DUDAD Provides Solution to Truck Driver Fatigue

Loading Dock LightDown time and truck driver fatigue continue to be some of the most controversial, problematic, news-worthy issues relating to the trucking industry. Luckily, one driver’s new invention presents a simple solution to improve both issues. The DUDAD device, designed by truck driver Chris Barbeau, promises to revolutionize the way truckers handle loading and unloading, allowing for more sleep and rest time for drivers and ultimately cutting down on driver fatigue.

The DUDAD device is sure to be a hit among truckers due to its simplicity and effectiveness. DUDAD notifies truck drivers audibly, rather than visually, when they are finished being loaded or unloaded. Under current notification systems, drivers have to wait for a red light on the loading dock door to turn green. This means that drivers must stay awake during the loading or unloading process, time that truck drivers could be using to get much needed sleep. The DUDAD Driver’s Wireless Audible Green Light Notification Device allows drivers to rest during the loading or unloading process by attaching to an extension pole and leaning against the signal light while the load is being moved. When the light turns green, an audible signal is sent to a receiver that the driver keeps. The receiver acts as a pager to alert the driver that the truck is ready to be moved. The receiver can be reached up to .5 miles away. A video detailing how the DUDAD works can be seen below.

The new system allows for truckers to use loading time more effectively. Drivers can sleep more peacefully and for longer periods of time while waiting for loads, or use that time for other tasks like eating or exercising. These changes would make roads safer for all those that use them. By allowing truck drivers to use their time more effectively, DUDAD can help cut down significantly on driver fatigue.

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A DUDAD prototype is now ready for marketing and DUDAD is seeking crowdsourcing through a Kickstarter campaign. Contributors will be entered for a chance to win one of ten free prototypes and all who contribute will receive information on how to get a DUDAD below wholesale cost. Also, contributors can receive a DUDAD at 33% below retail and 16% wholesale. DUDAD is expected to retail for about $179.99.

For more information on the DUDAD device, you can visit the DUDAD website.

Truck Drivers Step up for Others and go the Extra Mile

Despite their own long hours, truck drivers are still finding it within themselves to go the extra mile when it comes to helping other people. In these recent examples, one driver fights a bus fire, a 100-truck convoy travels to call attention to a special cause, and other drivers have the chance to be honored as a trucking hero.

Pottle’s driver earns his wings

Truck driver Jon Wilbur

TCA Highway Angel Jon Wilbur

Jon Wilbur, an owner operator who is leased to Pottle’s Transportation, LLC in Hermon, Maine, was traveling eastbound on the New York State Thruway near Portland, New York, when he came upon a large bus on the side of the road. The Phillips, Maine, resident saw that the bus had blown a tire and then caught fire. Eighteen passengers, made up of young adults, high school students, and a few children were trying to get off the bus and remove their luggage from the cargo hold. The two drivers of the bus seemed not to know what to do as they stood inside the door of the bus.

Wilbur quickly managed to stop his truck six to seven lengths ahead of the bus. He immediately ran back to the bus, bringing his fire extinguisher with him. He began spraying the fire on the driver’s rear side but soon emptied the contents of the extinguisher. He then ran to where the two drivers were and asked them if he could use their fire extinguisher. Unbelievably, the drivers had not been trying to help.

With the new fire extinguisher in hand, the fire flared up even more. Noticing the passengers were standing too close to the bus, Wilbur warned them to back away to a safe distance. He continued to fight the inferno, but it became apparent that it was a hopeless situation. The bus engine, the drive tires, and the cargo hold were now also in flames that quickly engulfed the entire bus.

Thankfully, the New York Highway Department arrived at the scene and took over. Wilbur left and continued on his way. His unselfish actions and leadership skills in fighting the flames and assisting passengers to safety were major reasons why no one was hurt, say many.

“I saw young people, black smoke pouring out of the vehicle, and no one was stopping,” said Wilbur when asked why he alone decided to stop and help that morning. “I didn’t know if there were disabled people on that bus, or infants, or what.”

truck driver recognitionNow the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), which is a national trade association with a focus on the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry, representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, has named Wilbur as one of its Highway Angels. Highway Angels are recognized for their unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. Hundreds of truck drivers have been recognized since the program began in 1997. Wilbur will receive a certificate, patch, and lapel pin. Pottle’s Transportation will also receive a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers was chosen as a TCA Highway Angel.

Wisconsin convoy rolls on through

On September 20, many Wisconsin highway motorists were privileged to see dozens of law enforcement officials escorting a 100-truck-plus convoy that traveled along Highway 41 from Richfield, Wis., to Oshkosh, Wis. The purpose of the convoy was to raise money for the Special Olympics in Wisconsin. The convoy also served as a close to National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week.

This is the 10th anniversary of what is known as the World’s Largest Truck Convoy.  Truckers meet at a staging location and then are escorted in convoy to a predetermined destination such as a raceway, fairgrounds, or truck stop. Members of the Special Olympics – athletes, families, friends, and law enforcement officers along with organizations, companies, and agencies that make up the trucking industry – are there to welcome them.

Participating drivers of the convoy registered at the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield at Exit 60 on Highway 41. An opening ceremony was held and a live auction determined the lead spot in the convoy. The convoy ended at the Experimental Aircraft Association at Exit 113 on Highway 41 where a closing ceremony was held that included live music, awards, raffles, an auction, and a tailgate party. Last year, more than $92,000 was raised for the Special Olympics by the 136 participants. Nearly $700,000 has been raised by more than 1,000 participating trucks since 2005.

The Truck Convoy was started by Norm Schneiderhan, a corporal with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He was inspired to start the one-day celebration of the trucking industry and awareness and fund-raising for Special Olympics by the “powerful impact Special Olympics had on is life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, combined with his family’s involvement with the trucking industry.”

Progressive looking for trucking’s real heroes

Meanwhile, it’s not too late to nominate a trucker or vote for a trucker in the “Real Life Trucking Hero” contest sponsored by Progressive Commercial Insurance. This is the third annual contest, which was first started at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Anyone can nominate a trucker through September 30.

After the nominations are closed, a two-week voting period will follow where users can vote once per day per entry. The top three vote-earners will receive cash award prizes from Progressive and a $5,000 award goes to the title-winning “Real Life Trucking Hero.”

Progressive Commercial runs the contest in order to honor truckers, because they are the “unsung heroes of the transportation industry,” says a company release about this year’s contest. “They work long hours, are away from their families, and often don’t get the credit they deserve for a job well done.”

Focus on Nashville From a Truckers Perspective

With music to fill the streets, a flourishing economy, and plenty of fun, Nashville, Tennessee is quickly becoming the South’s hottest up-and-coming city. Strategically located along the Cumberland River, Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and is home to a growing population of more than 600,000 residents. In Nashville, you’ll find a town booming with history and modern-day trends that is sure to keep the most diverse crowd busy, truck drivers included.

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Nestled in the north-central portion of the Volunteer state, Nashville was established in 1779 by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men. It was no time before Nashville took off. Because of its easy accessibility on river and later rail, Nashville saw continuous prosperity until the Civil War. In 1862, Nashville became the first state capital in the Civil War to be taken over by Union troops. Nashville’s role as a major shipping port and railroad center made for a crucial Northern victory.

After the war ended, it wasn’t long until Nashville’s trucking industry was thriving once again. In the late 19th century, much like today, Nashville was in full swing. With the healthy economy, there came grand classic-style buildings, many of which still remain in city’s popular downtown area.

While from the start Nashville has seen continuous growth, the 1990’s, in particular, were especially prosperous for the city. Nashville progressively set out to make urban renewal a priority. Many of today’s well-known landmarks were constructed or renovated during this time, including the LP Field, the Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and also the downtown Nashville Public Library.

Today, Nashville carries on the tradition of continuous growth. As the home of country music, Nashville is a renowned music recording center and tourist destination. Whether visitors are in town for the annual CMA Musical Festival or have plans to attend a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry, their trip is sure to be music filled. Nashville houses the second-largest music industry in the United States, but that’s not the city’s largest industry. Surprising to many, over 300 health care companies are located within Nashville, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. The automotive industry around Nashville isn’t lacking either. Nissan’s largest North American manufacturing plant is located just right outside the city.

With Nashville’s booming economy, finding trucking jobs is easy. Nashville’s trucking industry is sprawling with possibilities, just like city itself. If the music, health care or automotive industries aren’t enough to keep you busy, the tourism industry certainly will. On your down time, you’ll be wanting to join in on the fun. Nashville’s Civil War history attracts history buffs from across the globe. Visitors come to see the site of the Battle of Nashville and the nearby sites of the Battle Franklin and Battle of Stones River. In addition, there are several well-preserved antebellum plantation homes, such as Belle Meade Plantation, that are available for viewing.

If sports is your thing, Nashville is your place. Nashville is home to several sports teams, including the NHL team the Nashville Predators and the NFL team the Tennessee Titans. The fun doesn’t stop there though. Several art centers and museums are located in Nashville including, the Tennessee State Museum, the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and the Johnny Cash Museum.

At the crossroads of I-40, I-65 and I-24, truckers will find a city worthy of the title “The South’s Fastest-Growing City.” With tourist steadily flowing in to see what all the buzz is about, truck drivers will have no trouble finding a reliable truck driving job. Modern-day Nashville offers an array of possibilities that will leave every Tennessee trucker satisfied. Don’t hesitate; find out for yourself!

Love’s says “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are”

CMN Love'sFor the 16th year in a row, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores is dedicating the month of September to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, and they are challenging the trucking industry to get involved.

This year, the theme of the Children’s Miracle Network campaign is “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are,” and Love’s is asking everyone to do just that. In attempts to raise $1.65 million, the more than 320 Love’s Travel and Country Stores is selling paper balloons for $1, $5 or $20 until September 30th.

All of the proceeds earned at each Love’s store will go to its local Children’s Miracle Network partner hospital. From there, the individual hospital is able to decide how to best spend the money, whether it be on equipment, recruiting physicians, research, training, etc.

In the spirit of giving, stores are gathering whole communities together by hosting special events, including carnivals and cookouts. This campaign is not only always taken seriously by the individual stores but also by Tom Love the founder and executive chairman of Love’s.

Three years ago, Tom Love interviewed an Oklahoma City miracle child named Angel, who talked to him about her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. In celebration of Love’s 16th annual campaign, he caught back up with his old friend, Angel, to see what she was up to now. In the video below, she talks to Tom Love about how the Children’s Miracle Network has impacted her life and helped her begin her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Love’s has raised more than $9.5 million for 90 of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1999. Love’s wants to thank its wonderful customers for their generous donations in the past but also wants to encourage them to continue their support this year.

So next time you’re filling up your big rig at a Love’s, join together with the store and help local children like Angel win their battle. Even if it’s a one-time donation of $1, you’re helping make a difference.

With that being said, truckers we challenge to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.”

Natural Gas Invites New Technology, Less Restrictions

Natural Gas Powered Long-Haulers To Get A Weight Break?

One of the key reasons that natural gas powered trucks have been slow to enter the long-haul market is the weight penalty of roughly 2,000 pounds compared to a similarly spec’ed diesel truck. Unlike local delivery trucks and a small group of specialized long-haulers, OTR trucking companies rely on getting every pound of payload capacity possible when spec’ing their trucks.

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Extra weight of natural gas tanks

Both the House and Senate have introduced bills that would give natural gas powered trucks a 2,000 pound break on the federal 80,000 pound maximum weight limit for five axle tractor-trailer combinations.

Natural gas is a clean and affordable domestic energy resource that has the potential to drive American energy independence to reality,” said Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S.2721). “This legislation brings the federal regulation for long-haul trucks into the 21st century by giving natural gas powered trucks the ability to compete on the same playing field in the amount of freight it can transport. I am proud to work with (Indiana) Senator Joe Donnelly on this bipartisan bill that recognizes the vast potential of natural gas for powering the next generation of vehicles.”

“Supporting natural gas-powered vehicles is a part of the all-in approach to American energy that we need,” said Donnelly. “While the standards in this bill are currently in place in Indiana, we need to expand them across the country so more companies are encouraged to make the investment in natural gas-powered vehicles.”

Executives from both the trucking industry and the natural gas industry are supportive of the legislation. “Natural gas holds great promise for our industry and our economy, and as such, we applaud the efforts of Senator Inhofe and Senator Donnelly to look for solutions to the challenge of realizing this promise,” said ATA President/CEO Bill Graves.

Leaving aside the mockery this makes of every driver who was ever ticketed for being less the 2,000 pounds overweight, this is a positive move that would support the expanded use of alternative fuels in long-haul trucking. Past experience with similar weight and/or tax exemptions to encourage APU deployment or spec’ing non-required safety systems, however, doesn’t bode well for this newest exemption.

SoCal Trucks Turned Into Trolleys To Cut Emissions

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles basin has some of the worst air quality in the country, largely due to geographic features that predate cars, trucks, and the rest of the industrial revolution by a few million years. Persistent onshore winds that run straight into steep mountains surrounding the basin make the perfect collecting point for foul air, whether it’s prehistoric dinosaur flatulence or present day vehicle exhaust.

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Port of Los Angeles

Offshore, that same basin makes for a really nice port, which means that a major portion of ocean freight bound for points in the US makes landfall at and travels through the Los Angeles metro area. While some ocean freight containers go directly to rail lines at the port, a substantial portion must be trucked out of the port, either a short distance to another rail line or long distances to freight terminals anywhere in the country.

As you might guess, this makes for a lot of truck exhaust emissions in a concentrated area right around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) regulates exhaust emissions in the Los Angeles area. SCAQMD has conducted several projects to address port-related exhaust emissions, including natural gas fueling incentives and buying/scrapping older trucks for newer, cleaner models.

The latest effort from SCAQMD borrows a page from trolley and streetcar systems powered by overhead electric lines. The plan calls for a short length of dedicated roadway where hybrid trucks could draw power from the overhead lines to operate on electricity in the port area and switches to conventional power once away from the grid.

SCAQMD has announced that it contracted with electrical component manufacturer Siemens to install an eHighway system near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The eHighway project will electrify select highway lanes via an overhead line system to supply trucks with electric power, similar to streetcars, while still offering the same flexibility as diesel trucks.

A two-way, one mile-long overhead line will be installed and the system will be demonstrated using different battery-electric and hybrid trucks. Expectations include lower fuel consumption, substantially reduced emissions, and lower operating costs.

Siemens and Mack Trucks are developing a demonstration vehicle for the project. Siemens also is supplying the technology that allows trucks to connect and disconnect from the overhead line system to local truck integrators whose vehicles will also be part of the demonstration.

“As the first and second busiest container ports in the US, Long Beach and Los Angeles can benefit tremendously from the eHighway system, significantly reducing emissions from commercial trucks,” said Siemens Mobility President Matthias Schlelein. “The economic logic of the eHighway system is very compelling for cities like LA, where many trucks travel a concentrated and relatively short distance.”

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino is happy to see LA taking the lead in new technologies that will be better for citizens, the environment, and the future of transportation.

The overhead line system will be installed on sections of Alameda Street where it intersects with Sepulveda Boulevard in Carson, California. As many as four trucks will be running in the demonstration, making multiple drives per day.

The trucks can connect and disconnect from the overhead line system at any speed, to supply power directly to the electric propulsion motor, or for on-board storage. To offer the same flexibility as conventional trucks, the eHighway vehicles will use an electric drive system, which can be powered either by diesel, natural gas, batteries, or other on-board power sources when driving outside of the overhead line system.

The project installation is planned to begin immediately, and the first truck should be ready to start the one-year demo in July 2015.

Decker Truck Line Takes on Missoula, MT

Missoula, Montana Skyline

Missoula, Montana

As the halfway point between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, Missoula, Montana is an up and coming location for the transportation industry. Decker Truck Line just opened an exuberant new transportation terminal in Missoula, estimating to have cost around six million dollars.

Founded over 80 years ago, Decker Truck Line Inc. was founded by brothers Loren and Dale Decker. The two brothers were determined to build a company based off of “commitment to superior service,” which clearly still represents the company today as seen with the new terminal. Originally the company transported plumbing fixtures, canned goods, gypsum products, and windmills from Iowa to adjacent states.

Now the company has 1,050 employees, 700 tractors, and 1,550 trailers out on the road. The company transports over 11,000 loads a month to 48 states and 7 Canadian provinces. Decker serves 300 customers while transporting an assorted freight, including, refrigerated, flatbed, and van.
Decker Truck Lines logoDon Decker, current CEO of Decker Truck Lines and son of former co-owner Dale Decker, comments on the potential of Missoula, MT with, “The amount of business in the Northwest makes Missoula conducive as a relay spot to terminals and further business areas.” Missoula. in fact, should be an area of focus for the trucking industry with it’s growing population and convenient I-90 running east and west through the city.

Considering that the state of Montana is not known for it’s populus community, Missoula is working on changing that image. Founded in 1864, Missoula was first explored by expedition pioneers, Lewis and Clark. Since then, Missoula has only began to grow from farmers markets to universities. With University of Montana and the Missoula College be centrally located in the city, the town has a constant influx of people to add to the economy. Along with modern night life, including a contemporary bar scene and a few distilleries, you will never be bored.

The University of Montana pictureThe outdoors is where the beauty is, however. With two national parks fairly close, an abundance of hiking and biking trails, the outdoors of Missoula are calling. Various kayaking, fishing, rafting, tubing, and paddle boarding activities are also trending on Missoula’s numerous rivers and lakes.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Decker Truck Line established a new terminal in this growing city. Missoula provides a strategic location for truckers traveling in the Northwest. The brand new 20 acre terminal will provide modern and up to date office facilities for the logistics and computerized side of the business while also providing a truck wash area, mechanical shop and a complete fuel station. The terminal will facilitate 24 logistics team members and 200 truck drivers for Decker’s refrigerated fleet–and great news: they are hiring!

BRAVO Celebrates Atlas Van Drivers

Atlas Van Lines truckAtlas Van Lines is the largest accessory of Atlas World Group based in Evansville, Indiana. Atlas World Group has about 700 employees across North America and roughly 500 Atlas moving agents in the United States and Canada. These portable agents take part in corporate relocation, household moving services, and the transportation of electronics, fine art, store fixtures, and furniture.

Atlas Van Lines is recognizing 3,000 professional van operators (PVOs) with the annual driver appreciation week September 8-12. This week is also known as Boosting Recognition of Atlas Van Operators (BRAVO). The celebration takes place not only at headquarters in Evansville, but also at more than 100 Atlas locations across the United States and Canada.

To show further appreciation, Atlas puts on a contest for the best PVO called “Best of the Best PVO” and employees nominate PVOs from the various branches. Nominees who make the list will receive $250 and the winner will receive a $500 gift card.  The professional van operators of Atlas have the privilege of enjoying home-cooked breakfasts, luncheons, and BBQ dinner celebrations with their families during truck driver appreciation week.

The men and women in this PVO fleet own their own vehicles meaning that they have contracts with Atlas agencies and some contracts directly through Atlas. PVOs are responsible for transporting consequential artifacts, fine art, medical equipment, and retail merchandise. These drivers are professionally trained and knowledgeable of the trucking industry as a whole, not to mention the specifics of Atlas.

The Atlas Van Lines agency makes the most with all of its resources by getting on a personal level with its customers and providing advice to meet the needs of customers few and far between.

“The Atlas family is pleased to celebrate the men and women who work diligently to help our customers go new places each and every day,” said Glen Dunkerson, chairman and CEO of Atlas World Group. “Their dedication to traveling nearly 30 or more weeks out of the year while utilizing their industry expertise and selflessness is truly honorable. We are grateful to have these individuals as part of our company.”

Truckers’ “Right to Carry” Petition for Safety

The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) has presented a “right to carry” petition to Congress and the President of the United States on behalf of professional truck drivers engaged in interstate travel. The SBTC is a network of transportation professionals, associations, and trucking industry suppliers that addresses issues affecting transportation professionals in small businesses, with a goal of promoting and protecting their interests.

Truck GearshiftJames Lamb, chairman of the SBTC, is circulating the petition and collecting signatures, hoping to show there is great support for interstate drivers to legally travel with firearms. Currently, federal law does not restrict individuals (a few exceptions include felons or mental defectives) from transporting legally acquired firearms across state lines for lawful purposes. Subsequently, no federal permit is required or available for the interstate transportation of firearms.

The problem, however, is a patchwork of local and state restrictions that make a “right to carry” very difficult for the professional driver. The petition is claiming that restrictions for a driver’s right to carry are obstructions to interstate commerce and the real sense of the second amendment. It calls for a federal “business carry permit” to be issued by Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) bureau that “supersedes and preempts states’ laws and their right to regulate the carrying of guns.”

In his petition, Lamb argues that under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, American citizens are given equal protection under the law, which requires each state to provide equal protection to all people within its jurisdiction. He says that American citizens participating in interstate commerce are routinely discriminated against, because they are not afforded the same protection as those engaged in other occupations who return to the safety of their homes every night.

Many American citizens have the right to carry concealed weapons in their home states, but other states and cities deprive them of protecting themselves and their cargo outside of their home state while conducting interstate commerce, Lamb continues. Those delivering products to fellow citizens in other states should not be deprived of protecting their personal safety and the financial security of their families. He calls for a federal firearms business carry permit that enables citizens engaged in interstate commerce to carry concealed weapons through every state.

The petition states:

“Once an American citizen leaves his home state and engages in ‘interstate commerce,’ his ability to carry a firearm and guard the shipment is at the mercy of other states that may or may not choose to grant reciprocity to their home state. Instead, American citizens should be protected under Federal Law pursuant to the Interstate Commerce clause and in the spirit of the Second Amendment. The ‘Reserved Powers’ clause, which gives the states the right to regulate guns carried WITHIN their state, should not apply to instances involving interstate commerce because the firearm is carried THROUGH a state not solely WITHIN that state.”

The SBTC petition was written in the wake of the tragic death in June of 30-year old trucker Michael Boeglin of Ferdinand, Ind., who was fatally shot in his truck after he had parked it at an abandoned building while waiting to pick up a load. He left behind a pregnant wife.

A Means to Safe Parking

The issue of driver safety is not new to the trucking industry. In 2009, truck driver Jason Rivenburg was driving with a full load in South Carolina. After becoming fatigued, he pulled over to take a rest, but there were no rest stations around. Instead, he pulled into an abandoned gas station. As he slept, he was robbed and murdered. Rivenburg also left behind a pregnant wife who later delivered twins.

Elected representatives passing Jason's Law

Rep. Paul Tonko, Hope Rivenburg, Rep. Erik Paulsen Melissa Rohan of OOIDA and Dave Osiecki of ATA (Photo by Oliver B. Patton) Courtesy of TruthAboutTrucking.com

Rallied by this tragedy, the trucking industry along with his widow, Hope Rivenburg, and other interested parties lobbied lawmakers for three years to draft what has become known as Jason’s Law. The ruling passed in late 2012 and was included in the Transportation Reauthorization Bill. Jason’s Law provides more than $6 million in federal funding for the purpose of constructing and restoring safe roadside parking areas for tired truckers. The funding will also allow for currently non-operational rest stations to reopen.

“Make no mistake: these are not isolated incidents,” says Lamb in the petition. “According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers are one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.” The SBTC then calls for “Congress to remedy this situation before more lives are lost by passing enabling legislation directing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to develop and implement a Federal Concealed Firearms Business Carry Program that preempts states from regulating the carrying of firearms through states and their political subdivisions.”

Lamb believes the need for the “right to carry” legislation for truckers goes hand-in-hand with the continuing safe truck parking shortage. On August 14, the SBTC and Lamb met with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss the risks associated from the lack of truck parking. He cited the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) report entitled, “Highway Special Investigation Report: Truck Parking Areas,” issued in 2000 that called for a comprehensive guide for all truck drivers to use that will inform drivers about the locations of both private and public parking areas and the space availability. His letter states, “Fourteen years later, we agree.”

He goes on to say that such a guide should be developed with two ideas in mind: 1) best practices with respect to drivers choosing safe places to park; and 2) NTSB’s recommendation to help drivers identify the locations of all safe parking areas. Lamb calls for a task force to be created toward that end and suggests that the FMCSA and FHWA consider the following people: Hope Rivenburg, driver safety advocate and widow of trucker murder victim Jason Rivenburg, for whom Jason’s Law is named; Ashley Boeglin, widow of Michael Boeglin, recent trucker murder victim, who has already started advocating for driver safety; Desiree Wood of the 501(c)6 group Real Women in Trucking; and Allen and/or Donna Smith of Truth About Trucking.

Lamb also references the underlying components of the FMCSA’s mandated electronic hours of service logging devices (E-logs).

“We would like to point out how many drivers are concerned that upon implementation of mandated electronic hours of service logging devices, they might be forced to shut down by a computer in an unsafe location and fall victim, too, along the likes of the late Jason Rivenburg and Michael Boeglin.”

Heidi Selexa Can Help You Get “Out of the Friend Zone”

Heidi Selexa pictureHeidi Selexa, award winning-radio personality and former host of XM Satellite Radio’s “80s on 8” channel, is returning to radio in a big way. Selexa has launched her newest show on CRN Digital Talk Radio. “Out of the Friend zone” will focus on explaining men’s and women’s communication issues, and each show will include current relationship topics, listener interaction using callers, e-mail, text, Twitter, and other social media, and discussions of Internet dating, all built around weekly celebrity guest musicians, actors and authors.

The one-hour show will have a fun yet serious tone, closely examining interpersonal relationships. “Out of the Friend zone” will serve as an open platform to expose and explain the countless misunderstood signals, signs and messages between the sexes. It is no secret that truck drivers consume a lot of talk radio content. Give this show a listen and see how your relationships improve.

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Selexa, the popular host known for her quick wit, comedic timing, and never-ending energy says the main goal of her new show is to help men understand what women want and expose what they are really thinking.

“I will say what women think and what men should know that makes men more appropriate, available and desirable to women by unlocking the secrets of the female mind,” says Selexa. “My goal is for men to be fulfilled and women to be happy.”

CRN Digital Talk Radio’s CEO & President Michael J. Horn thinks that Selexa will be the perfect host to help men and women understand each other. “”Out of the Friend Zone’ accomplishes something special,” said Horn. “Many shows help people with relationship and communication issues – but Heidi accomplishes it in an exceptionally fun way. She talks with listeners – not at them.”

Helping to make “Out of the Friend zone” even better is the massive fan base Selexa brings, a result of her success on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s ‘80s on 8, as well as being named an official pin-up girl by the U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2003. Horn is happy to have Selexa become a part of the CRN family.

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“Heidi is dedicated to bringing entertaining yet helpful radio,” Horn reported. “CRN is dedicated to bringing listeners a diverse, powerful lineup. Heidi and ‘Out of the Friend Zone’ fit in perfectly with CRN.”

“Out of the Friend zone” will air live every Friday night from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Pacific time, and will re-air Saturday 8 p.m.-9 p.m. All shows will be archived through the CRN website and on www.heidiselexa.com. A video stream will also be available through the CRN website, heidiselexa.com, and will be archived through www.tikilive.com.

“Out of the Friend zone” encourages listener-participation, and there are a number of ways for listeners to connect. Listeners can call 1-800-336-2225 or 1-818-353-1276 (1CRN) during the show to talk with Selexa. Listeners are also encouraged to connect with Selexa on Facebook and on Twitter @heidiselexa.

35 Rules to Remember for Truckers

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Sometimes you just get caught in the motions, and it can be hard to remember the importance of being the best version of you. We’re all guilty of it. In an industry that demands a lot, being the best trucker possible is a priority. It’s not a question of whether or not, “Can you?” It’s, “Will you?” To amplify your life and your trucking game, check out our list of 35 rules for truckers. Feel free to add any we left out!

  • Good enough isn’t good enough.
  • If you find a trucking company who looks out for your best interest, stay with them. They are rare. You may have to look a little harder, but the trucking industry does have great companies. You just have to find them.
  • Great things happen to those who go the extra mile.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up when you know you’re right. But also, know when it’s best to simply keep your mouth shut.
  • Wherever you are, be completely there.
  • Work not for the applause but for your own pride.
  • If you’re not willing to change it, don’t complain.
  • Develop a good relationship with your employer and co-workers.
  • Do things for the good. It will come back to you in unexpected ways.
  • When a police officer talks to you, show respect and listen.
  • When you have a break, expand your horizons and read.
  • No matter who you work under, you ultimately work for yourself.
  • Getting along with people will take you a long way.
  • Time is a commodity. Spend it wisely.
  • Always think three moves ahead.
  • Be honest, and log the correct hours.
  • You can learn something from the ones who have been there and done it.
  • Promote the good instead of bashing the bad.
  • Remember, the expert was first a beginner.
  • Don’t let your past mistakes on the road own you; keep the scars from those mistakes close at hand. They’ll advance you as a driver.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Learn to like yourself. You’ll spend the majority of your time alone.
  • To change the system, it’s usually easier to seek help from within.
  • You’re not always going to get the credit that you deserve. Don’t let this discourage you from doing your best anyways.
  • It has to be difficult before it can be easy.
  • Never compromise your morals.
  • In your truck, make sure to always keep water, canned food and a blanket in case you get stranded on the highway.
  • Often times, nobody will notice what you’re doing until you don’t do it. Continue to do it anyways.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Mistakes prove that you are trying. Keep trying!
  • Safety should always come first.
  • Learn to like coffee. It will become your best friend.
  • Whether it’s big or small, be a worker your employer can rely on.
  • Don’t be indecisive. If you wait too long, the decision will be made for you.
  • Hard work pays off.