Over the past few weeks, the daily lives of many Americans may have been altered due to the coronavirus; however, behind the scenes our nation’s transportation industry has continued to work to ensure deliveries are made and goods are received. Roane Transportation would like to recognize and thank our drivers and transportation team members for their diligent work during this time.
Truck tire blowouts happen suddenly and without warning. A truck tire blowout is different from a simple flat tire. It involves the sudden bursting or rupturing of a truck tire, typically while a truck is traveling at a high speed along the highway. When a truck’s tire blows out, the truck driver can lose control of the vehicle, potentially causing a catastrophic accident. The vast majority of tire blowout causes are linked to poor tire condition. Here are some of the top truck tire blowout causes and how truck drivers can work to prevent tire blowouts from occurring.
Today, April 20, 2020, the world is an entirely different place from what it was just a month ago. The vast majority of the world is on a suggested or mandatory lock-down. Businesses have been shuttered for weeks on end resulting in staggering new unemployment claims. Hospitals are running out of necessities they need to care for everyone. It’s a scary time, but it’s also a time of great opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked.
As the weather gets colder, flatbed truck drivers have much more to consider when tarping loads. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can all wreak havoc on tarps, and these conditions can prove dangerous for flatbed trucking. Here are some flatbed safety tips that will help you and your flatbed tarp remain intact this winter.
Chances are you have noticed the unusually shaped pieces extending out from the back end of a semitruck while driving down the road. These sections of metal, along with the thin flaps hanging between the tires, work together to foster increased efficiency in tractor trailers. Without these things, life on the road would be a total drag—literally.
As you can imagine, a transportation and logistics company is made of many moving parts—literally and figuratively! A great company is run by many skilled individuals, including an experienced office manager behind the wheel. While she may communicate with most people through phone calls or email, Sandy Boles has a personality to match her cheery voice. We asked Sandy to share some of her experiences with us, from the office and beyond, to help us understand the important role she plays for her company.
When it comes to freight shipping options in the US, the possibilities are plentiful. You can ship the traditional Full Truck Load (FTL), air freight, van move, air ride, partial truckload, or Less than Truckload (LTL). Wading through these numerous shipping options can be difficult. Depending on what you are shipping and where it’s going, there is usually a “best option” when choosing the correct shipping method for you.
Two organizations regulate the trucking industry and professional drivers in America: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Among the directives of these two governing bodies lies the setting of drive-time rules for short-haul and long-haul drivers. Drive-time rules determine how many hours a driver can drive legally before being required to take time off to rest and recharge prior to getting back on the road. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s published a 129-page proposal on August 14th, 2019, which poses changes in drive time rules for short-haul and long-haul truckers. This proposal represents one of the largest over-hauls of truck driver rules since the ELD mandate of 2017.
Our interviews with Roane Transportation employees have meant so much to their family, friends, and to others who genuinely want to know about life as a trucker or a part of the transportation industry. With these interviews, we have decided to take you even deeper into the workings of our company, with those who are truly behind the scenes ensuring our daily activities are maintained. For this interview, we talked with Jennifer Webb, who is the head of Customer Service and Brokerage at Roane Transportation.
Gas station food. Just yesterday someone mentioned how amazing food is from the convenience store when on a road trip. Chips and soda are often the go-to items when selecting food at a convenience store. While we all may agree that a bag of chips and a soda taste better while road tripping, we agreed that we would not want to eat this way all the time. As a truck driver, traveling the road and wanting to make healthier food choices, there seems like there are limits to healthy food choices. Looking closer, however, there are many ways to bypass the candy aisle and choose options that are lower in sodium and fuller in fiber, leaving you feeling better, longer.