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  There are very specific regulations set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding truck drivers as it relates to high blood pressure (hypertension) and medical certification. If a driver is diagnosed with hypertension they may be disqualified from driving. Hypertension is defined as a systolic (higher number) reading of 160 or above and a diastolic […]

  The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have set forth regulations and best practices for ensuring that all drivers, including truck drivers, do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To best deter drug and alcohol use, they are testing individuals on a random basis. Random […]

  As an independent owner-operator, you may not realize how many accidents occur at truck stops. Many truck stops were built in the 1970s when trucks were smaller and there were fewer trucks on the road. Today, there are more commercial trucks in transit at any given time and they are larger in size. On […]

  For many on-the-road truck drivers trying to lose weight, a sweet tooth can be a force that overpowers the best of intentions. Believe it or not, it is possible to satisfy a craving for sweets without going overboard or tossing your weight loss goals out the door. If you find it hard to resist the […]

  Smartphones are impressive devices, enabling truck drivers to place calls, send texts, access the internet, send and receive emails, keep track of your schedule in your calendar and stay on route with GPS – no doubt you use your phone in many ways to benefit your job and your life. Today, there are hundreds […]

  Underride crashes, likely some of the most fatal accidents of all types on today’s highways, are when a vehicle collides with a semi-truck and gets lodged underneath. Two mothers who have lost daughters to truck underride collisions are working to raise awareness about this issue.   Truck underrides are the bars on the back […]

  Healthy living when you’re an over-the-road truck driver – is it even possible? The answer is, Yes! There are many drivers that have dedicated themselves to getting in shape while on the road. The best strategy for getting healthy is to find a specific diet and exercise plan that works for you. It can […]

  Fatigue can have deadly consequences for truck drivers. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16.5% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. involve a fatigued driver. In 2012, a truck driver was sentenced to 5 years in prison because he fell asleep while driving his truck […]

  It can be so tempting to eat fast foods when your workplace is on the road. Fast foods satisfy that instant gratification need that we all feel when we get super-hungry. Most fast foods are junk foods. Junk foods are of little nutritional value and often high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. Prolonged […]

Owner operators need to transition from winter tire maintenance to summer tire inspection. Though winter conditions are more dangerous when it comes to driving, and truck tire performance is critical, summer tire inspection is still a must. Winter takes a toll on truck tires, as salt and grime buildup adversely impact tire performance during the […]

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