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If the cost of a preventive maintenance program worries you, consider the cost of not having one.

Vehicles that don’t receive regular maintenance experience a greatly reduced lifespan, excessive breakdowns, expensive repairs, lost time on the road and even litigation due to negligence.

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The winter was long but now that spring has arrived we can all breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the sun and warmer weather. It’s also that special time of year when homeowners and office employees do their annual spring-cleaning.

For truck drivers, your truck is practically both an office and a home most of the time. So making sure it’s clean to the point of spotless isn’t just a good idea for yourself, the person who has to live in this space hours at a time, but to show others you take being a professional driver seriously.

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Sure, fuel prices have dropped and stayed steady recently, but truck drivers can still benefit a great deal by being economical with fuel usage.

Statistics say that fuel makes up about “25 percent of the operating cost of a fleet,” according to Truckers Report. So saving even two percent on fuel costs for a single truck can really help the bottom line.

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GPS devices are a fantastic tool to those whose job it is to smoothly navigate the numerous highways and roads that criss-cross our nation. Truck drivers are tasked daily with getting to destinations quickly, safely and with as few detours or problems as absolutely necessary.

So investing in a top-notch GPS is important. Not only do you not want to go cheap just to save a few bucks, but you want to make certain you’re purchasing a device you can rely on.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has once again stressed the importance of screening and testing truck drivers for sleep apnea.

In December, the FMCSA faced criticism for not having clear enough guidelines for medical examiners with regard to sleep apnea – the health condition that impairs the quality of sleep people get and increases drowsiness, a very dangerous condition for those whose job requires them to drive for hours at a time.

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Whether you are just starting out as a truck driver or looking to change companies, it’s important you know exactly what you are getting into. Getting to know the company you’ll be driving for will ensure you’re making a decision you won’t regret later.

One way to look before you leap is to ask the right questions and do the right research so you know what to expect and if it’s the right fit for you.

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Statistically speaking, at the top of most everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list in America tends to be getting healthy. And for truck drivers, those goals go beyond dropping some vanity pounds. They could be life-saving.

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 69 percent of truckers who took part in a study were obese – 17 percent morbidly obese. Also, 88 percent of the drivers had a high-risk health factor – including high-blood pressure, smoking or obesity. Meanwhile, the general U.S. adult working population, meanwhile, is at 54 percent.

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