Industry News

U.S. Trucking Battles Surging Demand and a Dearth of Drivers- The North American trucking industry has had its own year of firsts, with record demand to haul goods, capacity constraints and the pandemic all making the roadways much tougher to navigate. The surging need for road freight has exacerbated yet another issue: not enough qualified drivers in an era of stricter drug tests. “Demographics, a [...]

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Trucking Companies Increasing Pay Could Indicate Greater Trend- Carriers are boosting compensation to address an ongoing driver shortage that some fear may worsen as a recent surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to put new strains on the supply chain. “With the difficulty of finding qualified drivers — even during a global pandemic — many fleets are looking to raise driver pay, with some [...]

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Upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week puts drivers, equipment in the spotlight- Law enforcement will be paying closer attention to unsafe driving behaviors of both truck and car drivers July 12-18 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week. Next week’s push marks the first – and one of the largest – organized enforcement campaigns since the coronavirus pandemic cancelled CVSA’s annual [...]

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10 ways truckers can stay healthy during COVID-19- Think you’re safe from the COPVID-19 coronavirus because you’re cooped up in your truck all day? Think again. Even though truck driving is a profession that provides a lot of natural “social distancing,” it doesn’t mean drivers can’t easily come down with COVID-19 if they’re not careful. Here are a few tips to help stay [...]

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2020 Best Fleets to Drive For- The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For. These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees. “Now in its 12th year, the program continues to showcase the best fleets [...]

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Being prepared for winter truck driving- We all knew it was coming. It makes an appearance every year. Sometimes it shows up early, sometimes late, but it always shows up. Extreme cold, blowing snow and icy roads can make for treacherous driving conditions. As professional truck drivers, we sometimes need to make the decision to shut it down and sit it [...]

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Smart tips for preventing breakdowns- American Truck Business Services (ATBS) is in the business of helping truckers operate profitably. It recently came out with some tips to help prevent truck breakdowns. The tips are common sense things that fleets and owner-operators can do to ensure their trucks are in good operating condition. Make sure your drivers are performing complete pre- [...]

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Safe Parking- Part of staying safe on the road is finding legal and safe parking at night. According to a survey done by the Federal Highway Administration, more than 75 percent of truck drivers report having issues finding parking and 90 percent have trouble finding available safe parking. There’s currently a shortage of truck parking, so it [...]

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What truckers need to do when stopped by the highway patrol- You can be more efficient by being safe, and not giving law enforcement a reason to stop you. But if they do, a professional attitude will get you back on the road more quickly. We’ve all felt the jolt of seeing flashing lights in our rearview mirror. Immediate thoughts are often “Me?” “What did I [...]

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Skills Testing Delays Costing US Economy $1.5 Billion Annually- The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) has released new research showing that commercial driver skills testing delays are responsible for $1.5 billion in annual economic losses for the US economy and more than 6.4 million days of delays for new commercial drivers, leading to significant lost wages for American workers. Commercial vehicle drivers are in high demand [...]

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