February 4, 2019No Comments

Is Amazon using Self-Driving Trucks?

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

January 25, 2019No Comments

Diesel Anti Gel: Why you should use it!

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

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

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

Income Potential

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

Job Security

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

Benefits

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

Freedom

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

 

January 8, 2019No Comments

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

   What is the Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula?

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

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

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

Formula Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penalties

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

NOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 12, 2018No Comments

GIFTS FOR TRUCK DRIVERS: TOP 5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Gifts for truck drivers

There are so many awesome gifts for truck drivers.  How do you choose the perfect gift? From practical gifts to funny but useful gifts we are sharing our ideas. You might just find an amazing gift idea to surprise that special person! Take a look at our top five gifts for truck drivers to help you this holiday season!

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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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