We’ve all heard the old adage, “This is for your own good!” at some point during our lives. And while we know there’s truth to the statement, it doesn’t make whatever the saying prefaces any easier to stomach. For drivers and vehicles in the trucking industry, there’s a good-for-you event every June. And the question […]
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Their slogan is, “Trucking Moves America Forward,” and 2014’s trucking stats prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The American Trucking Association released its annual report, American Trucking Trends, this week, confirming significant milestones for the industry last year. The organization has been preparing the report for decades, a kind of almanac of the […]
Late in 2014, Congress passed an appropriations bill that, much to the relief of truckers and trucking companies everywhere, eliminated funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 34-hour restart provision. By suspending this provision for the foreseeable future, regulations have reverted to their pre-July 1, 2013 status. Specifically, these provisions have been suspended: That […]
It might seem an obvious correlation: the more training a driver completes, the better his or her safety record. And, when combined with hours of service, this logic is generally considered to be true in transportation and other industries. In recent months, however, the White House Office of Management and Budget suggests the Federal Motor […]
According to a recent report by University Of Minnesota’s Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, a career as a truck driver is among the most popular nationwide, and has been since the late 1970s. Using data from the Current Population Survey, the project, referred to as IPUMS-CPS, is dedicated to integrating and disseminating […]
We see human rights issues all around us today: online, and in the news, from real-life online privacy initiatives and living wage pay increases, to films depicting real-life struggles like Selma and 12 Years a Slave. But often these problems are seen as distant from our daily lives, whether back in time, or across the […]
As an industry, trucking is concerned with safety—from the governing associations all the way to the each independent operator. Speed limit is always a major safety consideration, especially when the laws of physics determine that a higher rate of travel equals a greater chance for serious damage, injury, or worse. Benefits of keeping the speed […]
1. Intermodal truck drivers get home most every night and off on weekends. (Not an exaggeration) 2. See your family 3. Eat food you buy and prepare…and stop eating at fast food joints. 4. Sleep in your own bed 5. Shower daily without worrying if you have a shower ticket 6. Control maintenance […]
It’s no secret that what drives many decisions in the trucking industry is the bottom line (in addition to safety considerations), and everyone’s looking out for it. While it may seem that sometimes-overzealous regulation can get in the way of business, there are times when the administration makes decisions the industry can wholeheartedly get behind. […]
Murphy’s law states that, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And, as we all know, what can and will go wrong will happen on the coldest/snowiest/iciest day imaginable. While we can’t control the weather, we can control our surroundings, being as prepared as possible for whatever might come our way. Conditioning your truck […]