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A Trucker’s Guide To Preparing For Hurricanes

It’s hurricane season again, and as a truck driver you know what that means:  white knuckle driving in high winds and schedule delays.

For big rig operators carrying LTL or lighter loads your trailer and rig can get pushed like a sailboat in a storm.

Even with full loads and heavy trucks, these are still no match to the wrath of such strong forces of nature and the best way to stay safe in this kind of situation is to prepare.

Getting Ready For The Storm

During the hurricane season, the best thing to do is to be prepared before the storm hits. This means making sure that the drivers have ample supplies to help them through the emergency.

Items including bottled water, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, rain gears, and other items should all be kept in the trucks at all times. These essential items are not only helpful during the hurricane season but it can also be used all year round.

Keep Yourself Updated

Update yourself with local news reports to monitor how strong the hurricane is, where it’s heading and where it is currently in. In this way, you’ll know if the areas you are heading to or passing through will be hit. You’d also be informed where emergency services are in case you need them.

Get Ahead Of The Storm

By monitoring the news and weather updates, you should have days to prepare before it hits your area. In the meanwhile, don’t just wait for it to come. You can protect your equipment and other assets before it gets damaged by the hurricane.

Do your best to prepare your facilities. You can’t relocate them but you can relocate some of your assets. It’s best to move your tractors, trailers, trucks, and assets to higher ground to anticipate possible flooding. Lessen the chance of having your empty trailers blown away by high winds by parking them closely to other fully loaded trailers.

Make sure to fill up on fuel so your vehicles are ready immediately after the storm. Often than not, fuel prices increase and are more difficult to find during the storm. With a filled tank, you can immediately get back to delivering supplies immediately after the storm.

It’s best not to accept any jobs when the storm is about to hit. If you get freight from ports, it is more likely that the cargo is safe there than inside your heavy-duty truck.

Before the storm, it’s also best to do precautions that aid in keeping yourself and your family safe. Your life is worth more than any freight in the world.

Safety While On The Road

Sometimes, you get into the situation where you’re already on the road when the storm hits. In this case, you should be extra watchful and vigilant. Winds are very dangerous for trucks on the road especially when you’re on an elevated road or bridge. A hurricane has so much power that it can topple even if your trailer is fully loaded.

After the storm, watch out for floods and don’t ever risk driving through deep standing water. The road may be completely washed away although it’s not visible.

Also, watch out for power lines or open gas lines. These can easily cause injuries and fires. Always give way to law enforcement, the military or rescue vehicles.

Surviving hurricanes is more likely when you don’t panic and prepare beforehand. It’s always best to stay in a safe place and do not risk driving your truck no matter how heavy duty it is.

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Keeping Up With The Trucking Industry Trends

In order to stay afloat, all trucking companies regardless of size should learn to cope with the current industry trends. It’s a competitive world out there and you need to learn how to keep up with the demands of customers or you’ll lose them.

Even if you’ve been in the business for quite a long time, there are still things you can change for the better. Here, I will share with you some of my discoveries on what you should do to your trucking business.

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Team Driving: Great for Some, Hell for Others

Hello again – it’s Ryan and I’m finally back after 3 months of paperwork requests, delays, and hard work negotiating with my bank, I finally have the permits and funding in place to start my own logistics and trucking company!

Thanks to everyone for their help and support!

While I’ll have another post on this process later this year, I did want to spend some time on an aspect of my career when I was first beginning in the trucking biz.

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Basic Requirements of Becoming a Truck Driver

Tired of your old job? Maybe trucking might strike your next job destination thought as it pays off well. Trucking career packs the goods of both world, it’s challenging yet rewarding at the same time.

Targeting the truck driver vacancy isn’t that easy as it looks, you need to fulfill some basic requirements first. This piece of writing will reveal you the very basic needs of becoming a truck driver.

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Easy Exercises For Truckers

We have heard a lot of excuses when it comes to exercise for the truckers, you might see them saying that they do not have time for it or either they do not want to spend to get a gym membership. Well, it seems quite relevant as also, when you look at the busy and the ever-changing schedules of the truckers, you can easily make out that it is really tough for them to take out time from their busy schedules and hit the gym on a regular basis. It almost seems impossible, but a trucker does not have to be a permanent member of the gym in order to exercise on a regular basis. There are a number of exercises that a trucker can do without even going to the gym.

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2018 Trends in Last Mile Delivery

As a truck driver, I keep hearing more and more about the importance of getting “Last Mile Delivery” right.  Also called the final mile delivery, Last Mile Delivery is the last destination of a shipment’s cycle in the supply chain.

This destination can be a local store, Wal-Mart or thanks to the e-commerce boom – can even be the customer’s home. With the recent (and continuous) rise in demand for e-commerce, last mile delivery presents both opportunities and hurdles for logistics, transportation businesses, and truck drivers..

While big rig drivers like us don’t typically, deliver to the end user or customer, I see a day coming soon where we might want to embrace this change, especially if we want to fend off the coming tide of automation.

So in order to get my readership up-to-speed, I wanted to discussing some of those latest opportunities and trends in Last Mile…

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Is Truck Driving Only For Males? Find out!

With rising demand, the trucking industry needs to get smarter in order to address the shortage of workers it’s facing. According to American Trucking Association, there is an urgent need of 48,000 drivers nationwide. They also project that this shortfall is only going to rise in the coming years. Do you know that out of all the workforce in the United States, 47% consists of women workers? But when you see the stats in the trucking sector, women drivers are only 4 – 5%. This has been the case for more than 2 decades now. If we can get more women drivers, this shortfall will quickly come down.

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Cool Facts About Truck Drivers You Didn’t Know

The truck driver is an occupation like any other. However, the level of skills required for a professional truck driver is more than any other occupation. Drivers need to be on top of their game every time. They can’t afford to be off-guarded on duty as lives depend on their driving. Truck driving is also considered one of the most demanding jobs out there. Not everyone can handle the pressure and the lifestyle a professional truck driver has to adapt.

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How to Avoid Stress Out On The Highway

Getting aggravated by other drivers and feeling stressful on the road is common amongst truck drivers. We can all get mad at times, No? But the thing is, letting your emotions get the best of you out on the highway can cause a lot of harm. How top truck drivers deals with road rage and pressure are the reasons why they are a step above the average drivers.

This article contains the top recommendation from professional drivers and authorities to stay calm and composed on the road.

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