Getting stuck in traffic is an occupational hazard for long-haul truckers (and anyone who spends time on the road, for that matter). While you can’t do anything about the traffic, you should be able to do something about your boredom. Next time you are stuck on the road, try one of the following strategies to stay alert during the drive…even if you’re not going anywhere anytime soon. >> Continue Reading

Trucking is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. With its robust safety guidelines and numerous checks and balances, the Department of Transportation (DOT) uses every resource at its disposal to keep trucking companies in line when it comes to operational and road safety. This article explains how DOT safety ratings work, how they are determined, why it’s important to get the best rating for your business, and how to do so in a cost-effective way. >> Continue Reading

Despite the new legislation mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) that will apply to almost all commercial vehicle operators in the United States, there are still many circumstances which make it important to know how to fill out paper logs. Under the new mandate, drivers will be required to keep paper logs in their trucks to use if their ELD malfunctions and cannot be repaired until the driver returns to a service location. >> Continue Reading

With the trucking industry preparing to embrace the new ELD legislation, some commercial vehicle operators are already looking for ways to resist the new changes. It’s true that the new ELD mandate doesn’t and shouldn’t apply to everyone, and that’s why the governing body that created it has included a list of exemptions. If you qualify for one, you can avoid scrutiny under this new mandate and keep your operations going as you’ve always done, lucky you! Keep reading to find out which ELD exemptions are outlined in the new ELD mandate and whether you qualify to sidestep this legislation. >> Continue Reading

On the 10th of December 2015, a 516-page ruling was released by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that requires all truckers operating in the USA to completely change how they account for their hours of work. This article discusses how and why this new law was enacted, how the new electronic logging devices will work, and why now is the right time to introduce this legislation that reduces paperwork for truckers in the industry and increases their safety. >> Continue Reading