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Driver compensation survey touts trucking’s competitive pay, benefits

... Among the study’s key findings:

• Median pay for drivers ranged from just over $46,000 for national, irregular route dry van truckload drivers to more than $73,000 for private fleet van drivers.

• In seven of the nine categories of drivers covered by the survey, pay met or exceeded the US median household income of just over $53,000.

• While mileage-based pay was a common method, three out of four fleets used multiple methods to pay drivers including the most frequent approach, paying some drivers by the mile and some by the hour.

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Polar Vortex feels like trucking’s Ebola? Are you ready?

... A solid practice for PM would be to take the opportunity to check the overall effectiveness of coolant while checking for seasonal freezing protection. Corrosion protection is a daily concern for the heavy-duty engine and freezing concerns tend to be seasonal.

Winter is the perfect time to do testing on glycol percentages, which shows you what your freeze-point will be, and how much of the inhibitors you actually have in your system. This will tell you whether or not it is time to do a more significant change, he said.

Coolant inspection is a three-step process:

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Top 10 US freight congestion sites

A landmark in New Jersey has claimed the top slot in the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) list of most congested locations.

ATRI looked at over 250 locations along the US highway system and analyzed terabytes worth of data to compile the study, titled, “2014 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight—Significant Highway Locations.”

For the first time, the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey took the dubious honours of ranking first on the list, dethroning perennial winner Chicago’s Circle Interchange, which took second place.

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FMCSA to publish Thursday rule eliminating no-defect Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports

... FMCSA says that roughly 95 percent of DVIRs are defect-free. Elimination of the reporting requirement of that 95 percent will allow carriers and the agency to better concentrate on the 5 percent of DVIRs that do contain defects, FMCSA says.

It estimates the rule will save the trucking industry $1.7 billion — a number it calculated based on time and paperwork costs.

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Do the benefits of PeopleNet's new Video Intelligence system outweigh any detriments?

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Owner-operators, do you use TruckerTax Letter to get questions about your taxes and business answered? How would you rate the service?

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Review the service: http://www.truck-drivers-money-saving-tips.com/service-reviews.html

President signs restart rollback bill: Here’s what the law requires of FMCSA

President Barack Obama Dec. 16 signed the appropriations bill that halts enforcement of the requirement that a drivers’ 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the once-per-week limit of the restart.

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Drive for a fleet? Do you agree that 'fleets are doing a good job compensating drivers'?

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U.S. diesel and gasoline prices keep declining

Fuel prices continued falling in the U.S. this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), dropping the most in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains, though neither ended up home to the cheapest price for either diesel or gasoline in the country.

The national average retail pump price for diesel declined 11.6 cents this week to $3.419 per gallon, EIA noted; which is 45.2 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2013.

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Do you agree regarding CSA that too much time is spent bickering about inspection violations that 'may or may not have anything to do with safety'?

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Restart rollback a go: Senate sends bill to White House

... “I truly want to thank Congress for including these provisions, and for listening to the industry’s very real safety concerns on the issue and not being swayed by base emotions,” Graves remarked. “In debates about safety, it is often easy to make emotional, but misleading, claims about our industry and we’re pleased that those claims did not carry the day and our elected officials were won over by facts and evidence.”

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Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 1

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. This year, concerns dealt with three main topic areas: electronic logging devices, 30-minute rest breaks, and restarts.

In this article, the first of a three-part series, we'll look at electronic logging devices.

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Trucker fined $1.3M, sentenced to 22 years in prison for role in cargo theft ring

A truck driver who was convicted earlier this year to conspiring to steal trucks, trailers and cargo over a 14-year period has been sentenced to 22 years in prison and has been ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to victims.

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What is more important to you in your trucking job than how much you're paid? How satisfied are you in your trucking job?

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Trucker, how do you keep from injuring yourself when connecting or disconnectng trailers -- or opening stuck trailer doors?

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Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

... Sprains, strains and overexertion accounted for the most trucking-related injuries in Washington State, with costs exceeding $107 million and resulting in 576,000 lost-work days. About 70% of these injuries were to drivers. Many of the injuries occurred while connecting or disconnecting a trailer to the truck or opening stuck trailer doors. Falls were also a leading cause of costly claims involving lost-work days.

"Injury rates in trucking are far above the state average for all other industries combined," said Caroline Smith, an epidemiologist for the department’s Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention program, and the lead researcher on the study. "In an industry that continues to be plagued by a shortage of qualified drivers, it's vital that we keep the ones we have safe and working."

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Did the tax money withheld from paychecks of truckers who worked for what was Arrow Trucking ever get paid?

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WHAT’S INSIDE GREG DECKER’S WINTER SURVIVAL KIT?

... Greg Decker, an owner/operator with Mullen Group out of Airdrie, Alta., said he doesn’t even think of it as a survival kit, but he has a list of items he always carries in his truck come wintertime.

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34-hour restart provisions could be suspended, bill strips funding from enforcement

... After nearly a year and a half of asking Congress for it, the trucking industry got its wish Tuesday evening: A potential rollback of some of the more restrictive elements of FMCSA’s 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule for truck operators.

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Diesel Prices in 2015 Expected to be Far Less Expensive

A new U.S. Energy Department forecast is calling for far less expensive diesel prices in the new year.

On-highway retail diesel are projected to average $3.07 per gallon in 2015, compared to this year’s expected average of $3.82 and 2013’s average of $3.92. The forecast for next year is 31 cents per gallon less than expectations a month ago, according to the DOE's Short Term Energy Outlook.

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How much time and/or money will you save as a truck driver if you 'no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects' on your truck?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1up64Om

Trucker Receives Nearly 22 Years for Tractor-Trailer, Cargo Thefts

A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

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6 Winter Weather Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

If you’re a trucker, I’m sure you’d agree that truck driving in general can be dangerous. But mix in winter weather and high winds and it can be treacherous. Here are six safety tips to help you beat these nasty winter elements:

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Big Rig Rake Answers Questions About Their Snow Removal Tool

We received this response to our questions from BigRigRake.com regarding the Big Rig Rake snow removal tool for large trucks.

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Large Truck Air Resistance, Fuel Economy and Efficiency

What does air resistance do to fuel economy on large trucks? Where does it happen most? How can it be reduced?

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