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More carriers reaching out to women during driver shortage- There’s a shift taking place at carriers’ human resources offices that recalls Rosie the Riveter — the iconic, flexing factory worker popularized through a U.S. government media blitz during World War II when the defense industry sought to recruit women to build planes, munitions and so much more as millions of American men left to [...]

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Feds fast-tracking controversial trucker pilot program- A long-awaited but controversial initiative that will allow young truck drivers to haul freight across state lines is seeking fast-track status from the White House. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has asked the Office of Management and Budget for review and emergency approval of a three-year apprenticeship program to allow carriers to employ drivers [...]

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Why now is the time to become a truck driver- The U.S. depends heavily on truck drivers. Without them, items ranging from critically essential supplies to everyday necessities wouldn’t be so readily available in stores, hospitals or doctors offices. Yet as important as drivers are to the flow of goods and supply chains, the trucking industry is now facing challenges with a severe driver shortage. [...]

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Guide to Better Sleep for Truck Driver Safety- With COVID preventing in-person shopping, there has been a significant demand placed on at-home deliveries. But behind the deliveries is roughly 3.5 million U.S. truck drivers that, of course, are not immune to the virus. COVID-related driver shortages have upped the pressure on the drivers still standing, putting an increased emphasis on sleep deprivation and overworked drivers.With National [...]

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Distracted driving: What drivers who crash are looking at- Distracted driving kills. It causes injuries and delays. From a coaching perspective, it holds back drivers and fleets from their full potential and damages the image of trucking and logistic across society. Most disturbingly, distracted driving has jumped during the pandemic, and now poses an even greater risk to fleets. A new report from Omnitracs analyzed [...]

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Truck driver shortage continues across the country- Forget coding boot camp, California driver shortage could make trucking school the most lucrative career change Roberto Aguirre already had a job lined up when he finished truck driving school this spring, but that didn’t stop more offers from coming in almost every day. “Do you need a job? How soon can you start?” Aguirre [...]

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5 things truckers should know about severe storms- Spring is prime time for tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail Severe thunderstorms can happen any time of year but are most common in spring and early autumn. About 100,000 thunderstorms strike the U.S. each year, and about 10,000 of them become severe. These are five things every trucker should know about severe thunderstorms. 1. Define [...]

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Don’t slip up on these safety basics- If drivers were to break down their day by individual events, in how many instances would they think they’re at risk of injury? Behind-the-wheel safety is important, as it’s where the majority of headline injuries occur, but what about the less conspicuous aspects of a trucker’s job? Tasks that require lifting, climbing and pulling can [...]

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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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