8 Tips for Safe Driving During Trick ‘r Treating

We have fun writing about the most haunted roads in America, but the real danger on Halloween is the increased risk on the road for drivers and pedestrians. Sadly, twice as many children are hit and killed by cars on October 31st than any other day. This is largely because the hours of trick ‘r treating present a trifecta of risks: darkness, a spike in pedestrians, and multiple distractions in the form of decorations and costumes. Whether you drive a semi-truck or an HVAC van, here are Commercial Truck Trader’s tips for safely operating your commercial vehicle on Halloween: 

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Is it Safe to Ship Commercial Vehicles?

Shipping a commercial truck or van, or any oversized vehicle, may seem like a big risk, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. Fortunately, shipping commercial vehicles is safe. In fact, oversized vehicles such as trucks, busses, RVs, and limos are shipped all over the country on a regular basis. However, there are a few things to know first before you consider shipping a commercial vehicle: 

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Drivers Beware! 11 More Haunted Roads in America

Drivers Beware! 9 of the Most Haunted Roads in America

Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. Last year, we reviewed 9 of the most haunted roads in America, which largely focused on the East Coast. This year we’re back, with 11 more haunted roads stretching across the United States, from Wisconsin to Texas to California. If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, especially around Halloween, take heed of these spooky warnings!

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Back to School: Lessons & Reminders for Truckers

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As summer comes to end, families across the country are gearing up for the return of school. Notebooks, pencils, class schedules, carpools — there’s quite a bit to organize before a new semester. At Commercial Truck Trader, we’ve decided to go back to school, too, and have put together this list of tidy reminders for both new truckers and those simply looking for a refresher course in the basics.

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5 Tips For Preventing Truck Accidents

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Driving a vehicle always involves risk. Driving a large vehicle such as a semi-truck involves even greater risk. In addition to potential property damage in the event of a collision, big-rigs are also a greater risk for causing serious injuries if they crash on the road. While it’s true that many truck accidents are unavoidable, there are plenty of actions drivers can take to prevent a variety of semi-truck crashes. Because avoiding truck accidents is everyone’s job, here are 5 tips for preventing truck accidents for drivers of both big-rigs and passenger vehicles. Continue reading “5 Tips For Preventing Truck Accidents”

From Big-Rig Bod to Beach Bod (Infographic)

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Everyone wants to have a “beach bod” when summer comes around, but it can be tough when you’re starting with “big-rig bod.” Every driver knows how tough it can be to stay healthy when on the road, making it no surprise that approximately 70% of truckers are overweight. But if you want to get more active this summer and improve your physical health, here are exercises to help you stay fit during long hauls, with little or no equipment required*

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Are Drivers Always Liable For Truck Accidents?

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When commercial trucking accidents happen, investigators look into the many potential factors that may have contributed to the crash. In some cases, driver error coupled with poor maintenance are to blame for the collision. But oftentimes, investigators discover that other parties were also to blame, as they may have failed to keep up with their responsibilities. 

This boils down to the simple fact that drivers aren’t always responsible for truck accidents. As a matter of fact, truck drivers are often the victims. When companies such as trucking, cargo, or manufacturing firms make mistakes, accidents are more likely to happen. Continue reading “Are Drivers Always Liable For Truck Accidents?”

Cool Driving During Summer Trucking (Infographic)

 

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Most people love rolling the windows down and cruising along on a summer drive. But for truckers, summer driving is not just a nice few minutes between destinations, it’s their full time job with its own set of precautions and problems to look out for in order to stay safe and comfortable. Here are our tips for summer trucking: Continue reading “Cool Driving During Summer Trucking (Infographic)”

Writing the Perfect Truck Driver Resume

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Maybe you recently passed CDL training and are looking for your first driving job. Perhaps you’ve been a trucker for a while now and are either looking to move on from your current company or have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever the case, it’s now time to click the “Submit Resume” button (or drop the letter in the postbox) and hope you get called for an interview.

With unemployment pushing competition for jobs to an all time high, you’ll want to write the perfect truck driver resume to help increase your chances of landing a job in transportation. A resume is your only chance to make a good first impression, and is an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the potential employer, helping them understand why they should hire you instead of anyone else.
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Maintaining Mental Health On the Road During COVID-19

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It’s an uncertain time in our country, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we try to slow the spread of coronavirus and close the doors of nonessential businesses, many people have transitioned to working from home, while others have been out of work entirely. Then there are truckers and other workers in the transportation industry who continue to do their job everyday, ensuring that hospitals receive medical supplies and grocery stores are stocked with food and other necessities.

While the rest of the nation shelters in place, transport drivers are out there working, adding additional anxiety to an already stressful job. So what can truckers do to take care of their mental wellbeing during COVID-19? While there is no perfect solution, there are a number of steps which can help drivers maintain their mental health while on the road during the ongoing pandemic: Continue reading “Maintaining Mental Health On the Road During COVID-19”