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!

August 23, 2019No Comments

8 Places to See While Driving OTR

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 goes 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.

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!

Diesel Anti Gel

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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.

 

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8 Places to See While Driving OTR

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