TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.09.12

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 12, 2020.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.  


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding inspections:

As I write this, one of the CVSA’s International Roadcheck is fixing to wrap up today.

Here are some of the most recent articles about not only the event, but about preparing for truck inspections (which can occur at any time):


2. Regarding insurance:

The following is a list of the most recent articles addressing insurance in trucking:

If you feel strongly about this, please get in touch with your


3. Regarding trucking jobs, the economy, AB5, and buying used:

Trucking Jobs

The Economy


Buying Used


4. Regarding accidents, bad routing, and safety:


Just because you’re not in your truck doesn’t mean that you can let down your guard regarding safety.

It seems as though more and more people are trying to get killed by big trucks.

Protect yourself in every way possible.

Bad routing

The article didn’t identify the app that the trucker used, but here’s what happened:



5. Regarding autonomous trucks, drones, technology, recall, tires, training:

Please stay up-to-date on these matters:

Autonomous Trucks



The last paragraph of the article entitled NACFE Revises Tractor, Trailer Aero Reports states:

The per-vehicle fuel economy benefit of trailer aerodynamic devices can be high, ranging from 1% to more than 10%, depending on the devices chosen with priority given to underbody devices followed by rear devices and then tractor-trailer gap devices. The revised study concluded that while trailer aero devices have matured, they will continue to improve and become lighter, more robust and less expensive thereby improving their payback.

In the article The ever-changing freight industry and the “new” normal, we read:

It’s an exciting time to be in the freight industry. Never before have we faced such a diverse set of technologies to facilitate change, and perhaps never before have there been so many challenges facing the industry.





6. Regarding trucking and speaking out:


Speaking Out


7. Regarding drugs, smuggling, theft, perceived to be illegal:

Never engage in illegal activity, no matter how much you may have been promised.



Identity theft

Perceived to be illegal


8. Regarding Fact Book and FAST Act:

Fact Book



9. Regarding fires, wind, snow, and visibility:

Please take extraordinary care when you encounter hazardous driving situations and park in a safe and legal parking place until conditions improve, particularly if it appears as though bodily harm could come to you or if harm will come to your truck or the freight you are hauling.


High Winds

Snow in September in Wyoming

Headlights for visibility


10. Regarding Hours of Service:

The following articles are the most recent regarding the Hours of Service regulations:


11. Regarding spending and trucker pay:


12. Regarding trucker appreciation:

According to a September 11, 2020, article:

In celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the Maine Professional Drivers Association (MPDA) will host a driver appreciation event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the northbound scale facility on Interstate 95 in York.


My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.

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