TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2023.01.07

TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2023.01.07 is the trucking commentary on news affecting professional truck drivers for the week ending January 7, 2023, written by Vicki Simons.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding 2022 and predictions:


These articles look back over the year we just completed.


And these articles look ahead to the year we’ve just begun.


2. Regarding fuel, fuel economy, and fuel efficiency:

By way of background, according to this article:

  • Fuel economy means “miles per gallon”; and
  • Fuel efficiency means “how efficiently a vehicle uses fuel”.

So as you see those two headings below in this section, now you’ll understand the difference. ๐Ÿ™‚


Fuel economy

For full disclosure, I completely disagree with autonomous, self-driving, and driverless commercial motor vehicles being operated on the same roads as the motoring public.

Fuel efficiency


3. Regarding electric vehicles, emissions, and autonomous vehicles:

Electric vehicles


Autonomous vehicles

As I’ve written many, many times, I am completely opposed to the operation of commercial motor vehicles that are self-driving, driverless, or “autonomous” on the same roads as the motoring public.

But I share information like this article to help you stay current with the topic.

Quotes from this article include:

  • “Maintaining the status quo on any technology is ultimately self-defeating.”
  • “Automating trucking is inevitable.”
  • “The downside of automation is that it fundamentally devalues humans.”
  • “Automating trucking basically says that a truck driver can be replaced by a machine, that the work is largely repetitive and does not require human inspiration or intelligence. Those that drive for a living probably would disagree with that assumption.”
  • “The nature of automating industries is that expensive, higher skilled labor is replaceable by machines, and lower skilled, less costly labor. When you think through that a bit, project out to the far future. If all the jobs are automated, who has sufficient employment income to afford to buy the products being produced in automated factories and delivered by automated transportation?”

That last bullet point is interesting because I mentioned that same point under the “Supply chain” part of my trucking commentary from last week.


4. Regarding accidents and fatalities:


Please review the articles in this section to see if there’s anything you can learn so as not to be involved in a similar accident yourself.


We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those who died.

There’s one article in the section just below about a flatbedder who died after slipping off his trailer; this is the same kind of accident that Mike had back in 2012, but which he survived and from which he completely recovered.

Please practice safety on every side.

If your trucking company is putting your safety at risk, require that they eliminate or greatly reduce that risk.

Or find a job where your safety is highly valued!


5. Regarding banned, fines, and tickets:


Penalties listed in the first article in this section include: $1,000, $1,800, and “$42,450 per violation,” so please be on your guard.


See the 2023 FMCSA fines here.



6. Regarding economy, employment, scam, road rage, and violence:


These are some of the most recent articles regarding the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.


Please be aware that market forces change all of the time.


Watch out for this kind of thing.

Road rage

Do not do this!


We totally disagree with using violence in non-self-defense situations.


7. Regarding brokers, recalls, repairs, returns, and IFTA:







8. Regarding ELDs, technology, and speed limiters:


Articles in this section are about truckers in the USA and/or Canada.


I never was able to find out what “COOP” stands for regarding Ryder’s “COOP program”.

If you know what that stands for, please comment through the form below.


Speed limiters


9. Regarding operations and securement:


The second article in this section has a video that shows a trucker out-of-control.

Please don’t duplicate the kinds of action in the second and third articles in this section!



Please make sure that you know how many tie-downs are required for your load and then use them.

Please don’t risk losing your load and potentially killing someone.


10. Regarding HOS, parking, roads, and tolls:






11. Regarding top trucks and truck parts:

Top trucks

Truck parts

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12. Regarding recognition:

Although every truck driver should be able to stop his/her vehicle in time during situations similiar to this, we recognize the trucker for saving the life of the person in the road!


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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