Construction Zones: Staying Safe

As a truck driver, you're going to have to go through some pretty tricky driving areas. One of the most common ones tends to be construction zones. While they can seem pretty difficult at first, some key tips can help you navigate these spaces with a little more ease... Construction Zones: Staying Safe Keep your eyes peeled When entering construction zones, you'll have a lot of things grabbing your attention. There will be signs, other cars, and of course the workers themselves. As a result, it's important to keep your eyes focused on these things instead of other potential distractions. Posted signs can help give you a heads up of what to expect when driving through the work zone. This might be things like single lanes, or "flaggers" who will be directing traffic. Plus, the other cars on the road will have to make adjustments as well. That's why it's much safer to keep your eyes on the road instead of [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|

Improve Fuel Efficiency

Fuel can be one of the most costly parts of any trucker's trip budget. Therefore, it makes sense that you'd want to look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. As it turns out, there's a few things you can do to cut down on the time (and money) you spend at the pump... Improve Fuel Efficiency Properly plan your routes Any driver wants to take the most efficient route. Of course, this is true for truckers as well. You don't want to be stuck on the road for any longer than you have to. Still, finding that perfect mix of time and distance can be tricky. However, if you properly do so, then not only can you save some time on your trips, but you can also improve fuel efficiency. One easy and handy way to do this is by using a GPS. With most phones having GPS apps on them, it's very easy for you to plug in your destination [...]

By | August 31st, 2019|

Mountain Driving: Keeping Control

As a truck driver, you might have to drive in a wide variety of places on your hauls. If there's one area that can prove to be tricky, it's mountain driving. With their narrow lanes and varying angles, it can be a bit of a challenge. However, there are some ways you can make these areas a bit more manageable... Mountain Driving: Keeping Control Watch the grade One of the key rules of mountain driving is to pay attention to the grade of the mountain. The grade is just another way to refer to the mountain's slope. The grade can let you know just how steep you can expect the mountain to be, and prepare accordingly. Most mountain roads will have their grades posted along side them. These signs will also let you know what kind of speed you should stay at while going downhill. However, if you aren't sure of what a mountain's grade is, don't try and guess it. [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|

Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls

As a truck driver, you might feel that you have no choice but to spend money on your trips. Between food, gas, clothes, and more, it can get pretty expensive pretty fast, especially on long hauls. However, there are ways you can save some money in your trip budget. These methods can help you not break the bank and make your trips a bit easier too... Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls Bring your own food Considering how you're constantly driving, fast food is an appealing option for many drivers. This food is cheap, easy to find, and can be eaten straight in your cab. However, besides the negative health effects that come with eating fast food, it can also add up very quickly. For example, spending $8 on lunch every day translates to $50 a week, and nearly $3,000 a year! That's why it can be a good idea to include bringing your own food in your trip budget. For [...]

By | August 21st, 2019|

Long Hauls: How To Properly Plan

Truck drivers might have to make the occasional long hauls every now and then. These trips could take hours, days, or even weeks. As a result, it's important to make sure you plan accordingly. Doing so will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible... Long Hauls: How To Properly Plan Map the overall distance In order to properly plan your long hauls, you have to see just how far it'll be. For starters, this will help give you an approximate idea of how long the trip will take you. Plus, if it's an exceptionally long trip, it can encourage you to get your truck tuned up to ensure that it can handle the trip ahead. An easy way to plan out your route, and find the fastest one available, is by using a GPS or an app like Google Maps. However, keep in mind the estimated time it tells you is for uninterrupted driving. Don't forget to consider the [...]

By | August 16th, 2019|

Trucker Drowsiness: How To Keep Alert

Truck drivers are expected to make hauls at a wide range of hours, including at night. Much like with other tired workers who handle the night shift, trucker drowsiness is a serious problem on there trips. However, there are some ways you can keep yourself alert despite the late hours... Trucker Drowsiness: How To Keep Alert Watch the lights You might assume that having a well-lit cab can help fight off trucker drowsiness. However, that all depends on the lights you have. Most cab dashboards and interiors use very high contrast lights. These lights can actually end up making you feel more tired when coupled with the pitch black landscape. Therefore, it helps to try and get softer, red lights in their place. These lights can help keep you awake and your eyes focused on the road. Plus, you can dim the lights as well if you feel they're a bit to bright. Keep in mind that many headlights are also [...]

By | August 15th, 2019|

Biker Gear: Safety Essentials

Being safe on a motorcycle you buy doesn't just mean you know how to ride it. It also means you keep yourself safe by wearing the right kind of biker gear. These safety essentials are a crucial part of any safe bike riding experience... Biker Gear: Safety Essentials Helmet The helmet is the one piece of biker gear you always want to wear no matter what. A good helmet is crucial for keeping your head safe in the event of an accident. However, it's important to get one that offers the best protection. After all, a good helmet is an investment in your safety. Make sure your helmet fits snug on your head, but not too tight. You shouldn't feel any pressure, especially on the top of your head and forehead. Always check that the helmet you're buying has the required Department or Transportation sticker on it as well. That way, you know your helmet is up to snuff. Protective jackets [...]

By | August 11th, 2019|

Biker Visibility: Make Yourself Seen

After you buy your brand-new motorcycle, the last thing you want to do is get into a wreck. However, in 2017 alone over 5,000 motorcycle riders were killed in accidents, many times because other drivers didn't see them. As a result, biker visibility has become very important. There's many ways you can help make sure other drivers notice you... Biker Visibility: Make Yourself Seen Wear bright colors One surefire way to improve biker visibility is by wearing brighter colors. Now, black leather jackets and bikes might be a staple for bikers. However, this comes at a cost of being harder to see, especially at night. That's why it doesn't hurt to incorporate some more brighter options in your wardrobe, to help other drivers see you easier. Plus, there's still ways to stand out even without a wardrobe change. Items made with reflective material like 3M will help you stand out without having to sacrifice color. So can reflectors or mini-lights which [...]

By | August 8th, 2019|

Workplace Chemical Safety

According to OSHA, over 32 million workers work with chemical materials. Most of the time, these chemicals can pose a potential health and safety risk to these workers. Proper workplace chemical safety goes a long way in keeping workers safe from these possible risks... Workplace Chemical Safety: Health Risks Wear protective equipment Many of these dangerous chemicals can cause serious burns or irritation if they come into contact with one's skin. Plus, chemical fumes can also lead to problems if they're inhaled. For these reasons, protective equipment is a huge part of workplace chemical safety. Hazard suits can provide chemical protection for nearly the entire body. Gloves and foot coverings also help protect a worker's hands and feet. Furthermore, face masks/shields and goggles are useful for protecting the mouth, lungs, and eyes. Using all of this equipment together can give you the most direct protection from chemicals. Proper storage Certain types of chemicals are highly flammable, or even explosive. Sometimes, all [...]

By | August 1st, 2019|

Head-On Crashes: Improve Your Safety

Car crashes, especially the more violent ones, are something no driver wants to experience. Out of all of them, the ones they might want to avoid the most are head-on crashes. However, there are way you can boost your safety and be prepared for these crashes just in case... Head-On Crashes: Improve Your Safety Pick your car carefully The car that you drive play a big role in being safe during head-on crashes. Now, your budget plays a big role in the kind of car you get. Still, that doesn't mean you can't be safe. Cars from the late 90's-early 2000's and onward are much safer than their older contemporaries. For example, these cars will have collapsible steering wheels, which will prevent you from slamming into them during a crash. Plus, they'll also have crumple zones. These are parts of your car which crumple during a crash, which redirect the force of the crash away from you. Use seat belts & [...]

By | July 29th, 2019|