Huge thanks to Southern Pride Trucking for once again patronizing our shop. Great drivers, great folks, great company to work with!
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Huge thanks to Southern Pride Trucking for once again patronizing our shop. Great drivers, great folks, great company to work with!
9 out of 10 Independent's surveyed "refused to haul cheap freight." Deadhead verses Backhaul. What is the tipping point?
More than 90% of truckers would rather drive empty than haul
Roadcheck 2019 is coming (June 4 - 6) Here is a good quick article on the details.
Roadcheck is a 3-day inspection blitz that's the largest enforcement program for commercial vehicles in the world. Here are 10 things you need to know.
We've had many strange visitors to the shop over the last 20 years. This one may take the cake. He wandered out from under a desk this morning. No mommy in sight. I told him that this is Beaver country and that Ducks are 30 miles south in Eugene. But he does not seem to care.
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Here is a new video they put out showing how to use the board features to negotiate your highest possible rates based on current loads and freight lanes (changes day to day)
The DAT TruckersEdge load board lets you see the average trucking lane rate paid to carriers on every lane you search, even if the freight broker doesn't inc...
The FMCSA sent out a message today that all ELD exceptions and exemptions will remain in effect at the December deadline exactly as they are today. SO if you are driving under an exemption today - NO CHANGE. Her is their link to those exceptions: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-device-eld-exemptions-and-waivers
ELD Rule ExceptionsAs specified in the ELD rule, the following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
This week's project: 5 high-def cams on the "IT" truck and trailer!
Love the view from my "office" most days. Today we had 86 feet of truck and trailer pull in to get 360 degree cameras all around. We have had many super-condo rigs in here, but this one has the record now. Then the driver opens the "motorcycle storage bay" and pops out the Harley for a ride.
God Bless 'Merica
If you drive near Odessa, Texas - speed limit will be lowered on several highways this month.
Speed limits on U.S. Highway 285, Highway 302, RM 652 and Highway 18 in two locations will be reduced by 5 miles per hour.
Women in Trucking free online webinar Friday (Nov 30th) at 11 CST. Learn how to recruit and retain highly qualified women drivers in this competitive environment.
Research shows that women account for fewer preventable accidents, they stay on the job longer in trucking, and they drive more miles each month.
Computer safety tip for Drivers - you can get our favorite anti-virus for 40-50% off today and Tuesday. And if you own more than one computer it gets ridiculously cheap per machine. Use the code "cybermonday18" in the cart and it should give you 40% and then usually if you move your mouse curser to the top of the screen like you are going to leave or click the "back" button it will offer 50% off most of the time. Great deal on our favorite product to keep your computers safe:
VIPRE Black Friday Sale
I would have thought that Oregon (where I am) would be on this list. Anyway here are the biggest bear tap states currently.
Zed ELD web site has announced that they are exiting the ELD product space. It says that current owners can transition to a company called Stonebridge for free (if they so choose.) Recent purchasers can apply for a refund.
Full details link: https://zed-eld.com/
Those interested in an all-in-one hard-wired dedicated device should call us here at DieselBoss if you want to discuss Omnitracs (formerly Qualcomm) products.
ZED is Cummins-powered ELD and fleet management solution for truck fleets and drivers. FMCSA-registered ELD compliance with No Monthly Fee.
New Personal Conveyance FAQ page. Just an FYI - the FMCSA put up a list of frequent questions on PC last week. It is helpful for those still wondering about different scenarrios and such ---->
May a driver, who drops his or her last load at a receiver’s facility use personal conveyance to return to their normal work location (i.e. home or terminal?) No. Returning home or to the terminal from a dispatched trip is a continuation of the trip, and therefore cannot be considered personal con...
Well... ready for Halloween I guess!
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H.O.S. RULE CHANGES? There is an open comment period (until Oct 10) for drivers and companies to lend your voice to the HOS rules. Many proposals are on the table now, from allowing a "pause" button in your 14 hour day to removing the 30 minute break, and more. Use the following link to get your ideas heard. https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FMCSA-2018-0248-2723
Yo, Jaime - good to see you driver. Thanks for stopping by and nice rig man.
Some pics from a satellite TV (Dish Network / DirecTV) DieselBoss "Air Gap Kit" installation this morning. (2018 KW truck.)
Winegard and King satellite bracket installs on semi trucks using DieselBoss brackets and accessories. (Dish Network and DirecTV for trucks and RV)
Memorial Day and the DOT Spot Check cause RATE SURGE and bigger SHORTAGE OF TRUCKS in June. We hope that the individual drivers are seeing more money as a result.
Remember that you can get 30 days free DAT load-board access with our promo link also (http://www.truckersedge.net/promo281)
RATE TRENDS STORY HERE: https://www.dat.com/industry-trends/trendlines
SIGNIFICANT change to the "Personal Conveyance" hours of service rule today. You can now use PC to move the truck from a shipper or receiver to the nearest safe place to sleep even when loaded. Remember that if you have ELD or AOBRD questions, call us. We are an Omnitracs (Qualcomm) dealer and can help sort through the ELD madness with you.
For the full link to the new PC guidance and Agricultural clarifications, see this link: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/404421/cmv-personal-conveyance-regulatory-guidance.pdf
Driver pay predicted to increase at a much higher rate in 2018 and 2019 than in other recent years.
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Shippers are already paying more, sometimes a lot more, to move freight, and driver compensation will soon follow that upward trajectory, as relationships between carriers and their workers are reshaped by the ELD mandate and industry expansion. This is all playing out against a backdrop that includ...
OOIDA petitions to add a "pause" button to the 14 hour clock and to do away with the rest break requirement.
First week of 2018 brings record high rates for freight across the board (van, reefer, and flats.)
See the numbers here: https://www.dat.com/industry-trends/trendlines
Dec 31 - Jan 6 - The combination of extreme weather, plus tightened capacity as a result of the recently implemented ELD mandate, drove rates higher during the first week of 2018. The national average van rate, reefer rate and flatbed rate all moved higher last week. The demand for trucks pushed loa...
Three best tech items I have found for Black Friday so far. Yes, there are a million sales out there today. But these three are do-dads that we recommend a lot and they are on good sales because it is Black Friday weekend.
1) Vipre Antivirus> https://shop.vipreantivirus.com/582/cookie?affiliate=17871&redirectto=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.vipreantivirus.com%2F582%2Fpurl-afflp
This is our recommended AV program. When it is at 50% off, it is a steal. And if you get the 3 or 5 computer licence, it is ridiculously low priced - like as low as $8 or $10 per computer.
2) Amazon Firestick> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZV9RDKK/
When you can get these for $24.99 that packs a LOT of streaming TV services into a tiny, cheap package. Your TV needs and HDMI input to use it. Yes, it uses your wifi hotspot and data from your phone or it needs a wifi from the truck stop. But these work really well, especially if you have Amazon Prime
and an unlimited data plan for tons of shows on the road.
3) 500 Gb Samsung SSD drive for $139 at NewEgg > https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-147-373
You want to make your laptop or desktop dramatically faster and extend the life of that beast? You want to make it so that there are no moving parts in your laptop to "crash?" Clone your existing drive to one of these, or add it as a second drive to desktops. Great drive, especially if you can get one for $139.
Short Haul operations and how they fit into the ELD mandate. There is a webinar from FleetOwner and Omnitracs tomorrow to clear up specific short haul exemption situations (100 & 150 mile rules and such) - for those who are interested free, click to register: http://pages.fleetowner.com/Avoiding-ELD-Errors?partnerref=foinvite1&utm_rid=CPENT000002498839
Do your operations fall within 100 air miles and do your drivers start and return to the same location within 12 hours each day? If so, while the ELD short haul exemption may apply to your fleet, making that decision can be a lot more complicated than you may think. There’s the FMCSA definition of s...
Now that is one well-built boardwalk...
A truck driver following GPS directions made a wrong turn this morning and wound up driving over two miles on a board walk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Some info for drivers and companies regarding the recent FEMA situation:
Our partners at DAT Trucker's Edge load board have a TON OF HIGH-PAYING FEMA LOADS available. Just remember that even if a load pays $5/mile, you need to remember that you could be sitting for many hours, or even days, to get it unloaded. To use the board for 30 days free, use our link here ---> http://www.truckersedge.net/promo281
SECONDLY: Many states have suspended FMCSA rules for drivers carrying emergency supply loads. TO KNOW what the current suspensions and exceptions are state-by-state, CLICK HERE ---> https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State's Web site and search for "Issued Emergency Declarations" if you are interested in more details.
YUP! That sign ain't lying! "The can opener..."
One man decided to document crash after crash on the same low lying bridge in Durham, North Carolina on his webcam, but officials there still have yet to fix...
Petya ransom-ware attack underway: we highly recommend that everyone forces a check for Windows updates on their windows-based machines at the next opportunity. Don't visit any sites or open email. Just go straight to the control panel and check under Windows Updates. Apply all available high priority updates until it says that Windows is up to date. Don't assume that Windows has done them for you in the background. Do a manual verification. Microsoft even released a patch for old Windows XP machines on this one.
A good read from our friends at Trucker's Edge (30 days free here: http://www.truckersedge.net/promo281)
We've seen quite a few changes in trucking regulations already this year. Some rules have been postponed, others removed, a couple added, and a big one is still on the way. Here's a look at the 5 regulations that could affect your trucking business the most.
Toyota fuel cell verses conventional diesel. Wow!
Toyota revealed "Project Portal" - a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles. The zero-emission truck proof of...
TRUCK DRIVER the most common job in most states, including the biggest hiring blitz in 5 years recently. A good article for you from our partners at DAT. (30 days free load board using this link by the way ---> http://www.truckersedge.net/promo281)
ARTICLE LINK --> http://www.truckersedge.net/trucking-blog/post/Truck-Driver-is-the-Most-Common-Job-in-Most-States
What are the top issues facing our industry in 2017? A good article with voting poll for you from our partners at DAT. (30 days free load board using this link by the way ---> http://www.truckersedge.net/promo281)
Regulations, rates, HOS, parking -- what's your top concern about the trucking industry heading into the new year?
This is a good article from DAT concerning new regs that are likely to affect our industry the most in 2017.
New rules like the ELD mandate have the potential to force some small carriers out of business and raise freight rates when capacity tightens. There are several other proposed regulations that could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.
Indianapolis - I465 at I70 is closed indefinitely after the load on a truck hits bridge.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Drivers on the west side of Indianapolis are encountering major headaches Tuesday morning. All lanes of I-465 northbound were closed at U.S. 36/Rockville Road. INDOT said a semi truck struck the U.S. 36/Rockville Road bridge, leaving debris from the bridge all over the road. A…
Rand McNally TND Tablet map update released yesterday.
For those who own a Rand 7" or 8" tablet, there is a very large map update out for them now. For instructions, please see the following link: http://www.randmcnally.com/support/article/tnd-tablet-map-update-instructions
We highly recommend ONLY attempting this update on a very good internet WiFi connection as it is nearly 4 GB in size.
Note! These maps are already on your tablet if it is the 8" model with a model number ending in the letter "B." For example, TND-T80B.
Certain newer TND Tablet 80 units already have new GPS app and map data and will not receive this particular update. To verify if you have one of these newer units:
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