Articles by Dave Ashelman

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The Need For Communication

This article examines the effects of social isolation on communication in the trucking industry. It looks at how truckers often have communication problems due to their social isolation and how they can bridge the gap between themselves and the rest of the world. It also explores how language is cultural and how truckers can better communicate with dispatchers and other people in the industry.

Rites of Passage on the Highway

Rites of passage have been around since the tribal days of man's existence. In trucking, there are several rites of passage that must be earned. Learn about the importance of rites of passage in society and how to earn them in the trucking industry.

As The World Churns: The Driver Shortage Myth

This article looks at how trucking companies have re-defined terms such as 'turnover' and 'churn' in order to claim a driver shortage and prevent changing the way they do business on the back-end.

Stereotypes and Trucking: A Match Made in the Cab

Trucking stereotypes have been around since 1940, but it's possible to rise above them. Learn how to present yourself as a professional, how to make a positive impact on the industry, and how to improve your career.

Why Drivers Are Paid By The Mile

This article explores the history of trucking piecework pay, from its roots in Karl Marx's economic theory to its use in the trucking industry today. It also examines the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980, and how these events have impacted the trucking industry.

Understanding Rights in the Trucking Industry

This article provides an overview of common driver issues and remedies when dealing with an employer. Learn about unemployment, hometime, maintenance of the truck, docking of pay, dispatcher harassment, and more.

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