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December 12, 2019
Winter Weather Essentials for OTR Truck Drivers

In less than two weeks, winter officially begins. The United States has already been hit by a couple major winter storms. And, more snow and frigid temperatures are certainly on the way. This is especially true for driving jobs that run the Pacific Northwest.   Each winter, trucking companies put drivers in the Pacific Northwest […]

December 6, 2019
How to Keep Your Cool When Others Don’t

Getting cut off by someone on the highway.  A receiving clerk demanding the on-time policy doesn’t excuse lateness – even if only by five minutes. Another truck parking too close to your door.  Hearing excessive noise in the middle of the night inside a truck stop. It may take different forms, but drivers do experience […]

November 21, 2019
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: What it Means for You

In just over a month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will become operational. Although most trucking companies and their drivers are well-informed about it, we’re going to break down what it means for you.   First, the clearinghouse is designed to address the problem of drivers […]

November 13, 2019
Three Key Strategies for Drivers to Reduce Stress

Everyone deals with stress. Drivers of trucks aren’t immune to it. They’re responsible for keeping cargo safe and getting it to its destination on-time. This can be especially tough with road construction, traffic congestion and unsafe weather conditions.   Stress can take different forms. It may cause some people to become easily agitated, feel overwhelmed […]

October 24, 2019
Unique Driving Laws by State – Part Two

In last week’s blog, we shared with you some of the most unique driving laws for half of these United States. This week, it’s Montana through Wyoming’s turn. Happy driving!   Montana Sure, you know to stop at railroad crossings. But did you know that in some places in Montana you can’t drive an animal […]

October 17, 2019
Unique Driving Laws by State

OTR drivers, put down your sleep masks and handkerchiefs – it’s illegal to drive in Alabama while blindfolded. Those of you who trek through North Carolina? Stop playing soccer in the middle of the road – it’s against the law here to play in traffic. These laws might sound unbelievable, but they’re actually on the […]

September 4, 2019
Four Tips for Better Sleep in Your Truck

As an OTR driver, you spend a lot of time on the road. Even though you get to drive to and through a lot of interesting places and meet new people, the route can sometimes feel monotonous. This is especially true if you’re sleepy or fatigued.   Although the hours of service regulations you’re required […]

August 22, 2019
Back to School Safety Tips for OTR Drivers

As with most years, summer has passed quickly, and most children are back to school. It’s back to a busy routine – and busier roads in a lot of places. Though OTR drivers don’t pass through residential areas for much of their route, it’s an occasion that requires extra safety awareness. That’s why it’s a […]

August 1, 2019
Six Tips for Staying Alert on a Long Haul

As an over-the-road driver, you’re used to long hauls. Sometimes you get to see new places, other days it’s the same old scenery. Either way, sometimes it can be tough to stay alert while driving a big rig for multiple hours per day.   Driving tired can be dangerous for you and others with whom […]

July 25, 2019
Company Drivers: Why You Should Read Your Orientation Handbook

If you’re one of those people who buy a new electronic gadget and throw away the instructions before reading them, you’re not alone. Who wants to spend 20 minutes reading paragraph after paragraph of technical terms and directions? If you’re an OTR driver, though, not reading your orientation handbook can have negative consequences.   A […]