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Keep Truck TiresWe know tires are expensive. We also know most drivers mean to keep up with their tire maintenance programs, but driving often gets in the way. Until you drop a tread, or pick-up a bolt, it’s easy to forget about your tires. Problem is, tires are very unforgiving, and will eat up your profits any chance they get. Don’t let them. Here’s how.

1. Any tire showing damage is trying to tell you something.
You might need an alignment if you see certain patterns, so knowing which tire patterns to look for helps you identify the problem. Tire sites usually have a chart on types of damage to expect with each problem.

2. Keep tires of the same diameter together.
 (New with new. Used with used). If not, you end up with one tire skipping

5 ways rig generate $50,000

Very few people have the opportunity to give themselves a $50,000.00 raise per year. You, as an owner/operator of your rig, tractor trailer, have that opportunity. You’ve probably heard any number of these recommendations before, but we’ve put them all together - and done the math. If you want results, some bad habits need to be broken and some equipment needs to be installed. Let’s start with 5 realistic ways you can make much more money with your rig.

1) Stop Idling!

You and I both know drivers that have bad habits. First, there’s idling. Of the 24 hours available, 11 are over the road and the other 13 are consumed idling – usually just for convenience. While there are any nu [...]

PREVENT CARGO THEFTCargo theft is on the rise, and it’s everyone’s problem. Drivers are held primarily responsible, because they’re typically associated with the transport of the load. As a truck driver, you should know there are certain actions that keep you and your cargo safe:

Pick up in well-lit, secure areas

You already know to deliver and drop to secure areas, but picking up loads securely can be just as important. While we don’t often think of the customer as a threat, there are theft rings that specialize in calling for pick-ups at seemingly legitimate businesses, only to hi-jack a load when the driver gets to the location. Think of how many high-end cars you’ve had on [...]

Extend Your HaulEvery mile counts.

As a hauler you probably hear and say that often. Miles are money, and when you can keep rolling, instead of paying for yet another oil change drain – in money and downtime; those miles can pay for more of what you really want.

So, how do you go about extending your rig’s oil life? If you’re like some, you keep idling to a bare minimum. Others depend on advanced formula oils, and expensive synthetics that extend the life of the oil with formulation and additives. While this works, to a certain degree, still others have found a way to keep from draining their oil unless absolutely necessary. The key to long oil life is an oil bypass filter.

Oil bypass filters (OBF) are a proven way to keep your oil clean and dramatically

Scenario 1This was supposed to be an easy tow. However, you get there to find that the car is not only parallel parked between other cars, but the customer is locked out of the vehicle.Scenario 2It’s a late-night repo. You need to get this car out of a “blocked” situation quickly, and quietly. This is even more difficult than what you had planned for.Scenario 3You’re staring at one super-expensive antique vehicle. It needs to be safely moved from one side of the storage area to the other. You don’t want to start this piece of history, let alone drive it.Three situations with one easy solution...Break out the Go Jaks! This lightweight dolly system allows you to move blocked, locked or damaged vehicles into a proper hook-up configuration with tow trucks or car carriers. They also allow you to move an entire vehicle where you need it located.Whether you need a vehicle moved a little, or completely rotated int [...]
Truck Maintenance In the Summer

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Hot weather can cause costly damage to your trucks if you're not prepared. If you don't have a proper truck maintenance plan set up for your fleet, then now is the time to schedule one. A few minutes looking over these important Summer maintenance tips will help you keep your drivers comfortable and cool. Tires Extreme heat and temperature conditions can cause your tires to blowout and reduce the gripping. If you're a driver moving between statelines (climates), then it's critical to check your tire pressure and tread depth at least once a month. Check your tires for everything! Look for cracks (on [...]

6 Coca Cola Hacks Truckers Can Use

Life Hacks for Truck Drivers
Coca Colacoca cola hacks for truckersTruck drivers are constantly on the move and rely on tools that keep them going. Coca Cola, while being an enjoyable beverage, can also make time on the road much easier. Keep reading to discover the top Coca Cola hacks. 1) Pain reliever for insect bites and stings For truck drivers, summer brings longer days, beautiful scenery and the unforgettable “left arm tan.” Most importantly the season brings out insects. When bitten or stung by an insect, your skin is broken and injected with venom. It is normal to have a small amount of swelling, redness, pain, and itching at the site of the bite. Pouring Coke over a fresh sting or bite can help to neutralize the pain. 2) Defrost your windshield
Distracted DrivingThe American Trucking Association (ATA) is calling attention to the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month by offering advice and insight from the elite professional truck drivers who make up ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program.  Since 1986, the Share The Road program has been teaching the public how to share the road with large tractor trailer trucks. The program’s goal is to change driving behavior so that we can save lives.Distracted Driving Awareness Month began in 2014 when the U.S. Department of Transportation noticed an increase in distracted driving and sought to bring awareness to the issue. Many organizations throughout the country are dedicated to improving highway safety. The ATA recognizes Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an impactful method to bring devotion to this cause, specifically among younger drivers.Share the Road professional truck drivers have enco [...]

Tractor Trailer Recycling NJosephOn Feb. 16, at 4:25 p.m., agents watched a white semi-truck with “New Evolution Trucking” name on it enter the yard. The California Department of Justice’s Recycling Fraud Team conducted an investigation into a North Las Vegas storage yard. 

During the investigation they watched the truck as it left at approximately 10:42 p.m. and called for assistance from California Highway Patrol. The driver took a route which would miss the Yermo California Department of Food and Agriculture border checkpoint in.

BUILDING146-1024x417We’re a family owned and operated business that believes in delivering the best value to our customers and employees. After working for many years in the towing industry, the Rudiger Family opened East Coast Auto Transport, Inc. Our company entered the auto-transport venture in 1995 hauling cars all over the East Coast of the United States. We quickly realized the demand for direct sales of auto-transport vehicles and pioneered the way as a full service dealership and auto-transport company in 1997. Upon re-branding to East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales we've gained a floodgate of positive consumer responses.We had a vision of what it would be like to properly handle the needs of all tow operators and truck drivers. This vision is what inspires us to excel everyday. As a family owned and operated company, we encouraged you to

Driver Turnover Rates at Large LTLs up 100% as Small Carriers See Improvement

The Driver Shortage Numbers May Spell Trouble For Bigger Companies

It seems that the driver shortage is finally turning around for smaller carriers while larger companies continue to face high driver turnover rates.  It was reported that the annual turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose 13 points to 100% in the third quarter of 2015, according to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. Adversely the rate at smaller truck load carriers has since dropped to 68%, making it the lowest since the final quarter in 2011.

In an earlier post we referenced CEO of Covenant Transport Group, David Parker’s remarks at a town hall style discussion on the auto transport industry.

“I don’t care if you’re running 50 trucks or 5,000, you have a driver problem,” says Parker.

The statement followed a long discussion on driver retention techniques and idea farming for better management-driver relations.

Many took to social media to chime in on the conversation, offering their views on the shortage.

Great New Years Resolutions for Truckers

New Year. New Goals. New You!

Happy New Year Truckers and All! – Resolutions are a great way to spring into the new year. They help us feel in control, refreshed and empowered. It doesn’t matter if you have one or many goals… It only matters that we set forth the effort to accomplish them, this is also called trying, easier said than done. Show of thumbs – How many unfinished resolutions from 2015 did you tack on to the 2016 list?

Don’t feel bad. Although 45% of Americans set these goals with a determined can-do attitude many fall short. 


8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions –

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015 1 Lose Weight 2 Getting Organized 3 Spend Less, Save More 4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest 5 Staying Fit and Healthy 6 Learn Something Exciting 7 Quit Smoking 8 Help Others in Their Dreams 9 Fall in Love 10

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Choose From Many Trucking Designs
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Mobile Parts Truck

Bringing You Everything You Need for the Towing and Car Hauling Industries!

Mobile Parts TruckThis rigged up Freightliner mobile parts truck hits the pavement December 1st and will be fully stocked with the same great industry trusted brands we sell online. This mobile parts store is equipped with everything you need in the towing and auto transport industries.

Is Your Diesel Truck Ready For The Cold?

Follow these essential winterization tips for a profitable season

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Is Your Diesel Truck Ready For The Cold?
Follow these essential winterization tips for a profitable season
By: Nia Joseph Top It Off
The most basic maintenance step for any vehicle is an oil change. In diesel trucks, you benefit by following the manufacturer recommended change times. Diesel fuel contains paraffin, which causes it to gel up as it gets cooler. Using anti-gelling additives will help to counteract this. Engine
Diesel engines are much harder to start in the winter because they require higher cylinder temperatures than gasoline powered engines. You can use a block heater to regulate engine temperature, such as the battery powered no idle [...]

The Driver Shortage is Real!

Executives Discuss Truck Driver Retention at CCJ Market Movers Meeting


CCJ Market Movers is a town-hall style meeting held each Thursday at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. What was the hot topic of this meeting? You guessed it – the auto transport industry’s truck driver shortage and retention techniques.

Volvo Truck Recalls Will Affect Over 4,000 Vehicles

Tractor's Trailer Hand Brake Issue Could Cause Fire

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Volvo North America is recalling over 4,000 VNL, VNM and VAH truck models ranging from the years 2012-2015 with hand brake issues and defective steering drag links. 

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