Ask The Trucker

Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry


Do You Run a Quality, Reputable Truck Driving School or Trucking Company?

Aug
6,
2008
2

TruthAboutTrucking.Com is all about the TRUTH when it comes to the trucking industry.  Providing students and new drivers with the information they need in order to make the right decision about a career in trucking, Truth About Trucking has set out to raise the standards of the trucking industry.  Somebody needed to step forward and make the truck driving schools and trucking companies accountable for their actions that have led many drivers down a road of financial failure.  For three years, we have been doing just that.

Providing an endless amount of FREE information through our article writing, blog posts, newsletter, bonus reports, our talk radio show and answering hundreds of emails and returning phone calls, we want the scams of the trucking industry to know that the Truth About Trucking is fighting back for our nations’ drivers. 

Do you run a quality, reputable truck driving school or trucking company?  Are you one that does what you say you will do?  Are you a school that provides excellent training at an affordable price?  Are you a company that promises a certain amount of miles with appropriate pay, and then delivers on that promise?

If so, then we want to hear from you.  Write me directly at: allen@truthabouttrucking.com and after a very thorough investigation, we conclude that you are indeed, a quality, reputable school or company, then we will let students and new drivers know through our new link exchange program.

Let’s see if there are any truck driving schools and trucking companies out there that will accept the challenge.

To the drivers’ success,

Allen Smith

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Trucking Software for Owner Operators

Aug
5,
2008
1

In today’s world of technoloy, how does one choose a certain program or software for personal or business use.  The supply is endless!  Normally, I tend to stay away from recommending such items, but I happened to come across a great piece of trucking software that helps with bookkeeping and fuel tax reporting.  Made by Omni Communications, who have been in business since 1993, their are thousands of truckers worldwide using this software.

The software has been reviewed by several major Trucking Magazines and it is a member of the BBB.  Always one to completely check something out before purchasing, I found this software to be an excellent tool for owner operators and small fleet owners….so I thought I’d pass my two cents along…….

Easy Trucking SoftwareSo check it out and make running your business a whole lot easier!

Thanks……..Allen

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Why Isn’t My Current Employer on my USIS/DAC Report?

Aug
5,
2008
2

This is a good post I found from an excellent website ….

One of the more common questions I receive concerns why a current employer does not show up on a USIS “DAC” report. A driver will call me, has received his DAC report, is currently working for a carrier trying to build a good record.and the experience doesn’t even show up. They’ve worked hard, been accident free, done a great job and are displeased that this employment is missing on the report. Typically, the question (and answer) go something like this:Question: I have been working for John Doe Motor Carrier for two full years. In that time, I have driven 48 states, been drug tested multiple times and driven hundreds of thousands of miles. In fact, I am still working for them.
I know that this company is a member of USIS/DAC and reports employment history on drivers-and yet, I obtained my report and this company does not show up. I am looking for a new job and am concerned that this employment not showing will goof me up. Is this a mistake or is someone hiding something?

Answer: The reason the employment does not show up is because it has not yet been reported by your current employer. It has not been reported by your current employer because your employment history for a particular period of service with a company is not complete until your employment terminates with that employer. When your employment terminates, the employer evaluates your whole period of service and then reports to USIS on the standard employment history report.

But not to worry-in fact, looking for a job while you are still employed offers many advantages. One of the advantages is that a potential employer-seeing that you are still employed-may reason that you are a good employee/driver because if you weren’t, you would have been terminated by the employer.

Therefore, the process may work like this. Your potential employer will check your background previous to your current employment. If your prior record looks good and the potential employer’s offering looks good to you, the employer will request permission to check with your current employer and potentially make a conditional job offer contingent on acceptable experience with this company and passage of their normal pre-employment drug/driving and orientation requirements. And so, the two years of employment do matter and the employment will be checked by prospective employers.

In fact, if you do cease employment with the previous carrier and begin working for the new company, the previous carrier (assuming they are reporting members of USIS) will report your employment history to USIS-usually within a month of termination of employment. While employed with your new carrier you may recheck your DAC report to see what your former employer reported.

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“Trucking is Lost” – by Wayne Weisser of “Life On The Road”

Aug
3,
2008
0

This is a great post by Mr. Wayne Weisser of Life On The Road.  There are more problems that face the trucking industry other than the higher cost of fuel.  He comments on many great points concerning our trucking industry as a whole.  Read his original post : “Trucking as an industry is lost” by going here.  

Mr. Weisser will also be joining me on August 19th, 2008 at 6 P.M. EST on our radio talk show: Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”   You won’t want to miss this broadcast as we will be talking about the topic : “Do Truckers Have the Right to Strike?”  Be sure to bookmark our show and call in to be a part of the live radio talk show. 

Thanks,  Allen

Truth About Trucking

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Truckers can ASK THE DOCTOR on Live Radio Talk Show

Aug
2,
2008
0

Truckers talk radio show, Truth About Trucking will feature special guest, Joseph P. Nesheiwat, MD of Memphis, TN on Saturday, August 16th, 2008 at 4:00 P.M. EST. Dr. Nesheiwat is looking forward to taking calls and answering guests questions concerning the health issues that truck drivers face within their vocation.

Professional truckers face many health problems due to the stressful, hectic lifestyle they live on a daily basis. Fatigue, stress, backache, poor circulation, diet, lack of sleep/rest….whatever problem you may be facing, now is the time to Ask The Doctor!

Join host, Allen Smith as he opens up the lines for Dr. Nesheiwat to take your calls. Be sure to mark your calender for August 16th, 2008 at 4:00 P.M. EST for BlogTalkRadio’s – Truth About Trucking “LIVE” radio broadcast.

When do you get a chance to ask a doctor questions for FREE?!

Join us, and be a part of the show!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking

http://www.truthabouttrucking.com

http://www.askthetrucker.com

http://www.aubreyallensmith.com  

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Blog Talk Radio- Register and Enjoy the Variety

Jul
30,
2008
2

As you know,  Truth About Trucking “LIVE” is one of  the many Blog Talk Radio Shows on “the air”.  I’ve been really impressed by some of the shows, and encourage everyone to register. To get familiar with the types of shows they have, just head on over to the Blog Talk Radio site and be surprised at the variety that you will see.

You do not need to register or set up an account just to listen to a show, but I suggest to really get the full impact and experience, it would be an excellent idea to set up your own account. One of the reasons for this is that you can call in and mark your favorite shows for free. All you need is a headset( mic and earphones) to do this. If you do not have an account, you can still call in, but the phone number to call in will be long distance.  I have a feeling that once you start to familiarize yourself with the site, you’re going to get a bit addicted.  Also, callers can call in to the show, free of charge, through SKYPE.  As in any talk radio show, please turn your speakers down in order to prevent “feedback.”

After you go to the site, you can use the search bar in the upper right hand corner and type in a keyword or phrase for the show you want to listen to. Example: If you wanted to listen to a trucking show, just type in “trucking”. You could also type in a specific show, such as “truth about trucking”. In any case I think you will enjoy it!

See you there,

Donna

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Nationwide 55 MPH Again?

Jul
28,
2008
0

In 1973, President Nixon imposed a 55-MPH nationwide limit across the country in response to the oil crisis. Once again, Congress is debating if this rule should come back into play. Although driving 55 MPH only saves 2% of our fuel usage, Senator John Warner of Virginia is asking Congress to go back to the nationwide 55 MPH limit.

My belief is that it will not happen. I find it interesting that these leaders never consider what impact a move like this has on our nations drivers. Already struggling to get the miles they need to pay the bills and feed their families, forcing them to drive 55 would only cut down on the miles they could receive in a day’s work. Somehow I wish these Senators and Congressmen could receive their salaries based on cents per mile, and then see how fast they would implement such a ridiculous rule.

Nationally, truckers are showing an interest in setting a nationwide speed limit, but not for 55, but for 65 MPH. They could live with 65, but 55? The double nickle is simply too slow and causes too much congestion between the big rigs and the four wheelers. No matter what the speed limit is, there will always be those who run above it, but at 65 MPH perhaps we could see a drop in fuel prices even at a 2% fuel usage savings. I could live with 65.

The last time this went into effect was in 1974 and lasted until 1995. The world revolves at a much faster pace now . . . can we live our lives now at some snails pace of 55 MPH? I don’t think so . . . and for what my opinion is worth . . . I don’t believe this “new” rule will ever get off the ground again. However, with Congress, anything is possible!

Aubrey “Allen” Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. An expert in Motor Carrier Transportation, he is the host of the talk radio show, “Truth About Trucking “LIVE.” His information has helped thousands of students and new drivers understand the scams of the trucking industry and has shown better opportunities in trucking careers.

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Truth About Trucking: Watch Out for Copy Cats

Jul
26,
2008
0

There is only ONE truthabouttrucking.com.  The book was originally written by me, Aubrey “Allen” Smith in 2000, and launched across the world wide web in 2005 with its revised, updated version, “The Truth About Trucking” is much needed knowledge for student drivers, new, inexperienced drivers and even some of the more hard core drivers. Having grown weary of witnessing countless drivers struggling to make trucking work, I set out to help those who wanted it.

Having spent the last three years working hard to spread the word out about the trucking industry scams, my wife Donna and I tirelessly work to learn the ways of the internet, website building, SEO procedures and spend hundreds of hours of our own time answering emails, providing research for those who need the help, and now have even launched the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show to give drivers and all interested in the trucking industry as a career, to have their voices heard across the entire world.

My main goal from the very beginning was to get the information out to anyone who wanted it. Still driving and working 60-70 hour work weeks, I spend my days off making the website better by adding FREE bonus reports, writing articles and providing a FREE newsletter to all who want it. Recognized as a leading expert in Motor Carrier Transportation, the Truth About Trucking is fighting for our nation’s drivers and desires to raise the standards of the trucking industry.

Our information is available for anybody who would like to have it . . . but through my articles, blog posts, bonus reports and now, the talk radio show . . . I send a clear message for students and new inexperienced drivers that “this is what you need to know” before you jump into a life of over the road trucking. I am also sending a clear message to the trucking companies and truck driving schools that together, we can change an industry filled with scams and lies. Trucking can work as a career, but without learning first hand from an unbiased, thirty year veteran and expert in the field, you will spend years of hardship and struggles like so many other veteran drivers have done, and in some cases are still doing.

Naturally, when someone comes along with an important message where there exists nothing like it before, the copy cats will follow. You will find a few more trucking sites floating around the internet, but what I have found is that they are limited  with their own original ideas and assistance. It appears that they watch and observe what we do next, and then just change the words around a little bit in order to make it their own.

 “The Truth About Trucking” is about getting the truth out in regards to the trucking industry. In doing so we will raise the standards of the trucking industry. I could secure all of my free articles and reports where they could not be reproduced, but that would only be defeating the original purpose: to get the message out to everyone I possible can.

So , let the others re-create what I do,  rewrite my articles, posts, comments and reports and  utilize them in a way that it appears that “they “are the originals; as long as it will get the message out to students and new drivers… which is the ultimate goal . . .

We do offer some of the information on our site, the Truth About Trucking for a minimal price, but in truth, running a top notch website and Blog, spending hundreds of hours answering emails, researching schools, assisting  those who ask for my help, hosting the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” radio show, recording and editing videos, packaging the audio  CD’s, calling people back to help them with their problems or questions  . . . all takes time and money.  It is your trust and support that helps keep this information alive, and allows us to reach those who need it most.

Constantly working on  and coming up with new ways to get the message out there for those who need it and want it, we have now launched the Truth About Trucking Affiliate Program. Are you a driver who would like to help those new to the industry? Are you associated with trucking and looking for information that is needed and wanted? Are you the kind of person who truly wants to provide something that will actually HELP people? Would you like to help me get this important and much needed information out to as many people who want and are in need of it?

Then, I urge you to join Donna and I along with truthabouttrucking.com in reaching as many students, inexperienced drivers and those just thinking about a career in trucking, by helping to spread the truth . . . and  together we can raise the standards of the trucking industry. 

Thank you

Aubrey “Allen” Smith

 

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Truck Driver Health Issues

Jul
23,
2008
9

A recent study listed the truck driver occupation as one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. Due to the endless driving of our nation’s truckers, being “out there” on the highways and interstates, the obvious danger is the risk of being involved in a major accident. However, the risks go much further than just the obvious…an irregular schedule, sitting for long periods of time, bending and lifting heavy objects, stress, fatigue and the inability to eat properly maintained meals can lead to serious truck driver health issues.

Because of long periods of driving, many drivers fighting boredom are affected by smoking habits and along with sleeping in a vibrating tractor and working long hours and receiving minimal rest, physical problems can alleviate far greater than those within the general public.

Here in the United States, 20% of truck crashes are the direct result of over worked, fatigued drivers. Fatigue is also creating breathing disorders and sleep apnea in many over the road drivers. Also, women drivers show no difference from their male counter parts for suffering from these same health issues. In fact, our women truckers are fighting such health issues as backache, hypertension, headaches, sinus problems and vision impairment, with backache being the second place lead for health problems for truckers. Fatigue, still remains as number one.

Simple steps can insure a path to better health :

1. Know the signs of a heart attack.

2. Exercise while out on the road

3. Control your blood pressure

4. Make healthy fast food choices.

5. Quit smoking

6. Know the signs for a stroke

Here is an excellent resource for combating a poor health lifestyle. Magnesium plus Calcium has been found to be an excellent supplement for providing stress relief and fighting insomnia, as well as many other factors.

The road to health depends on you. Life on the road is hectic….but with the right mind set, better health can be just around the next bend.

About the Author:

Aubrey “Allen” Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. An expert in Motor Carrier transportation, he is also the host of the talk radio show: Truth About Trucking “LIVE. Fighting for our nation’s drivers, his informational package is helping to raise the standards of the trucking industry.

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Truck Drivers Get Their Own Talk Radio Show

Jul
21,
2008
1

Truckers across America now have their own talk radio show which gives them the opportunity to have their voices heard across the entire world, thanks to the world wide web, and blogtalkradio.com. The Truth About Trucking hit the airwaves “LIVE”  with Allen Smith on Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 2 PM EST, sending out the invitation for all truckers and those interested in the trucking industry, to join in on Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

Informative and controversial, Truth About Trucking “LIVE” will also have a little fun along the way. This will be the truckers talk radio show, to voice their opinions, concerns and ideas covering all aspects of the trucking industry.

Be sure to bookmark Truth About Trucking “LIVE” and follow the shows schedule! They will be looking forward to “seeing” you there!

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