How the ELD mandate will add up to the truck driver`s shortage

Whеn it соmеѕ to the ѕtаtе оf what rеаllу feels like thе nеvеr-еnding truck drivеr ѕhоrtаgе, еvеrуthing iѕ rеаllу оut thеrе fоr all tо ѕее аѕ рlаin as day. Wе talk and read аnd hear аbоut hоw аbоut thе рrоjесtеd shortfalls in thе diffеrеnсе bеtwееn thе асtuаl numbеr оf drivеrѕ оut thеrе аnd whаt is actually nееdеd. And wе tаlk аbоut other thingѕ, tоо, like thе aging truck drivеr wоrkfоrсе, роtеntiаl drivеrѕ nоt wаnting tо be аwау frоm hоmе for lоng ѕtrеtсhеѕ аnd, оf соurѕе, thе millеnniаl еffесt, in whiсh thеу would rаthеr be dоing ѕоmеthing “сооlеr” thаn driving a truck fоr a living.
Sо, rаthеr thаn seeing thingѕ imрrоvе оr сhаnging for the bеttеr оn thаt frоnt, the really соnѕiѕtеnt thеmеѕ are the ones mеntiоnеd аbоvе unfоrtunаtеlу. Whу? Because thе numbers dоn’t ѕееm tо be materially сhаnging, еvеn if the nаtiоnаl еmрlоуmеnt outlook appears tо be brightеning.Thеrе are several fасtоrѕ that соntributе to drivеrѕ lеаving thеir jоbѕ. Fоr example, despicable wоrking соnditiоnѕ, a lасk о…



Road Safety Tips for new truck drivers

Being a CDL driver is well-rewarded job position, but is no secret that driver a heavy vehicle is not an easy task. The responsibility that comes with the job is huge - the hazards while carrying a huge load are times bigger than when driving a regular size car. Thus, for anyone who is just entering this field building, strong safety habits is crucial.

1. Hours-of-service (HOS) rules are something every driver of a commercial motor vehicle must comply with. Be sure to check the table issued by the FMCSA that summarizes the regulations for property-carrying and passenger-carrying drivers.  But also remember to listen to your body - drivеrѕ ѕhоuld bе sure tо gеt еnоugh rеѕt ѕо thаt they will be аlеrt whilе оn thе rоаd. If you need some sleep you better take a nap than risk your safety and the safety of other drivers and passengers on the road. Also a good advice: CDL drivers ѕhоuld always hаvе еnоugh tо еаt and drink аnd еvеn kеер еxtrа ѕnасkѕ аnd drinks in their truсk.

2. Build a habi…

Why you should consider this trucking company in Illinois?

When it comes to trucking companies in the USA, there is obviously zillion number of them. Big and small carriers and independent owner-operators account for combined yearly revenue of more than 200 billion. According to Trucking industry overview, the industry is fragmented - the 50 largest companies account for less than 30 % of the market. So there are hundreds of thousands of small trucking companies that exist in a highly competitive industry. 
You should be able to distinguish a good trucking company!

For those, who have worked in the industry it is easy to look at the company snapshot on SaferWeb to determine how big is its fleet or how many out of service violations it has. These numbers always matter - if you are a broker, you want to make sure you choose the best carrier, if you are a driver, you want to drive for the best company. It is easy to notice the red flags and on the contrary to see the "perfect profile." Merx Global, for example, is one of the companies wi…

Aerobics for healthier life on the road - Obesity among truck drivers continuing issue in the industry

They are behind the wheel all day, often all night, rarely exercise and make poor food choices. The health issues of truck drivers are a primary concern in the trucking industry today. That is why more and more freight companies are urging their drivers to exercise and improve their diets because they are beset with rising insurance costs. Furthermore, healthy lifestyle and good physical conditions are just another assurance that the driver will be able to pass the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) medical exam.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, truck drivers are at a 20-percent higher risk for obesity. In 2010 FMCSA found that twice as many long-haul truck drivers are overweight compared to the rest of the US workforce. Another serious problem for CDL drivers - the risk of heart disease. The high levels of stress have a significant and negative effect on the heart. Combined with obesity the stress is just one more factor that increases the chance of …

Anticipation and procrastination: The ELD mandate pulling all strings in the trucking industry

Multiple technology vendors are anticipating the final ELD compliance date already flooding the market with electronic logging devices. A significant number of companies and owner-operators though still procrastinating the installation of ELDs. Despite the ongoing resistance though the changes are inevitable – all fleet and owner operators must comply with the ELD mandate by December 18, 2017. All motor carriers and truck drivers, who are required to manage a record of duty status (RODS) need to install ELDs in their commercial motor vehicles. But to comply with the original MAP-21 bill, enacted by the US-Congress, the ELDs have to be certified. The choice is not limited. The Federal Motor Vehicle Administration has already listed on its website nearly 80 products self-certified by vendors. That list keeps growing. 
According to the executive board of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which determines out-of-service violations, has voted to postpone the pl…

5 things to consider when choosing the right company

Choosing an employer should be easy - find the company info, look at what they offer and make a decision to apply. Let's assume that you cover the requirements, and the company offers an excellent pay. If you are lucky enough you will be called for an interview and later hired. But is that the best way to choose an employer?
In today`s competitive job market, people often change companies and agree to conditions far beneath their desires. Because let`s be honest... who can afford to stay without the job for months and wait to find the right company?
There are few things, however, crucial when choosing an employer, that has nothing to do with pay or requirements.

Long Term Opportunities
If you are just looking for any job, long term opportunities probably don't matter to you. But if you want to build a career and have stable employment that is an important question to have in mind. Companies that keep low turnover rates provide opportunities for its employees, even in the cases …