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About: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

Truck Drivers Need Fun Too; Take a Ride on a Harley

Feb
1,
2008
1

After a tough week in trucking, it’s always great anticipation to know you can enjoy a ride on your bike. Take a ride with us and enjoy the “not so typical” biker background music. Has a pretty cool ending too. There … Continue reading

Emily Discovered “Motionless” by Donna: Off to a Better Place

Jan
29,
2008
26

Today was one of my rare days off.  I was glad, because today Donna found her  beloved pet cockateil “Emily” motionless on the bottom of her cage.  I don’t even need to say how terribly upset Donna was, and those of … Continue reading

Hours of Service to Change Again?

Jan
20,
2008
5

After a long, hard battle advocates finally accomplished their goal in having the hours of service for truck drivers changed to the current 14/10 rule with the 34-hour restart thrown in for support. Remember all the news this was making … Continue reading

Winter Driving Tips

Nov
4,
2007
3

On December 21st at precisely 7:42 A.M. EST, the sun’s rays will strike one of the two tropical latitude lines, and thus winter will officially begin for the Northern Hemisphere. This will also be the official beginning of “winter driving” … Continue reading

Depression and the Long Haul Trucker

Oct
22,
2007
1

A long haul trucker is no stranger to sleep deprivation. Even local truck drivers deal with the problem of little rest, many working 70 hour weeks. Sleep deprivation is the leading cause of serious truck related accidents, resulting in as … Continue reading

Moving : When You Have to Store Your Items

Oct
15,
2007
0

Moving can be an emotional process. When there are other steps your move requires, the emotion can run even higher. One of these steps is the necessity of placing your items into storage. When the probability of storage plays into … Continue reading

Mexican Trucks Not Allowed in U.S.

Sep
30,
2007
3

House Bill H.R. 1773: Safe American Roads Act of 2007 was upheld recently which prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from allowing motor carriers domiciled in Mexico to operate across the border into the United States. President George Bush was in … Continue reading

Private Pilot: The Joy of Flying

Sep
17,
2007
1

There is nothing like the feeling of sliding into a Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee 180 and heading off into the sky. The sense of freedom is enormous, and whatever worries or problems you may be facing, just fade away. … Continue reading

Truck Driver Salaries

Sep
1,
2007
11

The United States trucking industry hauls more than nine billion tons of the country’s freight every year. That works out to be over 64 percent of the nation’s cargo. How important is trucking to American consumers? The number of communities … Continue reading

Moving Companies Have No Insurance

Aug
28,
2007
0

Moving scams abound throughout the United States and each year thousands of consumers fall prey to this kind of operation. On the other hand, 40 million moves take place each year, and the large majority of these are performed satisfactorily. … Continue reading

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