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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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22
Aug

What Are The Common Health Risks Of Driving For A Living?

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All jobs have their own particular occupational hazards, but some have more than others. While driving for a living usually pays decent money and gives you the great sense of freedom of the road while you work, the flip side of it is that health-wise the risks for drivers — especially long-haul drivers — are higher than for those in regular 9 to 5 jobs. What do stats tell us about the overall health of drivers? A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, entitled “Obesity and Other Risk Factors: The National Survey of U.S. Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury”, showed a “constellation of chronic disease risk factors” in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and insufficient sleep. The study showed that truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese…

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15
Aug

Awesome Apps For Finding Great Music On The Road

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Other than very strong black coffee, music is the best way to keep your energy up while you’re out to ride. But, of course, not just any music. You want music that’s in sync with you — whether it’s the artists and bands you love, lyrics that speak to your mood or situation, or a bad ass beat that just keeps you up and truckin’. So, here are some apps that will let you play exactly what you want to listen to, and what’s best — most of them are free! Spotify. You can search for any artist, track or album, and listen for free with ads, or get Spotify Premium to skip the ads. Spotify is a great way to listen to music on a tablet or mobile device. Songza. This streaming service plays original playlists created by music experts. You can browse a curated playlist library by activity,…

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8
Aug

Your Complete Guide To Choosing A Truck

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Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to replace an old truck in your company’s fleet, buying a commercial truck — new or used — is a serious investment. It’s certainly not what you’d call impulse buying — or at least it never should be. This important purchase needs a thoroughly thought-out plan. Here’s a suggested plan with two stages: pre-purchase considerations and purchase steps: Pre-Purchase Considerations First things, first: set the budget. Before you even start fantasizing about what kind of features you want in your truck, you need to know how much money you’re able to spend on it. Your price will set much-needed parameters for your search. Define the truck’s primary function. What will be your new truck’s main task? Understanding the needs that must be met by your new truck will help you determine which standard and special features should be included in the body.…

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1
Aug

Best Performing Transport Trucks Of The Last Decade

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Perusing a few of the trucking industry’s online forums, it is clear that truck drivers have definite ideas about which transport trucks they prefer, based on their individual experiences. While reasons for preferences differ, overall, the brands most frequently cited by respondents when questioned on which trucks they consider the best, were Kenworth (also known as KW), Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Scania, and the legendary Mack. While this is mainly anecdotal evidence, a more scientific measure — the ranking of the top five trucks from the last decade by Tradetrucks.com.au — seems to concur. The researchers conducting this survey selected Kenworth, Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Mack as the best performing brands, but also went further, and ranked each company’s specific models. These selected trucks were tested and ranked according to “innovation, inspired design, hauling performance, or that elusive X-factor.” Here is a summary of their picks: Kenworth (medium- and heavy-duty trucks) T909: Good…

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25
Jul

Choosing The Right Tires For Your Truck

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With a regular half-ton truck, you only have to contend with four wheels – or perhaps six if it’s one of those dually models. But you’ll no doubt have many more of them to eventually replace if you drive a big-rig truck. The tires are the only part of your truck that makes contact with the roadway, so you don’t want to take the task of replacing them as needed lightly. When you have the right tires installed, you’ll be able to navigate the road confidently, stop reliably and turn expertly. There are lots of different things to consider if you want to get the right tires. This article will focus on some tips so that you can proceed intelligently when choosing the right tires for your truck. Quality Costs Let’s face it; tires are not cheap. But the importance they play means that you don’t want to skimp on…

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