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How to Respond to Truck Brake Failure

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Brake failure is probably one of the most terrifying possibilities for commercial vehicle drivers.  However, proper vehicle maintenance, driving at safe speeds, and braking properly will almost always prevent brake failure on long downgrades. 

Proper commercial vehicle maintenance which inclu...

Preventing cargo theft

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Cargo theft has become a big problem in the United States, costing companies $15 to $35 billion annually.  These steps will help to reduce the likelihood of you suffering loss.

 

  • Communicate well with your carrier.  All involved in the process should know the name of the driver and the vehi...
Truck driver safety while loading or unloading

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While most of the risks of being a truck driver are faced while you are driving your CMV, you must be aware of potential dangers when the truck is being loaded or unloaded.  In some situations, you may be loading the cargo yourself, perhaps using a hand pallet jack, a powered pallet jack, or a ...

Could Immigration and Unemployment hold the key to solving the Truck Driver shortage and supply chain issues?

Do immigration and employment assistance hold the key to solving the truck driver shortage and supply chain issues?

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Cheer up! It’s only going to get worse.  At least that is what it feels like when reflecting on the long-term effects of a pandemic-induced supply chain crisis. A crisis worsene...

Personal safety tips while out on the road

Personal safety tips while out on the road

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Truck drivers are on the road earlier in the morning and later in the day than most drivers. They are frequently by themselves. For these reasons it is important to be aware of the potential dangers while on the road and what simple steps can be take...

3 Tips for good driving posture

3 Tips for good driving posture

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Bad posture in your truck can affect both your health and how long you can comfortably drive.  A few simple tips will help you stay comfortable and drive more effectively.

1. Adjust your seat so that your feet can comfortably access all pedals. Recline your...

Top 5 Reasons to get a CDL License in 2022

Top 5 Reasons to get a CDL License in 2022

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1. Competitive Pay

Pay is a significant factor when deciding on a career. According to a recent survey, the average pay for a CDL driver as of December 2021 is over $58,000.00! This means that as a CDL driver, you are in greater demand and are bette...

4 Important reasons to do a pre-trip inspection

4 Important reasons to do a pre-trip inspection

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Doing consistent pre-trip inspections can be likened to investing in your business.  The important reasons listed below will prove that it pays valuable dividends.

1.  Safety

Any professional driver will agree that safety is a vital aspect o...

The 5 steps needed to get your Commercial Driver's License under the new FMSCA regulations

The 5 Steps needed to get your Commercial Driver’s License under the new FMSCA regulations.

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Who do the new ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) regulations apply to?

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has set commercial driver training standards that have taken effect on Fe...

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