‘Trucking Industry Info’ Category

Trucking Hours – Are You Being Forced Into a 5 Day Work Week?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Being your own boss and setting you own work schedule are two of the top reasons you started driving a truck. New government mandates are now restricting the total number of hours you can work in a week and regulating your off hours, too. These regulations are altering the income and independence of drivers. The changes in regulations went into […] ... continue reading »

Trucker’s Truths – There Are Such Things as Bed Bugs

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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, […] ... continue reading »

Trucker’s Top Tips to Finding the Cheapest Fuel

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
These days there’s no such thing as cheap fuel, especially diesel, Only prices a few pennies shy of stroke-inducing. How can you find the best prices to stretch your fuel budget and ensure profitability? Understand the laws of supply and demand. Gas is typically cheaper at in areas with multiple gas stations, as competition keeps prices lower. Pay attention to […] ... continue reading »

Five Trucker Road Safety Tips

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Working as a commercial truck driver may not be as dangerous as being a logger (#1) or commercial pilot (#3); but at #8 on Time magazine’s list of The 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Jobs (click to view the infographic), driving a truck is no wimp job. Dangerous Highways Overall, workplace safety in the U.S. has improved dramatically over the past […] ... continue reading »

Kentucky Cracks Down on Brake Safety

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
If you’re overdue on your brake check, better take care of business before you travel through Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is cracking down on truck brake safety violations and Kentucky State Police are targeting semi-trucks. During May, Kentucky troopers pulled over 95 commercial trucks for spot inspections and issued 130 citations. Brakes Common Cause of Truck Accidents “About 50% of the [problems] […] ... continue reading »

Share Your Road Safety Tips with Car Drivers

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
For professional truck drivers, the highway is our workplace. Maintaining a safe workplace allows us earn a living and return home to our families safe and sound. Sharing the road with unpredictable and often distracted car drivers can be frustrating and annoying, not to mention hazardous. Trucks Aren’t Cars Most car drivers don’t realize that trucks aren’t just great big […] ... continue reading »

Semi Truck Services Open New Cottage Industries

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
They say “trucking moves America,” but the millions of semis on the road are also feeding America’s entrepreneurial spirit. From mom and pop operations to small businesses, new cottage industries are springing up along U.S. and Canadian highways to serve long-haul truckers and the tractor-trailers they drive. A Family Business Prairie Business recently ran an interesting article about a North […] ... continue reading »

Aging Bridges Impact Truck Travel

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The trucking industry faces many challenges, not the least of which is the aging and deterioration of America’s roads and bridges. Deteriorating bridges in particular are a looming crisis across the nation, effecting transportation across the U.S. Truckers are particularly hard-hit by this issue. Restricted access. In many areas, such as Tacoma Puyallup River Bridge, deficient structures are are resulting […] ... continue reading »

Not to Be Snotty, But There Is Etiquette for Fueling at Truck Stops

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Truck drivers may not be lining up to purchase Miss Manners’ latest volume on social etiquette but just because we’re a free and independent breed doesn’t mean we are without manners. Broadly defined, manners are a matter of common courtesy and you’ll find ours on frequent display on highways and at truck stops. Like the unwritten rules of the road […] ... continue reading »

Truck Stop Trends: More Luxury and Options

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Truck stops used to be bare bones affairs. A row of pumps, a dirt-encrusted bathroom, and, if you were lucky, a greasy spoon with a menu heavy on fried meat. Despite the lack of glamor, truckers could always count on a good, strong cup of coffee and a friendly word from the folks behind the counter. Many of today’s modern […] ... continue reading »