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Friday, July 13, 2018

See What's Happening at the Truckers Jamboree

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Truck driver and rig at the trucker jamboree

The 39th annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree is officially underway at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. They are featuring a truck beauty contest, live concerts, trucker Olympic games, and so much more! If you aren’t able to attend the Truckers Jamboree, we completely understand (we are in the same boat), so to help you feel a part of the fun, we are sharing what’s happening at the Truckers Jamboree!

Here are a few photos and videos of the trucks and event happening at the show:
















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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

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Walcott Trucker Jamboree is the largest truckstop in the world
We know that you all have been working hard this summer, putting those extra miles down hard, but if you find yourself passing through good ole Iowa then it’s time to take a load off at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! You are literally moving America forward every day on the road, so it is time for a well-deserved break. Come celebrate with dozens of customized rigs and hundreds of fellow American truckers at the “World’s Largest Truckstop.” So why wouldn’t you go to the I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

Are Y'all Going to The I-80 Trucker Jamboree?

The 39th annual Walcott Trucker Jamboree starts today Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Iowa 80 TruckStop, interstate 80 Exit 284, in Walcott, Iowa. Come and enjoy free concerts, fireworks, and of course everything trucking. This three-day event will also include a Super Truck Beauty Contest, an Iowa pork chop cookout, an antique truck display, more than 175 exhibits, two fireworks shows, and a Trucker Olympics.

This event goes all the way back to 1979 and is still going strong as a great place to celebrate the American trucker and learn about the trucking industry. While this event is a good time and an educational experience, at the end of the day, it is a way to thank you (the truckers of America) for all that you do to keep America moving forward.

If you find yourself elsewhere in the country and can’t make it, you should still put the Iowa 80 Truckstop on your list of places to visit. It is not only the largest truck stop in the world, it practically has everything a trucker on the road could ask for. They even have a Dogomat open 24 hours a day where you can get your travel buddy groomed and ready to hit the road. You can also get a haircut, go to the dentist, watch a movie, and so much more all from this one truck stop.

I-80 Trucker Jamboree Parking and Admission

Classic truck at the I-80 Trucker JamboreeI have some fantastic news truckers! Parking and admission is FREE at the I-80 Trucker Jamboree! There will be tons of exhibition for you to visit and learn about what they do for the trucking industry. Relax in the evening with free country music concerts performed by Logan Mize, Dani Lynn Howe, and Grammy winners The Kentucky Headhunters!

However, when you hop back in the saddle on Sunday don’t forget your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is hurtling at us at full speed. You can complete your Form 2290 filing with the 100% US-based industry leader, ExpressTruckTax. All you have to do is spend less than 10 minutes following our simple step-by-step filing guide to transmit your forms directly to the IRS and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking

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How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking
We are sure that you are very well aware that summer is here in full force. Whether you have recently received your CDL license or are a seasoned veteran, you will want to take precautions as the summer continues to heat up. We know you are putting in a lot of hours on the road, maybe even in areas with record-breaking high temperatures. Even though you are in your vehicle, you still face the risk of sunburn, skin cancer, overheating, and even heat stroke. Summer means a whole new set of issues for those in the trucking industry so to help here is how to stay cool and survive summer trucking.

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking

Sitting in a hot cab all day long can be brutal and even dangerous to your health. Follow these tips to beat the summer heat while driving your trucking business to new levels.
 

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to forget to drink water while on the road, however, it is critical to stay adequately hydrated particularly during these next two months. Keeping a few bottles of water within reach while driving will serves as a constant reminder and make it practical for you to drink water throughout your drive. Also, it is worth mentioning that sodas and other carbonated drinks are no substitution for drinking water. The sugar and caffeine in sodas will dehydrate you and will not replace the fluids you are losing while you sweat.

Check Your Tires Constantly

The chances of tire blowouts increase dramatically during the summer months because of the high temperatures. What you can do to try and prevent this is to check that your tires are adequately inflated each time you stop for a required break or when you are pulling out in the morning. Under-inflated tires are more likely to blowout, so it is essential to be prepared.

Check Traffic Reports

Families, teenagers, and college students are all hitting the road during summer vacation, so it is crucial that you stay on the lookout during all hours of the day. You should remain alert and cautious while on the road this season. Heavier traffic means more danger for truck drivers, so you will want to check the traffic report and be aware of your surroundings.

Check Your Brakes

Hot summer temperatures can lead to brakes fading or even losing friction when brake components can’t absorb any additional heat. Always be sure to check your brakes to make sure they are functioning correctly before leaving on your next haul. It is recommended that you bring spare brake pads before leaving home. This will not only potentially save you but also some money because you won’t have to pay the service center. 

Protect Yourself From The Sun

Spending several hours a day driving means you will have a lot of sun exposure on your left side. Don’t believe that just because you are in your cab that you are protected from the sun. While the sun is shining through your window, it is still a serious health risk that can lead to sunburns and even skin cancer. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses as much as possible while on the road.

Bring a Hardhat

How to Stay Cool And Survive Summer Trucking
Because of the warmer temperatures, more construction companies will be out working on the roads. You should always be careful when passing through construction zones and remember that the Get Over law is still in effect in every state. It is required by law that if you see an emergency vehicle or someone on the side of the road you must get over or slow down. Your rig is likely over 55,000 Ibs, and it does not stop on a dime, make sure to hit the breaks sooner rather than later.

Fines and other fees also skyrocket in construction areas, and likely officers are waiting to get someone. We don’t want it to be you.

Also, bring a brightly colored hardhat with you on the road. People are statistically more likely to take notice of you on the roadside if are wearing a hard hat. If by some unfortunate circumstance you find yourself on the side of the road, be sure to wear it.

Have a Great Safe Summer

While summer is hot and we like it, UV rays and high temperatures can do a number on our bodies! So remember to protect yourself while you are either hauling or enjoying a well-deserved vacation.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

OOIDA’s ELD Appeal Was Rejected

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No matter which side of the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate you currently stand on, you should brace yourself to comply with the compliance mandate on December 18th, 2017. OOIDA’s appeal has been rejected so it might be time to prepare your truck and fleet to comply.

OOIDA Isn’t Left With Many Options


OOIDA or the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association has been trying to fight the DOT to put a stop to the ELD mandate for years now on the grounds that they violate the rights of drivers and their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures because the rule fails to meet the congresses stipulation for the mandate.

However, the supreme court has refused to hear OOIDAs lawsuit appeal against the DOT rule that will require truckers to use ELDs to track hours of service. Therefore the December 18th, 2017 compliance deadline will remain intact for now.

Although, this doesn’t mean that OOIDA is giving up their fight. They will continue pushing the matter to Congress and the Trump Administration because they highly favor the 4th amendment which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

A Little About The ELD Mandate…


To put it simply, an ELD is an electronic logging device that connects directly to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to record the driver’s hours of service. This will make it more difficult to bend the rules and go over the driving limit of 11 hours per day since paper logs and electronic driver logs can easily be faked.

The data that an ELD captures is from the engine including movement, the number of miles driven, location, and hours.

The potential benefits of ELDs for fleets include saving time and saving money as they reduce the amount of paperwork that will need to be processed by eliminating paper logs. However, the benefits for the entire trucking community include saving lives.

FMCSA the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that 26 lives will be saved and over 1,800 vehicle crashes will be prevented annually because ELDs will reduce driver fatigue by more heavily enforcing compliance to hours of service regulations. 

However, many drivers have concerns about ELDs and do not want them. For example, will drivers and owners of smaller fleets be able to incur the costs of installing these devices in their vehicles?

Plus, they’ll be mounted on the dashboard, taking up valuable space and visibility. Will ELDs actually be dangerous by blocking a part of the driver’s view of the road? Also, will it be distracting?

One major concern is that ELDs will violate the driver’s privacy by recording their personal data. The guidelines as to what will protect the driver’s confidentiality when it comes to determining compliance with hours of service aren’t set in stone yet and that’s worrisome to a majority of drivers.

Are You Ready For The Mandate?


Whether you’re on board for ELDs or totally against them OOIDA has a tough fight ahead of them now. Even though they’ll continue fighting for the rights of truckers, the compliance deadline of December 18th will remain intact. Don’t let this deadline sneak up on you, be prepared to comply with the mandate.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trucking Moves America Forward

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ExpressTruckTax was at MATS this past weekend where something new and exciting for the entire trucking industry was introduced. This "something new" did not come in a form or a truck or company but an industry-wide image and education campaign launched by a diverse group of trucking stakeholders.

Right off the bat it doesn't sound that important, but the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) campaign, introduced by OOIDA's Todd Spencer on March 26th, is described to build an image of drivers - as a means to attract new workers to the industry and change negative public perception - as working professionals in an industry that plays a huge role in the U.S economy. (Hopefully this campaign will help the driver shortage)

Spencer, who was one of about five speakers in a lineup that also included 2 drivers, talked about the key points of the theory behind the campaign, but he also took a more pointed approach in his address, pushing the American driver as the most important piece of trucking's puzzle.

Spencer ended with these words, "Those behind the wheel [are] clearly the most important people in trucking. Without them we are absolutely nothing and without them this industry doesn't exist. If you want somebody to feel good about themselves and want them to make [driving] their future, give them a reason. Make them know they're appreciated."

TMAF Mission:
The TMAF mission is to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation's economy.

What TMAF does:
Every day, millions of trucks travel across the United States to help move America forward. Whether you are a student, mother, homeowner, doctor, business executive or politician, you depend on trucks to deliver essential foods, medicines, office supplies, computers, cribs, and other products that help you live every day. Most Americans don't realize how essential trucks are to their lives until there is a severe weather or adverse condition that prevents trucks from delivering. But the fact is trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. When they stop moving, the country stops moving.

By telling the TMAF story - educating the public and working with policymakers at the state and federal level - we can ensure that the trucking industry remains the thriving industry it is today. 


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