August 16, 2019No Comments

TRUCK DRIVER PACKING LIST

THE COMPLETE TRUCK DRIVER PACKING LIST

Preparing your truck for a trip is essential to keep yourself safe and comfortable while you’re on the road. Whether you’re a regional or OTR driver, your truck should be equipped with everything necessary for a trip, no matter what the duration.  When you’re on the road, there’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot something. Packing is a real struggle for truck drivers. Even though you can’t fit everything from home in the cab, you need to make sure it’s loaded with all the essentials for your haul. As the old saying goes, a little planning goes a long way. Here’s a list of things truck drivers need on the road.

Clothing

There are two rules for truck driver packing regarding clothing: pack enough clothes and pack the right clothes. Finding laundry machines at your local truck stop is rare, so make sure you have enough for your entire run, plus a few extra outfits. And remember: trucking isn’t a beauty pageant. Your clothes should be comfortable and appropriate for whatever weather you may face. That includes:

  • Shirts
  • Pants and shorts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Jacket
  • Tennis shoes & weatherproof boots
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves

Toiletries

Any seasoned truck driver will tell you that those soaps and shampoos at truck stops aren’t worth what they charge. You’ll save money by packing your own toiletries. Buy a small shower bag or shower caddy and fill it with all your essentials, like:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Shower shoes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Any daily medication you take
  • Over-the-counter medicine in case you get sick on the road

Cleaning Supplies

Your truck is your home away from home. Keep it clean and organized and you’ll feel a lot better when you pull over for the night. Here are some truck driver must-haves for keeping the cab clean:

  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Air freshener
  • Handheld vacuum

Food and Drink

You can’t always pull over for three square meals a day, but you can’t go hungry either. Stock your truck with food and drinks to beat the cravings and keep on rolling. And trust us, we love chips and chocolate as much as anyone, but you’re better off snacking on healthier options. With food, here are the common truck driver essentials:

  • Slow cooker & ingredients
  • Plates, bowls, cutlery
  • Granola bars
  • Beef jerky
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Fresh fruit or veggies
  • Water

Entertainment

Whether you’re waiting on a loading dock or winding down after a long day, you need ways to entertain yourself on the road. Thankfully, technology makes it easy for truck drivers to stay entertained and connected with friends and family wherever they go. Make sure your cab includes some of these to avoid going stir crazy:

  • Books or an e-reader
  • Audiobooks or podcasts
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Cellphone & Bluetooth headset
  • Movies or CDs
  • Headphones
  • Any chargers you need

Emergency Supplies

Between winter blizzards and summer storms, you never know what kinds of road conditions you’ll face on your haul. We recommend buying a durable backpack and keeping it filled with any supplies you need to get through mother nature’s wrath. Here’s what’s included in a truck driver emergency kit:

  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Space blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable food and extra water
  • Road atlas
  • Basic tools
  • Pocket knife

Cash and Identification

Just about everyone pays with credit or debit card these days. But, some banks will cancel a driver’s card without warning because of “fraudulent activity.” It helps to have a backup payment option along with all your ID cards. Make sure you pack:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • CDL
  • Health insurance card

No matter how many miles you have under your belt, we all forget to pack something now and then. Go through our complete truck driver packing list before rolling out and you’ll always be ready. For more ways to make life easier on the road, check out our truck driver tips.

Remember, you won’t have much room in your truck, so make sure you pack light and pack smart.

August 9, 2019No Comments

5 EASY EXERCISES FOR TRUCKERS

5 EASY EXERCISES FOR TRUCKERS

We all know sitting in traffic can cause aches in pains, especially when you are behind the wheel during a long drive! Forget traffic jams and treacherous road conditions—the real issue of truck drivers everywhere is back pain! It can be more than a nuisance or even more so career-ending!

Yes, as a driver you’re going to spend lots of hours sitting behind the wheel. But that doesn’t mean you have to just sit and wait for back pain to happen and just accept it.

1. Backbends

Place your hands on your hips, behind your back. Then lean back and hold for 5–10 seconds; complete 5 reps. This will really help decompress your spine!

2. Front bends

Place your hands on your hips, behind your back. Then lean forward and hold for 5–10 seconds; complete 5 reps. This will help loosen up your hamstrings and increase leg circulation.

3. Side bends

Put your hands to your sides; raise one hand and stretch it to the side for 5–10 seconds, as if you were trying to reach something. Then do it with the other hand; complete 5 reps. This will help lengthen your torso muscles and stretch your outer hip muscles.

4. Knees up

Find a wall or use the side of your truck for this one. Place your hands apart, just outside of shoulder width, and bring each knee up, one at a time, turning it to the side and taking it across your body for 30–60 seconds. This will help loosen and strengthen your glutes and stretch your pelvis.

5. Neck stretch

Place one hand to your side and stretch the other out 90 degrees, and then lean your head to the opposite side. Using your outstretched arm, try to reach out as far as you can and move your neck as far as you can the opposite way. Do this for 5–10 seconds and repeat with the other arm; complete 5 reps. This will help relieve tension in the shoulders and neck.
Use these exercises to help put back pain in your rearview mirror—and keep it there for good!

July 23, 2019No Comments

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Cost to Rise Again

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Cost Rise Again

That's correct! Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls cost are going up again! On July 16, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 6% toll increase for 2020 for both E-ZPass and cash users. This will make it the twelfth consecutive year that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has elected to increase tolls. The toll increase will go into effect in most locations at 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2020, in all but 3 locations. At three “cashless” toll facilities, the toll will go into effect on October 27, 2019. The Turnpike Commission says that the most common Class-5 tractor-trailer toll will increase from $3.70 to $4.00 for E-ZPass and from $16.30 to $17.30 for cash.

 Since 2009, the commission has increased tolls annually to maintain its aging roads. As a result, the commission has delivered $6.6 billion in toll-backed funding to PennDOT in the last dozen years. 

January 25, 2019No Comments

Diesel Anti Gel: Why you should use it!

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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.

 

December 10, 2018No Comments

Why People Become Truck Drivers

 

People don’t always think of glamour and glory when they think of the trucking industry. It’s a job that requires hard work, long hours, and the ability to drive long distances. Truck drivers are often underappreciated members in the US workforce. They perform their job every day and often don’t receive the respect that they deserve. Truck driving may seem like a grueling profession, and many may wonder what exactly motivates somebody to commit their life to the road. While there are indeed some challenges that come along with being a truck driver, there are many great reasons that people decide to take up the occupation.

They Enjoy Traveling

Travel is an important part of many people’s lives, and truck drivers are no different. For the free spirits that enjoy seeing everything that the country has to offer, driving a truck can be the perfect vocation.Truck drivers get paid to experience the different cities and change of scenery across America. If seeing different cultures and trying new, unique regional cuisines interests you then you may  benefit from getting behind the wheel of a truck and embarking on their cross-country journey.

The traveling is a major perk but with that comes a job to be done. Drivers can often choose the shipments they want to take them to the places they’ve always dreamt of seeing. During long stretches of highway, drivers can enjoy the views and the sense of adventure that comes with hauling a big rig to new, exciting places.

They Prefer the Open Road to an Office

Most people don’t enjoy performing the same routine tasks over and over again in an office setting. Drivers benefit from the luxury of never having to worry about sitting at a desk for hours on end while staring at a computer screen. Instead, they can fire up their truck and head to a new location every single day. Truckers are always willing to accept adventure since there is always something new and exciting over the road.

 

For those who don’t want to fill out spreadsheets or send emails all day long, the open road provides a different kind of job. Drivers may have to battle against thunderstorms, blizzards, or low visibility, but these are challenges that they genuinely enjoy. There is a certain sense of victory that comes with completing a shipment despite the literal and figurative roadblocks that may make things more difficult.

 

People that make good drivers are the top that is always looking for a challenge, and the road is ready to provide them with plenty of these. They can put their problem-solving skills to the test in an exciting environment rather than sitting in an office all day. In this sense, drivers can sometimes be thrill-seekers who have a strong desire to succeed.

 

They are Looking for Success

 

In many regards, drivers are ultimately responsible for how successful they can become in this profession. They can make the decisions that will determine how profitable they will be on their runs. The driver alone decides to work as hard and as often as he or she sees fit in order to meet their financial needs or lifestyle desires.

 

There is no single way to be successful when it comes to driving a truck, but the freedom afforded by making your own decisions is a significant selling point for truckers. They can seek out the shipments that they believe will help them advance both financially and personally. In a sense, a driver is running his own business while moving that truck across the country, and he must make sound decisions and remain motivated to do well.

 

It is this drive to succeed that keeps so many drivers on the road. They know that they can make a life for themselves by choosing wisely and working diligently. Although a suit and tie arent typical attire, truck drivers are often just as business-savvy as some of the sharpest-dressed financial gurus and executives. It’s just that they prefer to practice their business skills from inside a cab rather than behind a desk.

 

They Seek Out Adventure

 

From the weather problems to potentially treacherous terrain, there is always the adventure that is about to happen. Imagine hauling a massive shipment into the high-altitude ski towns in the Rocky Mountains. This is not an easy task! However, those towns need to get their goods somehow, and somebody needs to be willing to answer the call. Truck drivers are the ones that keep these places in business. Their ability to and willingness to take on these difficult loads makes this possible.

We might think these shipments would ruin our day, but the adventurous drivers out there enjoy being assigned to these tasks and proving that they have the skills and dedication to carry them out. There is a major sense of satisfaction when these jobs are finished successfully. A truck driver can be seen as somewhat of a hero when he delivers essential goods to the towns that need them.

Work-Life Balance

For those that enjoy all of the above things – adventuring, the open road, independence, and travel – driving a truck can be an excellent way to be financially successful while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When you enjoy your career, you are far more likely to find happiness and satisfaction in life. Drivers who enjoy venturing out and delivering goods are keeping themselves in better health. They are also

doing a great job to provide for their needs and the needs of their families. Trucking can be a highly lucrative career for any person who believes in hard work and adventure.

December 9, 2018No Comments

Buy vs Lease a Truck?

Buy vs Lease Truck is one of the first decisions future owner-operators must face. Both options offer benefits as well as drawbacks. There are many different situations that apply to different people. Always keep in mind that a truck is a tool for work first, and a vehicle second. Potential business owners should consider the job at hand to make the best choice.

 

Lease a Truck

Leasing a truck makes sense when you are starting your career or you lack good credit. It does not require a significant down payment, and the monthly or weekly amount is generally smaller than that of a loan. The driver will own the truck, as the lease agreement ends. There is a type of lease where downpayment is required. Monthly payments are generally low because the balloon payment at the end of the contract matches the value of the truck at the time. For example a 10 percent down payment on a $130,000 vehicle with $2000 per month for 60 months and a balloon payment of $24,000 at the end. This is a sweet deal for a new truck if you plan to keep and use it longer than five years.

The most common lease is directly through a trucking company. Weekly payments will be deducted from the driver's check. A required down payment of around $5000 will be needed. It shows good money management skills and establishes good faith. It also allows for lower weekly payments.

A lease is a form of rent. Drivers must take care of the truck, and when the contract expires, the truck should be in good condition.

 

Maintenance under lease

Drivers are responsible for the maintenance of the trucks unless the lease is from Ryder or Penske. These two companies charge between $0.12 and $0.20 per mile for regular maintenance. This, however, does not include accidents and or incidentals. If you hit a deer or a rock cracks the windshield, repairs come out of your pocket.  

Buy a Truck

When a future owner operator purchases a truck and finances it, the bank takes the title as collateral for the loan. The driver owns the vehicle, and like in the lease (unless the lease is from Ryder or Penske) all responsibility for the ownership falls on him.

Advantages

Financing a loan is a cheaper option. Also since the driver is the owner, he can build some equity in the truck. If the market is strong, an owner-operator can make extra principal payments towards the loan, thus paying it off early and saving on interest.

Disadvantages

Drivers need a credit score over 630-650. That puts those with less than perfect credit at a disadvantage. The higher your credit score, the better the interest rate on the loan will be.

Many banks require down payments when credit history is an issue. Ten percent is standard, but some will only ask for five. Almost any lender will agree to finance a truck driver with 20 percent cash in pocket. Putting down a substantial down payment secures lower monthly payments that won't put a toll on the driver when the market is slow.

A major factor improving the odds of financing a truck is previous owner-operator experience. Many banks will deny even 20 percent down payments if the future truck owner cannot provide past truck payment history. That is probably the main reason why many drivers start off with a lease. Experienced truck drivers are not necessarily experienced business owners, and banks know that. Previous owner operator experience shows knowledge of how to manage a business and offers banks more security.

 

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