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5 Things Every Driver Needs in Their Rig


Life and work on the road are often unpredictable. To maintain your health, comfort, and safety on the job, it’s important to pack a few essential items. Below is a list of five things every trucker should have in their vehicle. 1.Emergency Kit Be prepared for the worst, just in case. Your emergency kit should…

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Preserve Your Tires With These 3 Tips


Sturdy, durable tires are vital to an optimal driving experience. That’s why regular tire inspections and maintenance are an essential part of semi-truck maintenance. To improve your rig’s overall performance and reduce the cost of tire repairs and replacements, take note of the following three tire care tips. Inspect the Truck and Trailer: Properly aligned…

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How to Troubleshoot 3 Diesel Engine Issues


Engine trouble is one of the most frustrating issues truckers encounter while on the road—it’s also one of the most common. Some engine problems are too complex or dangerous to fix without the expertise and tools of a professional mechanic. But there are many issues you can fix on your own. Before you call a…

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Cameras Helping Defend Truckers in Court


It used to be that whenever a truck was involved in a collision, the trucking company could end up paying regardless of whether the driver was at fault. SmartDrive is changing that. The new technology involves video cameras located in the truck and the cab. The cameras face forward toward the road and inward toward…

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5 Tips to Help Drivers Transition to Electronic Logging


The electronic logging device (ELD) rule specifies drivers who record their Hours of Service must find and implement an electronic logging device prior to the compliance deadline of Dec. 18, 2017. The final rule was published in December 2015. It is intended to enhance driver safety and make it faster and easier to accurately manage,…

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FMCSA Issues Ruling on Minimum Training Standards for Entry-Level CDL Applicants


After nearly a decade of deliberation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Dec. 7, 2016, announced its final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking a commercial driver’s license or related endorsement. The administration had been working on the rule since 2007, though there had been efforts to establish such a rule…

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Drive Safely With These Winter Weather Tips


Winter weather is upon us, and with it are unpredictable driving conditions. With snow and ice, high winds and freezing temperatures, even routine routes have the potential to become treacherous. Stay safe on the road this season with the following winter driving tips courtesy of Roadmaster. 1)Be prepared Winter weather can be unpredictable. Live by…

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5 Tips for Preventing Freight Theft


Though not as popularized as the lore of Santa’s international overnight deliveries, real-life freight deliveries are just as important in driving the holiday season. Truck drivers work diligently to deliver toys and goodies on time for Christmas; but even the season of good cheer isn’t immune to the wickedness of would-be thieves. The month of…

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Autonomous Trucking: The Future of Industry


From drones to robot-assisted surgical procedures, it appears that which was once delegated to the realm of sci-fi fantasy is becoming increasingly mainstream. One of the latest such innovations is the autonomous semi-truck, the newest installation in a lineup of autonomous vehicles to hit the road since engineers at Carnegie Mellon University rolled out the…

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10 Exercises To Do On the Road


Driving a truck can be a very rewarding job which allows you to earn a good income and be out on the open road. However, there can be a pretty serious downside to your career. You can suffer from all kinds of back and spine issues, lose muscle tone, and become inflexible and stiff. You…

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New Food Safety Rules Pose Impact for Refriderated Carriers


The final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2016. This final rule became part of the Code of Federal Regulations on June 6, 2016, and is located at 21 C.F.R. Sections 1.900-1.934. Final rule due March 31, with enforcement to begin…

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Supply Chain Networks to Improve Logistics


The transportation industry is ever-evolving but dealing with a great amount of concerns; a shortage of truck drivers, capacity crunches, supply chain talent shortfalls, and slim customer service levels. In today’s global, highly competitive market, manual transactions are inefficient and reactive, which result in loss of profit and business. TDS has created a digital database…

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