This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 5, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding Election Day, Low Clearance Awareness Day, Veterans Day, Daylight Saving Time:
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, is Election Day in the United States.
If you work locally, please make your voice heard at the ballot box.
If you’ll be out of town, we hope that you’ve already voted early or submitted an absentee ballot that follows the law in your state.
Please remember that no matter who wins the election, according to The Declaration of Independence (quote below), it is our duty as constituents to keep our elected officials advised about what passes what I call the test of the “3 C’s” (explained below quote).
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
So, realizing that
- each of us has been created;
- we have all been created equal;
- each of us has been endowed with unalienable rights by our Creator; and
- every elected official in the USA takes an oath of office to uphold The Constitution of the United States;
the 3 C’s that elected officials must adhere to, in this order, are:
- Constitution, and
If a bill or resolution doesn’t pass the Creator test, it goes no farther.
Once past the Creator test, if a bill or resolution doesn’t pass the Constitution test, it goes no farther.
Once past the Creator and Constitution tests, if a bill or resolution doesn’t pass the constituent test, it goes no farther.
Low Clearance Awareness Day
Back in 2016, I named November 8 “Low Clearance Awareness Day.”
According to the news release on the page linked just above:
I named that day “for the purpose of helping professional truck drivers avoid driving commercial motor vehicles under or into structures that are shorter that their vehicles.”
The date November 8 (11/8) was selected in honor of the “11 foot 8″ (11’8”) railroad trestle in Durham, North Carolina, where many low clearance crashes have happened despite the installation of numerous warning devices. Many videos have been made of large and straight trucks — and recreational vehicles — that have been damaged by the “can opener” bridge, which can be seen on the website 11foot8.com or the site’s YouTube channel.
To this day, no one has even attempted to claim the reward that is listed on our page.
However, there have been many, many low clearance accidents reported since 2016.
I personally believe that this is because many truckers rely upon GPS units that are not geared for commercial motor vehicles.
See our other page here:
Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day in the USA.
While we give honor to those who have honorably obeyed their oaths of office, please bear in mind that some trucking-related businesses may have special offers on or around that day.
Also feel free to see the “Freebies” section below for what’s going on this year.
Daylight Saving Time
Early on Sunday morning, November 6, Daylight Saving Time (DST) comes to an end in many parts of the USA.
Personally, I feel that there is no longer any justification for this “time change” and that it needs to be abolished.
I was always concerned as a trucker that the time change on my log books would give rise to problems from law enforcement.
That never happened, but I wonder if it has happened to other truckers.
What has been your experience with DST as a trucker?
Good or bad, please comment through the form below.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of articles on this topic:
- Daily Infographic: Mexico approves ending daylight saving time
- Time to ‘Fall Back’ as Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday
2. Regarding fuel, fuel tax holiday, fuel prices, fuel shortage:
- Decarbonizing Transportation with Renewable Natural Gas
- Diesel Premium Over Gasoline at Its Highest Since 2005
- How ClearFlame intends to take ‘diesel fuel out of diesel engines’
Fuel tax holiday
- AAA retail diesel average now $5.309 Fuel prices
- DOE/EIA diesel price makes small move as key commodity market soars then falls
- National Average for Diesel Falls 2.4¢ to $5.317 a Gallon
- Weekly Fuel Report: November 01, 2022
Fuel shortage (diesel shortage)
I wrote about this issue in last week’s trucking commentary, but there are other perspectives on this issue.
- Diesel inventories on ‘fumes’ as report sees recent stock rise
- Here’s Why America Has A Troubling & Costly Truck Diesel Shortage
- Mansfield Energy issues diesel fuel supply alert
- No national shortage of diesel fuel
- No, We Aren’t Running Out of Diesel — But Low Stockpiles Mean Higher Prices
- U.S. Energy Policy Upside-Down as Truck Diesel Rises in October
- Warning issued about diesel shortages on the east coast
3. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, emissions:
I totally oppose the operation of self-driving, driverless, and autonomous commercial motor vehicles on the public roads with the motoring public, but share these articles as a courtesy to keep you informed on the topic.
- AI Kinetics’ founder discusses challenges, timeline for autonomous trucks
- Autonomous vehicles bill gets Pennsylvania legislature approval
- Autonomous-Truck Company TuSimple Looks Beyond Leadership Shake-up
- Beyond testing: Scaling autonomous trucks for commercial operations
- Einride Completes Autonomous EV Pilot With GE Appliances
- Embark Adds Markets to Autonomous Trucking Network
- Embark expands autonomous network from coast to coast in Sunbelt markets
- Embark launches autonomous trucking network across Sunbelt
- Hands-free? Manufacturers, users of autonomous trucks set safety bar high
- Reported federal probes reignite concerns over TuSimple’s China dealings
- Torc Robotics eyes future of autonomous trucks
- CARB holds public hearing on regulations phasing out gas-powered vehicles
- Chinese EV Startup Monitors Drivers’ Vital Signs
- Driving recap of Volvo’s VNR Electric
- Einride EV truck network to launch near Port of LA
- Even public officials have no idea how California’s infrastructure would support mandated electric semi trucks, public hearing reveals
- EVs Become a Debate Topic Ahead of Midterm Elections
- MHX Begins Fleet Electrification Project
- Nikola cuts 100 jobs, slows electric truck production
- Ryder educating customers on building EV infrastructure
- Texas-Based Holt Truck Centers Pursues Electric Trucks Alongside Nikola
- The Road to Electrification Requires Partnership and Collaboration
- Trucking fleets can go green without electric trucks
- Would you drive an all-electric truck?
- California overstepped with emission standards, OOIDA says
- Zero-emission trucks and buses touted in North Carolina
4. Regarding economy, employment, rates, fees, congestion pricing, tolls, auction:
The following are articles regarding some aspect of the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.
- ACT Research: Net trailer orders rise 47% in August
- Carriers will become own worst enemy as demand declines
- Class 8 Orders Soar in October on Pent-Up Demand
- Class 8 truck orders party may end soon
- Experts discuss how truckers can survive freight recession
- Feds’ Fall Economic Statement takes aim at Driver Inc. employers
- Holiday retail sales to climb 6% to 8%, NRF says
- Inflation impacting freight economy
- October Marks ‘Turning Point’ in Class 8 Orders
- Pent-up demand for new trucks remains strong
- Preliminary North American Class 8 tractor orders up in October
- Shippers Conditions improved in August with favorable freight conditions
- The state of trucking in the U.S. and around the world
- Transportation capacity hit high-water mark in October, survey says
- And now back up: Truck transportation jobs rose in October
- Jobs Top Forecasts, Unemployment Up in Mixed Picture for Fed
- Trucking jobs up in October
- Carriers dependent on spot market struggle as rates collapse
- DHL Express hikes US tariff rates 7.9%
- FedEx Freight launches LTL dimensional pricing pilot
- FedEx Freight pilots new ‘space and pace’ pricing model
- Leland Miller on China: Steady high growth rates thing of past
- Spot market rates see ‘notable changes’ in some areas but remain flat overall
- Spot rates decline, economic headwinds remain
5. Regarding accidents, wheel off, drugs:
Please learn what you can from the articles about accidents, so that you can avoid them in the future.
- Denver police say 100 vehicles involved in massive pileup on Friday morning
- Six semi truck crash reported on I-80
- VIDEO: Big rig barrels across median into barrier protecting oncoming traffic
- VIDEO: Truck takes a tumble during turn after ‘sand load shifted’
Regarding the last article/video in the bullet list just above, the trucker was traveling too fast for the turn/curve.
With the combined center of gravity and momentum, it was predictable that the trucker would flip the truck and load on its side.
This accident was totally preventable.
“Wheel off” accidents are a specific kind of accident involving the loss of one or more wheels, perhaps a set of tandem tires/wheels.
Generally, the accident involving a wheel off is due to the wheel(s) striking an object (fixed or moving) or one or more persons.
Can these types of accidents always be prevented by a trucker’s pre-trip inspection or can any of them only be detected by mechanics working under a truck who can spot things that truckers can’t generally see?
Please comment through the form below.
Meanwhile, the video in the article linked just below was taken in Australia.
Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how big of an incentive you’re offered.
- $3.3 million worth of meth ‘disguised as onion chives’ seized from semi truck at California border crossing
- Arkansas Trucking Association president urges ‘no’ vote on recreational pot
- Nearly $6 million worth of meth seized from semi at World Trade Bridge
6. Regarding brakes, CB radio, ELDs, tires:
- Engine brakes are changing to meet needs of engine types
- How to spec and maintain automatic brake adjustors
- Jacobs shifts beyond engine braking, develops emissions-reductions technologies
7. Regarding future, retirement, inspections, insurance:
As typically happens when we near the end of one year and get ready to start a new one, those in various sectors predict what may happen in the future, sometimes based upon:
- trends that have happened in the past;
- various circumstances;
- or a combination of the two.
Here is a list of some of the most recent articles about the future from the trucking industry’s perspective:
- As big retailers fret over holiday sales, SMBs are poised for success
- Cargojet upbeat about 2023 as e-commerce business shows resilience
- FreightWaves announces 2023 FreightTech 25 winners
- Maersk Warns of Worsening Container Demand and Inflation
- North American freight giant sees shipping slump ahead of holidays
- The founder’s journey: Pivot until it works and stand by your convictions
- Truckers tell Fox News that smaller companies ‘won’t make it’ amid high diesel prices
- Trucking in 2023: What’s in store for the year ahead
- Will 2027 Change Trucking’s Technology Track?
- POLL: Has your retirement planning been impacted by this year’s market swings?
- POLL: Retirement — do you feel financially prepared?
You may also want to see this article on our site:
- CVSA dates
- Daily Infographic: Texas border checkpoint receives $165M to speed up inspections
- Indiana police held overweight truck blitz and the results ‘aren’t good from a safety perspective’
- International Roadcheck Scheduled for May
- Mark your 2023 calendars for CVSA’s various enforcement efforts
8. Regarding technology, electronic IDs, roads, routing:
- Automated driving systems on FMCSA’s reg agenda
- Traffic cams catch high-speed rear-end collision that earned a trucker a careless driving citation
- Transflo’s new app automates back-office processes
- Interstate 30 closures planned in Arkansas
- Interstate 80 construction in Illinois website underway
- Major I-40 bridge project begins in North Carolina; traffic delays expected
- Nine-day closure set for Ohio River bridge
- Part of westbound I-94 in Detroit to be closed to traffic this weekend
- Truck hauling explosives closes NC interstate indefinitely
- CLI launches new routing logic and planning optimization solution
- Commission seeks public input for ideas on how to prevent truckers from getting stuck on Smugglers’ Notch
- GPS directions involved in semi crash with low bridge
9. Regarding business, HOS, parking, snow removal:
- A journey from trucker to truck broker founder
- Another Truck to Success course is in the books
- Owner-operators to face more challenging conditions, new survey says
- Fuel access challenges prompt Iowa emergency declaration
- Fuel haulers get hours of service relief in Nebraska
- Fuel supply emergency declarations issued in Nebraska and South Dakota
- Hours regs waived for fuel haulers in Nebraska
- Movie production haulers’ ELD exemption renewed
- Nebraska, Iowa Issue Hours-of-Service Waivers Related to Fuel
- OOIDA makes pitch for more hours-of-service flexibility
- Iowa rest area to close for the winter, will reopen in April 2023
- Parking Conundrum: Federal officials assure trucking industry they’re working to create more spaces
You may also like to see these articles on our site:
- Big Rig Rake Answers Questions About Their Snow Removal Tool
- Addressing Snow Removal from Semi Tractor Trailers
10. Regarding health, reputation, new driver, winter:
- Comments Point to Confusion Over Apnea Proposal
- Owner-operators who recognize the risk of failing health
- Poll: Image of the American trucking industry is at an ‘all-time high’
- Truckers, take a bow! Survey finds most people think positively of you
- Trucking industry image ‘stronger than ever’ according to TMAF poll
- 6 Things to Know as a Newly Licensed Commercial Truck Driver
- Iowa rolls out app to help current, future commercial drivers
- NOAA’s US winter outlook: What truck drivers should know
- Tailor Winter Weather Training to Your Drivers’ Needs
11. Regarding supply chain, ports, and AB5:
- North America’s reshoring of the global supply chain
- Push to reshore US manufacturing motivated by global supply chain issues
- Supply Chain Woes Accelerate Reshoring, Nearshoring Trend (link no longer online)
- New national port improvement plan will also benefit truck drivers
- Port Houston to implement fees for long-dwelling containers
- Port of Long Beach lands $30M for zero-emissions equipment
- Port of Oakland Turns to Agriculture to Replace Lost Cargo Volumes
- Protesting workers shut down Port of Oakland
- Top North American Seaports and Airports Realize Record Volumes
12. Regarding recognition, awards, and freebies:
We recognize those who have helped their fellow human beings in a time of need.
- Highway Angels | November/December 2022
- UPDATE: Driver “grabbing” to get out of fiery double semi crash pulled to safety by passing motorist
All of the articles in this section this week focus on nominations or voting for a future award.
- TCA expands Professional Drivers of the Year nominations, prize pool
- Transition Trucking opens online voting
- Voting open for Transition Trucking award; runs through Veterans Day
If you qualify for a free gift, please enjoy it!
- Hundreds of truckers got a free lunch at Iowa weigh stations this week
- Pilot Flying J travel centers offer first-ever special Thanksgiving meal
- Pilot Flying J truck stops to offer ‘first-ever Thanksgiving meal’
- WATCH: Fellow driver passes out fuel money to unsuspecting truckers
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.