It’s been a very busy month for the BigRoad team...and we’re only two weeks in! We’ve spent the first week of February travelling - meeting with prospects, customers, and attending a number of tradeshows including UMA EXPO 2016 and the Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
Tue, Feb 09, 2016
Jack Darden has been driving for years. Based in Richmond, Virginia, he was sick of paper logs and wanted to find a better electronic solution. What he didn’t realize initially, was that not only would he be changing how he logged for himself, but helping out his fellow drivers and improving the fleet management for his supervisor and the company.
Fri, Feb 05, 2016
In recent years, fleets have experienced unprecedented challenges that have impacted their operations. The majority of these challenges have revolved around drivers - from the shortage of skilled operators to driver wellness and increasing regulations like the ELD mandate. Fleets have been caught in the middle, trying to make smart business decisions. How can they balance maximizing their operational efficiency and responding to the ELD regulations while positively contributing to driver satisfaction and retention?
This is obviously easier said than done. It’s no secret that many drivers have negative opinions about being mandated to run an ELD. As a fleet, how are you supposed to overcome negativity towards ELDs and get your drivers on the path to compliance? Here are some tips to help get your fleet onboard with ELDs.
Thu, Feb 04, 2016
Last week, BigRoad hosted a webinar all about the motorcoach industry and was joined by two motorcoach experts: Kristine Meinhardt and Randy Howell. The webinar focused on motorcoach operations, the experts' experiences, and what’s coming up with ELD.
If you missed the webinar, check out the recording...
Fri, Jan 29, 2016
Hours of Service rules can be difficult to traverse, even when a driver is only following a single rule set. This is complicated further when a driver is moving between rule sets.
Part two of our Hours of Service webinar series focused on Interstate vs Intrastate driving and the differences between the two. This webinar address rule variation among jurisdictions and extra tasks, such as IFTA filing, required for Interstate drivers. Check out the recording of the webinar.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016
This past weekend, Winter Storm Jonas dumped a lot of snow, upwards of 30 inches in some states. It has wreaked havoc for residents, schools, and businesses, including trucking. Driving in these conditions can be extremely dangerous, if not impossible.
Six states issued hours-of-service waivers for emergency loads in wake of the storm. They are Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Roads were so bad over the weekend that there were drivers who’d been stuck on the PA turnpike for over 16 hours!
Winter is unavoidable for many of us. In trucking, it’s very important to be safe and prepared during the winter season, because a lot can change in 24 hours. Here are our tips on winterizing your truck and being ready with whatever nature throws at you.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016
Despite the snowy weather last week, BigRoad made it down to La Vista, Nebraska for the first annual Safety Management Council Safety Technology Summit and Exhibition. The Nebraska Trucking Association (NTA) decided to host this event due to the increasing number of regulations facing the trucking industry, most notably the recently released ELD mandate. The number of questions and concerns the NTA has received from members since the release of the mandate has brought light to the need to host an event focused on education and showcasing solutions that will help members on their path to compliance.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016
A lot of the time it is the simple misconceptions that cause the big mistakes. This is particularly true when it comes to Hours of Service. HOS rules are complicated at the best of times and can be a nightmare if you aren't familiar with them. This is why we are running our multi-session HOS webinar series.
Part one of the series was all about Passenger vs Property carriers. Watch the recording below and check out the answers to some of the questions we received.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016
That was the exact statement Paul Kirkland, a driver of 23 years, told his supervisor. You may recognize Paul from his facebook profile, featuring trucking videos and all things rodeo. Several months ago, he found out his new company, Acadiana Energy, exclusively use electronic logs (eLogs) and have been for the past couple years.
As a long time paper log user, he was not interested in the least to switch over to this new electronic format.
Fri, Jan 08, 2016
At the start of every year, people make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves or their lives. Usually they don’t really pan out for the whole year - just look at the drop off of people going to the gym after February. But I say stick to it! If you do it long enough, it will be routine and you’ll be happier in the long run.
Here are BigRoad’s Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers in 2016.