When it comes to trucking, one rule of thumb that remains constant is "be prepared." Among the numerous documents that help a truck driver stay prepared on the road, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Permit Book holds an essential place.
Learning to drive a truck with an 18-speed transmission can seem like a daunting task, especially for new drivers. Having a basic understanding of the gears and switches can give you a leg up before CDL school, and with some practice you'll master shifting and floating gears. Correctly and efficiently shifting gears will extend the life of your truck and save you lots of money in fuel and maintenance costs over time.
What Makes a Truck Run Away?
A "runaway" truck typically refers to a heavy-duty truck that is unable to slow down or stop due to a malfunctioning or overstressed braking system. There are several reasons why this may occur:
Transporting cargo on a semi-trailer comes with a host of responsibilities, one of which is ensuring the load is safely and securely covered with a tarp. Proper tarping not only protects the freight from the elements but also ensures the safety of other drivers on the road. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of proper tarping, its relation to load securement practices, and the time investment required to do it right. Finally, we will share a few dos and don'ts to help you master the art of tarping.
The trucking industry is vital to the global supply chain, transporting goods across long distances and connecting shippers to consumers. To make sure that this industry operates efficiently and effectively, regulations and systems have been established to manage trucking fleets, including the International Registration Plan (IRP).