Profile For DaveW

DaveW's Info

  • Location:
    AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    7 years ago

DaveW's Bio

After sitting behind a desk for most of the 33 years I was in a newspaper journalism career I decided in 2011 at the age of 60 to take a 180-degree right turn and get behind the wheel of a big-rig truck. As most Trucking Truth regulars would guess, this site played a big part in me deciding to hit the road. Long story short, I went through truck driving school, got my California CDL, and drove for a little more than a year for Gordon Trucking, Inc., out of their Lathrop, CA, terminal.

The lure of retirement was too strong, however, and a few months after I turned 62 I said a final "10-4" and made that last home-time trip a permanent one.

Since retirement I've engaged in a number of "side hustles" to bring in some additional income; among them a short stint as a freight agent, and dabbling in professional real estate photography. Currently, I manage a couple of stores as an Amazon and eBay seller and, most recently, have joined with Brett at Trucking Truth to use my writing and driving experience to bring news to the website.

I reside in sunny Arizona with my wife and daughter, and worry about my son who is a captain in the U.S. Army currently deployed to Afghanistan, where he is flying Apache helicopters to bring hurt to the Taliban.

Page 1 of 10

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  9 hours, 2 minutes ago

View Topic:

COVID-19 scare: State gun laws come under scrutiny

Fear of COVID-19 panickers and of jails being emptied of prisoners has prompted the Small Business in Transportation Coalition to petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to enforce preemption of Federal gun regulations over state laws.

COVID-19 scare: State gun laws come under scrutiny

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - Inspection blitz postponed, COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, fewer cars means faster truck deliveries

In this Friday Short Haul the CVSA postpones May's International Roadcheck, register for a free COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, and fewer cars mean faster freight deliveries.

Friday Short Haul - Inspection blitz postponed, COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, fewer cars means faster truck deliveries

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

View Topic:

DOT and FMCSA issue COVID-19 responses

The Federal government has issued new guidelines for truck drivers and employers over the past couple of days explaining how certain waivers might work during this period of reacting to the COVID-19 virus.

DOT and FMCSA issue COVID-19 responses

Posted:  1 week ago

View Topic:

Starsky Robotics calls it quits

Investor money going to other autonomous vehicle startups instead of to his company, and a downturn in freight rates, is the reason given by Starsky Robotics co-founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher for ending Starsky’s experiment with remote-driven trucks.

Starsky Robotics calls it quits

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - Weigh station parking, rest areas reopen, HOS waiver expanded, freight prices increase

In this Friday Short Haul states open up more truck parking during COVID-19 panic, FMCSA expands HOS waiver, and freight prices increase amid COVID-19 worries.

Friday Short Haul - Weigh station parking, rest areas reopen, HOS waiver expanded, freight prices increase

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

View Topic:

Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs

Those of us who are pretty sick and tired of the "All coronavirus all the time" current news cycle are not going to find any relief in today's Trucking Truth News. But, unlike a lot of news going around about COVID-19 we actually have a positive slant for truck drivers.

Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs

Posted:  2 weeks ago

View Topic:

HOS rules relaxed for COVID-19 relief effort

On Friday, in answer to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a nationwide exemption to hours of service rules for truckers transporting essential supplies, equipment and persons in support of relief efforts.

HOS rules relaxed for COVID-19 relief effort

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - Western Express recovers from Tennessee tornado, driver involved in two accidents six minutes apart, another carrier quits

In this Friday Short Haul Western Express, Inc., of Tennessee digs out from tornado aftermath, a big rig driver is involved in two fatal crashes within six minutes, and another trucking firm quits due to rising insurance premiums.

Friday Short Haul - Western Express recovers from Tennessee tornado, driver involved in two accidents six minutes apart, another carrier quits

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

View Topic:

Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing

Daimler Trucks North America has announced a late 2021 market launch of its heavy duty Freightliner eCascadia and its lighter eM2 electric commercial trucks. Both electric trucks are currently undergoing real-world customer testing, mostly in the Los Angeles basin area.

Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing

Posted:  3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers

As commercial carriers acquire more telematics capabilities it was only a matter of time before someone came along and offered a way to integrate all of that information into a way to track, coach and train drivers, even to the point of making decisions about letting a driver go.

Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul -- Coffee drinking drivers, Amazon coronavirus email, FMCSA safety summit

In this Friday Short Haul a UK research study finds a correlation between high-caffeine consumption and crashes, Amazon tells its drivers to stay home if they feel sick, and the FMCSA holds a trucking safety summit.

Friday Short Haul -- Coffee drinking drivers, Amazon coronavirus email, FMCSA safety summit

Posted:  4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Roadmaster shows how to reduce driver turnover

While many carriers are faced with high turnover and struggle with ways to overcome it one company has put the whole issue to rest – and reaped rewards for its efforts.

Roadmaster shows how to reduce driver turnover

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - CBD users beware, 8,000 violations revealed in Clearinghouse, laptop theft lands Alabama trucker in prison

In this Friday Short Haul DOT lays out CBD info, FMCSA finds 8,000 violations in first weeks of Clearinghouse, and laptop theft lands an Alabama trucker in prison.

Friday Short Haul - CBD users beware, 8,000 violations revealed in Clearinghouse, laptop theft lands Alabama trucker in prison

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Canada company offers easy access to spare trailers

Taking a page from the ride-sharing playbook a Canada company offers the same kind of service for truckers to have access to trailers. The company, vHub, has announced its desire to expand its services globally, beginning with the United States.

Canada company offers easy access to spare trailers

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Roadcheck could result in temporarily higher freight rates

A watermelon association convention might not be the first thing that comes to a trucker's mind in looking for insight into his profession, but a speaker at the February 21 National Watermelon Association convention offered an interesting take on several aspects of the industry.

Roadcheck could result in temporarily higher freight rates

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver

In this Friday Short Haul a company moves forward with autonomous, electric yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com for load brokering, and a TA security guard shoots a driver who was parked in a reserved spot.

Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Training providers offer a diversity of options

With competition to recruit new drivers still fierce despite the declining freight numbers third-party training providers are touting their systems for getting new-hires up to speed and driving safely as efficiently as possible.

Training providers offer a diversity of options

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Idaho eases hemp transport prohibition; too late to help arrested drivers

Despite a November 2019 executive order by Idaho Governor Brad Little temporarily allowing transportation of industrial hemp through the state of Idaho, actions taken against three truckers discovered transporting hemp earlier in 2019 still stand.

Idaho eases hemp transport prohibition; too late to help arrested drivers

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Friday Short Haul - Tennessee carrier quits, signs a carrier is going down, retaining drivers

In this Friday Short Haul, Tennessee's Howard Baer's Inc calls is quits, signs a carrier might be on the verge of closing, and five ways carriers should consider attracting and retaining drivers.

Friday Short Haul - Tennessee carrier quits, signs a carrier is going down, retaining drivers

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits

To help alleviate the pain of long wait times at shippers a mobile app developer company called Truckerd-In has created an app that they hope will get accepted by drivers and shippers alike that allows drivers to communicate with shippers via their smart phones rather than by in-person and standing in lines.

New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits

Page 1 of 10

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More