Join BigRoad at the NASTC 24th Annual Conference

Posted by Stuart Wood on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) Annual Conference returns for its 24th year November 6-8th, 2014 and BigRoad will be there.

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New Tech Makes Weigh Station Bypass Easier

Posted by Debbie Fapo on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

We know that truckers who use BigRoad like saving money and reducing hassles while they’re on the road. So we’d like to introduce you to our new friend, Drivewyze!

This helpful trucker app provides weigh station bypasses at over 400 fixed and mobile inspection sites in 29 states. For drivers, bypassing scales saves time, saves money and reduces weigh station hassles. For fleets, bypasses provide increased efficiencies and better ROI - without the trouble of managing transponders.

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Tailgating Trucks - Sloppy Lane Changes; Real Stories From the Road

Posted by Rick Smith on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Rick Smith talks about common mistakes made by the pros and Sunday drivers alike

Joker's to the left of me, Clowns to my right... Here I am, stuck on the highway with you!

Do you honestly drive that thing as though you are in a Toyota? I mean seriously!

After 21 years of being on the road traveling in all 48 Continental US States, 9 Canadian Provinces and well over one million miles I am continually amazed at how some of my professional colleagues operate a commercial motor vehicle.

We all are familiar with those laser engraved words on your personal vehicle's side view mirror, you know the ones: "Objects in this mirror are closer than they appear."

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Trucker Who Successfully Performed CPR Named Highway Angel

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

A British Columbia truck driver has been named the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) "Highway Angel" after he saved the life of a woman suffering a heart attack.

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Getting Started with the BigRoad App

Posted by Stuart Wood on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

The BigRoad Driver app takes the headache out of complicated HOS rules and messy paper logs. With it you can automatically create fully editable logs ready for roadside inspection as well perform complete DVIRs in just a few taps. Best of all it‘s completely free to use!

The intuitive interface makes using BigRoad a cinch but a guiding hand never goes a miss. To get you going we’ve created this handy guide to show you how to get the most out of BigRoad.

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Trucking Group Calls for Tougher License Regulations

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

The president of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) thinks it's time the province imposed tougher licensing regulations. Right now all a prospective trucker needs to get behind the wheel of a big rig is a Class 'G' license and completion of a road test.

OTA president David Bradley says that system just isn't rigorous enough. One big part of the problem: not all road tests are the same. Bradley says that while some of these courses can be very rigorous and cost upwards of $15,000 (like the course offered by Ayr-based Tri-County Training, which involves 280 hours of classroom and in-vehicle training), many trucker programs are much cheaper and far less intensive.

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An Exciting New Feature for BigRoad: California Farm Rules

Posted by Heather Wilson on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

If you've been waiting for a specific rule set to be added to the BigRoad for Drivers app, you just might be in luck! California 112hr/8day cycle farm rules have just been added to the Android version of BigRoad Driver trucking app.

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Healthy Trucker Challenge Draws Attention to Driver Lifestyles

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

It's been well known for a long time that truck drivers face unique challenges in trying to stay fit and eat well. Anyone who travels a lot knows it can be really hard to eat well and find time to exercise when spending days away from home. Obviously, truckers, whose job involves constantly traveling and being away from home face the most significant obstacles in trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

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Real Life Perks and Pitfalls of a Rock Star Coach Driver

Posted by Rick Smith on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

This is part II of our series on how to be rock and roll coach driver. You might want to start this read with Rick’s five (not so easy) steps to breaking into the coach business. 

Congrats! You made it through the first installment of my story on becoming a coach driver and you’re back. I suppose you want to know what two questions I ask any wannabe entertainment coach driver. Your answers will tell me everything I need to know about your ability to handle the life once you’re in.

  1. How often does your company get you home?
  2. How often do you need to get home?
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Trucker Named "Highway Angel" for Saving Man's Life

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Jose Nuñez, a truck driver from Homosassa, Florida, a "Highway Angel".

The TCA says its Highway Angel award is about recognizing talented and thoughtful drivers for their "good deeds", which can range from "simple acts of kindness, such as fixing a flat tire," to "heroic life-saving efforts, such as pulling someone from a burning vehicle".

The latter half of that sentence aptly describes the heroics of Nuñez, a former firefighter who has been driving trucks for the past quarter-century. Currently, he works for Taylor Truck Line.

In early July 2014 Nuñez was driving on I-10 near the Okaloosa-Santa Rosa county line in his home state. As he came to the crest of a hill, he noticed a passenger van leaving the roadway before rolling several times, finally coming to a halt upside-down.

Nuñez safely pulled off to the side of the road, put on his flashers, and rushed to the scene of the accident. When he arrived there, he found a devastating scene: one man was lying unconscious on the edge of the van, his face buried in the earth. Another man, the driver, was trapped and screaming for help.

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