EPA Rolls Back on Emissions Restrictions

In early July of the United States EPA reported to the New York Times that it will not be enforcing some of the emissions restrictions previously enforced during the Obama presidency. These restrictions were placed on glider kit manufacturers like Fitzgerald Glider Kits. Starting this past year, the manufacturers of glider kits were restricted to building only 300 trucks per year which don’t comply with the Phase 2 emissions regulations that were finalized by the EPA 2 years ago.glider kits truck

Currently, the EPA is trying to repeal the sections of the Phase 2 emissions standards, but it has not yet been finalized which leaves these glider kit manufacturers waiting around for an answer. The point of the 300 truck per year cap was supposed to give fleets and owner-operators immunity from the regulations. This was so that truck owners who wanted to equip glider kits with older engines were able to do so. However, the way that this was structured would have made it difficult for large-scale manufacturers like Fitzgerald to stay in business without a dramatic restructuring of their business.

 

It seems that the EPA, now under the new presidency, is working to overturn the parts of the Phase 2 regulations that apply to glider kit manufacturers. A decision is yet to be made.


10 Great Cities for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers play a vital role in our consumer society; they are the ones that ensure that all the goods get from one place to another. Furthermore, being a trucker is a leading job in almost every state. Taking these factors into consideration, we started to wonder what the best cities are for truckers to live?

10 Best Places for Truckers

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Columbus, OH
  4. Indianapolis, IN
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Houston, TX
  7. Kansas City, MO
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Louisville, KY
  10. Nashville, TN

The Trucker Holiday Wish List

Wondering what to get the trucker in the family for the holidays? We’re here to help you! Truckers want practical gear. Stuff that will keep them safe, comfortable and connected on the road. To help you get started, we compiled a list of three gifts truckers will love.

3 Great Gifts for Truckers

TomTom Trucker 600

The Trucker 600 combines specific truck-routing with TomTom traffic, in order to save time. Moreover, it allows you the plan the most efficient routs, which are customized to your truck’s size, cargo and speed.

Uniden BearTracker 885 Hybrid CB Radio/Digital Scanner

A good CB is indispensable for many truckers. It helps keep you out of any trouble that may occur on the road. The BearTracker is not only a powerful CB, but is also paired with a digital scanner and warning system. It scans the local emergency radio traffic to keep you aware any mishaps.

BlueParrott B450-XT Headset

This headset provides commercial drivers with clarity, comfort and convenience. It comes with a noise-canceling microphone and HD voice. Moreover, it has a 24-hour battery life and large ear cups. It also streams music and GPS instructions.


How to Avoid Loneliness on the Road

It is easy to get swept up in your life on the road and neglect to make sure you are the healthiest and happiest you can be. Loneliness is a huge problem sweeping the nation of truck drivers, so we compiled a few ways to beat loneliness when alone on the road.

Planning Your Time When You’re Home

It’s pretty typical to get one to two weeks of being at home per month, so it’s important to make the most of it. While you’re on the road, think ahead for plans you can make when you’re home! It will you’re your time on the road more purpose and give you something to look forward to. Form plans with your spouse to go out and try a new restaurant, see a movie, or meet up with some friends. If you have kids, try to schedule time to pick them up from school and go somewhere fun like the park, a bowling alley, an arcade or a sporting event.

Get a Dog

More and more trucking companies are allowing drivers to bring pets on the road with them. It has been proving that truck drivers who being a furry friend on the road with them are healthier, happier, and overall more productive. Bringing an animal along with you adds a lot of other things to keep in mind, so be sure to research it more before making a decision.

Schedule Phone Calls

Before leaving for haul, create a calling or Face Timing schedule for you and your loved ones so that you can easily stay in touch. Investing in a smart phone may be a good idea for video calling, but if talking on the phone is enough for you then you may not need to worry about that! This will not only help you to stay less lonely, but will also make your loved ones happier as well.


Radio Secrets that will Keep You Awake the Whole Road Trip

Music is a must when it comes to long road trips. But, when road trip hours get long, it’s hard to stay awake even when your favorite music is playing. How do you combat your fatigue? Use your radio to your advantage!

Check out these radio tips to ensure you’re alert throughout the entire road trip:

Keep it Loud:

When listening to the radio, make sure the volume is cranked up. Keeping the music loud will make sure you don’t nod off to the white noise of your tired on the road. It will also keep your brain alert.

Listen to an Audiobook:

Audiobooks are a great way to pass time and keep your brain engaged. But, remember, when choosing a book to listen to, don’t reach for something long and heavy. Instead, choose a mystery, drama, or comedy to make sure you’re engaged the entire time you’re listening to it.

Listen to Something New:

Yes, it’s great to rock out to your favorite songs. But, believe it or not, it’s actually better to listen to new music. When you listen to songs you’ve heard a million times before, your brain is more likely to get used to the song and tune it out. So, road trips are a great time to discover something new!

Switch it Up:

Throughout the trip, change the radio station often to get a variety. Not only are you giving yourself a chance to listen to something new, but you’re also moving, which wakes up your body. During commercial or slow songs, switch the station. Traveling over state lines prompts this action anyway, so take advantage of it!


How to Avoid Truck Blind Spots

As a truck driver, you know about blind spots better than anyone. Every truck driver quickly learns that they have to navigate their blind spots to drive safely. But, not many drivers you share the road with know how to properly avoid your blind spots. These tips will help car drivers be more mindful of truckers’ blind spots and help avoid accidents.

  1. Keep truck mirrors in sight when passing. If you can see his/her mirrors, he/she can see you, too. It’s as simply as that!
  2. Try to avoid blind spots completely by staying where they can see you. Directly in front, directly in back, and the right side are places that are particularly dangerous blind spots. If you end up on the right side of the semi, make sure you give them a couple lanes worth of space so they can see you are there.
  3. Keep a safe distance behind the truck. This means leaving a sizeable amount of space between you and the semi at all times. If he slows down, you will have more than enough time to prepare to stop, too.
  4. Pass fast. Passing a truck slowly just means you’re leaving more time for an accident to occur. When you are passing a semi, make sure you do it quickly so you are in and out of their blind spots as fast as possible.
  5. Use your horn if you have to. If a truck starts merging lanes without noticing you are there, then honk your horn a couple times. This may be the only way for the driver to see you or realize you are around.

New Regulation Encourages Truckers to Take a Break

After reviewing regulations regarding trucker work schedules, Congress declared that it will implement new rules in 2017. This revision limits truckers to a 70 hour work week–12 hours less than what some truckers were putting in weekly. As such, truckers are also encouraged to take advantage of restart periods, which allows them to take two-day breaks in the week. Not only will the new rules allow truckers to catch up on sleep, but they also support driver health and safety.

Some argue that the changed legislation will be more dangerous because it doesn’t allow truckers to drive between the hours of 1 am and 5 am, meaning that they will be forced to drive during rush hour traffic. An increase of semis during rush hour potentially endangers the safety of other drivers. Congress, however, believes that taking a break between these hours allows truckers to sleep during the times most essential for REM to occur. As such, the hope is that allowing truckers to get more sleep will also cut down on the prevalence of sleep apnea among drivers.

Keep an eye out for this new regulation, among others in 2017.


Diesel Prices Take Another Dive

Between July and August, diesel prices decreased $0.03. While that may not seem like a big discount, this time last year diesel prices were 10 times that! Prices for oil should continue decreasing in the future. That means filling up will be less of a burden on your wallet and you’ll be able to go more places.

Check out these charts featuring the money we spend on oil every year and how the prices are divided.