Nobody likes to be told what to do. That’s one of the reasons why many truckers, dispatchers, carriers, and shippers simply hate the electronic logging device mandate from the Federal government. While compliance is high — nearly 99% — the mandate has caused major frustrations across the industry. Yet it’s not all bad under the … Continue reading 6 ELD Mandate Results You Should Know
When you’re behind the wheel of a a truck, you are using your whole body — and mind. You use your hands, arms, chest, legs, feet, and head. And eyes and ears. You need to use your whole body to make sure you and everyone else stays safe. But using your whole body without using … Continue reading Truck Driving Requires Open Eyes and Minds
Success comes from hard work, and some of the hardest work — and biggest success — in trucking happens when people become owner-operators. I suspect that most truckers at some point consider becoming their own bosses — if so, you should begin thinking about it early in your trucking career. In this case, “early” means … Continue reading Creating a niche creates owner-operator success
I suspect most truckers think about becoming an owner-operator once they’ve gotten their career going. Being an owner-operator has many advantages, as I’m sure you learned at your CDL Training School, in Tacoma or elsewhere. The key advantages to being an owner-operator are: Controlling your own schedule Owning your own truck Controlling your fuel costs … Continue reading 11 Key Steps to Becoming an Owner-Operator Looking Down the Road!
Fatigue is probably the number one factor in truck accidents, from minor to catastrophic. In fact, the Truck Crash Causation Study found that fatigued and overworked drivers made up the main reasons for most truck-related accidents. Fatigue can cause drivers to fall asleep, become inattentive, make incorrect decisions, or overcompensate in sudden situations. Fatigue happens … Continue reading 5 Ways To Manage Truck Driver Fatigue And Avoid It, Too!
Trucking can be a great life for many people. Trucking also requires responsible people behind the wheel. That responsibility is checked in several ways, including the Federal and state mandated written and skills tests. And some people fail them the first time. Failure happens for a variety of reasons, even for the best potential truckers. … Continue reading 7 Reasons for Failing the CDL Tests And How to Avoid Them!
Long-haul truckers, by definition, spend a lot of time on the road–away from home. This absence means leaving many creature-comforts behind. Driving long-haul also gives many truckers a chance to make the best money–which helps buy those creature comforts. The trade-off are many. While you at your truck driving school in Washington state, your CDL … Continue reading Feeling at Home: 11 Things to Make Your Long-Haul Trip Comfortable
You’ve finished your CDL driving school course in Washington. You’ve landed your first trucking job, but want to get more. We’d never advise shifting jobs until you have another one lined up. While you’re working to line up a new position, however, there are ways to get more experience as a trucker. Keep these in … Continue reading TIPS FOR GAINING EXPERIENCE AS A TRUCKER IN WASHINGTON STATE