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  1. Why Truck Light Compliance Matters

    What Does it Mean to Have Compliant Truck Lights?

    Your headlights, taillights, and marker lights are all essential pieces of your truck’s safety system. If you can’t see the full scope of what’s in front of your 80,000-pound vehicle and other motorists can’t clearly see you, there’ll be trouble for everyone. When you look online, aftermarket headlights are a dime a dozen — a few clicks and you can choose the type of light you need at the right price. Because what’s one headlight or stop/turn/taillight from the other, right?

    Not necessarily. While it is true that you can easily find replacement lights for your truck or vehicle, there’s one important thing you need to keep in mind along with making sure it’s an exact fit — whether it’s compliant. But what does that mean and how can you tell?

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  2. Fall Into Lighting Equipment This Autumn

    Fall Season Lighting Equipment

    Shining Light On Lighting Equipment For Fall.

    Driving a semi-truck on the highway can sometimes feel like an endless journey, but it seems even longer during the fall months as the days quickly close-in on drivers. Because operational lights are required from sunset to sunrise, the need for reliable lighting on commercial vehicles becomes increasingly more important for drivers to view signage; spot running wildlife and stay clear of road imperfections that could cause sudden lane shifts.

    The days will get shorter while the nights get longer beginning on September 22, 2021 (Fall Equinox). Here are a few things drivers need to know about lighting equipment including: The difference between LED and Halogen lamps; information about lighting violations; and our favorite brands that carry quality head lamps and lighting components for heavy-duty trucks.

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  3. Gladhands: The Superheroes of Your Air Brake System

    Your Tiny But Mighty Gladhands

    The Mighty, Mighty Gladhands may sound like the name of a really cool band, but they’re actually small coupling components that heavy-duty truckers use every day. And although it’s easy to not give your gladhands much thought, they’re more important to the safety and success of your journey than you realize.

    Whether you’re a short-haul or long-haul truck driver, if you drive a rig that uses an air brake system, you’ll want to become comfortably acquainted with your gladhands.

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  4. Best Cleaning Supplies for Truckers

    Top 5 Cleaning Supplies For Truckers

    Coronavirus and the Flu: Stopping the Spread

    Traditionally, flu season begins in the United States in November and lasts until March; and while we have a few more months before we need to “worry” about the flu, medical physicians are advising unvaccinated individual to get their COVID-19 and/or flu shots as early as September or October to prepare for what’s to come. We aren’t here to debate; or sway your decision on vaccination shots, but we are here to tell you that it’s best to stay vigilant and protect yourself and others from the spread of these cold-like viruses.

    You will meet a lot of new faces in new places while on the road; and we recommend stocking up on cleaning supplies that will keep you and your big rig germ-free. Here are the top 5 cleaning supplies for truckers to keep on-hand this fall moving into flu season.

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  5. 8 Fun Facts About School Buses

    What “Back to School” Means for School Bus Drivers and Technicians

    It’s that time of the year again for parents to celebrate and kids to dread – back to school. With millions of students attending in-person or virtual classroom settings, or a combination of the two due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it’s also time for school bus drivers and technicians to get their heavy-duty vehicles back up and running for the year.

    The school bus’s origin story begins in 1886 with the invention of horse-drawn carriages known as school hacks or kid hacks in Indiana. Prior to this, students primarily either walked to school or rode farm machinery. Although the familiar yellow and black exterior has been a mainstay through generations, school bus technology continues to evolve and has a history that many may be unfamiliar with.Read more »

  6. Maintenance Work on Air Spring Systems

    Why Care About Air Springs

    Why Care About Air Springs?

    Truckers with air brake systems may be quick to inspect and maintain shock absorbers and other suspension components, but they may neglect their air springs – that is, until they discover an air leak or crack. The often-unnoticed air bags underneath the truck’s undercarriage mimic the actions of a balloon to help keep vehicles from sagging under heavy loads thus, providing a safer, more comfortable ride.

    Air springs should be regularly checked prior to long-haul trips and should be replaced every 80,000 to 100,000 miles in heavy-duty vehicles. Here are a few things you should know about air springs; why you should care about air springs (air bags) and how to properly maintain them on commercial vehicles.

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  7. Top 15 States Winning at Vehicle Electrification

    Transportation’s Struggle with Greenhouse Gases

    As the planet heats up and climate change continues to make headlines, the focus continues to be put on the trucking and transportation industries. When the Environmental Protection Agency assessed the origin of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, they found that the transportation sector accounted for 29% – the largest share of all emissions.

    As a result, electric vehicle (EV) use is being increasingly researched and implemented to reduce the emissions caused by the industry. The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released a study in early 2021 to evaluate nationwide progress on electrification policies and programs.

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  8. 5 Tips: How To Hire and Retain Truck Drivers

    How To Hire and Keep Truck Drivers

    The Truck Driver Shortage

    It’s real and it’s a real problem for truck companies around the country. Before COVID-19, the truck industry was short nearly 61,000 drivers according to the American Trucking Associations. By 2028, ATA estimates a shortage of 160,000 drivers – that is, if companies don’t do something fast. A big part of the problem is finding qualified drivers with the specialized skills required to drive tanker trucks, for example, that usually require a CDL license and extra training. Some companies are turning to immigration programs for help in finding drivers; however, these individuals may face language barriers plus trouble navigating big rigs under U.S. driving laws.

    So, what should fleet companies do differently to not only attract new talent but also retain drivers on staff? Here are five tips for fleet companies to hire and retain qualified truck drivers on their team.

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  9. What Truckers Must Do After an Accident

    What Truckers Should Do After Road Accident

    Is Everyone Okay?

    In that moment, it does not matter who is to blame or whether you reach it to your destination in time to pick-up or drop-off consumer goods. All that matters is that you are alive and well. As for the truck - it can be replaced or repaired – but do not worry about that right now. There are other things you will need to do to protect your reputation and future as a CDL truck driver.

    Read on to learn more about the percentage of accidents caused by truck drivers and the steps you will need to perform at the scene of an accident.

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  10. Trucker Toolkit During 2021 Hurricane Season

    Trucker Toolkit For 2021 Hurricane Season

    Truck Maintenance Is Essential

    Because we are nearing the end of summer, you might think that hurricane season is dwindling down; but true Southerners will quickly shut down this notion. The Atlantic hurricane season length begins on June 1 and runs until November 30 while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th through November 30. While the National Hurricane Center is tracking storm disturbances for your safety, we want to know what truckers are doing to prepare for driving during hurricane season and those apocalyptic-looking summertime thunderstorms.

    The Red Cross lists several items that one should carry such as extra water; batteries; flashlights; and non-perishable foods; but as a trucker on the road, you will need to think beyond these goods. How about truck maintenance? Here are five items that truckers should buy or replace during the 2021 hurricane season.

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