It’s a Big Day! New Features in the Latest BigRoad Update

Posted by Stuart Wood on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

The latest Android update, 4.0.4, is now available in the Google Play store. Make sure you update to the latest version of the app to take advantage of all the latest features. Here are some of the new features we've added since the last BigRoad update.

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Truck Drivers Stranded by Buffalo Blizzard

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Mon, Nov 24, 2014

The people of Buffalo, New York, continue to deal with the effects of a record snowfall that ceased most activity in the city for days. Among those facing the crisis were truck drivers from across the country who found themselves stuck on area highways for more than a day.

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Relieving 34-Hour Reset Headache with BigRoad

Posted by Debbie Fapo on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

One of the questions I am often asked regarding the BigRoad trucking app is, “why haven’t I received my 34-hour reset”? Users will be off for 34 hours but their 60 or 70 hour clock doesn’t reset and they feel short handed from their time.

As of July 1, 2013, the truck driver hours of service regulations were changed to include three main rules that govern 34-hour resets. I am going to go over these renewed rules so that you will no longer be confused and become a cycle-reset expert!

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Border Delay Causes Headaches for Truck Drivers, Carriers

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Last week thousands of commercial vehicle operators were forced to sit and wait while the United States Customs and Border Protection agency scrambled to fix a computer problem that made examining truck manifests impossible. Now, several trucking companies are discussing the cost of that frustrating delay.

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ATA Pressing FMCSA for More Flexible HOS Rules

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

The ATA (American Trucking Associations) believes it's time the government adopt a more flexible approach to federal hours-of-service rules. In a recent petition presented to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ATA says the government needs to recognize that every commercial driver's situation is unique.

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Brother PocketJet 6 Portable Printer Review

Posted by Stuart Wood on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

As BigRoad users are probably already aware Electronic Logs are a perfectly legal alternative to traditional paper logs. However, due to a grey area in the regulations, some drivers may be asked to produce a paper record of their logs during an inspection. We also recommend that a driver have a printer available in their truck in case this happens.

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BigRoad in Nashville - The NASTC 24th Annual Conference

Posted by Marcia Herteis on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Once again it was our pleasure to head down to Nashville and be a part of the NASTC Annual Conference. Held downtown, at the beautifully renovated Sheraton Hotel, the NASTC Conference was three very busy days of education, meeting new friends and a little bit of partying. This is the 3rd year BigRoad has attended the NASTC Conference and the 1st year we have sponsored the event.

Formed in 1989, The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) represents over 3,000 trucking companies. It serves it's members as an advocate for, a consultant to, and a source for collective buying power.

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Truckers Defend Use of Hands-Free Technology

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Several weeks ago an editorial in The Baltimore Sun suggested that commercial vehicle operators may be incapable of safely using "hands-free" technology while driving. In search of evidence to support its position, The Sun pointed to the case of John Alban Jr., whose rig collided with a locomotive while he was using hands-free to talk on his cell phone.

That incident prompted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to recommend that truck drivers no longer be permitted to use hands-free devices to operate a cell phone while driving their commercial vehicles.

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Trucker Buddy International Program Shows Kids What It's Like to Live on the Road

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Although we see trucks on North American highways all the time, there are a lot of misconceptions about the commercial transportation industry. But the Trucker Buddy International program, a non-profit organization that sends real-life truckers into schools to talk with kids, is trying to change that.

Trucker Buddy International was formed more than twenty years ago. It involves matching elementary school students with professional truck drivers, with truckers sharing stories about their travels and the importance of their work. Students are also encouraged to keep in contact with the truckers through a pen pal program.

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Driver Shortage Caused by Low Wages?

Posted by Heather Wilson on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

It seems to make a certain amount of sense that companies could just pay truck drivers better wages and forget about this driver shortage altogether. But is that all there is to it? Where would the extra money come from? How much more would drivers need to be paid for the career to attract enough new workers?

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