Driving During the Holidays

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Holidays always mean more vehicles and traffic out on the roadways, which makes it harder for those driving big rigs. The increase in traffic is mainly made up of passenger cars, delivery fleets, and vehicles transporting people, such as buses. Along with the holiday season traffic comes winter weather conditions and less daylight hours, which make driving even more stressful. The volume of vehicles on the roads is at its highest from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through January 1. Keeping all of this is mind, here are some tips for driving during the holiday seasons.

  • Be extra patient in winter conditions. If the weather conditions are severe, you should not continue driving. Making sure you get to your stop on time is not worth the risk of rollovers, jackknifes, and collisions. Driving at a slower speed is often unavoidable during these months.
  • Allow safe space. Make sure you increase your following distance. Having more than enough space to stop and maneuver is necessary when unexpected traffic situations arise.
  • Keep a tight grip on the wheel. It may sound easy, but keeping a tight grip on the wheel is important in order to maintain control. Make sure you always keep both hands on the wheel while driving through snow and ice.
  • Maintain a close eye on your fuel tank. There are several benefits to keeping your fuel tank full. One, it adds more weight allowing for better traction. Two, a full tank will reduce condensation in your tanks. A third benefit of a little extra fuel is that it provides an extra margin of safety in the event you become stranded
  • Decrease lane changes. Going back and forth between lanes is dangerous. As a driver, you know there are multiple blind spots on a truck. You need to signal early to allow other drivers to know where you are planning to go. Change lanes slowly to reduce any risk of sideswipe accidents due to blind spots.
  • Use caution on bridges. Remember bridges freeze faster than roads. Slow down, be patient while crossing, and watch out for black ice.
  • Don’t use your jake brake when roads are icy. Since your jake brake only provides braking to your tractor it should not be used when roads are slick.  Using foot pedal braking will apply braking to the tractor and trailer
  • Maintain headlights. Making sure your headlights are working and in good condition not only makes it safer to drive at night, but it also allows you to see the shiny eyes of animals before it’s too late. Clean the headlights often to prevent the buildup of snow and dirt, which can obstruct your view.
  • Watch out for work zones. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean road construction has come to a halt. When approaching a work zone, slow down so workers remain safe and you dodge a hefty fine. If you are caught speeding in a work zone, you could lose your CDL.

Whether you are a seasoned driver who has been in this business for years, or a brand new driver experiencing driving over the road during the winter months for the first time, it is important to stay cautious. There is more traffic, bad weather, and less daylight which can all make driving a little more challenging this time of year. Following these guidelines will help you and others to remain safe and enjoy the holiday season with loved ones.

Pre-Owned Trucks – Is Now A Good Time to Buy

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When it comes to buying a used truck, you will want to be prepared. When you are researching, you may spend hours seeing what trucks are available, comparing prices and features, to help decide  which truck will be the best option. Once you find a truck you are interested in, you will want to inspect the truck to see if any repairs will be needed This task probably seems overwhelming, so consider making a checklist and following these tips to help you through the process.

Checklist

Following this checklist, may help to better prepare yourself in order to find the right truck and make a smart investment.

  • Come up with a list of what you want your truck to include
  • Know what your budget is
  • Narrow down your search to a few possible options
  • Look into the truck’s history and its current condition
  • Figure out the right financing and insurance options

Tips

Run a history check. Running a history check will give you a complete picture of the truck’s history. Inquire about its maintenance and oil change records, accident history, and any possible upgrades. Follow these tips when checking the history.

  • Determine why it has been sold. Doing so can help you determine if there are any current or possible future mechanical issues that you will have to take care of.
  • Look at the maintenance history to see if the truck has had regular tune-ups or any parts replaced.
  • Review the oil change records. If the truck hasn’t had routine oil changes, then that could mean potential engine problems later on.
  • If the seller does not have maintenance or oil change records, take caution. This could mean poor maintenance and possible hidden problems.
  • Ask the seller if the truck has been in any accidents, what kind of damage was caused, and which parts had to be replaced.
  • Figure out what needs to be replaced. During your maintenance check, you should be able to determine what has already been replaced. From that review, you will be able to know what parts are due for replacement and which ones will need to be upgraded. Pay close attention to the transmission and engine. If you determine that there are parts that need to be replaced, this could mean a huge investment for you after you purchase the truck. Make sure you also check for safety concerns, such as the brakes and lights.
  • Check the engine model’s track record. There are certain models that are known to have long-lasting problems and others that wear out after a certain amount of time or mileage is reached.

Perform a quality inspection. Now it is time to inspect the details of the truck’s overall quality.

  • Check the current oil situation which means you need to look at the oil levels along with the condition of the oil. The condition of the engine and transmission oil will let you know the overall health and condition of the truck.
  • Inspect for body rust on the outside surfaces as well as within the structure of the truck. Look at the door frames and other areas for signs of structural rust. If you find rust, this could mean the truck has not been well-maintained and therefore may not have a lot of life left.
  • Look for body damage during the daylight and when the truck is outside. This could help you miss any deficiencies.
  • Check the mileage on the truck, as this could indicate the overall quality of the truck. Knowing the engine model can also help you determine at which mileage point the engine may need to be rebuilt. When you do check the mileage, consider what your own use of the truck will be. If you are driving the truck over a long distance, it would be more sensible to purchase a truck with lower mileage. However, if the truck has high mileage, that doesn’t mean it won’t run for an extended amount of time. If it has been well-maintained then it could still have a lot of life left.
  • Check the tire tread and ask how many miles have been put on them.

Assess the mechanical operation. After inspecting the quality of the truck, you will need to get to know the truck from a mechanical and operational viewpoint.

  • Determine the best axle layout for your traveling needs. Ask yourself if you are hauling loads long distances and throughout tough terrains or if you are making shorter, more frequent trips.
  • Decide what the right horsepower and towing capacity is for you. Different types of loads require different horsepower and towing capacity.

Plan ahead. Once you have found some options, you will want to begin thinking about the long-term investment, which can include ongoing costs, upgrades and insurance, as well as research finance options.

  • It is important to find at least two parts suppliers that have the correct replacement parts for your model of truck.
  • Budget for repairs and upgrades. When you know what parts need to be replaced and you have found the right parts supplier, you will want to add up your total potential cost. Once you have that figured out, factor it into your total investment so you know the whole picture of your budget.
  • Research finance options, as certain companies work on different criteria when it comes to financing plans. In some cases, financing approval is determined by the official inspection. If your truck does not meet the requirements, then financing may not be optional.
  • Choose the best insurance option. Rates can vary depending on the provider. You should consider both the cost of insurance and what kind of coverage is provided.
  • Inquire about an extended warranty. A lot of the time dealerships offer extended warranties on trucks. If extended warranties are an option, they can ease some of the financial weight that comes with buying a used truck.

One of the most important things to remember when purchasing a used truck is to be aware of when something sounds too good to be true or if something makes you feel uncomfortable. If you experience either one of these, it is time to walk away. Walking away can save you a lot of time, money, and stress. There are plenty of other trucks available to choose from.

Strategies to Reduce Stress on the Road

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As an over-the-road truck driver there are many enjoyable aspects of the job. You have the chance to see sights that other people can only dream of, you interact with people from different places and stages of life and there is time to catch up on your favorite podcast or audiobooks, all from the seat of your cab. Even though driving can be very enjoyable we are all aware that it can also be stressful.  As you are driving for extended periods of time to make sure you get to your destination on time many things can cause stress to build. Tight schedules, weather conditions and road construction are just a few of the everyday stresses drivers deal with. It is important to practice stress reducing techniques while you are on the open road for your overall well-being. Follow some or all of the following tips in order to be less stressed while you are out on the road.

  • Take deep breaths. When you start to feel stress and tension building, take a few deep breaths. Diaphragmatic breathing with inhaling and exhaling is a very powerful way to relax in order to calm the mind and body. Start by taking a deep breath in through your nose, making sure your diaphragm inflates with lots of air, helping your lungs to stretch. Hold your breath for about seven or eight seconds then exhale on count nine or ten. Repeat this five to 10 times in a row.
  • Adjust your position. Just by adjusting the way you are sitting and keeping your body loose can help decrease stress. When you find yourself gripping the steering wheel too tightly, loosen your hands and fingers. If you are hunching over the wheel, lean back or adjust the seat to become more comfortable. When stopped at a stoplight, stretch your arms in the air or stretch your neck from side to side to relieve any muscle tension.
  • Listen to music. Music can go a long way, especially when you are stressed while driving. Music can elevate your mood, lower stress, and calm the body. So create a playlist of your favorite stress reducing music so you can turn it on when needed.
  • Leave extra space. Knowing that another vehicle is right beside you, in front of you, or behind you can cause unwanted stress. Leaving extra space between you and that other vehicle can help ease the fear of getting into a wreck prepare you for the unexpected. When driving on the highway, allow room for cars to merge, and if you are driving at night or during bad weather, give yourself more room if you have to stop quickly.
  • Allow extra time. If you are feeling stressed even before you head out onto the road, allow yourself some extra time to drive. If you are driving to someplace new, give yourself some extra time to find the place or in case you get lost. Also, try planning your route ahead of time to avoid traffic or construction delays.
  • Pull over. If you start feeling overwhelmed and stressed, pull off to the side when it is safe or at a rest stop, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Stress can most likely affect your driving abilities, so for your safety and for others, it is best to be cautious and take a break to calm down, allowing yourself to clear your head.
  • Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep is never any good and can lead to higher stress levels. Getting enough sleep is very important for your health and allows your body to refresh and prepare for the next day. If you are drowsy or groggy, your reaction time could be compromised, you might begin driving recklessly, or you might even fall asleep. All of these could put you and others in danger.
  • Eat Healthy. Although it may be difficult to eat healthy while on the road, good nutrition has been proven to reduce stress. Not only will healthy eating help reduce your stress, but it will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

There can be many things that cause stress while driving, including other drivers, weather, and construction. However, stress shouldn’t hold you back from getting to your destination on time and safely. Consider bringing a copy of this list with you the next time you are out on the road. When you are experiencing a stressful situation, pull it out and try one or more of these tips to help relieve any tension you may have.

 

Steps to Protect Your Freight During Stops

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Stopping to rest and refresh is extremely important for the health and well-being of drivers, but unfortunately, freight theft is a problem that threatens the cargo of truck drivers all over the nation. Thieves are getting sneakier and smarter, but so are drivers, companies, and technology. Freight theft is expensive and time consuming to deal with, but it can be prevented by taking simple steps to ensure your cargo is secure and protected during stops.

How Does Freight Theft Happen?

Freight theft can happen in several ways, but most if not all of these, occur while the truck is not in motion. Freight theft can be planned or spontaneous and is possible anytime your truck is stopped, particularly when it is left unattended for any period of time.

Some thieves may attempt to follow your truck from the pick-up point to where you first stop, especially if you are carrying high-demand cargo. Freight theft may also happen when you leave your truck, even for just a few minutes, without supervision because thieves sometimes wait nearby high traffic areas for trucks to steal from.

Where Does Freight Theft Happen?

Freight theft happens most often at truck stops but can occur anytime a driver is is not moving. However, there are some locations that have notably high records of freight theft, there are maps available for these locations, but they are typically depicted as being near Southern California and Nevada, the Great Lake States, Eastern Texas, Southeastern States, and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

These spots have the most cases of cargo theft, but it can happen anywhere that your truck is left unattended. Many companies suggest that drivers don’t stop for the first 200 miles of the journey to discourage anyone who decided to follow the trucks, especially in high-theft locations.

How to Keep Your Cargo Safe

Cargo thieves are getting more sophisticated, so it is more important than ever to keep your delivery locations to yourself and refrain from posting them or telling people about the route you are going to take. This simple measure can prevent thieves from targeting your truck.

Taking breaks is important, but it can provide thieves with an opportunity. However, there are many ways that you can reduce the danger associated with resting. One of the most important ways is knowing your route beforehand and avoiding high-risk locations. Another way to avoid freight theft is by using simple prevention methods of locks, seals, and alarms.

Staying with your truck while taking a break is one of the best ways to prevent cargo theft from happening, but if you are unable to stay with it, try to park in a place that is well-lit, another tip is to back the truck near obstacles that will make it hard to open the truck doors.

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If something goes wrong and you think there may be suspicious dealings involved in your transport, or if your freight gets stolen, it is important to report it to the authorities and contact the National Cargo Theft Task Force (NCTTF) which is a coalition of people from all different occupations with the sole goal of preventing cargo theft.

Another way to protect your cargo even if it is stolen is to use technology. There are many devices made to protect cargo, some of the most effective are GPS trackers which may assist you in retrieving some of your stolen freight, and maybe even catching the thieves!

Final Thoughts

Cargo theft is a costly crime that is becoming increasingly more sophisticated as time and technology progress, but it is a preventable crime in some cases, and drivers are the most important people in this prevention cycle. Make sure to lock your truck, set an alarm, and stay with your freight as much as possible to better prevent theft on your next shipping route, and call the NCTTF if anything seems amiss. Together, we can stop Freight Theft.

 

Drug & Alcohol Testing: What You Need to Know

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In the modern world, drug and alcohol tests are becoming more prevalent in businesses. While these tests may prove to be inconvenient, they are a crucial factor in keeping both truckers and commuters safe while driving.

Why Does Testing Happen?

Unfortunately, there is currently a drug and alcohol abuse problem in the United States – this means that many people are either using alcohol irresponsibly or taking illegal drugs. Both actions can result in serious impairment when on the job and may cause terrible consequences such as vehicle damage, personal injury, or even death in some serious cases.

Drug testing is used to prevent tragedies such as these from happening by ensuring that truckers and other people with Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) are being safe on the roads. Drug testing can prevent serial users from causing danger to other truckers and civilians, it can also prevent drunk drivers from posing a threat.

When Does Testing Happen?

The first round of drug testing that a trucker will go through is during the process of earning their Commercial Driver’s License. This initial test is to verify there is no drug or alcohol abuse problem at the start. It is an important step in receiving your CDL.

The next predictable form of drug testing occurs during truck-related accidents which include those with a human fatality, those with bodily injury and a citation, and those with damage to any motor vehicle that has to be towed away with a citation.

Drug testing may also occur in four more circumstances as defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This extension of the Department of Transportation specifies that employers must commit regular random testing of at least 2 employees. It also permits testing where reasonable suspicion is involved, meaning the employer believes that an employee has been using intoxicating substances.

The final two occurrences of drug testing are when drivers have refused to allow a drug test, tested positive, or violated the testing policy in any other way. These are deemed return-to-duty testing which allows a previous violator to return to work once they agree to test and test negative. Follow-up testing which may occur bi-monthly for a year or even up to four years with reasonable suspicion. For each of these types of tests, the driver must continue to test negative to remain employed.

How Does Testing Work?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, employers are required to perform the various instances of drug testing mentioned above. They are to perform random drug tests on 2 or more employees from a random selection at a time, and they are to take responsibility for pre-screening (testing before employment), return-to-duty, and follow-up testing as well.

Drug testing is a fairly simple process that can be completed quickly and easily and will help keep all people in America safe from substance-related accidents. The most common drug test involves urinating in a test cup and the administrator pouring the liquid into a test tube to be sent to a lab for testing. Standard drug tests check for, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine.

Alcohol testing is very simple as well and is typically conducted using a device called a breathalyzer. This machine requires you to blow into it for a short period of time, and it will determine whether you have been drinking alcohol recently. It measures any amount of alcohol concentration of 0.02 and higher.

Final Thoughts

Drug and alcohol testing are a necessary component of being employed in the United States of America, it is meant to keep everyone safe from the harm that abuse of these substances can produce. Drug and alcohol testing are part of a simple process that typically takes less than 20 minutes to complete!

Best Trucking Routes for an Autumn View

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As a semi-truck driver, you have long days with drives from stop to stop. We are here to help you take advantage of the fall scenery along the routes in the United States. From the East Coast, to the South, to the Midwest, to the West Coast there is so many miles of beautiful scenery and animal life you can spot from the seat of your truck.

I-25 Through Colorado

If you ever get the chance to deliver a load to a city in Colorado and get to drive I-25, you will not be disappointed! It passes through all the major cities in Colorado east of the Rocky Mountains, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Greeley. If you enter Colorado from New Mexico, you will travel up I-25 and pass through the town of Wootton. I-25 then turns back up north and bypasses near the east side of the Trinidad Lake State Park, which is where you will find the Trinidad Lake, a dammed reservoir. Trinidad is the first major city that lies along I-25. The following 30 miles will take you through rural areas of Colorado until you reach Walsenburg. I-25 continues on until it bypasses the Orlando Reservoir and reaches Colorado City. From Colorado City, I-25 will take you to the St. Charles Reservoir which is right before you reach the city of Pueblo. The stretch between Denver and Colorado Springs crosses the Palmer Divide, which separates the Arkansas River basin from the South Platte basin. This drive provides you with some of I-25’s most scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and its foothills.

I-80 Through Utah

When you have the opportunity to deliver a load to Salt Lake City, Utah, you will be able to take in the beauty of the Great Salt Lake. The part of I-80 that goes through Utah is 196.34 miles long. While traveling along I-80, you will be able to see views of not only the Great Salt Lake but also Antelope Island, which is home to pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, mule deer, and millions of waterfowl. As you continue traveling down I-80, it becomes concurrent with I-15 passing along the western and southern edges of downtown Salt Lake City. After separating from I-15, I-80 continues east through South Salt Lake and continues through Parley’s Canyon, entering the Wasatch National Forest. I-80 travels through Parley’s Canyon up the western slope of the Wasatch Front, cresting the mountains at an elevation of 7,016 feet at Parley’s Summit, which is the highest point on I-80 in Utah.

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When your travels take you on I-64, you will not be disappointed by the views you will see, no matter what state you go through. When driving through Missouri, you will have the opportunity to see the St. Louis Arch and view the Mississippi River. In Illinois, you will pass over Skillet Fork, which is a 98-mile river in the southern part of the state. Kentucky offers you the chance to drive through the northern part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, and in West Virginia, you will be able to see the beautiful views of the New River Gorge.

If you have been wanting to see the countryside and thought about becoming a truck driver,  Trucker Search can help you find the perfect company to work for. There are various routes across the country that can make your drive fun and exciting. Contact us today at 1-888-254-3712 and our team will help you find the perfect match.

Hobbies That Truck Drivers Can Do On the Road

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Driving a truck can be fun, exciting, and a great career.  It can also be a bit dull.  Those long roads that bring such beautiful scenery over every crest, can also bring unrelenting boredom with each stretch.  And it’s not just the hours spent driving.  If you’re living in your truck for days or weeks at a time, not having something to help occupy your mind and hands can make the hours seem like years.  Having a hobby or interest also
relieves stress and anxiety and helps you take a break from the real world.

Photography

Photography is the perfect hobby for someone who spends most of their time out on the road seeing so much of the country.  Good quality digital cameras aren’t as expensive as they used to be and recent cell phone models have excellent cameras built in.  With a laptop and inexpensive software, you can edit and share your art with your family at home.  

Learning an Instrument

If you love music and you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, the cab of your truck is the perfect place (not while you’re driving, of course).  Guitar, keyboard, trumpet, saxophone, and many more can be learned in the comfort of your cab during your free time.  Buy a book or take lessons online, who knows, maybe you’ll find some other musicians to jam with on the road.

Writing

Whether writing in a journal or creating a fictional story, writing is a great way to express yourself thoughtfully.  Some people find writing to be a therapeutic way of working through feelings, or maybe you simply have dreams of being published one day.  Maybe now is the time to write that Great American Novel or a blog about your life on the road.  

Learn a Language

There’s an abundance of apps, audio books, or videos that can teach you a new language.  The great thing about learning a language with an audiobook is that you can do it on the clock while you’re driving.  Are you ready to learn a new language?  Oui!

Podcasts

Listening to podcasts while you’re driving can help pass the time and you can learn something new.  Whatever your interests, someone makes a podcast about it!  The same is true for audio books.  You can learn something new or lose yourself in some good fiction.

Exercise

Getting exercise on the road is essential to staying in shape when you’re sitting for hours on end.  During breaks, go for a run or a brisk walk.  Bring some small weights to keep in your cab.   Making exercise your new hobby has endless benefits!

Drawing

Life on the road gives the budding artist an abundance of subjects to sketch.  If you’re not naturally artistic, YouTube has lots of videos to show you how to draw.

No matter what you choose, starting a new hobby will help you push out the boredom of life on the road.  

If you’re a driver looking for a great place to work, look no further than Trucker Search.   On Trucker Search’s website, you can post your résumé as well as search the comprehensive database of companies looking for drivers.  It’s a great resource for any driver looking for a great place to work.

Source:  https://www.verywellmind.com/the-importance-of-hobbies-for-stress-relief-3144574

Healthy Meals You Can Have in Your Truck

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Obesity has long been associated with driving a truck.  It’s a mainly sedentary job and despite the lack of physical activity, it can be exhausting. After a long stretch behind the wheel, drivers want to relax and rest up for the next shift.  Fitting in adequate exercise can be difficult so maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging.  

It doesn’t have to be that way.  With effort and planning, it is possible to make healthy meals while you’re out on the road.  One of the keys to healthy eating on the road is to keep your truck well-stocked with healthy choices.  If you don’t have them on hand, it’ll be harder to resist picking up truck stop food.     

Start by using the right equipment.  Space in a truck is always limited so think about the foods you’d like to make in your truck.  There are numerous cooking options such as a hot pot, microwave, toaster, small slow cooker, portable stove, and two-burner stovetop.  A fridge is a necessity and one with a freezer is best.    

When you make your own meals, you are in total control.  How many calories, how much salt, and  fat are entirely up to you.  Processed foods tend to be higher in all of these things, especially sodium, and if you are overweight and have heart issues or high blood pressure, it’s important to watch your salt intake.  

Breakfast

Protein helps you feel fuller for longer. Having a protein-packed breakfast will help keep you from reaching for snacks.  Some delicious ideas to start the day are:

  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter (lots of protein)
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Cottage cheese with fresh fruit
  • Whole-grain cereal 
  • Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit
  • Omelets (throw in your favorite protein, cheeses, and veggies)

Lunch

  • Wraps are great for lunch because you can eat with one hand and fill them with anything you like.  Use lean meats like sliced turkey, or tuna, and add tons of fresh veggies.  Use a low-carb or whole wheat wrap to make it even healthier.
  • Soups (pick the non-creamy, low-sodium varieties)
  • Veggie pasta salad

Snacks

If you have a freezer (you should), stock it with healthy treats like frozen yogurt or fruit bars.  Other handy snacks: 

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cheese and whole-grain crackers
  • Dried fruit (great snack that doesn’t need to be refrigerated)
  • Unsalted mixed nuts

Dinner

Meal prep is your friend.  Many websites show you how to make a week’s worth of meals in one day.  Make them the day before your trip and pack them in reusable plastic containers.  Meal prep often involves cooking a protein, like chicken, and then adding rice or noodles, various veggies and sauces and spices, varying them so each meal is different.  It’s an inexpensive way to give yourself some variety in your healthy dinners. 

Rotisserie chicken can be thrown in with some pre-cooked rice and veggies and a little soy sauce, made into a delicious chicken salad wrap, or tossed on a salad. 

Tuna casserole can be cooked on a stovetop or in a slow cooker.  Egg noodles, tuna, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and frozen peas, and you’ve got a hardy meal.

Mac-n-cheese can be made in a crockpot with cheese, macaroni, milk, butter, and eggs.  It’s not the healthiest, but you’ve got to indulge every now and then.  

When you do eat out on the road, try for healthier options like food that is grilled instead of fried, skip the hamburger bun, and drink water instead of soda.

By planning and prepping your meals before you head out on the road, it’ll be easier to maintain a healthy weight, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll feel better about yourself.  

If you’re looking to start a career in the trucking industry, Trucker Search can help. Connecting truck drivers and employers is what we do.  It’s quick, easy, and it can get you that dream job on the open road. Get started today at TruckerSearch.com or call us at (888)254-3712.    

The Latest in Chrome for Your Truck

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As a truck driver, you want to be proud of your rig. Seeing all of the amazing rigs at contests across the country can inspire any truck driver to spruce up their truck. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that when it comes to chrome, one size does not fit all. Many semi-truck accessories must be manufactured specifically for your make and model. Having an example using your same make and model of truck makes it easier for shops to communicate with semi-truck accessory manufacturers. There are manufacturers who produce universal accessories; however, they do not always fit or function as well as the specific brand.

When it comes to choosing the right chrome accessories for your truck, keep these things in mind:

  • Find pictures of trucks that you like. You may not always know the name of the part that you are interested in. By having a picture, you are able to bring it into a shop and have the experts help you. If you don’t have time to stop in, you can also try emailing a picture.
  • Look for warranties. Your truck is your livelihood so you must remember that with any aftermarket change, you are running the risk of changing things from the manufacturer’s original design. Make sure that whatever parts you choose, they have a good warranty program. Having a good warranty will help keep you from experiencing any considerable downtime if a major breakdown occurs.
  • Try adding value. Adding chrome and other custom parts can instantly add value to older or barebone models. When trying to figure out what accessories to add to your rig, try learning what the top tier model of your truck came with off the line. You can easily redesign your basic model truck to make it as good or even better than the elite model.

Keeping up with the latest looks and style for your big rig shouldn’t be stressful. It should be a fun and exciting time making sure your truck looks the best that it can. Here are some ideas as to what kind of chrome accessories will make your truck stand out.

  • Chrome bumpers
    –     Practical, affordable, and stylish
  • Chrome nut covers
  • ABS Chrome tape
    –     Impact-resistant, mechanically and thermally resilient, and high-quality thermoplastic which is ecologically sound
  • Chrome trim
    –     Provides a custom look and is perfect for trimming your bug shields, door jams, and windshields
  • Chrome wire loom and ties
    –     These are the perfect way to beautify and protect your wire, cable, or hose applications
  • Chrome train whistle
    –     A fun alternative to a train horn and sounds just like a real freight train
  • Chrome round horn covers
    –     These covers keep your horn blowing through all weather conditions
  • Chrome grill guards
    –     Grill guards can save you time and money in case of an accident or collision. They can decrease the number of times you have to visit the shop for repairs. Guards also add a clean, aggressive look to your truck and protect your bumper, lights, and hood.

Here at Trucker Search, we will help you find the right company that fits your needs and the most dedicated drivers that will make your company proud. There are many positions available so contact us today at 1-888-254-3712 so we can help you get started on your journey.

 

 

Turn Your Military Skills into a Successful Driving Career

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If you have driven trucks in the military, trucking companies are eager to hear from you.  And there’s a good chance that the training and experience you earned there will allow you to get your CDL without attending driving school and fast track yourself into a new and rewarding career.  

Why Carriers Love to Hire Military Veterans

It’s more than just patriotism and wanting to support American veterans that make carriers eager to hire military veterans to work for them.  Many of the qualities and skills learned in the military are the same ones that make a good truck driver.  Trucking companies have learned that military veterans are:

  • Dependable
  • Alert and aware
  • Have strong self-discipline
  • Work as a team
  • Have strong mental focus
  • May be used to being away from home for extended periods which can make it easier to adapt better to life on the road.

Why A Job Driving a Truck Is a Great Opportunity for Veterans

A job in the trucking industry allows veterans to transition to a civilian job without starting back at square one.  Many of the skills and disciplines learned while working for Uncle Sam transfer easily into a career driving a commercial truck.  Employers will look at your previous driving in the military as experience and will pay you accordingly, even if you just got your CDL.  

Veterans may also be eligible to skip the skills test and just take the written exam to get their CDL.  To take advantage of this, you must be active duty (or honorably discharged less than a year ago) with at least 2 years’ experience operating a commercial motor vehicle as part of your job in the military.  Since 2014, all 50 states and D.C. allow the waiver.  More information on how to obtain the waiver can be found on FMCSA’s website.    

Without having to go to driving school, veterans can have a quick transition into a new, good-paying career.  However, if you are a veteran but you don’t qualify for the waiver, there are several ways to get help paying for driving school.  You can use your GI benefits to pay for it and the  Veterans Administration Apprenticeship Program and On-The-Job Training Programs offer help too.  There are also scholarships available and many truck driving schools offer military discounts and other aids for veterans.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the trucking industry was experiencing a shortage of qualified and licensed drivers and as the economy begins to reopen and grow, the demand for experienced drivers will be back in high demand, ready for experienced military drivers to step in.      

If you’re a military veteran looking to start a new career in the trucking industry, Trucker Search is a great place to start. You can post your resume or search our vast database of companies looking for drivers to join their teams.  Visit Trucker Search and begin your new career today.

Sources:  

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/application-military-skills-test-waiver

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/on-the-job-training-apprenticeships/