All of those long hours on the road can take their toll on your body. The evidence for the health hazards of sitting all day is piling up, so much so that standing desks are becoming a popular option in office environments. There are even desks that let you walk on a treadmill while you work—the ultimate in multi-tasking.
A trucker's Drive-A-Check, or DAC report works similarly to their credit report. It lists your driving record as well as your employment history as a driver. You should request a copy of your DAC report at least once per year and any time you switch jobs to make sure that the information it contains is accurate.
Tax time is especially stressful for truck drivers because they are often away from home and may not have all of the information they need to file on the road with them. Over-the-road truck drivers must also be aware of allowances and deductions available to them that do not apply to workers in any other industry. Owner/operators have even more responsibility when it comes to taxes because they are running trucking companies as well as driving their own trucks.
The economy is always changing and responding to different influences. In order to stay relevant, the trucking industry has to adapt to these changes and ensure that the industry as a whole continues to meet its goals and keep up with national growth.
Keeping up with changes in the truck driving industry is an extremely important part of your career, particularly when you are looking at laws and statutes that will significantly change the way you drive and the amount of miles you can drive. That is the case with the new speed limiter mandate, which has been on the table since spring of 2015. Learn more about this law and how it may affect your truck driving career in the future.
When veterans leave the military and return to civilian life, the adjustment can be difficult. Finding a job is often a trying process and veterans may struggle to find ways to use their military experience in a new career.
The smart phone you carry with you could become a smart way to avoid traffic snarls. The Waze social networking navigation app for drivers can now be used to get reports of real-time traffic data, and your phone could be adding to the knowledge base to help speed you on your way. Trucking companies are eying the service as a way to save time and money.
Waze announced recently that it now has more than 7.3 million subscribers using its service, and paired the news with a report it has secured $30 million in venture capital led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.
A new law, known as the Food Safety Modernization Act, may have far-reaching ramifications for the trucking industry. Also known as Public Law 111-353, it was passed by the U.S. legislature in 2011 and seeks to strengthen federal control over how food is handled during transportation. The new law addresses every aspect of the food transportation industry, from the equipment and procedures used to record keeping.
The primary goal of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - or FMCSA - is to reduce the number and severity of traffic accidents involving large trucks and trucking companies. The FMCSA has partnered with the trucking industry in recent years to test and evaluate technologies such as lane departure warning, forward radar, and stability control that increase safety for truckers and other motorists. This research has produced a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data that may be applied to future safety technology.