May 7, 2019No Comments

Cargo Securement: Is your Cargo Secure?

CARGO SECUREMENT

As you may know, cargo being transported on the highway must remain
secured on or within the transporting vehicle. When most people think about cargo securement, their thoughts turn to flatbed trailers because they get the bulk of these types of violations. However, compliance with federal cargo securement regulations is very important and required on all commercial operating vehicles. Violations can have serious consequences! The regulations also apply to covered van loads. For too many drivers, this means, “out of sight, out of mind.”  Properly secured cargo prevents items from shifting, spilling, blowing or falling from the vehicle. That is critical. Appropriate load securement is also a necessity to avoid lost dollars in damaged goods. Preventing your Read more

April 29, 2019No Comments

How to Properly Open and Close Trailer Doors

How to Properly Close Trailer Doors

I came across a video online about trailer doors that sparked my interest to write this article.

At first, the video seemed like it could be funny. However, the person was hit pretty hard and raised some concern in my head. I want to explain how to properly open trailer doors. I know it seems kind of silly as many of you might have learned this during the course of your CDL class but it is crucial to your safety. Did you know? Opening and closing trailer doors are two of the leading causes of work-related injuries for truck drivers. Read the information below, and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to protect yourself from harm. Let's look at some factors that can affect the ability on how to properly open and close trailer doors. Read more

February 4, 2019No Comments

Is Amazon using Self-Driving Trucks?

As we all know, technology is advancing rapidly. A self-driving truck made by Embark was recently spotted on the I-10 with the Amazon logo. Is Amazon making driverless trucks? To simply answer the question, no they are not making self-driving trucks. However, they are using self-driving trucks made by Embark. Although neither company would comment on it CNBC discussed the event in Amazon is hauling Cargo in self-driving trucks developed by Embark. For those of you who are not aware Embark is a freight company hauling autonomously from Texas to California.

“This is the first time someone has demonstrated this end-to-end," Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says.

 "Embark moves freight for a number of major companies on the I-10, however, we cannot discuss any company specifically as our relationships are confidential." Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says.

 

In October 2018, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued its updated AV3.0 policy, which has helped autonomous vehicle firms such as Embark figure out how to test their technology before driving on public roads and which rules they need to comply with to stay there.

 

A driver shortage currently plagues the trucking industry. A lack of available drivers and trucks poses a challenge to e-commerce companies. Including Amazon, whose customers expect deliveries in a relatively short time.

https://youtu.be/3yPMxV11KaA

Expect to see more autonomous trucks in circulation in the U.S. soon.

January 25, 2019No Comments

Diesel Anti Gel: Why you should use it!

Diesel Anti Gel

There’s a lot of upsides to diesel fuel. More vehicular power, greater fuel economy, but Read more

January 18, 2019No Comments

Snow Chains for Trucks: How to Install them!

Snow Chains for Trucks

Snow chains for Semi Trucks have been time tested extension of winter tires. Well known for providing substantial traction and grip on both ice and snow. As well as their adaptability and inexpensiveness. Giving a sense of confidence and safety to drivers under the rough conditions on the road, they use their uneven and scabrous tread to bite into the surface with steel links of chain aiding your winter tires. Typically used up until 20-50 mph and shouldn't be used on dry roads as they can cause tires to slip on dry pavement.

DO THEY REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

While chains aren't always required equipment on the road, they can get drivers out of bad situations where snow tires are just not enough. Multiple studies have proven that when chains installed properly they provide an acceptable level acceleration, braking, and handling even through a variety of performance differences.

HOW DO I INSTALL TIRE CHAINS?

1.  The best way to start is to place the chains flat out on the ground.  Make sure the adjustment cams are placed facing outward on the outside of the tire, so they are easily accessed. Tire chains have locking clips. They are pretty easy to hook up. Locking clips are used to fasten the entire chain down at the end of the process.

2. Pick up the chain on the side farthest from you and then drape it up over the tire. Be sure that the clips that secure the cross chains are facing outward so they don’t rub on the side wall of the tire.

3. Then, reach in behind the duals to hook the inside clip of the tire chain.

4. On the front face on the tire, tighten the cams up tightly with an adjusting wrench. The wrench is inserted into the cam and turned to increase the tension in the chain.

Try to tighten each cam, to help snug up the chain.

We put together a video which shows you how to install your chains in an easy step by step process anyone can apply.

https://youtu.be/QqVxqSbJkFk

 

January 11, 2019No Comments

Women In Trucking: Why you should choose truck driving as a career!

Women In Trucking: Why you should choose truck driving as a career!

The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. The for-hire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers. When we talk drivers we think of men who mostly dominate the industry. However, times are changing and trucking jobs for women are becoming a popular career option. So, if you are a woman considering a job in the trucking industry now is the best time to get behind the wheel. The industry needs qualified truck drivers and women have a huge advantage in expanding the job pool. Not to mention, it is predicted that there will be a shortage of 175, 000 drivers by 2024. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why being a woman driver in the trucking industry is the route to go!

Income Potential

Pay is based on mileage, hours or percentage of load. So, this means men and women are paid the same. Of course with the exception of having certain certifications such as HAZMAT or tanker where one might potentially earn a bit more for having those extra qualifications. These factors are not influenced by age, ethnicity or gender. Not only is the pay equal but its also fair! According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for truck drivers is $43,503.

Job Security

With the shortage of truck drivers across the nation, those who do well may enjoy the satisfaction of job security. The ATA says the shortage of drivers will increase drastically in the next decade. That means that truck driving jobs are likely to grow by five percent in the next 10 years. Also, no matter where you live or if you want to relocate, it's always possible to get a job.

Benefits

Benefits add so much more value to the trucking career package! Of course, a steady paycheck is great and provides a piece of mind as well, but let's discuss the awesome benefits this career provides. Health insurance, retirement plans, and performance pay are just a few of the extras many trucking companies provide for their employees.

Freedom

If you like flexible schedules, meeting new people, seeing new things and scenery every day, being your own boss, then trucking would be perfect for you! No need to clock in, attend long meetings, report to a boss, sit behind a desk, answer emails and deal with office politics! As an OTR driver, you will see all the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the inside of your modernized truck. Truck driving is a noble profession and an American way of life. We know that you’ll enjoy the freedom that truck driving gives you.

 

January 8, 2019No Comments

Bridge Law/Federal Bridge Law: What you should know!

   What is the Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula?

 Truck drivers and department of transportation officials use The Federal Bridge Law Formula to determine the appropriate maximum gross weight of trucks. Truck axle weight limits by state vary. The formula is part of federal weight and size regulations regarding interstate commercial traffic also known as Bridge Laws. Preventing heavy vehicles from damaging roads and bridges is highly important.  Allowable weight depends on the number of axles a vehicle has and axle spacing. There are many axle spacing diagrams out there. An axle is a rod around which a wheel moves or rotates. Any kind of vehicle with wheels uses some kind of axle for those wheels to rotate on.

History of Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula or Truck Axle Weight Limits by State

First, let's take a look at how this formula originated.  It started in 1913, only four states enacted the formula. Eventually, by 1933, all states had some form of truck weight regulation. Then, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 instituted the first federal truck weight regulation.

Formula Law

  In fact, weigh stations check each vehicle's gross weight and axle weight using a set of in-ground truck scales.

w=500\left({\frac {\ell n}{n-1}}+12n+36\right)
  • w = maximum weight in pounds that can be carried on a group of two or more axles to the nearest 500 pounds (230 kg)
  •  = spacing in feet between the outer axles of any two or more consecutive axles
  • n = number of axles being considered

As a matter of fact, the axle groups must comply with the bridge formula.

For example, the figure below shows the most common vehicle checked for compliance with weight limit requirements.

Although, the Bridge Formula applies to each combination of two or more axles, experience shows that axle combinations 1 through 3, 1 through 5, and 2 through 5 are critical and must be checked.

More importantly, any two axles must comply with the results of the formula. The axle groups 1–5, 1–3, and 2–5 are most critical. Indeed, this truck is not in violation of the formula.

Penalties

Penalties for violating truck axle weight limits by state varies, as the states are responsible for enforcement and collection of fines. To learn state specific fine amounts contact the Department of Transportation.

NOTES:

1. Axles are measured to the nearest foot between the extremes on any group of two or more consecutive axles.

2. Gross weights for 5 and 6 axle vehicles apply to combinations only.

3. Two consecutive sets of tandems may carry 34,000 pounds each providing the overall distance between the first and last axles of such consecutive sets of tandems is 36 feet or more.

4. Also, if the distance between the centers of the first and third axles in a group of consecutive axles does not exceed 96 inches, the group is a tandem.

5. So, the maximum weight of any single axle is 20,000 pounds and the maximum weight of any tandem is 34,000.

6. To compensate for these weight restrictions, some tractors have a fifth wheel (also called as "slider"), that can slide forward or backward on the tractor frame. This sliding motion shifts and balances the trailer's kingpin weight put on each axle without moving the cargo around. Sliders let you adjust the wheelbase in order to be in compliance with the bridge law.

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