A trucker’s life can be exhilarating, with the lure of the open road, changing scenery and freedoms unavailable to most working people. It can also be stressful, sometimes dangerous, and always exhausting. For truckers, the truck stop is much more than good food and a place to re-fuel the truck. The truck stop is the driver’s oasis for sustenance, rest, relaxation, and renewal.

Finding a good truck stop, or service plaza, may be a convenience (and sometimes quite an adventure) for travelers, but it is an important choice for professional truck drivers. In addition to finding good food, reasonably priced fuel, and an interesting shop to browse through, choosing a truck stop includes many other considerations:

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Every day, truckers are faced with medical emergencies. Truck drivers are often the first on the scene of traffic accidents and other situations that require first aid, such as choking, bleeding, burns, broken bones, unconsciousness, diabetic shock, strokes and heart attacks.

Truckers themselves are often victims of injuries – from illness to accident, scraped knuckles to pinched fingers, bee-stings to snake bites – all needing attention. So be prepared for anything on the road.

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On November 12, 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump and his Administration announced the creation of the CLEANER TRUCKS INITIATIVE (CTI) to decrease nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from on-highway semi-trucks and engines. NOx is a pollutant that can create both ozone, which contributes to climate change, and particulate matter, which can negatively impact both health and the environment.

NOx emissions have dropped 52% since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted new standards in 2001. But increasing truck traffic is expected to account for one third of NOx emissions from the transportation sector by 2025.

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The American Trucking Association (ATA) reports that 70% of goods consumed in the United States are moved by truck!  An industry analysis by DAT Solutions reported that only one truck was available for every 12 loads needing to be shipped at the beginning of 2018!  Fortune Magazine quoted FTR Transportation Intelligence’s report that the truck driver shortfall hit a record 296,311 by mid-2018!

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Drivers, especially long-haul truckers, who sit for long periods of time, risk development of circulatory problems, usually in their legs. Phlebitis and DVTs can develop suddenly and both require medical attention.

  • Phlebitis – Veins are inflamed, the skinis red, swollen, and often painful.
  • Thrombophlebitis – There is a clot in the vein causing swelling and pain.

Blood clots can develop after an injury to an arm or a leg, recent surgery (primarily knee surgery), or having an intravenous (IV) line. And sometimes there is no apparent reason, but truckers are especially prone because of their long hours sitting in the truck.

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A hazardous material is defined as any biological, chemical, radiological or physical compound that has the potential to cause health risks, bodily harm or damage to humans, animals or the environment.  The certification process for earnign the CDL Hazardous Materials Endorsement requires training, testing and a criminal background check for issuance in the State of Texas. Read more

Any time a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a semi-truck, it makes the news because of the collateral loss and the injuries associated with a small vehicle impacting a large, heavy truck.  Some of the most life-threatening injuries occur on our highways, when civilian drivers and trucks collide.

In 2015, there were 6.3 million truck collisions that resulted in a fatality, injury and property loss in the United States?  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was a 2% increase in the number of large truck and bus accidents that resulted in fatalities in 2016.  However, that number is 15% lower than the record year of 2005, where 5,231 fatalities were reported.

Today, the number of commercial trucks on American roads has continued to increase, rising almost 2% from 2015 to 2016. More trucks on the road has meant a statistical increase in accidents, which resulted in recent legislative safety changes and the mandatory ELD (electronic logging device) regulations which were implemented in 2017.

Unfortunately for decades, the trucking industry has been plagued with misconceptions about the rate of accidents and ownership for injuries and tragic instances of loss of life, as a result of a truck accident.  In this article, we’re going to dispel some of the myths about the accident statistics and share why professional CDL drivers operate some of the safest vehicles on our highways. Read more

Did you know that the average passenger vehicle can get as much as 30 miles per gallon?  For commercial truck drivers, the fuel economy isn’t anywhere close to that, with many trucks averaging 6 to 8 miles per gallon. Fuel costs for owner-operators and trucking companies have in recent years, represented up to 20% of operating costs, which was already a significant financial burden that may also be contributing to smaller profit margins, and by proxy fewer Americans interested in truck driving as a business opportunity.

Right at the time, when the American economy is rebounding and the supply versus demand gap for CDL drivers has never been wider.  And it’s about to get worse for the trucking industry.

New standards are being imposed inside the global oil market, in an effort to reduce sulfur emissions.  However, the new production restrictions have industry experts predicting a spike in diesel costs, that may see a 20% to 30% further increase at the pumps, according to the International Energy Agency. Read more

Professional CDL truck drivers are essential to the maintained growth of the American economy.  Did you know that 71% of freight tonnage that is moved across the United States (consumer and commercial goods) is delivered by cartage companies and truck drivers?  The trucking industry is key to American economic growth.

In 2017, over 10 billion tons of freight was delivered by 3.5 million American truck drivers. In fact, the trucking industry employs over 7 million people in the United States, and 80% of communities depend on truck drivers for the delivery of everyday goods. And that does not include up-stream business functions and related industries that rely on trucking and transportation logistics.  Source: Time.com

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The average age of an American truck driver is 50 years old.  While the trucking industry looks for ways to recruit new drivers to pursue a lucrative career as an owner-operator, some seasoned truck drivers are pursuing employment again, after retirement.  There are more opportunities today than ever before, for cartage drivers to earn a lucrative income.  As an owner-operator, the advantages are numerous, including the ability to schedule your own hours, and operate your business with significant tax deductions.

All cartage companies are actively recruiting drivers to meet the growing national demand for freight services.  If you are retired, getting back on the road as a licensed CDL driver requires some re-training and education on new safety standards, but the training is relatively fast, and inexpensive. Read more