Monday, December 29, 2014

Changes to 34 Hour Restart in the Hours of Service

34 Hour Restart
Some parts of the Hours of Service have had a suspension of enforcement. You now can use a 34 hour restart more than once a week and the  two periods from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m no longer apply.

 To read the official notice published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) visit: HOS Fed Reg Notice Dec 17 2014.pdf

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [4910-EX-P]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 395

 Hours of Service of Drivers

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

 SUMMARY: FMCSA suspends enforcement of certain sections of the Agency’s Hours of Service (HOS) rules as required by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, enacted December 16, 2014. Specifically, FMCSA suspends the requirements regarding the restart of a driver’s 60- or 70-hour limit that drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1, 2013. The restart provisions have no force or effect from the date of enactment of the Appropriations Act through the period of suspension, and such provisions are replaced with the previous restart provisions in effect on June 30, 2013. FMCSA provides this notice to motor carriers, commercial drivers, State Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program grant recipients and other law enforcement personnel of these immediate enforcement changes.

DATES: The suspension of enforcement of § 395.3(c) and (d) is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on December 16, 2014. Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 For more information on the Hours of Service visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Truckers Help in Preventing Human Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking
Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery practiced by mankind across the globe. It is a practice where people are merchandized or used for commercial sex or forced labor as well as prostitution. Although illegal, human trafficking has been rated as one of the thriving industries for criminals after drug trafficking. Annually, human trafficking activity is worth between $28-$34 billion. Globally, an estimate of about 21 million people has been enslaved. This value is greater than any other period in times past. This trade has proven to be very difficult to curb.

In the United States, drug trafficking has been reported in all the States with the estimate of targets valued to be hundreds of thousands. Most of them are foreign nationals. However, American citizens are also vulnerable to this trade. Every year, about 17,000 are victimized and about 300,000 American youngsters are at risk. Individuals of all ages have been exposed to this atrocity which includes men, women, teenagers as well as children. A greater percentage of individuals trafficked are children and women. Typically, sex trafficking involves under aged girls usually below 18 years (minors). These tender girls are transported to different places and are threatened and forced into executing the sexual acts, with these acts done in places like truck stops, brothels, and spas.

There are various ways in which the traffickers recruit their victims. Some of these methods are:
  • Online,
  • Shopping mail
  • Out of school youths
  • Street, as well as other locations.

However, truck stops are one of the locations where this illicit sexual act is practiced. This is made possible because of the small number of people that patronize these truck stops and also due to the fact that these truck stops are secluded. A large number of the victims at these truck stops are usually minors. This has turned out to be a major concern and a possible menace to children at large.  Usually, truck pay about $40 to $80 for an unlawful sexual act with these girls. They are forced into have sex against their own wish with as many truckers because they have been mandated to meet a quota which ranges from $800 to about $1,500 per night.


There are several strategies on how these sex traffickers carry out their illegal business at truck stops. One is the use of slang or code words that denotes the availability of an under aged for sex. Another method is the use of flash light by truckers at the truck stops. These truckers may also place stickers on the window of the truck.

It is crucial to know that truckers play a part in this menace; however, not all truckers take part in this appalling act. There is a need to totally curb this and one of the crucial methods is by educating and equipping with valuable information on human trafficking. Another way this can be achieved is by creating groups such as the Truckers AgainstTrafficking (also known as TAT) among truck drivers. They should be able to identify any sex trafficking signs and report such to the appropriate body. There is a need for these affected girls to be identified and liberated.




Monday, December 22, 2014

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

BTS Releases October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) 

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.3 percent in October from September, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The October 2014 index level (121.8) was 28.8 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession.

The level of freight shipments in October measured by the Freight TSI (121.8) reached its all-time high (Table 2A). BTS’ TSI records begin in 2000. 

The September index was revised to 121.4 from 121.5 in last month’s release. 

The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight. 

Analysis: The growth in October was led by trucking, rail and waterborne. During the month, several other indicators of related parts of the economy that often impact transportation increased. Employment and retail sales both increased, as did manufacturing output, though total industrial production declined slightly. Inventories increased to reach an historic high. 

Trend: The Freight TSI increased for the fourth month in a row in October, reaching an all-time high. The increase was a return to growth after a decline in June. This October rise was the eighth monthly increase in 2014. However, due to the decline in June and the more substantial decline in January, the total 2014 increase has been only 2.2 percent, less than the 2.8 percent increase during same period in 2013. After dipping to 94.6 in April 2009, the index rose 28.8 percent in the succeeding 66 months. 

Index highs and lows: Freight shipments in October 2014 (121.8) were 28.8 percent higher than the recent low in April 2009 during the recession (94.6). The October 2014 level reached its all-time high. 

Year to date: Freight shipments measured by the index were up 2.2 percent in October compared to the end of 2013. 


            See Freight TSI Press Release for summary tables and additional data. See Transportation Services Index for historical data and methodology.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Must Ask Questions for Your Truck Driver Recruiter

With the economy the way it is, a potential job on the line can be exciting. However, a driver doesn’t want to jump at the first opportunity that presents itself without asking a few questions. Employment doesn’t mean getting the bills paid – in fact, a job hastily signed on to can end up costing a truck driver money in the end if certain things are cleared up at the get go. Here are a few questions to put in front of your recruiter before making that final decision.



What is the Pay Scale in Relation to Route?

Here’s an obvious question, but knowing this in advance can mean the difference between making the mortgage and digging into your savings each month to make up any shortfalls. Drivers calculate pay rates based on miles driven, so an offer of .50 per mile is a great start. However, drivers need to also know what their routes will be like. Long haul routes are where the money is in a rate per mile job, but getting stuck in city traffic that eats time but not miles can be a deal breaker.

What Are the Company’s Major Lanes?

It is also important to know what the major lanes the company expects a driver to keep to. Wheels on the road are great, but using lanes with traditionally expensive fuel and support costs are not. Ask if the company has their own facilities along the lanes to keep costs down instead of getting maintenance, and be aware of any alternatives should weather and traffic patterns make traveling the expected lanes a money drain.

Know the Home Time Policy

Putting hours on the road can be grueling, so days off policies are a significant considerations when looking at a new employer. Your contract says one day off for every five on the road, but how is that calculated? If you are unloading in the morning and heading back to the terminal, does that count as your day off the road? A day off should be exactly that- no time behind the wheel. Be sure to clarify how home time is calculated before signing on.

Is Layover Pay Offered

This can be a tricky one, as unexpected layovers out of a drivers control can be a relative term. Ask if the employer pays for time spent between loads that aren’t within your control, such as road closures, storms, shortage of unloaders, and emergency repairs. Also ask if the company covers layover costs such as meals and lodging. Every penny counts, and it shouldn’t be coming out of your pocket.

What Are the Benefits?


A job that pays .60 a mile may sound great, but if the benefits such as medical and retirement are lousy, that means more money out of your pocket. Take some time to balance out pay versus out of pocket expenses to determine if it adds up to a healthy paycheck. If the balance is right, you’re one step closer to gainful employment. If they don’t, take a breath and take a pass. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lifestyle of a Trucker

For some individuals, spending time on the road and seeing new things every day, meeting new people as well as earning cash in the process is what they wish for. This means only one thing, a fulfilled life; which is the ability to do what they love the most. One of the few professions that can make this dream possible is the truck driving. Truckers convey items throughout the United States, and sometimes to place like Mexico and Canada. Truckers play a major role in our daily day-to-day activities in almost every industry, especially the manufacturing or production, retail, automotive, food and dining sector.

Like any other career, trucking is a choice. However, trucking necessitates an individual to adapt to a lifestyle totally around the job. This includes spending so much time on the road for several weeks (usually around 3 weeks or more) and then having a few days to rest at home (this is also called Hometime). A trucker’s schedule is considered as one of the most difficult phase for both a trucker and his family. Just like other careers such as oilfield workers and the military, trucking also requires spending so much time away from family and friends. Sometimes, they may feel lonely as a result of this However, individuals that are single have fewer obligations, find trucking a rewarding lifestyle as limitless freedom to try out new things abound for them.

During the first year, most truckers are assigned to heavy load which are not encouraging. Some freight and trucking companies even allow drivers that have worked with them for a long time choose the route that best suits them when an assignment is given. This makes it difficult for new truckers, as they are faced with the challenge of having to drive to isolated locations and also have undesirable schedule. This action is typical of most trucking companies because they want their first year to prove that they are reliable and responsible. A first year trucker builds positive reputation by keeping to delivery schedule in a timely and reliable manner. It is therefore advisable for most trucker to possess a cellphone as a means of communication to both friends and family. This will assist most first year drivers to fight loneliness and home sickness

A trucker’s dexterity in operating the trucks and trailers is another physical challenge of the trucking job. Training to acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL) usually takes a few months or even more courses and workshops. One benefit of the CDL training for truckers is that it easier to acquire than other college courses or trade schools.

Another considered lifestyle of a trucker is the total earning made. Usually, truckers are paid per mile but CDL certified truckers have the opportunity to make it either a full time or part-time income. According the a study by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, most heavy and tractor truckers earn about $38,000 on the average or $19 per hour. Trucking is physically demanding and this one major reason why a trucker's wage is twice the federal minimum wage. However, this allows a trucker provide for the family and also live a comfortable lifestyle.

It is imperative to know that trucking is in a league of its own for any woman or man who chooses it as a profession.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Become a Truck Driver

The romance of the open road might well be calling, but to truly find out if you’ll be happy following the yellow lines you will need to ask yourself a few hard questions and have a bit of knowledge about how such a life might play out. Holding a truck driving job isn’t a life cut out for everyone, regardless what the ate night trucking school commercials might say. Armed with a bit of information and a serious reflection on what makes you happy will go a long way – and that could either be toward the cab of a long haul, cross-continent rig or somewhere else entirely.



Start With The Questions
A trucking job is unique in that it pulls you away fro long periods on time at end, away from family so you can deliver you loads where they need to go. You have little say in the when, so being on the road to maximize your paycheck is the way to go. This means driving five days a week in a solid shift, with a day off. You will want to discuss this possibility with your family before making a decision.

Training
Not all driving schools are created equal, so choose the one right for you and with an accreditation for your certification work. The PTDI is the accreditation to look for, and this will help you when it’s time to apply for your CDL. Your accredited school will provide you with a solid training with appropriate hours behind the wheel to get you on your feet, so head into class with a mindful attitude to learn as much as possible.

Maintain Your Driving Record
Before you even apply for a driving job, make sure you have a good driving record. A company will check during the interview process, so if you have a lousy history, the chances of you being hired are next to nothing. You will also want to keep a clean driving record while working, as this will help keep you employed.

Talk to a Working Trucker

Find a mentor who is currently working to ask question of to help you make your decision. A truck driving job is different from company to company, so seek someone who works the same type of rig and job you’d like to apply yourself toward. They can help immensely with tips and information on the realities of the road, and might be willing to let you ride along to get a feel what a trucking job might have in store for you.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Truck Driver Winter Driving Tips

Nothing can raise the hairs on a driver’s neck like several hundred tons of trailer taking control of a rig on a winter road. Icy conditions, poor driving from other vehicles and sudden changes in weather can all have an adverse effect on a rig’s behavior. With a few tips and reminders about winter road condition habits, a driver can keep themselves safe and on the road when others are burning time on the side of the road or in the repair yard.

Be a Defensive Driver
It stands to reason that no matter how careful and mindful you are of the road and winter conditions, the driver next to you hasn’t a clue about paying attention to winter driving tips. Greenhorn truck drivers, small box trucks, and those guys with a brand new four wheel drive pick-up always seem to think they have a better understanding of the road during icy weather than anyone else. Keep a close eye ahead of you, to the sides, and in your rear mirror for drivers exhibiting fool hearty behavior and keep your distance. Be over cautious when winter weather sets in, and always be prepared for the other driver to do something stupid.

Plan Your Trip
Keep up to date on shifting weather patterns and be ready to adjust your route accordingly. The initial route may have shaved a few hours off your drive time, but even a light dusting can create backups on the highways. Be prepared to run secondary roads when available, and keep the radio on. Vehicle pile ups can happen even after a storm has passed, so be ready to skirt them as well.
Keep Up With Inspections

A good truck driver inspects their rig every chance they can, and a great driver inspects even when it’s 20 below outside. Things are more likely to go wrong when the weather gets frigid, so keep up the routine of pre-trip and enroute walk-throughs to ensure everything is ship shape. Knowing your rig’s condition and capabilities will give you that much more information when deciding on how best to handle winter weather on the road.

Keep the Proper Gear Stowed
When cold weather hits, be sure to have an expanded emergency kit to handle whatever Mother Nature wants to throw your way. Have extra bedding in case of snow ins, as well as extra socks and clothes for when yours get wet. A warm change of clothes can do wonders. The same can be said for a good pair of dry boots with solid treads. Round out your preparedness kit with extra anti-gel, flashlights, batteries, food and drink items, and anything else you can use to stay comfortable.
Winter can be a bear, but paying attention to winter driving tips can make it more manageable. Stay safe, and stay focused.

  




Thursday, December 4, 2014

History of Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks, Inc. was established to supply extensively heavy duty trucks and components that meet the consumers’ need. Mack Trucks have emerged to be the main truck manufacturer in America over the years. In addition to heavy duty trucks, Mack Trucks manufacture other medium duty trucks with exportation into more than 45 countries worldwide as at 2002.

In 1901, the ‘Mack Brothers Company was established by five Mack brothers in which they started with assembling of small buses but evolved from assembling horse-driven wagons in 1983. By 1907, the first truck was produced after which the company experienced an instant boom and later relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Later in the year 1911, acquisition of engine and chassis plant in Plainfield took place.

The company’s name was changed to Mack Trucks in 1922 with the bulldog adopted as the company’s trade logo. As the company was gaining popularity, Mack Trucks stood out and were regarded to be very tough, rugged and dependable trucks. They blazed the trail in 1918 by manufacturing trucks with air cleaners and oil filters installed. Also, by 1920, they produced the first power brake system in mark trucks. As if that was all, by the year 1938, they became the fisrt truck manufacturer to design self-own diesel engines.

RISE OF MACK TRUCK BRAND

The use and acceptance of Mark trucks became more prominent during the haulage heavy arms pieces through the sludge of World War I battlegrounds. It was then it got its nickname “bull dog” which was coined from the ruggedness and toughness of the trucks. Later on, the name was adopted and bulldog emblem were began to be used by the company.
Mark, who was described as a manufacturer poised to always deliver quality had issues of cash flow and nearly went bankrupt. Around 1890s, the company later folded up or abandoned as a result of financial panics. Due to these, they resolved to the aspect of maintenance and repair of engines instead of manufacturing the trucks.

FINANCIAL HISTORY AND EXPANSION

The financial history turned around late 1953 and the economic state was enriched with the design and manufacture of the conventional B series. The cabin and front-end were restructured all-metal. Sales of this were made for the next 13 years. In 1965 the B series was upgraded with introduction of multifunctional R range.  The engine bonnet was made of folding fiberglass and fenders.

Expansion of Mack Company continued with new plants in Califonia, and New Zealand commencing operations. Later in the mid 70’s, Mack Company suffered another financial set back which allowed Renault, a French company, to buy about 20% of its shares and later had 41% of Mack Company in 1983. Consequently, the production output decreased in 1986 which led to the restructuring of the company in 1990 when Renault gained full control of Mack Trucks and Mack Company was rationalized as the American branch of Renault.

By 2000, a Swedish company, Volvo AB acquired Mack Trucks from Renault and new range of model and engines were introduced by Volvo. Volvo as faced her financial constraints due to the economic recess in U.S economy and this led to scaling down of productions. 

Even in the heat of competitive market, Mack trucks have survived all scares and this is proudly due to its durability, strict cost cutting management and thus, they still maintain the reputation of their brand by their dominance on American roads.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Dixie Highway History

The history of Dixie Highway is understood to be the story of transformation of American travel from trails to highway. In the historic days of the automobile, locating places was an adventure. It was complicated to embark on long distance journeys as it was difficult locating places. People depended on the use of expensive tour books and road maps for navigation, which are similar to the modern devices we have today. The drawback of both navigation processes was the fact that they required a navigator to interpret. Thus, there was need for a better system for identifying good routes for travel.

The Dixie Highway came into existence as an idea of linking the North and South together for easy of accessibility of both goods and services. Early auto travelers who traveled from the Midwestern US and Canada to Florida were conveyed through the Dixie Highway. The Dixie Highway was encouraged seriously by Carl Graham Fisher. In 1925 the highway was about 5,706 miles long and extended as far as Ontario to the North and Florida City to the South.

The Dixie highways started out as an idea to link the South and Midwest in December, 1914. It was reported that WS Gilbreath from Indianapolis had earlier suggested that the trail be referred to as ‘Cotton Belt Route’ during the fourth annual American Road Congress Meeting on 9th November, 1914. The first meeting by the Dixie highway association was held on 3rd April, 1915 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The name ‘Dixie’ was chosen by the organization to celebrate Fifty Years of Peace that existed between the North and South.

In February, 1915, states such as Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida had joined the trail and in May 1915, the number of State increased as Ohio came on board. Also in May, a conclusion was reached to have dual mainlines. This was due to the fact that competition for attachment along the Dixie Highway was high among cities which insured parallel routes and also a plan for another Northern trail in Michigan. As a result, the Dixie Highway System was created. Michigan was also included in the highway trail through Mackinac City.

In December 1915, the slogan of the Dixie Highway association was revealed as “We all live on the same street.” The first sign was also announced, which had an image of a blue bale of cotton with the words ‘Dixie Highway’ inscribed. These symbols were displayed in 1916. Markers were placed at all county lines and places of historical interest.

The cotton bale emblem appeared to be too complex for daily usage. The most accepted sign was the white-red-white with the white lettering “DH” on the red band. Also accepted was the band of red bisecting a white sign horizontally. Tri-banded trail signs were the most common and artistic. They could be painted on virtually anything which included telegraph and telephone poles along the route. Also, they were very economical to produce.

In 1927, the roads integrating the east and west mainlines were accomplished, and the Dixie Highway Association was dissolved.


Today, the Dixie Highway exists largely as street signs. Local roads bear witness of a grand past as major interstate corridors.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

How to Install Tire Chains On Your Truck

Winter is on it’s way and there are times the law says you have to use chains. Some times it’s just plain common sense to use tire chains.

 There are many narrow, mountain passes you can’t drive safely, or legally, without them. There are other cold and snowy roads they may just speed your trip. You need to use the right chains, installed as the manufacturer intended, to get their full benefit of the traction chains provide. Here are a couple videos showing you how to install tire chains on a truck and trailer.

 
How To Chain Your Tractor And Trailer Tires
 
 
How To Chain Up!

Monday, November 24, 2014

How OSHA Protects American Workers at Central Transport LLC


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the US Department of Labor regularly monitors the safety of employees and workplace safety environment of many US businesses to ensure that no one has to sacrifice their life. Today, US employees in many sectors of industry risk their lives while on the job. Although the number has fallen substantially over the latter half of the 20th century, in 2013, there were still just over 4,400 workers who died as a result of their work, according to OSHA.

It is through the use of citations that OSHA gets its message across, particularly when a company has disregarded several notices of its violations. The recent news have pointed out one of the newest culprits of this brutal problem and it turned out to be a trucking company known as Central Transport LLC. They were recently cited for not one, but five (!) safety violations this year (2014), including 3 that were repeat violations and 1 “willful” violation, which was done in complete disregard to previous accusations.

The price tag for just one of these willful violations reached $60,500 for serious defects found in the operating conditions of forklifts. For example, one headlight and tires from one of the forklifts were entirely damaged and had not been taken out of service. There were a host of other problems with other forklifts, including problems with brakes and battery cables. Other problems stemmed from the terminal dock itself, where hazardous working conditions included uncleanliness, leaking roofs and a lack of overhead doors.

No doubt, the company had been aware of these problems for quite some time now, yet nothing was ever done to resolve them, as is evidenced by the repeat violations. Exposing employees to such conditions are indeed hazardous and could have resulted in serious injuries due to slips and falls or other forms of physical harm.

Overall, the total sum of all citations for CentralTransport LLC came out to $145,420, a large penalty to pay for problems that could have been resolved much sooner. The company is currently in the process of contesting these penalties and we shall await and see how much they will have to pay in the end.


OSHA regularly protects US citizens from hazardous working conditions and asks the public to inform them upon finding anything suspicious in their working environment that may warrant further inspection. They can be reached toll-free at (800) 321-OSHA (6742).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

September 2014 BTS Freight Transportation Services Index

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.3 percent in September from August, rising for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The September 2014 index level (121.5) was 28.5 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession. 

The level of freight shipments in September measured by the Freight TSI (121.5) reached its all-time high. BTS’ TSI records begin in 2000. 

The August index was revised to 121.2 from 120.9 in last month’s release. There were smaller upward revisions for each of the previous months in 2014. 

The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight. 

Analysis: All freight modes grew in September except rail carloads, which were unchanged. During the month, several other indicators of related parts of the economy that often impact transportation increased. In particular, industrial production grew 1 percent after several months of slow or negative growth. Manufacturers’ shipments and inventories both increased – inventories have increased for 22 of 23 months to reach an historic high. 

Trend: The Freight TSI increased for the third month in a row in September, reaching an all-time high. The increase was a return to growth after a decline in June. Third quarter 2014 also represented a return to growth after two quarters of modest quarterly declines. The quarterly growth (2.3 percent) was the most rapid since the fourth quarter of 2011. After dipping to 94.6 in April 2009, the index rose 28.5 percent in the succeeding 65 months. 


            See Freight TSI Press Release for summary tables and additional data. See Transportation Services Index for historical data and methodology.

Monday, November 17, 2014

What is a Dashcam?

A dashcam (this is also referred to as dashboard cameras) is an onboard camera that is connected to a vehicle's internal windscreen by either a provided suction cup or a tape mount. This device successively records the route in front of a trucker, while the vehicle is driven on the highway or in motion. However, if an accident occurs on the road, video evidences are generally provided with the aid of dashcams. Several types of dashcams can be purchased in the market, ranging from basic and simple video cameras (camcorders) to those which additionally records variables such as time, date, speed, location and G-forces.

Although it may be promising to use almost any recording device as a dashboard camera, purpose-built dashcams are essentially the best to use. There are actually are a few key factors that distinguishes them from other portable and handheld recording devices. These key factors also make dashboard cameras stress-free and more appropriate than the other alternatives.
In order to really see what sets dashboard cameras apart from general purpose recorders, it is crucial to have an in-depth knowledge of how a dashcam actually functions. An archetypal dashboard camera comprises a few of basic components which include:


  • a video camera
  •  hard-wired power inputs signals
  •  Integrated or detachable storage media

Function follows form in the event of dashcams, so you can probably get a pretty good idea of how they function by observing the sparse list of mechanisms.

A dashboard camera is characteristically wired or built into a circuit and automatically becomes operational only when the ignition key is in the start or run position. And without any recording controls, dashcams are usually made to record continuously whenever they are turned on. With that at heart, it is possible to see how these basic devices were created to automatically switch on and start footage whenever the car is driven, without any significance of any effort or interaction of the driver in any way.

This can be distinguished from the all-purpose portable recording devices. Even though any recording device can be used as a dashcam, it is imperative to know that these devices are manually turned on by the truckers and set to record every time they enter the truck. If by any chance the truck driver forgets to switch it on and just happens to be involved in an accident, then such event is never recorded.

These devices have accomplished enormous reputation in Russia, where video evidence of traffic accidents is desirable than spoken evidences in court. In Russia, dashcams are well-known as a kind of surveillance, further evidence in court and also as a guard against insurance scam and police corruption. They have been referred to as ever-present and an on-line obsession. In fact, in the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, dashcam footage was the most common footage which was recorded from different viewpoints or directions. Numerous videos which have revealed car accidents, close calls, and attempts of insurance fraud have been uploaded to video sharing websites like YouTube.


However, in countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland, dashcams are prohibited by law. Also, in Poland and Australia footage on public roads is allowed, provided that the recording does not infringe upon an individual’s privacy in a way that may be considered wrong in a court of law.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Married to a Truck Driver

The wife of an experienced trucker understands the fact that getting married to a trucker can be very challenging because her husband is always on the road and never around for both her and the kids. It is however understood that these events can be very devastating, particularly to a newly married trucker’s wife.

For a trucker’s wife new to this kind of lifestyle, it seems as though her world is crashing; every project seems much more difficult, taking care of the kids alone can be really challenging and the thoughts of your man not being around makes it worse. However, it is imperative that such an individual learn to adapt.

There are some tips and recommendations that can be helpful in this process of transition or adaptation. Some the tips include:

Communication: Keeping in Touch
This is one key ingredient every relationship needs to have, particularly a family that has the head of the house as a trucker. A trucker spends most of his time on the road and this can however, create a barrier between him and his family. Lack of communication can be a real torture and devastating for the couples.

This barrier can be overcome if the couples learn to keep in touch such as the use of cellphones for chatting and texting. This can help ease the tension and also make life bearable.

Learning about the Trucking World
The trucking world is a lifestyle: it has a language of its own. For a newlywed trucker’s wife, this world is strange to her. Thus, she may feel left out. In order to keep up or adapt with this world, she needs to know about it. There is a lot of information within her reach such as website, publications, books etc. that may prove supportive.

Trust
This is another key ingredient needed in the marriage of a trucker. Earning and giving trust from both partners can be difficult. It may be frightening to envisage your husband traveling, exposed and all by himself. On the other hand, he may also feel the same way about his wife.

Being separated from each other for a long time can be devastating. Trust is what is what keeps the worries away from the mind. Keep in mind that if your hubby was trustworthy when he was around, then trust should be there that he will be trustworthy when he hits the road. However, truckers work so hard and their utmost priority is their family and wife. In the same vein, do not give him reasons to be suspicious of your activities when he leaves the home.

Keep Yourself Busy
The general agreement among truck driver's wives is to remain active and busy with activities, particularly if such individual is new to the trucker’s lifestyle. This includes performing household chores, learning a new hobby or spending some time with friends and family.

Always Plan for his Return
The trucker’s wife should plan for the return of her husband whenever he is coming home. This could be achieved by cooking his desired meal, planning to spend time as family by watching a favorite movie together and also keeping the atmosphere in the home generally warm and welcoming.




Monday, November 10, 2014

OOIDA (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association)

If you are a truck driver then you will want as much information about Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as you possibly get. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association which is also known as OOIDA has been in operation for forty one years. They are here to support and fight for the rights of truck drivers.

OOIDA has become an organization to fight for the rights of truck drivers because no one else does.  Sometimes truck drivers are over looked and made out to be the bad guy. However, this is not always the case because truck drivers are sometimes the good guys. It is not always a truckers fault.

OOIDA is an organization that you will want to be a member of because it makes sure you are treated fairly no matter what has happened. The organization looks for new ways to make truck driving better and even look for ways to improve the old ways of doing things.

The Owner-Operator Independent DriversAssociation has already accomplished a lot of little things in our history and has even accomplished huge things. Some of things it has accomplished are the leasing laws for trucks to ensure they are fair and balanced for both the trucker and the company. It has also been fighting to stop Mexican trucking in the USA. OOIDA does not think it is right for Mexican trucks to be able to cross the boarder with goods that we can deliver ourselves. They are simply taking our business away from American truckers.

Not only is OOIDA about making sure that the laws are fair for truckers and the companies that they work for but it makes sure that the federal taxes are not being corrupted as well. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will make sure that all truckers are allowed the same benefits as others when it comes to taking taxes out of pay checks and paying certain taxes.

Being an owner operator of a truck means you are in charge and in control of everything. However, that does not mean you do not need someone on your side when it comes to the law. That is what OOIDA does; stand up and fight for the rights of our members. Do not fight this battle alone; all you need to do join our organization today and get someone on your side to help you fight for what is right.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Things To Pack For CDL School

INTRODUCTION
Generally, getting ready and packing up for a truck driving school can be a herculean task. This is because new truck drivers are faced with the challenges of what to bring along (this includes the essentials) and what not to. It is tough to remember all the vital items that would be used on a daily basis and also considering the fact there is a limited space in the truck. In order to avert this, there are key items that a student driver can consider taking along to the CDL School. Some of these items include:

Sunglasses
Sunglasses are one of the important items to carry along. This is as a result of the fact that sunglasses protect the eyes from direct sun rays which could have a detrimental consequence on the eyes as well as cause headaches. Also, glare can be a major challenge for some drivers. Having a pair of convenient shades will not only protect you, but also other drivers.

However, it is a good idea to have a sunscreen which helps to shield the skin from sunburn
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Photographs of Family
Generally, people get home sick when they stay away from families for too long and student drivers are no exception especially if the distance of the CDL school is far. Pictures of families and friends serve as a point of motivation for the drivers.

Snack
A student driver may also pack a few snacks which can be a life saver. The idea of snacks is not a bad idea for the student driver, especially if the snacks can only be in his hometown or it is home made.

Laundry
Laundry is clearly one of the most important things to carry along. However, it could be devastating for an individual who has refused to pack them. It is imperative to know the number of clothing that is required during a student driver's stay in the CDL school. Also, the students should ask from the school if they can be permitted to wash.

If so, you need to make sure you bring detergent (concentrated detergent is going to not be heavier and take up less space than standard detergent as you will not want as much) and anything else you normally use to wash your clothes.

Toiletries
Toiletries should also not be overlooked by as it is also an indispensable supply for the new drivers. Toiletries such as toothpaste, comb, toothbrush, deodorant should be in the possession the student driver. However, student driver should consider bringing his own towel and soap, in case this is not provided. As an alternative to carrying large bags when you need to bath, it really is easier to really have a little bag that is real just large enough to place solitary change of clothing and your toiletries in.

However, other items that a student should take along include:

Classroom Materials
Calculator
Pens
Note pads
Headphones
Head gears
Poncho or other rain gear
Water bottles

Personal Items

Monday, November 3, 2014

Profile of Werner Enterprises, Inc


Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a premier American logistics and transportation company founded in 1956 by Clarence L. (C.L.) Werner. Werner's entrepreneurship drove him to start his own business with only one truck, at the age of 19. Using his car as a down payment, Werner. bought a gas powered 1956 Ford F800 truck and began hauling cargo for other companies within Nebraska and interstate. By hauling grain, watermelon and fence posts, he was able to grow his company organically. Werner expanded his company one truck at a time, mainly hauling in regional areas.

As a testament to Werner's entrepreneurial spirit, the company went public in 1986. The fleet of trucks had grown to  630 trucks. Today, the fleet is comprised of almost 7,500 tractors and 25,000 trailers. The company boasts more than 11,500 associates and independent contractors.

Among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States today, Werner Enterprises is the portrait of what other trucking companies aim to be. It is a global enterprise, which now manages multinational transport, and international trade. Werner Enterprises, also known as Werner Trucking, maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Additionally it has regional offices throughout the North America, Australia, and China.

Werner Trucking is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States.  The company's largest customer base remains in the retail and consumer product industries. Manufactured products and grocery products, round out the remainder of the company's commodity shipping services.

Additionally, Werner Enterprises offers truck brokerage , freight management, domestic and international services. Werner’s global and domestic subsidiary companies helps it carry out its international opearations which include air, ground and ocean transportation, freight forwarding, and customs brokerage.

Trading on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol WERN, Werner Enterprises has provided consistent profitable growth. Today it is trading at a 900% premium over its initial public offering.

Werner Enterprises offers many opportunities for drivers, throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada within the various Van, Flatbed and Temperature Controlled services. Their diversity of services allows their drivers flexibility to drive for services that suit their lifestyles, with the added benefit of living in any area of the country they prefer.  As a member of the Werner Trucking team, you receive personal attention and your fleet manager knows you by name.

To View Werner Truckings CSA Score visit: Werner Enterprises, Inc CSA 



Thursday, October 30, 2014

"SHOCK" Driving Safety Film

Halloween Scare Video


This scary video for Halloween was originally used to scare the crape out of students learning to drive a car. It is no wonder our parents are the way they are!



Legendary "shock" driving safety film featuring numerous scenes of mutilated cars and injured/dead people and a voiceover lacking in compassion. Produced in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and shown to millions of young drivers for over 40 years. 

CONTENT ADVISORY Many disturbing scenes of violent deaths and accident scenes; cries of crash victims on soundtrack.

Ref: https://archive.org/details/Signal301959
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tips for Purchasing a Used Class 8 Truck

Purchasing a Used Class 8 Truck

Buying a used Class 8 truck takes more than just looking at the features, you need to look under the hood as well. For many drivers who want to have their own truck, the advantages of purchasing a used one are obvious.

Used Class 8 TrucksA new class 8 truck is expensive and it can take years to save up the money just to put a good down payment on one. However, a used truck is far less expensive and many drivers can put back enough money to get one in a much shorter period of time. Still, there are disadvantages of owning a used truck that you will need to be aware of before making the purchase.


What to Look for when Purchasing a Used Class 8 Truck

The first think you will need to do is prioritize the needs of the truck you want to own and put to the side the niceties and features that you can do without. You’ll need to make a checklist so that you can fully take down the information on the used truck you are inspecting. What follows are the basics when it comes to overseeing what you want to look for in a truck.

Lights: The first thing you should check off your list is the lights on the vehicle. You’ll want to see that all of them are intact and working properly as well as having the minimum number to be legally on the road.

Brakes: The brake lines should be connected from the truck to the trailer with no issues. Plus, you may want to have a jake brake in the vehicle or some similar device that helps you slow the truck down. Remember that jake braking is illegal in certain cities and counties however.

Transmission: Most used class 8 trucks have manual transmissions, although you will find a growing number that have automatic ones. You’ll want to know how many speeds the engine carries which will range from nine to eighteen. The greater the number, the better control you will have over the truck, especially when it comes to making different maneuvers.

Engine: The condition of the engine is paramount to whether you are going to purchase the truck or not. Everything else can be fixed or replaced within reason, but replacing the engine is a cost that you do not want to bear. Obviously, you should start with the transmission to see what kind it is and then turn to the number of miles the engine has run. Be sure to ask about the maintenance history and any issues that have arisen over that time.

The Features of the Truck

After clearing the big hurdles, you’ll now want to focus on the amenities that the vehicle offers. Safety equipment is an obvious one, but you’ll also want to see about thermostat gauges and other indicators that make driving the truck a lot easier. Comfortable sleepers are always good as well, however you should focus on the features that you want and see if the used class 8 truck has them.
Finally, remember that the main aspects of the used truck are vital towards making a purchase. A class 8 truck in great shape that doesn’t have an amenity or two is something you should buy if it is at a good price. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Write a Good Quality Blog Comment

blog-commentLeaving short comments will not inspire people to comment on your view. Use a little thought and leaving a sentence or two makes a much better comment.

 You are encouraged to comment in this blog. If you write a quality blog comment on this blog I will approve it. If you are just trying to advertise you will end up in the spam section.

 Below you will find some videos and links to help you write better comments.


I have read through many articles on this subject and the third graders in the first video do the best job of summing it up in 5 minutes!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Advantages of Super Single Truck Tires

Super Single Truck Tires

One of the most interesting new trends in the commercial trucking industry may change the way we not only look at large rigs, but what we call them as well. The famed “18 wheeler” may become a “10 wheeler” thanks to super single truck tires.

For many years, large trucks have used dual tires on each axle and four tires each on the trailer for a total of eight with the remaining ten tires on the truck itself. This was done to provide stability and security in case one of the tires blew out. However, the downside was the loss in fuel mileage because of the extra weight of the tires.

Thanks to the new super singles, the trucking industry may reap new benefits because of the advantages that these tires bring.

What are Super Singles?

Super single truck tires are essentially better constructed tires than the standard tires we see on rigs today. They offer aluminum wheels and are larger than their standard counterparts as well. These super singles are tougher, stronger and lighter in weight overall.

The Advantages of the New Tires

Essentially, instead of having eighteen tires to support the trailer and truck, only ten will be needed because of the improved design of the tire itself. The super single truck tires can withstand the weight of the trailer and vehicle over the same time period as their dual counterparts. A study performed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed that trucks could save an average of almost 3% on gas or diesel fuel. While 3% may not sound like much, over 125,000 miles and averaging five miles per gallon that results in a savings of 728 gallons per year.

In addition, the new tires actually offer more stability with a wider truck frame. However, the most interesting advantages are that these tires can hold up for about 200,000 miles as opposed to the standard 160,000 miles for the conventional tires. This means that money is saved on replacement as well since the fewer number of super singles which actually last 40,000 miles longer.

However, the main advantage that super singles offer is that they are stronger, yet lighter in weight than their standard counterparts by roughly 1,000 pounds in total. While this weight savings may translate to better fuel mileage, trucking companies see this as being able to add 1,000 more pounds to the cargo. This means that more can be hauled on a single trip which can earn the company even more money than before.

With more payloads being placed on fewer tires, truck drivers will probably not notice much of a difference in terms of driving their rigs. However, there is one significant drawback to these tires that trucking companies will have to face. With eighteen wheels, if a truck blows out a tire in one of the dual mounted sections, it can limp into a service or repair station and get the tire changed. But, when one of the super single truck tires fails, the truck itself cannot be driven very far with the cargo in tow.


Changing a flat tire on the road with a heavy load without assistance is a tall order to say the least, so there may be higher repair costs in sending out a service truck to do the job. However, super singles are apparently here to stay.