Avoid These Common New Trucker Mistakes

Beginning a new career is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. People love or hate their jobs and will freely offer their advice either way. Trucking is no different. The allure of the open road is too much for some people to ignore, but reality doesn’t always meet fantasy. Like with any career, truckers just starting out trick over several common stumbling blocks. Some of those blocks are due to poor advice and some can be chalked up to an…


Gillian Pritchett Awarded Victims of Drunk Driving Scholarship

Atlanta, Ga. – Encore Protection is proud to announce Gillian Pritchett as the winner of the 2018 Victims of Drunk Driving Scholarship, worth $1,000. This scholarship is awarded to one qualified student who is the victim of a drunk driving accident, is the child or dependent of a victim, or is the spouse of a victim. Gillian has been the victim of two drunk driving accidents, one when she was 8 years old, and the other when she was 10….


How to Choose an Electronic Logging Device

If you are required to keep a log, pay close attention. By the end of the year, you will need to have an electronic logging device installed and working. All fleets and their drivers will be mandated to be in full compliance with the government’s new laws by December 19. Part of those laws require that drivers are using a compliant ELD. Before you run out and buy an ELD, you should know what they are required to do. A…


How to Make Your Cab More Comfortable for the Long Haul

If you are a truck driver, you know how many long hours you spend on the road. If you are uncomfortable in your cab, they can feel even longer. Hours and days spent sitting behind the wheel can wreak havoc on your neck, back and hips if you aren’t careful. The good news is, with a bit of thought and consideration, you can make your cab much more comfortable. If you follow these five tips for a healthier driving lifestyle,…


Why Self-Driving Truck Technology is the Future

Driving down the highway, you will pass at least one big rig. Semi trucks are the traditional method of freight transport in the United States, and we are used to sharing our roads with drivers who hold CDLs. Are you positive there was a driver in the last semi you saw? If you were in Arizona, there may not have been. The Future of Self-Driving Trucks Self-driving truck technology is the way of the future, and the future is here…


Trucker Safety Tips for Icy Roads

Driving on ice-covered roads can be a harrowing experience for anyone. Whether you are brand new behind the wheel of a big rig or have been driving for years, traveling on slick roads can be risky. Use the following tips to stay as safe as possible for what remains of the winter. Preparation Is Key You look out the window just before you take off. The skies look clear and you think you’re good to go. Don’t be that person….


Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with These Exercises for Truckers

You have all the best intentions to stick with your New Year’s resolution. You’ve noticed that you’ve put on a few pounds since you started driving across the open road, and now is the time to drop the weight. It seems like a good plan, but the more you think about it, the more you realize just how difficult it could be. After all, you’re still going to be driving a truck on a tight schedule for most of the…


Could These Recent Trucking Regulations Be Rolled Back Soon?

The trucking industry and those who work within it are poised for change. Truckers last week staged a national protest trying to derail efforts by the administration to pass a regulation that would require electronic devices to be installed on trucks. These devices will track the number of hours spent on the road, and truckers want to know why paper logbooks aren’t good enough. The problem isn’t necessarily that truckers want to drive more hours than they are legally permitted,…


Be Sure to Keep Track of These Tax Deductions as a Truck Driver

It doesn’t matter what occupation you are in. You want to do everything you can throughout the year to ensure you get a bigger tax refund. If you are a truck driver, saving receipts is one of the best thing you can do for yourself. You can deduct things like meal and travel expenses, insurance costs and vehicle expenses. Read on to discover what you should be keeping track of.   1. Travel Expenses If you want to deduct travel…


Eating Healthy on the Road as a Trucker

It’s hard to eat healthy on the road. It’s far easier to grab a bag of chips and munch while you are driving. Pulling into a greasy spoon and eating a quick meal makes life simple. Unfortunately, if you aren’t watching what you eat while traveling the roads of America, you are making yourself unhealthy. It’s the truth. Even if you aren’t gaining weight, the damage done to your body by eating junk food and fatty meals can wreck your…