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HELP! Trucker husband permanently hurt (becoming depressed)

My husband has been a truck driver for 15 years (currently 33 yrs old) and because of a company neglect he broke his skull, jaw, teeth, and surgeries to

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Q&A: Al Cohn on Fuel-Efficient Tires, Footprints and Inflation

Al Cohn, director of new market development and engineering support for Pressure Systems International, is well-known in truck tire circles. After nearly 30 years with Goodyear and nearly another decade with PSI, he has probably forgotten more than many people know about truck tires.

We sat down with Al recently to gain some insight into a topic that's front and center with many fleets today: fuel-efficient tires. We asked about inflation pressure and how it relates to tire wear and fuel efficiency, and about the wisdom of paying more for a tire that doesn't last as long.

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FMCSA publishes official notice of insurance increase consideration, looking for industry input

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Nov. 26 it is seeking trucking industry input on a potential rulemaking that would increase the $750,000 minimum amount of liability insurance motor carriers must have.

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Affordable Care Act and How it Affects You

Over the past three months there have been several tax developments regarding the Affordable Care Act. These changes may affect you, your family and your livelihood. Below is a summary of the changes and what it means for you.

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Make Drivers a Part of Your Fuel Efficiency Efforts

Drivers have a significant impact on the overall fuel consumption of the trucks they drive. Some say as much as 30 percent.

So developing a culture of fuel efficiency, as one fleet executive called it during our recent Trucking Efficiency Workshop in Indianapolis, is an important step for your fleet. And it starts at the top of the organization. For success, fleet owners and top managers must make a commitment to fuel efficiency and then spread that message throughout their entire organization.

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Can You Afford an Early Retirement?

... Those who are financially savvy know what it takes to live within your means. Even people who do not do it will tell you that living within your means is just spending less than you earn. That way at the end of each month there is money left over. However, if you want to retire early, living within your means includes more than that. ...

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Truckers, how much money did you lose when I-84 was banned to commercial traffic?

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If this trucker was sleepy, why didn't he park his truck instead of getting in an accident?

Contributing article: http://huff.to/1vsDK2t

Trucker was texting: Crown

Prosecutors have laid the fault for a deadly 2011 crash squarely on the shoulders of a truck driver the Crown claims was distracted texting at the time of the Corbyville collision.

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What solution is there to interstates being closed to commercial traffic due to weather?

Options: Wait, find another route, or other?

Contributing article: http://cbsloc.al/1vt7kU8

Will black boxes in trucks really improve trucker safety? If so, how?

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The toll of tunnel tolls on a Chesapeake trucking company

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Toll hikes at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels are coming in January, and 10 On Your Side is looking into the impact it will have on truckers, and by extension, the local economy.

Truckers who travel through the Downtown Tunnel pay $4 during peak traffic hours and $2.25 during non-peak hours.

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How can we generate enough power to run a microwave without attaching an inverter to the truck battery? An APU is to expensive

We want to run a microwave and small refrigerator in our truck but are uncomfortable to have them run off an inverter off the truck batteries. Is there

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Diesel Remains Near Four-Year Low of $3.628

Diesel and gasoline prices keep moving lower while the price of oil has gained a little ground over the past week.

New U.S. Energy Department numbers show the average price of on-highway diesel has fallen 3.3 cents to $3.628 per gallon, just a 0.5 cent higher than a more than three-year low hit three weeks earlier.

Compared to the same time a year ago the average price is 21.6 cents lower.

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Fleet Safety Video Tip: Wet Weather Driving

With showers forecast for the coming week in many areas, now is a good time to remind your fleet drivers of what safety measures they should take during wet weather. Here are 10 tips, culled from AAA materials, which you can pass along.

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How to Decrease Your Tax Bill

Nobody likes to pay taxes. And there is no reason to pay more taxes than you absolutely have to. As an owner-operator you are in the unique position of being able to write off a lot of your income. The hardest part of getting those deductions is remembering to take them when it comes time to file your taxes. Keep these tips in mind so that you can make the most of your money.

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ATA Offers Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving

The American Trucking Associations gave out some tips on safe driving during the busy Thanksgiving Holiday, which will see an estimated 46.3 million drivers on the road. Drivers from the Share the Road safety outreach program compiled a list of safety tips to remember during the holidays.

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Driver safety tips for the holidays include:

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[JOC] NY-NJ truckers complain about tariff change

Truckers are complaining about a tariff change that restricts their ability to collect detention payments for excessive wait times and subjects them to $50 fees for avoidable trouble-window visits at most Port of New York and New Jersey container terminals.

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Recent cargo thefts a warning to carriers: Beware of cargo theft ‘red zone’

... A large majority of cargo thefts occur within the first 200 miles of transport, FreightWatch says, and it recommends that carriers and truck operators should take measures to avoid red zone stops.

Truck operators should make sure they have enough hours on their 14-hour clock and their tractor has enough fuel to drive beyond the red zone after leaving a shipper with a load.

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Do you believe that the average truck driver's needs are just as important as Facebook's Zuckerberg's?

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

Big rigs, big costs

Everyone in trucking today knows it costs big bucks not only to acquire big rigs but to keep them running as well – something that’s been discussed in this space more than a time or two.

To help provide some further clarity on this subject, moving giant Atlas Van Lines recently pulled together an infographic to illustrate some of their findings with regards to the cost of operating tractor-trailers these days ...

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Snow in Buffalo affects Wisconsin truckers

... Polyak said this much snow this early in the season does not bode well for the trucking industry, especially since the previous winter was brutal.

"I think, as a whole, the trucking company, not only shippers and receivers, really started to understand that it's not worth anybody's life. And that, I think, is the biggest thing to understand. We had a lot of trucks that were just sitting in Indiana last year that just sat, and there's really nothing we can do when snow like this hits,” Polyak said.

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The next big wave: how video and data will transform trucking

... SmartDrive has devices installed in refuse haulers, Class 8 tractors, taxicabs and many other types of vehicles, even rail. The technology is designed and configured to factor the size, weight, load, routes, and other characteristics of vehicles and fleets to detect risk. It also captures information from various sensors, electronic control units (ECUs) and third party safety systems to detect risky driving behaviors.

When it does, in the form of a driver making a U-turn, speeding, swerving, or any other number of things, the event data — including a video — is sent to servers in the cloud immediately and to fleet management for review.

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Was the pilot car driver also distracted before the bridge strike? If so, what penalties are associated with that?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1p7q77R

If the pilot car's clearance pole hit the bridge, why didn't the trucker stop his truck?

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