of your overall body weight in ounces of fluid each day.
  • Cold compresses — An oldie but a goodie, for instant cooling after working in the heat, whether you have been unloading, doing routine maintenance, truck inspection, whatever, sandwich a cold bottle of water, a filled soft drink bottle or an ice pack, between your wrists. This will chill the blood in your veins and as it circulates around your body, you’ll feel almost instantly refreshed.

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Trucker Jim Tips: Save Your Skin! You Can Get Sunburned Even Through Glass

Prevent Getting Burnt

Prevent Getting Burnt

Trucker’s tan — it’s no joke. At some point, you’ve probably experienced a tanned left forearm after driving in short sleeves. Although we work with a roof over our heads, we receive countless hours of sun exposure through our windows and windshield. The sun’s UV rays are doing their work whether we notice it or not.

The problem goes beyond looking young. Skin cancer ranks among the deadliest forms of cancer, and truckers need to be especially cautious as a matter of health.

A few years ago, the story of an extreme case of trucker sunburn made the news. A 69-year-old veteran trucker had developed such terrible radiation burns while driving that the left side of his face was wrinkled, leathery, and sagging — while the right side of his face appeared in pretty good shape for his age.

This isn’t an isolated case, either. Studies show that more than half of all melanoma cases occur on the left side of the body. Getting behind the wheel means exposing yourself to sun damage.

Sun Protection Tips for Truck Drivers

Glass blocks some UV rays, but not completely. They come in UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Glass can stop most UVC rays, but those are not the main cause of aging and cancer. UVA and UVB penetrate automotive glass and these are the forms of sunlight that lead to tanning, wrinkling, aging, and various forms of skin cancer.

Truckers, do yourself a favor and protect your skin:

  • Wear sunscreen rated at SPF 30 or greater. Even when it’s not very bright or hot out — low sun in the morning and evening is what causes truckers the biggest problem.
  • Wear long sleeves when appropriate.
  • Driving gloves make a great choice, too.
  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV damage. Gray or brown lenses work best for driving.We’ve got your back, truckers.

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The Healthy Trucker – Exercise Gurus for Busy Truckers on the Go


A Healthy Trucker

A Healthy Trucker

When you’re on the road, being healthy can sometimes take a back seat. You’re sitting in the truck for hours at a time, unable to get much exercise and a lot of that time is spent snacking or eating fast food because it’s quick and convenient. But, if you want to be a healthier, happier truck driver, TheHealthyTrucker,net is helpful resource for you and your family. Their team includes industry experts to offer you advice in different area, calling themselves your co-driver for the “fitness of mind, body & wallet.”

Here are some of the tips they offer:

  • Five movements to help end back pain in truck drivers: With a video to show how to do each of these and a guide to know how to do it, why to do and how many to do, the movements are: Back bends, front bends, side bends, knees up and neck stretch
  • Four stretches to reduce neck pain: With accompanying pictures, these stretches are: Neck stretch 1, up & down stretch, side to side stretch, and side pushes
  • Five of the healthier alternatives in fast food: Showing nutritional values with each choice, this article shows selections from: McDonald’s, Subway’s, Burger, Starbucks, and Taco Bell. They include fast-food rules to live by, such as, avoid fried sides, don’t drink your calories and beware of condiment calories
  • Ten tips to stay healthy on the road: Get adequate sleep, eat healthy, quit smoking, manage diabetes, stay up to date on vaccines, drink a lot of water, exercise more, reduce stress, take a vacation, and spent time with loved ones. The articles explains why each of these are important
  • Two interval training routines to burn calories: With instructions as well as benefits of interval training, this gives the details for jogging and strength interval training.

With so much more to offer, visit TheHealthyTrucker.net, a free resource, for more information.

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