Trucking Essentials

This is the 100th blog I have written since Jim Mele first asked me to be one of the “experts” in Fleet Owner’s IdeaXchange.  So, I have compiled a list of 100 fuel efficiency facts, tips and best practices.  Here we go!

How will electronic logging devices and new regulations for 2018 impact the roadside inspection process going forward?

Carriers, add it to your list. Coming down the pipeline is a new roadside inspection category that you and your drivers need to get to know: electronic inspection.

Currently, trucking companies and drivers are concerned with the following seven roadside inspection categories:

Commercial truck driving puts you in the cab and over the road, but your trip never has to lack for comfort. Even if you slip in and out of day cabs, never in the same cab twice, you can take with you plenty of accessories to make the ride enjoyable and uniquely your own. If you are fortunate enough to lease your own tractor or have a dedicated route, you can customize your tractor to your heart's content with some totally cool cab accessories.
Dress It Up: Must-haves for Truck Drivers

When driving long distances, especially at night, it is common to feel tired. If you need to stay awake while driving, make sure to get energy before a long drive by having a short nap. On the road, drink caffeine and have small, healthy snacks. You can also do things like listen to music or radio shows to stay alert. If you are too tired to drive, pull over and rest. It is extremely dangerous to drive when you're unable to stay awake.

Tractor-trailer operators are an integral part of the world's economy. Without them, grocery stores would go unstocked, retail businesses would offer no products for sale, manufacturers of all sorts would be unable to deliver products to consumers. Even though most truck drivers are not directly responsible for loading and unloading trailers, they do have full responsibility for safely transporting goods on time.

An owner operator is a self-employed truck driver who operates his/her own small business to transport goods for customers. He or she is free to haul goods on their own or enter into a lease agreement to dedicate their equipment to one customer.

As an owner operator, you can have a lucrative career as long as you are hard-working, have realistic expectations, and work on building strong relationships. Here are a few tips we have gathered to help you be successful in your career:

Commercial trucks are already at greater risk for an accident, but winter weather increases that risk even more. Knowing how to prepare for a winter trip, and how to handle icy conditions, will keep your truck drivers safe through the coldest months of the year.

Before Truckers Hit the Road

It's important to know what to do in the event of a big rig breakdown. As a professional driver, you'll undoubtedly experience a mechanical failure or a breakdown, sooner or later.

Breakdowns are usually unpredictable and always guaranteed to be annoying. However, they are a fact of life in a trucking career.

There are several things to keep in mind to handle an equipment failure 'like a pro'.

As a truck driver, the best way to handle your dispatcher, is to understand what his job involves.

The dispatcher's job is to effectively manage the flow of the freight from point A to point B. They attempt to minimize the truck's empty miles and maximize the company's profits. That's the dispatcher's job and what they are paid to do.

Years ago in the trucking industry, dispatchers were well seasoned, experienced ex-truck drivers. They understood the trucking industry.

A DOT inspection can cause stress for even the calmest and coolest of truckers.

First of all, there shouldn't be a reason to fear DOT inspections, if you're doing your job as a truck driver and following the rules which govern the trucking industry.

DOT officers are like any other professional group out there. There's good ones and bad ones. Their mandate is safety and compliance. In most cases, they're just doing their job.