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Tech Distractions: Avoid Them On Hauls

Distracted driving of any kind is a very dangerous thing. These days, tech distractions are the most common form of distractions. For truckers especially, it can be hard to resist the urge to check your phone while on a long trip. However, there are some ways you can avoid these distractions... Tech Distractions: Avoid Them On Hauls Hands-free tech Tech distractions are so dangerous because they take your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. However, it can be hard to avoid using technology outright when driving. For instance, many truckers like to use their phone's GPS apps to guide them on their trips, especially the long hauls. Plus, they'll also use them to play their favorite music too. Therefore, it's a good idea to try and make your tech as hands-free as possible. Phone cradles or mounts allow you to keep your phone up and in sight at all times, without you needing to take your hands off [...]

By | June 24th, 2020|

Safe Braking: What To Know

Safety is always important for drivers, and truck driving is no different. One of the key elements of driving safety is safe braking. Knowing how to properly use the brakes and when can help you avoid potential accidents... Safe Braking: What To Know Defining "safe" What exactly does the "safe" in safe braking mean? After all, it's important to know what counts as braking safely versus unsafely. In order to be safe, you need to ensure your truck has plenty of time to slow down and stop. That means slamming on the brakes is unsafe, as you could easily skid or jackknife. Meanwhile, proper braking procedure involves keeping the truck as straight as possible. While doing this, you'll also want to slowly press on the brake, and bring the truck to a gradual stop. Some truckers also might use an engine brake, but these might not be allowed depending on the area. Watching speed Of course, safe braking is also made [...]

By | January 16th, 2020|

Truck Dashcams: How They Help

There's a lot of different trucking technology out there which you can use. Once piece in particular which can be handy are truck dashcams. There's a few benefits you can get just by having one of these in your truck... Truck Dashcams: How They Help Scare off thieves One benefit of truck dashcams is that they help scare off would-be thieves. The one thing a thief doesn't want is for someone or something to catch them in the act. Therefore, seemingly left-alone trucks can be a perfect target. This is especially true at rest stops, where they might seek out trucks which are hidden or have sleeping drivers. A dashcam helps prevent this from happening. If a thief sees your dashcam, then they'll know to avoid your truck. Even if they don't, then you'll still have a recording of them. That way, it makes it easier for law enforcement identify and catch them, and for you to hopefully get your belongings [...]

By | January 9th, 2020|

Spare Tire: Serving Their Purpose

It's always important to take good care of your car's tires. However, even those who are diligent with their main tires often overlook their spare tire. It's key to know how to properly use and care for this tire, in case you ever find yourself needing to use it... Spare Tire: Driving Safely On It Check its age and status Most cars keep their spare tire back in the trunk. While this is nice and continent, it also means its easy to forget to check it regularly. Your spare won't have the same kind of road wear as your other ones, but it's important to make sure it's still in good shape. Usually, most manufacturers recommend replacing your spare every eight years or so. However, there's also the possibility that your spare could be recalled as well. Much like with your regular tires, you'll definitely want to get a replacement which is safe to drive on. The National Highway Traffic Safety [...]

By | October 12th, 2019|

Tire Maintenance: What To Check

Your tires are an important part of your car. After all, you'd be going nowhere without your tires. However, drivers also tend to overlook them, which often times leads to accidents. As a result, it's important to practice good tire maintenance. Thankfully, this maintenance isn't all that complicated... Tire Maintenance: What To Check Tire pressure Your tire pressure is an important part of tire maintenance. As you drive, your car's tires gradually lose their air pressure over time. This lack of pressure ends up reducing the overall effectiveness of the tires. In fact, under-inflated tires drastically increase a driver's chances of getting into an accident. Therefore, it helps to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Your car's manual and tire placard should both have the recommended PSI level for your tires listed. Properly inflated tires are also a good way to improve your overall fuel efficiency. The treads It's also important to check your tire's treads when performing [...]

By | September 28th, 2019|

Vehicle Storage: How To Prep

During the winter, certain vehicles become harder to drive. After all, it doesn't make a lot of sense to ride your motorcycle or take the convertible out in a snowstorm! Therefore, it helps to prepare for vehicle storage. There's a few areas in specific you want to focus on... Vehicle Storage: How To Prep Pick a spot Of course, in order to get ready for vehicle storage, you have to know where exactly you'll store said vehicle at. This comes down to a few specific factors. Mainly, it depends on how long you want to store it, the local climate, and how often you can check on it. Still, avoid storing your vehicle outside under something like a tarp. Moisture can still get into your car's components and cause them to rust. Plus, it's a lot easier for a thief to steal your vehicle. Therefore, always try to keep it somewhere inside, such as in your garage or a storage facility. [...]

By | September 26th, 2019|

Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid

With how expensive cars can be, it makes sense you want to treat it right. However, what if you were causing damage to your car, and worst of all, had no idea about it? Practicing some common bad driving habits could mean you've been doing just that. If you've been doing these habits, it's best to break them ASAP... Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid Riding the brakes downhill Riding your brakes when heading downhill doesn't seem like it would be considered under bad driving habits. After all, isn't it better to control your speed when heading down an incline? The reality of the situation is you could be setting yourself up for brake failure in the future. When riding your brakes, your brake pads will generate a lot of friction. Eventually, this will wear away at the pads, and cause them to stop working as well, or at all. It's much better for your car to just anticipate any upcoming [...]

By | September 21st, 2019|

Failing Brakes: Why It Happens

One thing every driver worries about is potential mechanical failures while on the road. Failing brakes might just be the worst breakdown scenario. However, there are some signs that can clue you into brake troubles. That way, you can avoid having them give out on you when driving... Failing Brakes: Why It Happens How brakes work To better understand failing brakes, it helps to better know how exactly your car's brakes work. After all, the energy you use pressing the brake pedal certainly isn't enough to stop an RC car, let alone your real one. It's the chain reaction that your energy creates, however, which does most of the work. Once you press the brake pedal, you also start sending fluid to your brakes. Then, the brake mechanism takes your original energy, and multiplies it onto the fluid based on how hard you pressed the pedal. Your brake pads then attach to the tires, and the friction that creates will cause [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|

Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right

Cars these days are much more safer than they used to be. One of the major reasons for this is better air bag safety. In fact, since 2015, frontal air bags have saved over 44,000 lives alone! However, it's important to make sure you know how to use these devices properly... Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right Wear your seat belt It's true that modern air bag safety has improved considerably. The devices of today do a much better job of not only cushioning a driver in a crash, but also reacting to unique crash situations. However, some drivers fall into a belief that their air bags are all they need to be safe. However, these devices are just one part of your car's accident safety system. Most importantly, car manufacturers design their devices to be used alongside seat belts. Your seat belt will not only keep you secure, but also ensure the inflating air bag doesn't hit you [...]

By | September 14th, 2019|

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|