‘Truck Drivers’ Category

Truck Drive Newbie? Here’s Our Top Tips from Trucking Pros

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Before you hit the road, try learning from experienced truckers. There will still be plenty to learn after you buy a new truck and start your first job, but the more you know the better. Here’s what veteran truckers want newbies to know: Fight for competitive starting pay You may be itching to get behind the […]

Faceoff: the Detroit DD15 vs the Cummins ISX Reviewed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Are you buying a new truck or replacing the engine in your current one? If so, you’re probably weighing the differences between the Detroit DD15 and the Cummins ISX. The right engine is crucial for efficiency and performance, and selecting the right one can save you time and money down the road. The first step is […]

Boot the Home – How to Live Full-Time in Your Truck and Love It

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

If some of the most enjoyable times of your life have been on the road as a professional truck driver, you are not alone. Truckers are not truly happy with any other vocation. For a small number of truck drivers, the road and their tractor really do become home. They fully transition from having a […]

Why I Love Being a Truck Driver – Is This Your Story Too?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

What is it about being a truck driver that is so alluring? Is it the open spaces, freedom of the road, opportunity to see new places and meet interesting people along the way, working for yourself, or do you just yearn for an adventure every time you turn on the ignition and take to the […]

DOT Says Truckers Don’t Need to Do Daily Paperwork as of Mid December 2014

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Tired of filling out paperwork when you have no changes to report on your DVIR (Daily Vehicle Inspection Report)? Well, apparently the U.S. D.O.T.  is also tired of reading them – so as of December 2014, if you have no mechanical or safety issues to report, “fuh-get about it.” $1.7 billion in savings More than […]

LA Port Truckers Highlight Problems in Shift to Independent Contractor Status

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

As Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” For truckers working the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and by extension others across the country, their continued livelihood depends on the answer. Drivers and trucking companies have been locked in a bitter labor dispute, causing the truckers to strike last November in an effort to obtain […]

In Calgary, There’s No Looking for a Detour From Your Route!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

If your future travels take you through Calgary, better make sure you take your checkbook along. The city council is instituting a steep hike in the fine for straying from designated trucking routes. Local regulations are designed to keep trucks and other heavy vehicles on the city’s major roads and thoroughfares. The intent is to prevent noise and […]

More Fuel Efficient Trucks on the Way, But Can You Afford One?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Everybody loves saving money on gasoline, especially independent truckers. More miles per gallon might just make or break your profit, but the long-term savings come at the cost of the initial investment. Are you ready to buy a new truck just yet? New EPA rules already mandated higher MPG for pickups and semis a few […]

Are You Having Trouble Finding a Place to Park Your Semi Between Hauls? Some Cities Are Imposing Limits

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

It’s no secret that one of the challenges many truck drivers face is finding a place to park their semis between loads. Even when you’re loaded, you have to abide by the strict regulations that are set forth by the DOT, and when it’s time to park, you have to park. Breaking the rules or […]

Government Funding Bill Adds a Rollback of Key Trucker Legislation

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Last year, legislation supported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association that required truckers to take two full consecutive nights of rest following 70 hours of time spent driving passed. While people on both sides of the aisle with concerns about truckers’ safety supported the bill, a December 2014 spending bill in Congress includes a […]