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  One of the biggest challenges of being a commercial drivers is the time spent away from home. Many people, especially when they are first getting started, find homesickness to be overwhelming. When you’re on the road you are away from family, friends and your familiar life. Many would-be drivers end their careers before it […]

There has been quite a bit of focus lately in the news about natural gas and electric powered commercial vehicles. The natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are growing. Fleets need to examine the various options and then determine which fuel source is right for them. More and more companies are turning to […]

  Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are being hailed as the next generation of truck safety advancement. Truck manufacturers, regulators and technology firms believe that widespread use of emerging technologies will help reduce the high rate of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of preventable deaths in the country. An […]

  One way commercial drivers can maximize their income is by adding endorsements to their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). And one of the important endorsements truck drivers can consider is the HazMat endorsement, which can provide more load options and additional income. What Types of HazMat Materials Can A Driver Haul? There are […]

  It’s a challenge for truckers to eat healthy while out on the road. We suggest taking as many nutritious snacks as possible on every road trip. It’s less expensive, you know exactly what ingredients are in your food, it’s less hassle to grab a bite whenever you feel the urge, and you can keep […]

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the U.S. 9 people die and over 1,000 people are injured in accidents involving distracted drivers. While distracted driving is dangerous for any driver, the consequences for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are amplified due to increased vehicle weights, load dynamics […]

  Night operations are essential to the trucking industry. To competitively service customers, most trucking companies and independent owner-operators conduct a large portion of their long-haul business at night. In some respects, night driving has an advantage because there is less passenger car traffic. On the other hand, there are some unique conditions to night […]

  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 […]

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