Top Truck Driver Safety Tips

It may seem simple and straightforward to drive a truck, but due to the size and power of these vehicles, safety is critical. That’s why a significant part of all truck driver training programs is devoted to teaching future drivers how to keep themselves and other operators safe on the road. If you’re planning a career in trucking, it’s important to keep these truck driver safety tips in mind.

9 Truck Driver Safety Tips

  1. Load cargo carefully
  2. Reduce speed on curves
  3. Understand blind spots
  4. Drive with caution in construction zones
  5. Drive defensively
  6. Adjust for bad weather
  7. Stay calm
  8. Maintain your vehicle
  9. Take care of yourself

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The Most Scenic Drives in Texas

If you’re a truck driver in Texas, then you’re in luck! Texas’ wide variety in scenery and landscapes, drivers only need to look out the window to admire the state’s beauty. Watch this video to experience some of the most scenic roads in the state.

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The Best Food for Hitting the Road

When you’re making long hours on the round, you’re bound to get hungry. However, not all food is suitable to eat while trucking. That’s why we compiled a list of some of the best food to eat while on the road.

  1. Burger
  2. Granola bar
  3. Burrito
  4. Pretzels
  5. Trail mix
  6. Cheese crackers
  7. Hotdog
  8. Dried fruit
  9. Sweet potato muffins

You’ll never go hungry with these road foods, so make sure to stack up on them.

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Top 10 Songs All Truck Drivers Should Have on Their Playlist

If you’re getting bored with your go-to music playlist and are wondering how music today strayed so far from the classics, it’s time to bring your trucking road trip music playlist back to basics. Add some new timeless songs to your iPod with the Top 10 of the Best 100 songs ever written.

  1. Life on Mars? – David Bowie (1971)
  2. Let it Be – The Beatles (1970)
  3. Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan (1975)
  4. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  5. Lola – The Kinks (1970)
  6. Redemption Song – Bob Marley (1979)
  7. Saint James Infirmary – Louis Armstrong (1928)
  8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland (1939)
  9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra (1956)
  10. Everybody Hurts – REM (1993)

 

Having interesting music to listen to will improve your daily drives and keep your brain engaged in what’s going on around you. Now that you have the Top 10 best songs ever written at the top your music que, you’ll never get tired of throwing this playlist on for some timeless tunes.

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How to Stay Awake and Alert on the Road

Long road trips get boring. Eventually, all the scenery starts to look the same and the sound of your tires on the asphalt gets old. But, falling asleep on the road is extremely dangerous to you and those around you. So, it’s important to do whatever you can to make sure you are keeping yourself awake and entertained. How?

Here are 10 ways to stay alert during long road trips:

  1. Nap before starting your journey.
  2. Eat a good, healthy meal beforehand.
  3. Take vitamins B and C to give you energy.
  4. Pull over to stretch your legs and get the blood flowing every few hours.
  5. Listen to music loudly–and sing along!
  6. Keep snacking throughout the trip (but, make sure they’re healthy snacks that aren’t high in sugar).
  7. Listen to an interesting audio book.
  8. Do mini stretches in as you drive to keep you alert.
  9. Open the windows to let in fresh air.
  10. Keep yourself hydrated (with water!).

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Trucking in 2017

2016 has challenged truckers in many ways: a spike in stock, a declined demand for freight, a driver shortage, speed limit changes, you name it. Luckily, 2017 shows a silver lining for the trucking industry. Overall, an increase in consumer spending is predicted upon the new year. Outlooks for 2017 expect conditions to improve for the trucking industry, including a spike in consumer spending and manufacturing. With more people buying, stock will decrease, bridging the gap between supply and demand.

Additionally, many retailers are taking advantage of the fast-paced nature of e-commerce that has increased in popularity. The need to buy and get it now will allow more opportunities for truckers to deliver freight. While the shipping volume is reportedly down as of May, report suggest that the second half of the year should bring truckers out of their slump.

The new chief for the American Trucking Association, Chris Spear, is working to prevent over-regulation in the industry. Concerned about tax reform, trade reforms, and fund, Spear suggests that any new regulations should be imposed by people in the field rather than those who do not know the inner workings of the trucking business. With more consideration from the people within the field, the industry will see a much more successful year.

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Proposed Trucking Regulation Makes Truckers Sleep Easy

Trucker safety has become a prevalent issue in the past years. Sleep apnea, an issue from which many truckers suffer, is often due to the fact that truck drivers are not given proper resting periods. To combat this issue, Congress is setting forth a new initiative to give truckers ample recovery time between shifts. The new bill mandates that every recovery period include two nights with no driving between 1 am and 5 am. These recovery periods are granted once a week. By passing this regulation, truckers are limited to 70 hours per week as opposed to the sometimes 82 hours a week.

Some are concerned that the time prohibition will cause more trucks to drive during rush hour, which will increase risks of potential accidents. But, Congress is adamant that the time gap is necessary in allowing truckers to sleep adequately. The regulation will also allow a sense of uniformity throughout the industry, and protect truck drivers as a whole.

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Warning about Vaping for Truckers

Vaping has hit the world by storm since it was introduced. While the rising popularity is somewhat harmless amongst teens and the general population, it may pose dangerous consequences for truck drivers. Crashes and explosions are the main concern for truck drivers who vape. FMCSA warns truck drivers to be aware of any smoking regulations while in the cabin. They also say to watch the battery charging while you are away from your truck.

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