This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 25, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
The following are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the trucking industry's perspective.
One cannot keep borrowing forever!
Always pay to use the toll roads upon which you travel.
If you feel that you've been overcharged, bring that to the attention of someone who can do something about it.
Once again, it appears that those in the Executive branch of the USA's federal government have propped up part (FMCSA) of an unconstitutional department (DOT) -- and have put at its head someone who has no trucking experience.
We know from the studies that many of the accidents involving large trucks are caused by the other motorist.
Many motorists are distracted while driving.
Some people have suggested ways on how to reduce distractions, including making it impossible for the driver to use a cell phone while driving.
If you were in charge, what would you do to maximize people's freedom and yet reduce distracted driving accidents?
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This photo was posted in a private group on Facebook.
This is obviously a preventable accident as:
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Never, ever haul people like they are cattle or cargo -- no matter how much you are offered!
There have been quite a number of road closures lately, including those having to do with truck crashes.
If you have the technology, find and use suitable truck route detours.
Be aware of the pros and cons of going "straight electric power" in a truck.
I adamantly oppose driverless, self-driving, or autonomous commercial motor vehicles on public roads shared with the motoring public, but am sharing these articles as a courtesy to help you stay current with the news on this topic.
According to the website for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, there are "85 technologies [that] can help your fleet improve its freight efficiency" that are categorized as follows: Chassis, Idle Reduction, Operational Practices, Powertrain, Tires & Rolling Resistance, Tractor Aerodynamics, Trailer Aerodynamics, and Trailer General.
Electric Trucks and Autonomous Vehicles are listed on their Emerging Technologies page.
While we all want to be good stewards of God has given to us, be aware that certain people and groups want to force all of us into technologies that do or can limit us.
One of the banners under which this is done is "climate change," under the categories of "carbon" and "emissions."
On our Safe Driving page, we show the location of "a mirror mounted above the window on the passenger side to see vehicles on that side of the truck that may or may not be visible in the other two mirrors on that side."
Given this report of a hitchhiker clinging to the passenger side of a truck under the mirror, having one of these passenger-side mirrors mounted above the window might be a great idea!
Some truckers may prefer to have "mirrorless" technology on their trucks.
If you drive a truck with a recall, please be sure to have your truck looked at as soon as possible!
Who is going to compile the information in these scorecards and will they merely be a profit center for the compiler?
Will this become a "pay for a good score" type effort?
What transparency will the compiler have before attempting to list the transparency of the companies on the scorecards?
What we have witnessed since early 2020 has been increasing levels of tyranny, the most egregious of which has been an "order" for citizens to receive in their bodies one or more injections of substances that -- as reported (on 9/20/2021) on the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS) since the December 2020 rollout of COVID vaccines in the U.S. -- have injured more than 700,000 people and resulted in nearly 15,000 deaths.
Congratulations to all of those who have achieved trucking milestones or other recognitions!
If you are in the running for an award, we wish you well!
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.