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Let’s face it; long hauls are boring after about the first 10 or 20 miles! Your tires make that humming sound against the road, which doesn’t exactly add to whatever music you are playing. Most of the scenery on long hauls is the same, especially if you’ve driven the haul before – you’ve seen all there is to see. These two potentially deadly combinations, the “white noise” of the tires and nothing visually exciting to keep your attention (unless you like road kill, and if you do, don’t tell me), contribute to road fatigue, which is what causes the peepers to droop.
Earlier this month in his State of the Union address, President Obama briefly touched on his “Fix-It-First” campaign, a plan to invest $ 50 billion into the nation’s transportation infrastructure with $ 40 billion going specifically to roads, bridges, transit systems, and airports. There was the idea that the things that were top priority would be fixed first, but that was about as specific as it got.
Now the White House has given a few more details. Apparently, bridges in disrepair or unable to bear the weight of commercial vehicles are just as much of a concern for the government as they are for truckers. The White House says that the plan could fix 80% of the bridges deemed structurally deficient.
Lots of drivers feel undervalued at their companies, but here’s a guy who’s sure to get a nice bonus at the end of the year. You may be a safe driver, but would you risk your life by jumping into a burning vehicle to save it and other trucks parked in a company lot? Well that’s exactly what Lance Corbett did.
According to authorities, a truck belonging to Joel Olson Trucking, Inc burst into flames at their Longview, WA location. It was sitting in the yard next to a long line of other parked trucks. The fire immediately spread to the truck next to it. That’s when Corbett jumped into the drivers’ seat of the second truck and pulled it forward so that the fire wouldn’t spread to the other trucks nearby.
The New York State Thruway Authority, after many weeks of silence, announced that it will not be hiking toll rates as proposed by 45% on commercial vehicles with more than three axles.
[Marketwire] – For the second consecutive year Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. , has been named LTL Carrier of the Year by Whirlpool Corporation . This is the third time …Yahoo! Finance: Trucking Industry News
Truck driver Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., has been named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel for freeing children trapped in a minivan after a severe crash.
Truck drivers hauling water and sand to U.S. oil and natural gas shale drilling sites don’t qualify for a special oil-field service equipment exemption to extend their daily driving hours.