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The Times Are A Changin’

When you log 6 million accident free miles in a 43-year trucking career, and are retiring at age 66, you’ve earned the right to share your thoughts on the industry. Following are some abridged perspectives from that UPS driver, Jimmy Howard: On logging 43 years of accident-free driving: UPS has what they call the “Five Read More…

Annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy Returns

The 30th annual Mother’s Day Convoy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be held on Sunday, May 12. The Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter of Make-A-Wish hosts the convoy, which every year, is the chapter’s biggest fundraiser. The chapter looks to raise $500,000 this year with the event, which it achieved Read More…

Low-Budget Food for the Road

On Reddit (4/7/19) a trucker writes [edited]: So I’m trying to budget and see what food I can actually eat without access to a fridge or freezer. Following are some of the responses [edited]: Get organic peanut butter, canned chicken and canned tuna. That will cover 100% of your protein intake from now on. MREs Read More…

True Road Hogs

A truck driver who was pulled over for having trouble staying in his lane. Turned out to be operating the vehicle with a 250-pound pig on his lap, according to a Minnesota sheriff’s office.  He also had a smaller pig with him. The sheriff’s office noted that its officers have encountered plenty of truck drivers Read More…

Logistics Providers: Prepare Now for the Future of Trucking

From self-driving vehicles, autonomous fleets and electric trucks, to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the gig economy—the future of trucking faces some big changes. Here are four strategies to prepare and capitalize on future opportunities: Reassure the workforce that their jobs are safe. New transportation technology continues to build on advances in automation, efficiency Read More…

Is There Life After Trucking?

On Reddit (3/4/19) a trucker asks [edited]: What do you plan on doing after trucking? Or those that changed careers from trucking to something else, what do you do now? Following are some of the responses [edited]: No retirement for me. I’ve seen what happens to people who retire. They sit on the couch and Read More…

The Art of Trucking

Angela Grattan couldn’t fulfill her dream of being a truck driver, so she did the next best thing – she started to paint trucks. “I used to draw as a little kid, animals and country scene and then onto trucks,” she said. A truck driver who regularly stopped into her parents’ service station convinced her Read More…

COMING SOON! A Podcast for Children’s Trucker Stories

Following the success of his children’s books, Grandpa and the Truck (Books 1 and 2), Paul Wesley Gates, or “Gater” on his CB radio plans to start a podcast for kids featuring trucker stories.  According to his website, in his podcast, he will share with kids: All about this fascinating lifestyle, so that when a Read More…

Are You Cranking Safely?

Truckers regularly crank landing gear, but if not done properly can cause pain and injury. What is the best way to reduce injuries? Researchers from the Washington State Department of Labor  Industries teamed up with researchers from North Carolina State University built a mock-up or landing gear and asked 12 male drivers to crank while Read More…

I Got Trucked (Other Than That, All is Good!)

On Reddit (2/7/19) a trucker shared [edited]: So . . . I got a liquor load and wanted to settle down at the nearest rest stop. It didn’t happen. Why? Traffic in Cincinnati was slow — a trucker in the middle lane was going slower than the right lane. Then I hit a pothole so Read More…

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