Wednesday, January 01 2020 17:21

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

In the dead of winter, temperatures can plunge to 5 degrees and below. This effectively reduces traction, which makes keeping a big rig on the smooth road harder. Even experienced truck drivers have a rough time in such conditions. Visibility is reduced so it’s hard for truck drivers to see where they are going. 

However, it's not all gloom. You can drive through the winter season without major incidents. All you need to do is use your preventative safety skills when driving in icy weather and roads. 

Below are 10 driving tips that will help truck drivers in icy conditions stay safe on the road.

Monday, February 03 2020 17:07

The Unofficial Trucker's Guide to Sleep

Long-haul truck drivers average just under 5 hours of sleep every day, according to one study. Long shifts, early mornings, late nights — these drivers are in serious need of some shut-eye. As you know, spending hours on the road can make it difficult to maintain a regular sleep schedule, but there are plenty of solutions to this problem. Read this trucker's guide for better sleep. 

Friday, December 20 2019 15:44

4 Awesome Trucker Apps for 2020

The average trucker in the United States travels 2,000-3,000 miles every single week. That's kind of like driving from New York City to Dallas, Texas — and back again. This often means long journeys with nothing but the open road and FM radio to keep you company. While we certainly don't advocate using your smartphone while driving, the apps on this list will make your next journey just that little bit smoother. 

Restless sleep, insomnia, and waking up tired and lethargic are maladies that affect millions of people daily. Television is filled with commercials for pharmaceutical solutions to help you sleep, but these manufactured drugs often come with unwanted side effects. Thankfully, there are a number of natural supplements to help you sleep better that are easy to find both in pharmacies and online. If you are having trouble sleeping, consider trying one of these 5 natural sleep aids.

Employee retention is difficult in a number of fields and trucking is no exception. Many smaller trucking companies have a turnover rate above 80%, and this number increases with larger businesses that hire more truck drivers, peaking with a historic streak of over 100% in 2015. This is certainly problematic, as high turnover is usually indicative of serious problems in any industry and it tends to cost businesses more than having a stable roster of employees over time. There are a number of complex factors working together that have caused this problem, but most are related to the lack of opportunity, potential for advancement, and minimal investment into truck drivers by their employers. In other words, employers may need to start treating their drivers better and giving them more incentives to stay.

Thursday, October 10 2019 17:09

The Road Life: Battling Obesity

Commercial truckers take on risk when they hit the road. Average long-haulers work 60 hours a week, and they drive around 107,000 miles every year. Most people are under the impression that the biggest health risk for truckers is a crash caused by driver error. It’s true – long hours lead to drowsy and distracted driving, with fatal consequences. But there is another health risk that doesn’t get the same kind of attention, even though it affects a much larger percentage of truckers: obesity.

A report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that approximately 12 percent of crashes occur when drivers have a heart attack, experience diabetic shock, fall asleep, or have some other health-related episode that causes them to lose control of their vehicle. Here’s what to watch for – and how to prevent this common reason truckers have to leave the profession.

As technology advances the possibility of self-driving trucks, many have been inclined to make predictions about the impact they may have on the truck driving industry overall. While is was previously assumed that autonomous trucks would eliminate truck drivers' jobs, many experts now assert that jobs won't be eliminated, just transformed. This blog post will examine those predictions and what changes self-driving vehicles might have for life on the road.

As a trucker, you spend a large part of your life on the road. So, you should be sure to make your “home away from home” the height of comfort and security. Staying alert is also an important part of road life. Fortunately, technology is a huge help with these goals. Advancements boost safety measures, reduce hazards, and provide mobile entertainment. There are also many products designed to help with comfort. Review these top offerings to help you make road life a more comfortable, enjoyable ride.

Monday, August 05 2019 17:00

How to Stay Healthy on the Road

Whether you are a trucker or a traveling salesperson, life working on the road can be tough. There are deadlines to meet, you need to be constantly alert, and there's a lot to do in a short space of time. But there's another unseen risk to this way of working. Sitting for long periods of time is now a big health risk along with being overweight and smoking. It is connected to developing diabetes and other medical conditions. So, staying healthier on the road has never been more important. Here's how you can include healthy habits into your working day.

Tuesday, February 28 2017 21:25

Life on the Open Road

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You love Smokey and the Bandit as much as the next guy (or gal). But is OTR truck driving right for you? This career path isn’t for everybody, but if you’re the right sort of person, the trucking industry offers a competitive truck driving salary, occupational freedom, and a rewarding experience.

Keeping this in mind, it’s important to consider a number of factors before you start applying for CDL driver jobs. Not only must you obtain the proper driver’s license, but you must be mentally prepared for the challenges presented by the open road.

Keep reading to get a better sense of the transportation industry. Perhaps truck driving will complement your lifestyle and your temperament. Maybe you would be best served working in another setting. Whatever the case may be, we urge you to read on!

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