Two organizations regulate the trucking industry and professional drivers in America: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Among the directives of these two governing bodies lies the setting of drive-time rules for short-haul and long-haul drivers. Drive-time rules determine how many hours a driver can drive legally before being required to take time off to rest and recharge prior to getting back on the road. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s published a 129-page proposal on August 14th, 2019, which poses changes in drive time rules for short-haul and long-haul truckers. This proposal represents one of the largest over-hauls of truck driver rules since the ELD mandate of 2017.
Our interviews with Roane Transportation employees have meant so much to their family, friends, and to others who genuinely want to know about life as a trucker or a part of the transportation industry. With these interviews, we have decided to take you even deeper into the workings of our company, with those who are truly behind the scenes ensuring our daily activities are maintained. For this interview, we talked with Jennifer Webb, who is the head of Customer Service and Brokerage at Roane Transportation.
Gas station food. Just yesterday someone mentioned how amazing food is from the convenience store when on a road trip. Chips and soda are often the go-to items when selecting food at a convenience store. While we all may agree that a bag of chips and a soda taste better while road tripping, we agreed that we would not want to eat this way all the time. As a truck driver, traveling the road and wanting to make healthier food choices, there seems like there are limits to healthy food choices. Looking closer, however, there are many ways to bypass the candy aisle and choose options that are lower in sodium and fuller in fiber, leaving you feeling better, longer.
Behind every excellent trucking company, there is a full cast of support staff helping truck drivers deliver customer freight on-time and to achieve company objectives. We sat down to talk with one such vital cast member, Samantha Woody, who holds the important responsibility of making sure that the company has exceptional employees driving Roane Transportation trucks. As a professional recruiter, Samantha is likely to be the first person you speak with on your journey to becoming a Roane Transportation driver.
The trucking industry boasts a massive percentage of the goods we have in our possession, 71% to be exact, and there are over 8.5 million drivers using 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel! The trucking industry truly runs America, pun intended. Here is a top ten list, Late Night with David Letterman style, of things you may have wondered about tractor trailers.
The term Millennial gets thrown around a lot in current industries and career forecasting. Defining characteristics of a Millennial is that the generation is often considered to be open-minded do-gooders who desire to hold onto some conventional notions while embracing technological advancements. This combination is the for a perfect recipe for a Millennial to enter a career in truck driving.
In continuing our professional truck driver interview series, we spoke with Tim Larue to talk about landing your first truck driving job, what it’s like to drive, the differences between driving a flatbed and doing LTL driving, and life in general. Tim is one of several local drivers for Roane Transportation, and so he only delivers loads in the Greater Knoxville area. Still, Tim has a wealth of information about driving a truck professionally.
More than likely you have probably seen the stations on the interstate requesting truckers exit off the highway to have their load weighed. Have you ever wondered why they have to stop or what goes on when the truckers enter the weigh station? We have some insight into what happens throughout the process when a semi-truck visits a weigh station.
Professional drivers value the simple things from their truck stops—clean restrooms and shower facilities, ample parking, and great food they can’t get anywhere else. Moreover, while these amenities will always be in high demand, there are other more unique features of a truck stop that give it that little something extra that makes us want to come back. As busy interstate exits become more and more corporatized, the beloved “mom and pop,” independent truck stops appear to be in decline in 2019. These independent truck stops have lost ground to the newer, shinier truck stops run by corporate chains, but have instituted various attractions and amenities to set themselves apart. We’ve searched high and low to go over the top and bring you the coolest truck stops in America.
Roane Transportation is known for its transportation services throughout the Southeast and country-wide. Their fleet consists of almost 100 Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks and keeping those trucks on the road is a vital part of the everyday operations within the company. Our latest interviewee was with Jesse Nelson, the Head of the Parts Room. Jesse is tasked with ensuring that mechanics have the parts they need to keep Roane’s tractor trailers on the road. We spent a few moments talking with Mr. Nelson, gathered insight on his work day and family life, and here is what we learned.