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Impending Surprise Inspections to Stall Truckers

It’s Time to Make Sure Your Ride is Legal

 

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If there was anything positive about the on-sought of the Coronavirus pandemic in the trucking industry, it was that it delayed the most dreaded event of the year – inspection time.  Due to the demand for truckers to put on the gas to deliver essential goods, like food, hospital supplies, and toilet paper, the impending inspection event was put on hold, for many at least.

Typically, like clockwork, the International Road-Check creeps in around early summer.  This year, however, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), announced it would be postponed until further notice.  Or…no notice, as has been the case.

The CVSA is an agency comprised of international officials from the United States, Mexico, and Canada.  Their job is to tend to federal commercial driver safety. 

Generally, the early summer [...]

On the Road to Recovery?

The Journey Continues and for Some, a New One Begins

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Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, or…on the road (so to speak), yet another round of lay-offs and shutdowns may be on the horizon.  For many truck drivers, like Paul Chadwick, the pain is already being felt. 

Paul drives for a company that hauls General Motors vehicles from the Arlington, Texas-based plant to locations such as Michigan and Minnesota.  Early in the year, he and his wife (a bartender) were doing well financially.  They pursued their long-time dream and bought a brand new double-wide and twenty acres in rural North Texas in which to plant it on.  And then came the Coronavirus.

“I was laid off and my wife was out of work because the bars closed down,” Paul stated.  [...]

Unity in Motion: Truckers Supporting Truckers

Truckers Share One Another’s Load in Tough Times

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Headlines were made recently as Americans across the nation hailed the trucking industry as frontline heroes in the fight against COVID-19.  Those who risked their lives to deliver essential goods to hospitals, grocery stores, and other vital places were the recipients of much deserved praise.  But what isn’t always reported is how truckers honor and support each other when the going gets tough.

Jon’s Story

Jon Kuckuck was just another hardworking trucker from “Anywhere USA”.  He drove his rig across the nation to support himself and his wife, Tami.  But that all changed with a trip to the doctor.  Jon had brain cancer and his entire world came to a screeching halt.

Jon’s fellow truckers wanted to make a difference.  And that, they did!  [...]

Will Truckers Keep on Trucking?

Second Round of Covid-19 Threatens Trucking Industry

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It was recently reported that a new wave of Coronavirus is potentially in full swing.  Confirmed cases are up in key states, according to information provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  Death counts typically follow surges in numbers of positive diagnoses.  With the Fourth of July and other large gatherings in the rearview mirror, it is projected that America may be bracing for yet another pandemic wave.

If Covid-19 does strike again, the trucking industry could come to a screeching halt.  The first go-round slammed on the brakes for many truckers while others were busier than ever before. 

Some truckers aren’t waiting around to take control of their fate.  Colorado independent truck driver Dwayne Collier stated, “I don’t have all my eggs on one truck this time.”  He went on to explain [...]

Rising Concerns about Commercial Truck Driver Security 5
With the recent protests to defund police and other security concerns across the nation, some truck drivers are feeling less than safe these days. 

On Monday, June 29 at 2 pm in Jacksonville, Florida, a gunman opened fire at an Amazon Fulfillment Center.  Of the two individuals who were injured, one is considered to be in critical condition.  The incidence not only traumatized those who were in the building where the shooting took place but also alarmed drivers who were waiting to get packages out for delivery.

It has also been reported that the COVID-19 epidemic has spurred a rash of truck robberies.  “We are like Brinx,” stated a gun-packing trucker.  “When your truck is loaded with toilet paper, groceries, or hand sanitizers, you’re at risk for being held up.”

Get on the Move with a Moving Business 7
With a little muscle and a good Box Truck, you can start your own Moving Business.  It is estimated that over 31 million people will move in 2020 and even more will in the years to come.  Moving companies are expected to rack up around $86 billion dollars annually which makes it a larger and more financially beneficial industry than most realize.

About Box Trucks

Box Trucks come in a variety of sizes, typically ranging from 14-24 feet of space in the cargo “box” that is located on the back of the cab.  Most Box Trucks come with an overhead roll-up door at the rear to accommodate access to the cargo “box”.  Often times the truck has a ramp to ease loading and unloading as well.

Mutts on Trucks: Ready for Tail Wagging Adventures?

Check Out the Big Benefits of Having a Road Dog

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Having a four-legged friend in your life has proven perks like lowering blood pressure, diminishing depression, and offering security too.  Some truckers are into pet parenting for the long haul.

The concept of dogs for the long haul is catching on.  Tennessee-based Mutts4Trucks pairs shelter dogs with truck drivers.  Truckers are provided with a car-safe canine harness, a brand new leash, and plenty of Pedigree dog food.

Big Benefits of Taking Rover on the Road

There are definite benefits for truckers who take their furry best friends on the road with them.  According to national statistics, 1.5% of all Americans suffer from some form of depression.  A whopping 13.5% of the truck driving population has some level of depression.  Lack of social interaction [...]

California Plugs Electric Commercial Vehicles Sales

State Plans to Switch to Zero Emissions As Early As Next Year

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The state with one of the most polluted air quality in the nation is taking steps to clean up its act.  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced that a zero-emission mandate will go into effect as early as next year.  If successful, the rule would also require all manufactures within the state to sell Electric Commercial Vehicles as well as hydrogen-powered options by the year 2024.

Electric Commercial Vehicles

The US market share for Electric Commercial Vehicles accounts for less than 1%.  Statistics in the state of California are about the same.  But, that trend may take a turn as CARB also stated that by 2035, over half of Medium-Duty Truck sales and 75% of Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles should be [...]

Load Up on the Lucrative Gravel Hauling Business 10
 

Gravel hauling can be a very profitable business if you know what you are doing.  In order to rock a good living in the industry, it’s important to have three vital factors in place – a market, a source, and a Dump Truck.

Marking the Market

Knowing the gravel hauling industry of the location you are hoping to work from is imperative.  It’s not uncommon for a given area to be “sewn up” which makes it difficult for newcomers to get a piece of the action.  While not altogether impossible, you’ll need an extra edge (such as extremely competitive prices or an added service) in order to breakthrough.

Surprisingly, rural areas can be the easiest to enter into when it comes to gravel hauling.  Small town native Tim Spor [...]

 

Big Boom of Tiny Homes on Flatbed Trailers 11
 

Times are changing and so are the homes people are living in.  The current uncertain economy has opened the door for many to adopt a new, more minimalistic, way of thinking.  Enter…the tiny house on wheels.

Tiny House Talk

Tiny houses aren’t new.  In the past decade, they have become more popular.  But there has always been the problem of how to get them to and from their destination.  Some creative souls have solved that issue.  They are putting the tiny homes ON wheels – flatbed trailers, to be exact. 

Tiny homes can be purchased on a lot or they can be built to personalized specifications.  They can be hoisted onto the flatbed of a truck, or they can be custom built right onto the [...]

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