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Jul

2 Things To Know About Upgrading From An A to An AZ Licence

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Many people assume that once they have gotten their truck and trailer leasing, they can now drive anything they want. It would be quite simple if that were the case, but unfortunately, also quite dangerous. Many people start out with a class A licence and then graduate onto other classes. Each time you get a new licence, there are new educational and experience requirements that go along with them. If you are thinking about upgrading from an A to an AZ licence and would like to know what that entails, below are four things you should know before attempting to upgrade. Restricted Class A Licence The Restricted Class A licence (condition R) is specifically meant for drivers who are operating smaller truck-trailer combos. These include recreational, horse or utility trailers. If you have this licence you are also permitted to drive a car or a light truck covered by a class G licence or heavy trucks that are covered by the Class D licence. When you get truck and trailer leasing for a specific rig or set up, it is…

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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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9
Sep

5 Safest Roads In North America

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There are a lot of ways to measure the “safest” road: lowest impaired driving rates, fewest total accidents, fewest injuries, fewest fatalities, safest urban roads, safest rural roads, etc. Each measure gives a slightly different ranking. We crunched the stats together to find the safest roads overall, and here’s how it breaks down. Nevada Nevada loves its Highway 15, and it shows. The beautifully maintained highway is one of the safest in the world, particularly because of the sunny Nevada weather that keeps rain and fog to an absolute minimum. Only impaired driving in Vegas keeps Nevada from being the safest place to drive in the United States. Utah Utah, a practical state that loves its truck stops, takes road safety seriously. Utah’s road infrastructure ranks among the best in the country. Even better, the Mormon Church’s longstanding stance against fun has led to a bottom-basement impaired driving rate. In…

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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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26
Aug

Must Have Items In A Truck Driver’s Emergency Box

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Truckers get the opportunity to travel and they enjoy a degree of independence, but the joys of driving a big rig on the open road could ultimately give way to despair in the event of an emergency. If trucking is your profession, don’t allow improper planning to leave you in a tight spot. Whether caused by weather conditions, errors by other motorists or other events beyond your control, emergencies can happen. You can be prepared in the event that you come face to face with the unexpected. Read on to get some information on must-have items in a truck driver’s emergency box! Different strokes for different folks First things first, you need to understand that what you bring in your emergency kit will depend largely on the type of driver you are. For example, you will pack a different emergency kit depending on whether you are on the road for…

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6
Aug

How Much Do Truckers Earn Annually?

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If you love to drive, have the physical capacity to load and unload goods, and possess good customer service skills, a job as a truck driver just might be up your alley. Before embarking upon such a career, however, you’ll likely want to find out certain aspects about the job, such as how much you can expect to make in an average year. There is no simple answer to this question since lots of different factors have to be taken into the equation. But, as you’ll see over the course of this article, there are things within your control that can help you increase your salary within the industry. Size matters One of the factors that will determine how much you pull in as a truck driver is the type of truck you drive. On the one hand, if you become a heavy truck driver (which would require you both…

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