Staying Current on Industry News

Written by: on April 10th, 2014

As over the road drivers, it’s important to stay on top of industry and economic news that may affect your business as an Owner Operator and career as a company driver. The trucking industry is a constantly evolving its rules, regulations and technologies that can leave the uninformed driver in the lurch.

Among the topics of interest are financial and business advice, including updates on the latest technology, tips on taxes, insurance, fuel economy and budgeting.

Every trucker needs to keep abreast of current changes in highway rules and regulations. We’ve provided a few of our favorite news sources below provide up to the minute reports on a variety of legal issues pertaining to the industry including weight limits, truck classifications, fuel prices (and what is driving them), OSHA’s Motor Safety Report, emission standards and hours of service.

Interesting and informative discussions, tweets, blogs and articles furnish timely messages related to road conditions, weather advisories, health and wellness, job opportunities, advice on what to do in case of emergencies on the road; even the best places to eat. Check out some of the outstanding news sources for drivers below and let us know if you have any other recommended sources!

Road Dog on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Sirius/Channel 128) is an excellent source of information to access while on the road. The hosts of the various programs are all experienced, industry experts who approach trucking not just as a business, but as a lifestyle and appreciate it for contributions made to American culture.

TheTruckersReport.com is the largest online trucking community in the country, connecting thousands throughout the trucking industry. You can also access them on Twitter at twitter.com/Truckersreport.

Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine contains award-winning articles on a vast number of issues affecting the industry. Check out their Facebook page or contact them at twitter.com/HDTrucking.

Finally, try Transport Topics or twitter.com/TransportTopics. Whichever venue you choose, you’ll stay up-to-date and informed on all aspects of our great industry. If you have a favorite news source, please share with us.

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Tips for Improving MPGs

Written by: on March 26th, 2014

Fuel is one of the highest costs for carriers. While there are technologies and equipment that can help improve MPGs, including trailers with aerodynamic devices, low rolling resistance tires and other MPG improvement options, every driver has some control over his or her driving efficiency.

Check out our tips below on how to increase your fuel efficiency while out on the road.

  • Reduce idling. Excessive idling is a large contributor to increased fuel expense and can also contribute to a variety of maintenance problems.
  • Use Progressive Shifting. This driving technique uses little additional rpm between each upshift before grabbing the next gear. Any amount of rpm reduction before upshifting will help save fuel.
  • Stay in the highest gear as long as possible. Modern engines already make 90% of their max torque starting around 1000 rpm. That means you can climb hills in higher gears than you could have in older trucks.
  • Steady RPMs- Do your best to keep the rpms below 1500 while accelerating and keep rpms as steady as possible throughout the trip.
  • Reduce highway speed. When possible, dropping top speed by even three mph can have a significant impact on fuel economy.

Have some other tips? Share them with us!

See you at MATS!

Written by: on March 24th, 2014

The 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is scheduled for this weekend, March 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. MATS is the largest annual heavy duty trucking event in the world, with more than 70,000 people in attendance last year. Since 1972, MATS has been providing an insider’s view to the latest products and services to current and potential drivers, and giving attendees the opportunity to connect with suppliers, customers and carriers.

I’ll be in attendance again this year representing Con-way Truckload in booth #63060 in the West Wing of the Exposition Center.  Joining me will be Con-way Truckload drivers Victor Martinez, Stephanie Klang and Becky Hill.

Victor Martinez has become an authority on healthy living while behind the wheel. An avid fan of juicing, he will present information on the benefits of incorporating fruit and vegetable juicing into a regular diet and providing juicing demos (and samples!) to visitors.

Stephanie Klang is a finalist for the Women in Trucking (WIT) Influential Woman in Trucking Award, a 3 Million Mile Driver and an America’s Road Team Captain. Days prior to the show, Stephanie will be participating in a ride along with the President and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute, Rebecca Brewster. The ride along was organized by WIT as a chance to give the industry leader first-hand experience of the challenges faced by drivers each day.

Becky Hill, one of Con-way Truckload’s Owner Operators will be available to share her story of a successful transition from the military to a career in over-the-road driving, discuss tips for staying safe on the road as a female solo driver and answer questions about running a business.

I encourage you to attend this exciting and informative event to network and discuss industry topics, including driver health and safety issues, as well as business and career options. We look forward to seeing you there and don’t forget to stop by for a visit.

Safe Travels,

Gretchen Jackson

Manager of Driver Recruitment

Con-way Truckload