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12/11/2019 12/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017

Truck Driving News, Interviews, And Happenings

The People, The Stories, and The News From The Highways Of America

Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap

In this week's Friday Short Haul we announce the WIT survey, learn why a motorist is irate at truckers, report FMCSA's easing of HOS for flood states, and announce a new ball cap for truckers.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, March 22, 2019

Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising

According to some industry spokesmen, trucking companies are performing more poorly in the area of unscheduled roadside repairs than they should be, resulting in higher overall maintenance costs and affecting their customer experience.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, March 20, 2019

FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in a news release on March 14 that a new website is available for persons wanting more information about the soon-to-be-implemented mandatory new drug and alcohol clearinghouse program for drivers.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, March 18, 2019

Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award

In this week's Friday Short Haul we report on the $100 million Prime-Swift settlement, see why Barron's thinks the driver shortage is a myth, and announce the TCA Best Fleet to Drive For award.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, March 15, 2019

The hidden danger of looking but not seeing

Distraction is the nemesis of anyone trying to observe safe driving practices. We all know that. Cellphones, GPSs, ELDs, lane-change warnings, etc., all contribute to taking away a truck driver's attention while on the road. But what many don't realize is that the problem goes much deeper than being distracted by gadgets and such. There is actually a science behind this, and it has a name – inattentional blindness.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, March 13, 2019

Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout

A spate of fake accident claims against commercial vehicles in the New Orleans area highlights a growing problem for trucking companies.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, March 11, 2019

Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire

In the Friday Short Haul for March 8 we see the results of failure to sweep snow off the roof, catch truckers bypassing a new toll road, and see what NYPD is up to concerning Google's Waze app.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, March 8, 2019

Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases

At what point is the American public going to stand up and take notice of the truck driver shortage? According to spokespeople for the retail industry, that time is right about now.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, March 6, 2019

Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness

Researchers at MIT have found a way to turn a driver's lowly smartphone into a tool that they tout as being able to reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 10 percent, monitor tire pressure and even monitor wheel alignment.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, March 4, 2019

Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports

In this Friday Short Haul we look at possible changes in the way freight rates are calculated, find out about new HOS rules possibly coming soon, and get January's tonnage report.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, March 1, 2019

New tax changes hit drivers hard

Fleet drivers, like a lot of other company workers who have un-reimbursed expenses, and whose income is reported on a W-2, can no longer deduct their daily expenses of meals, cell-phones or other common expenses used in doing their jobs that were deductible until this year's new tax laws went into effect; which results in decreased refunds this year.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, February 27, 2019

FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military

Late last year the FMCSA announced their Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program, allowing carriers to put drivers under 21 to work driving outside of their home states.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, February 25, 2019

Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use

In this Friday Short Haul we see why Connecticut trucking companies are riled, we look at what's happening with hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, and discover the roads with the worst cell phone use.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, February 22, 2019

Congress committee looks at state of America's highways

That America's roadways are a deteriorating mess is no surprise to anybody who has sat behind a wheel any time recently. But the problems of our nation's crumbling infrastructure go far beyond just the discomfort of a jarring ride. Simply put, our country's economic health demands that our roads get an upgrade.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, February 20, 2019

Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same

In a report recently released by SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center the number of cargo thefts were down by 19 percent across the United States last year, but the value of goods stolen is about the same.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, February 18, 2019

Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks

In this Friday Short Haul we look at a successful program to improve the safety of trucks crossing over from Mexico, report on the State of California suing FMCSA over meal and rest-break rules, and follow opponents as they lobby against larger truck-trailer combinations.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, February 15, 2019

Detention - A problem still in search of a solution

Detention, the on-duty but not-driving time a driver spends waiting at a shipper or receiver, is a necessary evil in the trucking industry, but the consensus among drivers is that there should be compensation to the driver for his or her non-driving, on-duty time.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, February 13, 2019

February Highway Angels honorees named

Since 1997, the TCA Highway Angels program has honored hundreds of professional drivers -- several every month -- for "the exemplary courtesy and courage they have shown others while on North America’s roadways." They announce the Feb. 1 honorees.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, February 11, 2019

Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets

In this Friday's Short Haul we report on C.R. England's driver pay raises, the effect that eCommerce has on the trucking industry, and announce TCA's Best Fleets to Drive For.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, February 8, 2019

Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?

In the ongoing effort to alleviate the driver shortage trucking companies are beginning to consider a new strategy to entice new drivers – they are taking a hard look at their reasoning behind sign-on bonuses. They are asking whether they should ditch them entirely in favor of offering guaranteed pay.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, February 6, 2019

Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage

The trucking industry is looking at a new tactic in the battle to alleviate the ongoing driver shortage problem. The problem, according to a recent release from the Commercial Vehicle Training Association is that long delays in some states' CDL testing programs are resulting in almost a quarter million potential drivers annually having to delay their entrance into the driving workforce … or, they give up entirely and take other jobs.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, February 4, 2019

Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team

In this Friday Short Haul we discuss Walmart's hiring and salaries, Uber's new Facilities Ratings app, a proposed speed-limiter law, and introduce members of this year's America's Road Team.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, February 1, 2019

Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

A researcher with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries teamed up with researchers from North Carolina State University to put to the test something that most truck drivers do every day … sometimes several times a day. Their goal was to find out what is the safest, least injurious way to crank the landing gear on a trailer.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, January 30, 2019

California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards

Appeals against California's low-carbon fuel standard by transportation industry interests failed this month at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals level. Judges in the case stood on their belief that the state legislature reasoning behind the stricter California standard was concern that climate change, and particularly global warming, presented a risk to California.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, January 28, 2019

Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers

In today's "Friday Short Haul" of news we discuss highway robbery in Mexico, will autonomous trucks replace drivers, and fleets of new trailers coming soon.

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, January 25, 2019

LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30

A North Carolina startup that specializes in lithium battery technology is giving big-rig truck drivers the same portable jump-start capability enjoyed by car and light truck drivers.

Dave Wickenhauser on Wed, January 23, 2019

2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry

Despite an economic decline in some sectors in 2018, particularly in December, the transportation industry continues to show economic expansion.

Dave Wickenhauser on Mon, January 21, 2019

Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018

Raymond Burt was named the Trainer of the Month for February 2018 at TMC Transportation.

Brett Aquila on Wed, March 28, 2018

TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award

TMC Transportation is pleased to introduce Herb House as our 2017 Wheel Master. The annual Wheel Master award is the highest driver honor given at TMC, and Herb’s hard work and dedication to his Black and Chrome family over the past 25 years has earned him this notable distinction.

Brett Aquila on Wed, March 7, 2018

TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year

TMC Transportation has been named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year for 2017, making it four years in a row of earning this distinction.

Brett Aquila on Wed, February 28, 2018

Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers

A big pay raise and new Peterbilts have been rolled out to both solo and team drivers for PAM Transport allowing drivers to make $10,000 - $15,000 more per year.

Brett Aquila on Mon, February 26, 2018

New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018

The DOT has announced that their drug testing program will require testing for four semi-synthetic opioids beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Brett Aquila on Thu, January 11, 2018

Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup

After an Amtrak derailment, a tractor trailer hauled away the 270,000 pound Amtrak engine which landed on the roadway after the crash.

Brett Aquila on Thu, December 21, 2017

Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks

PepsiCo has reserved 100 electric trucks from Tesla Motors in the largest electric truck order yet from any company.

Brett Aquila on Tue, December 12, 2017

Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017

Kavin started working at TMC in August of 2010 and became a trainer during his fifth year with the company. He was interested in the training position early on, but made the decision to wait a little longer before taking on the role. “I wanted to make sure I had the ‘TMC way’ of doing things down before I started training,” says Kavin.

Brett Aquila on Fri, December 8, 2017

Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way

Over 100,000 truck drivers likely have undiagnosed sleep apnea and more testing is on the way. Sleep apnea is going to be a big issue in trucking and more and more drivers will be tested as testing procedures become less expensive and lawsuits from accidents become more prevalent.

Brett Aquila on Thu, August 10, 2017

Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road

Once a driver has been on the road for a while they learn a ton of great tips, tricks, and secrets of the trade that help make life so much easier. Well now they're sharing them with you! Our drivers share their best tips to make your life easier on the road. If only you had known these all along!

Brett Aquila on Tue, July 18, 2017

Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach

Sometimes truck drivers are their own worst enemy, and often times they don't realize it. Why aren't you getting the miles you should be? Why are other drivers getting special favors you're not? Worst of all, you're an experienced driver so why aren't your paychecks up there at the highest level? If you don't take the right approach to your job and the people you're working with you're going to suffer with poor miles and lousy paychecks. It's time to take a step back and figure out where you're going wrong.

Brett Aquila on Thu, July 13, 2017

Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal

Many CDL drivers find themselves venturing through or delivering loads in neighborhoods where a bit of personal protection sounds reasonable. But it can be difficult to know when it is and is not legal to carry a firearm on your person or in your cab. Unfortunately, there are many legal layers to be parsed – federal, state, and local – and there is no one, single, universal answer. That said, here is are some broad guidelines that should help truckers in most scenarios.

Adam H. Rosenblum, Esq. on Thu, July 6, 2017

Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice

Going solo is one of the scariest yet most exciting times in a driver's career. You're thrilled to be joining the big leagues and to have your own truck, but at the same time the training wheels are off and it's time to learn how to figure things out on your own. We asked experienced drivers for their best advice and we received a ton of it. Don't go out there by yourself without reading this first!

Brett Aquila on Thu, June 29, 2017

The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers

What do new drivers need to know about truck stops? Experienced truck drivers share their insights on the do's and dont's of the truck stops. How to stay safe, get sleep, and act right.

Patrick Netzel on Thu, June 15, 2017

The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017

Anybody who travels back and forth to a "regular" job, or gets out at all, really, in a large metropolitan area will inevitably spend some time contemplating and lamenting the sometimes glacial pace of their commute. But just how much time do American drivers actually spend growing old in their cars in heavily congested areas?

Patrick Netzel on Thu, June 8, 2017

We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better

Recently, we had a discussion with experienced drivers on what changes they would make to the hours-of-service rules that all interstate CDL license holders are bound by.

Patrick Netzel on Tue, May 30, 2017

Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon

They say self-driving vehicles are on the way. They're right around the corner. I say they're full of baloney. It's a bunch of noise from a bunch of clowns looking for attention, and here's why....

Brett Aquila on Thu, May 25, 2017

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