New Illinois Laws 2018: Transportation and Vehicle Regulation
Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018
Illinois recently updated existing laws and created several new laws regarding transportation. Here are a few new Illinois laws that could affect trucking in the state.
Operation Safe Driver Week Results
Driver behavior cited as critical reason behind crashes
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) recently published the results of Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Enforcement personnel issued 59,193 warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways.
FMCSA grant to help military veterans obtain CDLs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded an Iowa college to help military veterans obtain commercial driver’s licenses.
Des Moines Area Community College received the $88,460 grant through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant program. The college says its goal is to train and graduate 20 military veterans and help them land driving jobs.
The grant will help the college cover tuition, fees and other costs related to obtaining a CDL. DMACC Transportation Director Dave Pfiffner says the college’s curriculum includes 180 classroom hours, 30 off-road hours and another 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Professional truck drivers are a unique breed made up of hard-working men and women who love the freedom of the open road and the many advantages that come with it. One thing that sets the successful truck driver apart from the rest is preparation. You can’t be successful on the road without being prepared and ready to handle whatever may arise along the way.
Comfort while out driving is important, however, due to the drastically different jobs you may encounter on a daily basis, knowing what items to have on hand for a relaxing drive can be difficult to pinpoint. Industry professionals have compiled a handy list of items every owner-operator truck driver should have on hand.
Thanksgiving Dinner Options for Truckers on the Road
One of the toughest challenges for truck drivers is the work schedule that comes with it. Its demanding hours and weeks upon weeks of travel/time spent away from home make it difficult, especially if it means having to spend holidays on the road. Thanksgiving for truck drivers can be tough—but if you look in the right places, there are tons of great places on the road where you can get a great turkey dinner. It is easier than you think to celebrate Thanksgiving as a trucker who’s on the clock.
So if you happen to be on the road this Thanksgiving, check out these places to eat Thanksgiving dinner:
App Helps Truckers with Health & Nutrition
Rolling Strong mobile app to address health “epidemic” among truckers
Small changes in eating habits can have a huge impact on your health. Far too often people focus on the word “diet” when discussing a “healthy diet”. Eating right doesn’t mean depriving yourself of food, quite the opposite. It’s about making healthy choices, which is often difficult to do on the road.
The rolling strong platform helps guide you to nutritious options and records your selections to help you earn points.
You’ll learn tips for addressing a variety of health issues through simple changes such as decreasing sodium intake and increasing water consumption.
Inspecting a Used Truck
Truck Inspection Tips To Uncover Hidden Problems
OverdriveOnline.com posted an article we felt was worth sharing to provide tips for inspecting a used truck. We recommend doing a thorough pre-trip inspection, it can uncover obvious problems, such as oil and water leaks, faulty lights and loose belts. The tips below include some pre-trip basics and gives further pointers on assessing a truck’s condition.
Benefits of Adding Safety Technology to Large Trucks
AAA Study Reveals Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year.
We found that AAA Foundation’s recent release of their truck safety study showed significant benefits for implementing safety technology such as;
- Video-Based Onboard Safety Monitoring Systems
- Lane Departure Warning Systems
- Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
- Air Disc Brakes
Below is a recap of what the study found.
6 Smarter Snacking Strategies for Healthier Eating on the Road
We recently came across an article from MyFitnessPal that offers several smart snacking strategies for a better diet in order to maintain a healthy weight as well as links to recipes, tips and meal suggestions that we felt worthy of sharing to our fellow truckers who find it challenging to eat healthy while on the road.
Snacking is sometimes a bad word, but that’s only if you’re munching on sugary, carb-heavy foods throughout the day (ie: mini muffins). Smart snacking, on the other hand, can help you control your cravings, fill up on important nutrients and maintain your energy levels. Try these five strategies to help you crush your cravings.