‘American Truckers’ Category

In Iowa? Make Sure to Swing By this Trucking Museum for Some Fun

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Ever wonder about the history of trucking and how it grew into the vast industry it is today? Next time you roll through Iowa, pop in to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott and take part in the industry’s story. While you are at the museum: Learn the history of trucking, taking a glimpse back in time to the […] ... continue reading »

8 Facts About 18 Wheelers Do You Know Them All?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
It’s not hard to figure out where 18 wheelers get that name from, but do you know why we also call them semi-trailer trucks? Here are some interesting bits of trivia and trucker tips that you might not have known. Why the Name “Semi”? The name “semi-trailer” is believed to come from the fact that the trailer part has to […] ... continue reading »

How to Make Holidays on the Road Special for Your Family

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
While many people are able to unwind with family and friends during the holidays, it can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for truck drivers. Customers are counting on you to make deliveries in time for Christmas sales. The weather tends to be awful at the same time with winter storms causing unexpected delays […] ... continue reading »

Are Tougher Rules on the Way for Truck Driver Training?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
A recent lawsuit may change training requirements for those seeking to embark on a career in the trucking industry. Though auto fatalities have dropped in recent years, fatalities involving large trucks are on the rise, increasing by 4 percent in 2012. Injuries have also increased 18 percent, racking up an astounding 4,000 deaths and over 70,000 injuries. Department of Transportation […] ... continue reading »

Trailer Tails and Moose Bumpers, What’s Next?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
The moment of inertia for a fully-loaded tractor-trailer is nothing compared to the difficulty encountered when trying to pass much needed changes to trucking industry regulations. Senseless regulatory differences between the United States and Canada further complicate the lives of truckers and interfere with their ability to make a decent living. Hopefully, a few recent changes to the Canadian Memorandum […] ... continue reading »

Will CSA Scoring Be Stopped?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
No group of people is more concerned about highway safety than truckers. They rely on the reliable and safe operation of their trucks to make a living, and their family and loved ones travel the same roads as everyone else. The frustration all truck drivers and trucking company owners have with the current Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring system is […] ... continue reading »

Trucking Really Ramps Up for Business

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Truckers do more than move merchandise. They also move the economy. And with economic forecasts looking solid, truckers can expect a steadily growing demand for freight services. That means more jobs and more miles. Are you and your truck ready? After the Recession: Increasing Gains in Freight Levels The Great Recession hurt the trucking industry in two specific ways: low […] ... continue reading »

Laws Slow Self-Driving Truck Development

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Innovation frequently move faster than government. Whether it is the Federal Aviation Administration blocking commercial use of drones or the Federal Communications Commission’s sluggish action on net neutrality, technology is moving at a blistering pace while the government spends more money studying and debating regulations. Regardless of how self-driving trucks may impact jobs and the economy, we can be sure […] ... continue reading »

Truckers Battle Over Work Hours

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Despite setbacks in the struggle, truckers continue to fight for better safety regulations. The changes to trucking laws have negatively impacted productivity by at least 3 to 5 percent, according to the American Trucking Association—without promising any real solution for driver fatigue. The ATA and other groups want to repeal certain aspects of the DOT’s latest regulations. Most specifically: The […] ... continue reading »

One Mom’s Battle to Make Trucking Safer

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
The Georgia mom of two teenage girls is doing everything she can to make sure other parents never have to live through the tragedy she is currently facing. In May of 2013, Marianne Karth was driving on the highway with her daughters, seventeen-year-old AnnaLeah and thirteen-year-old Mary. Suddenly, her car was slammed from behind by a tractor trailer, which cause the […] ... continue reading »