Why Smoking Is So Dangerous for Truckers — And How to Quit

FAST FACTS Long-haul truckers report cigarette smoking at a rate of 51%. Type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease are all more prevalent in smokers versus non-smokers. If you ask people who smoke, chances are high that they will tell you they wish they’d never picked up the habit. Studies have taken place over the years that prove smoking is a contributor to heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious health conditions. The problem may be compounded for truck…


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,…


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,…


Best Ways to Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

There is very little that is exciting about being on the highway for thousands of miles as a long-haul commercial driver. Imagine the last time you had to drive for a few hours in your personal vehicle. The open road gets boring very quickly, even in areas you’ve never been before. Now imagine that road trip times four. Long-haul truckers drive for hours at a time. It’s not unusual for commercial drivers to clock eight or more hours in a…


How to Deal with Summertime Traffic

  If you are a truck driver, you know that each season brings with it its own set of headaches. You deal with rain in the spring and snow in the winter. The winds pick up in the fall. What about summer? It would seem that summer driving would be a breeze. The sun is shining, it stays light for longer and the temperatures are pleasant. You aren’t the only person thinking those things. When summertime hits, millions of people…


Tips for the Truck Stop

As a trucker, you spend long hours on the road. If you are like many with a regular route, you have your favorite truck stops. If you don’t have a regular route, you’ve stopped at your share of unfamiliar truck stops to stretch your legs, fuel up and even grab a bite to eat. Did you know that there are ways to make your stops safer and more efficient? Read on to discover some fantastic truck stop tips from professionals…


Don’t Let Road Loneliness Overcome You

The trucking industry is the perfect one for many people. The call of the open road, the more than decent paycheck, working by yourself and even sometimes for yourself — there can be a lot to like. Like any other job out there, being a truck driver has its downsides. If a person were coming up with a list of pros and cons to being a truck driver, road loneliness would have to be written at the top of the…


Distracted Driving: Dangerous and Illegal for Truck Drivers

Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents on today’s roads. This is true for drivers who operate passenger vehicles and those who drive trucks for a living. If you spend your days behind the wheel of a semi, distracted driving is both dangerous and illegal. The FMCSA keeps its views on distracted driving concise. Here’s what you need to know. Distracted Driving Defined When it comes to cell phones, the FMCSA tells truckers not to: Reach Hold Dial…