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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 […]

September 26, 2019
Underride Guards: Should They Be Mandated?

Rules and regulations aren’t always fun to follow. But, they sometimes guide us in the right direction. Laws like speed limits and other rules of the road help keep us safe. Many OTR drivers have even more regulations to follow, primarily because they’re responsible for hauling heavy loads. Semis sit higher off the ground and […]

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 14, 2019
Pre-trip Checklists for OTR Drivers: Ensuring Safety for You and Your Teammates

Planning and preparation are an important part of any trip. This is especially the case for OTR drivers carrying heavy and sometimes hazardous materials.   In addition to avoiding problems down the road, pre-trip checklists give drivers a systematic method to ensure their truck and all its connected systems are ready for a long haul. […]

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 […]

June 6, 2019
The Case for Dashboard Cameras on the Truck

With all of the safety regulations and hours rules, it can really feel like Big Brother is breathing down the trucking industry’s neck. The idea of adding a dashboard camera to a truck is enough to push any easy-going truck driver into a frustrating debate. As we broach this topic, we can already hear the […]

May 9, 2019
What’s life like as a Dynamic OTR driver?

With an estimated 1.8 million drivers in the United States working for approximately 500,000 trucking companies, there are a lot of choices available in the profession. Some drivers prefer short hauls that allow them to be home every weekend. Others like covering more of the country. Whatever their preference, there are a multitude of options […]