30Jan/17

A Comprehensive Supply List for Over the Road Emergency Situations

Truck drivers are at the mercy of the roads every time they go out on trucking jobs. Whether they are dealing with sudden snow storms up north or frequent flooding along riverbank locales, there is always the possibility that a trucker will experience bad weather when hauling freight. On top of that we have the dangers of fires, tornadoes, and even social unrest, particularly following a feisty election season. Then there are the times when a trucker breaks down in the middle of one of the last places on Earth not to have cell phone service or a Wi-Fi connection, leaving them stranded and alone. In order to protect yourself and prevent bad situations from becoming deadly pack an emergency supply kit that could very well save your life one day.
Getting Started with an Emergency Bag

The first thing you need to do is find a bag for storing your supplies. This will be your kit bag, so it needs to be waterproof, wear resistant, and easy to carry. Consider getting either a duffel bag or a hiking backpack. As a tip, the Osprey brand of backpacks is top of the line in comfort and performance without breaking the bank. The idea is that you will carry this bag with your entire supply kit with you in an emergency situation so you want a bag that works for your body type.
The Supplies for an Emergency Kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have established a thorough list of everything you might possibly need in an emergency. However, the needs of a trucker vary, so we’ve compiled a list that is adjusted for over the road truck drivers in a jam. Start by making a list according to the following categories:

Trucking tools and equipment
Food and water
Medical supplies and personal hygiene necessities
Paperwork
Clothing

You will want to make a list that is exclusive to your own needs, as you know what will serve you best. For example, while the CDC suggests bringing supplies to take care of others, such as infants and pets, this may not apply to you. However, if you do have a rider regular, such as your child, a spouse or a dog, you would want to include a category for them as well.
Trucking Tools and Equipment

In this category you would want to include things like tire gauges and extra clamps. However, since you are a commercial truck driver you will already have all of these items including tools on hand in a tool box per your DOT inspection requirements. You will not need to add these to your supply bag to haul around. At the same rate you do want to have all of these supplies in a toolbox or plastic crate so that you can easily access them to take along in an emergency situation, such as a flood or fire in your rig.
Food and Water

As for these essentials you can’t live without food and water. You want to have enough food to last for three days, and the food items you select need to be shelf stable. Look for items like tuna and crackers, peanut butter and pretzels, dried fruit, hummus packs, canned beans, jerky, and other high protein/carb combos. As for water you need to have one gallon per day for yourself, more if you have riders. This will need to be able to fit in your supply bag with everything else, so consider using four individually bottled liters. You should also toss a water purification kit in your bag in case you have to source water from an unclean tap. Check your food and water supply monthly to ensure it hasn’t leaked out or spoiled.
Medical Supplies and Personal Hygiene

Start with a full sized first aid kit that is always stocked. Then add prescriptions and over the counter meds that you use as needed. If you do have a prescribed medicine include a copy of your prescription to have it refilled if needed. In terms of personal hygiene uncleanliness breeds bacteria and germs that can be deadly in a survival situation. Include moist towelettes, mouthwash, rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to help keep you clean.
Clothing

This is often the last thing people think about when supplying an emergency kit over the road. However, frostbite and sun exposure are two of the most deadly situations you can face in an OTR emergency. Pack enough clothing to last for three days along with compact laundry detergent soap sheets to wash dirty clothing. Keep in mind you will need to update your supply kit every time the seasons change so you aren’t stuck with wool underwear in the summer time.

We want to know, do you have a survival bag in your rig, and if so, what tips can you give other truckers about what to pack?

30Jan/17

Truck Stops Where You Can Watch the Football Game

Do you love your pig skin? If so your favorite truck stops may be able to help. No, we are not talking about pork rinds here people, although you might be a fan of those, too. We are talking about football, that all-American favorite pastime that keeps truck drivers and football fans alike in good cheer. If you’re a truck driver with over the road reefer hauls, flatbed loads, and car hauling jobs for trucking companies, such as Gordon Trucking, Landstar Trucking, or Quest Global, you might have trouble watching the Monday night football or your favorite bowl. Thankfully truck stops have stepped up to the challenge by providing comfy truckers lounges and satellite television sports packages for truck drivers across America.
Trucker Lounges at Truck Stops

If you have the downtime your first priority is to find a truck stop with a truckers lounge. This will give you the best opportunity to watch football in comfort. It will also give you a chance to hang out with other football loving truckers during the big games, which is a great social outlet. You may also find sports bars attached to or within walking distance of truck stops. Keep in mind you want to have access to the truck stop for truckers parking. Here are some of the best truckers lounges in the US:

Iowa 80 Truck Stop features the Driver Den on the 3rd floor where you can hang out and watch football.
Jubitz in Portland, OR is Open and has a truckers lounge, as well as a full service restaurant and a hotel. You can get comfy, have a couple of beers, enjoy a big meal, and watch the game without rushing out the door.
Speedway in Disputanta, VA has a truckers lounge and restaurant, along with a trucking parking lot big enough to hold over 100 trucks.
Whisky Pete’s in Primm, NV is a nontraditional truck stop with an onsite casino called William Hill Race and Sports Book where you can watch and bet on the big game via the A-Play Sports app.
North Forty Truck Stop in Holladay, TN has a TV room where you can watch the game after you get a massage in the truck stop. You can even wash your dirty trucker clothes while the game goes on.

Now not every trucker will be able to swing by these independent big-name truck stops on a regular basis. However if you are in the area of one it’s worth the effort to pit stop for upcoming football games especially those that are most important to you. For those Super Bowl games and other regional football favorites you may be able to experience a football party truck stop-style. That will definitely be a memory in your trucking career that you won’t forget.
National Truck Stops

If you are a regular trucker at Love’s or Pilot Flying J you know that having access to the football game at these locations is a bugger. For starters all of the locations do not have truckers lounges, which is typically where you could watch the game. Of course you could catch the football games using your mobile devices including smartphone, laptop or tablet thanks to the truck stop Wi-Fi service. However, as we will discuss further on this isn’t necessarily the best case scenario.
TA and Petro for the Football Win

TA and Petro are on the right track in terms of making football games accessible to truck drivers. TravelCenters of America, the operator of TA and Petro, offers DIRECTV service at almost 200 locations, which includes the NFL Sunday Ticket channel. Football airs regularly in these locations for the Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games. Plus at TA Petro you have access to full-service menus at their onsite restaurants that allow you to enjoy food while you cheer on your favorite teams. Additionally, these truck stops offer game day specials that feature football snacks you will want to grab before you head back on the road. To find the TA and Petro truck stops along your route check out their TruckSmart mobile app.
Watching Football Without Truck Stop Access

As for those truck stops that don’t offer access there’s still hope. You could use their Wi-Fi, but this can be spotty and you aren’t necessarily going to be able to access it in the comfort of your rig. Instead opt for a hotspot so you can watch football wherever you are, whether in a trucking parking lot or not. Just be mindful of your data so you don’t end up with a huge bill at the end of the month. Truckers recommend using a major cellular carrier, such as Verizon or AT&T, rather than a pay by the month carrier. This ensures you will have the most coverage possible using your hotspot.
Satellite Radio for Football Games

As for trucking jobs that carry you outside of the hotspot service range consider your SiriusXM Radio channels. Sirius satellite radio will carry all of the games, but you will likely need to purchase these channels separately from your regular subscription service. For football you can get channels that include:

ESPN Radio
ESPN Xtra
SiriusXM NFL Radio
SiriusXM College Sports Nation
SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio
SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio
NFL Play-by-Play for your favorite sports team
Sports Play-by-Play channels for various games

The truth is for most truck drivers hauling for trucking companies like Zeller LLC, Transcarrier Inc., Poly Trucking Inc., or Knight Transportation you won’t have time to stop and watch a football game. Your best solution is to listen to it via satellite radio while you are hauling trucking loads. Whether you are a cattle hauler, taking flatbed trucking loads, or pulling a reefer trailer you only make money when you are moving. So save your football watching to your off duty hours, home time, or vacation days and use the radio to live broadcast those games on a regular basis.

If you are a football fan how do you watch your favorite games as a truck driver? Any tips or advice?

22Dec/16

7 Trucker Jokes

1. Trucker, Lawyer, and A Priest

Trucker would amuse himself by running over lawyers. Whenever he saw a lawyer walking down the side of the road he would swerve to hit him, enjoy the load, satisfying “THUMP”, and then swerve back onto the road.

One day, as the truck driver was driving along he saw a priest hitchhiking. He thought he would do a good turn and pulled the truck over. He asked the priest, “Where are you going, Father?” “I’m going to the church 5 miles down the road,” replied the priest. “No problem, Father! I’ll give you a lift. Climb in the truck.”

The happy priest climbed into the passenger seat and the truck driver continued down the road. Suddenly the truck driver saw a lawyer walking down the road and instinctively he swerved to hit him. But then he remembered there was a priest in the truck with him, so at the last minute he swerved back away, narrowly missing the lawyer.

However even though he was certain he missed the lawyer, he still heard a loud “THUD”. Not understanding where the noise came from he glanced in his mirrors and when he didn’t see anything, he turned to the priest and said, “I’m sorry Father. I almost hit that lawyer.”

“I know”, replied the priest. “Lucky I got him with the door!”

2. Trucker vs. Motorcyclists

Trucker stopped at a roadside diner for lunch and ordered a cheeseburger, coffee and a slice of apple pie. As he was about to eat, three bikers walked in.

One grabbed the trucker’s cheeseburger and took a huge bite from it. The second one drank the trucker’s coffee, and the third wolfed down his apple pie. The truck driver didn’t say a word as he paid the waitress and left.

As the waitress walked up, one of the motorcyclists growled, “He ain’t much of a man, is he?”

“He’s not much of a driver, either,” the waitress replied. “He just backed his 18-wheeler over three motorcycles.”

3. Trucker vs. Hitchhiker Girl

The trucker stopped to picked up the hitchhiker girl in short shorts. “Say, what’s your name, mister? ” she inquired, after she climbed up in the truck. “It’s Snow, Roy Snow,” he answered, “and what’s yours? “I’m June, June Hansen,” she said. “Hey, why do you keep sizing me up with those sidelong glances? ” she challenged the trucker some miles down the road. “Can you imagine what it might be like,” he countered with a question of his own, “Having eight inches of Snow in June? ”

4. Trucker vs. Cop

A trucker misses the turn-off before the low bridge and gets stuck under it. Cars are backed up for miles.

Finally, a police car pulls up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, “Got stuck huh?”

The truck driver says, “No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas.”

5. Trucker vs. Blonde

As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up. She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door. The trucker lowers the window, and she says ‘Hi, my name is Heather and you are losing some of your load.’

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street. When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again. She jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the door. Again, the trucker lowers the window.
As if they’ve never spoken, the blonde says brightly, ‘Hi my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!’ Shaking his head the trucker ignores her again and continues down the street.

At the third red light, the same thing happens again. At the next light the trucker hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back to the blonde. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he says, ‘Hi, my name is Kevin, it’s winter in Canada and I’m driving the SALT TRUCK!!!!!!’

6. Truckers vs. Environmentalists

Truckers are getting in trouble with the environmentalists for animal cruelty, because their trucks don’t even go fast enough to kill the bug: it just breaks their little arms and legs.

7. Roadway Trucks With Only One Seat

Why Do Some Roadway Trucks Have Only One Seat? So The Driver Knows Which Side To Get In.

22Sep/16

Defensive Driving Fundamentals

You may be a safe, smart driver who doesn’t take unnecessary risks. What about the other drivers on the road? Although you can’t control the behavior of other drivers, you can use defensive driving techniques to stay safe regardless of what happens around you. Defensive driving means staying prepared, alert, and aware of the road conditions directly ahead of you as well as a few hundred feet down the road. When you drive defensively, you will take precautions based on the likelihood of an upcoming accident or other potential dangers. You will also be careful to avoid distracted driving behaviors that can endanger you and others around you. Here is an overview of the basic aspects of defensive driving.

Be Prepared

Preparedness begins before you even get into your car. Have an emergency kit in your trunk with medical supplies, a jack, basic snacks and water. In winter, you should also carry a blanket and extra clothes. Check the pressure of your tires and the oil, gas, and water levels in your vehicle to make sure that the car is in safe driving condition. When you enter the car, check the positions of the mirrors and make certain that the lights are working.

Once you are on the road, stay alert to what is happening around you. As you travel, make a note of safe areas where you can escape a potential accident if needed, such as a clear lane or a drivable area of the shoulder. If you spot dangerous behaviors in a driver near you, take action to remove yourself from that driver’s immediate vicinity. For drivers up ahead who seem likely to cause an accident, keep your distance by slowing down or changing lanes to avoid danger.

Stay Calm

Road rage is a serious danger to all drivers. Even if you are normally a calm and reasonable person, it can be tempting to allow yourself to indulge in road rage behaviors when subjected to another person’s bad driving. If other drivers are behaving badly, simply create space between yourself and that driver. Don’t give in to the temptation to react with anger or try to teach the person a lesson. Emotional reactions will negatively affect your driving, and the end result could be an accident or a traffic ticket.

3-Second Rule: Create Space

The simplest way to create a safe space when driving at high speeds is to use the 3-second rule. In other words, allow three full seconds to pass between the time that the car in front of you reaches a landmark and the time that your own car reaches it. In bad weather conditions such as rain or heavy wind, increase this time to 4 seconds. If the road is icy, 10 seconds is the best policy. Using the 3-second rule for most driving situations, and giving plenty of space to any driver with erratic behavior or existing car damage, is the best way to stay safe on the road. Never tailgate other drivers, which is likely to result in an accident and can get you into legal trouble as well.

Be Seen — Stay in Sight

Even respectful drivers may cause an accident if they cannot clearly see another car. When your car is highly visible, you will be safer on the road. According to some statistics, most drivers do not see 9 out of 10 other cars on the road around them. You can increase the likelihood of being seen by using your headlights appropriately, such as on rainy or overcast days. If you are driving at night with your brights on, make sure to dim them for oncoming cars in order to avoid blinding the other driver. Keeping plenty of space between you and other drivers is another good way to stay visible. If you are traveling in another driver’s blind spot, he or she may collide with your car while merging into another lane or making a turn. Keep in mind that large vehicles such as trucks, buses, and tractor-trailers have an extremely large blind spot, so avoid traveling behind or right next to these vehicles when possible.

Avoid Hazards: Accidents and Driving Impairments

It may seem obvious that alcohol or drug use will impair your ability to drive a car safely and may cause accidents. There are many other types of impairments and distractions that can also cause car accidents. Many people do not realize that over the counter medications or prescription drugs can cause drowsiness or reduced alertness, leading to dangerous driving. Distracted driving is also a serious problem. This can include any activity that takes your attention away from the road, including things like texting, eating, putting on makeup, or fiddling with a CD or mp3 player. If you have passengers in your car, do not allow them to create disturbances that make it difficult for you to pay attention to the road. If you pass an accident or stalled vehicle on the road, focus on the road ahead rather than craning to see the details of what has occurred.

22Sep/15

A Trucker’s Guide to Getting Licensed

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a truck driver? Truck drivers travel across the nation transporting the goods that people need in order to function in their daily lives. A truck driver is the heart and soul of our economy. Getting a license to drive a tractor trailer requires obtaining a certain kind of drivers license. Understanding the requirements and knowledge one must have before one is allowed to drive a tractor trailer is essential to being successful at becoming a truck driver.

The first requirement in becoming a truck driver is to obtain a commercial driver’s license, otherwise referred to as CDL. The federal government requires each state to establish standards in regards to licensing of commercial drivers. A commercial drivers license is required to operate any vehicle that is considered a commercial motor vehicle. Commercial motor vehicles include buses such as school and tour buses, tank vehicles such as those that carry liquids, vehicles that carry hazardous material and tractor trailers.

Although each state has its own set of standards every person who wishes to receive a commercial drivers license must pass a series of two tests, a knowledge test and also a skills test. All applicants must take a general knowledge test. The general knowledge test covers information that every commercial driver must know in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Applicants must also meet all physical qualifications. To get a commercial motor vehicle license an applicant must have a social security card, proof of age and identity, proof of residency and proof of insurance.

There are some general qualifications that an applicant must meet in order to be able to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The applicant must be at least 21 years old. The applicant must also be able to read, write and speak English with enough fluency to communicate with the public, read and understand highway traffic signs, fill out reports and records and respond to official questions. An applicant must also be able to operate the commercial motor vehicle by having experience, training or a combination of both. An applicant must have also completed a driver’s road test and have been issued a certificate of driver’s road test.

Testing for a commercial driver’s license consists of two tests, the general knowledge and skills test. The general knowledge test includes questions pertaining to night driving, skid control and recovery and vehicle control just to name a few. There are additional knowledge tests an applicant must take if they wish to have an endorsement pertaining to the different types of commercial motor vehicles. Some of these tests include a passenger transport test that all bus drivers must take, a tanker test for applicants who wish to drive commercial motor vehicles that carry liquids and an air brakes test for those drivers who wish to drive a commercial motor vehicle that has air brakes. The skills test consists of three parts. The first part is the pre-trip vehicle inspection which tests the drivers knowledge of whether his/her vehicle is safe to drive. The second part of the test is basic vehicle control. This part will test the driver’s ability and skill to control his/her vehicle. The third section of the test is on-road driving. During this part of the test the driver will be tested on his/her ability to operate the vehicle in different traffic situations and conditions.

There are 3 groups of commercial motor vehicles; A, B and C. Vehicles in group A consist of vehicles that have a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more and that being towed have a weight greater than 10,000 pounds. Group A vehicles include single tractor trailers and double tractor trailers. Group B consists of any single vehicle with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more or any vehicle that is towing a vehicle that does not weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Examples of Group B vehicles include dump trucks and buses. Group C is comprised of any single or combination of vehicles that doesn’t meet the classification of Group A or Group B but is designed to carry 16 or more persons.

Commercial motor vehicles must be inspected as per the regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Drivers of commercial motor vehicles must perform before, during and after trip inspections. The before trip inspection includes walking around the vehicle and checking the vehicle’s overall condition, checking gauges, tires, lights and fluids. The inspection during a trip should consist of making periodic stops to inspect the vehicle to make sure it is still safe to be on the road. If there is a problem the vehicle should not be driven until a mechanic can repair any problems. The after trip inspection should include making a list of any problems with the vehicle. These inspections must be performed daily and a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report must be filled out and turned into the company which owns the vehicle. An annual inspection must also be performed. The annual inspection must be performed by a qualified inspector who meets the requirements set forth by the Department of Transportation.

Becoming a truck driver requires being licensed to drive a commercial motor vehicle. One must have a general knowledge about how to operate a tractor trailer. One must also have the skills to safely drive a tractor trailer. Once an individual has the knowledge and skills pertaining to driving a tractor trailer, becoming licensed is the next step in starting a career as a truck driver.

22Sep/15

Tips For Trucking Beginners

Truck drivers are an essential part of the shipping industry, transporting goods and raw materials to retail locations, distribution centers, warehouses, and front doors. Becoming a truck driver offers access to a steady source of income and freedom for those who enjoy being on the open road. Drivers have a responsibility to the company they work for, pedestrians, and other drivers on the road to drive in a responsible manner. For new drivers just breaking into the industry, there is a lot to learn in order to be a proficient driver and find steady work.

Trucking School Tips

  • Check with local trucking companies before choosing a trucking school to ensure the education offered is thorough enough to meet their standards.
  • Truck driving schools with accreditation by the United States Department of Transportation offer scholarships, grants, and loans that can help truck drivers offset the cost of education.
  • Ask questions to determine the quality of education a school offers. One on one training programs, small class sizes, behind the wheel training, job placement assistance, and access to late model equipment will assist with becoming a proficient driver.

Tips for Finding Jobs

  • Consider getting truck driving education from a big company which has its own school. After graduation, new drivers have guaranteed employment.
  • Self employed truck drivers are more vulnerable to economic downturns. Taking accounting and business classes will be helpful to making the business a success.
  • Recruiters, placement agencies and job boards can help new truckers find career opportunities. Online job boards allow truckers to search opportunities by state or certification.

Fuel Saving Tips

  • Speeding not only increases the risk of getting into an accident, it also increases aerodynamic drag and uses more fuel. Maintain a consistent speed, use cruise control when appropriate, and avoid quick accelerations.
  • Pay attention to how cargo is loaded. The higher the height of the load, the more drag placed on the truck and the more energy it consumes.
  • Idling is a big fuel waster. Plan your route to avoid traffic congestion and drive the truck to warm it up. Idle reduction facilities are also available at many public truck stops.

Safety Tips

  • The higher vantage point of a truck allows truck drivers to keep an eye out for aggressive drivers on the road and avoid them.
  • Maintain a respectable distance from vehicles in front of you, larger trucks need more time to stop. Keep an eye out for vehicles which may pull in front of trucks then suddenly slow down or break.
  • Before heading out on the road pre-inspect the vehicles: breaks, windshield wipers, horn, mirrors, tires, reflectors, oil levels, fuel levels, and that cargo is secured. If any problems are noticed, they should be reported to dispatch and handled before getting on the road.

Accident Preparedness Tips

  • Highway construction zones are a major area of concern for truck drivers. Slow down when entering a work zone, adjust mirrors, allow plenty of room to maneuver, and stay alerted to your trucks blind spots.
  • Always wear a seat belt. If an accident does occur, a seat belt will keep you from being ejected from the seat and help maintain control of the truck.
  • Join the local state trucking association to stay up to date on state and federal regulations and gain valuable contacts for jobs and assistance.

Miscellaneous Trucking Tips

  • Maintain good physical health is part of being a part of a truck driver’s job. Regular exercise and adequate sleep will help drivers avoid fatigue when driving long stretches of empty highway and loading and unloading cargo.
  • Avoiding use of alcohol and controlled substances will help drivers maintain clean driving records to keep their license. It will also help truckers pass random drug and alcohol tests conducted by their trucking company.
  • A long and successful truck driving career is dependent on a new driver’s work ethic. Keep an excellent driving record, increase communication skills, maintain a professional image and arrive with cargo on time.

 

 

31Aug/15

How to keep warm for truckers?

Moving is hard and exhausting work. Just imagine that you are going a long way in front of you and constantly tracks the image with its white stripes in the middle. Vanity, in a word. And then all the trouble – the car stalled. Around snow, cold to the bone, and the oven has stopped working. What to do in such a situation? Is there a way to keep warm and how truckers in the car, as long as it has happened so suddenly? Let’s understand this common effort. Ways, of course, not much, and not too little. But they are there, and it pleases. The main ones are:

1. Make road transport. If your van is a newly released from the production process model, then surely its manufacturer has equipped its tried and construction elements special heat insulators, which are capable of giving, though small, but resistance lyutomu cold that has gripped the entire machine outside.

2. The second point is the stove. Imagine that the stove is still maintaining performance. Then you just have to thank her for it.

3. Clothing. Fura big, a lot of places – take on the road with a little … clothes that will be heating assistant, if you happened such.

4. climb in prices. If you carry something, then surely this is something very much. Then there is the possibility to stay between the goods and arrange a couch, to the moment when you are not there and reap not help. Unless of course, you do not carry, like fresh meat.

These uncomplicated tips will help you to answer the question of how to keep warm in the car in the winter. But there are still options that are devised in such extreme situations, or those that are low popularity. And the first method is suitable for you if you like music, to be able to play any musical instrument and carry any with him, that was a reminder of home. Then you need only to dance and thus warmed myself. But it was a small digression. Now, serious and to the point. The answer to the question of how to keep warm in the car can find the form below. When you are in such a situation, then take it to himself in the cockpit or cabin everything that can warm. A good material can serve as newsprint production. It is able to close the gap are all available and cover all public and private parts of the body. Paper can also be done multi-insoles, which would safeguard the feet from hypothermia because the lower extremities of human need special care and warmth. To learn how to keep warm in the car in winter, it seems to be clear. And what to do with the product, which is stuck in the cold? Of course, to be hoped that he carefully packed and insured for just such occurrences. It should immediately call and wait, so to speak, or reinforcements to catch any traveler. So it is possible to promptly repair the damage to the vehicle is injured and will soon resume the journey and deliver the goods transported safely. Another point would be warm gasoline or any other fuel that is available. It is poured into a kerosene stove or a blowtorch. Only in this case, you have to be extremely careful, because petrol is very explosive substance, due to which not only you but also your product can be in an unpleasant situation. In the end one more advice truckers who came up with the boys, trapped recently in a similar situation. If the hand you have pepper spray, and the car has a ceramic tile, their connection can achieve the desired effect of heat, which arises from the combustion of the latter. Here, in principle, the main thing that you need to know during the freight, when the car “died” and warm yourself and items needed. Good luck on the road!

31Aug/15

Pakistan truckers

Having met on our roads originally painted car, any look back: it is a rare phenomenon. In the cities are more common buses and trolley buses with advertising, but it is not the wish of the driver, and the banal commissioning of the machine as the advertising vehicle. Truck advertising also occurs, sometimes even original, but it’s just a business owner does not want his side were empty of cars and loads of advertising. But to own a truck driver painted – is a rarity. And this situation is found almost everywhere in the world. But there are exceptions, and so bright, that is difficult to imagine. Example – Pakistan where decorating cars, including freight – it’s a tradition. How it all begins when the car had not been invented, and the only means of transport was horse carriage Pakistan, the local nobility started to make their carts painted that it was clear that he was going a respected man, a wealthy nobleman. This tradition has used one of the first bus companies in Pakistan under the name of Kohistan. In 1920 the company began to paint their buses. Simple poor Pakistanis feel rich, beautiful ride on the bus. It is these feelings and advertised company, having made an unmistakable publicity stunt. Painting took up a specially created Artel artists. The tradition of going with carts to cars, continued its development and today just reached incredible heights.

Example – Pakistan where decorating cars, including freight – it’s a tradition.

How it all began.

Even when the car had not been invented, and the only means of transport was horse carriage Pakistan, the local nobility started to make their carts painted that it was clear that he was going a respected man, a wealthy nobleman. This tradition has used one of the first bus companies in Pakistan under the name of Kohistan. In 1920 the company began to paint their buses. Simple poor Pakistanis feel rich, beautiful ride on the bus. It is these feelings and advertised company, having made an unmistakable publicity stunt. Painting took up a specially created Artel artists. The tradition of going with carts to cars, continued its development and today just reached incredible heights.


Kings railroad Pakistan not. Although 257 thousand kilometers of roads have to have 152 kilometers of paved and the state program of building highways, still a lot of dirt roads, which are the only links with the outside world villages. Trucks, of bringing food and water, very largely determine the life of the people. Therefore, there was surprisingly respectful attitude to trucks: they always missed out on the road, always think that they are right. Drivers idolize their trucks: for most of it – the only breadwinner. And if a person has his own truck, it – one of the most respected people, actually the king of the road. And it is – not just words: we’re talking about Asia, and there is such an attitude will certainly develop into a cult.

So painted trucks – it is much more than the old tradition – is the attachment of his own soul. Here are real palaces on wheels – the most suitable place for the king of the road.

Who paints cars.

Having bought the truck, any novice driver just before it is taken to paint and decorate, trying to give us something to be better than others. Coloring engaged artists who specialize on this. Their work is expensive – the driver pays for painting truck 3-5 thousand dollars, and even a couple of thousand to spend on the design inside the cabin – you ought to decorate her carpets.

Artists involved in painting, there are many. Only in the 14 million city of Karachi, more than 50 thousand. Artist earns an average of 300-400 dollars a month, his apprentice – $ 150, and Pakistani truckers are paid at the level of 150-200 dollars. To paint the truck will require 1.5-2.5 months – during which time the machine is idle, and the driver gets nothing. But what about the cost to regret not necessary. And vanity is satisfied (“Oh, how I have a beautiful car – the best!”), And favorable orders soon get a car painted and pick up more passengers. In Pakistan, the passengers travel on anything, and why not start the truck. And in Pakistan, people believe that a beautiful car – a talisman against accidents.

What paint on cars.

The question is not so simple: on the road is not a big country to meet two identical trucks. Their design has long turned into a kind of art. So creativity is difficult to somehow organize.

Well, what are the most important subjects, trying to put on his truck Pakistani trucker? Portrait of the beloved symbol of love and memories of the family hearth, the scenery will remind the driver of his native place. Maybe here and portrait politician surrounded by related symbols, and a portrait of the national hero reflect patriotism driver. Images of the prophets are especially popular: Pakistan – an Islamic country. Local fetish – horns and tails of cows – also a part of a design element of the truck. And yet – bows, ribbons, flowers, chasing – anything.

What’s not clear.

Looking at the Pakistani lorries and buses, can be a long time to learn each picture and each design element. It is difficult to understand only two things – how the driver sees the road through the inscriptions on the windshield and garlands, nodding to the glass roof. And yet – how can be maintained impeccably clean these thousands of little things, tied screwed suspended bolted to the car. But somehow support! All the cars on the road is always clean. Another question remains unanswered – what will our traffic police inspector, if it will pass by a palace on wheels? Because I want to feel like a king of the road!

26Aug/15

The Drawback in the Job of the Truck Driver

The job of a truck driver is very tough. Although it is hard to believe in that. From the first sight it is a very interesting and exciting job – you drive across the country, watch the lifestyle in the cities and villages, you can even estimate the beauty of nature in some national parks. It looks like every boy wants to work as a truck driver and to drive a big car! By the way, nowadays not only boys but also some girls have such a dream of becoming a truck driver. And each year the number of women truck drivers increases. But behind the scenes of such an interesting, romantic and highly paid profession there are some drawbacks, which are hidden till one becomes a truck driver.

The deterioration of the Health of the Driver

This is perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks of the job of a truck driver. The constant sitting lifestyle, even if the chair is really comfortable, sooner or later brings some unwilling results. First of all, it is a deterioration of blood circulation, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Even some exercises during the pause can’t solve this problem. Because it often happens that the truck drivers work more than 10 hours which comes across with the American rules. Secondary, it is a blurred vision. The truck drivers have to be focused on the road all the time, that is why their eyes become red which eventually affects the mucous membrane of the eye, which means inflammation and permanent decrease in visual acuity. Moreover, the stomach of a truck driver suffers too. The poor diet and the sitting lifestyle violates the normal process of digestion. Finally, the nervous system. The constant lack of sleep, fatigue, frequent stresses can’t have a positive impact on the health of a truck driver.

The Hazard on the Road

The road is a constant danger. Even when you are driving by observing all the rules and when you have an extensive driving experience, you never can be sure in your safety because of the oncoming car or pedestrians who can break the rules and create an accident or emergency. The vehicle intensity of the USA is very high. Especially in big cities. That is why the truck drivers are trying to pass major cities at night. Therefore, it is necessary to be extremely focused on the road.

Truck Drivers Insurance

If you work in a large company officially, then your health and life are insured. But there are some situations when the truck drivers work unofficially and in this case the insurance payments are impossible. Even if you want to insure yourself you will not succeed, because the insurance companies of the USA do not insure miners and truckers, considering that it is not beneficial to them because of the high mortality and accidents.

High Fines for Truck Drivers

The very high penalties for the truck drivers are introduced in the USA. For example, if you have broken a rule by exceeding the speed limit, the driver of the car will pay $10, and if you have committed the same violation as a truck driver you would pay $50. This is because the American truck drivers are considered to be professionals and who have to observe all the rules while driving.

Sometimes truck drivers are forced to break the rules – especially on the roads of California. Since it is a mountainous area, which has a large number of passes it is impossible to drive the loaded truck on the mountain with a top speed of 88 km/h because you need the acceleration. In such cases, truck drivers are grouped and break the rules at night in order to go up to a certain mountain. If this line of trucks is met by the police, they can stop only the first or the last one.

Despite all these drawbacks, the job of the truck driver is popular any way. After all, there are fans of this nomadic life! Every profession has its drawbacks. That is why, the most important thing is that you have to love your job. In order to make your job of the truck driver easier, we offer you the services of the Ram Cargo. The company activities are focused on the searching of the cargo and organization of its delivery, by providing the dispatching services. Such services cost only 8%. To become a member of our team you can contact us by phone +1 585 472 9153 or e-mail  inbox@ramcargo.com and our logisticians and dispatchers will help you in searching goods and its delivery.

26Aug/15

Dispatching Services: How to Understand the Signs of the Driver – Power of Language

Language – is the main mean of communication and verbal method of transmitting information in all spheres of life. In addition, there is a special language that is used in professional dialogue between engineers, programmers, marketers, musicians and of course between the drivers. It is even prescribed in the rules of the road and is mandatory for all drivers. However, it is not only the formal language of the road, which are the road signs and road markings, but it is also the informal speech, which is the use of visual and acoustic signals and gestures. Using this language drivers can send each other information about the dangers and help in order to carry out the maneuver, show their gratitude or asking for forgiveness. Knowledge of the language helps drivers navigate better in certain situations on the road, and to understand what they want to tell other drivers. Knowing these signs is very helpful in the work of truckers, because they have to drive almost always on the new road, and this informal speech will help orient them to new areas.

 

The Meaning of the Most Usual Informal Communication of Drivers

Overtaking

  1. The signal of the right turn

When you want to overtake a large truck, and you see that its right turn signal is switched on, it means that it is possible to overtake – the road is free.

  1. The signal of the left turn

When the truck driver notices that the truck behind him  is planning to maneuver – to overtake, he turns on the left turn signal. This sign serves to warn the drivers of the danger – there is a vehicles on the road or some other obstacle.

 

Danger

  1. Single flashing of the distant light

 

This signal is often used by drivers of the oncoming lane. It means that the danger ahead – there was a traffic accident, etc. Therefore you should decrease the speed of the car and be very careful. In the dark, and if this signal is long, it may mean that your lights are not working normally, or you have turned on distance light and you are blinding oncoming drivers.

  1. The double flashing of the distance light

This signal is very common and is used by many drivers. This sign is used by the truck drivers of the oncoming lane, and it means that you are approaching a dangerous section of the road.

 

Request

  1. Multiple flashing of the distance light

The truck drivers who are behind you use this signal. It means that they want to pass. If you have the opportunity, you can switch on the right turn and miss the car. If this is not possible, then give a flashing signal of the right turn, it means that you will give the way as soon as you can.

  1. Hazard lamps

Hazard lamps – is a universal signal used by drivers. In addition to its primary function – the use of an emergency stop, braking at blinding in the dark, under the rules of the road, it also has other meaning. Truck drivers use this signal to express their gratitude for giving the way, for making it possible to carry out the maneuver, etc. Also with the help of this “emergency” signal you can apologize for the inconvenience of your maneuver or the creation an emergency situation on the road.

 

Light

  1. Switching from the city beams to the distance light

This signal means that the an oncoming car blinds the truck driver.  

 

  1. Switching from the distance light to the city beams

This sign is used when you notice that the truck driver behind you wants to overtake you. Switching from the distance light to the city beams you won’t blind the driver. You should use this when you see the oncoming car – it will prevent dazzling and reduce the car accidents.

 

The listed signals are used as the opportunity to exchange the information between the drivers and are very popular all over the world. You do not need to know the language of the country of which you are driving or language spoken by the neighboring car driver. According to these basic signals you will be understood and your courtesy will be noticed on the road.

All these examples of informal messaging are also part of the security on the roads. All the truck drivers should know these signals, but it is also very important to remember that these signals are the additional tips and you shouldn’t set a signal if it can be confusing to the other drivers.
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26Aug/15

How to Stay Healthy if You are a Truck Driver

The life of a truck driver is quite interesting for those who love the road. However, it is quite difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in this profession. Drive a truck all day, sleep in the cabin and eat junk food, can lead to the fact that a truck driver can not feel full of energy, in fact, he might get sick. Despite this, there are methods that can prevent it and to help the driver to feel better. Following this, you need to drop all addictions and comply with all the rules and tips  listed below.

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As with all addictions, one must admit he has a problem and wants to change it. Once this idea is in your mind, it will be easier to follow the plan of action to turn you into a healthy person.

  1.  Plan your schedule and make some time to eat, rest and do physical exercises.

If you properly organize your daily rhythm, then there will be fewer problems with hasty bite and there will be the probability that you’ll find time for physical activity, which is very important during a sedentary lifestyle, which a truck driver leads.

  1.  Eat a healthy food.

You may need to change the place where you normally eat if they offer only unhealthy options. If you are not ready to eat at the new location, then take a look at the menu, and evaluate what is a healthy choice. You should also be aware of the amount of servings you eat, and learn how much food is healthy for you.

  1. Bring healthy snacks in the truck.

Eating healthy snacks is actually a good thing. Just make sure that you eat on a schedule, and not by chance, try to eat healthy snacks such as fruits or nuts, and reduce their portion for lunch and dinner. Buy snacks in a supermarket to keep the product fresh.

  1.  Always have water in your truck and drink it often.

Drinking water is the best form to avoid dehydration and to cleanse your body from various toxins.

  1. If you haven’t stopped smoking yet, then it’s a high time for that!

Of course, smoking is not the healthiest habit, and moreover, for the driver of the truck is very easy to start smoking just to kill time or to occupy himself with something, when for example the driver is in a traffic jam. Many truck drivers sometimes can not even tell how many cigarettes they have smoked during the day. To stop smoking is one of the most difficult tasks in order to stay healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle as a truck driver.

  1. Make time for exercises.

When organizing your plan of the day, select 45 minutes for walking. Walking is a brilliant way to stretch your body, breathe fresh air and relax mind and body. Exercising is an obligatory task, if your goal is to be a healthy truck driver.

  1.  Do not forget to wash your hands before eating to reduce the risk of disease.

Your immune system is not as strong, if you lack a good diet, exercise, and if you do not sleep properly. So you have to change your old ways of doing things, and stay clean to avoid any germs from other drivers.

  1. Try to sleep as much as possible to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Resting is also very important if you want to build a healthy immune system, that’s why add more hours for sleeping in order to be ready to start the new day in the morning.

  1. Include vitamins in your diet.

Vitamins fill in the gaps in your diet and ensure that you get enough nutrients that your diet doesn’t contain.

Admit that your profession of truck driver has several obstacles when it comes to choosing a healthy lifestyle. If you want to be a healthy truck driver, you should know that even if these rules and tips make your work harder, you can still do it, and leading a healthy lifestyle on the road can be even fun.
In order to reduce the stress and begin to live a healthy lifestyle, you will need to transfer some of the duties to the others. That is, you can free yourself from searching cargo for your truck. The company Ram Cargo provides such services only for 8%. All you need to do is to get the support of experienced dispatchers who will surely find the goods for your truck. Please contact us by phone +1 585 472 9153 or by mail  inbox@ramcargo.com.

21Aug/15

Working days of American truckers

The trucker in the United States is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. Since the signing of President Eisenhower National Act on the construction of 66,000 kilometers of highways and roads in the United States in 1956, the profession of truckers remains one of the most popular, as well as one of the most highly paid professional drivers.
1. Each year in the US trucks carrying about 10 billion. Tons, worth more than $ 9 trillion. dollars. Today, everything is transported using trucks, without the American economy is going to die.

2. Across the road system in the United States provided special truck stop, which are always seen from afar, in such pit stops, drivers can get a full rest, go to the shower, and great food.

3. Today, specialized stops for truckers Bole 6000.

4. Most pit stops have service line, which is capable in a short time to repair the truck, by the way, do truckers truck called “rig”.

5. Of course, you do not change the engine, but without the problems of replacement wheels, oil, repair lost mirror or leaking fuel line will replace pads, and carry out other required repairs.

6. big logistics companies, such as UPS or Snyder, having in his stock hundreds of trucks, have their own brand large pit stops for the repair and maintenance of vehicles. In other cases, even the big companies use pit stops appearing on the roads.

7. Gas station for truckers separated from gas stations for cars. The reason is that, firstly, the fuel tanks are much larger trucks and trucks usually have two tanks of 300-500 liters. Trucks that operate in remote areas away from civilization, for example, oil may have 2 tanks and a capacity of 1,500 liters. Gas pumps such stations are very powerful, and the fuel pump is about 4 times faster than conventional pumps.

8. Secondly, the tanks are located on both sides of the truck, so column equipped with two hoses on both sides of the truck. Third, having a trailer length of 16 meters (53 feet), it is difficult to park on a normal refueling, so the entrance / exit to such a dispenser make wide and as much as possible, direct, which greatly facilitates the work of the drivers.

9. Why so much fuel? Laden “wagon” consumes 35-40 liters of fuel per 100 km.

10. By the way, an interesting point: the truck idling burns about 4 liters per hour, 1 hour of idling is equivalent to 10 kilometers, and all trucks in the United States consumes about 6 billion. Liters of fuel per year.

11. In addition to the special stops on all highways in the United States provide recreation areas, usually every 130-180 km. In such recreation areas with tables and benches are provided under the eaves, where you can snack vending sneakers, drinks and other stuff, toilets and even showers (but not always). On these grounds, drivers can warm up, check the machine and securing cargo.

12. All truckers are subject to regulation, as the Department of Transport, which sets the number of working hours and maximum speed.

13. Drivers are divided into two broad classes: vnutrishtatovskie – who travel exclusively within the boundaries of one state, never crossing the state line, and mezhshtatovskie, ie those that can be moved between the 49 states.

14. What is the difference? Mezhshtatovsky daily driver can be behind the wheel of 14 hours, after which it is obliged to stop and rest for 10 hours. And, 14 hours and 10 hours of rest can not be interrupted, i.e. you can not go for 2 hours, then 2 to rest, then go another 5 hours. As soon as the truck pulled out, 14 hours began ticking.

21Aug/15

How to choose a truck?

Very often, the future truckers make the wrong choice of the truck, as initially guided by false reasons for choosing a particular bolshegruzov. Today we examine some of the criteria that must be chosen such as tractor. This article will not be stories about specific brands and models of cars, but will show built an algorithm by which you can pick up truck was under him.

Budget

First, determine the amount of money you are willing to spend on a truck. Very often, this technique is taken on credit. Expect their financial strength so that in the event of sudden loss of truck you are not left in a pile of debt and without a livelihood. Lorry tend sometimes to fall into a very unpleasant accident, and that the villains are stealing them. So, imagine that you have a certain amount.

Bookings

Before buying a truck, try to get future orders. You can search for themselves orders for transportation, and offices can use that for a commission will give you a lot of customers. Try to calculate how much time you will be able to pay back your track. If you live in some sparsely populated area with no industry, such as pay Mercedes Actros you’ll be several decades.

Types of cargo

Depending on the potential future orders Think about what kind of truck you have to be optimal. Accordingly, if you need to carry a lot of cargo, then take the tractor with semi-trailer, and if freight will be a little, it is easier to take for example a van for transportation of goods medium-duty trucks. Just pay attention to the body type, the simplest is to take the van tilt, using such an option you will be able to carry loads of almost all types and sizes. If you carry such products, it is necessary to take the refrigerator.

Model and brand of truck

In this section we involuntarily turn to your budget. The eternal question to buy a new Chinese or Russian trucks or “American” or “European” city. Look at some of your trucks priced travel truckers in your area. Likely to have been thoroughly studied this issue. One or two people can make the wrong choice, but when for example, 30% of truckers choose MAN or Volvo, then it is about the quality of the brand. Look at the service station truck near you, and find out what trucks they mainly serve. Be sure to make sure that certain brands are able to repair and maintain in your city or near you.

Where to look

So we decided on a number of brands and models of trucks that suit us. Next, we need to buy it. The options are many. Every more or less big city there are dealers that sell trucks. You can also lead the company through a special technique from Europe or the United States. Well, various sites such as “Avito” and “Hand in Hand” has not been canceled.

P.S. If you will come to mind with each of the items in this article, you will become the proud owner of a good truck!

21Aug/15

Rules of work and rest of drivers

Rules.

1. Dayling duration of operating a motor vehicle shall not exceed 9 hours. It can be increased to a maximum of 10 hours not more than twice during the week.

2. The weekly driving a motor vehicle shall not exceed 56 hours.

3. The total duration of driving during any two consecutive weeks shall not exceed 90 hours.

4. After a driving period of four and a half hours, the driver makes a break for at least 45 minutes, unless he takes a rest period.

5. This break may be replaced by a break of at least 15 minutes followed by a break of at least 30 minutes. During these breaks, the driver does not perform any other work.

6. The breaks observed under paragraphs 4 and 5 of this Regulation can not be regarded as daily rest periods.

7. The total daily duration of the work, including control of the vehicle shall not exceed 13 hours. The duration of the overall work can be extended to 15 hours a day. The driver can have no more than three working days extended to 15 hours of total work between any two weekly rest periods.

8. The maximum duration of continuous operation another (hammer) and driving should not exceed six hours, after which the driver makes a break for at least 45 minutes, unless he takes a rest period.

9. The driver uses the daily and weekly rest periods.

10. Within every 24 hours, the driver shall have a daily rest period of at least 11 hours. If a portion of the daily rest period which falls within that 24 hour period is at least 9 hours but less than 11 hours, then the daily rest period is regarded as a reduced daily rest period. The daily rest period may be used on the vehicle, if it has a berth and the vehicle is stationary.

11. Notwithstanding paragraph 8 of this Regulation within 30 hours after the end of a daily or weekly rest period, a driver, a part of the crew of several people, has a new daily rest period of not less than 9 hours.

12. The daily rest period may be extended to make a regular weekly rest period or a reduced weekly rest period.

13. A driver may have at most three reduced daily rest periods between any two weekly rest periods.

14. During each workweek driver shall have a weekly rest period, which should be 45 consecutive hours. This rest period can be shortened to 36 hours, if it is used in the place where the vehicle or where the driver, or up to 24 hours, if used in any other place. Each reduction shall be compensated by the provision of appropriate rest time is entirely up to the end of the third week. A weekly rest period shall commence no later than at the end of six 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period.

15. Activities, which is used to compensate for a reduced weekly rest period is attached to another rest period of at least nine hours.

16. At the discretion of the driver’s daily rest periods and reduced weekly rest periods outside the place of registration can be used on the vehicle, if it has specially fitted sleeping facilities for each driver provided for the construction of the vehicle and if the vehicle is parked.

17. Drivers of the crew, consisting of a few people have regular weekly rest period, at least 45 hours each week. This period may be reduced to not less than 24 hours (reduced weekly rest period). However, each reduction is compensated by an equivalent period of rest taken en bloc before the end of the third week following the week in question.

18. A weekly rest period that falls in two weeks may be counted in either week, but not in both.

19. In cases where the driver is accompanied by the section of the route the vehicle which is transported by ferry or by rail, it should have a berth, and his normal daily rest may be interrupted not more than twice. This break shall not exceed one hour before embarkation or after disembarkation. At the same time customs clearance operations are included in the process of loading or unloading.

20. In order not to endanger road safety and to reach a suitable stopping place, the driver may depart from the provisions of these Rules to the extent that is necessary to ensure the safety of persons on the vehicle, the vehicle or its cargo . The driver indicates the nature of and reason for his departure from those provisions on the record sheet, the diagram disk or on a printout of the control device, not later than at the time of arrival at the suitable stopping place.

21. The carrier arranges road transport and instruct crew members so that they can comply with the provisions of this Regulation.

22. Carrier constantly monitors driving periods, hours of other work and rest periods, using the individual control books. In case of violation of these rules, he removes them and take measures to prevent them in the future.

23. The carrier shall ensure that contractually agreed transport time schedules respect this Regulation.

24. Drivers of vehicles ensure correct operation of the tachograph, the timely inclusion of the tachograph and switch to the appropriate operating conditions.

25. In the case where the driver was on sick leave or on annual leave or if he drove a vehicle not covered by the provisions of this Regulation, it provides confirmation form of activity according to the Annex.