Posts Tagged ‘trucking’

4 Benefits of Automatic Transmissions

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
4 Benefits of Automatic Transmissions

In recent years, there has been a slow but definite push toward automatic transmissions in trucking.

Ever since the very beginning of the trucking industry, drivers have been manually shifting through gears. The training for a CDL heavily emphasizes learning to shift properly. Some states have even made shifting a part of their exams. However, just because things have always be done a certain way doesn’t mean they should always been done that way. Trucking is no different. In recent years, there has been a slow but definite push toward automatic transmissions in trucking. There are several reasons for this change. Here are just a few of them. (more…)

How to See Past the Negativity and Start Your Truck Driving Career

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
How to See Past the Negativity and Start Your Truck Driving Career

It takes a special kind of person to really succeed as a truck driver.

There are good and bad things about any career, and truck driving is no different. It takes a special kind of person to really succeed as a truck driver. You should be hard-working, resourceful, and dedicated to safety. You should also be very comfortable being alone. Sometimes truckers are driving by themselves for very long periods of time. Truck driving is not for everyone, and the ones who fail tend to scare prospective drivers away. You really shouldn’t let them bother you if truck driving is something you really want to do. After all, how will you really know unless you try for yourself? (more…)

Tips for Surviving Your First 6 Months as a Truck Driver

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Tips for Surviving Your First 6 Months as a Truck Driver

When you’re just starting out as a brand-new truck driver, it can be a tough life.

When you’re just starting out as a brand-new truck driver, it can be a tough life. Because this first phase of your new career is likely going to be the most stressful and exhausting of all, you have to find ways to survive. How do you avoid burning out from the constant grind? We’ll look at some hard truths about the job, and how you can make it through regardless of any challenges that might come your way.  (more…)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Pre-Trip Inspections

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Conducting pre-trip inspections should be routine for every trucker.

The most important part of the day for any truck driver is the pre-trip inspection. In fact, driving a healthy vehicle is the only way you should ever drive. Therefore, making sure that you have all the proper inspections completed before you take your trip will ensure that you are safe on the long road ahead. There are some common inspections that can sometimes be overlooked, so it’s imperative that you make sure to look for these specific issues before deciding to head out on the road. (more…)

Answering Common Questions Motorists Have For Truck Drivers

Friday, December 30th, 2016
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More often than not, these drivers find themselves inconvenienced by the maneuvers truckers make on the road, and have probably cursed the driver for making such a move.

It’s not exactly uncommon for a car motorist to claim they hate truck drivers.  More often than not, these drivers find themselves inconvenienced by the maneuvers truckers make on the road, and have probably cursed the driver for making such a move.  But every truck driver is constantly calculating the best moves, and has the important conviction to keep everyone safe.  If you’ve ever wanted to ask a trucker, “Why on Earth do you do that?” then this blog is for you.


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How to Stay Healthy While On the Road

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
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Healthy eating typically falls to the bottom of the list, but it’s surprisingly easy to stay healthy on the road with only a little bit of work.

Driving a truck day after day means worrying about tons of things—whether it’s traffic, how much weight you’re hauling, or whether or not you’ll reach your destination on time. Healthy eating typically falls to the bottom of the list, but it’s surprisingly easy to stay healthy on the road with only a little bit of work. Here are some of the best ways to keep healthy habits while you’re on the road.

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Protect Yourself From Attempted Insurance Fraud

Friday, November 11th, 2016
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There’s a new, dangerous trend sweeping the nation’s driving scene. Drivers are purposefully swerving in front of truck drivers and slamming on their brakes.

There’s a new, dangerous trend sweeping the nation’s driving scene.  Drivers are purposefully swerving in front of truck drivers and slamming on their brakes.  Dozens of dash cam videos from truck drivers show that these drivers are purposefully endangering themselves, and brake checking when there are others on the road.  Why are they doing this?  Insurance fraud.  These drivers hope to blame truck drivers for a fender bender, and make the truckers pay for monetary damages.  Here’s how you can protect yourself from this damaging phenomenon.

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The Real Dangers of Texting and Trucking

Friday, September 30th, 2016
While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

It’s always tempting to look at your cell phone when you’re driving, especially when your commute depends on weather and traffic conditions.  On a time constraint?  A rainstorm can mean the difference between arriving late and showing up on time.  And our phones are second nature, now; we look at them every chance we get.  While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.  Curious about the risks?  Read on.


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CSA Scores: The Latest

Friday, March 20th, 2015

CSA- ScoresOver the past week, the House of Representatives received a bill that requests to pull the CSA scores from the view of the public eye. The bill also included the call to improve the CSA program while also making changes to help with law enforcement on the roads. The trucking industry has come together over this cause in hopes of changing the CSA scores and the algorithm used to generate said scores. The industry feels as though these scores are being used in a way that is unjust and unfair.

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What is being done with the Truck Parking Shortage?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
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There’s a truck parking shortage in Maryland and through out the Nation. How will the truck industry address the shortage on quality truck parking? Truck drivers want secure and convenient truck parking.

To address the issue of truck parking shortage, the Maryland Department of Transportation is collecting data to identify ways to properly address the parking shortage.

The primary parking area the Maryland Department of Transportation would like to focus on is the I-83 truck parking. This parking area stretches from I-695 Baltimore Beltway to Pennsylvania border.

To help with the data collection, you can take an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VRSMDVM . The survey has only 10 questions for carriers in the area to answer.

The Federal Highway Administration and The American Trucking Associations are partnering to collect the survey data related to the parking shortage.

One survey is geared to motor carriers, known as the Trucking Industry Professionals. The other survey is directed to truck drivers. The surveys were collected on April 18th. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make your input matter on something that affects the entire trucking industry. Be heard. Your voice matters.

You can also keep your trucks and drivers safe on the road by enrolling in our Road Rescue Service program. You can read about all the great benefits of Road Rescue in our article ‘ Middleton & Meads Introduces New Road Rescue Service.

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