Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat

Sitting in one place for hours on end is not exactly the biggest perk of a trucking career. Yes, you might get to see the world from your position within the cab, but it can get pretty uncomfortable too. We’ve written previously about ways to feel at home in the cab, but discomfort while driving can not only be a nuisance, it can also become a health concern. That’s why we’re diving deeper into how truckers can better settle into the driver’s seat. From proper posture and seat positioning to finding the right seat cushions and more, here are our tips for keeping comfy in the driver’s seat:  Continue reading “Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat”

20 Ways to Feel at Home in the Cab

It’s no secret that driving can be a lonely profession, with truckers often struggling to stay connected while on the job. Road transport is also tough work, requiring drivers to spend practically all day rumbling along in a relatively confined cab. Any chance, then, for truckers to settle in and make the interior of their vehicle a little more cozy is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. That’s why we’re breaking down 20 ways to feel at home in the cab Continue reading “20 Ways to Feel at Home in the Cab”

The Future of Road Travel

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In the 1800s, the steam locomotive and the Transcontinental Railroad revolutionized transportation. In the 1900s, the automobile and the Interstate Highway System was another game-changer. Now that we’re in the 2000s, our roads are overcrowded, in poor condition, chronically underfunded, and increasingly dangerous. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) only gives the U.S. grades of C+ for bridges, D for roads, and D- for transit – and if you drive for a living, those grades are likely not surprising. Continue reading “The Future of Road Travel”

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence

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In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime — or at least, spending very few dimes!

It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 2 of our Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Grow Social Media Influence!! Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Grow Social Media Influence”

8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers

Red big rig semi truck tractor going with empty flat bed semi trailer on the awesome winding road in green forest in Columbia Gorge area

Life as a truck driver is not easy. Even with a decent remuneration package being offered by companies, there’s still an ongoing shortage of drivers. The shortage of drivers is due, in part, to the hardships of life on the road, including isolation/loneliness and negative health impacts. Fortunately for drivers, there are a lot of gadgets that can help make the trucking life better. Here are some essential gadgets for drivers that make driving easier, safer, and more comfortable. Continue reading “8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers”

Autonomous Cargo Drones Could Disrupt Transportation

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Move aside self-driving semi trucks. It seems we had just begun the debate about the impact that autonomous big-rigs could have on the industry, when a new innovation is introduced that could have an even bigger impact on supply chain logistics and transportation: self-operating cargo drones.

It’s exactly what it sounds like; unmanned cargo drones are being developed in order to revolutionize the transportation of goods across local, regional, and national distances. As delivery companies are implementing package-carrying drones that bring small purchases right to your doorstep, the natural next step seems to be the movement of shipping containers with more advanced drones. Using hybrid engines, many of these aircraft will incorporate both rotary and fixed wings to take off and land like helicopters, while cruising across the sky like airplanes. And they may not be very far off. Continue reading “Autonomous Cargo Drones Could Disrupt Transportation”

Technology Trends: How to Get Employees to Buy-In

Whether it be social media, websites, or online listings, there is a plethora of ways that dealerships can use technology nowadays to elevate their business to the next level. Is your dealership taking advantage of technology to run a more efficient and ultimately successful business?

Welcome to Part 2 of our commercial dealership Technology Trends blog series produced through a partnership between Commercial Web Services, Commercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers.

To that end, we’ve previously discussed how to take advantage of helpful technology available to commercial dealerships (you can read that post HERE). Today we’re talking about how to get dealership employees to buy into technology solutions!! Continue reading “Technology Trends: How to Get Employees to Buy-In”

Technology Trends: How to Take Advantage of Technology in the Industry

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Whether it be social media, websites, or online listings, there is a plethora of ways that dealerships can use technology nowadays to elevate their business to the next level. Is your dealership taking advantage of technology to run a more efficient and ultimately successful business?

Welcome to Part 1 of our commercial dealership Technology Trends blog series produced through a partnership between Commercial Web ServicesCommercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers. To that end, today we’re talking about how to take advantage of the technology available to you!! Continue reading “Technology Trends: How to Take Advantage of Technology in the Industry”

Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?

One of the most commonly used tools for a driver might soon be replaced. Stoneridge Inc. is attempting to engineer a paradigm shift in how truckers stay aware of their surroundings by replacing side-view mirrors with camera systems which display a truck’s surroundings via in-cab screens. This change, the company says, can drastically expand a driver’s field of vision and boost safety, while improving aerodynamics and fuel savings. Continue reading “Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?”

Vibrating Trucker Hats Keep Drivers Awake

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Recently on the blog, we wrote about an epidemic with fatal consequences – driving while drowsy. An estimated 60% of Americans have operated a vehicle while sleepy, and a whopping 40% have fallen asleep while driving!! In response to what is an incredibly dangerous practice, we offered 8 Tips for Staying Bright-Eyed While Driving. It was a popular post, but Ford may have just given us a 9th tool for staying awake on the road: Vibrating Trucker Hats!! Seriously. Let’s take a closer look!! Continue reading “Vibrating Trucker Hats Keep Drivers Awake”