8 Commonly Overlooked Checks During a Pre-trip Inspection

Posted by Stuart Wood on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Just like breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your pre-trip inspection is the cornerstone to operating a healthy vehicle. The reasons for having a healthy vehicle should be obvious. It ensures the safety of not just the driver but also everyone else on the road.

As a driver you are required by law to inspect your truck and trailer before the start of your shift and once within every 24 hours while on the road. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle is safe for operation and is free from defects.

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On The Road Again - My Day Driving an Entertainment Coach

Posted by Rick Smith on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

I have told you in previous posts how to get into the entertainment industry; now let me tell you what my typical day is like.

As a bus driver, my "day" normally starts with a hotel lobby pick up around midnight if you are driving the crew and a bit earlier if you are driving the band. Yes, we are in a hotel everyday while on tour, but I will get to that in a minute.

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Sitting's the New Smoking: What Does That Mean For Truckers?

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Sitting down: it's one thing truckers do more than virtually anybody else. When you’re spending as much as 11 hours of your day driving, it's easy to see why so little time is spent on a physical activity.

And that's cause for concern, since several recent studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time can lead to cardiovascular problems, weight gain, depression, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and even premature death. Researchers behind one recent study concluded that "higher amounts of daily total sitting time are associated with greater risk of all-cause mortality and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity appears to attenuate [lessen] the hazardous association."

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Tags: fitness, smoking, truckers

How Many Hours are Drivers Allowed to Drive? – HOS Overview Part 3

Posted by Eric Arnold on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

So, seriously, what are the rules?

Like I said at the end of the last article, even if a driver uses Electronic Logs, it still helps if the driver knows some basics of the often-complex rules. In this last part of the series we will take a look at some of the hours of service rules. It is not a complete, detailed description of the rules. But, the rules discussed below apply to 97% of truck drivers, and are the cornerstone of DOT’s hours of service rules.

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Customers Leading Through Innovation

Posted by Stuart Wood on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

At BigRoad, we are driven by keeping our eyes honed-in on the future of the transportation industry. This focus is aided by the ability to work closely with some of most forward-thinking carriers in the industry.

Over the years, we have built some very strong relationships with companies that pride themselves on innovation in their respective fields. In the spirit of giving back, we’d like to share their success stories and show you some of the measures they have taken to improve safety and compliance in their companies.

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4 Truck Driving Video Games - An Underrepresented Genre

Posted by Matt Tonkin on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

When it comes to video games 1st person shooters and adventure games tend to stand at the top of the most popular genre list. Driving games are also a big genre but they generally involve four wheeled vehicles and some looseness with the laws of physics. Commercial vehicle driving games tend to fly under the radar but there are a few that have hit it big. Here is a look at a few of the most famous truck driving games out there. 
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Tags: Motorcoach, Bus, Video Games, Simulators

How are Hours of Service Recorded? - HOS Overview Part 2

Posted by Eric Arnold on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Before looking at the rules, first we’ll look at how to account for a driver’s hours. In order for a DOT inspector to determine if a driver is complying with the hours of service rules, they must know how many hours a driver has driven. Traditionally a driver would record their hours of service on sheets of paper called log sheets, or logs. With the proliferation of smartphones and mobile devices it is becoming increasingly more common for the driver to use an app to create Electronic Logs. Below is an example of a electronic log.

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BigRoad in America's Best Mannered City

Posted by Stuart Wood on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

We are really starting to rack up the miles on the BigRoad pickup truck. After our stop in New Orleans, it’s been slowly winding its way back up north. The truck has made stops in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Green Bay, Chicago and Peoria.

The reason for our Peoria stopover was the Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show, which was held February 6th & 7th. It was fantastic to once again be a part of this event. Not only were we exhibiting again but this time we also presented two seminars about electronic logging.

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Canadian Companies in the Top 20 Best Fleets to Work For

Posted by Stuart Wood on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

On January 30th the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) along with online driver training company, CarriersEdge, released their annual list of the Best Fleets to Drive For. The list, in it’s seventh year, recognizes those companies that provide their employees an outstanding place to work.

To make the list, companies have to be nominated by a driver or owner operator that works for them and they must have 10 or more trucks in their fleet. Once nominated, these companies are scored on a many different criteria taking  any aspects of their business into consideration. These include such things as salaries, health benefits, career advancement, driver turnover, fleet safety score as well as a slew of other factors.

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Who Must Comply with Hours of Service? – HOS Overview Part 1

Posted by Eric Arnold on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

The Federal Department of Transportation, (DOT) enforces a variety of safety regulations on anyone who operates trucks in interstate commerce. These regulations are numerous, and complex. They are confusing, aggravating, and overwhelming. But fear not! I will attempt to simplify one of the most important categories of regulations: hours of service and logbooks.

What are hours of service?

The DOT believes it must limit the amount of time truck drivers spend behind the wheel. Without these regulations, they think drivers will drive until they collapse from sleepiness and exhaustion, causing mayhem and death.

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