You do not want to miss this year's North American Commercial Vehicle Show. This amazing commercial trade show is coming around the bend to Atlanta from October 28 to 31, 2019. At East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales, it's our first time exhibiting at NACV, and we are ready for the fun! NACV is the [...]
Before Inspection Reminder -09/10/2019 To help you better prepare for this week-long inspection spree we went directly to the source, the CVSA, to bring you helpful resources and educational materials. There's also plenty of additional information worth checking out on the CVSA website. Download and Print these CVSA Resources to Brush-up on Your Brake Knowledge: [...]
What inspectors will be looking for during CVSA’s Brake Safety Week
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-22 with a focus on brake hoses and tubing, and if the results of June’s 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz are any indicator, trouble lies ahead for many operators. CVSA placed 12,019 trucks and 2,784 drivers out of service, accounting for [...]
The CVSA Brake Safety Week Rundown: --9/8/19 The trucking world is all about dates so here are a few more to keep in mind: CVSA 2019 Brake Safety Week is September 15-21. That’s right, we’re only one month out from the CVSA truck inspection frenzy. Are you prepared?? During brake safety week, law enforcement officials will [...]
Take a Minute, Thank a Driver It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
09/08/2019 It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the time of year when motor carriers and others connected to trucking make a special effort to recognize the professionals who keep the freight moving. Throughout the week, special events will take place to honor them, and many of those events will feature food. Lots of it. So [...]
Mark your calendar, Brake Safety Week is Sept. 15-21
CVSA Brake Safety Week Targets Hoses, Tubing -09/05/2019 The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-21. Throughout that week, enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be restricted from [...]
NTDAW Makes Big-League Move With Trucking Day at Nationals Park
-08/22/2019 If you’ve ever enjoyed nachos or a hot dog at baseball game, you have a truck driver to thank for transporting it. On Sept. 13, American Trucking Associations will do just that as it honors truck drivers during a major league baseball game on Trucking Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The event [...]
Winning trucking company strategies for owner-ops -08/02/2019 A detailed, thoughtfully written business plan is more than just an outline from which to start a business. It’s the guide you use to be successful. Following is a list of solid reasons why a trucking company needs to have a business plan. Set specific objectives. To correctly [...]
How Transportation Professionals Can Limit Liability -07/24/2019 Anyone even loosely involved in the transportation industry is familiar with the increased demand and rapid growth of the last few years. For example, motor carriers are busier than ever. The booming economy has increased the amount of freight needing to be transported, so transportation companies report they [...]
Driver Behavior Still Causes Over 88% Of Large Truck Crashes 07/12/2019 Driver behavior is the reason for over 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes1. Despite the evidence, many commercial and passenger vehicle drivers continue to partake in risky driving. The impact of these behaviors – such as [...]
Yes, That Nationwide Driver Crackdown Is Just A Few Days Away
Emphasis for This Year’s Driver Enforcement Campaign Is Speeding 07/12/2019 You’ve got just a few more days to get yourself ready for a weeklong driver-focused enforcement campaign. This year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will be held on July 14 — 20 throughout North America. The emphasis for this year’s [...]
Drivers Who Ignore Va.’s Move Over law Could Face Harsher Punishment
July 1st Virginia's Move Over Law Just Toughened The Penalties There are just a few of the hundreds of new laws going into effect on July 1st in the Commonwealth. But there are two super important ones that Virginia Auto Transport drivers need to know. 1. Failure to Move Over for Emergency Vehicles Is Reckless Driving Virginia has had a "Move Over Law" that requires [...]
Sleep Apnea & Safe Driving The Truckers & Turnover Project, led by Stephen Burks, with the University of Minnesota Morris, has earned the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies 2019 Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award for researching commercial drivers and untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In the study, the research team identified that non-adherent drivers [...]
Beating The Blitz: Highway Patrol Shares Inspection Tips Ahead Of CVSA Roadcheck Blitz
Make Sure All Of The Axles Are Aligned Properly, Not Just The Steer https://youtu.be/zyTqzQc_tCM 5-30-19 Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Bobby Simmons is hunched over in the inspection pit at the Sneads weigh station on I-10 as he grabs the Freightliner’s steering tie rod and checks it for a tight fit. He inspects tie [...]
Truck driving jobs mean you live in your truck, and living in your truck means you need to pack it all! The essentials, entertainment options and work related items for a smooth ride. With this checklist, you’ll be able to pack the important stuff! Infographic courtesy of CDL Jobs
How systematic are you in your maintenance process?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it is gathering information on the role of maintenance in vehicle safety. One area FMCSA wants to focus on is understanding what is meant by “systematic.” Current regulations say that fleets must have programs to “systematically inspect, repair and maintain” trucks. However, there is no clear-cut definition [...]
What does PM (preventive maintenance) really mean?
What does PM really mean? In some cases it means lights out, afternoon, or even after dark — as in post-meridian. But in other cases, "PM" is surrounded by a lack of understanding at a moment in time. It is clear that PM has different meanings to each person responsible for managing or performing the preventive maintenance process. Therefore, [...]
HOW TO BUY AND MAINTAIN WIRE ROPE FOR YOUR TOW TRUCK
Wire rope is the lifeline of your tow truck. We’ll help you understand the terminology, construction and ratings of wire rope. We’ll also give you advice on what type of rope to buy, how to attach it to a hook without losing towing capacity, how to inspect and maintain it, how to prevent damage, and [...]
Air disc brakes (ADB) continue to grow in popularity, and there are a number of reasons for this. Improved safety, shorter stopping distances, consistent stopping power and more efficient maintenance practices all help to lower both the cost per mile as well as vehicle downtime. As an example, the estimated time for a wheel-end drum [...]
You can’t prevent or ignore temperatures below zero, ice, snow, sleet, deicing chemicals. You can, however, spend time before bad weather sets in getting your trucks ready for winter’s onslaught and then pay extra attention to a few specific areas during the winter. If you follow these tips, winter is likely to be less harsh for you. [...]
5 ways to prep for the downturn: With the economy cooling, owner-operators must be ready for leaner times
The final quarter of 2018 presented more mixed results for freight indicators than the roar of late 2017 and the first half of 2018. Still, rates remained near historic highs as trucking capacity held tight. As the year ended, the economy appeared stable despite that lull. Little risk of a recession looms for 2019, with [...]
Truckers with depression find hope and others to listen online
Veteran driver Michael Suson came home one day and told his wife that a colleague had shot himself dead. The driver had suffered from depression. Suson, who had been driving for over 25 years knew about truckers and their high incidence of depression – he also suffered its effects – but until about four years ago, he [...]
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every day, thousands of emergency responders put their lives on the line to save others. While the rapid response is crucial, several workers have died over the years in the line of duty. More than 500 people die in traffic crashes every year in Maryland. Dozens of emergency responders have been killed or [...]
Imagine visiting the dentist for what you think is a quick pain fix and ending up in a hospital emergency room?
Dr. Thomas Roemer, the dentist at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, has seen it too many times. His practice is 95% emergency, drop-in care, but too often it’s beyond any dental intervention.
“My biggest advice to truck drivers is to keep themselves out of a medical emergency by making sure a dental problem doesn’t turn into a medical problem…I’m not here to say to [most of my patients], ‘Hey, you need to get your teeth cleaned and examined.’ We’re beyond that. It’s a situation where they have to get some kind of care to try to stay out the medical emergency room. I know I keep saying ‘medical, but there’s a handful of guys over the years I’ve sent to the hospital because I can’t even […]
Winter trucking safety tips for truckers: driving a tractor-trailer in serious winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all drivers, especially big rig drivers. Too many drivers on the highways do not alter their driving skills, when driving in poor weather conditions, on snow-covered or icy roads. Good maneuvering and skid control skills [...]
Chilly days out there this winter across America—it's the perfect time for stuff on a truck to break, and you really don't want it to. Trucking is an industry where the work always gets done, no matter the challenges – and there are many challenges. Staying on top of new legislation and regulation, monitoring new technologies and their benefits, and creating a [...]
Tesla wraps matte black Semi prototype in stunning red amid continued road tests
Tesla is yet to provide any details behind its decision to change the color of one of its Semi test mules. That said, the new wrap does make the vehicle stand out more, resulting in more visibility for the upcoming all-electric long-hauler. With such an eye-popping color scheme, after all, the vehicle would likely catch [...]
5 tips for truckers away from home for the holidays
It’s rarely easy to be away from friends and family during Christmas or New Year’s, but there are things drivers can do to make the holidays more full of cheer. Few people want to be at work during the holidays. But for many truckers, that is their fate this time of year as they work [...]
Each year, Trucker Path compiles a list of the Top 100 Truck Stops in the United States and Canada as rated by truckers, for truckers. The multi-dimensional app utilizes crowd-sourcing technology to make it easy for users to not only view, but also report parking space availability and weigh station statuses throughout the United States [...]
Hurricane Michael relief drivers exempt from HOS rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) has exempted motor carriers and drivers involved in Hurricane Michael relief efforts in eight states from Hours of Service and other parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, or FMCSRs, in an extended regional emergency declaration. “Catastrophic Hurricane Michael continues to intensify as it approaches the Florida Panhandle," AccuWeather [...]
Catching fatigue and distractions before they happen
Driving a truck is a difficult and often grueling job. That is why many drivers wrongly believe they are supposed to be tired, said Al LaCombe, vice present of safety and risk management for Dupré Logistics in Lafayette, LA. Dupré began addressing fatigue in 2001, when it hired Circadian Technologies to help devise a management [...]
No one likes change, but there is typically a light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least that's what over-the-road company truck drivers are hoping for when it comes time to file 2018 taxes. Many drivers itemize deductions, including per diem rate pay, supplies gear, etc and until the new laws, could expect [...]
CVSA Releases 2018 International Roadcheck Results
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released data from its 2018 International Roadcheck three-day commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement event held from June 5-7, 2018. Safety officials conducted more than 67,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections. Nearly 22 percent of vehicles that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service and about 4 percent of drivers [...]
If You Missed the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival Watch it Here
FLORENCE, S.C. – The 14th annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival will be held on Aug. 30 at the Florence Center, preceding the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 2 at Darlington Raceway.
This year Raldex Hospitality has come on board as the sponsor of the free family-friendly event that kicks off with the festival at 4 p.m. and culminates at 7 p.m. with the NASCAR transports starting the slow trek to Darlington along a route populated by cheering fans.
“We are thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s parade and festival,” said Chad Patterson, vice president of Raldex Hospitality. “While our No. 1 mission is to exceed the expectations of guests at our hotel properties, we firmly believe it’s equally as important to elevate the Florence community and surrounding areas by supporting kid-friendly, community events like the Darlington […]
Ever felt like your trucking business was careening down an ice-covered mountain in ‘Georgia overdrive’? (That’s in ‘neutral’ for the younger truckers out there.) Many of us have wondered, “What was I thinking when I bought this #%&! truck? Now what?”
Well, to make it to the bottom in one piece, you’ll need to run smart.
For the majority of truckers and small motor carriers, even as the rates have improved, costs are still increasing. We’re left wondering what catastrophe is around the next bend. How are the threatened tariffs with our nation’s trading partners going to impact the freight we haul? And how can we plan for it?
As any great football coach knows, when the team’s behind and the opposition is first and goal on the 10-yard-line, he must return to the basics to turn the game around. We need to do the same—return to the basics of trucking, the basics of how […]
Free hot dogs available Wednesday at Pilot Flying J, Love’s
Pilot Flying J and Love’s Travel Stops will be offering truckers free hot dogs Wednesday to celebrate National Hot Dog Day.
For PFJ, drivers will find an offer for a free hot dog or roller grill item in the myPilot mobile app on Wednesday, July 18.
Love’s is partnering with Schwab Meat Co. to give customers free hot dogs or roller grill items the same day by showing a barcode that will be found on the Love’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Truck drivers have a higher-than-average risk for diabetes, which affects over 30 million Americans. That’s largely because the sedentary nature of truck driving contributes to obesity and lack of physical activity, which increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
DIABETES TYPES. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, occurs when the body develops insulin resistance and is unable to use insulin properly. This causes an inability to regulate blood glucose levels properly, causing levels of blood glucose, or sugar, to rise too high.
Only about 5 percent of people who have diabetes have Type 1 diabetes, which is not as straightforward as Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes typically is diagnosed in children and young adults, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is considered to be caused by an immune reaction in which the body attacks itself. Family history and age are considered risk factors.
SYMPTOMS. Frequent thirst and excessive urination […]
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, contains numerous changes that will affect individuals, as well as businesses large and small. The new tax law has both good and bad news for company drivers but mostly good news for owner-operators and fleet operators.
Owner Operators – Sole Proprietors or S-Corporations
Self-employed individuals and companies will get the same deduction they have always had in the past. Owner-operators will still be able to take a per diem for meals and incidentals, just as they have in the past, since they are in business for themselves, and those costs are deductible business expenses. The new law also implements a 20 percent deduction on net business profits of Pass-Throughs which includes S corporation or sole proprietorship to non-corporate taxpayers, […]
Most commercial drivers do not like the mention of DOT inspections, but it doesn’t have to be so hard if you know what’s expected of you. It is advisable to be conversant with the different requirements needed during the various levels of a DOT inspection. A DOT inspection is a routine annual checkup for all commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weighing over 10,000 pounds to ascertain their safety on the road.
Here is what all commercial drivers should know about a DOT inspection:
Have your paperwork ready During a level 1 inspection, the driver should be ready for a full DOT inspection and hence have their paperwork near as […]
With the world’s seemingly unending obsession with technology automation, it should come as no surprise that companies are leading the trucking industry into the future with the development of self-driving technology. In the sweep of advancements that are changing the way we live, work, and play, the trucking industry won’t be left behind. So, how far away are we from self-driving trucks?
Experts are suggesting that self-driving trucks may surface even before self-driving taxis. And although it is predicted that we are at least a decade away from completely autonomous self-driving trucks, several companies have thrown their hat into the ring, and are investing billions of dollars to make this concept a reality.
Fire Extinguishers are Required Safety Equipment in Your Truck(s)!
Fire extinguishers are required by law on all trucks, truck tractors, and buses – except those in driveaway-towaway operations. Per the Code of Federal Regulations 393.95:
A power unit that is used to transport hazardous materials in a quantity that requires placarding (see 177.823) must be equipped with a fire extinguisher having an Underwriters’ Laboratories rating of 10 B:C or more.
A power unit that is not used to transport hazardous materials must be equipped with either:
A fire extinguisher having an Underwriters’ Laboratories rating of 5 B:C or more
Two fire extinguishers, each of which has an Underwriters’ Laboratories rating of 4 B:C or more
The fire extinguisher(s) must be filled and located so that it is readily available for use. The extinguisher(s) must be securely mounted to prevent sliding, rolling, or vertical movement relative to the motor vehicle.
Not only should you be carrying and mounting fire extinguishers as […]
OK, so how many of you are thinking about your fifth wheel right now? Probably not many, right? Well like everything else on your truck, it needs maintenance. Here’s a list to help you check your fifth wheel and make sure you’re good to go.
First, you’re going to need to clean the gunk off that fifth wheel. Some folks go so far as to steam clean it; others simply scrape and clean it with a brush and solvent. You should know that steam cleaning is recommended not only for the top plate, but the jaws and legs, as well.
Next you’re going to inspect the upper area and edges for any damage. This can simply be wear and tear, or something more excessive – like missing parts or cracks. You’re going […]
You know your company has the very best product and/or service in the industry; however, no one seems to know this but you. In this era of frenzied business competition, how do you make sure people know what you do for your customers? Of the many forms of advertising and marketing, only one can change how someone “feels” about your company. Only one speaks to people, because it’s by a real person. Your best salesperson should tell your story. You need your customers to share their stories – you need customer reviews, testimonials, and recommendations. With these references, you are now the star, instead of simply another player on the field.
There is no doubt that it can be difficult to get great customer reviews – if you simply […]
As the deadline for truckers to switch from paper logs to electronic logging devices nears, the heated discussion about ELD Compliance between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and truckers continues.
With under 12 weeks to go until the deadline, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition that is asking for the mandate to be delayed for two more years.The delay would occur as a result of passing the ELD Extension Act of 2017 (HR 3282).
OOIDA is calling for a delay in the implementation of the mandate due to concerns surrounding the reliability of self-certified ELDs, connectivity issues in rural areas, cyber-security vulnerabilities, and the availability of data for law enforcement.
OOIDA argues that the mandate can be delayed without any negative consequences as well due to […]
For some of us, it sure doesn’t feel like summer is over – but it’s already here! Here are a few autumn safety tips for preparing your truck(s) in advance of the cold weather:
Leaves on the Road
While the fall foliage is breathtaking enough to bring tourists out in droves, they’re sure to be a pain once they hit the pavement. Especially after it rains, they can stick to the pavement and cause slippery conditions. […]
ELD Data Collection May Help Truckers Avoid Roadside Inspections
Mention ELDs in any freight yard or truck stop and you are bound to hear to a wide array of opinions from those that praise them to those whose language is best left out of print. The fact is that they are with us to stay and thanks to some of the data mining experts at ‘Keep Truckin‘, you might find they are a more valuable asset than you would have ever believed.No one in the trucking industry, carrier or driver, benefits from time spent going through roadside inspections, especially, a time-consuming Level 1 inspections.
‘Keep Truckin’ has discovered by carefully studying information collected by their units that the risk of being subjected to this nuisance can be greatly reduced.
ELD Mandate Update: FMCSA Gives Further Detail about ‘Grandfather Clause’
According to a guidance issued in February by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Automatic Onboard Recording Devices can be used to remain compliant with the Electronic Logging Device mandate until December 16, 2019. The two-year extension is due to the “grandfather clause” that is included in the ELD mandate.
However, the grandfather clause comes with a couple stipulations: • In order to qualify for the December 2019 extension, new commercial vehicles installed with an AOBRD must replace an old vehicle. If an older vehicle is not being replaced, the newer vehicle must be installed with an ELD instead. • New vehicles purchased after December 18, 2017 must be installed with an ELD. After December 18, 2017, it does not matter if an old vehicle is being replaced.
Electronic Logging Devices: Cummins Debuts its ELD App
Renowned engine manufacturer, Cummins, has just released a new software platform entitled ZED Connect. While it is owned by Cummins, the engine manufacturer has decided to establish ZED Connect as a separate company. ZED Connect’s new app aims to function as an electronic logging device (ELD) that is fully compliant with the upcoming U.S. Department of Transportation ELD mandate, which states that all drivers must begin using electronic logging devices to track their hours of service on or before Dec. 18, 2017.
The platform also includes a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone app that allows for “plug-and-play” functionality with a truck’s ECM system. This new platform targets small fleets and owner-operators. Using the ECM connection and the smartphone app, drivers and owner-operators are able to track hours of service. The service […]
SmartLINQ – Peterbilt’s Built-In Monitoring System
SmartLINQ is a factory installed diagnostic system in all new Peterbilt trucks – including all of the new Petes on our lot!! – and it is designed to help you stay on the road. SmartLINQ helps drivers, fleet owners, and vehicle service and maintenance coordinators by remotely keeping track of engine and aftertreatment diagnostic codes, notifying the appropriate parties of problems that need to be addressed, and instantly giving the driver an easy to understand alert with directions on how to proceed.
The online portal for SmartLINQ, through PACCAR, allows the fleet owner or truck maintenance person to view all of the fleet’s trucks color coded to show their current engine health, allows for customized notifications 24/7/365 of alerts from trucks, and tracks the vehicles through North America.
U.S. Senate to Consider Bill Opposing Increases in FET
A new bill has been introduced to U.S. Congress that will seek to repeal the federal excise tax (FET), which is at present 12 percent. The FET on heavy duty trucks dates back to 1917 when it was introduced to defray the cost of World War I. The tax on new heavy duty trucks later grew from 3 percent in 1917 up to the 12 percent we see today.
The 12 percent FET on the purchase of heavy duty trucks is a burdensome tax – higher than taxes for all other vehicles, and when combined with recent federal emissions and fuel-economy mandates, can add up to thousands of extra dollars when purchasing a new truck. At its present 12 percent, the FET depresses heavy duty truck sales and, as a result, slows companies from replacing […]
Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD) Will Take Effect in December 2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that starting on December 16, 2017, truck operators will be required to use electronic logging devices to record their duty status. This electronic logging device mandate was first published in the Federal Register in December of 2015, but the FMCSA opted to give operators and carriers time to comply.
Although drivers will not need to maintain paper logs after the mandate, supporting documentation will be required in order for their carriers to keep the records on file.
Why did the FMCSA pass this rule?
The FMCSA predicts that this new rule will save at least 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries in the industry every year. Due to the amount of time saved because of the decrease in paperwork, over $1 billion is expected to be saved by the […]
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Imagine working in an industry that makes the “Deadliest Catch” fishing industry seem like a cruise ship vacation. If you’re reading this, chances are good you already do. As a tow driver you work in an industry where you’re practically invisible – until it’s almost too late. In some states, you’re also invisible to the law telling people to slow down and move over when passing an incident or emergency on the highway.
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 [...]
Cargo 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 that car hauler at […]
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 […]
Scenario 1 This 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 2 It’s a late-night repo. You need to get this car out of a “blocked” situation quickly, and [...]
Get Summer Preventative Maintenance Plans. Walk-ins Welcomed. Monday - Saturday. 757-465-2200 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 [...]
Truck 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 [...]
The 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 Stopped In Second Recycle Fraud Attempt
On 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.
A History of Dedication You Can Count OnOur Background Is Your Background We’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 [...]
Driver Turnover Rates at Large LTLs up 100% as Small Carriers See Improvement
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.
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 – Statisticbrain.com
RankTop 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 […]
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 Nite Phoenix system offered at East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales. Check all intake pre-heats and glow […]
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.
Beyond the Wash – Detailing for Car Haulers & More
Amazing Need-to-Know Detailing Practices
Every dedicated truck driver knows and feels the love that I am about to express. This is not just a truck you say. Maybe you have a nickname for your truck; Mickey the Hi-Roller, Cab-Stabber or Buddy. For many truckers this is the lovable machine they wake up to at the crack of diesel dawn.
Drastically Extend the Oil Drain Intervals for Your Rig
Every 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 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 reduce the wear on your engine. This isn’t new technology. Having been around for close to twenty years, this […]