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4 Ways You Can Lose Your CDL

If you’ve met all the CDL requirements and passed the test, you’re well on your way to getting your first professional trucking job. This is a great accomplishment that you should be proud of, but it comes with the responsibility of knowing how to keep the CDL you worked so hard to get. There are several situations that could result in your license being suspended or revoked, which could end your trucking career. Even if you’re still studying to get your CDL, you should take a look at the following issues that may result in you losing this license so you can avoid making these mistakes.
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How To Put Tire Chains On A Semi

Driving your semi in treacherous conditions during the winter, when there’s ice and/or snow on the road, can be dangerous. This is where tire chains can come in handy. By simply putting these chains onto your truck’s tires when you know you’ll be driving on slippery roads, you can get more traction to better maintain control. Keep in mind that tire chains are meant to be used only when you’re required to drive through winter weather conditions, so they shouldn’t be left on your tires once you don’t need them anymore. When roadways are dry, and there’s no more risk of slipping, it’s time to take the chains off.
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WINTER DRIVING TIPS FOR THE TRUCKER | A PROFESSIONAL’S SAFETY GUIDE

Winter driving safety tips for truckers. Driving a tractor trailer in serious winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all professional truck drivers. It is necessary to adapt your driving style, when driving in poor weather conditions, especially on snow-covered or icy roads. Good maneuvering and skid control skills are essential in poor weather.
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How to Buy a Used Semi Truck

Buying a used Class 8 truck or other commercial rig is a smart way for owner-operators to save money in the early days of their business. While newer models are great for mileage and compliance, they often carry the unfortunate downside of a six-figure price tag. Your truck is the most important investment you'll make in your business, so it's wise to approach a used truck dealer with key considerations in mind. Here's how to buy a good used semi truck that doesn't break your wallet, or break down on the job.
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Getting Past Your Fear Of The Unknown

Everyone that attends a private trucking school or company paid CDL training program goes through a mixture of emotions. Fear and reservation combine with excitement and eagerness, then tops off with loneliness and despair. It's hard to imagine that others are going through the same thing, or have already taken this roller coaster ride of emotion.
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7 Critical Mountain Driving Tips For Truck Drivers

Mountain driving for truck drivers can be intimidating, especially for first time or rookie drivers. If you follow some basic safety rules and take advantage of the safety features available to you then you can quickly gain confidence on mountain routes. It always helps if you are familiar with the area in which you are traveling. However, a driver can be surprised by an unexpected patch of ice, lurking around the corner. Follow these mountain driving tips especially new truck drivers, when travelling on risky terrain.
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9 High Paying Truck Driver Jobs in 2021 You Should Know About

My take on a truck driving career is this. If you’re going to pursue a truck driving career and make the sacrifices, especially running OTR (long haul) or short haul driving, you might as well make the best money out there. The sacrifices and stresses of a driving career are plentiful. It’s a job that deserves decent pay for all the gruelling, long hours behind the wheel, often many thousands of miles away from home. Usually, the high paying truck driver jobs are found in what’s called a ‘niche market’. A niche market is a specialized segment in the trucking industry.
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Trucking's ADAS technologies still have many barriers to overcome

Fleet and truck driver concerns must be put to bed before the commercial vehicle industry can successfully move forward with widespread adoption of advanced driver assistance systems.
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Almost 3,900 trucks in U.S. placed out of service during Brake Week inspections

A total of 28,694 commercial motor vehicles were inspected in the U.S. during a recent week-long enforcement effort focused on brake safety, and 3,874 trucks (13.5%) were placed out of service.
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Trucking Bankruptcies Surged in 2020 as Pandemic Hit Small Carriers

The COVID-19 pandemic forced more than 3,000 trucking companies out of business in 2020 — a significant leap from about 1,000 the year prior — as the early months of the global health crisis proved too difficult for some in the industry to withstand.
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What Is Your VIN and Why Does It Matter?

Ever wondered what that long sequence of numbers and letters is for on your car? That is your car’s VIN, and it is actually really important! It’s the best way to get information about your trade-in value, or information about a new car you might buy.
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Are Trailers More Aerodynamically Important than Tractors?

Flash! You can save more with trailer aerodynamics than what’s on the tractor. Who says? Bob Sliwa, the self-taught aerodynamicist and founder of AirFlow Truck Co. who got 10.4 mpg by modifying his early 1980s “square” rig that was averaging 4.4 mpg. Then in the 2003-04 he got 13.4 mpg with a bullet-shaped tractor that he called, yes, the Bullet. Now he’s aiming for more with a new StarTruck project. Shell Lubricants is backing him in this.
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Designing, Testing Tires for Drop-Deck Trailers Challenging

Some years ago I stood on a truckstop's lot and watched a hot-headed driver, who seemed to be looking for something, do two U-turns with his rig. His tractor pulled a loaded flatbed trailer with a wide-spread tandem, and I cringed as I watched the tires skid sideways and hop along the pavement.
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Driver Keeps Hands Off As Eaton System Docks a Trailer

How far will autonomous trucks go on regular runs? Only over the highway, with human drivers needed to take over if the auto-driving systems run into problems, as recent demonstrations have suggested? Will drivers take charge and pilot rigs into towns and cities, and to and from terminals?
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Low Bridge Ahead! Some Drivers See It, Others Don't

A few weeks ago, I was headed out of town when I came upon a line of cars and trucks that were standing still. I got out of my car and looked ahead, and saw a semi stopped just short of a railroad overpass with a slightly low clearance – 13 feet, 4 inches, I think it is.
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Truck Driving Career Success – 5 Secrets to Loving Your CDL Job in 2021

I believe there are simple rules to follow in order to be successful and contented in your truck driving career. I believe if you are spending your entire life working, you should have a job which you enjoy. That’s why I personally chose trucking. I knew I wanted a job that I would never grown tired of. I knew I could look forward to driving each day when I was on the job as a professional driver. It was the type of work I loved. I guess you could say I found my ‘happy place’ in my career and my ‘happy place’ within the trucking industry.
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Do Your Trailers Have Legal RIGs with Labels That Say So?

Since January 27 of 1998, rear underride guards (aka “ICC bumpers”) on most types of semitrailers have been designed and built to absorb the force of a car slamming into it. They are properly called rear impact guards, or RIGs, and each should have a label attesting to its compliance with the federal regulation that establishes its performance.
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Should Truck Trailers Have Side Underride Guards?

A $42 million verdict in a tragic crash has brought attention to the question of whether trailers should have side underride guards. In 2015, 16-year-old Riley Hein was killed on a New Mexico interstate in an underride crash. The car, stuck under the trailer, was dragged for nearly half a mile before bursting into flames.
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How to Secure Cargo with Air

Money and merchandise are lost every time van freight gets damaged from shifting, colliding, and breaking up during transit. The cause is often the start and stop bouncing and turning of trucks. When double-stacked in trailers, palletized goods can have a relatively high center of gravity. In most cases, the pallets do not fit snugly together, leaving plenty of space for them to shift in transit. Even low-density products, like empty aluminum cans, can be damaged when vertical movement creates enough energy to damage the product if it’s not stabilized.
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5 Important Things You Should Know About a Career in Trucking

There are 5 important things you should know about a career in trucking, BEFORE getting onboard in the trucking industry. My personal career in trucking has lasted for 45 years. I’ve learned lots in that time in this industry as a result of my trucking experience, which new drivers and CDL drivers in training could benefit from. This is a realistic look at what to expect from
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