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As a truck driver, you know you have a huge responsibility, not only to your company, but to your truck. Many truckers also take the responsibility of monitoring the open road ahead of them. In fact, truckers have been known to respond first to accidents or other problems they’ve seen on the road. You must give your full attention to do the job effectively and safely. Your attention is placed on many different things at once: what you’re doing, where you’re going, and what’s going on around you. But do you know what you should really be watching for when you’re in your rig? We’re here to tell you. Read more »

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Even for the calmest of truck drivers, a Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection can be stressful. However, you shouldn’t be fearful of DOT inspections if you’re following the rules. DOT officers are just doing their job; most inspectors want to help make the trucking industry safer. There are good inspectors and bad ones out there, just like in any other industry. Read more »

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No matter how prepared you are after your CDL training, accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. You may think you know how you’d handle the situation, but until you’re there, there’s no telling how you’ll react, and sometimes even the most obvious actions you need to take are the most forgotten once there’s stress involved. Two of the most common factors in accidents are changing road conditions and fatigue. If you know what to do if you’ve been in an accident, you will be more calm and more likely to take the right steps to properly handle the situation immediately. Read more »

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When you spend long hours alone on the road, it may become more difficult at times for you to enjoy your job. As a trucker, you are aware this job isn’t for everyone. You need to at least somewhat like your job, because if you don’t, you are going to be miserable all the time. It’s important to realize, first and foremost, trucking is not a job, especially OTR truck driving; it is a lifestyle. Read more »

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There are times as a truck driver when it’d be nice to know where you could go to fuel up, purchase convenience items, take showers, or just stop to take a quick break. You may be stopping at the same place every time you hop in your truck, but sometimes you’d just like to find a new spot to add to your list. Luckily, we have a list of several Ohio cities and truck stops offering convenience items, food/drink, and hygiene options for you to check out. Read more »

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We’re all familiar with the classic Christmas song “Jingle Bells” where it says, “Dashing through the snow,” and “over the hills we go laughing all the way?” You won’t be laughing if you are stuck out in the snow this year because you haven’t winterized your truck. We know that being prepared is important, especially when you have conditions like snow and ice that often stand in your way this time of year. Snow and colder temperatures are right around the corner and your truck must be prepared, and you should be too. Here’s how you can winterize your truck for even the harshest of winter conditions: Read more »

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There has been a time on the road when we have had an experience with a bad driver or multiple bad drivers. Maybe they cut you off, were hogging the road, tailgating you, or ran through a red light. No matter the incident, it’s important that you handle the situation properly to avoid an escalated situation. Here are some helpful solutions to handling bad drivers. Read more »

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We know you’ve heard people talk about the trucking industry; most have no idea what they’re talking about, not to mention seeing the entertainment industry bash on truck drivers for one reason or another. People who don’t personally know truckers don’t know what the life is like, so we’re here to set the facts straight to some of the most common myths about truck drivers and the industry. Read more »