This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending January 23, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
This week, a new President of the United States was sworn into office.
While there may be widespread despair over what led up to this event, this is not the time to back down!
It is more important than ever for truckers in the USA to contact their elected officials -- on federal, state, and local levels on a regular basis -- and press for what is right.
Most officials on the federal level have multiple offices, so feel free to contact them at both their local office and office in Washington, DC.
Also, don't forget to contact those in offices that cover transportation.
While many articles have been written about appointments for top transportation posts, I will limit them to these.
This is one way to get attention, but is it the most effective?
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Please familiarize yourself with the various kinds of trucking accidents that take place and learn what you can do to either eliminate them or make them less severe.
It has been written many, many times about not being distracted while driving.
Never, ever, EVER cook while you're driving such that you are distracted!
The trucker in this video thinks he is being clever, but he is setting himself up for a huge accident!
Learn how to use a Motor Carriers Atlas (truckers' atlas) and if you must use a GPS, make sure it is specifically designated for Commercial Motor Vehicles and has big truck routing.
Using the wrong kind of GPS unit as a trucker will eventually lead to an accident.
I am sharing these as a courtesy to keep you informed.
I am also sharing these as a courtesy to keep you informed.
Which of these sound helpful to you?
Other kinds of training
Eventually, I think we're going to start seeing more accidents involving people driving while wearing a face mask -- especially double face masks!
Wearing a face mask deprives the wearer's brain of oxygen and decreases his/her cognitive ability.
If you are involved in an accident with a driver of any vehicle, make sure that you find out:
Don't haul illegal drugs!
Don't haul people like they are cattle!
Furthermore, don't give a ride to anyone not authorized to be in your truck.
My favorite Witty one-liners [on] America's highway signs are these:
Mike and I extend our congratulations and thanks to Morgan Kirkland:
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.