Truck Tires Getting Killed? 16 Fixes Every Owner Operator & Carrier Needs
Proper tire choice and good maintenance habits lead to longer tire life, better fuel economy, and more profit per load. Follow these 16 essential tire tips.
Are Brokers and 3PLs Close to a National Hiring Standard for Motor Carriers?
On Friday, April 27, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that would create a National Hiring Standard for motor carriers.
Industry update: Flexible Sleeper Berths, ELDs in North America, and Electric Trucks
Did you Know? The first Hours of Service rules were proposed in 1935 but were not adopted until 1939. Regulations For the third straight legislative session, the U.S. Congress is seeking to unify all truckers under Federal Hours of Service regulations instead of just interstate drivers. Other provisions within the legislation would not require carriers
Tech Talk: Bring On the Smart Devices
Our world is getting smarter. As we look at the vehicles, devices, and systems we use, we are beginning to see a move toward embedded electronics and integration. This is adding smarts to the equipment we have used, and driving efficiency. When I was in school I had a late ’70’s model International Harvester pickup
Furthering Your Fuel Economy
“Drive like there’s an egg under your fuel pedal and you don’t want to break it.” – Author unknown An old-time trucker was once quoted as saying this was the best way for a truck driver to conserve fuel. Apply pressure to the gas pedal gently and conservatively. Use light pressure when increasing and decreasing speed
So You Owe the IRS…
Ugh! Your least favorite cost of all: writing a check to the IRS. At least when you have to plunk down several grand for a transmission overhaul, you get a tangible benefit from that. So let’s say you’ve filed your returns but you didn’t happen to have an extra eight or 10 grand lying around
Pat Dickard Knows: Making a Profit
The trucking industry has been called the driving force behind the political and economic history of the United States. Because of a strong commitment to quality, a passionate focus on customer needs and satisfaction, and a constant push to improve technologies used in everyday business practices and, I might add, just plain old hard work,
TCA Recommends Short Walks During Driver Downtime
“We’ve found that with drivers, when we got them to start losing weight, their energy level starts to increase, and they’re more alert and open to doing exercise. It doesn’t have to be going to a gym, just getting out and walking around the truck works.” Read the source article at Overdrive Magazine
Bevy of Rulemaking Activity Expected Soon, Including Speed Limiter Mandate
The Department of Transportation, in its monthly regulatory update, gave its first update since November on a rulemaking to require speed limiters on heavy trucks, now projecting the rule to be published in February. The proposed rule, a joint effort from FMCSA and another DOT agency, has been stuck in the White House’s Office of
FTR Predicts “Another Strong Trailer Year” in 2016
Trailer backlogs are at historic levels and order expectations for 2016 are optimistic, according to data released Monday by FTR. FTR reports U.S. trailer net orders for December fell 35 percent month-over-month to 25,500 units, and 43 percent year-over-year. Full-year 2015 orders totaled 313,000 units. Read the source article at ccjdigital.com