November 4, 2020No Comments

Bad driving habits that affect truck performance.

You have seen the bad driving habits so many times if you stay on the road for a longer period.

The truck industry is like a living organism that keeps the USA economy on the move. You always think that while you are on the road most professional drivers will know what they are doing. Some of them have bad driving habits that we will explore.

So what exactly are these bad driving habits that we find amongst the truck drivers? Where do they come from, and how we can prevent them?

What are the bad driving habits that we see most often?

Fatigue and being alert on the road

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  • Being fatigued is one of the most dangerous events that can happen while driving your truck. According to federal statistics, driving fatigue is responsible for 13 percent of large truck accidents in the USA. Drowsy driving can impact your driving performance and sometimes end up in a fatal crash.
  • Thanks to modern technology our ways to communicate had increased tenfold. Being a truck driver safe driving is your top priority. Driving and texting/talking on the phone is also one of the most common accident reasons. Every fleet manager should recognize the danger of using cell phones while driving. Implementing procedures for safer communication is a must to ensure the driver's safety.
  • Never assume an uninterrupted right of way at an intersection.
  • Unsure driving is also a bad driving habit. Pretty often experienced among the younger drivers, it is something to be wary about. 
  • Steering with one hand.

Non-Defensive Driving Habits

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Truck driver checking vehicle tires and inspecting truck before ride. Transportation services.
  • You can see bad defensive driving skills on every road. Truck drivers should always be aware, because of the sheer size of their truck and their exposure.
  • Lazy driving styles - impacts response times in the event of emergencies. Also, invite complacency into the truck cab.
  • If your style of driving is lazy it can harm your response time. Always make sure that you are aware of your surroundings and be alert.
  • Speeding is also a pretty common bad driving habit. In their attempt to earn more, drivers do not pay attention to the speed limit signs. Pretty often go over the limit.
  • Poor observation - always be aware of your surroundings. There can be a driver on the road under the influence of alcohol or a hazard on the road. 
  • Blind spots - always make sure that you know where they are and are aware of them
  • Indicators, hazards, flashlights, hooter - communicate on the road to alert other drivers.
  • Aggression - related most of the time to tight working schedules and stress. 

Inappropriate driving attitude 

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  • Truck drivers' attitude towards the other drivers on the road needs to be appropriate. Every driver needs to take each trip seriously always making sure that they deliver goods in a safe matter.
  • Inability to focus on the task ahead, because of distractions or some other reason.

Behind the steering wheel behavior 

  • Seatbelts fastened behind the drivers back to switch off the warning buzzer.
  • The hand resting on the gear lever.
  • Re-setting on-board display messages while moving off.
  • Pinching the steering wheel between your legs to set your hands free.
  • Driving while crossing arms

Other bad driving behaviors:

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  • Rapid acceleration - doing this will put tension on the engine and will you will waste a lot of fuel. Because of their size trucks need to speed up slow and build up speed.
  • Hard braking - The drivers need to practice defense driving and they have to avoid hard braking.
  • Using brakes when going downhill - Applying the brakes when going downhill increases the temperature of the brakes. If they are applied for longer periods friction is created. The performance of the brakes is reduced. Useful advice here is to downshift let the engine braking take over.
  • Improperly warming the vehicle - If the temperature outside is lower than 32°F you need to warm up the engine for 3 to 5 minutes. By doing so you prevent unnecessary strain and tension.
  • Underinflated tires - the reason for flats or blowouts, decrease the lifespan of the tires, fuel waste, and increase the risk of an accident. Always check the tire pressure and inflate tires to the standard. 

What are the reasons for the bad driving habits in the first place?

  • The main reasons behind bad driving habits? Drivers never go through defensive training. Most companies cut the training budget. 
  • Driving coaches do not have the appropriate skill level. They do not teach the new drivers the required skills.
  • Overconfidence is part of poor driving habits. The driver thinks that he/she knows all the roads and they pay less attention to their surroundings.
  • Drivers' behavior changes if they see that another driver on the road is driving recklessly. Companies can counter this by showing the drivers what is the correct attitude when they are driving. That will tempt them less to follow a bad driving pattern. Appropriate training in this area that would impact safety on our roads. We need the culture to be adopted holistically.
  • Adopting bad driving practices from peers and little or no consequences for poor driving performance.
  • Humans test their limits by nature - so do truck drivers.
  • Common ailments and illnesses contribute to bad driving.

Truck size is also a formal reason for bad driving habits

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The actual truck size is not the problem. It is the driver that did not get their license properly and they did not receive adequate training. A truck driver needs to pay more attention when they are driving a bigger vehicle. If they did not get the proper defensive driving skills the vehicle size will play little to no role if an accident happens. The younger drivers start with smaller size trucks. Once they become confided in their driving ability and they later move on to bigger size vehicle.

How can the trucking industry change improve and detect bad driving habits?

Defensive driver training - should be a prerequisite before receiving a Code EC or C1 license. Drivers should pass the existing K53 first. After that, they need to drive a Code B for at least 3 years crash-free. Next is to undergo Defensive driver training before issuing their heavy-duty driver's license. Companies need to set in place effective testing to determine driver skills. If needed assigning improvement courses is the proper course of action. They should include - Provide embedded knowledge training and effective Defensive Driver Training. The first one improves understanding of the truck. The second one improves understanding of the road. 

October 19, 2020No Comments

Autumn truck driving safety tips

Autumn safety tips for truck drivers? Yes, that is a topic that is not quite so heavily discussed, because the winter season is a bit scarier when it comes to truck driving. But non the less we have to discover how the drivers can drive a bit safer during the fall season with these useful tips that we've prepared for you.

 

Fall driving safety tips:

 

Darkness

Driving a truck during the night is something that every truck driver needs to keep extra attention to. With autumn coming the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer. Although driving during the nights is ~25% around 50% of the accidents happen during the night. That is why it is important to remember:

  • Make sure that all of your lights are operational before every trip
  • Headlights are in good condition
  • Always make sure that your following distance is bigger compared to when you are driving during the day
  • Check your side mirrors as frequently as possible and make sure they are clean

Also, keep in mind that depending on the age of the driver they will need more light to see better during the night. For example, a 50-year old driver will need more light than a 30-year old. During the night a 60-year old driver and older will start to see the road and the signs less clearly.

Fog and frost

Even though we see them mostly during the winter weather they also can be hazards in some areas during fall.

Most morning during the autumn can bring fog with them that can jeopardize your vision and your distance perception. You have to turn on your for lights in order to make your truck more visible to the other drivers. Use them in pairs with your low beams, so you can be seen as far away as possible during these conditions. High beams are not recommended. While you drive in the fog, the high beams are getting reflected from it and that makes your visibility even worse.

Sometimes you can also encounter ice spots. Make sure that you slow down and be aware that the vehicle can slip if you don't drive at the proper speed.

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Critters

During November is it most common for truck drivers to hit an animal, especially deer. Their mating season start and they become more active and you will see them more often running around on the road.

According to PETA, about 1 of every 100 drivers will probably hit an animal during their life behind the wheel.

 

Kids

Something that all drivers need to keep close attention to when you are driving in urban areas.

Most of them do not pay attention to the traffic or they are chasing a ball, or something else. Don't forget also that there are some new student drivers. They are just learning to drive and they are not experts on the road.

Always pay attention when you are close to school areas. There will be a lot of kids walking around, or just running towards their parents' car so they can be picked up from school. Inexperienced drivers once again are a potential danger. They can be leaving school grounds which potentially can turn into an accident if they do not pay attention on the road.

Always make sure that you halt in most situations (if the state requires it) when a school bus is with its red flashers on.

 

Leaves

Leaves are also part of the autumn beauty, but they can also be something that you have to pay attention on the road.

When leaves fall most of the time they can stick to the pavement and make the road more slippery. Reduced tire traction can accur because of wet leaves even if your tires are super good. Avoid hard braking as much as possible!

If you see that there is a patch of leaves - slow down! Avoid sudden braking or swerving, since the leaves can cause hydroplaning or force your swerve into a spin. Once you are out of the area it will be wise to call the local authorities to alert them that there is a potential accident spot.

Always make sure that you have enough stopping distance when there is a leaf fall in order to avoid the rear-ender.

Also, keep close attention if you drive in a tourist area. A lot of tourists love to slow down or even stop in order to take pictures or just to enjoy the beauty of the season.

 

Tires

Keeping your tires up to speed according to the weather you are driving is something that you always need to have in your head when you step on the road.

Tires behave better on the rainy surface if they have enough tread. They stop faster and steer better on dry ones.

Adjust the tire pressure properly. By default, your tires drop at least 1 pound per square inch(PSI) of pressure each month, regardless of the weather.

When temperatures start to drop in the fall, expect your tires to drop even more pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature drop.

Always make sure that you are checking your tires with the proper equipment, so you can adjust it properly.

Glare

Sun glare is also one issue that you can encounter during the fall season.

You will be doing more driving with the sun lower in the sky, thanks to the shorter days and the change in the daylight savings time. The glare can in many cases limit your visibility which can cause a lot of accidents on the road. Thanks to the sun glare you can miss a pedestrian, car lights, or even something on the road that you can hit.

To avoid this always make sure that you are cleaning your windshield inside and out. It is also useful to always keep a pair of polaroid glasses or use your sun visor to help you fight the glare.

Black Ice

Black ice is the same as regular ice, but it has fewer bubbles that are forming it, which makes it hard to spot. In winter conditions, but it is not excluded to encounter it during the autumn. It usually forms at night or early mornings when the temperatures are low. It tends to form on the part of the roads where there is almost no sunshine during the day.

If you by any chance encounter black ice, it is important to remain calm. Do not hit the brakes! Keep the steering wheel straight and let the car pass over the ice.

Overall autumn driving as any other season has its own road conditions. If you follow these autumn safety tips for truck drivers you will make your travels safer. Make sure to check your tire pressure. Pay close attention to road hazards or any potential weather conditions that can jeopardize you or the other drivers on the road

 

October 15, 2020No Comments

8 Places to See While Driving OTR

8 Places to See While Driving OTR

Have you ever wondered what are the 8 Places to see while driving OTR?

As a professional truck driver, you’ll travel across the country, and drive through towns and cities you never knew existed. You’ll probably see more sights and scenery than you ever thought possible. Although it requires a little bit of planning you can make the most of your truck driving career.

The amount of sightseeing you can do on your downtime depends on the rules your company sets. But if you can, do a little planning and take advantage of your resets and days off!

You can even use a trip planner like Roadtrippers.com to find attractions that are accessible by public transportation, or even within walking distance of your tuck terminal. You might even find some offbeat, strange, and unusual places to visit!

Here are the top 8 places to see during your time as a Professional Driver:

1. Lake Tahoe

Often forgotten among top travel destination lists, North America’s largest alpine lake still enjoys visitors year-round. Nestled between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is known for its stunningly clear water.

The area surrounding the lake is surrounded by a panorama of mountains on all sides. In the winter months, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding through one of the numerous resorts in the area. The warmer months will offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and boating.

2. Mount Rushmore

Visiting Mount Rushmore in South Dakota will give you a chance to pay tribute to America’s greatest presidents. The sculpture is carved into the granite face of the mountain and features the 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation’s birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively. Sometimes referred to as the “Shrine of Democracy”, the sculpture is unlike any other in North America. Families can enjoy hiking trails, ranger talks, and lighting ceremonies. If you’re in the area, consider touring the surrounding Black Hills and the South Dakota Badlands, known for its sharply eroded buttes and pinnacles.

3. The Florida Keys

Sure, the Florida Keys aren’t one single destination to see, but if you’re there you might as well see it all. You can traverse the entire coral cay archipelago, including the seven-mile-bridge. Key West is home to the southernmost point in the continental United States and offers pristine beaches and a lively bar and restaurant scene.

In Key Largo, you can find some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the country. The entire area is known for its ecological preservation, including the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the United States. Visitors flock to the Keys to enjoy all sorts of water recreation including snorkeling, sailing, deep-sea fishing, or simply lounging on the beaches. No trip to Florida is complete without seeing the Keys at least once.

4. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in California boasts nearly 768,000 acres of land with granite cliffs, towering waterfalls, and giant sequoia trees. Over 4 million people visit this UNESCO world heritage site every year.

Among the famous spots here are El Capitan, a sheer granite rock that measures about 3,600 feet tall, and Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall. Yosemite is a popular destination all year-round, even though the best hiking months are when it's warmer. Tuolumne Meadows is a hiker’s delight, complete with alpine lakes, rivers, and mountain peaks. The diversity of the terrain, along with the unique flora and fauna, make Yosemite one of America’s great treasures.

5. The Everglades

If you’ve never seen a tropical wetland before, the Everglades should be at the top of your must-see list. The Everglades National Park comprises only 20 percent of the original Everglades region in Florida. It’s the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, with over 1 million people visiting the park every year.

As another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Everglades functions to preserve a fragile ecosystem, along with many threatened or protected species such as the Florida panther and American crocodile. Visit the River of Grass, where you’ll find the largest stand of old-growth cypress trees on Earth, along with alligators and black bears. The 15-mile Shark Valley Scenic Loop tram or airboat tour will also offer spectacular views right through the glades, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife sightings.

6. Yellowstone National Park

With over 2 million acres, Yellowstone is so massive that it spans three states- Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was established by the US Congress and signed into law in 1872, making it the first national park in the US. Yellowstone is famous the world over for its wildlife and geothermal features like lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges.

The park is open year-round and offers different recreational activities each season, to complement the must-see natural wonders. Yellowstone Lake is one of the highest elevation lakes in North America. It’s centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. Half of the world’s geysers are in Yellowstone, including the famous Old Faithful, which erupts every 90 minutes. Yellowstone is another original American natural treasure.

7. Niagara Falls

Rightly considered one of North America’s great natural wonders, the Niagara Falls State Park and Heritage Area is housed between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. The Falls are actually comprised of three waterfalls- the largest Horseshoe Falls which straddles the border, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.

During peak daytime hours, more than 168,000 cubic meters (six million cubic feet) of water go over the crest of the falls every minute. The best views of the Falls are undoubtedly from a helicopter tour or from the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Alternately, you can stay until dark when the falls are lighted or walk across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side. The Falls are famed the world over for their beauty and enjoy an average of 20 million visitors annually.

8. Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon frequently tops lists of best places to visit in the country, and for good reason. The canyon is carved by the Colorado River in Arizona and is a testament to nearly 5 million years of water cutting through layer after layer of rock. The canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and attains a depth of over a mile.

The park is one of the world’s premier natural attractions and enjoys about five million visitors per year. Once again, helicopter tours or other aerial sightseeing offer some of the best views of the canyon. On foot hiking tours will also offer some jaw-dropping vantage points. Aside from sightseeing, visitors can also enjoy rafting and camping. Along with Yellowstone and Yosemite, the Grand Canyon completes the holy trinity of must-see natural wonder sites in America.

October 12, 2020No Comments

New HOS rules September 2020

New HOS Rules

Starting September 29th 12:00 the new HOS truck driving rules are going to be in play.

The rules will take effect at the same time without taking into consideration what time zone you are in - in other words they won't go into effect earlier for commercial truck drivers in other timezones. For example, a truck driver on the West Coast will start to operate under the new rules at 9 p.m. Sept 28

The new HOS regulations are as follow:

  1. CMV Short-Haul Exemption - Extends the maximum duty period allowed under the short-haul exception to 14 hours and to 150 air miles.
  2. Adverse Driving Conditions - Allows a driver to extend the maximum "driving window' by up to 2 hours during adverse driving conditions.
  3. 30 Minute Break - Required a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows on-duty / not driving periods to qualify as breaks.
  4. Split-Sleeper Berth - Modifies the sleeper -berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, and a 7/3 split-with neither period counting against the driver's 14-hour driving window.

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You can read the HOS Final Rule Fact Sheets issued by FMCSA here.

But what kind of impact will those changes have:

The CMV Short-Haul Exemption change will improve safety and flexibility by increasing the number of drivers able to take advantage of the short-haul exception.

The Adverse Driving Condition change will Improve the safety and flexibility by allowing drivers time to park and wait out the adverse condition or to drive slowly through it - which has the potential to decrease truck crash risk.

The 30 Minute Break rule change will improve the safety and flexibility for drivers by increasing on-duty / non-driving time by up to 30minutes - allowing drivers to reach their destination easier.

Split-Sleeper Berth rule change will improve the safety and flexibility for drivers by potentially increasing the use of sleeper berth provision because drivers using a berth have additional hours to complete 11 hours of driving.

One of the proposed rules that did not make the final cut in the new HOS regulations was - the truck drivers were allowed an off-duty break for at least 30 minutes, but no more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver's 14-hours on-duty windows, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift. However, FMCSA recently proposed a pilot program to study the effects of allowing drivers to pause their on-duty driving period with one off-duty period up to three hours that hopefully will be included in the next HOS rules update.

Who Is Required to Follow HOS Rules

The FMCSA says that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must follow the HOS rules. The agency lists a CMV as a vehicle that is used as part of a business and in interstate commerce. It also includes any asset that fits the following criteria:

  1. Weighs more than 10,001 pounds.
  2. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.
  3. Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the commercial truck driver) not for compensation.
  4. Is designed or used to transport nine or more passengers (including the commercial truck driver) for compensation.
  5. Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards.

The FMCSA provides HOS resources for drivers and fleets on its website, including webinars, FAQs, and fact sheets.

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September 3, 2020No Comments

The new HOS rules

Four major updates are coming to the hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers across the country. The changes, enforced by the FMCSA, will take effect on September 29.

Towards the end of this month, at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the new hours-of-service rules go into effect for commercial drivers across the country. The revised rules allow more flexibility for drivers and keep the focus on highway safety, according to the Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement at the FMCSA.

Here are the four final FMCSA updates to the HOS rules:

  • The short-haul exception is increased from 100 to 150 air-miles and the permitted works shift is extended from 12 to 14 hours
  • The adverse driving conditions exception is modified by extending the maximum window during which driving is permitted by up to two more hours.
  • A 30-minute break is required after 8 hours of consecutive driving time and an on-duty/ not driving period is allowed to qualify as the required break
  • The sleeper berth exception is modified to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside of the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

April 9, 2020No Comments

Tips for Truckers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trucking during Covid19

 

To Those Who Keep The Supply Chain Going Strong,

 

From all of us at Logiflex, we hope that you are staying safe and healthy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter where you live or where you travel to, the pandemic carries a heavyweight that we all feel. We would like to thank truck drivers and all those who are working tirelessly to keep the supply chain going strong and providing essentials to countless people. We know this time is challenging, which is why we put together some tips that can help you manage your mental health even on the front lines of delivery.

 

Ways to Manage Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

Set Limits on News Intake and Rely Only on Trusted Sources. 

You should limit the amount of time you spend watching, reading, or listening to the news. While it is essential to stay informed, too much exposure can cause more feelings of panic and fear. Even during this pandemic, when things change on a day-to-day basis, you must limit yourself. Try only watching news reports in the morning for 15 minutes or listen to updates during your lunch break. As for the information you are taking in, use reliable sources to obtain information. The Center for Disease Control (CDC)World Health Organization (WHO), or any local government news outlet are the best options for getting the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Recognize What Triggers Your Anxiety.

It is normal to feel emotional distress in the middle of all that is happening. There are high levels of uncertainty, and news changes daily. Emotions such as stress and anxiety can present themselves in some ways – even fatigue. It is essential that as a truck driver, you recognize your triggers for distress and take time for your mental health even while on the road.

 

Get Plenty of Rest. 

Common signs of high-stress levels, panic, and anxiety are fatigue, muscle tension, and difficulty resting. These physical symptoms can be paired with cognitive issues such as confusion and decreased concentration. It is crucial that truck drivers are well-rested and focused while they drive. Take the time to ensure that the sleep you get is quality sleep and that you are getting enough, if not more, rest than you usually would. Sleep will help your mind stay sharp and out of panic mode and will help keep your immune system healthy.

 

Be Prepared and Stay Educated. 

As a truck driver, you visit many public places and are suspectable to germs. Initiate healthy and preventive measures like the proper hand-washing techniquesneezing, and coughing etiquette, and if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, talk with your doctor about how you can best take care of yourself.

 

Get Set-Up With HealthiestYou.

Logiflex provides our drivers with HealthiestYou, an app that allows you to instantly connect with a doctor by phone or video 24/7 – all with a $0 copay. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a great resource that allows you to receive the medical care you need while on the road or even when you are at home. You can talk with therapists on the weekends by phone and video, which is another significant step for taking care of your mental health right now. HealthiestYou also allows you access to the lowest-cost prescriptions at pharmacies nearest to you. If you do not already have an account set up, you can start here.

 

Take Time For Things You Enjoy. 

You must allow yourself mental breaks to do the things that make you happy. Even if it is just a walk around the truck stop, getting exercise can help you fight off the sense of fatigue that comes with stress. Phone a loved one, get out in nature and enjoy fresh air, or watch your favorite TV show. Whatever it is you enjoy doing, making these things a priority will make your mental health a priority as well.

It is an uncertain and stressful time for everyone, but we must take care of our mental health to cope with the uncertainty. For more information on ways to manage anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the CDC’s article on dealing with the pandemic, or read these science-based tips to handle Coronavirus anxiety. Logiflex would like to thank again everyone who has dedicated themselves to delivering essentials and keeping the supply chain running strong amidst the chaos.

September 13, 2019No Comments

Helpful Trucker Terms you should know!

Helpful Trucker Terms you should know!

Being a trucker is not only a unique way of life, but it also comes with a unique way of communicating that mainly only those in the trucking industry can decipher and understand.

It can be so easy to get the terms used by truckers mixed up.

I've compiled a helpful list you can reference back to for their meaning.
Take a look!

Trucker Terms:

Payload – the weight of the load
Peddle Run – route with lots of deliveries
Pete – Peter-built truck
RC (Rate Confirmation) – the rate shipper or broker agrees to pay a carrier to haul a load
Reefer – refrigerated truck trailer
Shiny Side Up – top of the truck; don’t crash or rollover
Sliding Fifth Wheel – a fifth wheel that can be slid back to redistribute weight on the axles
Trucking Authority –FMCSA approval to haul loads
Willy Weaver – a drunk driver
10-4 – acknowledging something
10-6 – busy right now
10-8 – en route
20 – location
4-Wheeler – automobile
APU – authorized pick-up
OR
APU-Auxiliary Power Units
Backhaul – returning load to the home location
Bear Trap – speed radar trap
Gear Jammer –speeding driver
Hammer Down – drive faster
Hopper – a truck that empties load through the bottom that opens
HOS –hours of service
Intermodal – shipping container freight
Jack-Knife –when a trailer is pushed to the side of the tractor
K-whopper – Kenworth truck
Kingpin – pin where the axle wheel pivots
LTL (Less Than Truckload) – load less than 10,000 lbs.
Motor Carrier – the person or company that is responsible for transporting goods via a commercial motor vehicle
P&D Driver – pickup and delivery driver locally
Bill of Lading – a document that details information regarding the goods being hauled by a carrier from a shipper
Chicken Coop – Weigh Station
Chicken Lights – Added lights on and around a truck
Chocks –blocks placed in front and behind wheels to prevent the truck from rolling
Consignee – the person who receives the goods
Co-signor – a person who ships the goods
County Mounty – a county sheriff
Deadhead – miles driven with no load
Dry Van –standard enclosed truck trailer
ETA – estimated time of arrival
Freightshaker – Freightliner truck
GCW (Gross Combined Weight) – the combined weight of tractor/trailer and load
 Hopefully, you learned a few new helpful terms to use on the road.  What are your favorite terms to use? Comment below!

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New HOS rules September 2020

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The new HOS rules

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