November 19, 2020No Comments

Fuel Winterization Procedures

Pilot Flying J 2020 – 2021 Winterization Procedures


Winterization Procedures for Travel Center locations except in Illinois and Iowa:

Pilot Flying J will begin blending a single treatment of cold flow improvers when the outside temperature reaches +15F to +5F.  Should the outside temperature reach +5F to -5F, we will begin double treatments of cold flow improvers. 

If the outside temperature dips below -5F, the fuel will be treated with double treatments of cold flow improver and 20% of No. 1 fuel.  Should No. 1 fuel not be available in the market area, triple treatment of cold flow improver will be used. 

All stores, except the cold weather locations listed below, will receive treatment as needed.

Cold weather locations will begin treatment once the outside temperature reaches +15F and will continue treatment until March 1, 2021 regardless of the outside air temperature.   

COLD WEATHER LOCATIONS:

Includes all stores located in the following states:

ColoradoNew York
MassachusettsNorth Dakota
MichiganSouth Dakota
MinnesotaWisconsin
NebraskaWyoming

Also includes the following locations:

StoreCityStateStoreCityState
29FremontIN88310PlymouthIN
31HighlandIN86748Michigan CityIN
35South BendIN88305HammondIN
36ValparaisoIN88316DyerIN
198PlymouthIN896BowNH
719GaryIN2AustinburgOH
445Burns HarborIN694AustinburgOH
448LowellIN4AvonOH
650Lake StationIN87236AvonOH
1020Lake StationIN12PerrysburgOH
653HebronIN15ToledoOH
81426HobartIN303NapoleonOH
83991GaryIN700Lake TownshipOH
86662BristolIN86395WatervilleOH
86664BristolIN83328Newburgh HeightsOH
86666GoshenIN88133BereaOH
88080AngolaIN311EriePA

Procedures for Travel Center locations in Iowa and Illinois:
Once treatment begins at any Illinois or Iowa location, double treatment rates will continue until March 1, 2021 regardless of the outside air temperature while biodiesel is being blended.

Product Supply:
Lubrizol and Tellico brand will be Pilot Flying J’s primary winter diesel additive providers for the 2020-2021 winter season.

November 9, 2020No Comments

What is aggressive driving and how to avoid it

Aggressive driving is an event that in recent years we see quite often on the U.S roads. We've all experienced it in different forms. This driving behavior is not expected to be absent from the roads any time soon.

An Aggressive driver present on the road can increase the number of waccidents. Aggressive driving behavior is especially dangerous when truck drivers are on the road . Accidents involving trucks are more deadly.

Aggressive driving plays a major role when it comes to an accident event on the road. Not only in publicized incidents of road rage but in a large number of fatal highway collisions.

The definition of aggressive driving according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) is - "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."

But is there a difference between road rage and aggressive driving?

Yes! There is:

Aggressive driving is a behavior that is dangerous for every participant on the road.

Road rage is most of the time an emotional reaction at the moment. You can prevent it by following these simple tips.

Who exactly can we qualify as an aggressive driver?

Most of the time men between the ages of 18 and 26 are showing aggressive behavior on the road. Also, the number of aggressive women drivers is also increasing. There is also a general increase in women on the roadways when the traffic is high at a rush-hour time.

How big is the aggressive driving problem?

State Farm and KRC Research conducted an online survey of 1,000 U.S. drivers. According to the survey, 2/3 of the (64 percent) U.S. drivers have experienced an act of aggressive driving.

Affected by aggressive driving already, a large number of drivers say their likelihood to engage in reckless driving increases during the winter holidays.

Survey Key Findings

43 percent of drivers reported that they have engaged in aggressive driving in the past three months.

32 percent of younger drivers (ages 18-29), 28 percent of middle-aged drivers (ages 30-49), and parents (30 percent) were significantly more likely to report being provoked to engage in aggressive driving around the major winter holidays compared to only 9 percent of older drivers (ages 50 and older) and non-parents (15 percent).

About half of survey respondents perceive men and women to be equally courteous when driving. When it comes to aggressive driving, however, the majority (54 percent) of drivers cite men as the most likely culprits of aggressive driving. Only one in 10 women are more likely to engage in aggressive driving. The remaining 37 percent of drivers reported men and women to be equal when it comes to aggressive driving.

The top situations most likely to make drivers aggressive are:

Traffic jams (63 percent)

Running late (55 percent)

Road closures or construction (47 percent)

Examples of aggressive driving?

  • Оperating the vehicle in an erratic, reckless, careless, or negligent manner or suddenly changing speeds
  • Speeding in heavy traffic
  • Not using the turn signal properly
  • Tailgating
  • Driving above the maximum speed limit
  • Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down
  • Running red lights
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Passing where prohibited
  • Illegal driving on road shoulders, in a ditch, or on sidewalks
  • Failure to observe warnings or instructions on vehicles displaying them
  • Blocking cars attempting to pass or change lanes
  • Using headlights or brakes to "punish" other drivers
  • Taking frustrations out on а motorist
  • Failure to yield the right of way

Let us take speeding as one of the major aggressive driving behaviors

According to the National highway traffic safety administration speeding is one of the main factors for aggressive driving accidents.

For every third car accident speeding is the main reason behind it. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.

Speed-related crashes cost the tax payer an estimated $40 billion per year.

Speed is a factor in many crashes because of the physical forces at work. It takes longer to stop a speeding vehicle. Speed prevents the driver's ability to detect dangerous situations.

The IIHS reports that crash severity is directly related to speed. If the speed of the vehicle increases by 50 percent the crash damage will be double. The increased force is the reason for severe injuries and fatalities. Seat belts, airbags, and child safety seats are less effective at high rates of speed.

Speed limits are being used for the safety of every participant on the road. You need to always take into consideration the weather conditions and adjust your speed. By doing so you prevent accidents from happening and you keep every driver around you safe.

NHTSA created guides and toolkits to help spread the message about safe driving. Tips on what you can do if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road are also included.

But how exactly are all these behaviors are affecting the other drivers on the road?

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According to another research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, millions of drivers engaged in the following angry and aggressive behaviors during the previous year, including:

Purposefully tailgating: 51 percent (104 million drivers)

Yelling at another driver: 47 percent (95 million drivers)

Honking to show annoyance or anger: 45 percent (91 million drivers)

Making angry gestures: 33 percent (67 million drivers)

Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes: 24 percent (49 million drivers)

Cutting off another vehicle on purpose: 12 percent (24 million drivers)

Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver: 4 percent (8 million drivers)

Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose: 3 percent (6 million drivers)

What's Causing the Increase in Aggressive Driving?

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Dangerous driving is on the rise-as you as any driver has noticed in the last years. The factors that are contributing are:

Longer commute times,

Increase in congested roads

General decrease cultural empathy.

According to the NHTSA, traffic fatalities and injuries due to road rage incident could increase by 50% between 1996 and 2020. There are a lot of accidents that are not reported. This brings us to the conclusion that aggression is even higher.

This increase in aggressive driving is no more just data from a statistics report. It's deadly. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 56% of accidents involve aggressive driving. One study found more than half of all fatal crashes involved unsafe driving behaviors.

Don't be a Victim of Aggressive Driving

Cutting-off. When you are going to merge, make sure that you leave a lot of room. Do not forget to use turn signals before making your move. In case someone cuts you off, give them the appropriate space to merge.

Driving slowly in the left lane. In some cases, you will be driving at the speed limit in the left lane. There will be vehicles that will want to pass you. Make a maneuver to the right lane and let them by.

Tailgating. Make sure that you have at least two seconds between you and the car ahead. If you see that the car in front of you is driving slowly and you can't pass, try to leave more space between the two vehicles. The headlights of the car behind you should be always visible in your rear-view mirror.

Gestures. If you see a reckless driver avoid gestures as much as possible. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and drive calmly.

Be cautious and courteous. Try to avoid using your horn. Always use your turn signals and allow drivers to merge.

Don't engage. Do not let the anger of the other driver affect you. Try to stay calm and assess the situation and act accordingly.

Steer clear. If you see an angry driver on the road make sure you leave them plenty of room. If the other driver tries to intimidate you try to make the distance between you as big as possible. Do not follow them or try to engage in a physical brawl.

Avoid eye contact. Eye contact can be a trigger for the angry driver on the road. Avoid it as much as possible. If they start to follow you try to call the police and drive to a place where there are plenty of people. Do not get out of your car and do not drive home!

Adjust your attitude and slow down. Always take a deep breath and try to adjust your attitude when you are behind the wheel. Always be positive while on the road and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

How to put a stop to aggressive driving?

Being the fleet manager you have to pay close attention to how aggressive driving is influencing your drivers. Observing how the drivers' behavior is changing when they are exposed to road aggression and how they are reacting. You need to intervene in a timely matter to prevent the deadly consequences of aggressive driving.

What can you do?

  • You need to pay close attention to the drivers' stress levels. If their stress levels are high it is more likely that they will drive aggressively.
  • Make sure that there are no scheduling issues that can put extra pressure on drivers.
  • You need to be the person who will show your drivers how to handle their aggressive driving behavior. Educate them that they need to learn how to dial it back. Take a deep breath and relax.
  • Motivate your drivers to slow down. After all, speed is the main reason for road accidents. When you drive fast your reaction time is more limited. Your drivers shouldn't be speeding and driving at the maximum speed limit.
  • Driver fatigue can be the reason behind poor decision making. As a fleet manager, you need to pay close attention to this.

We can't stop aggressive driving as a whole. But we need to learn how to raise awareness among drivers. encourage them to prevent aggressive driving as much as possible. Helping our drivers while they are on the road should be a top priority.

November 4, 2020No Comments

Why Preventative Maintenance is Important

By having an efficient preventative maintenance program we increase safety and efficiency. We reduce the chances of equipment breakdown. Logiflex role is to make sure that our fleet is ready for the road.

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A strong vehicle maintenance program is at the core of every transportation business. Maintaining your fleet can ensure you have not only a safe but secure drive on the road.

What is Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is a proactive approach to maintaining fleet assets. The main task is to keep your fleet running with minimal unplanned downtime.

  • Identify potential vehicle and equipment issues and addressing them before they compound.
  • Speed up the flow of information for improved communication and take immediate action.
  • Track compliance progress and ensure proper maintenance tasks are complete

When it comes to preventative maintenance it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Analyzed by the manufacturers' strategists the vehicle parts have a set time when they can work properly. It is of utmost importance that we change filters, coolants, oil, tires, etc. on time. That way we avoid that part getting broken on the road.

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Implementing a new Maintenance Process

The tech world is changing at rapid speed. By using the latest and most efficient technologies on the market we are offering the best service possible. Technology has an important role when it comes to preventative maintenance. Below are some recommendations on how you can improve your workflow:

Adopt Modern Preventive maintenance Software and Technology a Fleet management system that integrates:

  • Maintenance Workflows
  • Mobile App
  • Telematic Devices

Track Important Equipment and Vehicle Data - Leverage software to automatically trigger:

  • Odometer Readings
  • DTC Fault Codes
  • Recall Alerts

Eliminate Communication Bottlenecks:

  • Bridge the gap between the field and shop
  • Receive immediate notifications
  • Get maintenance task status updates

To summarize:

A successful preventive maintenance program makes sure that your vehicle is in a good operating state. It has many benefits like:

  • Prolongs the life of the vehicle and the equipment;
  • Reduces maintenance costs and revenue loss - by reducing the number of emergency repairs
  • Contributes to a more effective and enjoyable drive;
  • Improves safety and avoids getting stuck on the road.

Preparation leads to success. By preparing your truck for the road the chances are that you are going to have a successful journey.

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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