Trucking Tips

Truck driving can get extremely lonely and frustrating at times. Especially on those days when there’s no parking, your dispatcher can’t find you a decent load, theres big traffic, your body aches from sitting, and your missing your loved ones whom are on the other side of the country.
Days like those you just want to give up this trucking business. A driver should definitely take  breaks to enjoy a nice meal,  take a stroll to reset his or her mind and body. Simply sitting in the driver’s seat of a truck all day could lead to having serious consequences for a drivers health.
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Deanne writes that researchers have associated sedentary behavior with approximately 35 chronic diseases and conditions, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015. Some problems are interrelated, many having to do with obesity, sleep apnea and poor circulation.
“I think truck drivers are at more risks than most because they’re sitting for that long period of time,” says Michael Gleiber, an orthopedic spine surgeon with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
So standing up and stretching whether its while your fueling, unloading, or on your rest break in your truck, do so.

Truck driver can utilize the Ezlogz application to connect with their families and find safe places to pull over for a break. Not only does Ezlogz provide eld devices, but also great in app features:

point of interests: find places to pull over for a stretch, walk, break to reconnect with loved ones.
walkie-talkie: connect with other drivers nearby with the in app walkie-talkie
social platform:stay connected with the trucking community and your family. Post, send, receive photos and messages.

Rainy stated some intresting advice in his blog. Wether you came into trucking to get away from a dead-end job, or you wanted to catch up on past due bills, you need to keep yourself in a certain mindset. Trucking is one of the loneliest jobs in the world because no one else is responsible for you, and no one is there to motivate you. So be good to yourself!

 
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ELD Benefits

A driver fills out about 240 rods per year. Looking through days and days of logs for possible mistakes or missing signatures is very time consuming  The  ELD mandate was estimated to reduce the amount of time drivers spend logging their hours of service by 4.5 minutes per RODS or, 19 hours each year states the ELD Facts article. Many Ezlogz users can now agree.

Many were and are concerned about the cost of the eld devices and contracts. Theres a wide variety of ELDs approved by the FMCSA for drivers to choose from, you can find them on the FMCSA website. (https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/List).  You can find Ezlogz as an approved vendor which has no yearly contract, and leases the eld device for a very convenient monthly charge of $29.99/month. The device simply connects with drivers phone and the Ezlogz application via bluetooth opposed to fixed hardware, which is another benefit.

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A few Ezlogz ELD Benefits

  • Document scan, attach BOL
  • Violation alerts
  • HOS Recap calculation
  • touch of a button status change

 

 

 

Sources: ELD FACTS. PRESENTED BY OMNITRACS   © 2018 OMNITRACS LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. website: https://eldfacts.com/eld-facts/ Ezlogz.com

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Dealing with no parking

Finding available and safe parking is not a new problem. It has been a well-documented problem for over a decade. Rather than slowly improving with the increased media coverage and persistent criticism, the problem has only intensified says Chad Prevost in his post. With the ELD mandate now in full swing, the industry is experiencing many issues that have become magnified because of the inflexibility of the new rulings. one of them is parking shortages.

Is the ELD mandate really the issue for parking deficiency? It seems there always has been parking issues even without the mandate. Truckers park on side of roads, narrow streets, even abandoned stores and gas stations which can be dangerous. Many sad incidents were a driver was murdered or robbed in his or her own truck. These events are heartbreaking. Our hard working truck drivers must have safe parking available to them.

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Planning a trip ahead can be one of the easier solutions. With the Ezlogz application a driver can pre plan their trip by entering their destination into app map, and a route will be preplanned with available parking within their specified radius. In app features allow driver to see how many parking spots are available at a certain location, if any, and even reviews from previous drivers.

Using available technology and resources can be a great help in such situations. Download the free EZLOGZ application today on the Apple or Android store, and make your on the road life easier and safer.

sources: “What is the solution to trucking’s stubborn parking problem?https://www.freightwaves.com/news/driver-issues/what-is-the-solution-to-truckings-stubborn-parking-problem, May 7, 2018 Chad Prevost 

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Crestwood Transportation Raising Driver Pay

Crestwood Transportation – a company based out of Texas – are raising their starting pay from 46 cents to 60 cents for all tanker drivers in the central region. The pay raise was said to be effective March 21 of this year.

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According to the company,  drivers can now start at up to $80-85,000 per year.

In order to be considered for the position, applicants require two years of experience, a tanker and hazmat endorsement, and most importantly a clean driving record.

The company wants to reward their current and new drivers by receiving load pay, layover pay and detention pay as well as steady safe driving records.

Sources: “Crestwood Transportation Raises Driver Pay by 14 Cpm.” CDLLife, 1 May 2018, cdllife.com/2018/crestwood-transportation-raises-driver-pay-by-14-cpm/.

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Anheuser-Busch Teaming Up With Nikola

Anheuser-Busch are reportedly teaming up with Nikola in buying up to 800 hydrogen-electric trucks to replace more than half of their fleet.

The trucks being delivered will be the Nikola Two – also known as the Day Cab version – and have a capability of producing zero emissions, ability to be refueled in 20 minutes and have a range between 500 and 1,200 miles.

Manager Editor, Brian Straight reported:

” The cab is designed with “surround vision” and features a 15 in. touchscreen that gives the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating blind spots. A panoramic windshield and a forward position for the driver provides improved visibility. That view is complemented by high-definition cameras combined with radar, sonar and computer software. The result is a complete 360 deg. view of the vehicle.

The mid-cab design features a sliding entry door to reduce the dangers of climbing into and out of the cab.

Inside the cab, there is a touchscreen where some of the most advanced productivity tools are located. Nikola aims to make the vehicle an “all-inclusive” model, giving drivers all the tools they need to do their jobs. This includes standard readouts such as battery levels, ranges, wheel torque and cabin controls, Bluetooth-enabled phone, calendar, integrated logging and driver/vehicle performance data and more. It also includes navigation and vehicle data as well as “Nikola Shipments.”

Nikola has plans for converting 100% of their fleets in the future.

 

Sources: Straight, Brian. “Anheuser-Busch to Buy up to 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks.” FreightWaves, www.freightwaves.com/news/green-trucking/anheuser-busch-to-buy-nikola-hydrogen-electric-trucks.

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HOS: Who Has to Comply?

As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.

Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:

“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”

 

Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.

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Online Groceries Creating Higher Demand For Refrigerated Transport

With most families having to provide with multi incomes for one household, a big trend in mid 2017 to present day is “Online Ordering.”

Most people feed off of the convenience you get from ordering your groceries online and picking it up within the hour down at their local grocery store. Another big trend is meal prep – or meal kits like BlueApron or Hello Fresh! – that has changed the game with having the option to just pop a pre-made meal in the oven or on the stove.

With the growing amount that online ordering has created for convenience will be a much higher demand for refrigerated items.

 

Sources: “How Home Delivery and Fresh Foods Are Changing Refrigerated Transport.” TopNews – Drivers – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com, www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/article/story/2018/04/how-home-grocery-delivery-and-the-focus-on-fresh-are-changing-refrigerated-transportation.aspx.

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Bespoke Aerodynamic Truck Design

As discussed in previous posts, the future of the trucking industry was brought with bespoke aerodynamic designs created by Shell and AirFlow Truck Co.

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It is designed and built as a hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 truck with the capability for reducing the energy usage associated with the transportation of goods. The body of the proposed tractor is made of carbon fiber from the side skirts, to the hood, and front end.

The Trucker News Publisher states:

” The truck will use a number of full synthetic Shell Lubricants products including Spirax S6 GXME 75W-80 transmission oil, Spirax S5 ADE 75W-80 differential oil and Spirax S6 GME 40 wheel hub oil. In addition, Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant will provide excellent high-temperature protection and heat transfer. Shell Rotella Diesel Exhaust Fluid, a high purity diesel exhaust fluid, will also be in the truck. ”

The efficiency and lesser fuel costs could really make positive and growing changes for both Shell, AirFlow Truck Co. and the trucking industry altogether.

 

Sources:“’Bespoke’ Trucks? Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. Have Designed and Built One – TheTrucker.com – America’s Trucking Newspaper.” The Trucker, www.thetrucker.com/News/Story/BespoketrucksShellandAirFlowTruckCohavedesignedandbuiltone.

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Self Driving Freight?

 

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Amazon discussing future ideas for autopilot drones that make their own deliveries, Tesla creating a self driving car, and companies like XPO Logistics Inc making the move with the use of robotic machines to raise mass production in their warehouses, what are plans for the future in the trucking industry?

It’s a possibility that one day in the future, trucks will have self driving deliveries that make it from destination A to B or robotic machines that can make deliveries themselves, with technology and innovation rapidly growing every day, anything is possible.

 

 

Sources: “The Future of Freight: What’s Your Vision?” Transport Topics, 5 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/future-freight-whats-your-vision.

“Profit, Revenue Grow at XPO as It Invests in Tech.” Transport Topics, 3 May 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/profit-revenue-grow-xpo-it-invests-tech.

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