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Listed below are most popular news stories about trucking industry.

Driver Pay Needs an Overhaul

When dispatching company drivers, a trucking operations person has to weigh multiple considerations. Foremost is serving the customer, but a close second consideration is getting your drivers enough miles for the week. If your drivers don't get the miles, the good ones will leave. Then you have to replace them, on top of the normal churn that is a hallmark of this industry.

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How Truckers Can Shake Off the Winter Blues

Most of us owner-operators went home for the holidays, and it's going to take a pretty penny to get back out on the road. The weather is so cold, you worked hard leading up to the holidays, and soon there will be fewer loads to pick from. I know the feeling of these winter blues, it happens to me every year. This is what I do to stay employed and still get home.

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2017 Outlook: The Freight Recession is Over

The freight recession is over. That 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Energy exploration and fracking petered out, and the accompanying freight dried up. Fuel prices dropped, and carrier revenues fell due to the declining fuel surcharges. To add insult to injury, line haul rates fell, too, in a cycle of year-over-year declines that lasted through the middle of 2016.

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Detention in ELD-Land: Will Shippers Change Dock Practices?

DAT's Freight Talk Blog is pleased to welcome our newest contributor: Rip Watson, formerly of Transport Topics. One month into the brave new world of ELD-land, harried carriers, brokers and their customers are so focused on moving freight that a key part of the picture — detention practices — apparently isn’t changing, even though drivers’ minutes are becoming more precious every day. Earlier this week, a Midwest refrigerated carrier executive neatly summed up the situation, telling this b

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MOTELS WITH TRUCK/BUS/RV PARKING

The main section of locators here also includes fuel, rest areas, service centers, truck stops and much more. It all stems from my own travels and frustrations with finding stuff on the road.

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Reports, Trends & Statistics

Trucks move roughly 71% of the nation's freight by weight. That is just one of many statistics calculated and tracked by American Trucking Associations' professional staff that you can learn about here.

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Truck drivers wanted. Pay: $73,000

America needs a lot more truck drivers. There will be a shortage of nearly 50,000 truckers in the United States by the end of this year, according a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). That's up from a shortage of 30,000 drivers just two years ago, and 20,000 drivers a decade ago.

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What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage and How Can We Fix It

Throughout the past decade, the trucking industry has struggled with a shortage of truck drivers. The driver shortage affects the entire economy, as over 68% of all freight is moved on U.S. highways. And with the shortage increasing driver pay, it can have a significant impact on supplier costs and therefore consumer pricing. It can also increase shipping delays and shortage at stores.

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Trucking industry tackling distraction, fatigue and work at heights

One of Terry Shaw’s biggest concerns for commercial trucking safety is “general wear and tear” — but he’s not talking about the vehicles.

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SAFETY & HEALTH CONCERNS FOR TRUCK DRIVERS

Long-haul trucking is both one of the most crucial jobs and, unfortunately, one of its most risky. Long-haul truck drivers are essential to the transportation of goods in the United States, but the demands of their job may contribute to a greater chance for health problems. Irregular schedules, long hours, little physical activity, limited access to healthy foods on the road, and stress makes healthy living a challenge for long-haul truck drivers.

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