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Trucker Jim Tips: Five Summer Truck Driving Tips – Keepin’ Cool!

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Summer Trucking Tips

Yes, we know that truckers are already “cool,” and that can’t be disputed. But keepin’ cool is an entirely different matter in and of itself. Long hours on hot summer asphalt does not make for cool and comfort, which also cannot be disputed, but there are certain things you can do to keep your cool while remaining “cool,” every time you drive.

Fluids

Water, and water based drinks are natures natural cooling cure, and whether your drink it in bottles, in mixes or commercial thirst quenchers, take in lots of fluids.

Water makes you sweat, and perspiration whisks away the heat from your body better than anything else. Sure, your cab is air conditioned, but at some point, you are going to load or unload your rig, do inspections and/or routine maintenance, and that means working outside in the heat of the day. So stay hydrated, get plenty of fluids and be cool.

Showers

Even on the road you can stop at many truck stops and take a quick shower. Soothing cool water always takes the edge off of a hot sticky day.

Sunscreen

A farmers tan on your left arm can also turn into a painful sunburn. Put on some sunscreen before you hang your arm out the cab window and avoid painful burning hot sunburn.

Loose Fitting Clothes

Ditch the leather, tight fitting jeans and flannel for lighter weight apparel made of natural cotton, like baggy cargo pants and oversized shirts. Cotton whisks moisture off your skin and allows it to evaporate, making you feel cooler with every movement.

Night Driving

If possible, limit your driving in the heat of the day and drive at night. Not having the sun heating up the road always means cooler temperatures, wherever you drive.

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Save Money: Where Does Diesel Cost the Most and the Least?

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Where Can You Save on Fuel?

OK truckers, here is the skinny on diesel fuel prices, what drives the price and where the cheapest fuel is. You may be surprised at what you are about to read.

Breaking it Down

When compared to gasoline, it takes less time and effort to refine diesel fuel. That might make you think that diesel should be less expensive, but it isn’t. It costs almost double for marketing and distribution to get it to the pump. On top of that, you’ll pay slightly more tax on diesel fuel too. Now you know why a gallon of diesel costs more than a gallon of gasoline.

The Refineries

Most diesel fuel in the U.S. is refined on or around the Gulf Coast. That means that once crude oil has been turned into diesel fuel, it can begin its journey to a truck stop or a gas station near you.

The Diesel Tree

Ok, now think of the Gulf Coast as a giant tree trunk. The easiest places to get at are traveling directly up the trunk into the middle of the U.S. That’s where you will find the least expensive diesel fuel, both in the Gulf Coast region and the Midwest.

As you start to branch out, the east Coast is where diesel prices come in second to the Midwest, and they will generally be about 20 to 30 cents more per gallon there. The same holds true for the near West Coast, and you can expect diesel fuel to rival the prices on the East Coast.

California is an entirely different matter, boasting the highest diesel fuel prices across the nation, at 50 cents more per gallon than the Midwest. So, if you need to fill up, California will set you back the most.

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Trucking and Veterans: Tips for Finding the Right Job Fit

Trucking And Veterans

Trucking And Veterans

When you serve in the military, you have a very disciplined, scheduled life for the number of years you serve. This is true whether you are stationed at a local base go overseas and fight in a war. You are trained not only to do the job of defending your country, but you are also trained to do some kind of specialty job, too. What happens when your service ends? You are expected to find a job and that structure is gone.

This is what US Army Veteran Jesse Delph faced after he left the military. At 24, he was unemployed and had only $300 to his name upon leaving the Army. That is until he found his place at Roehl Transport, an award winning trucking company out of Wisconsin, Delph’s home state. Delph joined Roehl’s two-year apprenticeship program which allowed him to not only receive a steady paycheck from Roehl’s, but G.I. Bill benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It didn’t take Delph long to find this job, thankfully.

What should you look for when searching for a job after returning from active duty?

1. Find a company who cares about their employees and are willing to work with them. You want them to work with your schedule, your potential injuries or disabilities and with your strengths.

2. Companies with training programs specifically catered to the needs and skills of veterans. Do your research. There might be many jobs you are qualified for, but, they may not cater to you as a veteran.

3. Look for a job that allows you the flexibility to do the things you want in your life, such as college. Delph enjoys the flexibility between his classroom coursework and his time on the road.

The trucking industry has many jobs as it currently has a shortage of drivers. Whatever job you choose, choose something you love. For more trucker information, visit our website today!


Multi-Tool for Truckers Is A Crowd-funding Success

The Tool For Anything

The Tool For Anything

If you haven’t heard about the Lil’ Trucker Multi-Tool, perk up your ears. This nifty little gadget has just made it successfully through crowd-funding and is entering production.

What is Crowd-funding?

In short, crowd-funding is where an idea or a product is listed on a specified funding website from a private person or a manufacturer. A monetary goal is set to be reached for initial production costs, just to get the item off the ground. If it is a popular idea, people will literally donate the money to get it into production. That’s what the crowd and the funding are all about.

The Lil’ Trucker

This multi-tool is specifically designed for truckers, and other motor vehicle applications. It features a small axe, a glass breaker, a seatbelt cutter, a gas shut-off wrench, and a can opener — thank goodness — to name a few of its handy functions. It is made in the U.S. and will fit easily into a glove box or a cargo pants pocket.

Power to the People

Although this is a neat idea, it needed a little help to get it from conception to manufacturing. That’s where the people came in. It was listed on Kickstarter with a goal of 25,000 dollars over a period of 1 month. Amazingly, it became such a popular item, that it made over 120,000 dollars in pledges, easily surpassing its original goal.

The Drivers Seat

Crowd-funding, for virtually anything, from music to gadgets, and everything in between, puts you in the drivers seat. Your interest in a project and your pledges make it happen. And that’s exactly why the Lil’ Trucker Multi-Tool, will soon be coming to a retail store near you! For a variety of crowd-funding links, check this out.

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74-Year-Old Lady Trucker Keeps on Truckin’!

&$ Year Old Trucker Lady

74 Year Old Lady Trucker

And just when you think you’ve been on the road a long time, I’ve got news for you. Back in 1968, a trucker was featured on the program “What’s My Line,” a popular game show of the time. After several questions, answers and guesses, none of the celebrity panelists were able to guess the occupation of Linda Cottrill. Yes, a lady trucker from Massillon, Ohio, stumped the panel. No one could believe that this diminutive young woman would be piloting a truck.

Fast forward to 2015 and, guess what? At 74 years old, Linda Cottrill is still going strong and still driving a truck! Not marriage, pregnancies, being a mother nor a triple bypass heart surgery has slowed her down. She has been truckin’ ever since, and it doesn’t look like she’ll be quitting any time soon.

It’s a Family Affair

Her love for trucking came from her Dad, who was a local coal hauler. When the coal business went south, he bought a dump truck so that he could haul sand and gravel.

At 55, Linda’s father passed away, and both she and her Mom were now in charge of the business. Linda decided to take up the reins on a truck, and she never looked back. She married her husband, Dan, and they both drove trucks to make ends meet.

Home Wrecker

The Cottrills branched out into the home wrecking business, using their wrecking equipment to tear down a house when needed. Her son Dan has followed in her footsteps, and as Linda likes to say, “It’s like adults playing with Tonka Trucks…”

Our hats go off to Linda Cottrill here at Trucker to Trucker. 74 years old and still haulin”! You go girl!!!

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