‘Trucking Industry Info’ Category

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 »

What Are the Top Critical Issues for Truckers

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Each year, the American Transportation Research Institute issues a list of the most critical issues for truckers. Some indicate a need for change in trucking legislation, while others are demonstrative of how much trucking legislation has improved the industry. Today, we’d like to cover some of the top issues truckers are facing in 2014. Working Hours In July 2013, new […] ... continue reading »

Truck Drivers Are in Demand as Shortfall Swells

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
More American goods move by truck than any other mode of transportation, but a growing shortage of commercial truck drivers has the potential to create a nationwide shipping crisis in the not so distant future. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the trucking industry is currently short of 30,000 drivers; but that shortfall is expected to swell to 200,000 […] ... continue reading »

MPG – What’s In Store for 2018 and Beyond for Trucks?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
With heavy-duty trucks and buses producing an estimated 20 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States each year, it is understandable that any regulations to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and lower the resulting emissions are going to target the efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers. First-ever fuel standards President Obama signed the first-ever fuel efficiency regulations for heavy-trucks and […] ... continue reading »

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 »