The transportation industry is the lifeblood of the American economy. Trucks are necessary for carrying everything we use each day, from food to furniture to cars. Each year, trucks transport over 9 billion tons of freight, and roughly 70 percent of all freight in the United States is moved on trucks. For this reason, truck drivers are vital to the American system. Truck driving is a great career option, and here are the reasons why.
Flatbed trucking is different from most types of freight transportation, which is why there are so many misconstrued ideas about it. In flatbed trucking, each load can be completely different from the next and comes with its own unique requirements and challenges. This lends itself to some of the difficulties of flatbed trucking for drivers but also to some of the advantages and fun that comes with the job. Here are some of the most common myths that people believe about flatbed trucking and the reasons why they are false.
We caught up with Over-the-Road and regional driver Nathan Hensley while he was finishing up his workweek on a sunny Friday afternoon drive through Knoxville. Nathan’s a friendly, down to earth guy who is deeply involved with his family, church, and trying to fix the things he breaks in his DIY projects. We took some time to talk to Mr. Hensley and ask him what it is like to be a professional truck driver and what it is like to work for Roane Transportation. Here’s our conversation.
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and have to think about and manage a lot of different things at once. In addition to finding the best route to get them to their destination, truckers also need to be able to find food and fuel along the way. They need to keep track of the weather and ever-changing road conditions, and they need to manage paperwork and keep up with their driving logs. These are just a few of the many concerns that go through a truck driver’s mind. The good news is there are so many smartphone apps available to help truck drivers manage all of this. However, because there are so many options, we know it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to figure out which ones are best for you. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most helpful apps for truck drivers to choose from.
Over the past few weeks, the daily lives of many Americans may have been altered due to the coronavirus; however, behind the scenes our nation’s transportation industry has continued to work to ensure deliveries are made and goods are received. Roane Transportation would like to recognize and thank our drivers and transportation team members for their diligent work during this time.
Truck tire blowouts happen suddenly and without warning. A truck tire blowout is different from a simple flat tire. It involves the sudden bursting or rupturing of a truck tire, typically while a truck is traveling at a high speed along the highway. When a truck’s tire blows out, the truck driver can lose control of the vehicle, potentially causing a catastrophic accident. The vast majority of tire blowout causes are linked to poor tire condition. Here are some of the top truck tire blowout causes and how truck drivers can work to prevent tire blowouts from occurring.
Today, April 20, 2020, the world is an entirely different place from what it was just a month ago. The vast majority of the world is on a suggested or mandatory lock-down. Businesses have been shuttered for weeks on end resulting in staggering new unemployment claims. Hospitals are running out of necessities they need to care for everyone. It’s a scary time, but it’s also a time of great opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked.
As the weather gets colder, flatbed truck drivers have much more to consider when tarping loads. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can all wreak havoc on tarps, and these conditions can prove dangerous for flatbed trucking. Here are some flatbed safety tips that will help you and your flatbed tarp remain intact this winter.
Chances are you have noticed the unusually shaped pieces extending out from the back end of a semitruck while driving down the road. These sections of metal, along with the thin flaps hanging between the tires, work together to foster increased efficiency in tractor trailers. Without these things, life on the road would be a total drag—literally.
As you can imagine, a transportation and logistics company is made of many moving parts—literally and figuratively! A great company is run by many skilled individuals, including an experienced office manager behind the wheel. While she may communicate with most people through phone calls or email, Sandy Boles has a personality to match her cheery voice. We asked Sandy to share some of her experiences with us, from the office and beyond, to help us understand the important role she plays for her company.