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 … More The Future of Road Travel
Even if you are not a truck driver, you’ve likely been warned about using your cell phone – especially texting – while operating a vehicle. However, the dangers of driving while distracted take on even greater significance when the vehicle being operated is a bigger work truck or van, or an even more massive semi-truck. This is not news to commercial drivers, 93% of whom believe that reading a text while driving is a distraction … More Texting Truckers: How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?
Humble truckers may not often mention it, but the work they do can be very dangerous. It’s an unfortunate – but well-known – fact that thousands of people die every year in transportation accidents. In trucking, drivers are constantly faced with heavy traffic, distractions, stress, fatigue, and sleeping problems. As we look to solve issues in transportation, a changing world and innovations in technology can introduce … More New Recommendations for Trucking Safety from the NTSB
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
Together, truckers like you move over 10.42 billion tons of freight each year. This requires dedication, focus, and skill, which you surely have in spades. However, hiring managers sometimes need help recognizing those valuable traits. To land more jobs — and the best jobs — you may have to … More On-The-Road Marketing: How Truckers Can Build A Brand
How much do car drivers know about trucks? A truck driver knows it takes the length of a football field to bring a big rig that’s going 55mph to a full stop, but does the SUV driver chatting on a cell phone in the next lane understand that before he merges in front of that truck? … More Safely Sharing the Road with Trucks
Trucking is admittedly a very cool profession, but at the same time, trucking is not a game. When drivers are behind the wheel of a big rig, sharp driving skills and quick reflexes can make the difference between safety and collisions, between life and death. Trucker training, then, is of utmost importance among semi truck drivers. … More Is Virtual Reality the Future of Trucker Training?
Do you get enough sleep before you get behind the wheel?? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of Americans have operated a vehicle when they felt sleepy and nearly 40% have nodded off while driving!! It’s an epidemic with potentially fatal consequences. Why do drivers continue to get behind the wheel when they are so tired?? … More Sufficient Sleep: A Big Part of Trucker Safety
Automated technology is a tricky subject for truck drivers. To be clear, few truckers on the road today will lose their jobs to self-driving technology. However, the story may be quite different in 40 to 50 years. Today we want to look to that more distant future and attempt to understand Why Self-Driving Technology is Coming, Despite Concerns. … More Why Self-Driving Tech is Coming, Despite Concerns
Whether it is managing a fleet or driving a big rig, the trucking industry is often perfect for those seeking new opportunities and challenges. … More Trucking Transitions