23 Best Practices to Increase Driver Safety

Published on: 05/8/20 12:09 PM

Increase driver safety with these 23 best practices. Fleet driver safety is one of the most important factors a fleet manager can measure. These tips have been known to lower costs, liability, and downtime. Obey The Speed Limit: Trainers will tell you that this is one of the most common causes of roadside accidents. Be sure to follow all speed limit signs during your shipment and never drive in a hurry. Most states have similar speed limits, but it is…

3 Habits for Truck Drivers to Pick Up in 2020 (and 3 Bad Ones to Drop)

Published on: 01/15/20 9:49 AM

Whether you’ve been a truck driver for 18 months or 18 years, you’ve probably picked up a few habits along the way. There’s even a good chance you’re stuck in your ways. Not that that’s a bad thing — after all, your routine may keep you from going crazy during those long road trips on empty highways, and help you get more jobs. But it’s 2020, the beginning of a new decade. Now’s the time to re-evaluate your habits and…

8 Mistakes for Rookie Truck Drivers to Avoid

Published on: 01/10/20 11:59 AM

“If you got it, a big truck brought it,” sings Jonathan Byrd in his homage to truck drivers. The romance of the open road is hard to deny when you put it in those terms. But first, truck drivers have to get into the swing of things. Many rookie drivers make critical mistakes in their first few days and months hauling over-the-road. Too many mistakes can set a rookie driver up for disaster. At the very least, they risk getting…

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

Published on: 07/25/18 9:00 AM

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

Published on: 04/11/18 9:00 AM

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

Published on: 02/12/18 9:00 AM

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

Published on: 01/8/18 9:00 AM

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?

Published on: 12/11/17 9:00 AM

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

Published on: 06/5/17 9:00 AM

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

Published on: 05/3/17 9:00 AM

  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…