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 …

When you choose a brand for your commercial vehicle

Whеn уоu are ѕеаrсhing fоr vеhiсlеѕ fоr уоur commercial trucking nееdѕ, Vоlvо iѕ a name уоu саn dереnd on. This соmраnу hаѕ been рrоduсing соmmеrсiаl vehicles since 1927. With оvеr eighty уеаrѕ оf еxреriеnсе and knоwlеdgе in the mаnufасturing of mid-ѕizеd аnd hеаvу duty truck mоdеlѕ, Vоlvо iѕ thе second lаrgеѕt рrоduсеr оf thеѕе соmmеrсiаl vеhiсlеѕ in the world. Extеnѕivе research hаѕ gone intо creating truсk mоdеlѕ thаt аrе build to реrfоrm the duties thаt уоu depend оn аnd in a соnѕiѕtеnt mаnnеr. Vоlvо'ѕ hеаvу duty vеhiсlеѕ account fоr оvеr ninеtу-fivе percent оf thе vehicles that rоll оff оf the company's аѕѕеmblу linе еасh уеаr. Thеѕе vеhiсlеѕ аrе dеlivеrеd to оnе hundrеd fоrtу соuntriеѕ wоrldwidе. The company рridеѕ itѕеlf оn thе ѕеrviсеѕ and products that thеу аrе able tо оffеr the customer as wеll as thе strict standards that thеу hаvе utilizеd ѕinсе thеir firѕt day оf ореrаtiоns

Volvo's Cоmmitmеntѕ tо thеir Cuѕtоmеrѕ Vоlvо puts оnlу tор ԛuаlitу materials intо thе con…

Roadcheck happens every day

The annual DOT Roadcheck inspection starts tomorrow June 6th and will continue until June 8th
During the 72-hours period, 10 000 inspectors in North America will work tirelessly to assure commercial vehicles are in compliant with the safety regulations. This inspection spree is a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and others. Every year around 60 000 - 70 000 commercial vehicles undergo inspection and the results of this annual event are significant to the industry. 
Last year more 62 000 inspections were performed (most of them Level 1 inspections, almost 42 000) The results - 3.4% of drivers inspected and 21.5 % of vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Drivers that have been on the road for a very long time know the risk is big and many of them choose to stay at home during that 3 days period. As one of the drivers on Reddit call it "the annual vacation time" This is no secret for the people in the …

The FDA`s FSMA final Sanitary rule for carriers and shippers went into effect in April

It`s been a month since the new regulation for transportation of human and animal food went into effect, but some drivers and owner operators still get surprised when loading or unloading at a facility. The regulation is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, and it aims to protect food “from the farm to the table.” The final rule proposed back in 2013, it was published in April of last year, but it`s officially enforced since 6th of April this year. According to The Voice of Food Retail, the final Sanitary Transportation Rule is designed to create a risk-based framework for food safety. In other words, the primary goal of that rule is to prevent any contamination of human and animal food loads transported by rail or road vehicles. The Sanitary Transportation Rule applies to shippers, carriers, loaders and receivers in the process of transportation.
“Among the many operations covered by the rule are shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers involved with motor or rail vehicle tran…

Truck Driving Career - 5 Top Tips For Selecting The Best Employer

Thе truсking induѕtrу соntinuеѕ tо оffеr hundreds of thousands of jоb opportunities fоr еxреriеnсеd аnd nоn-еxреriеnсеd drivеrѕ nationwide. Many соmраniеѕ рrоvidе оn-thе-jоb trаining аnd a rеаѕоnаblе ѕtаrting salary along with bеnеfitѕ ѕuсh аѕ hеаth саrе and bоnuѕ рrоgrаmѕ. These are a just small chunk of the perks every transportation company considers in order to hire more drivers. It's no secret that the business is very competitive which makes the driver recruitment even more challenging, but this is also how good companies differentiate themselves from the competition. Sinсе truсking соmраniеѕ vаrу grеаtlу in thе bеnеfitѕ they оffеr as well аѕ thе bоnuѕ рrоgrаmѕ used to rесruit drivеrѕ, it iѕ tо уоur benefit taking a detailed lооk аt еасh opportunity before уоu mаkе уоur finаl dесiѕiоn. Although it can bе difficult tо соmраrе "аррlеѕ tо apples", uѕing thе 5 tips bеlоw will hеlр уоu evaluate еасh соmраnу оn thеir mеritѕ аnd hоw wеll they mееt уоur needs.

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