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 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.
Truck drivers looking for a job are in a good position these days, as there are more positions open than drivers to fill them. Wages are increasing as a result, but a driver should still do his or her research before jumping at a job offer, especially if a contract is involved. There are many other factors to consider before accepting a truck driving job. Remember, you are interviewing them to find the best fit as much as they are interviewing you.
Choosing the right trucking company for you is an important step in developing your career as a professional driver. Asking the right questions during the interview is a good way to learn more about the company, and if it is the best job for you.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), is a nonprofit organization that was created to combat domestic sex trafficking through education, mobilization, empowerment, and equipping members of the truck driving industry and workers of travel plazas. Human trafficking is a major problem in the US; incidents have been reported in every state.
When it comes to determining the amount of money it costs to operate a tractor trailer, most people think about the amount of money it costs to fuel the truck. However, this cost is only one aspect of the real cost associated with keeping the truck on the road legally. It has been shown that the average annual cost of operating a tractor trailer for one year is approximately $180,000 per year or $1.38 per mile, depending on the number of miles the truck drives in one year.
The Truckload Carriers Association, known as TCA, and Carrier’s Edge, an online training provider, has recently announced the results of its survey to name the Best Fleets to Drive For. This contest is for all of the North American trucking companies that result in a list of the top twenty trucking companies. Anyone looking for truck driving jobs will find this to be very valuable information and it can put them at an advantage.