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  • reveal how other drivers saved money or lost money (as examples to learn from); and

  • alert you to situations that could cost you money.


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Why did the FMCSA change non-CMV-caused accident safety ratings but not 'publicly available CSA data'?

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If truckers already have an inverter, are they more likely to buy a climate-control-only version of an APU than one with an AC option?

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Trucker, has your consumer confidence risen to the 'second-highest level since July 2007'?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1EZiEvI

Can't find my CDL

I can't find my CDL! I had it yesterday when I delivered a load. What do I do? ----- Response from Vicki: Thank you for asking a question through our

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Diesel starts new downward trend, falls 5.3 cents in latest week

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 5.3 cents in the week ended March 23 to $2.864, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly fuel report.

That’s the second consecutive weekly price drop — coming after five weeks of increases — and the 30th in the previous 37 weeks.

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How will not increasing 'federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill' affect the trucking industry and your paycheck, trucker?

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Thinking outside the box: Bolt-on devices have improved trailer aerodynamics. But is it time for some more radical thinking, including the reshaping of the box itself?

... “I suspect that the EPA change will result in changes to trailer shapes,” predicts Brian McAuliffe, a research officer in the aerodynamics laboratory, at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). ...

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63 Tickets Issued in Massive Michigan Pile-up

Police have issued 63 tickets to drivers involved in a 193-vehicle pile-up in January on Interstate 94 in Michigan, most for the same violation....

A total of 58 people, including 30 truckers, are being cited for driving too fast for the conditions. The pile-up killed one truck driver, sent 23 people to the hospital and closed Interstate 94 for two days. ...

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How has RFID use helped or hindered your work as a professional truck driver?

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If you don't wear a seat belt when you drive a CMV, do you tend to 'engage in other unsafe or illegal driving activity'?

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Trucker, what personal or truck-related products or services that you buy on the road cost you more than they used to?

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If getting 45 to 60 minutes of sleep can 'produce a five-fold improvement in information retrieval', then why don't the HOS regulations allow for this?

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How will a trucking company's failure to clean up after a spill affect its truckers' wages?

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Nearly $90M in truck freight stolen in cargo thefts in 2014, report shows

Just shy of $90 million in cargo was stolen in 2014 in truck-trailer cargo theft incidents, according to a report released this month by CargoNet. Nearly half of that was high-value electronics loads, which averaged $549,539 in stolen goods per theft incident and totaled $42 million in the year.

CargoNet’s figures are similar to those also released this month by FreightWatch International, with both reporting a small drop in the number of overall incidents but a sizable jump in the average loss value per incident.

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First Annual Cooking in the Truck Summit

... In recent years there has been an increase in the number of drivers who prefer to cook in their trucks. This is done for a variety of reasons including being able to save money, to improve their health, and more. A variety of resources have become available to help encourage drivers to cook in their trucks.

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If fleets own Mack trucks with extended service intervals that could save them 'thousands of dollars', will drivers in these fleets see higher wages?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GkJiRy

Greater efficiency the new mantra for Cummins

... Cummins showed off several enhancements to its engines and related systems that are designed to “redefine efficiency” from this perspective.

The first is a new electronic control system called “ADEPT,” which is short for Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain Technology.

Jim Fier – recently promoted to VP of HLMD engineering for Cummins’ engine business effective April 1 – explained that ADEPT is a new suite of electronic features that aims to deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 3% initially for ISX15 customers operating with automated manual transmissions (AMTs).

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ATA joins lawsuit to block price-hiking Oregon fuel standards

The American Trucking Associations announced it was joining with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance in suing the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.

“Just as trucking is the lifeblood of our economy, for the foreseeable future, diesel fuel is the lifeblood of the trucking industry,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Anything that unnecessarily raises the cost of fuel will not just hurt the trucking industry, but will also hurt consumers everywhere in the form of higher prices for food, clothing and other consumer goods.”

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Will diesel ever cease to be 'the lifeblood of the trucking industry'? Which lower cost fuel will take over?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1GkIoEX

Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide

Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide Hope you are well. I was hoping to see if you like my guide, alot of work has gone into it. I was wondering if you think it

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MATS Exhibitor IdleAir to Give Away These Freebies and Discounts to Truckers

IdleAir is an Exhibitor at the Mid America Trucking Show. Here's the list of freebies and discounts they're giving away to truckers. MATS Exhibitor IdleAir.

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Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) Exhibitor Freebies and Discounts for Truckers

Are you or is your company an exhibitor who is giving away freebies or discounts to truckers at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS)? Share your info now.

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Stolen Truck! Steps to Protect Your Tractor Trailer from Thieves

In less than 30 seconds, thieves can take off with a stolen truck. How can you protect your tractor trailer? Read our tips...

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Will regulations and the parking shortage affect autonomous (self-driving) trucks as they do today's truckers?

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Autonomous Trucks in Ten Years: Report: Self-driving trucks could be here soon than you think

If you're waiting for a self-driving, heavy-duty truck – those in the field prefer the term 'autonomous truck' – it's only ten years away, according to a recently-published report by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH.

"Limited self-driving trucks are not expected to reach series-production readiness before 2025. The technology is almost there, but legal hurdles have to be overcome," Sebastian Gundermann, partner in the consultancy's Automotive Competence Center, said in a prepared statement.

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Trucker, have you ever shopped for retreads based on a manufacturer's claim of a more fuel efficient tread design?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1BW76to

How Does Truck Driver Pay Relate to Safety?

Does the way in which carriers pay truck drivers produce safer driving habits?

That's the question that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking carriers, but the answer may be difficult to uncover, according to those who have studied the issue.

Most economists agree that paying someone more for their work usually results in better performance. For truck drivers, this often translates to safer driving. The main reason is that higher compensation attracts better, more experienced and safer drivers. Higher pay also sends a message that the work is respected which also leads to drivers taking more pride in their job which often means safer work habits.

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Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands

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Since FedEx's profit has jumped more than 50%, will their truckers see any of that in their paychecks?

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Diesel National Average Declines 2.7¢ to $2.917, Ending String of Price Increases

The average U.S. retail diesel price declined 2.7 cents last week to $2.917 per gallon, snapping a streak of five weekly price increases, the Department of Energy reported March 16.

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Trucker, have you added a nose cone to your trailer? What improvement in fuel economy did you achieve?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1EwqnRR

7 Red Flags that May Lead to a Tax Audit

Tax season makes a lot of people nervous. They are worried that they might owe money, or they are worried that they haven’t done their taxes properly. They fret and agonize over whether or not they should submit their taxes, and after they do they almost wait for the notice that says they are being audited. The truth is that most people can relax. Even if you did make a mistake, most aren’t severe enough to trigger an audit. However, as you do your taxes this year, pay attention to these 7 red flags that may lead to a tax audit.

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Bed Sheets and Discount Bedding for Truck Sleeper Mattresses

Mattresses in truck sleepers come in non-standard sizes, making the procurement of bed sheets or discount bedding challenging. What are your options for saving money?

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RoadPro Portable Stove

got this unit approx. 2 years ago been using it constantly ever since cookin everything from the frozen lasagna to steak and potatoes. I usually buy the

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PAM Transport to pay nearly $500k in disability discrimination suits

PAM Transport (No. 54 in the CCJ top 250) was ordered recently by the Department of Labor to pay 12 former drivers nearly half a million dollars after it was determined that the carrier violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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What will TravelCenters of America do with their nearly tripled profit? Will truckers see improvements?

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CRST implements second pay increase as part of "culture change"

... Cameron Holzer, president of CRST Expedited, said this latest pay increase – which went into effect back on Jan. 15 – follows a previous $10 million driver pay hike 15 months ago.

“The raises are designed to reward experienced drivers and incent driver tenure in a highly competitive marketplace,” he noted in a statement. “As the driver shortage worsens the competition for qualified, experienced drivers continues to increase. As CRST continues to grow, we need to invest in our drivers to retain and grow our fleet.”

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Since the initiative began eight months ago, driver turnover has declined by 20%, Holzer emphasized.

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Shower Review Pilot Georgia Dalton

This is a review of the shower facility at the Pilot Truck Stop in Dalton, GA. My Name - Mike Simons Country where I drive professionally - USA I am a/an

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Showers for Professional Drivers: Options and Money Saving Tips

Professional truck drivers practice good personal hygiene on the road by taking showers. What options exist and how can you save money in the process?

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Customer Satisfaction for Truckers at Truck Stops and Beyond

When professional truck drivers buy products and services, whether or not from truck stops, they expect customer satisfaction. What if they don't get it?

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Scientist-activists call for 40% improvement in truck fuel economy

Citing “years of non-regulation and slow investment,” the Union of Concerned Scientists has called for “strong federal standards” for heavy-duty truck fuel economy, with a goal of cutting fuel consumption by at least 40%.

The push, dubbed “Engines for Change,” was launched Wednesday and centers on a 24-page report which details the amount of fuel used by trucks to move freight and specifically to haul consumer goods, along with the savings that would be generated for both consumers and truckers by developing more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Impact of cheaper oil felt across the economy

... Falling crude oil prices also benefit buyers of transportation services because suppliers can generally pass down operational cost savings. Fuel costs amount to a significant share of revenue for suppliers of international air cargo transportation services, national trucking services and domestic air travel. During a period characterized by trends that are pressuring prices up, including rising demand, market consolidation and regulatory change, low fuel prices are helping mitigate the effects of those trends.

Suppliers of national trucking services provide long-distance freight trucking solutions to a diverse pool of buyers, including manufacturers and retailers. Because service rates are highly contingent upon the cost of fuel, oil price trends have helped limit price growth, generally favoring buyers.

Nonetheless, prices have risen at an estimated average annual rate of 2.4% in the past three years because demand and regulatory conditions have largely outweighed the impact of falling input costs. On the back of economic rebound, total trade value has expanded, driving demand for trucking solutions. As demand and regulatory costs rise, providers are raising service rates for buyers.

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Cargo thefts down, but value of stolen loads up

CargoNet has reported cargo theft incidents dropped from 1,098 in 2013 to 844 in 2014, however the average load value continues to increase.

Last year the average stolen load was worth $181,681, up from $143,957 in 2013.

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Cargo was most often stolen from warehouse locations, often as a result of fraudulent pickups. Truck stops were the next most common location for thefts, with Georgia truck stops leading the way (26).

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Trucker, do you think it is possible to cut fuel consumption (aka increase fuel economy) in large trucks by 40%?

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Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Rewards Safety on the Road Safe Trucker Salute Program Launches in North Texas

The United States economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the U.S., and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que in North

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Shower Review Pilot Kentucky Corbin

My Name - Mike Simons Country where I drive professionally - USA I am a/an - Company Driver Name of truck stop and its location (city and state) where

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Emotional Balance for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Many situations can threaten a trucker's emotional balance. Fortunately, there is natural help available.

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Emotional Wellness for Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

Truckers need emotional wellness in order to do their jobs well. We list what can happen when it's missing and items that can help.

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Energizing Truckers and Professional Truck Drivers

For the purposes of providing an energizing boost, there are natural alternatives to energy drinks. Read more...

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