Encore Must-Visit Restaurants for Truckers Part 2: The West

If you’re a trucker looking for a great place to stop and eat while you’re on the road, we’ve got a list for you. In part one of this series, we covered restaurants in the Eastern part of the US. Now, From diners in South Dakota to cafes in Nevada, we have compiled a list of the best places to grab a bite in the West: Great Plains 1. Hays House (Council Grove, KS) You can find Hays House on…


Must-Visit Restaurants for Truckers, Part 1: The East

Part of life on the road — in fact, life anywhere — is food. As a trucker, you have a unique opportunity to try restaurants in every part of the country. To save you a bit of time or to get your must-visit list started, we have compiled our own list of what critics, locals and visitors alike describe as some of the best restaurants in the area. Let’s start with regions east of the Mississippi. The Northeast 1. Maine…


The Best Dogs for a Life on the Road

Driving across the country is a lonely job if you don’t have anyone to share it with. The thought of taking a buddy along on the job sounds good, until you really think about it. Some truckers enjoy the peace and quiet in their cab and would prefer to not have to entertain another human for hours. Did you know you could have the best of both worlds? Company and quiet can be found in a dog. While any dog…


Proper Commercial Fleet Maintenance

Your business relies on commercial vehicles. You rely on your fleet to be up and running in proper working order around the clock. When your vehicles are grounded for repairs, you lose money. It really is that simple. By keeping your fleet maintained, your employees are able to keep working and your business keeps running. There are basic steps that you can take to keep your vehicles operating smoothly, no matter the size of your fleet. Stick to the steps…


Truck Driver Health and Wellness: Not Easy, but Necessary

Driver health is a major problem for fleet managers and companies as a whole because drivers who are unhealthy are more likely to lose their Medical Examiner’s Certificate (which, in turn, would cause them to lose their CDLs). They are also more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents, have heart attacks or other medical emergencies on the job, or suffer injuries that would require them to leave the job and go on disability. The National Institute for Occupational…


Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

In December of 2015, ELD legislation was approved, and the ELD mandate is set to take effect on December 18, 2017. Over the next few years, electronic logging devices are going to be implemented in the commercial vehicle and public transportation (buses) industries, but there seems to be some confusion over what these devices are and how they will help or hurt the industry. We’re going to try to clear up a few things about ELDs for you. What is…


Trucking Inspections: How to Make Sure Your Fleet Passes Vehicle Inspections

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all specified components of any commercial motor vehicle be inspected at least every 12 months, sometimes more frequently in certain cases. These inspections can be done at any time, but once a year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts its annual “Roadcheck”, where 10,000 federal, state, provincial, and local truck and bus inspectors hold heavy vehicle inspections throughout much of North America over a 72-hour period. Whether…


On-Demand Trucking: The “Uberization” of the Trucking Industry

The world is going on-demand. We have on-demand apps for films, games, taxis, and even puppy playdates. So, it’s no surprise that the on-demand philosophy is being applied to the trucking industry. On-demand trucking offers a new, more efficient way of matching shippers with carriers. “While freight brokers are essential today, the way they do business is woefully inefficient,” says Steve Hanley from Gas2. Instead of paying anywhere from a quarter to nearly half of the gross shipping fee to…


How Fleet Managers Can Keep Their Truck Drivers Happy

It’s no secret that the commercial trucking industry is currently experiencing a dramatic shortage of truck drivers. Each year, more and more Baby Boomers are retiring, leaving a hole in the industry that, as of yet, younger generations have not filled. According to the American Trucking Association’s Truck Driver Shortage Analysis for 2015, the shortage of truck drivers has risen to 48,000 across the US, and they estimate that trucking companies will need to hire around 89,000 new truck drivers…


New Trend in Fleet Technology

The Latest News and Trends in Fleet Technology   As fleet technology continues to advance, many fleet managers and business owners are realizing without it, their companies will fall behind the competition. Proper utilization of fleet management technology can increase your ROI, improve driver safety and streamline communications – but most importantly, some of the latest fleet technologies may be required for your organization to comply with new federal and international laws. Here are just a few of the latest…