The 5 Benefits Professional Truck Drivers Want Most

Businesses rely on the transportation industry to put their products in the hands of consumers. Without truck drivers, the extraordinary flow of diverse goods found in U.S. grocery stores and other retailers would slow down to a trickle. In fact, truck drivers moved 10.49 million tons of freight last year, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the country's total freight.

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3 Ways to Address the Present Trucking Driver Shortage

The present truck driver shortage is a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible. In a time in which companies are having bidding wars over qualified drivers, it should be fairly evident that trucking is not what it used to be. Given that the world is shifting into an age in which people value their freedom over attaining money or even job stability, many industries will need to drastically revamp their recruitment strategies in order to attract newer and younger candidates. For instance, although the trucking industry offers an array of perks, the long hours and extended time away from home still deter many people from selecting it as a career path. With that said, the following is an overview of three ways to address the present trucking driver shortage in order to once again make truck driving a thriving industry.

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Progressive® Commercial Lines Expands Health Awareness Program to Help Truck Drivers Lead Healthier Lives

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Long hours on the road can take its toll on a trucker's health and wellness. As the #1 truck insurer, Progressive is once again dedicating the month of September to raise awareness of the importance of trucker health. Through a newly-formed partnership with Siphiwe Baleka, the "fittest truck driver in America," and healthy living tips and tricks on Progressive's, Progressive Commercial Auto Insurance is expanding its commitment to truckers in the third year of its wellness initiative. 

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Tech That Boosts Trucker Safety

More than 800 truck drivers died on the job in 2014 — that's 25 fatalities for every 100,000 motorists -- making trucking one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Now, new technology hopes to improve driver safety. From a smartwatch that tracks driver activity to a dash cam that senses collisions, here are four tech must-haves that facilitate a safer driving experience.

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How to Stay Connected to Your Family Even When on the Road

Even though truck driving salaries are increasing eight to 12 percent annually, we still face the problem of a shortage of drivers. The numbers are around only (73,500) this year and 890,000 in the next 10 years.
A report from the American Truckers Association declared there are 48,000 trucker jobs that need to be filled. It's not a mystery why this shortage is happening. Trucking requires long hours on the road, and if the drivers are parents, it is even emotionally harder to be away.

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Battle Over Electronic Logs Continues, Takes Effect Dec. 2017

Back in December of 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule that stated all semi-trucks that are model year 2000 and newer and used in interstate commerce will have to be equipped with electronic logging devices by December of 2017. Since that mandate has come out, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been fighting against it.

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Truckers Benefit With Forward Collision Avoidance Systems

In a guest post for the Truck Safety Coalition, the president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety offers persuasive reasons for the trucking industry to embrace automated emergency braking (AEB) technology. In the United States, large trucks hit other vehicles more than 30,000 times every year. These collisions injure about 15,000 people and take 300 lives. With the amount of freight transported over the nation's roads expected to increase by more than one-third by 2040, large truck safety systems that mitigate or avoid rear-end collisions will become increasingly important.

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5 Apps Truckers Can Use to Help Them Lose Weight

Weight gain is the norm for many truckers due to the sedentary pace of the job. However, apps such as MyFitnessPal and Glooko empower truckers to stay (or become) healthy and to lose weight. Here is a look at five helpful apps as well as a few bonus apps.

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Relationships on the Road

While some truck drivers are lucky enough to spend their evenings at home, long-distance drivers can find themselves away from family and friends for several weeks at a time. This puts a lot of pressure on relationships, especially for new drivers who don’t have seniority to choose local routes.
As an OTR truck driver, you can follow these four tips to stay connected to your family, even when you plan to drive for weeks at a time.

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Top Trucker Apps

Sometimes our phones are our most useful tools while trucking across on the open road. We can message and call our families, update our social media or play a quick game of Angry Birds while our partner takes the wheel. But that’s not where their usefulness ends. Here are a few must have apps for truckers.

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ATA’s American Trucking Trends report points to revenue gains despite industry challenges

Once again, the numbers in the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual American Trucking Trends publication continue to show strength, even at a time like the present, when strength could in some ways be viewed in short supply, given the myriad challenges the sector finds itself up against.

But challenges aside, the 2016 version of American Trucking Trends points to the sector remaining on pretty solid footing, with total trucking industry revenue topping $700 million for the second straight year in 2015 at $726.4 billion, or 3.6 percent or so higher than 2014’s $700.4 billion.

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Trucking Industry Hits Record $726 Billion Annual Revenue, Employment Rises

Trucking industry revenue hit a record $726.4 billion in the U.S. last year, according to a new report from a national trade group.
The American Trucking Associations released its American Trucking Trends 2016 compilation Thursday — the latest in some seven decades of data sets from the organization.
Employment in the industry increased slightly to 3.5 million drivers in 2015 from 3.4 million the year before. More than 7 million people work in trucking related jobs — including manufacturing, mining and finance.

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Trucking: Safely Moving Our Communities Forward

We’ve all been there. Running late and seeing the cars in front of us slow down, or perhaps on the highway headed out on vacation and turning off the cruise control because the red brake lights of traffic are shining bright. We credit our misfortune to an 18-wheeler up ahead, who is keeping it just under the posted speed limit or is trying to make a sweeping right turn.

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Uber for Truckers: 3 Apps That Are Changing the Industry

Truckers are no longer in it for the long haul. Research reveals there's a driver deficit in the United States, with an estimated shortfall of 73,500 truckers this year — up from 38,000 in 2014. Several factors are to blame: a surge in diesel prices, super-strict strict government regulations and the social isolation of life on the road. New tech could overcome these problems. Mobile apps such as Cargomatic, Transfix and Convoy connect truckers and carriers, cutting out the "middleman," just like Uber does. Could they reverse the current driver shortage?

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National Anthem Girl Janine Stange has strong connection to trucking

She is called the National Anthem Girl because of her goal of being the first person to sing the national anthem in public in all fifty states, but for Janine Stange, her singing is only part of the story. She developed a true appreciation for professional drivers as a young girl working in her family's bagel shop. 

Read More recognized at GATS Great American Trucking Show for Support of Guard and Reserve

Parent company of and announced today it received a Document of Support from the ESGR Program (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) signed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. The program, a forty-year initiative, held an event at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Texas on Friday August 26th with about 300 people in attendance including, Major General Lester Simpson, Commanding officer of the Texas Army National Guard, who presented the recognition to 93 companies.

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Forget Self-Driving Cars: Autonomous Trucks, Trains And Ships Will Transform Commerce

The advent of autonomous forms of transportation — vehicles that can sense and navigate their environment without human input — will usher in the greatest change in society since the Industrial Revolution. Autonomous vehicles will change every aspect of society, including the freight industry that’s already facing a metamorphosis.

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Clean Transport News Roundup

In this edition of clean transport news: a Faraday Future mule is spotted, unlocking the Elon Musk Ethos, Nissan will unplug its battery production, cheap Tesla lease offers extended…

[CleanTechnica isn’t the only Important Media site to cover clean transport news, and if you’re looking for more stories on electric mobility, bicycles, and other related issues, we’ve got them at sites such as BikocityGas2, and EV Obsession. We also host a large cleantech group on LinkedIn, called CleanTechies Around The World.]

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Economics Will Push Adoption of Self-Driving, Electric Trucks

Look for semi-trucks to become more intelligent and electric. That’s the assessment of Morgan Stanley Research analyst Ravi Shanker. While there are hurdles, Shanker argues in a recent report to investors that powerful economic and regulatory forces will push the trucking industry toward electric, self-driving trucks.
Look for autonomous trucks to be introduced in 2020, “around the time we expect to see the launch of electric semis, right as the new fuel economy and emissions regulations for commercial trucks gather steam,” Shanker said.

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New Fuel Efficiency Standard Set for ‘Big Rigs’ and More

Latest rules will increase miles per gallon, cut emissions, and boost the economy.
New rules finalized today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will make medium- and heavy-duty vehicles cleaner and more efficient. The standards are the latest in a long list of actions by President Barack Obama’s administration aimed at making the U.S. transportation sector more sustainable. The rules will cut consumption by 2 billion barrels of oil, save consumers $170 billion, and reduce carbon pollution by 1.1 billion metric tons over the lifetime of 2021-27 model-year vehicles, benefiting truckers, businesses, consumers, and the environment.

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