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 … More 8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers
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: Unmanned cargo drones are being developed that will revolutionize the transportation of goods across local, regional, and national distances. As delivery … More Autonomous Cargo Drones Could Disrupt Transportation
Current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibits drivers under the age of 21 from driving heavy-duty trucks across state lines. By prohibiting young drivers from accessing interstates for regional or cross-country routes, fleets can be further limited in the midst of the ongoing driver shortage. However, some relief should soon be on the way in the form of some of our nation’s young service-members … More New Program To Allow Vets Under 21 to Drive Big-Rigs Across State Lines
The pool of potential workers is shrinking just as an aging driver population is retiring, federal regulations are restricting hours of service, and younger generations are increasingly associating trucking with low pay, poor working conditions, and an isolated and unhealthy lifestyle. In short, it has become harder and harder for … More Let’s Drive, Kids: Millennial Recruitment During the Driver Shortage
Ten years ago, trucking was hit especially hard by the Great Recession and thousands of drivers lost their jobs. Growth in subsequent years was slow, but consistent, and there was a large pool of potential drivers for trucking companies to hire. However, the general economy has now largely recovered and, with more and more goods … More The Driver Shortage is Raising Shipping Costs; Are Retail Prices Next?
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 side-views via in-cab screens. This change, the company says, can drastically expand a driver’s field of vision, and therefore safety, while improving aerodynamics. … More Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?
We’ve got some huge news to share: Commercial Truck Trader is launching new reporting tools for dealers who sell their commercial vehicles through CommercialTruckTrader.com!! This is a BIG DEAL. These reporting tools will provide dealers with a more advanced understanding of how buyers are interacting with their listings, how their inventory is performing, and how their inventory listings compare to competition in local and national markets, and more. … More New Reporting from Commercial Truck Trader is a BIG DEAL
Did you know that over 60% of OTR drivers are pet-owners, and that 40% take their pets on the road with them?? That’s according to a recent Harris poll, and it got us thinking about trucking with man’s best friend. Bringing a dog on the road creates a fun and unique trucking experience, but there can actually be a lot that goes into preparing for and driving with a canine in the cab. Here’s what you need to know about Dogs in Trucking!! … More A Trucker’s Best Friend
Alabama’s song, “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)”, is one of the more famous trucking songs out there. Central to the song is what is foremost in the heart of every trucker: a connection to family. Being away from loved ones is a well-known theme of the trucking life; a stereotype that’s not accurate for every driver, but rooted in truth for many truckers on the road. This can make it tough for those behind the wheel to stay connected to their friends and family. … More Staying Connected On The Road
We have now entered the age of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), as mandated by the federal government. Although widely disliked by owner-operators in the transportation industry, the controversial ELD requirement “is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately … More 10 ELD Updates to Your Company’s Hours-of-Service Policy