Smokey Has a New Ride!

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“People don’t see this vehicle going down the road. It’s one of the largest vehicles out on the road but they don’t see it because they’re distracted.”

They alert other troopers, who then pulled those drivers over with their THP cruisers.

“We just try to ride in the center lane, right at the speed limit for trucks, and just let them go by,” said Lt. Boshears, before spotting the second offender.

There is only one THP tractor trailer, so the districts take turns and share. This week marks the first time Knoxville’s District One has used the truck for this type of enforcement campaign.

Sgt. Martin said they hope it will get their message about the dangers of texting driving heard.

“Not only to enforce violations, but also to educate. It’s not as easy as just writing a citation sometimes. People can take their citation and go on, but they have to learn something from that experience.”

THP’s truck campaign continues into Wednesday. They expect to have final enforcement numbers later this week.

News story from WBIR: http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2013/10/29/thp-uses-a-new-tool-to-catch-distracted-drivers/3308529/

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NATIONAL FALLEN TRUCKERS MEMORIAL DAY

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On behalf of Remembering Fallen Truckers group, I’m inviting all to join us on Nov 1st, this Friday for our 1st Annual “National Fallen Truckers Memorial Day”. Our day set aside to let the families know there is a great many of us fellow truckers and their families who wish to show our support for them during their time of loss and great sorrow. The reason for the date also is with the holiday season coming, many will not be home for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year and it can be very hard for the family.
Thanks. Dave L.

Don’t let cold weather make you blue!

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It is that time of year again and the weather is changing. There are going to be some gorgeous places across the country as the leaves change color. But, that only means snow and ice are soon to follow. The mountains can be a beautiful place in the fall. And quite scary in the winter if you are  not prepared in advance.

Vehicle preparation takes on a whole new dynamic when cold weather sets in. Preparation is key. Your vehicle inspections demand a little closer focus.

Make sure your tires will meet the challenge. Its no time to take the risk with low tread. Make sure your coolant is fresh. And by all means this is no place to cut corners. You get what you pay for no matter what color those gallon jugs are. Stick with proven formulas and products. It’s not worth taking the chance. Fifty per cent mix is common, but if you are traveling a lot in the frigid north feel free to take it up to sixty per cent. Don’t forget your windshield washer fluid as well. Avoid the surprise of have your tank freeze up. And finally, check your batteries SOC (state of charging). It is a good idea to check them with a digital voltmeter. And if they are over three years old, you may want to make a switch headed into the winter season.

Be safe, and keep the thermos full.

Ross Farris, Tennessee

Be Careful Out There

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This just in…Driver robbed at Gunpoint in Texas.

At approximately 6:50 a.m., on Sunday morning, a truck driver who was parked at a Sunmart Truck Stop in Hill County, Texas, awoke to the sound of knocking at this truck door.

The driver got out of the bunk and went to the door to find two men asking for the driver’s help.

When the driver exited the truck to help the men, they pushed him agains the truck and pulled out a gun.  The men took the driver’s wallet.

Later in the day, police arrested three men in connection with the robbery.  The incident remains under investigation.  No further details have been released.

Supply and Demand to Favor Trucker Wages?

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from Bloomberg Business Week, by Kyle Stock –

As problems go, the U.S. trucking industry is facing a good one. Thanks to a gushing oil industry and a homebuilding renaissance, everyone needs trucks. The industry, however, is running short on supply—specifically drivers.

Trucking outfits are bristling under new federal rules that drastically constrain how long drivers can stay on the road. Since July 1, truckers have been limited to about 70 hours of driving per week, down from 82 hours. And new rest requirements limit how much they can drive in the small hours of the morning, when roads are relatively empty.

Even before the new rules took hold, capacity was tight. At the height of the Great Recession, truck fleets at transportation giants FedEx (FDX), UPS (UPS), and Swift Transportation (SWFT) had 85,000 more drivers than they needed; today these companies are about 211,000 bodies short, according to estimates by FTR Associates, a freight logistics firm in Indiana.

To make matters worse, crumbling U.S. infrastructure is forcing truckers onto expensive detours. One in nine U.S. bridges is structurally deficient and 42 percent of the country’s major urban highways are congested, according to an analysis in the Wall Street Journal.

Those kinds of problems are hard to picture in virtually any other sector. Imagine a Wal-Mart (WMT) without enough parking, a Google (GOOG) data center too small to speed through a glut of searches, or JPMorgan (JPM) turning customers away because its safes were full.

Bloomberg Industries analyst Lee Klaskow says trucking outfits may need to fork out more money to attract and retain drivers. “If you really want to find people to fill the seat, you’ve got to make the industry much more attractive to the 21-year-old who doesn’t know what he wants to do with this life,” Klaskow says. “Rates now—$45,000 to $55,000 a year

Website Revamp

We are currently doing a complete revamp of our website, transitioning it to an informative, resourceful site for those in the industry. Contributions of content and media will be welcome. If interested email me at james@mycdljob.com. Expect to have the new site up on Friday, October 18th.