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Tips for Preventing Tire Blowouts

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Tips for Preventing Tire Blowouts
A tire blowing out is one of the worst things that can happen to any vehicle. But tire blowouts for long haul truckers are an entirely different animal.

A tire blowing out is one of the worst things that can happen to any vehicle. Any time this happens, it results in a few moments of panic followed by interminable waiting and frustration while the tow arrives and hopefully brings you a spare if you don’t have one. But tire blowouts for long haul truckers are an entirely different animal.

Inflate the Tires

First, don’t underestimate how important it is to keep the tires inflated to their correct levels. More than 20% of truck fleets have at least one truck that is below the amount of pressure it needs for its tires by 20 psi or more. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, when it comes to avoiding tire blowouts, it really is. Underinflation is the culprit for 80% of tire blowouts. Checking the tire pressure every week is a smart move, especially if the truck has been going on multiple long trips lately.

Balance Them

Once the tires are inflated, they also need to be balanced. When the tires aren’t balanced correctly, they will wear out more quickly, which means you are spending more money than you need to on replacement tires. Even a mismatch of an inch can mean disaster. Worn out tires are more likely to fail, which is why the conditions of the tires need to be monitored as closely as the conditions under the hood that affect the engine and other ignition and emissions systems.

Keep Up with Maintenance

Finally, you need to keep up with maintenance on your truck. Every truck in your fleet needs to be well-maintained at all times. If you’re not making the most of gas mileage and tire integrity, then you could be losing business to your competitors without even knowing it. Get the tires aligned as often as possible to prevent wear and tear causing tire blowouts. Everything needs to be inspected and ensure that it is roadworthy – don’t dismiss anything as unimportant! The next tire blowout that happens could affect you, and you don’t want that to happen when you’re facing tight shipping deadlines!

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Trucking Safely in Dangerous Winter Weather Conditions

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Trucking Safely in Dangerous Winter Weather Conditions

Any combination of snow, ice, rain, fog, and high winds can happen at any time during the winter and they can create some pretty dangerous road conditions.

As a trucker, you will likely be driving in all kinds of weather conditions. There are a variety of different climates within the boundaries of the continental U.S. This time of year especially, you will need to be on the lookout for winter weather and all that brings. Any combination of snow, ice, rain, fog, and high winds can happen at any time during the winter and they can create some pretty dangerous road conditions. (more…)

Tips for Sleeping Better while On the Road

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Tips for Sleeping Better while On the Road

Sleep is a critical part of feeling good.

Sleep is a critical part of feeling good. When you’re a truck driver, you need to rest as often as you can. Here are some tips to follow the next time you hit the open road. (more…)

How to Avoid Eye Strain when Trucking at Night

Friday, December 14th, 2018

How to Avoid Eye Strain when Trucking at Night

When you do a lot of driving at night, you have a drastically increased risk of developing eye strain.

No matter what profession you’re in, eye strain is a real problem. When you do a lot of driving at night, you have a drastically increased risk of developing eye strain. All of the bright lights of headlights, signs, billboards, and even some outdoor lighting from businesses coupled with the darkness on the road can cause your eyes to struggle when trying to focus on the road. When it’s dark outside, your eyes are drawn to whatever light source they can find. All of this straining can cause headaches and migraines, and over time can cause your vision to deteriorate faster. Follow these tips to fight the effects of eye strain when driving at night. (more…)

Healthy Foods You Can Stock in Your Truck

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Healthy Food to Stock in Your Truck

A healthy lifestyle can be tough to maintain when on the road. Here are some healthy foods you can keep in your truck!

When you’re always on the road, it can be difficult to eat healthily or make changes to your diet. Luckily, there are several ways to cook on the road that allow you to make healthier choices. Keeping appliances in your truck like a rice cooker, pressure cooker, portable grill, or portable blender will make it easy to cook a variety of your own meals with minimal ingredients to keep it healthy, and homemade while on the road. Using these appliances, you can turn simple ingredients into nutritious meals that will promote a healthier lifestyle. Here are just a few foods that you should keep in your truck to make healthy meals and snacks. (more…)

Performing a Thorough Truck Safety Inspection

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Performing a Through Truck Safety Inspection

Before you can hit the road as a trucker, you need to inspect your truck.

Before you can hit the road as a trucker, you need to inspect your truck. Thorough safety inspections are essential, both before you start moving your cargo and after you have completed your most recent haul. Your truck is a complex machine where over a hundred components must work together. Three of the most important components that you will need to keep a close eye on are the lights, the tires, and your fluid systems. (more…)

Benefits of Automatic Transmission in Your Truck

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Benefits of Automatic Transmission in Your Truck

In trucking, the manual transmission is still quite prevalent.

Since the beginning of motorized transportation, drivers have been shifting through gears manually. In trucking, the manual transmission is still quite prevalent. Many states even require new drivers know how to shift correctly before they can even earn their CDL. Because manual shifting can be so difficult to learn and master, the trucking industry has slowly started to shift to the use of automatic transmission. Here are just a couple of the reasons to make the switch. (more…)

How to Avoid Seasonal Illnesses

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

How to Avoid Seasonal Illnesses

Being sick can make it very difficult to do your job.

When you’re sick, you don’t feel your best. As such, your concentration and alertness will suffer, because all you will want to do is rest. However, when you’re a truck driver, you won’t really have time to do that. (more…)

Navigating Fall Weather on the Road

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Navigating Fall Weather on the Road

Trucking, whether it’s for a short trip or the long haul, is a year-round job. It’s important to know how to drive safely in many adverse weather conditions.

Trucking, whether it’s for a short trip or the long haul, is a year-round job. You might have seen the shows where truckers drive into extreme winter weather in the harshest and most remote areas of the country. Chances are that your new trucker job won’t take you there. But here are some tips for navigating the rough fall weather while you’re on the road. (more…)

3 Easy Exercises You Can Do without a Gym

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

3 Easy Exercises You Can Do without a Gym

It is essential to your physical and overall health and well-being that you carve out a little bit of time to do at least some sort of exercise even without a gym.

As a trucker, you spend a lot of your time traveling. This doesn’t really leave a whole lot of time to maintain a membership at your local gym. It is essential to your physical and overall health and well-being that you carve out a little bit of time to do at least some sort of exercise. Here are some simple exercises to get you moving that don’t require a lot of time, or a gym membership. (more…)