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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.

Defensive Trucking

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.

I-64

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.

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.