The adage, “drive when you have to, sleep when you can,’ used to run through the trucking industry. However, the risk of driving drowsy is very dangerous and poses a threat to everyone on the road. It is even against the law for a trucker to drive longer than required hours to prevent fatigue. Getting enough quality sleep ensures safety and well-being for all while driving a tractor-trailer for long hours. Therefore, maintaining a routine is important and below we offer some ways to maintain adequate sleep while driving long hours at a time.
Nighttime temperatures are beginning to drop, and as cold weather appears on the horizon we want truckers to stay healthy. We have three suggestions that can add safety and fit easily into a trucker’s daily routine to keep the muscles and skeleton limber and ready for any movement.
Professional Truck Drivers have a large amount of time to think and contemplate life on the road. Not many individuals, however, demonstrate the insightfulness and mindfulness of Terry Hodges, a flatbed, OTR truck driver for the Roane Transportation family who has a great outlook on life. We talked with Terry as he stopped for the night just outside the port of Baltimore to ask some questions about what it’s like to be a truck driver, what he likes about his current truck driving company, and to get to know him in greater detail.
America’s economy relies heavily on truck drivers. With professional drivers in high demand, many individuals wonder what the truck driver lifestyle is like and what it’s like to drive a semi-truck for a living. We took some time to talk with Kevin McCulley, a veteran truck driver with Roane Transportation, to find out more about this talent deprived industry.
Truck drivers are the backbone of Roane Transportation and the modern US economy alike. Tractor trailers haul nearly 70% of all the freight that is shipped in our country and so without truck drivers, America would come to a screeching halt. Still, it’s easy to overlook some 7 million drivers out there on the highways and byways that help deliver the critical goods that keep the country running. Today we sat down with a regional truck driver, Taylor Kindred, to get a better sense of what it’s like to be a career driver and what attracted him to Roane Transportation.
In our previous health-focused post here, we offered suggestions to assist truck drivers with staying hydrated while on the road. In this post, we want to tackle a common problem within modern society: posture and back pain. At Roane, we believe healthy, happy truckers make the best and most alert drivers on the road. How do you work to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are on the road for 8+ hours a day? Hours of sitting and being on the road make it more than easy to establish unhealthy posture. Instead of being another unhealthy statistic, wellness can be maintained while on the road. Finding a balance to offset the hours of sitting does not have to be impossible, nor expensive.
From our post in June, you may have learned that the American Trucking Association has predicted a shortage of employees within the transportation sector. Over the next several years, it is expected that 175,000 jobs could be available in the transportation and warehousing sectors. It is optimal time to pursue your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The first step to becoming a truck driver is to earn your Class A CDL, which is a requirement for all tractor trailer driving jobs. Learn what else is needed to receive your CDL below.
There is so much advice about being healthy. Eat this, not that. Eat meat, don’t eat meat, add fats but only a certain kind. Eggs are good, eggs are bad. Coffee is good, coffee is bad. Drink this amount of water, walk this number of steps. It is exhausting to know what is best, and each individual is different. At Roane, we believe healthy, happy truckers make the best drivers on the road. Yet, how do you weed through insurmountable piles of wellness advice? How do you work to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are on the road for 8+ hours a day? We have some suggestions and we want to bring each of these to you. Starting with hydration.
Moving prefabricated buildings, ships and boats, roof trusses, generators, and other oversized, overweight, or over-length objects and machines is a job requiring many logistics and analysis to ensure everything goes according to plan. Alternatively, driving near an oversized load on the interstate or highway can be a nerve-racking encounter, with some individuals concerned about safely maneuvering around these enormous loads, while still others might be impatient with getting stuck behind an oversized load. Staying safe around oversized loads is as simple as being cautious, courteous, and considerate.
As of June 2018, the unemployment rate hit a record low of 4.9%, leaving many to believe that the US economy is on a proverbial heater. While some industries have remained sluggish, the transportation and warehousing sectors have been steadily adding job openings causing a strong demand for new workers. Roughly 1 in 5 jobs in the transportation and warehousing sector are truck driving jobs, however, other jobs such as freight agents, warehouse associates, and logistic analysts are in need of qualified applicants as well. According to the American Trucking Association, the industry is short some 48,000 drivers, but this number could rise to 175,000 over the next six years.