There has never been a more exciting time for trucking in the U.S. Check out what some experts predicted will be on the horizon:
The Department of Transportation has increased the cost of violating a trucking regulation.
Each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must raise the fine amount to adjust for inflation. This is a law that was put in place by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
The prices for violating trucking regulations are up 1.02 percent since 2017.
Some of the violations include failure to respond to a subpoena, falsifying records, transporting hazardous materials improperly, evading carrier regulations and many more.
Next year’s price increase will be announced around the same time as last year.
Driving on the road for long periods of time can be hard and not having any money can make it even hard. If you want to eat, spending money on food isn’t always financially beneficial for you. Cooking on the road can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Cooking meals in your truck is a great option for saving money. There are many tools out there that doesn’t require you to do much. Including portable stoves, microwaves, crock pots, electric skillets and more. Your bank account will thank you in the long run if you cook on the road over stopping a million times to eat.
There are many ways to save money while driving on the road and cooking in your truck is number one.
About one of every 15 workers in the U.S. is employed by the trucking industry, according to the American Trucking Association. There are about 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the country and the total number of people employed by the industry, including positions that do not entail driving, exceeds 8.7 million. These figures indicate that trucking is a stable industry to get into and will most likely produce many more jobs in the coming years.
The annual shortage of truck drivers is around 20,000. This figure is expected to grow into a shortage of about 111,000 truck drivers.
Being a truck driver doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice healthy living. Eating right and exercising are just as important–if not MORE important–in this profession as any other. So, rather than opting for fast food or truck stop meal options, consider taking along homemade snacks to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need to live healthy and drive safely.
Here are the top road trip snacks for the long haul:
As a truck driver, it can be difficult to keep yourself entertained during long drives. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake, try out these tips to ensure that you are safe and alert on the road.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finally released a rule establishing a national drug and alcohol clearhouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The rule will go into effect January 4, 2017.
Once the rule becomes effective, motor carrier employers will require background checks for current or prospective employees who have unresolved drug or alcohol violations. These violations will ultimately prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Additionally, motor carriers, administrators, and medical review officers will be requires to report any driver who tests positive for drugs or alcohol, refuses drug or alcohol testing, or admit themselves into a rehabilitation process.
With the implementation of these rules, the FMCSA hopes to ensure the safety of truck drivers and other motor vehicle drivers, and prevent crashes due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.