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Truck Maintenance Tips That Can Save You Money: Part 1

We all know that transportation costs are on the rise. Logistics and supply chain consulting firm PLG Consulting predicted trucking costs would rise 8-10% this year. The third annual Element Fleet Management Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Index (released this past April) reported an 88.0 score: a “marked increase” from the 2015 and 2016 scores …

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Busting the Myths (and Providing Info) About ELDs

During Roadcheck 2017, Hours of Service violations (HOS) topped the list of driver violations, as a whopping 32.3% of drivers were found to be over their allotted hours. And though the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance hasn’t released the results from this year’s annual enforcement event (held June 5-7), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) …

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Blowouts: How to Avoid Them When You Can Handle Them and When You Can’t

Blowouts are scary. Even scarier are their all-too-often consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that tires were a contributing factor in accidents that injured 19,000 people in 2015. Even worse, 733 people died in 2016 in crashes in which tire malfunction contributed to the accident.

Robot Apocalypse Ahead? The Future of Self-Driving Trucks (And Drivers)

The future is here. Autonomous trucks are on the road. Soon, there will be squads of driverless semis zooming down the highways, imperiling auto drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, and stealing jobs from thousands of truckers.

The Driver Shortage: How Bad Is It and What Can be Done?

“The U.S. doesn’t have enough truckers, and it’s starting to cause prices of about everything to rise.” “Every single day is a battle to find drivers.”

How to Become a Shipper of Choice (and why you should want to)

Carriers rule (at least in today’s capacity environment). The driver shortage, increased demand, and the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate have shifted the balance of power to the carrier.

New Guidance on the 150 Air-Mile Hours of Service Agricultural Exemption

Tomatoes wait for no man. Neither do lambs, bees, or hay. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) understands that timing is everything on farms and ranches, and so instituted several exemptions for trucks hauling agricultural products. And with the recent Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, the Administration felt the need to clarify the 150 …

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How to Avoid Accidents with 18-Wheelers

You’re late for an important meeting. The freeway is jammed—you’ll never make it on time. If you could just get off the freeway, maybe you could take the side streets…Then you see a space between two semis, just enough to get into the right lane for that off-ramp just ahead.

FMCSA’s New Guidance on Personal Conveyance Aims to Keep Drivers Safe

Drivers need to sleep. And use the restroom. And eat. And they need to do it without fear of racking up hours of violations. That’s what personal conveyance guidelines are supposed to address. And on May 31, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new guidance regarding personal conveyance that should help to …

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How to Drive Millennials to Trucking Careers

What’s up with Millennials? Why don’t they want trucking jobs and how can we change their minds? These aren’t just questions to be debated over drinks after work, but ones that need to make their way into the office, to be discussed with recruiters, with HR, with marketing—with pretty much everyone at your company.

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