Although everyone complains about the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a now-suspended effort is to establish national speed limit caps for commercial trucks, a growing shortage of truck parking spaces, collapsing highway infrastructure, and a host of other issues too numerous to name. We tend to forget just how advanced our national transportation system is for moving both freight and people.
Indeed, as part of a speech billed at discussing our nation’s infrastructure issues (but which in reality barely addressed them at all) James Ray, senior advisor for infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) showed a short clip from the 1958 Walt Disney film “Magic Highway” during the 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board to show just how many once-too-futuristic-to-imagine vehicles technologies are now actual everyday realities: backup cameras, cruise control, forward-looking radar systems, and the like.
“But as we stitch together an infrastructure package, we need to remember just how transformed transportation has become,” he stressed. “We now have safety systems and technology like autonomous vehicles that were only dreamed of not long ago. And while transportation has changed a lot, it will change even more in the years ahead.”
Ray noted that President Trump remains committed to a $1 trillion transportation foundation package, though the details are still being worked out and a draft will not be ready until February.
He added, too, that there will be “greater influence” on transportation infrastructure at the state and local levels of government going forward, with more outreach on the part of DOT and other federal agencies to “more stakeholders” in the future.
That view is also being partially supported by state governors as well. For example, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval – who is also chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA) this year – noted in a new initiative launched this week called Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors that “transportation is a rapidly evolving area that is reshaping not just the present, but also the future.”
He added that “new, connected, automated and electric transportation technologies are transforming our world and altering the ways businesses and industries operate, affecting every aspect of our lives,” which in turn results in Americans “living in a time when the science fiction we grew up with is becoming reality.”
To keep that “reality” in the present and expand upon it will also mean being more careful regarding regulatory activity going forward, noted DOT’s Ray in his talk.
“We can also accomplish our regulatory goals, I think, without being overly burdensome on the economy,” he said, “two-for-one” regulatory guidance, which states for every new rulemaking effort undertaking, two existing rules must be abolished and eliminated.
Long story short, we are hopefully approaching the point where a long-needed infrastructure package will help our transportation systems take the next great increase forward towards making more futuristic predictions become here-and-now realities.
The ringing in of a new year is a time for celebration. It represents a fresh start as a rule everywhere. People make resolutions and vow to make changes starting from January 1st. Not surprisingly, December 31st is typically the last effort of sorts, as the public prepares to say goodbye to past behaviors. Like other holidays, on New Year’s Eve, there is an abundance of additional traffic on the roadways. However, add to that large quantities of alcohol often consumed by New Year’s Eve party-goers, and you have a dangerous mix on the roadways.
While operating on New Year’s Eve, here are a few suggestions on how to make it an easier period for both dispatchers and drivers:
Do more thorough pre-trip inspections, keep better following distance, do not speed — whatever you have to do to strive for an accident-free year, do it. Remember, you cannot control motorists around you, and you’re the professional truck driver.
If you are responsible for dispatching drivers, keep in mind the additional dangers for drivers on New Year’s Eve. Try to schedule appointments early in the day and factor in the extra time needed for traveling between appointments. For drivers, try to arrive at your pickup and delivery appointments as early as possible. That way you can get underway to a safe parking location earlier. What about parking…
59% of all alcohol-related crash deaths occur between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If possible, call it a night and shut down early. For reserved lots, make parking reservations well in advance. If you do not typically pay for parking, consider it this time. The peace of mind of being safely parked before New Year’s Eve revelers hit the road may be worth the cost. Begin your search early, if you must search for a safe place to park for the night.
Refine your ability to accurately set Estimated Times of Arrival (ETA) and Next Available Times (NAT). Your personal efficiency is a key variable in your pay potential. While you are on the road, listen to a helpful audiobook, find a podcast that connects with you or tunes into a go-to radio station for a quick pick-me-up.
Exercise extreme caution, if you must be on the road on New Year’s Eve. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates between 2001 and 2005, the average number of alcohol-related crash deaths was 36 per day. On New Year’s Eve each year, that number climbed to 54 alcohol-related crash deaths. With more cars on the road and a higher rate of alcohol consumption, your risk of collision is greatly increased. Put the defensive driving techniques you have learned through your training into practice until you can safely park.
Commercial truck drivers understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. There is a greater probability of being involved in an accident – not to mention the potential to negatively impact your driving career. But for motorists in general, the consequences of alcohol-related traffic accidents may seem a distant “if.” Use protection to ensure your personal safety by planning accordingly, parking early, and driving defensively and get the New Year off to a safe start.
Trucking companies are bumping up orders for new big rigs, as they foresee that 2018 will be a banner year for shipping demand.
Trucking fleets ordered 32,900 Class 8 trucks, the kind used on long-haul routes, in November, which compiles industry statistics. That was up about 70% from a year earlier. The last two months were also the strongest since the start of 2015.
Fleets are adding quantity as strong economic growth fuels surging volumes of freight through the nation’s transportation networks. Trucks are in high demand to move machine parts and to carry record imports from ports to distribution centers, and heavy goods for manufacturers and merchandise during high shopping seasons. Shippers are paying higher rates as capacity tightens, creating an incentive to put more trucks on the road.
“We’re seeing a lot of volumes…and rates are following suit,” said Eric Fuller, chief executive of trucking company U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc., “I think with increased rates people are feeling a bit more comfortable buying additional trucks.”
Fleets tend to reserve new trucks from manufacturers in the final months of the year, so the surge in orders is a sign that they expect the market to continue booming deep into 2018.
Many of the recent orders appear to be intended to replace older trucks rather than expand fleets, said Mark Smith, vice president of financial operations at Cummins Inc., CMI +0.22%an engine maker, speaking at a recent conference.
Research group FTR, which estimated November orders similar to ACT’s, said that over the last 12 months, trucking companies have ordered 274,000 big-rigs, up from 191,000 for the same period a year earlier.
“The past couple months we have seen a kind of sea change,” ACT analyst Kenny Vieth said.
Mr. Vieth said some truck manufacturers are offering deals on new rigs to win more business. He estimated orders of 2018 to be 322,000.
However, Navistar International Corp. NAV -0.93%, a truck manufacturer, intends to raise prices amid strong customer demand, Chief Financial Officer Walter Borst said at a conference last week.
For the past couple of years, freight demand has fallen short of industry forecasts. Some trucking companies pulled vehicles off the road and held off on ordering new big rigs.
For Mr. Fuller at U.S. Xpress, the real problem is finding drivers. Typically, he said his firm might have to turn away 1,000 loads a week. However, that figure has been more like 6,000 to 7,000 since.
“It doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” he said. “If unemployment stays in that 4% range, I think we’re really going to struggle to find enough drivers.”
It is not a secret that Black Friday is one of the busiest days for retailers and the best shopping day of the year — and a traditional time to kick off the holiday sales.
Small and big retailers will be taking advantage of these days to drive sales with special offers and discounts with billions of dollars spent both online and offline during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
But while there is never a shortage of shoppers hitting up the stores (both the brick-and-mortar and virtual variety) during Black Friday, for many retailers, this time of year does not always translate into sky-high profits. In fact, once the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales end, many retailers heave a sigh of relief, wondering if it was all worth it.
Here are a few ways to boost both traffic and sales around Black Friday. They are not complicated and are tactics that any company can use.
The best Black Friday sales are designed to raise awareness and encourage visitors to go through with their purchases. Here are a few tips for creating a promotional campaign that will set you up for the most successful year.
The Black Friday sales strategy involves using a set of discounts to get attention and draw people in. The employing a three-tiered discount structure works especially well. By using this system, the more customers spend, the bigger their discount. We will also have a loss leader, which allows us to advertise bigger reductions to get people’s attention. Don’t forget to plan your markdown strategies.
Modifying your video ads to include an introduction and closing about the sale is another effective and easy type to get good results. Typically, shorter 30-second ads convert better than longer 60-second promotions.
Another effective type that most companies usually use nowadays is email. Email marketing can be extremely effective, and in fact, in 2015, it was responsible for driving 20% of online holiday sales revenue. Still, with all the emails that are being sent and received today, you’ll need to ensure that yours stands out.
Here are a few things to help you create emails that drive conversions:
Usually it is more efficient to start sending out emails two to three days before the sale to announce it. Any sooner and people will forget about it, too soon and they will not have time.
It allows you to reach an extremely niche audience, enabling you to create more targeted ads and drastically improve your response rate. Take your email list and then use Facebook’s Custom Audience feature to create an ad for people who visited the site but did not go through with a purchase.
Creating a sense of urgency is always a good way to increase conversions. It sometimes includes a countdown timer on emails, as well as on ads and the website itself. When it comes to the ad campaigns, usually creating series of ads that not only highlight how many days are left so that is a perfect way. It continually reminds that time is running out.
Don’t forget to use social media to help generate more buzz for your sale. You can use your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to share Black Friday discounts, promotions and giveaways. Don’t forget to boost visibility by using relevant hashtags such as #blackfriday, #SmallBizSat, or #CyberMondaySale.
This one should go without saying. But if your website is not optimized for mobile visitors, you could be losing out. Your customers will be on the go during the Thanksgiving weekend, so make it easy for them to view and purchase from your website. Fifty-three percent of all orders on last year’s Cyber Monday came from mobile devices, so make sure you’re reaching the mobile crowd.
Make your Black Friday sale the best yet. Using these tips will enable you to create a strategy that will help to provide a great boost to your sales this holiday season. Have a nice Black Friday Shopping!
Reminder: The Black Friday will be on Nov. 24 this year. Get prepared.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A day after a gunman massacred parishioner in a small Texas church on Sunday, the Air Force admitted Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have prevented him to buy the rifle that he used to kill 26 people in the church.
The conviction of Devin P. Kelley, for domestic assault on his wife and toddler stepson — he had cracked the child’s skull — should have stopped Mr. Kelley from legally purchasing the military-style rifle and three other guns he acquired in the last four years, under the federal law.
“The Air Force has launched a review of how the service handled the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley following his 2012 domestic violence conviction,” the Air Force said in a statement.
The statement said Heather Wilson, the Air Force secretary, and Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, had ordered the Air Force inspector general to “conduct a complete review of the Kelley case.”
The Air Force also said it was considering whether other convictions had been improperly left unreported to the federal database for firearms background checks.
New details of the killings also emerged on Monday, including a possible motive. Law enforcement officials said Mr. Kelley may have been driven by anger toward his estranged wife’s family, the final chapter in a life full of domestic rage. In addition to his court-martial, in which his previous wife was the victim, he had been investigated on a rape complaint, though he was not charged and his relationship with the woman in the complaint was unclear.
The mother of Mr. Kelley’s most recent wife, Danielle, was a member of the First Baptist Church here, the target of Mr. Kelley’s rage on Sunday.
“The suspect’s mother-in-law attended this church,” Freeman Martin, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a news conference on Monday. “We know that he had made threatening texts,” he added.
“This was not racially motivated. It wasn’t over religious beliefs. It was a domestic situation going on,” Mr. Martin added. Mr. Kelley’s wife and her parents were not at the church on Sunday, the authorities said. They could not be reached for interviews on Monday.
Among the victims of the massacre, the worst mass shooting in Texas history were eight members of one family and at least a dozen children, one as young as 18 months old, officials said. One of the victims was pregnant, and officials included the child she was carrying in the death toll of 26.
Mr. Kelley, who was dressed in all black and wore a skull-face mask, emerged from the church after he was done the shooting, then was met by gunfire from a bystander outside, who hit Mr. Kelley in the leg and the torso. Mr. Kelley made it back to his car and led the bystander and another man on a dramatic chase that ended in a crash, with Mr. Kelley dead behind the wheel. He had shot himself in the head, officials said.
“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Mr. Trump said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “This was a very, based on preliminary reports, very deranged individual.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump was asked during a news conference in South Korea whether he would support “extreme vetting” of gun buyers, comparable to the vetting his administration has sought to impose on visitors from some predominantly Muslim countries.
“If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,” the president replied, “and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him.”
“If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds deader,” Mr. Trump said, reiterating an argument he has made after previous mass shootings — that more guns, not less, could be the answer.
There are many Snowbirds who need car transport services in every spring and fall since they relocated to better climates. The current blog will help snowbirds and provide them with useful car shipping information by answering their frequently asked questions as well as concerns.
Retirees who wish to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of winter by traveling to a warmer place usually are in need of auto transport services.
Car shipping is not an easy deal and many people avoid shipping their vehicles by themselves. Therefore, they prefer to apply car shipping companies to help them and transport their cars.
1. Always remember that not every Car shipping company is as reliable as it presents itself
80% of car transport companies promise you to provide with a high-quality car shipping services, however, they fail to do that. Note that low price is not a guarantee for high-quality service since you get what you pay for.
Always make sure that your vehicle is provided by full insurance by the car shipping company. It will assure that your vehicle will be shipped safe and secure. And the company will be responsible for the vehicle during the whole process of car shipping.
2. Make sure that the Car shipping company has all car shipping types and is able to offer the most convenient type for you
There are many car transport types:
Open car shipping
Enclosed Car shipping
Expedited car Transport, and
Door-to-door car transport
Each of these car shipping methods has its specificities as well as specific prices. Make sure that the car shipping company is offering you the most convenient and cost-effective option since there are many companies that offer you the option which is beneficial for them in terms of charge but not for you and your vehicle
3. Make sure to note the damage on your final bill of lading report
Vehicle damage during shipping is rare, but it happens, unfortunately. Therefore you should note in your final bill of lading report about the damage.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is the report that the driver will fill out on pickup, signifying whether there is any pre-existing damage or not. Any damage that occurs in transit should be notified in this report on delivery.
4. Make sure the car shipping company transports all kind of vehicles
t is very important that the car shipping company would have special comports to ship all kinds of vehicles.
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The majority of truckers spend most hours on the road far from home comforts. You pass your daytime in your truck from driving to relaxing and sleeping. So, the truck cab becomes your second home. Therefore, you should take a time to customize your semi-truck and to put your personal traces there in order to make the time you spend there more enjoyable. Here are the steps that will make your semi-truck more comfortable.
Finally, make sure that your operating authority as a trucker is valid. If you have any operating authority related issues as trucker contact DOT operating authority at 1-888-669-4383. We are an agency that helps our customers to solve all their operating authority related issues, including biennial updates and USDOT and MC numbers.
Truck drivers’ schedule is very unpredictable. Usually, they have to drive many long hours and ways in order to get their job done. If you want to be a productive and safe trucker then staying awake and getting prepared for long period of driving is critical for you. The following 12 ways will help you to stay awake as well as to get prepared for a long trip.
Try to Avoid Stark Contrast Lights at Nights
The high contrast between pitch black and the bright lights will make your eyes feel sleepy for a long time. You have dashboard lights and bright headlights in your face while you are sitting in a dark vehicle surrounded by pitch black night. In this case, you are highly recommended to drive with soft red lights in order to light the interior of the vehicle just a little. In addition, you can turn your dash lights down so that they bright just enough to see the gauges. Please be noted: never look at the approaching headlights instead of off to the side.
Control your Emotions
Trucking is not an easy deal. Truck drivers often have many job-related problems. For instance, you might have a fight with your dispatcher, or maybe you have some problems with your truck. It doesn’t matter whatever the reason all that frustration will only hurt you. You will better let it go.
Do Not Get Too Tired
If you continue to keep pushing on when you are already tired you know you are doing something extremely dangerous. Your body needs sleep. If you wait until you will be tired to get a sleep you do not recover yourself. You will give a chance to your body to recover if you go to bed earlier or take frequent naps. Always remember the more tired you are when you get some sleep the less attentive you are going to feel when 7you wake up.
Law the Temperature
“I love the winter because I sleep better when I’m feeling cold.” This phrase would hardly be heard by someone since we used to sleep better when we are comfortable and warm. You want to sleep when there is a high temperature in a vehicle. Therefore, you should low the temperature in the cab. Make the temperature pretty cool. It will make you more alert.
Turn the Radio Off
Your radio music as well a stalk shows can be highly entertaining but also tiring. Your mind is functioning every time it gets a new piece of information. When you bombard your brain with new information you get more and more exhausted. Drive along for a while adoring the soft hum of the engine and wheels going down the highway. You’ll feel more calm and relaxed.
Turn Your Radio Back On!
The silence gets exhausting after a while also. The never-ending hum of the engine and wheels is relaxing, but maybe it’s putting you in a sleep. In this case turn the radio on, or a talk show for a short time and get yourself up a little bit.
Get A Cup Of Coffee!
Caffeine gives you a nice boost once in a while. It is surely no replacement for sleep. But it’s a good way to get a little tone when you’d like one. According to the National Sleep Foundation the alert, awake feeling you experience from the caffeine in your coffee can be apparent 15 minutes after you drink the cup of coffee. Caffeine stays in your body for some hours, and six hours after you finish your coffee only about half the caffeine has been removed.
Avoid Large Portions of Food
A full stomach makes us sleepy. Instead of large meals ones eat a lot of smaller meals during the day. You’ll feel better.
Do Exercises or Walk
You’ll be astonished at how much of a change a five-minute walk to the truck stop or rest area can make. Walking and exercises are two things that help you to fresh your mind as well as be more and more alert.
Always Find Time to Take a Nap
It’s really amazing what an unbelievable difference a short nap can make. One or two short naps per day can help keep you wakeful and alert for a long time.
Until this past weekend, the hillsides of Burbank had not seen a serious brush fire in decades once that was started near the 210 Freeway rapidly escalated.
However, currently all evacuation orders are lifted, 210 freeway is open again since fire officers handled the issue.
On Friday when the fire started, the fire engines of the city were sent to the original fire first but soon they came back to protect their hometown after being informed that the fire has a potential to crest the hills and come toward Burbank.
The first fire brush started at about 1.30 on Friday it was not handled until 4:51 afternoon. It started to be sufficient matter of concern that the first brush assignment was dispatched in Burbank.
Units located themselves near Country Club Drive and Brace Park and starting to wait for the fire to crest the hills and spread toward Burbank homes.
When the path of the fire was looming Burbank firefighters gave obligatory orders to everyone essentially above Brace Canyon Park all the way over the Cabrini Villas.
Soon, when the battle was engaged, the struggle to save homes on the hill began. Firefighters, as well as engines from Southern California, were part of the joint command that was run in the area of Burbank.
On Saturday afternoon, more than 500 firefighters were on scene, and the main port of I-210 remained closed. Officials worried inhabitants in the area to stay indoors and avoid outside activities because of serious smoke. Police expect compulsory evacuation orders to remain until Sunday afternoon.
“Despite fire size, we remain confident in the plan in place and the work all firefighters at the incident are doing in defending property and lives,” said the Los Angeles Department of Fire.
Higher fuel-efficiency and lower emission for cars are known to the world for about a half century. However, semi-trucks or trucks have always been incognito to the global emissions.
The information in the Green Card Report notes that the US, China as the European Union is responsible for one-fifth of the global oil. In other words, 17 million pipe of oil is used per day.
It also notes that there are just four countries who have a rule for energy efficiency for semi-trucks. Whether the U.S. is one of them, is not stated. On the other hand the U.S. in particular has made a lot of progress in reducing GHG and emissions.
By reducing the emission, request for oil and air population you can boost the effectiveness of trucks over decades, says the IEA report, ‘’The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment.’’ It notes that by 2025 globally the energy use in road freight can be condensed by 50% and emissions by 75%. The most important areas that need improvement are:
In the U.S. many fleets use the first two recommendations because there is a return on investment in saving on oil. Both, California Air Resources Board as the federal government have agreed to push Number 2 with emissions regulations and greenhouse gas.
Because of the ROI the third item, alternative fuels, is difficult to achieve. However, for some fleets, it really does make sense. The administration is doing the best to cut regulations, however some of the technology still will make a part of the global trend. Changing the vehicles to all hybrid or electric will be one of the solutions. France just announced that by 2024 all the vehicles will be changed to hybrid and electric vehicles.
It is important that the trucking companies in the U.S continue to raise the bar as high as possible on fuel economy. Keep your eyes open for changes, they may be coming soon.
Although everyone complains about the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a now-suspended effort is to establish national speed limit caps for commercial trucks, a growing shortage of truck parking spaces, collapsing highway infrastructure, and ...Read More
The ringing in of a new year is a time for celebration. It represents a fresh start as a rule everywhere. People make resolutions and vow to make changes starting from January 1st. Not surprisingly, December 31st is typically the last effort of sorts...Read More
Trucking companies are bumping up orders for new big rigs, as they foresee that 2018 will be a banner year for shipping demand. Trucking fleets ordered 32,900 Class 8 trucks, the kind used on long-haul routes, in November, which compiles...Read More
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A day after a gunman massacred parishioner in a small Texas church on Sunday, the Air Force admitted Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that c...Read More