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Jun

3 Essential Skills All Truck Drivers Should Have

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Once you’ve secured your truck and trailer leasing, driving a truck for a living is not as simple as just hopping in and taking the wheel. Truck driving is a physically and emotionally demanding job and lasting in the industry means developing a set of skills that will serve you well and allow you to excel. If you are thinking about applying for truck and trailer leasing so that you can get into the trucking industry, below are three essential skills that all truck drivers should have. Reliability And responsibility This is not so much a skill, but a quality. Being a commercial truck driver means that people are going to be entrusting you with their cargo on a regular basis. You will be asked to drive, often long distances, sometimes in hazardous conditions in order to get things from point A to B. Being able to set the terms…

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14
Sep

How Important Is A Good Sleep For Truckers?

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Sleep is essential for people of all ages and of all professions but many suffer from sleep deprivation or just don’t get enough sleep. As a trucker, who is constantly on the road working long hours, your sleep schedule changes and often times it suffers. But your sleep needs to be a priority. As important as it is to get from point A to point B, your overall health and safety is most important. Signs of Exhaustion While Driving If you are extremely tired, your body will let you know. At time when you find yourself highly moody and irritable, you may be experiencing early warning signs that your body needs rest and your mind needs sleep. The next stage of symptoms will include slowed or slurred speech, apathy, impaired memory, the inability to multitask and inappropriate emotional responses. If these symptoms occur, that’s your cue to get off the…

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31
Aug

8 Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving

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Did you know? Drivers who are on their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to be in a collision. Source: aaafoundation.org Driving requires your full attention. If you want to be a good driver that cares about your own safety as well as the safety of those around you, keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel while driving. By taking your eyes off the road to check your cell phone for the latest hockey score or to make your plans for the evening, you are putting yourself and others in harms way. When it comes to distracted driving, it doesn’t just mean you can’t talk on your handheld cell phone, it means that you can’t text, dial, email or engage in any other entertainment on your communication’s device. But distracted driving also includes personal grooming, eating, drinking and fatigue. The only devices…

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24
Jul

Benefits Of Solo Driving

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Whether you’ve recently decided to become a truck driver or have been exploring the great North American roads while hauling a trailer for decades, it’s always refreshing to get a new perspective on the benefits of a solo trucking career. Although there are thousands of people who choose to drive in a fleet as a part of a team, there are distinct advantages to exploring the open road on your own. Plenty of space As a truck driver, the cab is your personal space. You keep your clothes here, food, blankets, and will likely sleep there during the majority of nights while on long hauls. It’s your home away from home, and inviting someone into it can be hard for certain people. When you ride with a partner, you have to separate the space available, create boundaries and rules so that you are not getting in each other’s ways or…

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11
May

How to Make Long Hauls go by Quicker

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Driving can get repetitive over time, but there is now more entertainment available than ever before, and you don’t need special equipment to have access to it. If you plan ahead, you can accomplish various entertainment, educational, and personal goals while you’re earning money on the road. If done right, you can multitask on the job, especially if you’re travelling the same routes for your deliveries. If you’re looking to make your haul go by quicker, don’t concentrate on the drive itself, but instead on what you’ll be able to accomplish along the way. Consider your Job to be a Travel Experience Being on the road often gives you opportunities to explore the country, which most jobs don’t offer. You have the chance to meet people and make friends across the country, but it does require some commitment to talk to new people. It can be as simple as visiting…

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18
Feb

Tips for Making Smooth Cross Border Hauls

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For trucking companies working across the United States and Canada, crossing the border can pose a range of logistical difficulties. In an economic environment where time to delivery is important, hold ups related to documentation and security issues can become a significant drain on resources. These challenges must be overcome for companies to complete cross-border operations profitably. How can you smoothen your cross border hauls? 1. Always have a Point Person in the Office Truckers should always have access to an outside point person when completing hauling operations across the border. This person can be there when a border enforcement agent is asking questions that are not easily understood. They can also help answer any queries that might arise when the trucker is driving toward or away from the border. The point person should be informed on the details of the shipment in the truck and should be prepared to…

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