Winter is the most dangerous time for most drivers to be on the road no matter what you drive. With flatbed truckers, the danger level gets amplified considerably. Rain, sleet, snow, fog, wind, and other types of inclement weather during the winter can make the most well-maintained roads impassable for even the most seasoned truck drivers.
Truck driving requires constant consideration of a number of things to make sure the truck, its cargo, and the other drivers stay safe while on the road. One consideration that truck drivers must always be thinking about is stopping distance, which, as every experienced truck driver knows, is a lot more complex than just speed and response time. There are five main external factors that can affect a truck’s stopping distance and knowing what they are and how to respond to them is crucial to maintaining control and avoiding accidents.
Picture this: You’re on the open road living the life of a commercial truck driver. The sky is blue, and the sun is shining on your face as you enjoy the freedom of operating your vehicle while you enjoy the beautiful landscape.
As trucking services across America continue to increase in demand, industry-leading technologies are designed to maximize safety, performance, and uptime. Roane Transportation’s commitment to providing its drivers with the best equipment allows our team to operate your freight more intelligently. Trucking technology continues to make trucking services faster, more reliable, and safer by harnessing technology like navigation, improved idling systems, advanced lighting, and aluminum flatbed trailer floors. If you’re curious as to how trucking technology affects the way you move your goods, here’s some of the tech that’s trusted in the industry to bring down operating and shipping costs, improve air quality, and improve safety on the open road.
In a transportation company, the dispatchers are at the heart of it all. They coordinate with customers, truck drivers, and outside carriers to make sure all loads are picked up and delivered on time. To find out more about how dispatchers keep everything running smoothly, here is an interview with to Jodi Heidle, a dispatcher at Roane Transportation.
The summer season may seem like it’s a breeze for flatbed and CDL drivers. Gone are the dangerous, icy road conditions that come with winter and no more driving with the constant threat of spring thunderstorms. Driving in the summertime, like it is for the rest of the world, should be like sipping lemonade or relaxing at the lake.
The transportation industry is the lifeblood of the American economy. Trucks are necessary for carrying everything we use each day, from food to furniture to cars. Each year, trucks transport over 9 billion tons of freight, and roughly 70 percent of all freight in the United States is moved on trucks. For this reason, truck drivers are vital to the American system. Truck driving is a great career option, and here are the reasons why.
Flatbed trucking is different from most types of freight transportation, which is why there are so many misconstrued ideas about it. In flatbed trucking, each load can be completely different from the next and comes with its own unique requirements and challenges. This lends itself to some of the difficulties of flatbed trucking for drivers but also to some of the advantages and fun that comes with the job. Here are some of the most common myths that people believe about flatbed trucking and the reasons why they are false.
We caught up with Over-the-Road and regional driver Nathan Hensley while he was finishing up his workweek on a sunny Friday afternoon drive through Knoxville. Nathan’s a friendly, down to earth guy who is deeply involved with his family, church, and trying to fix the things he breaks in his DIY projects. We took some time to talk to Mr. Hensley and ask him what it is like to be a professional truck driver and what it is like to work for Roane Transportation. Here’s our conversation.
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and have to think about and manage a lot of different things at once. In addition to finding the best route to get them to their destination, truckers also need to be able to find food and fuel along the way. They need to keep track of the weather and ever-changing road conditions, and they need to manage paperwork and keep up with their driving logs. These are just a few of the many concerns that go through a truck driver’s mind. The good news is there are so many smartphone apps available to help truck drivers manage all of this. However, because there are so many options, we know it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to figure out which ones are best for you. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most helpful apps for truck drivers to choose from.