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”
In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, people across the nation have been advised to stay at home and to practice social distancing, with some states putting the force of law behind those orders. However, there are rare times when people need to be on the road. Some will hop into their RV or onto their motorcycle to travel to provide critical care for family members. Others are truckers performing essential work as they provide hospitals with medical supplies and keep grocery stores stocked with food and other necessities.
Grappling with the coronavirus pandemic can be stressful enough when at home, but what if you start to experience coronavirus symptoms while on the road? To protect yourself, those who may be traveling with you, and those you may come into contact with during and after a trip, it is vitally important that you are familiar with proper precautions to take while on the road, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you get sick away from home.Continue reading “Fighting COVID-19 On the Road: Precautions & What to Do If You Experience Symptoms”
Custom or standard – which type of upfit design is right for your commercial vehicle? If you were at the previous CONEXPO-CON/AGG, you may have seen Summit Truck Bodies’ custom Ford F-550. With its cool and precise design, Summit was understandably proud of their ability to upfit highly specialized trucks. Yet their impressive custom display contrasts with a growing trend in the industry for more standard designs. This had us thinking it would be a great time to look at the benefits of both custom and standard commercial vehicle upfits!Continue reading “Custom or Standard: Which Upfit is Right for You?”
It can be funny to see how over-the-top comic-book fans can be at events like Comic-Con, but then you realize people can be just as passionate about attending certain events in the commercial vehicle industry. Okay, most of us don’t show up in costume, but trade shows, expos, and conventions are still a huge deal.
Trade shows are a unique opportunity to be surrounded by professionals and other individuals in your field, where conversations about work are easy and don’t require lengthy explanations about industry terms. This makes industry events fantastic opportunities to make connections, find that product that will take your business to the next level, and of course, compete with your colleagues for who can find the best giveaways.
Driving can be lonely, tough work, especially over the holidays when most people expect to celebrate with family. Any chance, then, for truckers to add a little more cheer to their vehicle is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. Here are 12 ways to feel at home in your cab over the holidays: Continue reading “12 Ways to Feel at Home in Your Cab Over the Holidays”
Spending Thanksgiving Day on the road? Sure you can pop into a rest stop offering a turkey sandwich special, but for a taste of home, you could prepare your very own Thanksgiving dinner right in the cab. Here’s how (with the help of your generator and power inverter):Continue reading “Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner on the Road”
Commercial Truck Training, a frequent partner of Commercial Truck Trader™, often helps dealers develop a commercial department from scratch. Yet too often, after their team leaves, the dealership’s top management stops following their expert advice and institutes new systems based on faulty assumptions about the commercial industry. These mistakes are classic cases of “fantasy vs. reality.” To help you avoid falling into these misconception pitfalls, we’re debunking 6 myths about commercial sales that don’t match the reality of the industry, along with our recommendations for each situation.Continue reading “Debunking 6 Myths about Commercial Sales”
As the leading online marketplace for buying and selling commercial vehicles, Commercial Truck Trader understands just how useful the Internet can be in finding your next truck or van. However, it is essential that online shoppers always be on the lookout for scams. Spikes in scams occur around the holidays in retail, and at the beginning and peak of the busy season in commercial – but they can happen all year round. Because we always want our customers to be safe, we’ve put together a list of 13 tips for avoiding scams when buying online.Continue reading “13 Tips for Avoiding Scams When Buying Online”
Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America. If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware!